News for Europe/MEA

Etihad Airways to return to Terminal 4, reopen lounge at London Heathrow Airport

20 June, 2022

Etihad Airways announced (17-Jun-2022) plans to return to Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport from 22-Jun-2022, upon the terminal reopening. The carrier temporarily operated from Terminals 2 and 3 during the pandemic. The Etihad Lounge is also scheduled to reopen for the carrier's first and business class passengers and Etihad Guest platinum and gold members. [more - original PR]

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport sets limit on maximum number of daily travellers

17 June, 2022

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport established (16-Jun-2022) a limit on the maximum daily passengers for summer 2022 due to labour shortages affecting the number of security employees, calculating it will be able to handle up to 67,500 daily passengers in Jul-2022 and up to 72,500 in Aug-2022. The airport's outlook for Jul-2022 indicates an average of 13,500 excess seats daily, relative to security capacity. The Schiphol slot coordinator has been informed of the airport's capacity between 07-Jul-2022 and 31-Jul-2022 and will discuss passenger reductions with all carriers. A decision regarding the period commencing 31-Jul-2022 will be made in two weeks, based on expected airport capacity. CEO Dick Benschop added: "Setting a limit now means that the large majority of travellers will be able to travel from Schiphol in a safe and responsible way". [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines launches A321neo operations

17 June, 2022

Delta Air Lines deployed (16-Jun-2022) its first A321neo aircraft into commercial operation on Boston-San Francisco service. The carrier's 194 seat A321neos are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and will be deployed primarily across Delta's domestic US network. Delta Air Lines has signed purchase agreements for 155 A321neos, with deliveries scheduled through to 2027. [more - original PR]

AirAsia X to operate services to London, Dubai and Istanbul in 2022

16 June, 2022

AirAsia X announced (15-Jun-2022) plans to resume Kuala Lumpur-London service and launch services to Dubai and Istanbul in 2022. The carrier also operates from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi, Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo Haneda, Sapporo and Osaka. AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail stated: "As our services grow, we will continue to bring our fleet of aircraft out of hibernation and, we can look forward to gradually bringing our valued pilots and cabin crew who were on furlough back". He added the carrier is confident of returning to pre-COVID-19 capacity on some routes within the next 12 months. [more - original PR]

Norse Atlantic commences operations with launch of Oslo-New York JFK service

15 June, 2022

Norse Atlantic Airways commenced (14-Jun-2022) operations with the launch of Oslo-New York JFK service on 14-Jun-2022, using Boeing 787 aircraft. CEO Bjorn Tore Larsen stated: "Norse Atlantic Airways has now entered a new chapter", adding: "We now look ahead to ramping up our network". The carrier plans to increase Oslo-New York frequency to daily from 04-Jul-2022 and is the sole scheduled operator on the route, according to OAG. The service launch also marked the formal opening of Avinor Oslo Airport's new non-Schengen terminal. As previously reported by CAPA, Norse Atlantic also plans to launch services from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Los Angeles in summer 2022. [more - original PR]

EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate to be extended until 30-Jun-2023

14 June, 2022

European Council and the European Parliament reached (13-Jun-2022) a provisional political agreement to extend the regulation establishing the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate (DCC) by one year, until 30-Jun-2023. If the health situation allows, the regulation can be repealed earlier. The Council and Parliament additionally agreed on the following:

  • A Commission obligation to submit a detailed report by 31-Dec-2022, which could be accompanied by legislative proposals to allow for a new assessment of the need to repeal or maintain the certificate, depending on the health situation;
  • Clarification that vaccination certificates should reflect all doses administered, regardless of the member state where people received their vaccination;
  • Possibility to issue a recovery certificate following an antigen test;
  • Extension of the range of authorised antigen tests used to qualify for a COVID-19 certificate;
  • Possibility to allow vaccination certificates to be issued to persons participating in clinical trials.

EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders stated the agreement will help to "continue to facilitate free and safe travel, should a rise in infections make it necessary for Member States to temporarily reintroduce restriction". The European Parliament and the Council will now need to formally adopt the agreement. [more - original PR - European Council] [more - original PR - European Commission]

Germany lifts COVID-19 entry restrictions

14 June, 2022

Germany's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via its official website, announced (Jun-2022) it provisionally lifted all COVID-19 entry restrictions on 11-Jun-2022. As a result, travel to Germany is again permitted for all travel purposes, while proof of COVID-19 vaccination, recovery or testing is no longer required. The ministry stated that due to "reciprocity", travellers residing in China still require an "important reason to enter Germany", however this restriction does not apply to German citizens residing in China.

Visitor arrival to Croatia recovers to 69% of Apr-2019 levels in Apr-2022

9 June, 2022

Croatian Bureau of Statistics reported (07-Jun-2022) the following tourism highlights for Apr-2022:

  • Tourist arrivals: 641,916, -31% compared to Apr-2019;
    • Slovenia: 139,261, +33%;
    • Germany: 105,144, -23%;
    • Austria: 73,825, -10%;
    • Italy: 37,508, -49%;
    • UK: 34,899, -11%;
    • France: 27,885, -26%;
    • US: 19,290, -48%;
    • Poland: 18,944, -52%;
    • Serbia: 15,317, +20%;
    • Hungary: 14,826, -14%;
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 14,534, -31%. [more - original PR]

ITA Airways and Kuwait Airways enter codeshare agreement

7 June, 2022

Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) signed (06-Jun-2022) a codeshare agreement with Kuwait Airways, applying to services from 06-Jun-2022. Under the agreement, ITA will codeshare on Kuwait Airways' services between Kuwait and Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. Kuwait Airways will codeshare on ITA's domestic services to Palermo, Catania, Florence, Brindisi, Bari, Venice, Turin, Genoa, Trieste, Bologna, Naples and Lamezia Terme, as well as ITA's international services from Rome to Athens and Nice. Both carriers issued a joint statement outlining they have "agreed to explore additional possibilities of cooperation in the future with frequent flyer programme and expansion of codeshares". [more - original PR - English/Italian]

Plaza Premium Group opens lounge at Frankfurt Airport

2 June, 2022

Plaza Premium Group opened (01-Jun-2022) a lounge at Frankfurt Airport Terminal 2. The lounge has capacity for 110 guests and is Plaza Premium's first operation in Germany. Admission for up to three hours costs EUR45, or EUR36 if booked in advance. [more - original PR]

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