Daily News Briefs

KLM president: Europe ‘lagging’ 10 years behind the US in terms of airline consolidation

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines president and CEO Pieter Elbers commented on European airline consolidation (Simple Flying, 26-Oct-2020). He argued that while Europe is “lagging behind some 10 years”

Wizz Air UK MD considers passengers ready to travel but require degree of certainty

Wizz Air UK MD Owain Jones said passengers are prepared to travel as long as an “element of certainty” is present (Routes Online, 26-Oct-2020). Mr Jones noted:

Kazakhstan to ban carriers from boarding international passengers without results of PCR tests

Kazakhstan‘s Prime Minister Askar Mamin instructed (26-Oct-2020) the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development to prohibit airlines carrying out international air transportation from boarding passengers

Finavia CEO on connectivity, hub position: ‘It will take years to get it back’

Finavia CEO Kimmo Mäki reported (22-Oct-2020) the company has invested more than EUR1.2 billion in the development of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and tourism in Lapland. “Helsinki Airport has achieved a significant position as an

Amadeus and Deutsche Bahn sign new sales partnership

Amadeus and Deutsche Bahn signed (26-Oct-2020) an extended partnership enabling travellers to book journeys across multiple countries and operators in Europe, including offers from different distribution systems

No quick fix in sight for Europe’s airlines and airports over winter 2020/2021

CAPA – Centre for Aviation, in a report entitled: ‘Europe‘s winter traffic <25% of last year. Expect airline bankruptcies’, stated (25-Oct-2020) that without a widely

Wizz Air to expand Cluj base with one additional A320 and three new services

Wizz Air announced (23-Oct-2020) plans to expand Romania operations with the addition of one new A320 to the Cluj base and the launch of the following services: Cluj–Karlsruhe/Baden Baden: Three times weekly

Aeroflot to fully restore domestic operations in 2020 and hopes to operate in Europe from Mar-2021

Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said the carrier will restore all domestic services by the end of 2020, with Pobeda as a key driver (Rossiya-1/TASS/Kommersant, 25-Oct-2020). Mr Saveliev added:

Austrian Airlines and Vienna Airport to launch trials for COVID-19 antigen tests

Austrian Airlines and Vienna International Airport announced (22-Oct-2020) plans to launch trials for COVID-19 antigen testing, effective 23-Oct-2020. In an initial phase to be conducted in a new

Zaporizhia Airport completes transfer of activities to new terminal

Zaporizhia‘s Mayor Volodymyr Buryak, via his official Facebook account, announced (23-Oct-2020) Zaporizhia International Airport completed the transfer of activities to the new terminal. The terminal was opened