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.

BA Steps Up Economy Unbundling 
British Airways (BA) will no longer provide complimentary snacks and drinks in economy class on domestic and short-haul international flights, as it tries to extract more value through the ancillary revenue stream and cuts costs to counter a drop in yields.
Lufthansa To Proceed With Takeover Of Brussels Airlines 
Non-German shareholders of the Belgian carrier expressed dismay at the purchase price—which could be as low as €2.6 million ($2.9 million)—and are considering mounting a legal challenge.
Ryanair CEO: EC Should Look Into Lufthansa–Air Berlin Deal  6
Ryanair believes the pending deal between Lufthansa and Air Berlin should be scrutinized by the EU’s competition authorities, but the LCC’s CEO is not hopeful that the Brussels-based body actually will look into it.
Qatar Airways Is Launch Customer For GlobalBeacon 
Doha-based Qatar Airways has become the first airline to sign up for Aireon and FlightAware’s new GlobalBeacon-branded flight-tracking service.
French Air Traffic Controllers Go On Strike 
French air traffic controllers went on strike Sept. 15 in protest over Parliament-approved labor reforms in France.
SAA To Get New CEO, CFO And Management Team 
The South African government says it still hopes its flag carrier can be turned around, and has instructed South African Airways’ new board to begin the process of appointing a new CEO and CFO.
IATA: Yield Decline Intensifies 
Declines in average global yields have intensified over the last six months, according to IATA.
Norwegian’s Transatlantic Moves Inspire Other Carriers 
More and more European low-cost carriers are looking into long-haul flying, following the path of Norwegian, Jetstar and Air Asia X.
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar.
EU, Qatar To Begin Open Skies Talks 
Negotiations between the officials of the European Commission (EC) and the government of Qatar for an open-skies agreement will start next week, Aviation Daily has learned.
Political Compromises Leading To Global Aviation Emissions Agreement  1
In 2009, aviation committed to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020. Now caps will not go into effect before 2021 and will be voluntary at first. For international aviation it is hard-won progress toward preventing CO2 emissions and climate change limiting future growth.
Top Court Adviser Finds Fault With EU–Canada PNR Deal 
The provisional agreement allowing Canada to process the passenger name record data (PNR) of passengers carried by airlines flying between the EU and Canada cannot be finalized in its current form, an advocate general with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) advised.
Ryanair Continues Berlin Base Expansion 
Ryanair intends to bid on the German government contract to shuttle federal employees between Cologne and Berlin when it comes up for renewal, the airline said.
Norwegian Bases Two Boeing 787s in Barcelona 
Norwegian Air Shuttle will start operating long-haul Boeing 787 service from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to four U.S. gateways in 2017.
IATA ‘Optimistic’ About GMBM Proposal; NGO Unsure 
The IATA is optimistic about the deal on a global market based measure (GMBM) that is being hammered out by the ICAO Council to cap aviation’s CO2 emissions at 2020 levels, in spite of the mandatory implementation slipping by several years.
Wizz Air Sticks With Ultra-Low-Cost Business Model 
A staunch believer in the ultra-low-cost model, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi is seeing his vision and patience pay out in Central and Eastern Europe.

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