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Northern English Airports Call for Government Support

Leaders from six North of England airports have signed a letter to the government asking for more support to help the travel sector recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The airports joined forces to urge the U.K. Government to back the sector in next week's budget. The group also requested a cost-effective system to enable travel to restart on the proposed date of May 17.  As the U.K. is planning its route out of its third national lockdown, uncertainty looms over…

El Palomar, Argentina’s First Low-Cost Airport, is Technically Dismantled

With the transfer of Flybondi operations to Ezeiza airport, commercial operations at El Palomar airport effectively ceased, although the terminal is technically open. The authorities had already anticipated that there was no way to guarantee the correct application of the sanitary protocols in the terminal located in the outskirts of…

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…

Hong Kong International Airport Among First to Receive Airport Health…

Hong Kong International Airport has been accredited under the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) for its high standards in health and safety in its operations. The airport is among the first in the Asia-Pacific region to receive the recognition from the Airports Council International (ACI) since its launch in July. The…

Hong Kong Aviation’s Rocky First Eight Months of 2020

Hong Kong's aviation industry was hit hard by the onset of the pandemic earlier this year. But while that resulted in worldwide pullbacks in travel demand, Hong Kong's aviation industry has been experiencing headwinds since the second half of 2019. With no end in sight for the pandemic, Cathay Pacific…

The Buenos Aires Aeroparque Slots Saga

Argentina's commercial aviation market is impacted by a myriad of factors that have little, if anything, to do with commercial aviation. One of the best examples of this is the story of two companies  – or three, or four – and the slots at the country's main domestic airport: Buenos…

Mobile Announces Commercial Passenger Flight Shift

The Mobile Airport Authority released a new 20-year master plan that includes a new $160 million dollar terminal at the Mobile Downtown Airport. This masterplan is a major change from how the Alabama city’s airports currently operate, with commercial flights currently using Mobile Regional Airport. Both airports are owned and…

Hong Kong Aviation Industry, Cathay Pacific Facing Severe Turbulence

As a result of weakened travel demand due to COVID-19, Hong Kong International Airport is seeing a huge drop of passenger volume as 8.3 million passengers were recorded in the first six months of this year, the airport reported in a press release. It has dropped 78.1% compared to the…

Air Transat Presents Q2 Results and Return to Operation Plan

Air Transat released its 2nd quarter report on June 11 and announced its plans to return to the skies next month. Predictably, its 2nd quarter results were significantly impacted by the ongoing health crisis but in the airline’s announcement, it stated that summer sales figures are showing “clear improvement.” Canada’s…

As Traffic Dwindles, Austin-Bergstrom Hosts Online Music Festival for Passengers

Empty flights as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have turned bustling airport terminals across the country into eerie, empty halls with closed concession stands and flight display systems showing just a handful of flights per day. As airlines reported record passenger numbers in the years leading up to 2020,…