BERLIN, 12 November 2015: Lufthansa scrapped 930 more flights on Wednesday, grounding 100,000 passengers after a court allowed cabin staff to press on with a strike that is shaping up to be the worst in the German airline’s history.
The new flight cancellations in and out of Germany’s biggest airport, Frankfurt, as well as hubs in Munich and Düsseldorf, come after four days of stoppages that had already forced the airline to cancel 2,800 flights, leaving 300,000 passengers stranded.
The industrial action over a dispute with the UFO flight attendants union regarding cost cuts began on Friday with a pause on Sunday, and is set to go on until Friday. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 November 2015: Floating lanterns will pose a threat to airlines flying to Chiang Mai during the annual Loy Krathong festival, enough to prompt airlines to reschedule flights.
Thai Airways International announced, Tuesday, it will reschedule some flights and cancel others to avoid the lanterns that are released by festival goers throughout North Thailand. The full moon festival is on 25 November, but lanterns are released at parties and village celebrations for an entire week or more.
The airline’s Department of Aviation Safety, Security and Standards president, Flight Lieutenant Pratana Patanasiri, said adjustment were necessary as the lanterns may interrupt, or cause danger to flights.
JEJU, 11 November 2015: South Korea announced, Tuesday, plans to construct a USD3.5 billion second airport on the resort island of Jeju, to handle a spike in passengers mainly from China.
The one-runway new airport will be built on the eastern part of the island, with completion scheduled for 2025 at the latest, the land and transport ministry said. Read more
SINGAPORE, 10 November 2015: Vietjet took delivery of its newest aircraft, an Airbus A321 at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, last Friday.
The new aircraft, an A321ceo, with Sharklet wingtips, is the 10th on an order book list of 100 aircraft made by the airline with Airbus in September 2013. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 November 2015: Low-cost airline group, AirAsia, improved its load factor by 3% during the third quarter of the year according to its preliminary operation statistics.
Passengers carried increased double-digit by 20% year-on-year to 12.88 million ahead of the 15% increase in capacity.
At the end of the quarter under review, the group’s fleet size stood at 168 A320 aircraft.
Malaysia AirAsia (MAA) achieved a marked improvement in load factor of 82% in 3Q15, up 5 ppts YoY. Passengers carried during the reported period saw a 19% increase YoY to 6.30 million, ahead of the capacity addition of 11%.
BERLIN, 10 November 2015: Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa scrapped 929 flights on Monday, grounding 113,000 passengers, as cabin crew expanded their strike, with the company and union trading blame over the industrial action.
The strike, now in its third day, is expected to last a week, becoming the longest in Lufthansa’s history as both sides fail to agree on cost cuts.
Besides Germany’s biggest airport of Frankfurt, the strike has also affected Düsseldorf and the southern transit hub of Munich.
DUBAI, 10 November 2015: India’s Jet Airways confirmed on Monday an order for 75 Boeing 737 planes previously listed for an undisclosed client on the US manufacturer’s book.
It was the first big announcement at the Dubai Air show, which opened Sunday amid low expectations for major sales.
“The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer, includes conversions of 25 Next-Generation 737s to 737 MAX 8s, as well as options and purchase rights for an additional 50 aircraft,” Boeing said in a statement released at a joint press conference at the Dubai Airshow.
PARIS, 10 November 2015: Airport safety is in the spotlight after a Russian plane crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, with investigators suspecting it was brought down by a bomb inside the aircraft.
Experts consider that baggage controls are, on the whole, reliable and that the biggest risks come from collusion by airport personnel.
Here we take a closer look at the issue.
SINGAPORE, 9 November 2015: Singaporeans will soon be able to enjoy direct flight connections to Fiji in the South Pacific.
Changi Airport and Fiji Airways marked a new milestone Friday with the announcement of nonstop passenger services between Singapore and Fiji, representing Changi Airport’s first direct air link to the South Pacific Islands.
From 5 April 2016, Fiji Airways will operate a twice-weekly service between Nadi and Singapore, using a 273-seat Airbus 330 aircraft in a two-class configuration. The flight time of 10 hours saves travellers at least three hours compared to current flight options, which require a transfer stop in Australia or New Zealand.
BERLIN, 9 November 2015: German airline Lufthansa faced more aviation chaos Monday as cabin staff said they would resume a strike in a battle over cost cuts.
The stoppage — part of rolling industrial action expected to continue until Friday — was due to hit Frankfurt, Duesseldorf and Munich airports on Monday, the UFO flight attendants’ union said.
Frankfurt, Germany’s main air hub, and Duesseldorf were to be hit by work stoppages from 0330-2200 GMT, and Munich from 0330-2300 GMT, the union said on its website on Sunday.