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Qantas Airbus A380 departing Heathrow Airport. The new runway at Brisbane Airport will allow for the continued operation of Qantas's largest aircraft types. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

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 ($900 million). The new 01L/19R runway is scheduled to be opened on July 12 and will be parallel to the existing one. It will be 3.3 kilometers long and 60…

Air Canada Suspends 30 Regional Routes, Closes Eight Stations

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging around the world and travel demand consequently depressed, airlines are being faced with adapting their networks to make business sustainable in the medium term. Over the past few days Air Canada had to make the difficult decision to suspend indefinitely 30 domestic routes in…

The ‘Ustica Massacre:’ The 40-Year-Old Aviation Mystery

Almost exactly 40 years ago, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, civil aviation experienced what would become one of the most mysterious accidents of its history. On June 27, 1980, Itavia flight IH 870, operated by the private Italian carrier, departing from Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna, Italy, bound…

Canadian Regulators Move To Investigate Animals Found Dead On Flight…

A horrifying sight welcomed ground staff that met Ukraine International Airlines flight PS241 at Toronto International Airport on June 13. The flight was coming from Boryspil Airport in Kyiv, Ukraine, and was carrying over 500 live puppies in its cargo hold. On arrival in Canada, 38 of those puppies were…

Air Canada CEO: “Government Restrictions Are Preventing A Return To…

Running a commercial airline is a tough job during the best of times, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become even more difficult, especially when operating in an environment that restricts both domestic and international traffic. In a webinar hosted by Aviation Week, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu has…

EU Likely To Reject Alitalia’s Rescue Plan

The new life of Alitalia as an again-state-owned carrier has not even started yet, and there is already a bump in the road ahead for the Italian flag carrier. The European Union Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager appears to be inclined to reject the plan proposed by the Italian government…

Hungarian Low-Cost Carrier Wizz Air Opens Four New Bases, Adds…

Right in the middle of the pandemic, when his airline’s flying activity had been reduced to a few flights per week, some of which were pure cargo, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi was very bullish about the future of his company. “This crisis will present us with opportunities," Varadi said…

Berlin-Tegel Airport To Close for Two Months Beginning June 15

The shareholders’ meeting for Berlin Brandenburg and Federal Airports (FBB) decided last Wednesday that Berlin-Tegel Airport will close down for a two-month period starting of June 15. As the set date for reopening approaches, the shareholders will make the decision whether to reopen the airport or whether to keep it…

Singapore Airlines Posts Heavy Losses Over Ineffective Fuel Hedging

Last week Singapore Airlines posted the first full-year loss of its almost 50-year history amid a collapse in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some heavy losses on its fuel hedging policy. The airline recorded a net loss of 212 million Singapore dollars ($149.1 million) for the fiscal year…

New Alitalia to Exit SkyTeam Transatlantic Joint Venture, Expand Long-Haul…

After its original decision in March to re-nationalize the Italian flag carrier, Alitalia, the Italian government has taken all the necessary steps to transition all the assets into the new company that will be owned by Italian taxpayers who, during the past 12 years, have injected over 7 billion euros…