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    Crisis means American Airlines ‘feels like start-up company’


    The impact of the coronavirus crisis means American Airlines sometimes feels more like ”a $2-3 billion start-up company” than one of the world’s largest and longest-established operators, according Rhett Workman, the carrier’s managing director for Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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    ​Passengers booking at last minute amid Covid-19 uncertainty


    Airline booking times have “collapsed” and passengers are increasingly buying tickets at the last minute amid uncertainties over changing Covid-19 travel restrictions, making it difficult for carriers to predict how full their flights will be, panellists observed during the Airlines 2050 conference today.

  • Akbar Al Baker

    Qatar Airways chief warns travel bubbles ‘just protect home carriers’


    Governments and regulatory bodies must resist adopting protectionist measures such as ’travel bubbles’ that reduce the opportunities for international airlines to serve markets, in the view of Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker

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    ​Berlin’s new airport completes operational tests


    Berlin airports operator FBB has announced the completion of operating tests at the city’s much delayed new airport, meaning it has achieved all the steps necessary to open later this month. Since April, the operator has been running twice-weekly operational tests at the airport to the southeast of the ...

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    No short-term return for A380: Qatar Airways chief


    Qatar Airways does not expect to operate its Airbus A380s for at least two years, according to the Middle Eastern carrier’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

  • Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 landing

    Glacial recovery will see Cathay operate below half capacity in 2021


    Cathay Pacific will operate only around 10% of its capacity for the rest of year, and just about half for the coming year. This comes as it warns of a very slow recovery in passenger traffic, despite seeing some signs of month-on-month growth. Source: Max Kingsley-Jones/FlightGlobal ...

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    China’s ‘Big Three’ see full domestic traffic recovery in September


    China’s three biggest carriers recorded year-on-year domestic passenger traffic growth for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began. Releasing their traffic results for September, the ‘Big Three’ — comprising Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines — each carried more passengers compared to the same month ...

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  • Spirit A319 Max KJ FG

    Airlines delaying setting schedules to ‘last minute’


    Market uncertainty means traditional network planning rules have disappeared in North American market

  • Virus-mask-airport-travel

    Will there be an international air travel resurgence in 2021?


    When this crisis reaches the 12-month mark around February/March 2021, are there any reasons to believe that things will look vastly better than they do today?

  • Qantas 737

    Qantas and Jetstar resume trans-Tasman flights


    Australian carriers have resumed flights to New Zealand, under the one-way safe travel zone established between the two countries. Qantas and subsidiary Jetstar today operated their first flights between Sydney and Auckland under the scheme, which allows eligible passengers to travel from New Zealand and without needing to quarantine ...

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    Hawaii begins virus testing to boost air travel


    Hawaii starting on 15 October will allow travellers to submit negative coronavirus test results 72 hours in advance of their flights to bypass its ongoing quarantine for new arrivals to the islands, hoping to boost tourism after months of nearly non-existent air travel. Several carriers, including Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines ...

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    ’Small flows through hubs’ will lead recovery, says KLM chief


    The recovery of international air connectivity will favour KLM’s hub operations above point-to-point services, according to the Dutch flag carrier’s chief executive Pieter Elbers.

  • Ryanair-Bergamo-masks

    Ryanair cuts winter capacity to 40% of 2019 level


    The Irish operator blames “increased flight restrictions” imposed by European governments, which caused forward bookings to “weaken slightly” in October and “materially” in November and December.

  • Changi Airport September 2020

    Asia-Pacific ‘travel bubbles’ fail to inflate


    Despite government talk about “travel bubbles,” “green lanes” and the like, the Asia-Pacific’s biggest international air travel markets remain a long way from anything approaching normalcy. While domestic travel is picking up strongly in markets such as China and Vietnam, international travel still remains largely grounded. Three major country ...

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    In depth

    How domestic capacity return varies across key markets


    Domestic markets have been a salvation for many airlines as the global pandemic continues to batter international travel.

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    Air New Zealand outlines ‘safe travel zone’ ops to Australia


    Air New Zealand has outlined its operations under a bilateral “safe travel zone” arrangement that allows one-way quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia, starting 16 October. The carrier currently operates eight return flights between Auckland and Sydney each week, and is looking to operate six of these as ...

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    WestJet indefinitely suspends flights to Atlantic Canada


    WestJet will cease flying to numerous destinations in far eastern Canada and reduce frequencies to other cities in the region, cutting 80% of seat capacity in that part of the country.

  • Frankfurt airport

    Traffic down 80% at major European hubs in September


    September figures for Europe’s biggest hub airports show passenger traffic down more than 80% on previous year levels, data for London Heathrow, Frankfurt Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle reveals. Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, on 12 October disclosed its passenger numbers fell 81.5% to 1.26 million in September . ...

  • De Oliveira

    Aviation faces ‘systemic collapse’ without support: ACI and IATA


    ACI World and IATA have issued a joint call for non-debt-generating financial support to “prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry”. “The Covid-19 pandemic remains an existential crisis, and airports, airlines and their commercial partners need direct and swift financial assistance to protect essential operations and jobs,” says ...