SA Airlink commences first commercial service to St Helena

SA Airlink commenced (14-Oct-2017) weekly Johannesburg-Windhoek–St Helena service with Embraer 190 equipment on 14-Oct-2017, marking the first commercial service at St Helena Airport. The airline also offers connections between Cape Townand St…..

ForwardKeys: Relaxed visa regimes often spur large scale travel influxes from China

ForwardKeys CEO Olivier Jager, speaking at the CAPA-ACTE Global Summit, stated (13-Oct-2017) the Chinese traveller is “very resilient”, however the US travel ban’s associated uncertainty impacted travel from China to the…..

Volotea to launch operations at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in Apr-2018

Volotea announced (10-Oct-2017) plans to launch operations at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in Apr-2018, serving Palermo, Palma de Mallorca and, on an exclusive basis, Alicante and Cagliari, as confirmed by VINCI Airports. The carrier will launch…..

SalamAir to expand to 20 aircraft and 30 destinations in five years

SalamAir CEO Mohamed Ahmed said the airline plans to expand its fleet from three to 20 aircraft within five years (Gulf News, 14-Oct-2017). The airline expects…..

Antwerp Airport sees itself as an ‘attractive alternative’ as the Netherlands considers aviation tax

Antwerp International Airport announced (Oct-2017) plans to act an “attractive alternative” to Dutch airports in light of the Dutch government’s proposal to reintroduce aviation taxes. The…..

Norwegian CEO considers buying Monarch Airlines’ slots

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA CEO Bjørn Kjos, speaking on the sidelines of CAPA-ACTE Global Summit, stated the carrier “could very well use the slots” of bankrupted Monarch Airlines “but…..

CAPA: ‘super connectors’ in Middle East and Turkey are ‘losing steam’ after earlier transformation

CAPA – Centre for Aviation executive chairman Peter Harbison, speaking at the CAPA-ACTE Global Summit, stated (12-Oct-2017) “super connectors” in the Middle East and Turkey are “losing steam”, after “transforming aviation”…..

Avinor revising strategy for north west Norway airport infrastructure and capacity expansion

Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen stated (12-Oct-2017) the airport operator has pursued an aggressive airport infrastructure and capacity expansion strategy in north west Norway “for many years”, in order…..

fastjet Mozambique to commence services on 03-Nov-2017

fastjet, via its official Facebook and Twitter accounts, announced (12-Oct-2017) plans to commence nine times weekly Maputo-Beira, daily Maputo-Nampula and four times weekly Maputo-Tete services, effective…..

TAP attributes strong trans-Atlantic growth to partnerships in the US and Brazil

TAP Portugal attributed (11-Oct-2017) the strong growth on Braziland US services to its partnerships with Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras and Gol Linhas Aereas, and jetBlue and United Airlines. TAP reported its codeshare with Azul “brought” 65,000 passengers to…..

EU blacklist ‘not helpful’, EU needs to be proactive on removing bans: AACO secretary general

Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) secretary general Abdul Wahab Teffaha commented on the EU‘s list of banned airlines, stating: “We believe it’s not helpful, and we believe…..