2019 January

Corruption is contributing to a ‘global crisis of democracy’, warns latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index

The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released this week by Transparency International claims that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is

Russia’s Duma to consider removal of requirement to receive operating licence in addition to AOC

Russia‘s Government submitted (29-Jan-2019) a draft bill to the State Duma, proposing to remove the requirement for airlines to receive an operating licence from the Federal

Lufthansa may upgauge aircraft operating at Munich to bypass capacity constraints: Munich Hub CEO

Lufthansa Hub Munich CEO Wilken Bormann reported the airline plans to upgauge aircraft operating at Munich Airport (fvw.de, 29-Jan-2019). Lufthansa will do so in order to bypass capacity constraints brought on

Slovakia considers possibility of launching new carrier

Slovakia‘s Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini expects the establishment of a new Slovak carrier to require a EUR39 million to EUR79 million investment (aerotelegraph.com, 29-Jan-2019). The

WestJet expands lounge benefits for gold and silver members

WestJet announced (28-Jan-2019) expanded lounge benefits are available for gold and silver members as part of its Rewards Platinum tier, effective 23-Jan-2019. [more – original PR]

Hainan Airlines receives USD101m in government subsidies in 2018

Hainan Airlines announced (30-Jan-2019) the carrier and its subsidiary airlines received CNY667 million (USD101 million) in government subsidies in 2H2018, accounting for 20% of the

Frontier Airlines launches kids fly free programme

Frontier Airlines introduced (28-Jan-2019) a kids fly free programme for children 14 years and younger travelling with an adult through the carrier’s discount den travel club on

Alaska Airlines ‘well into’ trials with partners: CCO

Alaska Airlines chief commercial officer (CCO) Andrew Harrison said the airline is “well into” trials with partners about selling their metal on Alaska’s website (Seeking Alpha, 24-Jan-2019).

Ukraine aims to ‘reform’ aviation sector by developing regional airports, building a Europe-Asia hub and attracting LCCs

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelyan, has identified the development of regional airports, the attraction of LCCs to reduce fares and a fair and transparent

Ryanair CEO has sights set on acquiring more airlines in the future following Laudamotion takeover

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said the carrier plans to acquire further airlines in the near future, following its total acquisition of Laudamotion (Reuters, 29-Jan-2019). Mr O’Leary said: “You’ll

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