Source: ACI-LAC Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) is pleased to announce that, as of January 2024, Filipe Pereira dos Reis will be joining our team as a senior consultant working on regional airport issues. He will also be ACI-LAC's interlocutor with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and will be part of the association's technical committees. With more than 25 years' experience in the civil aviation industry, Filipe has been based for the last decade in Miami, USA, where he held the position of regional director for airports, passengers, cargo and security in the Americas at IATA, coordinating modernization projects and security and facilitation improvements relating to the passenger experience and air cargo handling processes. He [...]
Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2023 air travel performance indicating that air travel demand topped 99% of 2019 levels. Total traffic in November 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 29.7% compared to November 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 99.1% of November 2019 levels. International traffic rose 26.4% versus November 2022. The Asia-Pacific region continued to report the strongest year-over-year results (+63.8%) with all regions showing improvement compared to the prior year. November 2023 international RPKs reached 94.5% of November 2019 levels. Domestic traffic for November 2023 was up 34.8% compared to November 2022. Total November 2023 domestic traffic was 6.7% above the November 2019 level. Growth was particularly strong [...]
Source: TSA Exceeds record of 6,542 firearms in 2022 During 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted a total of 6,737 firearms at airport security checkpoints, preventing them from getting into the secure areas of the airport and onboard aircraft. Approximately 93% of these firearms were loaded. This total surpasses the previous year's record of 6,542 firearms stopped at checkpoints and represents the highest one-year total in TSA's history. "We are still seeing far too many firearms at TSA checkpoints, and what's particularly concerning is the amount of them loaded, presenting an unnecessary risk to everyone at the TSA checkpoint," said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. "Firearms and ammunition are strictly prohibited in carry-on baggage. Passengers are only allowed to travel [...]
Source: US DOT Report highlights DOT efforts to improve safety, efficiency, and the strengthening of consumer protections for air travelers among others The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released a report updating the public on the Biden-Harris Administration efforts to improve America's transportation infrastructure. The report includes updates on DOT's key priorities, including rail safety, strengthening consumer protections for air travelers, and the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), among others. "We are delivering for the American people with the resources now available because President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law reversed decades of underinvestment in our transportation systems," said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "The public placed great trust in DOT, and we are honoring that trust by making improvements [...]
Source: ALTA The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the joining of Global Lounge Network as a new ALTA Partner. It is a company that designs, finances, develops and markets lounges in airports around the world. It currently has 45 VIP lounges serving over 300,000 people per month. The company, headquartered in Miami, Florida, began operations in April 2014 with the opening of the first lounge at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which serves San Juan, Puerto Rico. Today it has a team made up of professionals with over 30 years of experience in the airline industry and 25 years in the development of VIP lounges. "The travel experience is a key aspect [...]
Source: FAA The FAA has approved a method to comply with the FAA's Boeing 737-9 emergency airworthiness directive, and it has been provided to the affected operators. The FAA’s priority is always keeping Americans safe. In that spirit, Boeing 737-9 aircraft will remain grounded until operators complete enhanced inspections which include both left and right cabin door exit plugs, door components, and fasteners. Operators must also complete corrective action requirements based on findings from the inspections prior to bringing any aircraft back into service. The FAA will continue to support the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into Alaska Airlines Flight 1282. The NTSB is in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates.
Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2023 global air cargo markets indicating the strongest year-on-year growth in roughly two years. This is partly due to weakness in November 2022, but also reflects a fourth consecutive month of strengthening demand for air cargo. Global demand for air cargo, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), increased by 8.3% compared to November 2022. For international operations, demand growth was 8.1%. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 13.7% compared to November 2022 (+11.6% for international operations). Most of the capacity growth continues to be attributable to the increase in belly capacity as international passenger markets continue their post-COVID recovery. Compared to November 2019 (pre-COVID-19), demand is [...]
Source: FAA The FAA will order the temporary grounding of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. “The FAA is requiring immediate inspections of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes before they can return to flight,” FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said. “Safety will continue to drive our decision-making as we assist the NTSB’s investigation into Alaska Airlines Flight 1282.” The Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that will be issued shortly will require operators to inspect aircraft before further flight that do not meet the inspection cycles specified in the EAD. The required inspections will take around four to eight hours per aircraft. The EAD will affect approximately 171 airplanes worldwide.
Source: US DOT The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of October 2023 for on-time performance, mishandled baggage, and mishandled wheelchairs and scooters. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. DOT remains committed to ensuring airline passengers are treated fairly and flights operate as scheduled. For the first 10 months of 2023, 1.5% of flights were canceled, far below the 2.6% cancellation rate for the first 10 months of 2022 and the 2.1% cancellation rate for first 10 months of pre-pandemic 2019. DOT uses the data from the ATCR, consumer complaints, and other information it secures [...]
Source: US DOT U.S. aviation ended 2023 on a better note for passengers with the lowest flight cancellation rate in at least 10 years, alongside expanded consumer protections for travelers. “Thanks to the tireless work of our nation's aviation safety professionals, millions of travelers were able to fly safely and without disruption last year,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We are glad to see this 10-year low rate of cancellations, and our Department will continue to take every step to ensure air travel is smooth and safe for passengers in the new year." In 2023, there were 16.3 million flights and a cancellation rate below 1.2 percent, the lowest rate in a decade.According to the Transportation Security Administration, 2023 was also the [...]