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Safe Travel Zone Prompts Quarantine-Free Flights to Australia

A glimmer of hope for a return to some kind of normality in the Trans-Tasman aviation market came a few days ago on Oct. 16, when Air New Zealand and Jetstar started operating flights under the new “Safe Travel Zone” agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand governments. At the beginning of October, the two countries on each side of the Tasman Sea agreed to allow some “quarantine-free” flights to allow people from Auckland, New Zealand, to travel to…

Rome Fiumicino Airport Awarded 5-Star SkyTrax COVID-19 Airport Rating

The COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc on commercial aviation over the past months has caused the traveling public to modify the parameters used to evaluate the service they receive when they board an aircraft or they transit through an airport. Therefore, SkyTrax Ratings — the World Airline and Airport…

Air Canada, Toronto Airport Start Trial Program To Ease International…

The recovery of international air traffic after the demand slump caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been made very difficult by the persisting limitations to international mobility that are still in place in many countries. Among the Group of Eight countries, Canada is maintaining the most restrictive measures with regards…

IATA Medical Advisor Reports Studies Concluding Air Travel Is Still…

The collapse of demand for air travel that has invested the airline industry following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has two main drivers: the restrictions to international mobility imposed by governments to curb the spread of the disease and the natural fear of prospective travelers to spend many hours…

Alitalia Rumored to Include Boeing 787s, Airbus A220s In Future…

After a decision by the Italian government last March to renationalize Alitalia following a failed series of attempts to find an international partner willing to buy a stake into the struggling flag carrier, no official business plan for the future of Alitalia has been proposed by the team that has…

British Airways Marches On With Its Staff And Cost Reduction…

After reaching a deal with its pilots securing a 20% pay cut during the COVID-19 crisis, an 8% average pay reduction in the long-term and 270 redundancies, British Airways is pushing ahead with its plan to change the terms and conditions for more than 10,000 among cabin crew, engineers and…

Russia Resumes International Flights To Select Destinations

After approximately four months of international isolation, on Aug. 1 some airports in Russia were able to welcome international departure to a small number of foreign destinations. Earlier in the month, Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor had sent a memo to the Transport Ministry and the Federal Air Transport Agency containing…

Investigation Blames Pilot Error For Smartwings Engine Shutdown Incident

The Czech Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has released the final report on an accident that occurred on Aug. 22, 2019, involving a Smartwings Boeing 737-800 aircraft — registration OK-TVO — that had an engine shutdown in flight while it was flying from Samos, Greece to Prague, Czech Republic operating flight…

Delta Accused Of Penalizing Pilots Requesting Simulator Training After COVID-19…

As airlines slowly try to resume a semblance of normality after the collapse of demand experienced during the peak months of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more issues are surfacing with regards to crew proficiency. Some Delta Air Lines pilots have been reporting that the airline has been punishing them…

New Runway Set to Open At Brisbane International Airport

In the middle of the worst crisis in commercial aviation’s history, Brisbane International Airport is ready to open a brand-new runway that has required 15 years between planning and construction, making what is the largest aviation project in Australia. In total, the project has cost over 1.3 billion Australian dollars…