Omicron Surge Reignites Europe Slot Debate

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 18, 2022
With the latest COVID-19 variant causing widespread flight cancellations, slot rules once again are in the spotlight.
Airports & Routes

Daily Memo: Asia’s International Traffic Rebound Moving At A Snail’s Pace

By Adrian Schofield Jan 14, 2022
Asia-Pacific airlines are lagging those from other regions in terms of international traffic recovery, and the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant appears to be further stalling their progress.
Airlines & Lessors

Finnair Struggles To Staff Flights As Crew Call In Sick

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 13, 2022
Finnair has cut its already reduced February flying program by 20% in an attempt to manage the operational challenges caused by high levels of staff absence. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Qantas Reduces Capacity, Citing Omicron Wave

By Adrian Schofield Jan 13, 2022
Qantas has significantly cut back its capacity plans as Australia grapples with soaring COVID-19 case numbers caused by the omicron variant.
Airports & Routes

Lessons Learned From Parking Aircraft

By Lee Ann Shay Jan 13, 2022
Airlines, MROs and OEMs share lessons learned from parking aircraft during the pandemic.
Aircraft & Propulsion
International Rebound Remains Elusive For Asian Carriers
Asia-Pacific international recovery significantly lags other regions.
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Daily Memo: Mesa CEO Warns Of Worsening Pilot Shortage

By Ben Goldstein Jan 11, 2022
The chief executive of Mesa Airlines believes there is an issue facing commercial aviation more dire than COVID, and he’s worried that it is only getting worse.
Airlines & Lessors

United Cuts Near-Term Schedule As Omicron Continues To Sideline Staff

By Lori Ranson Jan 11, 2022
United Airlines is reporting about 4% of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, illustrating the operational struggles U.S. airlines are battling as the omicron coronavirus variant washes over the country.
Airlines & Lessors

China Forces Delta To Temporarily Suspend Shanghai Flights

By Aaron Karp Jan 11, 2022
Delta Air Lines has been forced by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to temporarily suspend its two routes to Shanghai after falling foul of the regulator’s COVID-19 rule.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Tianjin Lockdown Puts Airbus On Alert As China Tackles Omicron

By Chen Chuanren Jan 11, 2022
Airbus is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation in China’s Tianjin, home to the airframer’s only final assembly line in Asia, after authorities ordered a partial lockdown of the city in response to the detection of 40 cases linked to the omicron variant.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Twente Cluster Looks To Switch MRO Focus

By James Pozzi Jan 11, 2022
Netherlands’ Twente Airport is changing paths to embrace the evolving aviation landscape.
Emerging Technologies

Virgin Australia Reduces Network By 25% After COVID Cases Rise Again

By Adrian Schofield Jan 10, 2022
Virgin Australia is making major cuts to its domestic capacity as the latest COVID-19 wave causes operational disruption and weakens passenger traffic.
Airports & Routes

UK Government Relaxes COVID Rules For Travelers

By Alan Dron Jan 06, 2022
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said with the omicron variant now so widely established, it made no sense to continue to enforce the stricter—and much more expensive—PCR tests to detect it. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Cathay Pacific Slashes Capacity Due To New COVID-19 Measures

By Adrian Schofield Jan 06, 2022
Cathay Pacific has dramatically cut back its planned capacity in response to the latest crew quarantine requirements and flight restrictions imposed by the Hong Kong government.
Airlines & Lessors

Hong Kong Bans Flights From Eight Countries For Two Weeks

By Aaron Karp Jan 05, 2022
Hong Kong continues to take stiff measures to control the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, temporarily banning passenger flights from eight countries.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Indian Trunk Route Curtailed By State Restrictions

By Adrian Schofield Jan 05, 2022
New travel restrictions introduced by the Indian state of West Bengal will dramatically cut airline capacity on one of the busiest domestic routes in the country.
Airports & Routes

Omicron Poses Latest Test As Airlines Head Into 2022

By Ben Goldstein Jan 05, 2022
But industry is optimistic that a step-change increase in demand and a return to profitability can be achieved by midyear.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Airlines’ Latest Obstacle Is Omicron

By Ben Goldstein Jan 04, 2022
The global airline industry’s long drawn-out recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is now being hindered by the omicron coronavirus variant but how much of an impact it will have during the first quarter remains unclear.
Airlines & Lessors

Cathay Pacific Struggles With New Crew Quarantine Rules

By Aaron Karp Jan 04, 2022
Cathay Pacific said it will fly a “skeleton passenger flight schedule” in January and has cancelled all cargo flights through at least Jan. 6 due to new regulations in Hong Kong.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Air Cargo Industry Sees Changing COVID-19 Challenge

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 03, 2022
The air cargo sector faces capacity pressure as it continues to transport COVID-19 vaccines around the world.
Airlines & Lessors

China Pushes Charter Flights For Winter Olympics As Omicron Arrives

By Chen Chuanren Dec 14, 2021
Chinese authorities' efforts to maintain the country's zero-COVID policy during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has been complicated after omicron cases were detected in two cities on Dec. 14.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Air France-KLM Reimburses $565M Of State Aid

By Helen Massy-Beresford Dec 13, 2021
Air France-KLM Group has paid back €500 million ($566 million) of the €4 billion loan guarantees provided by the French government during the COVID-19 crisis and said discussions on further capital strengthening measures are taking place at the group level.  
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Taking Stock Of Air Cargo’s Big Vaccine Challenge

By Helen Massy-Beresford Dec 13, 2021
The air cargo industry is justifiably proud of what it has achieved since those first COVID-19 vaccines took to the skies last December, but operators know the challenge is far from over and the vaccine effort will continue in 2022 against the backdrop of many broader challenges for the industry.
Airlines & Lessors

India Defers Border Rules Relaxation Until February

By Adrian Schofield Dec 11, 2021
India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced that the suspension of most flights will be extended until midnight on Jan. 31, 2022.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Strong Air Cargo Demand And Constrained Capacity Likely In 2022

By Helen Massy-Beresford Dec 10, 2021
While the return of some long-haul passenger activity will boost belly capacity, strong air cargo demand is set to boost cargo conversions.
Aircraft & Propulsion