Airports
Trulli
A Turkish A330-300 in Dusseldorf (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Opening of Istanbul’s New Mega-Airport Delayed to Year’s End

The opening of Istanbul's massive new landmark airport looks likely to be delayed until the end of 2018 'at the earliest.' The news comes after the airport's general manager, Kadri Samsunlu, told local reporters that instead of fully opening on Oct. 29 as scheduled, the inauguration would take place on Dec. 30 or 31. Turkish aviation news site Kokpit.Aero carried the news that the decision had been made to postpone the full opening of the airport to either Dec 30 or…

Clock Ticking for OneJet After Missing Service Resumption Date

Almost a week after it was supposed to resume scheduled services, charter airline OneJet seems to be no closer to returning to the skies over the U.S. According to the company's website, flights were due to restart on Oct 1 upon the acquisition of a 'full' 135 operating certificate, part…

Air Albania: Europe’s Mysterious New Airline

While it remains a rare occurrence in Europe when a new flag-carrier emerges, on Friday, Sept. 14 Air Albania took its first steps towards entering regular service with the delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A319. The airline, which will operate out of Albanian capital Tirana's Nënë Tereza International Airport,…

Ryanair Facing “Biggest Strikes They’ve Ever Seen”

The largest low-cost carrier in Europe has been warned it faces continent-wide strike-action at the end of September unless it improves working conditions for cabin crew. The move comes on a day where Ryanair has cancelled plans to move jobs and planes from Dublin to Poland, a situation that inspired…

SAS Posts Strong Quarterly Figures Despite Operational Challenges

Scandinavian Airlines has posted what CEO Rickard Gustafson describes as "One of the strongest results in SAS’ history" on Friday with the publication of its Q3 interim report. Revenue, pre-tax profit and passenger numbers all saw an increase over the same period last year, despite such issues as staff shortages…

Air France, British Airways and KLM to Suspend Routes to…

Three of Europe's largest carriers have announced they plan to end flights to Tehran, the Iranian capital, citing lack of demand and poor financial performance. The final flights in September will mark the end of such routes that were only reintroduced two years ago after Iran's 2015 nuclear deal framework…

Mr. Smith Goes to Paris: Strike Threats and a Falling…

The recent appointment of Canadian Benjamin Smith as CEO of Air France-KLM has ruffled some feathers within the organization that operates both the French and Dutch flag-carriers. French and Dutch unions are already threatening strike action, a measure frequently used in Europe, if there is no dialogue on pay. Since the…

A Never Ending Story in the Eternal City: The Fight…

The plight of Alitalia, Italy's flag-carrier, would not be breaking news to anyone with even a mild interest in aviation. It's an airline that has, in the kindest words possible, had a dizzyingly awful financial history. Now, the Italian government is seeking to finally solve the conundrum of how to…

Ryanair Requests Third-Party Mediator in Face of More Pilot Strikes

Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ireland's Ryanair, has proposed third-party mediation in an attempt to stem the almost relentless strike-action by its pilots in recent weeks. The airline has suggested Kieran Mulvey, formerly of the Irish Labour and Workplace Relations Commissions and a specialist in employee/employer relations, act as a mediator to…

New Campaign Warns U.K. Passengers Of Potential £80,000 Fines for…

With Friday forecast to be the busiest flying day of the summer in the U.K. and around 9,000 flights scheduled to take to the skies, the British aviation minister, Lady Sugg, has launched the 'One Too Many' campaign, a scheme to highlight the problems caused by passengers who are boarding…