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3 days ago

Gatwick sees travel boost from new testing rules

Gatwick sees travel boost from new testing rulesLONDON - The boss of Britain's Gatwick Airport said the introduction of shorter quarantine times from mid-December was boosting travel, and that the combination of testing and a COVID-19 vaccine means he is optimistic holidays can restart next year with a "strong performance" of airline demand.»
3 days ago

Aviation bodies seek airport slots relief for much of 2021

Aviation bodies seek airport slots relief for much of 2021PARIS - Global aviation heavyweights led by airline body IATA are pushing to suspend airport slot access rules until October 2021, they said on Thursday, but will give some ground to budget carriers angered by measures they deem anti-competitive - Ryanair and Wizz Air rejected the proposal right away.»
4 days ago

White House considers lifting European travel restrictions

White House considers lifting European travel restrictionsWASHINGTON - The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters. The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic. »
4 days ago

Airlines vow to keep fighting

Airlines vow to keep fightingPARIS - For an industry that prides itself on bringing people together, it was a particular humiliation for airlines to have to resort to video conferencing for their annual industry meeting this week - and not one they are ready to repeat. Designed  IATA chief Willie Walsh vowed a "different" representation style.»
5 days ago
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EASA frames conditions for 737 MAX return

EASA frames conditions for 737 MAX returnPARIS - European regulators on Tuesday began the timetable for a return of the Boeing 737 MAX to Europe's skies early next year after an almost two-year flight ban caused by fatal crashes. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) set out conditions for putting the grounded jets back into service.»
5 days ago

Ryanair expects pre-crisis traffic by late 2021

Ryanair expects pre-crisis traffic by late 2021DUBLIN - Recent COVID-19 lockdowns mean Ryanair will fly fewer passengers than planned this winter, but vaccines should mean a "very impressive" summer and a return to pre-pandemic passenger numbers as early as autumn 2021, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told Reuters.»
6 days ago

Airlines brace for more industry pain

Airlines brace for more industry painPARIS - Airlines are on course to lose a total $157 billion this year and next, their main global body warned on Tuesday, further downgrading its industry outlook in response to a second wave of coronavirus infections and shutdowns afflicting major markets. The industry hopes for governments to ease quarantine rules.»
6 days ago
Incoming passengers

England uses testing to shorten quarantine for travellers

England uses testing to shorten quarantine for travellersLONDON - England will introduce a new system on Dec. 15 allowing passengers arriving from high-risk countries to take a COVID-19 test after five days of quarantine and to be released from any further self-isolation if they test negative.»
6 days ago
South Africa

Comair to restart British Airways domestic routes

Comair to restart British Airways domestic routesJOHANNESBURG - From 9 December, Comair plans to begin serving all the domestic British Airways routes it previously operated. Regional services will be reintroduced as it ramps up to full operations over the next few months. The airline will initially operate a fleet of 15 aircraft across both brands.»
7 days ago
"Le Monde"

Air France-KLM in talks on $7 billion cash raise

Air France-KLM in talks on $7 billion cash raise PARIS - Air France-KLM is discussing plans to raise another 6 billion euros from its two government shareholders and other investors, French newspaper Le Monde reported. The airline group, which received 10.4 billion euros in state-backed bailouts earlier this year, may soon receive another 4 billion from the governments.»
7 days ago

Malaysia Airlines seeks aid from wealth fund

Malaysia Airlines seeks aid from wealth fundKUALA LUMPUR- Malaysia Airlines has sought financial aid from its sole shareholder, the nation's sovereign wealth fund, as debt restructuring talks with creditors drag on, the company said on Saturday.  The group remains in talks for a restructuring and is targeting a commercial agreement in the first week of December. »
7 days ago

Delta casts doubts on New York-London travel corridor

Delta casts doubts on New York-London travel corridorLONDON - Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian said the travel corridor between New York and London is "complicated" and it would be easier to relaunch transatlantic flights to "just about any" other European capital, Britain's Financial Times reported Sunday.»

Short News

Gatwick wants normal slot rules restored next summer

LONDON - Gatwick Airport, Britain's second-biggest aviation hub, wants to see normal airport slot rules restored by next summer, Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said on Friday.»

Japan pledges "strong support" for airlines

TOKYO - Japan's ruling party approved on Friday a proposal urging the government to provide "strong support" for airlines hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with measures such as slashing airport fees and fuel tax.»

UAE's flydubai starts Dubai -Tel Aviv services after detente

JERUSALEM - United Arab Emirates airline flydubai started direct passenger flights to Israel on Thursday after the two countries normalised ties in a Washington-brokered deal.»

