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Belavia Looks to New Leasing Options Following EU Sanctions

In the wake of the standoff at the Poland-Belarus border, the national airline of Belarus is looking for an alternative arrangement for future leasing deals that parts ways with leased aircraft that are tied to the European Union. The airline itself was called out this fall after being accused of bringing migrants from Iraq and Yemen to Belarus and having them walk to the border in response to the European Union showing doubt regarding the legitimacy of Belarusian President Alexander…

Ukraine Will Launch A State-Owned Carrier In 2022

The crisis has gripped the industry of commercial aviation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. As a result, governments in various countries triggered numerous interventions in order to prevent many airlines from becoming insolvent and maintain worldwide connectivity in place. The severity of the crisis also…

Mesa Airlines Plans European Startup

American regional airline Mesa Airlines has announced plans to launch a new subsidiary in Europe. The company plans to use Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, which it already uses extensively in the U.S., for the new airline, meaning the carrier will likely resemble Mesa Airlines itself as it begins its life cycle.…

New Irish Carrier Seeks Aer Lingus Regional Contract

Aer Lingus is seeking tenders for its regional operations in Britain and Ireland and a new carrier has entered the bidding for the contract which will be effective from December 2022. The Irish carrier relies on the regional connections to feed its international route operations which will play a significant…

European Hubs See 80% Drop in Traffic

Europe’s three biggest hub airports – London's Heathrow Airport, Frankfurt's am Main Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – reported an 80% drop in passenger counts for September, highlighted by a 95% drop in transatlantic passengers, FlightGlobal reports. Heathrow reported earlier this week that its passenger counts fell 81.5%…

Uruguay Reopens Borders with the European Union

Uruguay's Minister of Tourism, Germán Cardoso, announced on Tuesday that Uruguay will reopen borders for tourism to European Union citizens. This decision was made after the resumption operations between Madrid and Montevideo in July have worked positively. According to Hosteltur, Uruguay's borders were opened to its citizens residing abroad, foreigners…

Blue Air Announces Italian Expansion

Romania's Blue Air has announced that it will strengthen its strategic position in Italy with new routes and additional flights to Turin, Italy starting September 2020, the airline announced in a press release. The airline is slated to enhance its operations in Italy by deploying an additional aircraft to its…

EASA Warns Against Pitot Tube Blockage Due to COVID-19 Storage

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety bulletin following "an alarming trend in the number of reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flights following the aircraft leaving storage," as the agency states. EASA warned the airline operators and maintenance organizations against pitot tube…

European Airline Executives Call For Eased Travel Restrictions in Canada

In a July letter, some major European airline officials called upon Canada to ease its travel restrictions even as airlines are slowly finding small footholds in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior executives, which include Air France-KLM and Germany's Lufthansa Group, have urged Canadian authorities to lift travel…

Austrian Airlines Announces Fifth Service Resumption Delay

Austrian Airlines announced on Friday that it will resume operating flights on June 7, nearly three months after grounding its fleet in mid-March delaying its resumption of service five times. The move comes in response to the Austrian government's announcement that its borders with Germany and some Schengen area countries…