News for The Americas

Zipair to increase Tokyo-LA frequency to daily from Jul-2022

18 January, 2022

Zipair announced (18-Jan-2022) plans to increase Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles frequency to daily from 01-Jul-2022. Frequency will increase to six times weekly from 27-Mar-2022. [more - original PR]

Quebec welcomes tourist benefits of Air France's planned Paris CDG-Quebec service

18 January, 2022

Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport welcomed (17-Jan-2022) Air France's planned launch of Paris CDG-Quebec service from 17-May-2022, outlining it will connect the region to over 1000 countries in 170 countries, through the Air France-KLM and SkyTeam networks. France is Quebec's fourth largest tourist market, with the new route making it one of four Canadian cities to have a direct connection with the airline. [more - original PR]

EU Council removes Argentina, Australia and Canada from list of 'safe' third countries

18 January, 2022

Council of the European Union removed (17-Jan-2022) Argentina, Australia and Canada from its list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. The Council's updated list, of third countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions effective 17-Jan-2022, includes:

  • Bahrain;
  • Chile;
  • Colombia;
  • Indonesia;
  • Kuwait;
  • New Zealand;
  • Peru;
  • Qatar;
  • Rwanda;
  • Saudi Arabia;
  • South Korea;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • Uruguay;
  • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity);
  • Hong Kong;
  • Macau;
  • Taiwan. [more - original PR]

CAAC suspends more international services

18 January, 2022

CAAC stated (17-Jan-2022) the following international services will be suspended for two weeks after passengers on the services tested positive for coronavirus in early Jan-2022:

  • Suspension from 24-Jan-2022:
    • Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shanghai;
    • China Southern Airlines' Sydney-Guangzhou;
    • China Eastern Airlines' Frankfurt-Shanghai;
    • American Airlines' Dallas-Shanghai;
    • Delta's Detroit-Shanghai;
    • China Eastern's Paris-Shanghai;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Vancouver-Xiamen service suspended for four weeks;
    • Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi-Shanghai;
    • Lion Air's Jakarta-Wuhan;
    • SWISS' Zurich-Shanghai;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
  • Suspension from 31-Jan-2022:
    • Sichuan Airlines' Vancouver-Chengdu service;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Egyptair's Cairo-Hangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Los Angeles-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 07-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • China Eastern's Paris-Shanghai service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Neos' Milan-Tianjin service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • China Southern's Amsterdam-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 14-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Paris-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air Canada's Vancouver-Shanghai service to continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
  • Suspension from 21-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Nairobi-Changsha service will continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 28-Feb-2022:

Air France to launch Paris CDG-Quebec service from May-2022

18 January, 2022

Air France announced (17-Jan-2022) plans to launch three times weekly Paris CDG-Quebec service, from 17-May-2022. The carrier will operate the route using A330-200 aircraft, equipped 224 seats, comprising 36 in business class, 21 in premium economy and 167 in economy. In addition, the carrier offers a daily bus service from Quebec city to Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, free for customers connecting from Air France services. [more - original PR]

VINCI Airports pax up 12% to 85.8m in 2021

18 January, 2022

VINCI Airports reported (17-Jan-2022) the following traffic highlights:

  • Three months ended Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 32.0 million, -46% compared to 2019;
      • Portugal (ANA): 9.6 million, -27% ;
      • UK: 4.1 million, -65%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 4.3 million, -66%;
      • France: 3.0 million, -37%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 4.0 million, -32%;
      • Cambodia (Cambodia Airports): 88,000, -97%;
      • US: 2.3 million, -15%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 850,000, -40%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 1.9 million, -12%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 1.4 million, -4%;
      • Sweden: 155,000, -70%;
      • Costa Rica: 262,000, stable;
    • Aircraft movements: 324,724, -33%;
  • Twelve months ended Dec-2021:
    • Passengers: 85.8 million, +12% year-on-year;
      • Portugal (ANA): 24.9 million, +39%;
      • UK: 8.6 million, -28%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 11.4 million, -28%;
      • France: 8.7 million, +28%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 10.0 million, +17%;
      • Cambodia: 270,000, -88%;
      • US: 7.0 million, +75%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 3.3 million, +73%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 5.6 million, +43%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 4.6 million, +88%;
      • Sweden: 607,000, +7%
      • Costa Rica: 827,000, +72%;
    • Aircraft movements: 1.0 million, +13%. [more - original PR]

Aer Lingus reports uptick in consumer travel confidence following easing of travel restrictions

17 January, 2022

Aer Lingus reported (14-Jan-2022) an increase in consumer travel confidence following the recent easing of travel restrictions for double vaccinated passengers by Ireland's Government. The carrier highlighted:

  • An uplift in searches for Munich (90%) and Geneva (65%);
  • Increased interest in European city break spots including Venice (81%) and Madrid (70%);
  • An increase in searches for city break locations across the UK including London (70%), Glasgow (72%), Birmingham (69%) and Edinburgh (63%);
  • Interest in travel to the US has also seen an increase since the easing of restrictions.

As previously reported by CAPA, the Irish Government removed the pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement for double vaccinated passengers entering the country on 06-Jan-2022. [more - original PR]

Hong Kong extends place specific flight suspension for 8 countries

17 January, 2022

Hong Kong's Government announced (14-Jan-2022) that the place specific flight suspension mechanism for Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the UK and the US will be extended for 14 days to 04-Feb-2022, under which all passenger flights from these eight places will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong. In addition, persons who have stayed in these places for more than two hours within 21 days will be restricted from boarding passenger flights for Hong Kong. [more - original PR]

Qantas to resume Sydney-Dallas service from Feb-2022

17 January, 2022

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, via its official LinkedIn account, stated (16-Jan-2022) Qantas Airways is scheduled to resume Sydney-Dallas service from Feb-2022. The service will be operated with Boeing 787 equipment. 

LATAM Airlines Group projects Jan-2022 capacity will reach 72% of 2019 levels

14 January, 2022

LATAM Airlines Group released (13-Jan-2022) the following capacity projections for its regional subsidiaries in Jan-2021, measured in ASKs compared to Jan-2019:

  • Brazil: 82%;
    • Domestic: 107%;
    • International: 54%;
  • Chile: 60%;
    • Domestic: 85%;
    • International: 50%;
  • Colombia: 109%;
    • Domestic: 162%;
    • International: 71%;
  • Ecuador: 46%;
    • Domestic: 133%;
    • International: 21%;
  • Peru: 67%;
    • Domestic: 105%;
    • International: 55%;
  • Cargo: 91%;
    • Domestic: 82%;
    • International: 59%.

The group expects capacity across all its divisions to reach 72% of Jan-2019 levels, subject to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. [more - original PR]

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