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A Wizz Air A321neo taxing at Milan Malpensa Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

How Wizz Air’s Attainment of EASA Safety Certification Shapes the Airline Group’s Brand

One of Europe’s major low-cost carriers, Wizz Air, recently received the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Air Operator Certificate, which designates the EASA as the chief safety expert and inspector that will oversee the airline’s safety procedures, while the Hungarian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to oversee the airline's licensing and route plans. Upon receiving this certification, Wizz Air Hungary, the primary airline in the Wizz Air Group will be the first airline in the European Union to do…

Pakistan International Airlines Announces Resumption of England Flights and Hi…

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced that they would be operating a leased Airbus A330-900neo aircraft in order to operate flights to England. The airline will lease the aircraft and crews from Hi Fly on a wet-lease agreement. The Karachi-based carrier normally operates Boeing 777 family aircraft on flights to England. …

Holiday Airlines Drop Spain After U.K.’s New COVID-19 Rules

Jet2 has followed the recent surge in coronavirus cases by removing the Iberian Peninsula from its route map for the time being. This comes after the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that only essential travelers should take the journey to Spain as the country fights yet another spike…

British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet Take Legal Action Against U.K. Quarantine…

The British government’s new COVID-19 quarantine policy, effective from June 8, has sprung escalating tensions between some of the country's largest airlines and the government itself. British Airlines, specifically, launched legal action in a bid to block the planned 14-day self-isolation plan for arrivals beginning Monday. In addition to a…

U.K.’s New Quarantine Restrictions Delay Return of Virgin Atlantic’s Passenger…

On June 8 the government of the United Kingdom will implement a 14-day mandatory self-isolation rule for all travelers arriving into the country. Throughout the crisis, there have been no self-isolation or quarantine measures in place for arrivals into the U.K. by any means of transportation. The new measures come…

British Airways May Cease Gatwick Operations Permanently

British Airways may permanently withdraw all operations from London's Gatwick Airport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. BBC News cited a memo to staff from the airline’s head of operations at Gatwick which stated: "As you know, we suspended our Gatwick flying schedule at the start of April and…

Flybe Chief Executive Ponders Future Route Cuts Due to Environmental…

Two days after announcing a rebranding to Virgin Connect in 2020 and the offer of “more choice for customers through improved connectivity between UK regional airports, "the chief executive officer of Europe’s largest regional carrier, Flybe, has stated that the airline may cease flying on some routes in the future.…

Virgin Atlantic Strengthens Manchester Services, Boosts Winter Gatwick Frequencies

Virgin Atlantic announced it will enhance its services from Manchester Airport, one of its secondary hubs in Northern England. The airline will increase frequencies on the Manchester-New York route by 65 percent and launch a three times weekly service to Barbados this winter. Nearly 30,000 additional seats will be offered…

Virgin Goes Big With Airbus A350-1000 Launch, Talks Expansion at…

Virgin Atlantic Airways entered a new era earlier this month when it launched service on its newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Only the fifth carrier worldwide to operate the type, the addition of the aircraft is the second step in a fleet renewal that will see Virgin Atlantic adopting…

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…