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AirlineGeeks Year In Review: 2020

In an industry notoriously difficult in normal circumstances, aviation faced extraordinary challenges in 2020. As COVID-19 spread, the travel industry was among the hardest-hit industries as governments closed borders and businesses went virtual. As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at AirlineGeeks’ most influential stories of the year.  It is important to note that there is a lot we cannot cover in this article; if we tried to hit everything, we’d be here…

U.K. and EU Agreement Awaits Ratification for Post-Brexit Aviation Operations

On Christmas Eve the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.) and the European Union (EU) announced that an agreement had been reached on future trade and cooperation. The agreement is because of the U.K. leaving the EU on Jan. 31 this year and the transition period of…

Peru Increases Daily Frequency Cap in Domestic Airports

Peru is increasing the cap in the number of daily frequencies it has available domestic airports from four to six. The move comes as airports across the country had worked to optimize passenger handling operations, including reducing aircraft turnaround times as well as the time passengers spend at check-in and…

Africa Focused On Opening Skies, Agrees to Safety Requirements

The global pandemic, despite its downsides, has been a wake up call for the industry in Africa considering the healthy, safety and even the larger economic concerns in the continent, which have been debated for years but until now largely ignored. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the African Airlines…

Air Canada Cancels Aircraft Orders

Earlier this week, Air Canada announced that it will be canceling orders for 22 narrowbody aircraft as the airline works to size itself properly to operate in a smaller market, as consumer behavior indicates that demand will take around half a decade to recover to pre-pandemic levels. The Canadian flag…

South Africa Reopens to International Passengers — With Restrictions

South Africa has reopened its borders to international leisure passengers for the first time since March when the COVID-19 pandemic fully impacted worldwide aviation. A Lufthansa 747 from Frankfurt was the first aircraft to land at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International airport (JNB) on Thursday morning. Though foreign aircraft carrying out…

Royal Air Maroc Considers More Layoffs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

After Royal Air Maroc's first wave of layoffs that targeted 140 employees – including 65 pilots – the airline seems set to announce a "second wave" of employees layoffs. Royal Air Maroc's first round of layoffs was proposed on the basis of projections expecting the resumption of flights in July.…

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Takes Off

Microsoft released its long-anticipated Flight Simulator 2020 for download this week to overwhelmingly positive reviews from aviation enthusiasts and gamers alike. A total redesign — not an upgrade to the previous release — the simulation program is advertised as the “next generation of Flight Simulator,” and is receiving rave reviews…

The Story of Webjet, Brazil’s Last Low Cost/Low Fare Carrier…

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on Webjet. Part one was published July 20, and part two was published July 21. 2009-2011: With Massive Growth, Webjet Has Its Golden Era In January 2009, Webjet appointed Wagner Ferreira as its CEO, replacing Paulo Enrique Coco. Ferreira…

The Story of Webjet, Brazil’s Last Low Cost/Low Fare Carrier…

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on Webjet. Part one was published July 20, and part three will be published on July 22. 2006-2007: Humble Investments, Small Growth Webjet remained grounded, with no perspectives for the future, but not for too long. On January 18,…