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.

VLM To Close Liege Base 
BRUSSELS—Extremely low load factors and persistently weak forward bookings have prompted VLM Airlines to stop scheduled flights from the Belgian regional airport of Liege, just six weeks after the base’s inauguration.
Airlines, Airports Disagree On How Best To Set Charges 
Carriers and airports grapple with adoption of dual-till or single-till revenue models when setting charge structures.
European Airports Dominate U.S. Customs Preclearance Expansion Plan 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to open customs, immigration and agriculture preclearance at 10 additional airports, most of them in Europe— with none in the Gulf region.
Lithium-Ion Battery Transportation Has Industry Increasingly Worried 
The current risk to continue flying such shipments is “not acceptable,” Europe’s largest freighter airline says.
Ryanair Still Eyes Transatlantic Services, Not Now 

Europe’s largest LCC is still considering launching transatlantic flights, but Ryanair will stick to short- and medium-haul services for at least the next four to five years because of a“massive shortage of long-haul aircraft,” CFO Neil Sorahan said.

“The Gulf carriers have mopped up all spare capacity there,” he said. Reiterating past statements, Sorahan insisted that if the airline were to go transatlantic “it wouldn’t be Ryanair itself; it would be a separate company, separate management, and indeed a separate brand.”

Irish Parliament Approves Sale Of State’s Shareholding To IAG 
The majority of Ireland’s members of parliament approved the principles of the disposal of the country’s stake in Aer Lingus to IAG on May 28.
Competition Between Emirates And Etihad In Italy Intensifies 
Emirates plans to begin a daily service from its hub at Dubai International Airport to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport on Nov. 3. Bologna will be Emirates’ fourth Italian destination, bringing the carrier’s Italy flights to 56 weekly.
Greece’s Aegean Airlines Boasts Strong Traffic Growth 
While it is pressing on, the airline group, which encompasses Aegean and regional operator Olympic Air, cautions that the performance of the June-October summer period will ultimately determine the validity of its plans.
Ryanair Profits Surge, Remains Quiet On Aer Lingus Sale 
Net margin was 15%, compared with the financial year ended March 31, 2014, and operating margin was 18%.
AirBaltic Steps In As Neighboring Air Lituanica Folds 
Air Lituanica on April 30 launched a new route to Hamburg, its third gateway in Germany, and on May 15 confirmed it had concluded an agreement with Travelport to distribute its content globally.
Alitalia Starts Breaking Ties With Air France-KLM  1
More headwinds for Air France-KLM: Alitalia wants to exit from some joint ventures.
De Juniac Reappointed At Air France-KLM 
The French government—which just increased its shareholding in the group by 1.7%, to 17.58%, and acquired double voting rights—signaled in March its support for renewing his term for four years.
Winning Bid For TAP Seems Imminent 
For a decade and a half, TAP Portugal has been on and off the block, but the state-owned airline is now due to be sold to private bidders within weeks.
SAS Reaches Deal With Pilots Union In Sweden; Norwegian Pilots Start Strike 
The SFP had threatened industrial action from midnight, but the deadline was extended to 8 a.m. as talks continued throughout the night.
Dutch Government Denies Emirates Additional Traffic Rights 
Emirates currently operates a daily service between its hub in Dubai (DXB) and Schiphol (AMS) aboard the Airbus A380 or Boeing 777-300ER.
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