Wellington Airport, CSCEC and China Express to partner on runway extension

Wellington International Airport signed an MoU with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and China Express to collaborate on the airport’s NZD300 million (USD208 million) runway extension project (Stuff, 13-Nov-2017). The…..

Air New Zealand to add 90,000 extra seats over peak holiday period

Air New Zealand announced (10-Nov-2017) it will operate 2.2 million seats across its domestic network over the peak summer travel period (December through January), 90,000 more…..

Qantas share buy-back passes USD157m

Qantas completed (13-Nov-2017) the repurchase of 829,827 shares on the Australian Stock Exchange, for a total consideration of AUD4.9 million (USD3.8 million). The airline has now…..

Airservices Australia consulting on Hobart Airport flight path adjustments

Airservices Australia southern operations manager Steve Clarke commented on single flight path operations deployed at Hobart Airport (ABC, 13-Nov-2017). “What we are doing is making it safer, because…..

IASC approves Qantas and LATAM codeshare between Australia and Singapore

Australia‘s International Air Service Commission (IASC) announced (09-Nov-2017) a variation to Determination [2015] IASC 116 to permit the use of the capacity to Singapore for codeshare operations between Qantas and LATAM Airlines……

Emirates signs commitment for 40 787-10s

Emirates announced (12-Nov-2017) a commitment to purchase 40 Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The agreement, including aircraft and related equipment, is valued at USD15.1 billion at current list prices. The…..

Transavia launches ‘revamped’ YouTube channel

Transavia launched (10-Nov-2017) a “newly revamped” YouTube channel aiming to appeal to a younger customer market. “Through the Transavia YouTube channel, we are strengthening our connection to Generation…..

Norwegian Group refused permit to overfly Russia to eastern markets

Russia refused Norwegian Group a permit to operate services in Russian airspace (takeoff.dk/Dagens Naeringsliv, 10-Nov-2017). Norwegian communications manager Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen stated: “We are disappointed that Norwegian authorities have not done…..

FlySafair enters payment partnership with Zapper

FlySafair announced (10-Nov-2017) a partnership with mobile payment company Zapper, enabling travellers to use the Zapper app to pay for FlySafair tickets online, through the airline’s…..

IATA: EC needs to acknowledge competitive imbalance when considering airport charges

IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac reported (31-Oct-2017) a new IATA Economics study – produced as part of the body’s preparations to discuss with…..

Georgia’s tourism sector to account for 7% of GDP in 2017

EU issued (09-Nov-2017) the Association Implementation Report on Georgia, setting out the state of play of Georgia’s commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement since the meeting…..