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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.
Schiphol Airport

Biggest European pharma hub ready for vaccine logistic

BildAMSTERDAM - In cavernous cold-storage warehouses at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, KLM workers are gearing up for a surge next year in COVID-19 vaccine cargos that will need to be flown around the world at ultra-low temperatures. The industry is prepared for a major logistic challenge.
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Wizz Air blasts slot waiver limiting Gatwick access

BildPARIS - Low-cost carrier Wizz Air is seeking a bigger foothold at London Gatwick, but its ambitions may be hampered if regulators extend a freeze on airport slots in response to the coronavirus crisis, Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi said. Industry body IATA warned of airline networks to "crumble", if current exemptions expire.
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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.
3 days ago

Gatwick sees travel boost from new testing rules

BildLONDON - 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.
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Aviation bodies seek airport slots relief for much of 2021

BildPARIS - 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.
Airlines and politics
4 days ago

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.
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White House considers lifting European travel restrictions

BildWASHINGTON - 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

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.
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Airlines vow to keep fighting

BildPARIS - 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

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.
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EASA frames conditions for 737 MAX return

BildPARIS - 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.
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Ryanair expects pre-crisis traffic by late 2021

BildDUBLIN - 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

BildPARIS - 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.
State aid
6 days ago

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.
Incoming passengers
6 days ago

England uses testing to shorten quarantine for travellers

BildLONDON - 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

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.
Vaccine in sight
6 days ago

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.
Michael O'Leary
6 days ago

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.
South Africa
6 days ago

Comair to restart British Airways domestic routes

BildJOHANNESBURG - 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.
6 days ago

Flames destroy British Airways 747 during scrap

CASTELLON - A British Airways Boeing 747-400 caught fire during scrap at Castellon airport Monday.
United States
6 days ago

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.
6 days ago

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.
Air travel
6 days ago

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.
"Le Monde"
7 days ago

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

BildPARIS - 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

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.
7 days ago

Malaysia Airlines seeks aid from wealth fund

BildKUALA 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

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.
Singapore - Hong Kong
7 days ago

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.
7 days ago

Delta casts doubts on New York-London travel corridor

BildLONDON - 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.
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Norwegian's rise and battle for survival

BildOSLO - Having grown rapidly to become Europe's third-largest low-cost airline and one of the few to apply the budget model to transatlantic flights, Norwegian Air is fighting for its survival again - management asked an Irish court to oversee a restructuring of its massive debt on Wednesday.
Transatlantic flights
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Aer Lingus secures Manchster slots

BildMANCHESTER - IAG is moving Aer Lingus transatlantic flights from Shannon to Manchester amid Irish Covid-19 non-essential travel restrictions. The airline secured 1,500 slots at Manchester airport for the summer 2021 season and is expected to base three Airbus A321LR and one A330 for flights to the United States there.
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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.
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UK aviation regulator "extremely active" to mitigate Brexit risks

BildLONDON - Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday it was working hard to mitigate the risks faced by the country's aviation industry once the Brexit transition period with the European Union ends at the end of this year. The CAA, Britain's aviation regulator, will take on new responsibilities in January.
Revenue hit by virus curbs
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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.
Memorandum of Understanding
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El Al and Etihad to explore further collaboration

BildABU DHABI - EL AL Israel Airlines, the national airline of Israel, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to explore deeper cooperation following the signing of a virtual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Lion Air and Ethiopian
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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.
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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.
Post-Covid outlook
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CAE expects pilot job market to recover by late 2021

BildLONDON - Flight training provider CAE expects a robust return of pilot demand as early as late 2021. According to its recently updated market outlook, the global airline pilot population will grow from 333,000 in 2019 to 426,000 by 2029 - with a wave of retirements brightening career prospects for young pilots.
FAA approval
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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.
United States
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Airlines renew request for aid

BildCHICAGO- The chief executives of the seven largest U.S. airlines made a fresh plea for more payroll relief before the end of the year and pointed to the challenges of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine in a letter to Congressional leaders on Wednesday. Southwest Airlines put 400 employees on notice.
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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.
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Norwegian seeks to restructure under Irish law

BildOSLO - Norwegian Air has asked an Irish court to oversee a restructuring of its massive debt as it seeks to stave off collapse amid the coronavirus pandemic, the budget airline said on Wednesday. Norway's government last week rejected the airline's plea for another injection of state funds.
After two Boeing 737 MAX crashes
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House passes bill to reform plane certification process

BildWASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to reform the Federal Aviation Administration’s aircraft certification process after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people. The House bill requires an expert panel to evaluate Boeing safety culture.
Government delegation on board
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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.
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FAA has cleared Boeing 737 MAX for return to skies

BildSEATTLE - After nearly two years of scrutiny, corporate upheaval and a standoff with global regulators, Boeing Co has won approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to fly its 737 MAX jet again after two fatal disasters.
Transatlantic travel
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British Airways and American Airlines trial rapid testing

BildLONDON - American Airlines, British Airways, and the oneworld alliance will launch a coronavirus testing trial to convince governments to introduce testing so that transatlantic travel can restart. BA was operating 84 flights per week between London Heathrow and New York JFK prior to the pandemic, but last week operated just 21.
EU-internal document
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EU states agonise over rules on rapid COVID tests

BildBRUSSELS - Many EU governments oppose common rules on the use of rapid COVID-19 tests, an internal document seen by Reuters says, in a new blow to airlines which are betting on fast-track testing to help bring the travel industry back to life.
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Heathrow faces strikes in December

BildLONDON - Workers at Heathrow Airport are set to take strike action in a dispute over "plans to fire and rehire 4,000 workers on vastly reduced pay". The action by members of Unite will involve firefighters, engineers, campus security, baggage operations, operational and airside workers and will "effectively close the airport".
After 1 bln stg pandemic loss
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EasyJet says vaccine news boosts bookings

BildLONDON - EasyJet's bookings jumped by 50% on the day there was positive news about a coronavirus vaccine, a brief respite during a pandemic which pushed the British airline to a 1.27 billion pound annual loss, the first in its history.



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