Helen Massy-Beresford

Helen Massy-Beresford
Paris Bureau Chief

Based in Paris, Helen Massy-Beresford covers European and Middle Eastern airlines, the European Commission’s air transport policy and the air cargo industry for Aviation Week & Space Technology and Aviation Daily.

Helen combines a deep knowledge of the aviation industry with years of experience in journalism. She was a business reporter at Flight International in London before moving to Paris to work for Reuters as European Automotive Correspondent. She has written for a variety of publications including the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, Airline Business and Aircraft Cabin Management.

European Airlines Call For Lower Airport Charges 
Airline group Airlines4Europe (A4E) has called for a revamp of European rules on airport charges, saying the region’s passengers pay too much and prompting a swift denial from airport group ACI Europe.
Volotea Boeing 717
Volotea Could Move Headquarters From Barcelona 
LCC Volotea Airlines is considering moving its headquarters from Barcelona amid political turmoil in Catalonia following the region’s contested independence vote.
Alitalia Sale Deadline Pushed Back As Lufthansa Submits Offer 
Italy’s government has pushed back the deadline for the sale of Alitalia to April 2018, citing “extraordinary events” in the European aviation sector.
Monarch’s Collapse Highlights Challenges For UK Budget Carriers 
Brexit is just one of the issues British budget and leisure airlines must overcome, along with cost pressures and terrorism.
Lufthansa Signs Deal To Take On Air Berlin Assets 
Lufthansa has signed a €210 million ($249 million) deal to take over a large part of bankrupt Air Berlin’s assets, including Niki and regional carrier LGW, in a move that will give its low-cost Eurowings affiliate a boost.
CANSO, Eurocae Working Together On ATM Issues 
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), which represents air navigation service providers (ANSP), and the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (Eurocae) have agreed to work together.
Passengers board a Ryanair jet at night.
Belgium Launches Legal Action Against Ryanair Over Cancellations 
Belgium’s deputy prime minister is launching legal action against Ryanair for unfair commercial practices as the fallout from the LCC’s cancellation of thousands of flights.
The A380 suffered an engine failure at 37,000 ft. over Greenland.
BEA To Lead Air France A380 Engine-Failure Investigation  1
France’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) announced it would lead the investigation into the failure of one of four engines powering an Air France Airbus A380-800 on Sept. 30.
Ryanair September Traffic Grows Despite Cancellations 
Ryanair said traffic grew 10% to 11.8 million customers in September, despite the public relations disaster it is facing after canceling thousands of flights because it mishandled the allocation of pilots’ leave.
Ryanair Woes Derail Alitalia Bid, Undermine Reputation  3
The low-cost carrier had grand plans for rapid expansion, but these have been cast into doubt after a slate of troubles, many of its own making.
Emirates Unveils 29 New Destinations Through FlyDubai Codeshare 
Emirates Airline is adding 29 new destinations to its network through codeshares with FlyDubai, following a partnership agreement the two government-owned carriers reached in July.
Alitalia Bidders Get More Time For Binding Bids 
Alitalia’s special administrators have given interested parties longer to make binding bids for the struggling Italian airline.
Ryanair To Open New Bulgarian Base 
Ryanair said it would open a new base—its 87th—in Burgas, Bulgaria, from the end of March, basing one aircraft there and adding 10 new routes as it continues its rapid expansion.
Ryanair, Norwegian Call Off Connecting-Flights Talks 
Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle said they had called off talks about a connecting-flight service after EasyJet overtook its Irish LCC rival to launch connecting flights with the Norwegian low-cost long-haul airline.
EU Parliament Votes To Limit Aviation Emissions Exemption 
The European Parliament has voted to limit airlines’ exemption from paying for CO2 emissions from intercontinental flights until 2020.
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