-The US Department of Transportation plans to award Continental Airlines authority to begin a non-stop Cleveland-London Gatwick service on 19 February, 1999. The US carrier intends to operate the route on a daily basis from Cleveland's Hopkins International using Boeing 757s in a two-class configuration.

-British Airways has started operating to Sydney via Kuala Lumpur with Boeing 747-400s, replacing Qantas Boeing 767s as part of the airlines' alliance agreement. In addition, BA is planning a 14th weekly London-Tokyo service. The airline has resumed flights to Nigeria after a gap of 14 months following the lifting of a ban by the Nigerian Government.

-Voyageur Airways is to operate commuter services linking Toronto with Kingston and Syracuse from September using Raytheon Beech 1900Ds, linking to Air Canada's international routes through the Air Connexion commercial partnership.

-Sabena and Finnair have signed a code-sharing agreement on the Brussels-Stockholm-Helsinki route, effective from 28 September, and also covering frequent flier programmes. The two airlines share four daily flights on weekdays, and two at weekends. The carriers will also co-operate on operating services on the Brussels-Stockholm route.

Source: Flight International