News for Europe/MEA

Air Canada schedules 16 international frequency adjustments for summer 2023 schedule

14 October, 2022

Air Canada announced (13-Oct-2022) the following planned frequency adjustments for summer 2023, in comparison with the carrier's summer 2022 schedule:

  • Montreal-Algiers: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Frankfurt: Increase from twice daily to 19 times weekly (in partnership with Lufthansa)
  • Montreal-Geneva: Increase from six times weekly to daily;
  • Montreal-Nice: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Sao Paulo: Increase from three to five times weekly;
  • Montreal-Tel Aviv: Increase from three to four times weekly;
  • Montreal-Toyko Narita: Increase from twice weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Barcelona: Increase from five times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Copenhagen: Increase from three to five times weekly;
  • Toronto-Dubai: Increase from three times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-Edinburgh: Increase from six times weekly to daily;
  • Toronto-London Heathrow: Increase from three to four times daily;
  • Toronto-Madrid: Increase from five to six times weekly;
  • Toronto-Tokyo Narita: Increase from five times weekly to daily;
  • Vancouver-Brisbane: Increase from four times weekly to daily;
  • Vancouver-Hong Kong: Increase from three times weekly to daily. [more - original PR]

EU states agree on temporary airport slot waiver for winter 2022/23

13 October, 2022

European Council member states reached (12-Oct-2022) agreement for a 75% slot use requirement to apply during the winter 2022/2023 season, as well as a waiver to ensure the EU "properly responds to the current situation in the field of air transport". Under the agreement the European Commission is able to modify the rule through temporary measures, in the case of urgent need stemming from an epidemiological crisis or Russia's war against Ukraine. In addition, carriers will be able to benefit from justified unused slots and count them as operated, while carriers prohibited to fly into EU airspace will lose their slots immediately. The new regulation will apply until the end summer 2023, for which the standard 80% slot utilisation rule will apply, unless the Commission adopts a delegated act to change this rule due to crisis-induced disruptions. The Council is expected to adopt the legislative act on 17-Oct-2022. [more - original PR]

Stuttgart Airport opens lounge in Terminal 3

11 October, 2022

Stuttgart Airport, via its official Twitter account, announced (07-Oct-2022) the opening of a 150sqm lounge in Terminal 3. The space is equipped to seat 42 travellers, with free access to KLM and Air France ElitePlus customers. Entry is open to the general public at a cost of EUR29.50.

Zamibia Tourism Agency waives tourist visa requirements for selected countries

10 October, 2022

Zamibia Tourism Agency, via its official Facebook account, announced (01-Oct-2022) tourist visa requirements were waived for Australia, Canada, China, European Union, Gulf States, Japan, Norway, South Korea, UK and US, effective 01-Oct-2022.

LATAM Airlines Brasil to launch Sao Paulo-Johannesburg service in Jul-2023

9 October, 2022

LATAM Airlines Brasil announced (08-Oct-2022) plans to launch three times weekly Sao Paulo-Johannesburg service in Jul-2023. The service will be operated with 300 seat (30 premium business and 270 economy) Boeing 787-9 aircraft. [more - original PR - Portuguese]

Germany ends air travel mask requirement

6 October, 2022

Germany's Federal Ministry of Health, via its official website, amended (Oct-2022) its COVID-19 Infection Protection Act, removing the obligation for passengers to wear masks on flights to and from Germany, effective 01-Oct-2022.

CAPA publishes 2022 megatrends report ahead of World Aviation Summit

4 October, 2022

CAPA - Centre for Aviation published (Oct-2022) a report entitled: 'The new shape of the aviation industry - CAPA's 2022 megatrends', addressing the biggest trends that faced the aviation industry in 2022 and the influence of these trends on future strategies. These megatrends will be the focus for the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Gibraltar on 01/02-Dec-2022. At the event, hosted by Gibraltar's Government, global airline leaders will share insights and perspectives on the changes in the aviation sector over the last year, how the industry has adapted and development targets for the future. Topics will include rising costs, environmental sustainability, operational issues, the paths of international recovery, government ownership, digital transformation, partnerships and alliances. [more - CAPA Report] [more - CAPA Events]

airBaltic enters loyalty programme cooperation with Air France and KLM

3 October, 2022

airBaltic announced (30-Sep-2022) a new loyalty programme cooperation with Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. airBaltic Club members will be able to earn points on codeshare services operated by Air France and KLM and spend points with Air France and KLM. [more - original PR]

Institute of Travel Management: Travel buyers facing challenges with online booking tools

28 September, 2022

Institute of Travel Management (ITM) published (27-Sep-2022) a report, revealing that most travel buyer members are facing challenges with their chosen online booking tools (OBT) as business travel resumes at scale. The report noted clear concern regarding the capabilities of OBTs to meet the needs of travel managers and travellers now and in the future. Key findings of the survey include:

  • 45% of respondents stated that their existing online booking tool is not 'fit for purpose' in the current environment. This rises to 57% in the mid to long term;
  • 75% feel that their current OBT provider is not listening to their needs;
  • 70% were very or somewhat dissatisfied with responsiveness to requests;
  • 90% of buyer members are satisfied with their OBT's policy configuration capability. User friendliness also largely met with satisfaction (80%);
  • The top three factors rated as most important by respondents when selecting an OBT are proactiveness with solutions, responsiveness to requests and offline support;
  • The top three factors rated as most important when selecting an OBT based on functionality are user friendly experience, policy configuration capability, reporting and data analytics including sustainability;
  • In terms of content, 75% are satisfied with basic air single/return and accommodation;
  • The top five items on buyers' OBT wishlist are full NDC content, user-friendly interface/experience, EU/UK rail integration, better CO2 information (by aircraft cabin, hotels and comparison of air to rail) and sustainability aspects/reporting;
  • Despite buyers' concerns, the majority (75%) do not plan to change their OBT in the next 12 months. [more - original PR]

Amadeus: Modernising business travel 'will yield tens of billions in economic value'

28 September, 2022

Amadeus reported (27-Sep-2022) modernising business travel "will yield tens of billions in economic value", according to a study commissioned by the company. Amadeus commissioned the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) to model the economic benefits should the industry apply the latest digital spend management technology. Based on research with corporate travel and finance teams from large companies in the US, UK, France and Germany, Amadeus stated CEBR's work highlights the economic opportunities of digitally transforming travel and expense. According to the study, end-to-end digital spend management delivers economic benefits in the following areas:

  • Productivity improvements for travellers, managers and finance teams from digitalising expenses save 147 minutes per expense claim, equating to 188,000 full time equivalent employees and USD20.6 billion in gross economic value across the four economies;
  • Direct travel spend efficiencies result in savings of USD31.4 billion or 8.2% of direct travel spend made by large companies across the four markets. Savings are achieved through reductions in fraud and error and more consistent application of company travel policies;
  • End-to-end digital spend management enables travellers to be provided with a virtual card containing a pre-agreed budget for the trip. Travellers no longer need to submit expense reports and finance teams also gain efficiencies in accounting, auditing, reimbursement, control, budgeting, forecasting and international VAT reclaim. [more - original PR]
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