MH17 judges reject alternative crash scenarios

AMSTERDAM - Judges hearing the case against four defendants in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 rejected on Wednesday a defence request for more time to investigate alternative explanations for the crash.»

Airlines expect to avoid Brexit disruption

PARIS - Airlines are hopeful that Brexit-related disruption can be avoided, as Britain and the European Union continue negotiations on their future relationship after the Dec. 31 end of the transition period, the sector's main global body said.»

Norway extends duration of loan guarantees to airlines

OSLO - Norway will extend the duration of pandemic-related loan guarantees given to airlines, the government said on Tuesday, but did not make additional funds available to crisis-hit Norwegian Air.»

Wizz Air partners with COVID-19 testing firm for cheaper tests

LONDON - Wizz Air announced a COVID-19 testing partnership to allow its British passengers to take cheaper tests, as a negative coronavirus certificate starts to re-open travel markets.»

Australia opens up more borders in domestic travel boost

SYDNEY - Australia will lift more internal state border restrictions in a boost for tourism as new coronavirus infections slow to a trickle, while the first vaccines could be available in March, a government minister said on Tuesday.»

Ryanair November load factor expected in mid 60% range

LONDON - Ryanair expects the load factor on its flights in November to be in the mid 60% range, the group CEO Michael O'Leary said on Tuesday on BBC radio.»

Flames destroy British Airways 747 during scrap

CASTELLON - A British Airways Boeing 747-400 caught fire during scrap at Castellon airport Monday.»

Highest number of airline passengers since March

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1.047 million passengers on Sunday, the highest number since mid-March.»

Willie Walsh to take IATA helm

PARIS - Former IAG boss Willie Walsh will be nominated to succeed IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac, who is stepping down in March, the global airline body said on Monday.»

England to use testing to shorten quarantine

LONDON - England will introduce a new system on Dec. 15 allowing passengers arriving from high-risk countries to take a Covid-19 test after five days of quarantine and to be released from any further self-isolation if they test negative.»

British Airways moves A380s to Spain for deep storage

LONDON - British Airways sent its oldest pair of Airbus A380s to deep storage Friday - the aircraft were flown to Spanish fleet graveyard Teruel.»

Airlines need more aid to survive

PARIS - Airlines will need $70-80 billion in aid to survive the coronavirus crisis, or another half again of the amount already received from governments, their global industry body warned.»

Asia bubble delay highlights hurdles to travel recovery

SINGAPORE - A delay to Asia's first travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has hit the shares of their flag carriers and highlighted the challenges facing the global travel industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic.»

Manchester airports consolidates operation to T1

MANCHESTER - Manchester airport is moving all its operations into terminal one in response to the drop in passenger numbers.»

Malaysias AirAsia X posts larger loss

KUALA LUMPUR - Long-haul carrier AirAsia X posted on Thursday a wider quarterly loss on reduced revenue, hit by coronavirus travel curbs.»

Families of crash victims disagree with restart of the 737 MAX

JAKARTA - Some of the relatives of victims of a fatal Boeing 737 MAX crash in Indonesia have slammed a decision by U.S. aviation authorities to allow the jets to return to the skies, saying the move comes too soon.»

Struggling Saudia got $7 bln of state help in 2019-2020

DUBAI - The government has provided state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) with at least $7 billion in direct payments and other financial support in 2019 and 2020, company documents show.»

American Airlines flags December return of 737 MAX

HOUSTON - American Airlines said it would make good on its plan to return Boeing 737 MAX jets to passenger flights by the end of 2020 after the planemaker won U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly them again.»

Air France-KLM prepares Covid-19 vaccine airlift

PARIS - Air France-KLM is among airlines gearing up for the challenge of transporting millions of doses of temperature-sensitive Covid-19 vaccines in the midst of a travel slump.»

Gulf Air flies for the first time to Tel Aviv

MANAMAH - Bahrain's first official government delegation to Israel travelling on the first Gulf Air commercial flight to Tel Aviv landed in Israel on Wednesday as the two countries look to broaden cooperation after establishing formal ties in September.»

Air Antwerp suspends London City route

AMSTERDAM - Air Antwerp pauses its only route from Amsterdam to London City airport through December citing limited demand.»

Pilots wary of hard Brexit prospects

LONDON - British pilot union Balpa is urging the Prime Minister and EU to "publicly commit to signing a UK-EU air service agreement" in order to keep planes flying, even if a broader trade agreement is unachievable.»



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