News for Europe/MEA

TACV cancels all services until 11-Sep-2017 due to lack of aircraft

8 September, 2017

TACV cancelled (06-Sep-2017) all services during the period 06-Sep-2017 to 11-Sep-2017 due to a lack of operational aircraft. The airline will accommodate all affected passengers through third party carriers, or issue refunds. The airline reported technical issues with its only aircraft, a Boeing 757, since 01-Sep-2017 and said it was unable to secure a replacement engine or lease a replacement aircraft. Praia-Lisbon and São Vicente-Lisbon services will be operated by EuroAtlantic. [more - original PR - Portuguese] [more - original PR - Portuguese - II]

Lion Air confirms plans to commence services from eight cities to Jeddah in Oct-2017

8 September, 2017

Lion Air Group, via its official Facebook account, announced (07-Sep-2017) Lion Air plans to commence services from Balikpapan, Banda Aceh, Bandung, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Solo and Tanjung Karang to Jeddah in mid Oct-2017. The services will cater to demand from Umrah pilgrims and will operate with a refuelling stop at Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum International Airport. As previously reported by CAPA, the airline plans to commence Bandar Lampung-Thiruvananthapuram-Jeddah service on 21-Oct-2017, Pekanbaru-Thiruvananthapuram-Madinah service on 22-Oct-2017, Palembang-Thiruvananthapuram-Jeddah service on 23-Oct-2017 and Padang-Thiruvananthapuram-Madinah service on 26-Oct-2017.

Airbus to update A380 cabins for Qantas, adding 31 premium seats at the cost of 30 economy

7 September, 2017

Qantas reached (07-Sep-2017) an agreement with Airbus to upgrade the cabins of its 12 A380s to improve passenger comfort on long haul operations while maximising economics. In particular, the upgrade will meet the airline's increased demand for revenue-enhancing premium cabins on flights to the US, Europe and Asia. Airbus will be responsible for the overall upper-deck integration. In addition Airbus will develop specific tailored monuments for Qantas and a new and unique business lounge area in the forward upper-deck. Capacity after the upgrade will be:

  • 14 First class suites (unchanged);
  • 70 Business class suites (up by six);
  • 60 Premium economy seats (up by 25);
  • 341 Economy seats (down by 30);
  • Total of 485 seats (up by one).

The new interior takes advantage of the A380's large floor area to most efficiently embody Qantas' latest seat products for business class and premium economy. Installation will start in 2Q2019. All 12 aircraft are planned to be upgraded by around the end of 2020. [more - original PR]

Icelandair's new Tampa service to generate USD19m annual economic impact in Tampa region

7 September, 2017

Tampa International Airport estimated (07-Sep-2017) Icelandair's newly launched twice weekly Reykjavik-Tampa service will generate an economic impact of nearly USD19 million p/a. The inaugural service from Tampa to Reykjavik sold out all 183 seats, with many expected to transit onto other European destinations. [more - original PR]

AFRAA reports capacity (seats) up 7% in Aug-2017

7 September, 2017

African Airlines Association (AFRAA) reported (07-Sep-2017) the following capacity data for all passenger services (nonstop and with stops) from Africa to other regions in Aug-2017:

  • Seats:
    • African airlines: 10.1 million, +4.9% year-on-year;
      • Intra Africa: 7.6 million, +1.0%;
      • Africa-Europe: 1.4 million, +10.1%;
      • Africa-North America: 98,765, +4.6%;
      • Africa-Middle East: 811,630, +3.7%;
      • Africa-Asia: 166,654, +9.5%;
    • Other carriers: 3.9 million, +12.2%. [more - original PR]

Qantas applies for more capacity for Jetstar to Indonesia from Feb-2018

7 September, 2017

Qantas applied (07-Sep-2016) to the International Air Services Commission for an allocation of capacity of 1300 seats for Jetstar to increases its services between Australia and Indonesia. Jetstar plans to increase services from 01-Feb-2018, using Boeing 787 aircraft with 335 seats and A320 aircraft with 180 seats. Qantas seeks the capacity allocation on the following basis:

  • Allocation is requested for five years;
  • Capacity will be fully utilised from 30-Apr-2018;
  • Capacity may be used by Qantas or another of its wholly-owned subsidiaries;
  • Capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint service with any wholly-owned subsidiary, and by any wholly-owned subsidiary to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • Capacity may be used by Jetstar to provide joint service with Emirates. [more - original PR]

ANA Airports of Portugal fails to meet first deadline for Lisbon Airport expansion: Report

7 September, 2017

ANA Airports of Portugal reportedly delayed the design process for the expansion of Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, due to a failure by the concessionaire to present final cost estimates (Jornal de Negocios, 05-Sep-2017). Portugal's Government is scheduled to approve or reject the proposal in 2H2018. As previously reported by CAPA, TAP Portugal has express concern with the lack activity in the process, clarifying that its expansion depends on the level of capacity and congestion at the airport.

Italian Transport Minister working to secure Meridiana/Qatar Airways partnership

7 September, 2017

Italy's Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Graziano Delrio, via his personal Facebook account, confirmed (06-Sep-2017) a meeting with Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker. Mr Delrio stated the meeting focused on "guarantees on the conclusion of the agreement with Meridiana and confirmation of the ambitious investment plan envisaged". Mr Delrio said Mr Al Baker has "great interest in developing links to and from Italy through partnership with Meridiana".

IATA: Jul-2017 shows record load factors and strong but moderating demand growth

7 September, 2017

IATA released (06-Sep-2017) its statistics for international passenger demand for Jul-2017:

  • Global: Traffic grew 6.8% year-on-year, while capacity climbed 5.5%, and load factor edged up 0.5 percentage points to 84.6%. Growth was a slow-down compared to the 7.6% growth recorded in Jun-2016;
  • Europe: Traffic up 7.5%, down from 8.8% in Jun-2017. Capacity rose 5.9%, and load factor climbed 1.3 ppts to 88.7%, which was the highest among the regions. The economic backdrop in Europe has strengthened; however, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the upward growth in travel demand has moderated sharply since Feb-2017;
  • Asia Pacific: Traffic up 5.9%, a deceleration compared to Jun-2017 growth of 8.8%. As with Europe, carriers in the Asia Pacific region are seeing a slowing of demand growth. Capacity increased 6.7% and load factor slipped 0.6 ppts to 81.0%;
  • Middle East: Traffic up 4.5%, an acceleration from the 3.6% in Jun-2017, but was still well off the region's five-year average pace of 11.2%. Capacity grew 3.6% and load factor rose 0.7 ppts to 81.5%. Middle East-North America market has been affected by a combination of factors in 2017, including the recently-lifted cabin ban on large portable electronic devices, as well as a wider impact from the proposed travel bans to the US. Traffic growth on the Middle East-US route was already slowing in early 2017, in line with a moderation in the pace of expansion of nonstop services by the largest Middle Eastern airlines;
  • North America: Traffic up 3.5%, down from 4.4% growth in Jun-2017 but still ahead of the regional five-year average pace (2.9%). Capacity rose 3.8% and load factor slipped 0.3 ppts to 85.9%. Outbound travel is being supported by the relatively solid economic backdrop in North America, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that inbound demand is being negatively influenced by the additional security measures in place for travel to the US;
  • Latin America: Traffic up 10.5%, the strongest growth among regions. Capacity increased 10% and load factor climbed 0.4 percentage points to 84.9%. International volumes between North and Central America continue to strongly trend upward while traffic on the North-South America market segment has also started to trend upwards, in part helped by the healthier, albeit still fragile, economic backdrop in Brazil;
  • Africa: Traffic up 6.5%, down from 9.8% demand growth in Jun-2017. Capacity rose 1.7%, and load factor jumped 3.4 pppt to 74.1%. Conditions in the region's two largest economies continue to diverge, with South Africa in recession while business confidence levels are at a two-year peak in Nigeria. [more - original PR]

Ryanair launches London-Pardubice service, first scheduled service from Pardubice to Western Europe

7 September, 2017

Ryanair launched (06-Sep-2017) three times weekly London Stansted-Pardubice service on 05-Sep-2017, the first regular scheduled service from Pardubice to Western Europe. Service operates with Boeing 737-800 equipment configured with 189 seats. [more - original PR - Czech]

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