Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann
Security Personnel Strikes Disrupt Eight German Airports 
Flights in Germany faced further disruptions Jan. 15 because of a planned strike action by security staff at eight of the country’s airports.
Lufthansa Group Airlines Sees Record Number Of Passengers In 2018 
Lufthansa Group airlines carried 142 million passengers in 2018—a record for the Germany-based company—despite thousands of canceled summer flights and delays.
LATAM Cargo To Launch Santiago-Chicago Route 
LATAM Cargo plans to launch Santiago de Chile-Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) services from Feb. 19.
LaudaMotion To Double Airbus Fleet, Add Routes 
Austrian LCC LaudaMotion plans to increase its Airbus A320 fleet from nine to 21 aircraft in 2019.
IndiGo Signs Codeshare Agreement With Turkish Airlines 
Indian LCC IndiGo and Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines signed a codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement in late December 2018.
Lufthansa Group To Hire 5,500 Employees In 2019 
In a move to stabilize operations after what the company called “a turbulent summer” in 2018, Lufhtansa Group is planning to hire about 5,500 employees in 2019.
Lufthansa Criticizes Fraport For Long Holiday Security Lines 
Lufthansa wants Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport and German police to address system woes that caused 3,000 passengers to miss their flights before Christmas.
PrivatAir Files For Insolvency 
Europe's PrivatAir is clipping its wings. According to the carrier, a number of events have had a significant impact on the companies' business forecast and viability, which forced the companies to file for insolvency.
EasyJet Prepares For No-Deal Brexit, Converts Pilot Licenses 
EasyJet has converted 580 of its 1,400 UK pilot licenses to Austrian permits as the UK-based LCC continues to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
Air Tanzania Takes Delivery Of Africa’s First A220 
Air Tanzania has become the first African carrier to take delivery of an Airbus A220, Airbus said Dec. 21.
Tarom Sees Profitability With New Fleet And Route Growth 
Romanian flag carrier Tarom has reported third-quarter traffic and revenue growth of more than 20% as it continues a strategy of fleet and route expansion.
Flyadeal Commits To Ordering 30 737-8s, Plus 20 Options 
Saudi Arabian LCC Flyadeal has signed a commitment with Boeing to order 30 737-8s, plus 20 options.
Emirates, South African Airways To Expand Codesharing Agreement 
Dubai-based Emirates Airline and South African Airways (SAA) are expanding their strategic cooperation, as they work toward bringing more synergies to their respective route networks.
Emirates Creates App To Cut Turnaround Delays At DXB 
Emirates Airline is using a new application designed to reduce aircraft turnaround delays and improve on-time performance at Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Turkish Airlines Postpones Istanbul New Airport Relocation 
Turkish Airlines, originally scheduled to move from its Istanbul Ataturk hub to Istanbul New Airport (INA) by the end of the year, reportedly has postponed the change until March 2019, according to local media.
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