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

IATA: Air travel grows in July

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

GENEVA, 21 September 2017: Global passenger traffic in July showed a strong, but moderating demand growth with an increase of 6.8% in revenue passenger km, according to the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association.

All regions reported solid, or better growth, in passenger volumes over the past year. Capacity (available seat km or ASKs) increased by 6.1%, and load factor rose 0.6 percentage points to a July record of 84.7%.

“As is evidenced by the record high load factor in July, the appetite for air travel remains very strong. However, the stimulus effect of lower fares is softening in the face of rising cost inputs. This suggests a moderating in the supportive demand backdrop,” said  IATA’s director general and CEO. Alexandre de Juniac. Read more

Ryanair scraps flights to be on time

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 19 September 2017: Ryanair announced at the weekend it was cancelling between 1,680 and 2,100 flights over the next six weeks in a bid to “improve punctuality”, sparking outrage from passengers who suddenly have to make new travel plans.

The Irish low-cost airline said it would scrap 40 to 50 flights daily — “less than 2% of its flying programme — to address problems caused by air traffic control (ATC) delays and strikes, weather disruption and a change in the holiday schedules of pilots and cabin crews.

Throughout last Friday, the Ryanair Twitter feed was filled with complaints from passengers who had their flights cancelled, with one describing the lack of notice an “absolute disgrace” and another saying it was “shocking”. Read more

Airlines enjoy robust Q2

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 24 August 2017: IATA reports more robust results for airlines during the second quarter of 2017.

Initial airline financial results outlined in IATA’s July Financial Monitor show Q2 2017 turned out better for airlines, suggesting the squeeze on profit margins from higher costs and weak yields peaked in the first quarter of the year.

IATA noted that  passenger yields, having trended downwards since 2013, have now started to trend upwards. Read more

Ryanair calls for booze curb

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 16 August 2017: Ryanair on Monday called for British airports to impose a two-drink limit on passengers and end boozing at breakfast time to help curb a rise in rowdy passengers.

The Irish no-frills airline wants airport bars and restaurants to check boarding passes and sell no more than two alcohol drinks per pass, in addition to stopping them selling any alcohol before 1000.

Ryanair said its intervention came “in the wake of increased disruptive behaviour from passengers travelling from British airports”. Read more

Global air travel demand grows

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

GENEVA, 4 August 2017: Demand for global airline travel grew 7.8% in June compared to the year-ago period, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced Thursday.

IATA measures growth in total revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs.

Growth in June was similar to the 7.7% increase achieved in May 7.8% and all regions reported improvements. Seat capacity in the month (available seat kilometres or ASKs) increased by 6.5%, and load factor rose 1% to 81.9%. Read more

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