News for Europe/MEA

United Airlines to launch five trans Atlantic services in May/Jun-2022

27 April, 2022

United Airlines announced (26-Apr-2022) plans to launch the following services:

  • Washington DC-Amman: Three times weekly from 05-May-2022;
  • New York Newark-Ponta Delgada: Three times weekly from 13-May-2022;
  • New York Newark-Bergen: Three times weekly from 20-May-2022;
  • New York Newark-Palma de Mallorca: Three times weekly from 02-Jun-2022;
  • New York Newark-Tenerife: Three times weekly from 09-Jun-2022.

United Airlines is set to be the sole scheduled operator on each route. The carrier is scheduled to launch/resume a total of 30 trans-Atlantic services for summer 2022, increasing its trans-Atlantic network to 125% of 2019 levels. [more - original PR]

Kenya Airways and Saudia expand codeshare agreement

26 April, 2022

Kenya Airways extended (21-Apr-2022) its codeshare agreement with Saudia for the summer 2022 season, covering services between Nairobi and Jeddah; connections between Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, Entebbe, Kigali and Mombasa; and connections between Jeddah and Bahrain, Karachi, Kuwait and Riyadh. The codeshare expansion forms part of Kenya Airways' strategy to expand its network across Africa and the Middle East. Kenya Airways chief commercial and customer officer Julius Thairu said the expanded agreement is expected to provide more choice and flexibility for customers, particularly for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage season. [more - original PR]

Kenya Airways resumes operations to Madagascar

26 April, 2022

Kenya Airways resumed (25-Apr-2022) three times weekly Nairobi-Antananarivo service on 25-Apr-2022, following the easing of travel restrictions in Madagascar. The airline will offer connections between Antananarivo and Abidjan, Accra, Amsterdam, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Mumbai and Paris via Nairobi. [more - original PR]

Cathay Pacific to operate London service daily in Jun-2022

26 April, 2022

Cathay Pacific, via its official website, welcomed (Apr-2022) the recent announcement by the Hong Kong Government regarding the gradual resumption of travel from 01-May-2022, stating it is "actively resuming more flights". The carrier will operate additional frequencies from London, Sydney and Manchester in Jun-2022, including a daily service from London between 08-Jun-2022 and 30-Jun-2022. 

CAAC: Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shenyang suspension extended into Jun-2022

25 April, 2022

CAAC stated (22-Apr-2022) Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shenyang service will continue to be suspended for a further four weeks from 30-May-2022, after 10 passengers on flight LH720 tested positive for coronavirus on 13-Apr-2022. [more - original PR - Chinese]

CAAC suspends four international services

25 April, 2022

CAAC stated (22-Apr-2022) the following international services will be temporarily suspended:

  • Suspension from 25-Apr-2022:
    • Oman Air's Muscat-Guangzhou service for two weeks;
    • Shanghai Airlines' Bangkok-Nanchang service for two weeks;
  • Suspension from 02-May-2022:

S7 Airlines and oneworld agree on membership suspension

21 April, 2022

S7 Airlines and oneworld agreed (20-Apr-2022) to a suspension of the carrier's membership in the alliance effective 19-Apr-2022, until further notice. [more - original PR]

Qatar Airways and IndiGo reactivate and expand codeshare agreement

20 April, 2022

Qatar Airways and IndiGo reactivated (19-Apr-2022) and expanded their codeshare agreement, following the resumption of full scale scheduled international passenger services to and from India on 27-Mar-2022. Under the reactivated agreement, Qatar Airways will codeshare on IndiGo services connecting Doha to Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad from 25-Apr-2022 and Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Kozhikode from 09-May-2022. As previously reported by CAPA, the two airlines established a codeshare partnership in Nov-2019. [more - original PR]

Milan Airports summer 2022 schedule to feature 156 destinations

20 April, 2022

Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan Linate Airport operator SEA SpA announced (19-Apr-2022) its summer 2022 schedule will feature 156 destinations in 70 countries, representing 75% of its 2019 portfolio. Seats offered will exceed 2019 levels, and are "well above" the European average. Regional highlights include:

  • Americas;
    • New carriers including ITA Airways, Neos and La Compagnie;
    • New destinations including Chicago and Montreal;
    • Seven carriers serving New York;
    • Four times weekly service to Sao Paulo, operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil;
  • Middle East, Africa and Asia;
    • New five times weekly service to Bahrain, operated by Gulf Air;
    • Seven destinations in the Middle East;
    • Services to Addis Ababa and Dakar;
    • Seven times weekly service to Singapore, operated by Singapore Airlines;
  • Europe;
    • New destinations including Izmir, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Split, Lampedusa, Hamburg and Palma de Mallorca;
    • New carriers including Volotea, Wizz Air and Air Dolomiti. [more - original PR]

ETC president: European travel confidence growing as COVID-19 becomes a 'fact of life'

14 April, 2022

European Travel Commission (ETC) reported (12-Apr-2022) COVID-19 concerns of European travellers continue to decrease, with 27% having been able to realise their original travel plans, an increase from 16% in Dec-2021. Following high vaccination rates in Europe, Europeans indicated flexible cancellation policies (14%) and freedom from restrictions (13%) are the top factors boosting respondents' confidence in planning trips within Europe. 17% of travel ready Europeans are worried about quarantine measures, while 15% are concerned about possible changes in travel restrictions. ETC president Luís Araújo commented: "European confidence in travelling is growing now that COVID-19 has largely become a fact of life". Mr Araújo added that despite challenges presented by "the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the rising cost of living... appetite for travel is still on the rise and the European tourism sector remains resilient". [more - original PR]

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