For much of this decade, Middle East aviation has been besieged by external events throwing markets in disarray. Now there is a dispute of internal making. Four countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – are cutting ties with Qatar for political reasons. Local flights are being cancelled while Saudi Arabia has shut its airspace to overflights from Qatar Airways.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards, predicting airlines will report a $31.4 billion profit (up from the previously forecast $29.8 billion) on revenues of $743 billion (up from the previously forecast $736 billion).
Qantas looks at longer range opportunities for future fleet expansion and more non-stop links into Europe
The much-publicised new non-stop long-haul link between Perth and London is likely to be just the first of a number of new non-stop flights linking Australia to Europe, Qantas senior executives have confirmed. The arrival of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner opens up a whole new range of routes for the flag carrier, but its management is already looking beyond the aircraft to models such as the ultra-long-range version of the Airbus A350-900 and new Boeing 777X which could allow future non-stop flights linking both Melbourne and Sydney to London in the future.
CAPA’s Global Airport Leaders’ Forum was hosted last month and included a variety of high profile industry leaders discussing topical issues related to aviation.
The threat of online scammers using airline names is growing more and more every day. It seems we are constantly faced with attempts at accessing our credit card details, bank details and personal information. By the misuse of fake Facebook competitions, to fake emails and telephone calls, an airline is the perfect opportunity to mislead consumers into clicking something they shouldn’t. Almost everyone would jump at the opportunity for a free flight, and the scammers are well aware of this.
The United States continues to be an important inbound tourism market for both Australia and New Zealand. It seems more and more Americans are visiting our shores but how do the numbers really stack up? Lets take a look with an exclusive Blue Swan Infographic.
Air travel across parts of the Middle East has become very complicated after Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with Qatar, closing border with the small Gulf nation and effectively blocking land, air and sea traffic in and out of the country due to a row over terror and regional stability. Governments in Yemen, the Maldives and the eastern-based government of Libya have subsequently joined the move to end relations with Qatar.
BITRE has released the results of Australia's International Airline Activity for the year ending Dec-2016 and for the month of Mar-2017.
Qatar Airways continues to pursue rapid expansion in the Australia market as it upgauges its Melbourne service to the A380 at the end of Jun-2017 and prepares to launch Canberra in early 2018.
Basic economics tells us that when the supply for a product reduces and demand for that same product increases, then its cost will rise. It is no surprise to learn then that passengers caught up in the British Airways (BA) flight cancellation saga over the past UK bank holiday weekend (May 27-29, 2017) were forced to pay hugely escalated prices for hotel rooms around the airline’s main hub at Heathrow Airport.