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ICAO updates Global Tourism Crisis Committee on latest vaccine and testing developments in air transport

Source: ICAO Speaking  to the 8th Virtual Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Tourism Crisis Committee this week, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu acknowledged that the latest measures to confront the most recent waves of COVID-19 transmission are weighing heavily on global travel and tourism.   She emphasized that there were few signs of near-term relief ahead for travel and tourism markets, given that the world is still faced with limited supplies of vaccines, and insufficient data on the transmission of the virus by persons that have been vaccinated.   Dr. Liu underscored that ICAO is collaborating with States, partner agencies and industry on the global vaccine distribution challenge, and to develop further guidance applicable to [...]

2021-01-21T23:18:58+02:00January 21st, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Curacao International Airport – Q4 2020 Air Traffic Overview

Source: Curacao International Airport The recovery of commercial passenger traffic continued gradually during the fourth and final quarter of 2020. The borders for the Dutch Caribbean were reopened for commercial passenger traffic and a pilot program for air service from the USA was launched, reopening the borders to four specific states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida.  The borders remained closed for the remaining states, Colombia, and Panama. Towards the middle of the quarter, air travel recovery experienced new delays due to the resurgence of the virus in many parts of the world including Curaçao. In October, November and December 2020, International Departing Traffic, remained driven by The Netherlands. Passenger traffic in October increased by +28% over September, in [...]

2021-01-18T22:14:25+02:00January 18th, 2021|AIRPORTS, News|

Aeromexico implements measures issued by the United States Government

Source: Aeromexico As of January 26, the United States government will require all passengers two years and older to present a negative COVID-19 test under the following conditions: The tests that will be accepted are: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test or Antigen test issued by a laboratory. Date of completion of the test: Maximum 3 days before the flight departs (with or without stopovers). In addition to these requirements, the United States government has requested that passengers must fill a form to confirm the authenticity of the test result. Aeromexico has issued a flexibility waiver for passengers who, if necessary, can change their flight. More details and a FAQ section can be consulted at the following links:   Aeromexico Landing [...]

2021-01-18T22:02:34+02:00January 18th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

2020 passenger totals drop 60 per cent as COVID-19 assault on international mobility continues

Source: ICAO With its latest economic impact analysis of COVID-19 now completed, the UN agency for civil aviation has confirmed that international passenger traffic suffered a dramatic 60 per cent drop over 2020, bringing air travel totals back to 2003 levels. ICAO reports that as seat capacity fell by 50 per cent last year, passenger totals dropped by 60 per cent with just 1.8 billion passengers taking to the air during the first year of the pandemic, compared to 4.5 billion in 2019. Its numbers also point to airline financial losses of 370 billion dollars resulting from the COVID-19 impacts, with airports and air navigation services providers (ANSPs) losing a further 115 billion and 13 billion, respectively. The pandemic plunge [...]

2021-01-15T22:06:30+02:00January 15th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Copa Holdings Announces Monthly Traffic Statistics for December 2020

Source: Copa Holdings Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE: CPA), today released preliminary passenger traffic statistics for December 2020: Operating Data December December % Change 2020 2019 (YOY) Copa Holdings  (Consolidated)   ASM (mm) (1) 832.3 2,124.5 -60.8%   RPM (mm) (2) 622.6 1,814.0 -65.7%   Load Factor (3) 74.8% 85.4% -10.6p.p. 1.  Available seat miles - represents the aircraft seating capacity multiplied by the number of miles the seats are flown. 2.  Revenue passenger miles - represents the numbers of miles flown by revenue passengers 3.  Load factor - represents the percentage of aircraft seating capacity that is actually utilized Consolidated capacity (ASMs) came in 60.8% lower year over year in December, while passenger traffic (RPMs) decreased 65.7% year over year, [...]

2021-01-15T20:03:55+02:00January 15th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Pandemic recovery presents opportunities for addressing gender imbalances in air transport: ICAO Secretary General

Source: ICAO ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu addressed the members of the Women in Aviation International’s India Chapter on 8 January 2021, providing introductory remarks to its virtual meeting on “Connecting the dots – Recovery for aviation, tourism and hospitality”.   The Secretary General’s comments focused mainly on the significant gender equality challenges still facing the air transport sector, and the opportunity to address current imbalances as the sector pivots and recovers from COVID-19.   “While it is becoming more common to see women in positions of power and prominence, in both the public and private sectors, we still remain under-represented in most professional, leadership, and decision-making categories,” Dr. Liu noted. “In the aviation sector more specifically, which is [...]

2021-01-14T01:19:23+02:00January 14th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

LATAM reinforces domestic connectivity in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru

Source: LATAM With the resumption of 11 domestic routes in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, LATAM Airlines Group estimates that the operation for January 2021 could reach 40%, when compared to the same month of 2020. These new routes would total 770 daily domestic and international flights connecting 112 destinations in 16 countries. Of the LATAM affiliates, Chile projects a passenger operation of 30% for January due to setbacks in the reopening processes of many regions across the country and increased restrictions for both domestic and international transport. LATAM Cargo foresees a beginning of the year in which it will maximize the use of its fleet, especially before February 14, in order to strengthen logistics for the transport of flowers [...]

2021-01-13T18:22:14+02:00January 13th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

New Travel Restrictions Across Latin America and the Caribbean Threaten Economic Recovery

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), are jointly expressing their deep concerns about the new measures and restrictions imposed on air travel across Latin America and the Caribbean. In a call to governments they are asking for the implementation and adherence to internationally agreed measures which permit safe air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rolling back the progress made on restoring air connectivity in 2020 will have an adverse effect on the socio-economic recovery in the region, placing millions of jobs at risk. 2021 began as a promising and hopeful year with [...]

2021-01-11T17:18:08+02:00January 11th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|