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IATA Predicts European Airline Revenue Losses of $89 Billion

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted that European airlines will see demand drop by 55 percent in 2020 compared to 2019 and potential revenue losses will total $89 billion. The association revised its loss prediction of $76 billion made last month as the impact of the novel coronavirus global pandemic on the airline industry continues to hit unprecedented levels. There has been a 90 percent drop in regional demand in the last several weeks and IATA has cited…

Eurocontrol Highlights Extent of European Capacity Cuts

European air traffic management (ATM) organization Eurocontrol is reporting a weekly average decline in year-on-year movements close to 90 percent in the region. The body which acts as a support for both civil and military use of European airspace has 41 member states and 2 comprehensive agreement states (Israel and…

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…

Airlines Further Adjust Flight Programs Following COVID-19

Airlines across the world are continuing to downsize their flying program in response to the drop in demand, following the outbreak of COVID-19 as it sweeps across the world. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has been battling the effects of the virus since the outbreak back in December no thanks to…

Brazilian Government Eyes Invitation to JetBlue, Ryanair to Fly in…

Local media reported that the Brazilian government could approach JetBlue, Ryanair, and other low-cost airlines during the forum of leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean Association of Air Transport to convince them to fly in the domestic market in Brazil in an attempt to reduce airfare in the country.…

Ryanair Boss Predicts More European Airline Collapses

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will on Monday conclude the largest peacetime repatriation of more than 140,000 U.K. citizens after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook. The final flight, from Orlando to Manchester, is the last of 746 flights undertaken in the two weeks since holidaymakers were left…

Ryanair Faces Disruptions Due to Potential U.K. Strike Action and…

Another week marks another announcement of the possibility of strike action affecting airline passengers traveling to and from the U.K., further adding to the uncertainty facing the U.K. aviation industry this summer. Following notices of potential industrial action by various aviation employee groups affecting operations at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted…

France Decides on More Taxes for Aviation Sector

Following a less than successful attempt last year by the French government to increase tax revenues by proposing an increase in fuel taxes, particularly diesel fuel, the government is back at it doing what governments do best. France next year plans on introducing an “eco tax” ranging from 1.5 to…

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…

British Airways to Launch Service to Milan’s Bergamo Airport

Milan will be getting a third link to London link through British Airways. From Sept. 1, 2019, the U.K. flag carrier will begin operations at Milan Bergamo Airport (officially Orio al Serio International Airport) operating six weekly flights (no Saturday flights) to London Gatwick. The new service will be year-round…