Ryanair ends package holiday service two years after launch

Ryanair closed the Ryanair Holidays package holidays business two years after its launch in Dec-2016 (Irish Independent/Irish Times/RTE, 15-Jan-2019). Ryanair stated: “Going forward, it is no…..

Car2Go commences electric vehicle rental ops in Paris with initial fleet of 400 Smart EQs

Car2Go commenced vehicle rental operations in Paris, deploying 400 Smart EQ electric vehicles (La Tribune, 15-Jan-2019). The company will utilise the 1000 vehicle recharging stands commissioned by the…..

Turkish Airlines releases 2019 guidance: Pax to reach 80m with ASK growth between 7% and 8%

Turkish Airlines released (15-Jan-2019) the following guidance regarding traffic and financial targets for 2019, following 2019 budget approval by the board: Traffic: Passengers: 80 million; Domestic:…..

XL Airways France’s ‘number one priority’ to launch two new Chinese routes by 2020: President

XL Airways France president Laurent Magnin said the carrier’s “number one priority” is to open two new Chinese destinations outside of Jinan by 2020 (tourmag.com, 10-Jan-2019). As previously reported…..

Kazakhstan could place restrictions on age of imported aircraft

Kazakhstan‘s Civil Aviation Committee chief inspector Toty Amirova, via her official Facebook account, announced (14-Jan-2019) work is being conducted on the introduction of laws against the import…..

Istanbul Airport introduces new Turkish Airlines VIP lounge

Istanbul Airport introduced a new Turkish Airlines VIP lounge in Jan-2019, featuring contained work areas, enhanced seating and F&B services, children’s recreation area and shower facilities (turkiyeturizm.com, 14-Jan-2019).

Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus to acquire Flybe

Flybe and Connect Airways, a consortium consisting of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital, agreed (11-Jan-2019) on the terms of a recommended cash offer for Flybe. Connect Airways…..

SkyUp targets hybrid model

SkyUp director general Evgeniy Khaynatskiy said the carrier will gradually shift to a hybrid model (cfts.org.ua, 28-Dec-2018). Mr Khaynatskiy stated low cost services will account for…..

French Ministry of Transport looking to open intercity rail routes to competition by 2022

France‘s Ministry of Transportation plans to open Nantes–Lyon and Nantes-Bordeaux intercity rail routes to competition by rail operators other than the SNCF from 2022 (deplacementspros.com, 10-Jan-2019). “Competition must engender new…..

Corendon Dutch Airlines opens reservations for Amsterdam-Natal service

Corendon Dutch Airlines, via Corendon Airlines‘ official booking platform, opened sales for Amsterdam–Natal service with a fuel stop in Banjul, scheduled to commence on 03-Nov-2019 (aviation24.be, 11-Jan-2019). The…..