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A British Airways 747-400 at London's Heathrow Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Gatwick and Heathrow Limit Operations Due to Reduced Demand

Traffic movements at London’s main airports have significantly reduced as a result of the worldwide downturn in air passenger traffic. Last week London City airport located near the financial center of London catering predominantly to premium traffic is temporarily closed to all flights. Earlier this week Gatwick Airport announced its single runway would be in operation between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. only with the consolidation of all flight arrivals and departures to its South Terminal. The south London airport…

EU Commission Relaxes ’80/20′ Rule after Falling Passenger Numbers

The European Commission has announced it will temporarily halt rules enforcing airlines to use their take-off and landing slots for at least 80% of the time, as Coronavirus concerns have significantly cut travel around the world. The move comes after the Commission reviewed the impact of legislation on airline operations…

European Airlines Cancel Flights to Italy

The United Kingdom flag carrier British Airways has decided to cancel all flights to and from Italy until at least April 4. This follows the decision by the Italian government to implement a country-wide lockdown, affecting all 60 million residents. Italy has seen around 9,000 cases of the COVID-19 with…

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Sets New Opening Date For Next Year

After almost fourteen years of construction and delays, the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is on track to open its gates ten years late on Oct. 31, 2020, the beginning of the 2020 IATA Winter season, The Supervisory Board last week approved the final timetable that should see the first arrivals…

European Airline Chiefs Meet to Discuss Environmental Impacts of Aviation

Chief executives of some of Europe’s largest carriers met this week for the annual Airlines 4 Europe (A4E) summit and air traffic control (ATC) delays and environmental taxation were the main topics for discussion. A4E was formed in 2016 and is now the largest European airline association with a membership…

Brexit Uncertainty Hits European Aviation as easyJet Reports Record Loss…

U.K. low-cost carrier easyJet has announced a record $352 million headline loss before tax for the first six months of its financial year. According to the airline’s chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren, the half-yearly result is “in line with expectations” as the reporting period encompasses the traditionally off-peak northern winter…

easyJet Supports Concept to Reduce Emissions

European low-cost carrier easyJet has announced its support for U.K. based aerospace technology company Derwent Aviation’s design changes to current generation jet engines, which are said to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide. This support is part of the airline’s strategy to progressively operate even more sustainably by…

Alitalia Recovery Further Delayed with No Buyers in Sight

The solution to the never-ending saga of ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has been further delayed. The three commissioners now at the helm of the virtually bankrupt airline have officially communicated that the new turnaround plan, due on March 31, is going to be presented on April 30. According to…

Alitalia’s Future Back in Spotlight as easyJet Pulls Out

The future of Italian carrier Alitalia is again under the spotlight as it was announced that easyJet is withdrawing from the process seeking to secure the beleaguered airline’s future. The U.K.-based airline was part of a consortium, which included Delta Air Lines, in discussions with the Italian government’s negotiating partner…

EU Law Draft Poses Concern over Airline Ownership Structures post-Brexit

With the United Kingdom’s exit date from the European Union nearing and deal negotiations being involved in more complications than consensus, airlines have been preparing to protect their operations across different scenarios. So far, this includes EasyJet having set up EasyJet Europe as a "separate" airline based in Vienna and…