Ryanair opens 85th European base at Memmingen Airport and launches summer 2018 schedule

Ryanair opened (05-Sep-2017) its 85th base in Europe and 10th in Germany at Memmingen Allgaeu Airport and announced its summer 2018 schedule from the airport. Highlights include: One based aircraft (USD100 million…..

Qatar reports 18.4% decrease in GCC arrivals in Jul-2017

Qatar‘s Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics reported (Sep-2017) visitor arrivals from Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) declined 18.4% to 656,681 in Jul-2017, while visitation from other…..

SAS saves EUR23m under efficiency enhancement programme in Q3FY2017

SAS saved (05-Sep-2017) SEK225 million (EUR23 million) during Q3FY2017 ended 31-Jul-2017 under its efficiency enhancement programme. Improvement measures include: Outsourcing of Cimber to CityJet; Reduced manning with cabin crew…..

Thomas Cook Airlines to launch Marsa Alam services following 113% increase in Hurghada travel

Thomas Cook Airlines announced (05-Sep-2017) plans to launch weekly Marsa Alam services from Birmingham and London Gatwick, effective 19-Oct-2017. The carrier and tour operator also reported a 113% year-on-year increase in…..

EU Commission approves EUR150m bridging loan for airberlin

EU Commission approved (04-Sep-2017) German Government plans to grant a “temporary” EUR150 million bridging loan to airberlin. The Commission expects the measure “will allow for the orderly…..

Amsterdam Schiphol reports successful ‘small bags only’ security lanes trial, extends service

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport reported (04-Sep-2017) its ‘small bags only’ security lanes trial saw 95% of passengers wait between zero and 10 minutes. As previously reported by CAPA, Schiphol trialled a…..

Etihad Airways vows to increase investment in Chinese market

China‘s Ambassador to the UAE Ni Jian met with Etihad AirwaysCEO Peter Baumgartner on 28-Aug-2017. Mr Baumgartner said the carrier attaches great importance to the Chinese market, adding…..

WOW air wants a partner by 2019

WOW air CEO Skuli Mogensen confirmed plans to seek a partner within the next two years to 2019 (Bloomberg/E24, 01-Sep-2017). Mr Mogensen said the ideal partner…..

LOT Polish Airlines to wet lease 777-200 in Sep/Oct-2017: report

LOT Polish Airlines reportedly plans to wet lease Boeing 777-200 aircraft from Privilege Style, for deployment on Warsaw Chopin-New York JFK service in Sep/Oct-2017 (Pasazer, 02-Sep-2017). The aircraft will be deployed on…..

KTB expects 1.5m tourists to visit Kenya in 2017, supported by growth in international arrivals

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) chairman Jimi Kariuki and CEO Betty Radier said KTB expects visitor arrivals to Kenya to reach 1.5 million in 2017 (The Nation, 02-Sep-2017). Total visitor…..

Niki Lauda planning to submit bid for NIKI by the ‘end of the week’

NIKI founder Niki Lauda commented on interest in the carrier, confirming: “I am preparing a plan to bid for NIKI which has to go in… by the end of…..