IAM-represented employees at Alaska Airlines ratify two-year contract extension

Source: Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines' airport customer service agents, stores, cargo, ground service and reservations agents, who are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), have ratified a two-year contract extension. The contract passed overwhelmingly and includes increased pay with market reviews to ensure wage rates stay competitive, as well as increases in longevity pay. Job security has also been extended until Sept. 27, 2028. Alaska's airport customer service agents, stores, cargo, ground service and reservation agents are responsible for assisting guests with upcoming and day-of travel, managing aircraft material and parts, loading cargo and readying aircraft for departures and arrivals. "IAM negotiators strongly advocated for employees' needs, which included significant improvements to the wage structure. I'm [...]

2022-08-08T13:51:17+03:00August 8th, 2022|AIRLINES, News, ORGANISATIONS|

ALTA will hold a conference on aviation law in Rio de Janeiro on September 14 to 16

Source: ALTA The program for the 14th edition of the event includes: public policies, investments, passenger rights, operations, blockchain and legal uncertainty One of the most outstanding conferences on aviation law is already set to take place. ALTA Aviation Law Americas will be held on September 14 to 16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be three days of discussion about the legal challenges for aviation, financial issues and aeropolitical aspects. The meeting will bring together leading experts from the legal area, airlines, authorities and regulatory agencies to exchange experiences and initiatives that will contribute to the regulatory future of civil aviation in the region. To join, just register through the website: altaaviationlaw.com. Places are limited. ALTA’s Executive Director & [...]

2022-08-04T17:53:14+03:00August 4th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

IATA: Strong Passenger Demand Continues in June

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger data for June 2022 showing that the recovery in air travel remains strong. Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is still significantly smaller than they were in 2019. Total traffic in June 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 76.2% compared to June 2021, primarily propelled by the ongoing strong recovery in international traffic. Globally, traffic is now at 70.8% of pre-crisis levels. Domestic traffic for June 2022 was up 5.2% compared to [...]

2022-08-04T17:38:23+03:00August 4th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

As Part of Ongoing Airline Consumer Protections Efforts, USDOT Announces New Rulemaking That Would Strengthen Protections for Consumers Seeking Refunds of Airline Tickets

Source: US DOT Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) announced a proposed rule for public comment, which if adopted, would significantly strengthen protections for consumers seeking refunds for airline tickets. Since early 2020, the Department has received a flood of air travel service complaints from consumers with non-refundable tickets who did not travel because airlines canceled or significantly changed their flights or because the consumers decided not to fly for pandemic-related reasons such as health concerns. "When Americans buy an airline ticket, they should get to their destination safely, reliably, and affordably," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "This new proposed rule would protect the rights of travelers and help ensure they get the timely refunds they deserve from [...]

2022-08-04T17:41:41+03:00August 4th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

June Air Cargo: Stable and Resilient

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets showing healthy and stable performance. Note: We returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 6.4% below June 2021 levels (-6.6% for international operations). This was an improvement on the year-on-year decline of 8.3% seen in May. Global demand for the first half-year was 4.3% below 2021 levels (-4.2% for international operations). Compared to pre-COVID levels (2019) half-year demand was up 2.2%. Capacity was 6.7% above June 2021 (+9.4% for international operations). This was an increase on the 2.7% year-on-year growth recorded in May. Capacity for the first half-year was [...]

2022-08-03T16:55:09+03:00August 3rd, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $16.9 Million in Grants to Help Small Communities Improve Air Service

Source: US DOT The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that it will award $16.9 million from the Small Community Air Service Development Program to help 25 communities in 20 states develop their own solutions to local air service needs. These federal grants assist small communities across the country with maintaining and building air service options. "In so many of our nation's smaller communities, local air service is crucial to residents' lives and livelihoods," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "We're proud to award these grants to help strengthen local air service in 25 smaller communities and help Americans across the country get to where they need to go more efficiently and affordably." Since the inception of the program, DOT [...]

2022-08-03T20:47:04+03:00August 3rd, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ALTA and UPE sign an important agreement

Sources: Universidad Provincial de Ezeiza (UPE) and ALA News Yesterday, a framework agreement was signed between the Universidad Provincial de Argentina (UPE) and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), an organization that brings together the main protagonists and actors in the industry of aviation in the region. The agreement stipulates the carrying out of promotion, research and training activities that both institutions will undertake jointly. The document was signed by the Rector of the UPE, Daniel Galli, and by the Executive Director and CEO of ALTA, José Ricardo Botelho, who appear in the photograph that accompanies this press release.

2022-08-04T00:19:01+03:00August 3rd, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

International Tourism Consolidates Strong Recovery Amidst Growing Challenges

Source: UNWTO International tourism continues to show signs of a strong and steady recovery from the impact of the pandemic despite significant mounting economic and geopolitical challenges. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism saw a strong rebound in the first five months of 2022, with almost 250 million international arrivals recorded. This compares to 77 million arrivals from January to May 2021 and means that the sector has recovered almost half (46%) of pre-pandemic 2019 levels. “The recovery of tourism has gathered pace in many parts of the world, weathering the challenges standing in its way”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. At the same time, he also advises caution in view of the “economic headwinds and [...]

2022-08-02T16:08:47+03:00August 2nd, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

National Air and Space Museum Unveiled New Brand

Source: NASM For the first time since opening in 1976, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has unveiled a new brand identity, just ahead of the opening of the first phase of the renovated flagship building on the National Mall anticipated for this fall. Designed to signal the moments of awe that inspire and fuel innovation, which are celebrated through the museum’s experiences, the logomark uses positive and negative space to create a stylized craft that simultaneously suggests both aviation and space flight. The brand exploration and creation was a museum-wide effort conducted with the help of Utah-based brand, design and marketing firm Boncom. “The reimagined Air and Space brand exemplifies our vision of helping build a nation of [...]

2022-08-01T17:56:12+03:00August 1st, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

FAA Moves Secondary Flight Deck Barrier Requirement Forward

Source: FAA The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed requiring a second barrier to the flight deck on certain commercial airplanes. The additional barrier would protect flight decks from intrusion when the flight deck door is open. “Flight crews keep us safe when we travel to visit loved ones, explore new places and conduct business. They, too, deserve to be protected, and this rulemaking is an important step forward,” U.S. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg said. The proposed rule requires aircraft manufacturers to install a second physical barrier on airplanes produced after the rule goes into effect and used in commercial passenger service in the United States. “Each additional layer of safety matters. Protecting flight crews helps keep our system [...]

2022-07-29T14:09:13+03:00July 29th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|