NICOSIA, CYPRUS, 15 March 2017: Reborn carrier Cyprus Airways is preparing to take to the skies again after having obtained a certificate from the civil aviation department, two years after it closed, the company said Tuesday.
“The Air Operator Certificate is a huge step forward for us, as it acknowledges that all our processes meet the requirements of European aviation authorities,” said Natalia Popova, Cyprus Airways chief commercial officer.
On 4 March, the airline conducted a test flight from Larnaca to Heraklion in Greece with an Airbus A319, as part of the procedure to obtain the certificate. Read more
MOSCOW, 15 March 2017: Russia’s space agency on Tuesday announced a recruitment drive for young would-be cosmonauts who it hopes will become the country’s first on the Moon. And women are welcome, an official stressed.
In the first such drive for five years, Roscosmos space agency said it is looking for six to eight cosmonauts who will operate a new-generation spaceship now in development and “will become the first Russians to fly to the Moon”.
Russia is keen to rekindle the space triumphs of the Soviet era after a series of embarrassing glitches in recent years. Read more
BANGKOK, 14 March 2017: Studies and discussions continue on the role of U-Tapao airport, the nearest airport to Pattaya and resorts along the coastline of Rayong province.
Thailand’s deputy prime minister, Somkid Chatusripitak, chaired a meeting, Monday, with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) management committee to follow up what has been achieved on the proposed project to develop U-Tapao airport.
Under the jurisdiction of the Thai Royal Navy, U-Tapao is the third commercial airport in central Thailand alongside Bangkok’s Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports. Read more
BERLIN, 14 March 2017: Workers at two airports in Berlin on Monday afternoon said they would extend a walkout over pay that has grounded almost all flights out of the German capital.
Service workers’ union Verdi on Sunday said it would call ground personnel out on strike just two days after their last walkout on Friday.
The stoppage was slated to begin at 0400 (0300 GMT) Monday and last until 1700 (0400 GMT) Tuesday, affecting some 660 flights. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 10 March 2017: Cambodia Angkor Air signed, Tuesday, a memorandum of understanding with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to cover component support and maintenance services for the national flag carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320s.
Khmer Times reported the 12-year agreement includes full component support services, repairs and maintenance, pool access, and the provision of a main base with local services.
Cambodia Angkor Air CEO, Nguyen Tu Huy, was quoted saying Cambodia now has 45 airlines both local and international operating flights to and in Cambodia. Read more
TOKYO, 10 March 2017: Japan needs to initiate improvements to its airport infrastructure, especially in Tokyo ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2020 Olympics, International Air Transport Association’s CEO stated in presentation earlier this week in Tokyo
Japan has set aggressive targets for attracting international tourist arrivals. In 2016 Japan welcomed some 24 million international tourists.
In the 2020 Olympic year, Japan hopes to welcome 40 million visitors, who are expected to spend some USD70 billion (JPY 8.0 trillion). Read more
VIENTIANE, 9 March 2017: Lao Airlines plans to launch a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo in Japan.
Lao News Agency reported the airline plans to introduce the service, but has provided few details on its plans.
The flight is expected to make a stop in Nagasaki on one of sector of the journey between Vientiane and Tokyo. Read more
GENEVA, 9 March 2017: Austria will halve its air travel tax 1 January 2018.
International Air Transport Association welcomed the move saying it was “good news for Austrian air travellers and for everyone thinking of visiting the country”.
The Austrian Ministers Council confirmed that the decision was taken to increase the attractiveness of Austria as a business and tourism destination, to secure the future of Vienna airport as an international aviation hub and to create jobs and increase economic development. Read more
BERLIN, 9 March 2017: Qatar Airways unveiled a new business class experience, QSuite, to a packed press conference at ITB Berlin Wednesday.
Predictably, the introduction of the first ever double bed in business class was the top line for media who conjectured that it could make membership of the mile-high-club far too easy.
A hushed silence descended on the airline’s massive pavilion at ITB as the new seat was unveiled by a smiling airline’s group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, just moments before the airline’s annual press conference got underway on the opening day of the show. Read more
BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Thai Airways International has cancelled ticket change surcharges due to the likelihood of flight delays at Suvarnabhumi airport.
Maintenance work is now being carried out on the east runway and B1 taxiway, 3 March to 2 May.
THAI announced the end of the cancellation fee only for delayed flights at Bangkok’s main airport. Read more