Walsh Takes the Helm at IATA

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of the organization. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.  “I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so than during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has been at the forefront of efforts to restart global connectivity, including developing the IATA Travel Pass. Less visible but of equal importance, airlines continue to rely on IATA’s financial settlement systems, Timatic and other vital services to support their day-to-day operations. I am grateful to Alexandre for leaving behind a strong organization and a motivated team. Together, the IATA team is absolutely [...]

2021-04-02T00:21:02+03:00April 2nd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS, Uncategorized|

ICAO encourages liberalization and innovation to spur West African aviation pandemic recovery

Source: ICAO Speaking yesterday to the virtual Ministerial Meeting on Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano and Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu emphasized how liberalization and innovation remain key to the region’s optimized and sustainable air connectivity. On the topic of liberalization, President Sciacchitano highlighted in his keynote address to the participants to the event, which was hosted  by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Aviation and the International Partners for Aviation Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS), that “the restoration of air connectivity is nothing short of vital for the 15 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries’ 308 million people, and for their many businesses which rely on cross-border travel.” He also emphasized [...]

2021-03-20T01:05:01+02:00March 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Tenerife to host debate on the new tourism industry model during Aviation-Event 2021 Tenerife

Source: Aviation-Event   The president of the Tenerife Cabildo, Pedro Martín, closed the intense day of work in which the board of directors of the meeting on connectivity and tourism (taking place the 11th of June) determined the content of the presentations to be given by 200 experts from airlines, tour operators and the media, all related to connectivity.   The President of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Pedro Martín, announced that Aviation-Event will make Tenerife the centre of the debate on the tourism industry next June. He did so after a day of intense work by the meeting's board of directors, made up of important figures in the fields of aviation, airports and tourism and it sets the agenda for [...]

2021-03-26T17:35:42+02:00March 12th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS, Uncategorized|

Azul Reports February 2021 Traffic

Source: Azul Azul S.A., “Azul”, (B3: AZUL4, NYSE: AZUL), the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities served and flight departures, announces today its preliminary traffic results for February 2021. Domestic passenger traffic (RPKs) increased 4.6% compared to February 2019 on a domestic capacity increase (ASKs) of 9.3%, resulting in a load factor of 78.6%. “We began 2021 in a strong position, confirmed by our February traffic results. The next couple of months will be challenging, with weak seasonality and the second wave of the pandemic. Therefore, we are adjusting our service offering accordingly and will continue to monitor the situation. Still, Brazil is moving forward with its vaccination efforts, and we are confident we will gradually see improved [...]

2021-03-09T20:36:40+02:00March 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|

ICAO Council makes progress on new remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) standards

Source: ICAO During its ongoing 222nd Session, the ICAO Council today adopted new and amended Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) driving important progress on the international safety and interoperability of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The new provisions will become effective on 12 July 2021, and applicable as of 26 November 2026. The most important pertain to Annex 8 — Airworthiness of Aircraft to the Chicago Convention, and cover certification requirements for remotely piloted aeroplanes and helicopters, in addition to the remote pilot stations (RPS) they are operated from. “These Annex 8 provisions will now importantly serve as the foundational international SARPs for issuing Type Certificates and Certificates of Airworthiness for remotely piloted aircraft and all of their required components,” [...]

2021-03-02T01:29:50+02:00March 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Copa Holdings Announces Monthly Traffic Statistics For October 2020

Source: Copa Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE: CPA), today released preliminary passenger traffic statistics for October 2020: Operating Data October October % Change 2020 2019 (YOY) Copa Holdings  (Consolidated)   ASM (mm) (1) 300.2 2,030.9 -85.2%   RPM (mm) (2) 209.8 1,726.1 -87.8%   Load Factor (3) 69.9% 85.0% -15.1p.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 After virtually no operations since March 2020 due to air travel restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Company has now restarted [...]

2020-11-18T01:38:29+02:00November 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

UNWTO Launches Global Guidelines to Reopen Tourism

Source: UNWTO The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of guidelines to help tourism sector emerge stronger and more sustainably from COVID-19. The guidelines highlight the need to act decisively, to restore confidence and, as UNWTO strengthens its partnership with Google, to embrace innovation and the digital transformation of global tourism. The guidelines were produced in consultation with the Global Tourism Crisis Committee and aim to support governments and private sector to recover from an unparalleled crisis. Depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, the United Nations specialized agency warns that international tourist arrivals could fall by between 60% and 80%. This puts 100-120 million jobs at risk and could lead to US$ 910 billion to US$ 1.2 trillion lost in [...]

2020-05-28T20:38:55+03:00May 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|


Source: Caribbean Airlines On Friday 8 May, Caribbean Airlines utilized one of its Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft for a cargo only charter service for the first time in the airline’s history. This flight was part of the airline’s recently launched charter service, and was used to move essential supplies from Guyana to Cuba. The new service was introduced to serve islands experiencing reduced cargo capacity due the closure of borders to commercial passenger flights due to COVID-19. The charter service operated under strict regulatory procedures, adhering to established best practices for aircraft cleanliness and sanitation to ensure the safety of the airline’s crew during the current pandemic. Marklan Moseley, General Manager – Cargo and New Business, Caribbean Airlines said: “These [...]

2020-05-12T09:50:38+03:00May 11th, 2020|AIRLINES, News, Uncategorized|

Avianca Holdings initiates voluntary reorganization proceedings

Source: Avianca Avianca Holdings S.A. (NYSE: AVH, BVC: PFAVH) (the “Company” or “Avianca”) and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates today filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to preserve and reorganize Avianca’s businesses. LifeMiles™, Avianca’s loyalty program, is administered by a separate company and is not part of the Chapter 11 filing. The filing was necessitated by the unforeseeable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a 90% decline in global passenger traffic and is expected to reduce industry revenues worldwide by $314 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association. Avianca’s scheduled passenger operations have been grounded since mid-March, [...]

2020-05-12T09:42:59+03:00May 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|