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Avianca Brasil To Formally Exit Star Alliance 
Brazilian airline Ocean Air Linhas Aéreas S/A, formerly doing business as Avianca Brasil, will leave Star Alliance Sept. 1.
Flydubai Expands Southeast Asia Network 
Dubai-based LCC flydubai will expand services to Thailand and Myanmar by adding Krabi and Yangon routes to its network this winter.
Ethiopian Airlines Grows Africa, India Network 
Ethiopian Airlines will expand services to India and within Africa by adding Bangalore and Beira (Mozambique) routes to its network this fall.
TUI Group Q3 Profits Tumble On MAX Grounding 
Hanover, Germany-based TUI Group has seen a negative financial impact by the global Boeing 737 MAX grounding as well as delayed bookings for the leisuure conglomerate’s fiscal 2019 third quarter (Q3).
LaudaMotion Warns Of Job Cuts If Efficiency Does Not Improve 
Facing losses of €50 million ($56 million) this year, Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion warned of job cuts if flight crews do not agree to changes that are needed to improve efficiency.
Lufthansa Profits Plunge On LCC Competition, Fare Wars Impact 
Lufthansa Group, facing intense competition from European LCCs, delivered a 2019 first-half net loss of €116 million ($132 million), reversed from a €713 million net profit a year ago.
Air Belgium To Launch Scheduled French Caribbean Services 
Air Belgium plans to resume scheduled flights in December 2019 with twice-weekly service to two destinations in the French Caribbean.
Berlin Brandenburg Begins Final Tests; October 2020 Opening Set 
The much-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)—which is still on track to open in October 2020—has begun final technical tests, a prerequisite for opening.
TUI fly Adjusting Fleet Schedule As MAX Grounding Continues 
German leisure airline TUI fly is continuing to adjust its fleet schedule as the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX continues, TUI fly CEO Oliver Lackmann said.
Icelandair Group Sells Majority Of Its Hotel Business 
Icelandair Group has sold a 75% stake in Icelandair Hotels and related real estate to Berjaya Property Ireland, a subsidiary of Malaysia-based Berjaya Land Berhad.
Egyptian Minister Conveys Frustration Over BA Cancellations 
Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Younes ElMasry expressed frustration in a July 21 statement responding to the British Airways (BA) decision to suspend flights to Cairo International Airport for seven days.
Icelandair Cuts MAXs From Schedule Through October 
Icelandair will keep the Boeing 737 MAX off its flight schedule through the end of October as uncertainty about when the grounded aircraft will return to service drags on.
Swedavia Passengers, Profits Slip As Climate Debate Makes Impact 
Swedish airports operator Swedavia is reporting a 4% decrease in passenger numbers in the first half of 2019, a result triggered by a weak Swedish krona, increased debates on climate impact of air travel, the national aviation tax, and a Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) pilot strike from Apr. 26 through May 2.
Munich Airport International To Manage Newark’s Terminal One 
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) has reached an agreement with Munich Airport International (MAI) to operate and maintain the $2.7 billion Terminal One project, which is now under construction at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
Emirates To Launch Fifth Freedom Barcelona-Mexico City Route 
Emirates Airline plans to launch a new daily Boeing 777-200LR service from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona, Spain starting Dec. 9.

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