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.
 

Articles
Aer Lingus Losses Widen Ahead Of Expected IAG Buy 
Aer Lingus is confident it can grow its operating margin either as an independent company or as part of International Airlines Group (IAG), its CEO said.
Air France Pilots Make U-Turn On Transavia Europe 
BRUSSELS—Only days after the head of Air France-KLM confirmed that expanding Transavia into a truly pan-European LCC was back on the agenda, following French pilots indicating they no longer opposed the plan, Air France’s largest pilot union is again voicing its objections.
Ryanair Readies For Even More Growth And Lifts Passenger Outlook 
“We’ll take whatever fare we get during the winter as long as we fill these additional flights,” CEO Michael O’Leary told analysts during Ryanair’s first-quarter earnings call on July 27.
Air France-KLM Relaunches Transavia Europe Project 

Plans to expand Transavia into a truly pan-European LCC, with operating bases outside of France and the Netherlands, is back on the agenda of Air France-KLM after French pilots indicated they no longer object to the project, the Franco-Dutch group’s CEO said.

Air France-KLM is aiming to open a first base outside its home countries by the start of the 2016 IATA summer schedule, Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac said during the presentation of the group’s first-half results.  

Air France-KLM Reduces Capacity, Increases Cost Cuts 
The Franco-Dutch group has revised its capacity growth from 1.8% down to 0.9% for the second half of the year, CEO Alexandre de Juniac told analysts and journalists during Air France-KLM’s second-quarter and first-half earnings presentation on July 24.
EasyJet Upbeat On Full-Year Revenue And Profit 
Europe’s second-largest LCC in passenger numbers had warned that unit revenue at constant currency would be 4% lower on the year-ago period, due to a more competitive operating environment and air traffic control strikes in France.
DOT Approves AirBaltic U.S. Service 

Latvia’s flag carrier, airBaltic, is allowed to start scheduled and charter passenger, cargo and mail flights between the U.S. and the EU after being granted a foreign air carrier permit and route exemption authority by the U.S. Transportation Department. The airline does not intend to start operating transatlantic flights with its own metal, but plans to add its BT code to Uzbekistan Airways’ twice weekly Tashkent International-Riga-New York Kennedy service.

Air France To Further Restructure Its Regional Airlines 
Airlinair, Brit Air and Regional were brought under the HOP! brand in 2013, with all three carriers continuing to operate under three distinct air operator certificates (AOC).
Sabena Aerospace Forms Joint Venture With Africa’s ECAir 
Sabena Aerospace has accomplished another step in its international-growth strategy for Africa.
European Task Force Recommends Random Drug Tests For Pilots 
EC-created body looks at lessons learned from Germanwings disaster, with recommendations such as random drug and alcohol testing
European Report Eyes Better Pilot Screening, Suggests Random Drug Testing 
The six recommendations came in a report delivered to the EC earlier this week and released July 17.
EU-Wide Safety Certification Of Non-EU Operators Takes Off
New EASA protocol harmonizes foreign-carrier safety approvals
EC Urges Germany To Change Pilot Licensing Rules 
BRUSSELS— The European Commission (EC) has ordered Germany to comply with EU rules for issuing pilot licenses and is threatening to take the country to court unless its takes corrective measures within two months.
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