2019 February

Air Chathams to undergo fleet renewal to replace Convair 580s

Air Chathams general manager Duane Emeny said the airline plans to undergo a fleet renewal to replace its five Convair 580 aircraft (Aviation Daily, 27-Feb-2019). The carrier is

United, Delta expect more than USD4bn in capex in 2019 due to fleet optimisation

CAPA – Centre for Aviation, in a report entitled: ‘United and Delta fleets: projected capex shows revamps well under way’, stated (27-Feb-2019) Delta Air Lines and United Airlines‘ pursuit of cost

Russia could increase inbound traffic by up to 30% by expanding electronic visa regime

Russia‘s Deputy Minister of Economic Development Sergey Galkin estimated inbound tourism traffic could increase 5% to 10% year-on-year in 2019, while the proposed expansion of

Dutch govt acquires 12.7% stake in Air France-KLM to guarantee Dutch public interests in the group

Netherlands‘ Government acquired (26-Feb-2019) a 12.68% stake in Air France-KLM, with the aim to obtain a total 14% stake, equivalent to that of France (Reuters/La Tribune, 26-Feb-2019). The stake

London Stansted Airport CCO: LCCs and airports should cooperate to stimulate demand on new routes

London Stansted Airport chief commercial officer Aboudy Nasser, speaking at the CAPA Global LCC Summit, stated (26-Feb-2019) “Ryanair didn’t target routes where huge demand already existed, like London-Amsterdam”

KLM: 69% of Swedish travellers believe aviation is an environmental concern

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in a sustainability report developed by Ipsos, reported (26-Feb-2019) 69% of Swedes believe aviation is an environmental problem, an increase of 10% year-on-year. Only 8% of

India and Pakistan announce airspace closures due to military tensions around Jammu and Kashmir

India and Pakistan announced (27/28-Feb-2019) a series of airspace closures, due to ongoing military tensions around the disputed border at Jammu and Kashmir. Details include:

It’s all in the economics – passenger traffic is strong globally but freight volumes declining

ACI World reports that global air passenger traffic grew by 4.8% year-on-year in Dec-2018. In the major regional markets, Europe’s success continued, posting 6.3% growth

ASUR reports 35% increase in international traffic in Puerto Rico following recovery from hurricane

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste de Mexico (ASUR) attributed (26-Feb-2019) a 30.4% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic in Puerto Rico (Aerostar) in 4Q2018 to a 29.9% increase in domestic traffic and

Air passengers say they are happier when technology smooths their way through passport checks

Airline passengers are using automated technology for passport checks at double the rate recorded in 2017 and are more satisfied when doing so too, according

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