Qatar Airways will ‘massively grow’ Meridiana

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker stated Qatar Airways will “massively grow” Meridiana, including a relaunch with new aircraft and new branding and an expansion of its European and…..

Tourism Ireland welcomes overseas visitors, continued concern for decreasing UK market

Tourism Ireland welcomed (29-Sep-2017) figures published showing 6,714,600 inbound tourists visited Ireland from Jan-2017 to Aug-2017, representing a 2.5% year-on-year increase. Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons added: “North America and…..

EgyptAir to add 787, A320neos to fleet

EgyptAir Holding Company board of directors provided in principle approval to develop the carrier’s fleet with Boeing 787 and A320neo aircraft (Daily News Egypt, 01-Oct-2017). Chairman Safwat Musallam said…..

Russia to invest EUR6.5bn in tourism development in period from 2019 to 2025

Russia‘s Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Oleg Safonov the maximum volume of the total funding to be invested into the development of domestic and inbound tourism under…..

Qatar Airways formalises acquisition of 49% stake in Meridiana

Italy‘s Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio announced (28-Sep-2017) Qatar Airways finalised acquisition of a 49% stake AQA Holding, the new parent company of Meridiana. Alisarda maintains the right to appoint…..

Lufthansa to launch Frankfurt-Shenyang service from 27-Mar-2018

Lufthansa plans to launch three times weekly Frankfurt–Shenyangservice with A340-300 aircraft from 27-Mar-2018, according to a 29-Sep-2017 GDS inventory and timetable display. Lufthansa will be the route’s…..

Kenya Airways to discontinue Hong Kong and Hanoi services; Strengthen focus on Africa

Kenya Airways confirmed (28-Sep-2017) plans to discontinue Hong Kong and Hanoi services, effective 29-Oct-2017. The airline said the change will enable better schedules to Asia with daily Bangkok and Guangzhou service. In addition, the…..

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: New easyJet based aircraft to boost direct European connectivity

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) welcomed (28-Sep-2017) easyJet‘s plans to base an Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport in summer 2018, the carrier’s eighth based aircraft at Liverpool. LJLA air…..

South African Airways: Demand in Central Africa remains stagnant due to slow economic growth

South African Airways (SAA) reported (28-Sep-2017) demand in Central Africa has remained at levels similar to 2016 due to slow economic growth in the region. SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali stated SAA‘s…..

Aigle Azur CEO ‘working to extend our network on the long haul’

Aigle Azur CEO Frantz Yvelin stated the carrier is “working to extend our network on the long haul”, however “I do not want to force things and make…..

Ryanair withdraws from Alitalia interest, cites need to focus on rostering issues

Ryanair notified (27-Sep-2017) Alitalia‘s bankruptcy commissioners that it “will not be pursuing our interest in Alitalia or submitting any further offers for the airline”. Ryanair attributed the change in interest “in…..