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.

Court Extends Strike Ban For KLM Ground Staff 
An appeals court in Amsterdam has upheld a ruling that prohibits strikes by KLM ground staff through Sept. 4, arguing that industrial actions would “very seriously” disrupt air travel at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) during the summer holiday peak period.
Airports Boast 5.6% Growth In 1H Passenger Traffic 
Africa was the only region in the world with a drop in passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International.
Turkish Airlines’ Growth Slows; Reports Loss 

BRUSSELS—Terrorist attacks and July’s failed coup in Turkey are dampening Turkish Airlines’ traffic target, and the carrier said it now expects to transport 63.4 million passengers this year—down from guidance earlier this year of 72.4 million passengers.                                                &n

EasyJet, Pilots Still at Odds; Silent On Takeover Rumors 
EasyJet was forced to cancel 14 flights taking off from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) Aug. 22 due to another pilot strike.
BA, China Eastern Strike Codeshare Agreement 
The airlines belong to competing alliances –BA is a member of OneWorld and China Eastern is a SkyTeam partner.
Brussels Airlines Studies Widebody Fleet Renewal  7
Brussels Airlines is starting to look at options to renew its widebody fleet, but diversifying with Boeing long-haul twinjets is highly unlikely.
Air Djibouti Gets Its First Aircraft 
Air Djibouti is set to resume commercial service next week after taking delivery Aug. 11 of its first Boeing 737 at Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport.
European Airport Traffic Growth Slows On Terrorism 
Passenger traffic at EU airports rose by a robust 6.2% during the first half of this year, but the pace of growth markedly reduced between the first and second quarters from 8.2% to 4.8%,
Air France, KLM Traffic Performance Diverges Again 
The recent seven-day strike by Air France cabin crew has further widened the passenger-traffic gap between the French carrier and KLM.
Boeing Predicts Solid Fleet Growth For African Carriers 
African airlines could add some 1,150 new aircraft to their fleets over the next 20 years, Boeing’s long-term market forecast reveals.
British Airways Completes Boeing 747s Retrofit  39
The refurbishments of 18 Boeing 747-400s were carried out over 11 months at BA’s in-house maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Cardiff, Wales.
Ryanair’s Steep Traffic Growth Leading Many LCC Rivals 
Ryanair achieved another traffic record last month as it grew passenger numbers 12% to 11.3 million.
Air France Cabin-Crew Strike Ends; KLM Ground Staff Next? 
Air France-KLM is having to deal with the threat of yet another industrial action, this time at the Dutch airline.
Qatar Airways Ups Its Stake In IAG to 20% 
Qatar Airways has strengthened its position as International Airline Group’s (IAG) single largest shareholder.
Brussels To Take Action On NAI, NUK Delays By U.S. 
The European Commission (EC) has warned the U.S. government to be more aggressive in resolving the impasse over foreign air carrier permits for Norwegian Air International (NAI) and Norwegian UK (NUK).

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