Cancellation crisis hits Ryanair growth

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 6 December 2017: Ryanair passenger traffic grew at the slowest pace in three years last month, data from the Irish no-frills airline showed Monday as it weathers a cancellations crisis.

Some 9.3 million passengers flew with Ryanair in November, up 6% compared with the same month a year earlier.

But last month’s increase was the lowest since October 2014 and fell short of 8% expansion in October. Read more

Fernandes prods Mavcom on KLIA2 tax rise

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 December 2017: Travellers boarding flights at KLIA2 will pay a higher passenger service charge, effective, 1 January, when the tax increases from MYR50 to MYR73.

The tax adjustment prompted founder and CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, to tweet “can anyone explain the KLIA2 second service hike?”

He probably doesn’t need the explanation, but his tweet hints of a broad dissatisfaction with authorities that are imposing higher taxes on air travel. Read more

Lombok airport closed

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPARSAR, 1 December 20127: A change of wind has forced the closure of Lombok airport, late Thursday, although Bali’s airport remains open and is being served by both  scheduled and charter flights sent in to evacuate thousands of stranded travellers.

A leading tour operator, Asian Trails with offices in Bali reports the situation remains unchanged with “ongoing ash clouds filling the skies over the region.”

Despite the reopening of Bali International Airport, government officials say the situation could change at any moment in line with forecasted weather conditions. Read more

Thai AirAsia sees income slip

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 November 2017: Thai AirAsia carried 4.93 million passengers during the third quarter (July to September) up 14% year-on-year, but net income was down due to declining fares and increases in fuel and tax costs.

Reporting third quarter earnings to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, last week, the airline’s parent company, Asia Aviation PLc, said Q3 net income reached THB260.9 million down 34% when compared with Q3 2016, which recorded a net income of THB396.6 million.

It blamed the decline on increased fuel costs due to the rise in global oil price as well as the nation’s excise tax on domestic jet fuel prices. Excise tax on fuel used for international flights remained unchanged. Read more

Double the passengers by 2036

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 1 November 2017: Airline passenger traffic will increase to 7.8 billion by 2036, near double the 4 billion air travellers forecast for this year.

The forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week, says the prediction is based on a 3.6% average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) identified in the latest update of the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

“All indicators lead to growing demand for global connectivity. The world needs to prepare for a doubling of passengers in the next 20 years,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac. Read more

Security officers fired after United probe

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 19 October 2017: The city of Chicago revealed, Tuesday, that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year.

Video of the April incident went viral online, showing airport officers dragging a bloodied David Dao off a full plane to make room for airline crew needing to be repositioned for future flights.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who heads the mid-west US city’s watchdog office, had been pursuing an internal probe of the officers’ actions. Read more

UK flies holiday-makers home

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 18 October 2017: UK authorities on Monday said they had completed a programme to fly back to Britain tens of thousands of passengers stranded following the collapse of Monarch Airlines a fortnight ago.

“This has been a phenomenal challenge and one that has required the cooperation and support of many businesses, government departments and individuals,” Andrew Haines, chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority regulator, said in a statement.

The CAA said it had flown back to Britain a total of 83,875 passengers. Read more

Belgium lodges case against Ryanair

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 6 October 2017: Belgium said Wednesday it intends to take Ryanair to court, accusing the low-cost airline of illegally punishing customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations.

The Dublin-based airline has “shown a lack of professionalism”, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters, who handles the consumer affairs portfolio, said in a statement.

Ryanair has been plagued by a pilot shortage that has led it to axe thousands of flights in Europe — and has now extended the wave of cancellations into early 2018. Read more

Ryanair flouts passenger rules

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 2 October 2017: Ryanair said at the weekend it had complied with demands from Britain’s aviation regulators to inform their customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations of their full rights.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the Irish low-cost carrier had “capitulated” to its demands by telling passengers they could receive a refund, be transferred onto other airlines’ flights and claim for expenses incurred.

The Dublin-based airline had been “systematically flouting” the rules, but “it appears that Ryanair has now capitulated”, said CAA chief executive Andrew Haines. Read more

Passenger traffic at Changi rises

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.27 million passenger movements in August, a 7.0% year-on-year increase.

There was a 10.7% increase in airfreight throughput to 180,590 tonnes, while aircraft movements rose 4.9% to 31,750 landings and take-offs.

Passenger traffic during August was supported by growth across all regions, with air travel to and from South Asia, Africa and the Americas rising by double digits. Read more

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