News for Europe/MEA

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]

Mango confirms ongoing search for investor to relaunch operations

21 January, 2022

Mango confirmed (20-Jan-2022) the process to identify an investor for the airline and restart operations is ongoing. The carrier remains in business rescue and not operating until further notice. [more - original PR]

Swissport to open Aspire lounge at Tokyo Narita Airport T2 in summer 2022

21 January, 2022

Swissport announced (20-Jan-2022) plans to open an Aspire lounge at Tokyo Narita Airport terminal 2 in early summer 2022. The 720sqm lounge will be equipped with a relaxation room, office space and a shower room and can accommodate up to 148 guests. It will be the first Aspire airport lounge in Asia. [more - original PR]

ITA Airways opens lounges at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate

20 January, 2022

Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) opened (20-Jan-2022) lounges at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate, available to business class passengers, Volare premium and executive members, and SkyTeam Elite Plus members departing to destinations covered by ITA. The 1000sqm "Piazza di Spagna" lounge in Rome Fiumicino's E boarding area offers 200 seats, and includes bookable meeting rooms and a kid's lounge. The 400sqm "Piazza della Scala" lounge in the Schengen boarding area at Milan Linate offers 54 seats for passengers. As previously reported by CAPA, the carrier is also launching its online newsstand with over 7000 newspapers, in partnership with PressReader, available at both lounges. [more - original PR]

Air Seychelles to resume Maldives service in Mar-2022

20 January, 2022

Air Seychelles announced (20-Jan-2022) plans to resume operations to the Maldives on 04-Mar-2022. The airline stated it will offer a tourism link between the Maldives and Johannesburg. The Maldives relaunch will mark the resumption of commercial passenger services to all of Air Seychelles' pre-pandemic destinations, which also include Johannesburg, Mumbai and Tel Aviv. As previously reported by CAPA, Air Seychelles last resumed Johannesburg-Seychelles-Malé service in Jul-2021 and the airline entered a partnership with Visit Maldives in Sep-2021. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

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;

South African Airways to resume Johannesburg-Durban service in Mar-2022

20 January, 2022

South African Airways (SAA) announced (19-Jan-2022) plans to resume three times daily Johannesburg-Durban service on 04-Mar-2022. SAA interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo commented: "Our customers and partners have been asking us to fly this route since we took to the skies again in Sep-2021. We've been waiting for the data to guide us on timing". Mr Kgokolo added that the airline "is constantly evaluating passenger volumes and revenue projections on all its existing and target routes". He said: "The goal is to match capacity with demand as closely as possible and add new routes only where and when it makes sense". [more - original PR]

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