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VINCI Airports handles 267.2m pax in 2023

18 January, 2024

VINCI Airports reported (16-Jan-2024) the following traffic highlights:

  • Three months ended Dec-2023:
    • Passengers: 66.3 million, +17.2% year-on-year;
      • Portugal (ANA): 15.1 million, +10% ;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 11.6 million +46%;
      • UK: 10.8 million, +18%;
      • Mexico (OMA): 6.8 million, +5.3%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 6.3 million, +19%;
      • France: 4.2 million, +7.4%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 2.9 million, +2.9%;
      • US: 2.6 million, +8.3%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 2.0 million, +39%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 1.6 million, +5.1%;
      • Cambodia (Cambodia Airports): 1.1 million, +43%;
      • Cape Verde: 693,000, +13%;
      • Costa Rica: 415,000, +20;
    • Aircraft movements: 532,958, +11.0%;
  • 2023:
    • Passengers: 267.2 million, +26.4% year-on-year;
      • Portugal (ANA): 66.3 million, +19%;
      • UK: 46.9 million, +24%;
      • Japan (Kansai Airports): 41.5 million, +87%;
      • Mexico (OMA): 26.8 million, +16%;
      • Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel): 23.3 million, +25%;
      • France: 18.1 million, +13%;
      • Brazil (Salvador): 11.5 million, +3.8%;
      • US: 9.9 million, +2.6%;
      • Serbia (Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport): 7.9 million, +42%;
      • Dominican Republic (Aerodom): 6.6 million, +10%;
      • Cambodia: 4.0 million;
      • Cape Verde: 2.6 million, +19%;
      • Costa Rica: 1.7 million, +14%;
    • Aircraft movements: 2.1 million, +13.6%. [more - original PR - French]

OAG reports busiest routes and airports for 2023

21 December, 2023

OAG reported (20-Dec-2023) the following highlights from its 2023 Busiest Routes analysis:

  • Busiest international routes by seat capacity:
    1. Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Changi;
    2. Cairo-Jeddah;
    3. Hong Kong-Taiwan Taoyuan;
    4. Seoul Incheon-Osaka Kansai;
    5. Seoul Incheon-Tokyo Narita;
    6. Dubai-Riyadh;
    7. Jakarta-Singapore Changi;
    8. London Heathrow-New York John F Kennedy;
    9. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Singapore Changi;
    10. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Seoul Incheon;
  • Busiest domestic routes by seat capacity:
    1. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo;
    2. Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda;
    3. Sapporo Chitose-Tokyo Haneda;
    4. Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City;
    5. Melbourne-Sydney;
    6. Beijing Capital-Shanghai Hongqiao;
    7. Tokyo Haneda-Okinawa Naha;
    8. Jeddah-Riyadh;
    9. Mumbai-Delhi;
    10. Jakarta-Bali Denpasar;
  • Busiest airports by seat capacity:
    1. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport;
    2. Dubai International Airport;
    3. Tokyo Haneda Airport;
    4. London Heathrow Airport;
    5. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport;
    6. Denver International Airport;
    7. Istanbul Airport;
    8. Los Angeles International Airport;
    9. Chicago O'Hare International Airport;
    10. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Finnair's new loyalty programme to be implemented from early Mar-2024

19 December, 2023

Finnair, via its official Twitter account and website, announced (18-Dec-2023) its new loyalty programme will launch on 09-Mar-2024, from when Finnair Plus members will collect Avios and tier points based on purchases made with Finnair. As previously reported by CAPA, the carrier is partnering IAG Loyalty to introduce Avios as its new loyalty programme currency. The changes to the system will be implemented between 08-Mar-2024 and 11-Mar-2024.

Singapore Airlines to launch Singapore-London Gatwick service in Jun-2024

19 December, 2023

Singapore Airlines announced (18-Dec-2023) plans to launch five times weekly Singapore-London Gatwick service on 21-Jun-2024, pending regulatory approval. The service will be operated with 253 seat (42 business, 23 premium economy and 187 economy) A350-900 aircraft. [more - original PR]

Lufthansa Group airlines to resume to Tel Aviv services from early Jan-2024

18 December, 2023

Lufthansa Group announced (15-Dec-2023) its group airlines plan to resume services to Tel Aviv from 08-Jan-2024. As part of a first phase, Lufthansa will initially offer four weekly frequencies from Frankfurt and three from Munich, while Austrian Airlines and SWISS are planning eight and five weekly frequencies, respectively. The 20 weekly frequencies correspond to around 30% of the regular flight schedule. Aircraft from the Airbus A320 family will be used. The flight schedule will be published on 18-Dec-2023, with flights able to be booked from this date. Lufthansa Group airlines suspended its scheduled services to and from Tel Aviv on 09-Oct-2023. Services to Beirut, which have also been suspended, were resumed on 15-Dec-2023 by Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings. [more - original PR]

Air Tahiti Nui advises of wholesale fare increases from Dec-2023

18 December, 2023

Air Tahiti Nui advised (15-Dec-2023) travel agency partners of planned wholesale net airfare increases on services from Australia to France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Tahiti and US, effective 18-Dec-2023. Fares will also increase on Australia-Canada service from 20-Jan-2024. The carrier also advised of the following changes to Australia origin fares:

  • Introduction of Australian domestic addons for itineraries that include travel within Australia;
  • Surcharge now applies when booking an Air New Zealand operated flight between Australia and New Zealand. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand: Wamos Air to temporarily operate Auckland-Perth service in 2024

13 December, 2023

Air New Zealand announced (12-Dec-2023) it is re-entering a temporary lease agreement with Wamos Air, as it prepares some of its fleet to undergo maintenance in 2024 due to global engine maintenance issues. Wamos Air will operate daily Auckland-Perth service on behalf of Air New Zealand between 09-Feb-2024 and 30-Apr-2024. As previously reported by CAPA, Wamos Air previously operated the service on behalf of Air New Zealand "to help with capacity restraints post COVID-19". [more - original PR]

Kenya to remove visa requirements for all foreign visitors

12 December, 2023

Kenya's President William Ruto stated (12-Dec-2023) "Kenya will be a visa free country" from Jan-2024. Mr Ruto said: "It shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya". He added: "The Government has abolished the requirement of visas for all our visitors. To implement this new policy, we have developed a digital platform to ensure that all travellers to Kenya are identified in advance on an electronic platform. All travellers will obtain electronic travel authorisation". [more - original PR]

Finnair increases checked baggage allowance

11 December, 2023

Finnair, via its official Facebook account, announced (11-Dec-2023) it will increase the checked baggage allowance for long haul business class customers with classic and flex tickets. Passengers who have purchased these tickets on or after 11-Dec-2023, will be able to bring two checked bags up to 32kg each.

Etihad Airways to suspend Abu Dhabi-Guangzhou service from Feb-2024

8 December, 2023

Etihad Airways plans to suspend three times weekly Abu Dhabi-Guangzhou service from 20-Feb-2024, as per a 07-Dec-2023 GDS inventory and timetable display. The carrier launched the service in Oct-2022, marking the first China route launched by Etihad since 2012.

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