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A KLM 777 departing in 2019. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Europe Begins Issuing Digital COVID Certificates to Facilitate Free Movement

The first European Union Digital COVID Certificates (EUDCC) have begun to be issued signaling the beginnings of a safe restart to travel for EU citizens and a positive sign for the aviation industry in the region ahead of the summer season. The certificate will be ‘proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative, or recovered from an infection.’ The EU Regulation governing the EUDCC comes into effect on 01 July with a six-week phasing-in period for the…

Future of Alitalia Reaches ‘Crucial’ Stage with European Regulators

Talks between the Italian government and the European Commission (EC) on the future of Alitalia are at a ‘crucial’ stage, according to Bloomberg. The Italian carrier went bankrupt in 2017, and the consortium created to oversee its future strategy, Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (ITA), has been requested to provide clarity…

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…

Lufthansa Group Announces Government Support for Financial Aid

German-based Lufthansa Group announced that the German government had approved a large financial stabilization package for the airline group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The total package will equate to about 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion) for the operating group. Along with Germany, Lufthansa owns airlines in Austria, Switzerland…

European Aviation Industry Faces Further Scrutiny and Costs Over Emissions

The discussion on the aviation industry’s impact on climate change continued in Europe this month with the conclusion on Sunday of a two-week United Nations climate conference (COP 25) in Madrid and the European Commission (EC) releasing a "European Green Deal" last week. Airline executives were watching both events closely…