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Vueling to launch five services from London Gatwick

21 January, 2022

London Gatwick Airport announced (20-Jan-2022) Vueling will expand its operations, and station two aircraft at the airport during the summer 2022 schedule. The carrier plans to launch the following routes from Gatwick:

  • Malaga: Twice daily;
  • Sevilla: Three times weekly;
  • La Coruna: Four times weekly;
  • Menorca: Four times weekly;
  • Granada: Three times weekly;

Additionally, the carrier plans frequency increases on the following routes from the airport:

  • Barcelona: Seven times daily, increased by one daily frequency;
  • Rome: Up to four times daily, increased by four weekly frequencies;
  • Bilbao: Three times daily, increased by two daily frequencies; 
  • Florence: 15 times weekly, increased by two weekly frequencies;
  • Paris Orly: Twice daily;
  • Valencia: Daily;
  • Santiago de Compostela: Daily. [more - original PR]

Emirates Airline cleared to resume all US operations

21 January, 2022

Emirates Airline stated (20-Jan-2022) as a result of telecommunication operators delaying the roll out of 5G networks around US airports, the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing have issued formal notifications that lift the previous restriction on aircraft operations, enabling Emirates to safely restore full scheduled operations to all its US destinations. From 21-January-2022, the airline will reinstate its Boeing 777 operations to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Miami, Newark, Orlando and Seattle. Emirates services to Los Angeles, New York John F Kennedy, and Washington DC remain unimpacted. Services to Boston, Houston and San Francisco, on which the airline had temporarily deployed A380 aircraft on 20-Jan-2022 and 21-Jan-2022, will return to Boeing 777 operations on 22-Jan-2022. Emirates previously suspended its services to some US destinations based on the FAA advisory and Boeing recommendations on possible interference between the 5G antennas and aircraft systems, as safety of operations is the top priority. [more - original PR]

BITRE: Australian international pax down 95.5% in Nov-2021, compared to Nov-2019

20 January, 2022

Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (20-Jan-2022) the following international traffic highlights for Nov-2021:

  • Passengers: 155,796, -95.5% compared to Nov-2019;
  • Available seats: 627,002, -85.7%;
  • Cargo: 89,909 tonnes, -11.9%;
  • Flights: 4489, -73.4%;
  • Aircraft movements: 4843, -72.0%;
  • Top five international carried: 
    • Share of passengers carried: 
      • Singapore Airlines: 20.4%, +8.3pp year-on-year;
      • Emirates: 17.9%, +6.8pp;
      • Qatar Airways: 12.3%, -0.6pp;
      • Qantas Airways: 7.0%, +5.9pp;
      • Etihad Airways: 7.0%, +4.6pp;
    • Share of cargo carried:
      • Singapore Airlines: 13.9%, +2.5pp year-on-year;
      • Cathay Pacific Airways: 8.5%, +1.8pp;
      • Qantas Airways: 7.9%, +0.2pp;
      • FedEx: 7.4%, -2.7%
      • Kalitta Air: 6.7%, +3.5pp.

LCC Scoot accounted for 2.5% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in Nov-2021. The LCC share in 2020 was 2.9% and in 2019 was 14.7%. [more - original PR]

Air Transat resumes weekly Toronto-Faro service, extends service until Oct-2022

20 January, 2022

Air Transat resumed weekly Toronto-Faro service on 18-Jan-2022, scheduled to operate using A321LR equipment until 25-Oct-2022 (Routes Online, 19-Jan-2022). This marks the first time the carrier is operating to the Algarve region outside the winter season since the service's launch over 20 years ago.

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport pax up 70.4% in Dec-2021, 7.9m pax in 2021

20 January, 2022

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport reported (20-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 1.2 million, +70.4% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 949,000, +44.0%;
      • International: 248,000, +465.4%;
    • Top 10 nationalities:
      • Australia: +884%;
      • India: +593%;
      • UK: +1126%;
      • China (including Hong Kong): +11%;
      • US: +482%;
      • New Zealand: +56%;
      • Nepal: +1671%;
      • Singapore:+1824%;
      • Canada: +728%;
      • Pakistan: +815%;
  • 2021:
    • Passengers: 7.9 million, -29.5% year-on-year;

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Dec-2021 pax up 46%

20 January, 2022

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport stated (19-Jan-2022) Christmas travel and the progressive re-opening of interstate borders combined to drive a surge in Melbourne Airport's passenger numbers in Dec-2021. Total traveller numbers for the month were up 46% on the year-on-year, with 1,115,233 people passing through Melbourne Airport's four terminals. This included 135,823 overseas travellers, which was the highest monthly figure since the international border closure in Mar-2020. While passenger numbers for the first half of FY2022 were double what they were in 2020, they remain down more than 89% on the corresponding period in 2019. [more - original PR]

Air France to increase Canadian capacity by 25% during summer 2022

19 January, 2022

Air France announced (17-Jan-2022) it will increase capacity to Canada by 25% during summer 2022, compared to the pre pandemic period. In addition to its planned launch of Paris CDG-Quebec service, the carrier plans to increase frequencies to Montreal (up to four times daily), Toronto (up to twice daily) and Vancouver (up to daily). Following the capacity increase, the carrier will offer the largest capacity between Europe and Canada, amongst European airlines. [more - original PR]

Virgin Atlantic Airways and LATAM Airlines announce codeshare agreement

19 January, 2022

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced (18-Jan-2022) a codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines which will provide network connections to Brazil. The carriers will codeshare on Virgin's London Heathrow-Sao Paulo service, as well as connections onwards to 12 domestic locations including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Florianopolis. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo to London Heathrow will also have access to Virgin destinations through Terminal 3, including Tel Aviv, Delhi and Hong Kong. [more - original PR]

Southwest Airlines partners with KAYAK For Business to provide corporate travel offerings

19 January, 2022

Southwest Airlines partnered (13-Jan-2022) with KAYAK for Business to provide its corporate travel offerings on the online brooking platform. Southwest's business customers are now able to access the carrier's airfares on KAYAK for Business, which includes discounts and the ability to book travel using Rapid Rewards points. Business customers can also add the EarlyBird feature to bookings, which automatically checks in customers 36 hours prior to departure. Over 10,000 small to medium businesses are signed up to KAYAK for Business. [more - original PR]

Brussels Airlines to add eight new destinations to summer 2022 network

19 January, 2022

Brussels Airlines announced (17-Jan-2022) it will operate to 85 destinations during the summer 2022 schedule, commencing 27-Mar-2022. The airline will add eight destinations to its summer network, Lanzarote, Chania, Hurghada, Mytilini, Samos, Marrakech, Rabat and Munich. The carrier's long haul offer will comprise 19 destinations, 17 in sub Saharan Africa and two in the US (New York and Washington). Its medium haul network will comprise 66 destinations, including the following highlights:

  • Greece: Athens, Heraklion, Cos, Rhodes, Corfu, Zakynthos;
  • Italy: Bari, Catania, Florence, Milan, Napoli, Olbia, Palermo and Rome;
  • Spain: Alicante, Madrid, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife and Gran Canaria;
  • Portugal: Lisbon;
  • Croatia: Dubrovnik and Split;
  • Russia: Moscow and Saint Petersburg;
  • Morocco: Tangier and Nador.

Brussels Airlines head of network and planning Jan Derycke stated "booking figures clearly show a great willingness to travel", adding, compared to summer 2021, passengers are starting "to book longer in advance again". [more - original PR]

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