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The proposed runway expansion. (Photo: Southampton Airport)

Southampton Airport Runway Expansion Gets The Green Light

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought some relief to the chronic shortage of runway capacity that has been plaguing the South-East of England for decades, a long-debated decision has taken a step to make a dent in the problem in the long run. After 19 hours of discussion at Eastleigh Borough Council, an extension to the runway at Southampton Airport has been given the go-ahead. The runway will be lengthened by 164 meters (538 feet) in order to allow longer-haul…

flydubai To Reintroduce Boeing 737 MAX Into Service

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai has announced it is returning some of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to commercial service on April 8. The carrier will start operating four Boeing 737 MAX 8s and one 737 MAX 9 in early April after the aircraft have received regulatory approval to rejoin…

U.S. Senators Suggest a New CBP Preclearance Facility in Taiwan

Four U.S. Senators as well as four members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to express their support of the initiative to set up a preclearance facility in Taiwan. This is intended to strengthen ties between the U.S. and…

Aerolíneas Argentinas to Receive More Subsidies For 2021

Ailing Argentinian flag carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas will receive from the Government the sum of 55.685 billion Argentine pesos (approximately $390 million) to continue its operations throughout 2021. The transfer was approved late last week by the Minister of Economy, Martin Guzman, who ratified the projections of the airline’s performance for…

Grounded Air Transat Investigates Alternatives To Air Canada Deal

Canadian leisure airline Air Transat is exploring its options as the takeover deal that would see it become part of the Air Canada Group is still being vetted by the European Commission. The Montreal-based carrier grounded all its flights on Jan. 29 following the decision by the Canadian government to…

FedEx Pledges To Go Carbon Neutral By 2040

Memphis-based cargo giant FedEx is the latest airline to join a push by the aviation industry toward environmental responsibility, as the company announced its commitment to make its entire operation worldwide carbon neutral by 2040. This ambitious target substantially exceeds the objective set for commercial aviation by the International Air…

Czech Carrier CSA On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

An airline that has been flying across Europe and the world for the past 98 years could be the next victim of the pandemic-induced crisis in the aviation industry. Prague-based Czech Airlines (CSA), the flag carrier for the Czech Republic, has filed for reorganization under the country’s Insolvency Act. Before…

Delta Air Lines Launches First Domestic Digital ID Test

As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way people travel by air, possibly forever, growing attention is being paid to systems and procedures aimed at eliminating opportunities for close personal contact and the exchange of objects and papers that can lead to disease transmission. In addition to the development of electronic…

Boeing Commits To Enabling Jets To Fly On 100% Sustainable…

U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced a very challenging and important target that it is setting for itself. By the end of this decade, the company wants to make sure that all the aircraft being manufactured at its facilities will be able to fly using 100% sustainable fuels. Boeing has…

European Commission Requests Clarifications On Alitalia Rescue Plan

Ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has hit another bump in the process that was set to see the newly-formed state-owned company Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) take over Alitalia's main assets and flight operations and then receive a 3 billion euro ($3.6 billion) fund injection from the country's government. The ITA…