2020 January

All Nippon Airways: Forward bookings to/from China halve for Feb-2020

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said that forward bookings for services departing China declined 60% year-on-year for Feb-2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak (Reuters/Jiji Press, 30-Jan-2020).

LATAM Airlines Colombia: ‘Little by little [tax] starts becoming large… it is a pity’

LATAM Airlines Colombia CEO Santiago Alvarez commented on Colombia‘s new USD1 exit tax, stating: “We are waiting for the regulation on that tax… It is  reality [the tax] and

ePassi and Finnair extend payment partnership

ePassi and Finnair expanded (29-Jan-2020) their agreement to allow Finnair Plus points to be used to pay for services at more than 20,000 ePassi merchants in Finland. The new payment method

Indonesian Travel Agent Association: 10,000 Chinese tourists cancel trips to Bali

Indonesian Travel Agent Association chairperson Elly Hutabarat confirmed around 10,000 tourists from China have cancelled trips to Bali due to the coronavirus outbreak (Antara News,

Alaska Air Group wants to optimise productivity and asset utilisation

Alaska Air Group EVP for planning and strategy Shane Tackett said the carrier is looking to optimise its productivity and asset utilisation (Seeking Alpha, 28-Jan-2020). He

Italy’s Senate formalises EUR400m Alitalia bridging loan

Italy‘s Senate formalised the decision to provide a EUR400 million bridging loan to Alitalia (TTGItalia/Il Sole 24 Ore, 30-Jan-2020). The Italian government has provided EUR1.5 billion in loans since the carrier

Thai Airways pax down 2% to 19.4m in 2019, load factor improves to 79%

Thai Airways reported (30-Jan-2020) the following traffic highlights: Dec-2019: Passengers: 1.8 million, +4.3% year-on-year; Passenger load factor: 82.3%, +4.1ppts; Domestic: 82.6%, +3.5ppts; Regional: 82.4%, +4.4ppts;

easyJet and Travelport renew GDS agreement

easyJet and Travelport renewed their longstanding content partnership, with the full suite of Travelport‘s GDS merchandising solutions available to the budget carrier (Travolution/ADS Advance, 29-Jan-2020). easyJet group markets director Thomas Haagensen commented:

Greece govt to subsidise a number of Greek island routes

Greece‘s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport plans to provide EUR24.6 million in subsidies to operate services from Athens, Thessaloniki and Rhodes to a number of Greek island destinations including Skiathos, Ikaria, Syros, Leros, Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Skyros, Samos, Chios, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kassos and Kastellorizo (ekathimerini.com, 30-Jan-2020).

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