News for Europe/MEA

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]

easyJet reports 600% uplift in UK-France bookings following easing of border restrictions

17 January, 2022

easyJet reported (14-Jan-2022) a 600% uplift in last minute UK bookings to ski resort destinations in France, following a recent move by the French Government to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers from the UK. The LCC also recorded a 386% rise in UK winter bookings to Switzerland following the announcement. [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]

Emerald Airlines to establish base of operations at Belfast City George Best Airport

14 January, 2022

Belfast City George Best Airport announced (13-Jan-2022) Emerald Airlines plans to establish a base of operations at the airport and launch the following services with ATR 72-600 equipment:

  • Birmingham;
  • Edinburgh;
  • Exeter;
  • Glasgow;
  • Leeds Bradford;
  • Manchester.

The services will operate under an exclusive franchise agreement as Aer Lingus Regional, with customers to benefit from a codeshare agreement with British Airways. Emerald Airlines CEO Conor McCarthy stated: "We're confident this news will be welcomed by the business community across the region which depend on connectivity more than ever as the recovery continues... Meanwhile we have received almost 1000 applications for our Belfast based roles and are now in the final stages of our recruiting process with the first round of training commencing in February." [more - original PR]

Mauritius tourist arrivals decline 83% in 2021, compared to 2019

14 January, 2022

Statistics Mauritius reported (11-Jan-2022) the following tourism highlights for:

  • Dec-2021:
    • France: 12,697, -63.8% compared to Dec-2019;
    • UK: 10,810, -15.9%;
    • Germany: 5504, -56.9%;
    • Italy: 2112, -60.7%;
    • Switzerland: 1952, -54.3%;
    • Austria: 1797, -22.5%;
    • Belgium: 1489, -14.4%;
    • Russia: 1099, -30.9%;
    • Sweden: 1026, -63.9%;
  • 2021:
    • France: 51,525, -82.5% compared to 2019;
    • UK: 34,194, -75.6%;
    • Germany: 18,605, -83.3%;
    • Switzerland: 7011, -82.6%;
    • Belgium: 4817, -71.2%;
    • Austria: 4111, -76%;
    • Italy: 3954, -90.2%;
    • Russia: 2686, -74.8%;
    • Sweden: 1784, -86.1%. [more - original PR]

Qantas And Jetstar Airways adjust Q3FY2022 capacity

13 January, 2022

Qantas and Jetstar Airways adjusted (13-Jan-2022) aeronautical service levels to better match travel demand in light of the sudden growth in coronavirus cases. The Qantas Group now expects domestic capacity for Q3FY2022 to be at around 70% of pre-coronavirus levels, down from the 102% that had been planned. The schedule changes are focused on reducing frequency of services and size of aircraft to minimise inconvenience for passengers as much as possible. The group's total international capacity for the same period will fall from 30% to around 20% of pre-COVID levels. This reduction is driven by increased travel restrictions in countries like Japan, Thailand and Indonesia and is mostly impacting Jetstar's leisure routes. Other markets, including London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Johannesburg and India continue to perform well. Qantas and Jetstar continue to have 100% of their available Australian-based crew stood up, which has helped to minimise the resourcing impacts of some needing to self-isolate during the summer peak. This will be maintained despite the capacity reductions, giving both airlines a significant buffer to manage ongoing isolation requirements. [more - original PR]

BA CityFlyer to launch four services from London City in Mar-2022 and Jun-2022

13 January, 2022

British Airways announced (12-Jan-2022) BA CityFlyer plans to launch the following services from London City with Embraer E190 equipment:

  • Luxembourg: Daily from 27-Mar-2022;
  • Milan Malpensa: Daily from 27-Mar-2022. Introduction of this service will replace British Airways' service from the airport to Milan Linate;
  • Thessaloniki: Weekly from 18-Jun-2022;
  • Barcelona: Six times weekly from 19-Jun-2022.

The carrier also plans to resume twice weekly services from London City to Jersey and Guernsey from 20-Jun-2022 to 02-Sep-2022. [more - original PR]

CAAC suspends more international services under COVID policy

13 January, 2022

CAAC stated (10/11-Jan-2022) the following international services will be suspended for two weeks after passengers on the services tested positive for coronavirus in Dec-2021/Jan-2022:

  • Suspension from 10-Jan-2022:
    • Air China's Los Angeles-Shenzhen service;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Los Angeles-Xiamen;
    • China Southern Airlines' Amsterdam-Guangzhou;
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou;
    • China Southern's Nairobi-Changsha service suspended for four weeks;
    • Air China's Los Angeles-Tianjin service suspended for eight weeks from 06-Jan-2022;
  • Suspension from 17-Jan-2022:
    • China Southern's Islamabad-Wuhan service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Los Angeles-Xiamen service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Iberia's Madrid-Hangzhou suspended;
    • Iberia's Madrid-Shanghai service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Amsterdam-Xiamen;
    • China Eastern Airlines' New York-Shanghai;
    • China Southern's Paris-Guangzhou service suspended for four weeks;
    • China Eastern's Sydney-Hangzhou;
    • China Eastern's Sydney-Shanghai;
    • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Amsterdam-Hangzhou;
    • Delta's Seattle-Shanghai;
    • Kenya Airways' Nairobi-Guangzhou;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Delta's Detroit-Shanghai;
  • Suspension from 24-Jan-2022:
    • Air China's Los Angeles-Shenzhen service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Philippine Airlines' Manila-Tianjin service suspended for four weeks;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air China's Minsk-Hohhot service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Amsterdam-Guangzhou service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Neos' Milan-Tianjin service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Delta's Seattle-Shanghai service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 31-Jan-2022:
    • Ethiopian Airlines' Addis Ababa-Shanghai service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Los Angeles-Guangzhou service continue to be suspended for a further eight weeks;
    • LOT Polish Airlines' Warsaw-Tianjin service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Los Angeles-Xiamen service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air China's Stockholm-Beijing service continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shenyang service continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 07-Feb-2022:
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