Chile considers using Vina del Mar Torquemada Airport as an LCC terminal

Chile considers converting Vina del Mar Torquemada Airport from military into an LCC airport, following the example of Argentina‘s Government with Buenos Aires El Palomar Airport (aviacionnews, 22-Mar-2018). If the project…..

Copa Airlines studies launching operations to Tucuman

Tucuman Governor Juan Manzur met (21-Mar-2018) with Copa Airlines to discuss the possibility of launching operations to the Argentina‘s north region. [more – original PR – Spanish]

IATA reports high passenger yields in Latin America, North America

IATA reported (22-Mar-2018) North American 4Q2017 EBIT margins averaged 10.3%, while Latin American margins averaged 10.1%, compared to the global industry average EBIT margin of 8.6%. Industry wide passenger yields continue to broadly trend sideways, “as…..

Delta Air Lines: Passengers prepared to pay extra for quality service

Delta Air Lines GM Australia/New Zealand & Virgin Australia Clare Wheatley, speaking at the CAPA Canberra Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, stated (23-Mar-2018) “customers are prepared to pay a little bit extra for us”, in…..

Brazil ANAC reports lowest average fare since 2011

Brazil ANAC has reported 52% of air tickets sold in Brazil in 2017 were priced below BRL300 (USD91.68). The average fare adjusted for inflation was BRL357.15 (USD109.11), the…..

Alaska Airlines, Horizon and SkyWest receive approval for codeshare agreement with Finnair

Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines received (21-Mar-2018) approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate a codeshare agreement with Finnair between points in the US, and between points in the US…..

SkyBahamas CEO: Potential revenue increase from ATM charges could subsidise airport construction

SkyBahamas CEO Randy Butler commented on the Bahamian Government’s aspirations to reclaim airspace management from the US FAA (The Nassau Guardian, 21-Mar-2018). Mr Butler noted estimations of airspace management potentially generating an extra USD30 million…..

Swissport opens base in Forteleza to handle Air France/KLM services

Swissport inaugurated (21-Mar-2018) a new base at Fortaleza Pinto Martins Airport with the objective of handling Air Franceand KLM cargo operations at the airport. Swissport already handles the carriers’ operations at São Paulo Guarulhos International…..

Royal Air Maroc planning Casablanca-Fortaleza service: report

Morocco‘s Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani reportedly said Royal Air Maroc plans to commence Casablanca–Fortaleza service, subject to approval by Brazil‘s National Civil Aviation Agency(OPOVO, 20-Mar-2018). The airline currently serves São Paulo…..

Air France-KLM would ‘like to have a strong ally in Colombia’

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines CFO Erik Swelheim stated Air France-KLM “would very much like to have a strong ally in Colombia” (El Tiempo, 21-Mar-2018). He said the group has “good…..

Southwest Airlines: Competitive fare environment continues to pressure revenue yields

Southwest Airlines stated (21-Mar-2018) Mar-2018 RASM trends for the non peak travel periods have been below previous expectations, primarily due to the competitive fare environment that…..