Air France-KLM Sees Strong Second Quarter Despite Operational Challenges

Operational difficulties arose in Europe and the United States, mainly due to labor shortages at airports, lots of flight cancellations and understaffed airports grappling with mountains of lost luggage. According to Business Insider over the past seven years, 2022 had the highest percentage of delayed flights (19 percent) and the highest…

KLM Repays Dutch Government Pandemic Aid Loan

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines completed the repayment of the last part of the loan it had agreed with the Dutch State and private banks in 2020. With the repayment of 277 million euros, the Netherlands’ largest airline finally returned the amount received as part of the aid package to cope…

KLM and Transavia Choose Recaro Seats for A320neo, A321neo Jets

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, seat manufacturer Recaro announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia will equip new Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft with BL3710 and SL3710 seats, designed for economy classes. Deliveries to Transavia, which is owned by Air France-KLM, are scheduled to begin in September…

ITA Airways Privatization Hits Road Bumps

Potential buyers for Italian flag carrier ITA Airways want more information about the carrier's business plan and have sent the company more than 200 questions about the airline's future as it continues to look toward a future away from government ownership. However, the airline's president, Alfredo Altavilla, remains confident that…

Schiphol Airport Asks Airlines to Cancel Flights Due to Staff…

One of Europe’s busiest airports is set to have further disruption this weekend after an unannounced baggage handlers strike caused chaos last weekend. According to Reuters Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is seeking to prevent repeat scenes at the airport similar to those experienced on 23 April by asking airlines to manage…

KLM Receives Blame from Unions for Strikes, Chaos at Schiphol…

With Dutch schools closing for the May holiday on Friday, Schiphol Airport was gearing up for its biggest weekend since Covid-19 broke out in March 2020. The Dutch airport had already advised travelers in the run-up to the weekend that they could expect large crowds and long lines throughout the…

Delta, Air France-KLM Express Interest in Alitalia’s Successor

According to ReutersDelta Air Lines and Air France-KLM are reportedly working with a third-party investor to secure a majority stake in Alitalia’s successor ITA Airways. Reuters reported that according to an unnamed Italian government official the parties had presented an expression of interest to the Italian government in the form…

European Carriers Suspend Asia Flights Amid Ukraine Crisis

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues escalating, more countries are closing their airspace to Russian carriers and Russia-registered aircrafts. In return, Russia closed its airspace to those countries to retaliate. As most of the routes between Europe and Asia pass through Russia, the result of those sanctions forced…

Hong Kong Enacts Entry Ban for Two More Carriers

For two years, Hong Kong’s strict travel restrictions have made flying into the city challenging and costly. The city instituted a zero-covid policy — banning flights from several countries and subjecting arrivals to compulsory hotel quarantines of two weeks. As thousands of new infections are now being reported daily in…