Kerry Reals

Pilots Allege Ryanair Of Using Base Closure Threats As Bargaining Tool 
European pilot representatives have accused Ryanair of using the threat of base closures as a “weapon” to force pilots and cabin crew into signing collective labor agreements (CLAs).
Norwegian Announces Crew Base Closures in Europe and U.S. 
Scandinavian budget operator Norwegian will close several crew bases in Spain, Italy and the U.S. this year in a bid to improve profitability.
European Capacity Freeze Concerns Rise After Brexit Plan Rejection 
Airlines and airports are warning of looming capacity freezes across Europe, after UK prime minister Theresa May’s agreement on exiting the European Union (Brexit) was overwhelmingly rejected by the UK parliament.
Turkish Airlines Predicts Strong 2019 Growth 
Turkish Airlines expects its full-year revenues to reach $14.1 billion in 2019, on the back of a strong passenger growth forecast for the coming year.
Connect Airways Increases Flybe Takeover Offer 
The consortium seeking to acquire Flybe has increased its offer by £600,000 ($771,000) and agreed to immediately provide £10 million to improve the struggling UK regional carrier’s liquidity, after it was revealed the conditions for the original bridge loan facility could not be met.
Record Passenger Numbers Boost Icelandair’s Optimism 
Icelandair carried more passengers on international flights in 2018 than in any other year, and appears optimistic about its prospects for the coming 12 months.
VINCI Agrees To Fund New Lisbon Airport 
France’s VINCI Airports has agreed to invest €1.15 billion ($1.32 billion) in a dual-hub system for Lisbon that will see an expansion of the city’s existing gateway and the construction of a new, low-cost airport on the site of a former military air base.
Flybe Takeover Prompts Urgent Questions on Jobs, Network 
Pilot representatives are seeking urgent reassurances on job security from the consortium involving Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group that is acquiring UK regional operator Flybe.
Three German Airports Face Strike Action By Security Staff 
Flights in Germany face further disruption this week due to planned strike action by security staff at three of the country’s airports.
Virgin Atlantic Pilots Appeal Court Decision Banning Strikes 
A union representing pilots at Virgin Atlantic is attempting to overturn a court injunction won by the UK carrier in December 2018, which prevented industrial action from taking place in the run-up to Christmas.
KLM Continues To Outperform Air France 
Full-year traffic figures released by Air France-KLM show a continued discord between the carriers’ individual performances, with the smaller Dutch unit experiencing the strongest growth and the French arm’s figures suffering as a result of strikes and anti-government protests.
Heathrow Seeks Capacity Boost Before Third Runway Opens 
Heathrow Airport has opened an eight-week consultation on its planned expansion, including a proposal to add up to 25,000 additional yearly flights through more efficient use of its two existing runways, before opening a third runway in 2026.
Ryanair Granted UK AOC As European Carriers Coordinate Brexit Plans 
Irish LCC Ryanair has been awarded a UK air operator’s certificate (AOC) and has registered its first aircraft in the country, as European carriers move to shore up their post-Brexit operations ahead of the UK’s planned departure from the European Union in March.
Temporary Anti-Drone Equipment Removed from Gatwick 
Anti-drone equipment deployed by the British Army at London Gatwick—in response to illegal unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) activity which closed down the airport for several days in December 2018—has been removed.
British Army Removes Gatwick Anti-Drone Equipment 
Anti-drone equipment deployed by the British Army at London Gatwick in response to the illegal UAV activity which closed down the airport last month has now been removed.
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