Cathy Buyck

Cathy Buyck
Brussels Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Brussels, Cathy covers European regulatory affairs, commercial air transport and MRO. Most recently, she was senior analyst for CAPA – Centre for Aviation. Prior, Cathy was Air Transport World's European Editor/Bureau Chief, leading ATW's Europe, Middle East and African coverage for the magazine and the daily online news. She also contributed to ATW’s numerous newsletters and was responsible for ATW’s annual World Airport Report.
 
She won the 2010/11 European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) Hank McGonagle Journalism Award for a two-part article on the inclusion of aviation in the European ETS and was shortlisted several times for the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year in the Air Transport and Best Strategy/ Finance category. In 2005, she was awarded the ATW Publisher’s Award. Cathy served as president of the Aviation Press Club (Belgium) for many years. She started her career as a journalist working for Belgium’s leading business magazine Trends. Cathy holds a Masters in Modern History from the KULeuven, Belgium, with distinction.
 

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport To Build New Terminal; Committed To Lelystad 

Schiphol Group is firming up plans to build a new terminal and pier at Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS) while awaiting final governmental authorization for the development of nearby Lelystad airport (LEY) as a twin gateway to AMS.

The Netherlands’ Minister of Transport and Environment is expected to issue the airport decree required to undertake the intended development and operation of Lelystad airport in November.

Monarch Airlines To Abandon Charter Operations And Long-Haul 
The U.K. airline will also close one of its six U.K. bases next year.
Air Arabia Quarterly Profit More Than Doubles 

United Arab Emirates (UAE) low-cost carrier Air Arabia managed to significantly improve performance and recorded a 128% increase of its net profit in the second quarter, in spite of the aggressive fleet and network expansion of neighboring rival flydubai.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport To Build New Terminal; Committed To Lelystad Airport 
The Netherlands’ Minister of Transport and Environment is expected to issue the airport decree required to undertake the intended development and operation of Lelystad airport in November.
Finnair Launches ‘Economy Comfort’ On Long-Haul 

Finnair is introducing an “economy comfort” product as part of the ongoing cabin upgrades of its Airbus widebody fleet and this fall will begin unbundling services on short-haul routes, with the introduction of paid-for meals in economy.

Finnair also revealed its initial Airbus A350 routes and said it will deploy the aircraft, for which it is European-launch customer, on services to Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai from the second half of 2015. The Oneworld carrier will subsequently roll out the aircraft on its Hong Kong and Singapore services in 2016.

Pegasus Airlines Posts First-Half Loss 
Operating loss for the first six months of the year was TRY23.7 million (U.S.$11 million), compared to a profit of TRY101 million in the year-ago period and net loss amounted to TRY15.4 million, reversed from a TRY44.1 million net profit last year.
Monarch Group Undertakes Strategic Review 

Monarch Group has launched a strategic review of its capital structure and business, less than one month after committing to an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and options on a further 15 aircraft.

The privately held U.K.-based group said the review covers all areas of the business, from operations to ownership and financing, “with the objective of determining the optimum structure to realize the significant opportunity to build on the respected Monarch brand and distinctive offer to its customers in the budget airline market.”

Finnair Launches “Economy Comfort” on Long-Haul, Adopts Unbundling On Short-Haul 
Finnair also revealed its initial Airbus A350 routes and said it will deploy the aircraft, for which it is European-launch customer, on services to Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai from the second half of 2015. The Oneworld carrier will subsequently roll out the aircraft on its Hong Kong and Singapore services in 2016.
Norwegian Air Shuttle Records Strong July Growth; RASK down 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s delay in approving Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit is surely not hindering the low-cost carrier’s growth, with passenger numbers up 17% in July.

Etihad Deal Could Lead To Management Changes At Alitalia 

The agreement that will see Etihad Airways take a 49% shareholding in Alitalia will lead to a change at the top of the financially struggling Italian airline, including its CEO and chairman, and more than 2,000 jobs will be cut.

Etihad is not losing any time with Alitalia’s restructuring and wants an accord by Sept. 10 delineating how many employees will take up the offer to accept the voluntary-redundancy package. Five days later, on Sept. 15, the letters of dismissal will be sent out.

Monarch Group Undertakes Strategic Review 
The privately held U.K.-based group said the review covers all areas of the business, from operations to ownership and financing, “with the objective of determining the optimum structure to realize the significant opportunity to build on the respected Monarch brand and distinctive offer to its customers in the budget airline market.”
Brussels Airlines Flies Normal Schedule to West-Africa 

Brussels Airlines has closed its crew base in Monrovia, Liberia on Friday but it is maintaining its flight schedule to West African countries affected by the Ebola epidemic.

The carrier, which is 45% owned by Lufthansa, said it decided to move the crew base to Dakar, Ivory Coast  in response to concerns of  its flight crew to overnight in a hotel in Monrovia. “Our pilots and flight attendants were increasingly uncomfortable with staying in a hotel in Liberia, hence this preventive measure,” a spokeswoman said.

Alitalia And Etihad Seal Deal 

Etihad Airways has secured another foothold in Europe and signed the long-awaited deal that will see it take a 49% shareholding in Alitalia, acquire the struggling Italian carrier’s London Heathrow slots and purchase a stake of the Alitalia loyalty program.

As such, the deal mirrors the format that Etihad applied with other equity partners, such as Jet Airways and Air Berlin.

Etihad Deal Could Lead To Management Changes At Alitalia 
Etihad is not losing any time with Alitalia’s restructuring and wants an accord by Sept. 10 delineating how many employees will take up the offer to accept the voluntary-redundancy package. Five days later, on Sept. 15, the letters of dismissal will be sent out.
Air Arabia Quarterly Profit More Than Doubles 
Sharjah International Airport-based Air Arabia beat analyst expectations, reporting record net earnings of AED173 million ($47.1 million) for the quarter that ended June 30, up from AED76 million in the year-ago period. Investment analysts polled by Reuters had originally forecast an AED123.1 million profit for the period.
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