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Air Canada to resume 737 MAX commercial operations from 01-Feb-2021

Air Canada announced (18-Jan-2021) plans to resume Boeing737 MAX 8 commercial operations on 01-Feb-2021. VP flight operations Murray Strom stated the carrier has equipped the aircraft with “additional safety-enhancing features

US airlines record 62.1% traffic decline in Oct-2020

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported (18-Jan-2021) US airlines carried 29.4 million domestic and international passengers in Oct-2020, up 8.4% from Sep-2020 but a 62.1% year-on-year decrease. [more –

Southwest Airlines extending companion pass benefits through to 31-Dec-2021

Southwest Airlines announced (15-Jan-2021) all rapid rewards members will receive boosts to their tier qualifying and companion pass tallies for 2021. In addition, the carrier will

LATAM Airlines reportedly plans to suspend Amadeus agreements

LATAM Airlines reportedly applied to the court in New York to suspend its active agreements with Amadeus from 01-Mar-2021 (regional.ladevi.info, 14-Jan-2021). The carrier will continue its agreements with Sabre and Travelport in

ICAO: International passenger traffic down 60% in 2020, domestic markets more resilient

ICAO confirmed (15-Jan-2021) international passenger traffic decreased by 60% year-on-year to 1.8 billion in 2020, a volume of traffic last recorded in 2003. Seat capacity decreased

Nashville International Airport records 54.7% traffic decline in 2020

Nashville International Airport recorded (15-Jan-2021) 8.2 million passengers in 2020, a 54.7% year-on-year decline. The airport added traffic increased from 62,533 passengers in Apr-2020 to 729,293

Southwest Airlines leads among US carriers with 95.1% OTP rating in Nov-2020

US Department of Transportation (DoT) reported (15-Jan-2021) the following on time performance (OTP) rates for US carriers in Nov-2020: Southwest Airlines: 95.1%; Hawaiian Airlines Network: 93.6%; Frontier Airlines: 93.3%;

Ecuatoriana Airlines may commence operations in Jun-2021: report

Ecuatoriana Airlines reportedly intends to commence operations at Esmeraldas General Rivadeneira Airport in Jun-2021 (El Comercio, 15-Jan-2021). The carrier is expected to initially operate Esmeraldas-Quito and Esmeraldas-Guayaquil services before seeking

Skyscanner: 51% of Americans do not feel confident knowing where they can travel

Skyscanner published (14-Jan-2021) the results of a survey of US travellers, finding 51% do not feel confident knowing where you can and can’t travel to. SkyscannerUS traveller expert Mark Crossey said:

Mexico’s President rejects plans to rescue Interjet

Mexico‘s President Andres Lopez Obrador rejected any plan to rescue Interjet (Millenio/LaPoliticaOnline, 13-Jan-2021). Mr Lopez Obrador stated: “What is happening [with Interjet] has to do with the crisis,

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