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Ghadames, Libya to reopen to commercial traffic

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Denmark's Sun-Air to scrap Bremen base four months in

Sun-Air (EZ, Billund) will axe its Bremen Neuenland base operations later this month just sixteen weeks after they were first inaugurated.

ch-aviation analysis of schedule data indicates the Danish carrier's last flights out of the north German airfield to London City and Manchester Int'l are scheduled for February 24, 2017.

A report in the region's Weser Kurier newspaper indicates Sun-Air, which is a British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) franchisee, justified the withdrawal on the grounds ...

Stobart Air prepares for EMB-195 operations

Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) has begun advertising for flightcrews to operate a pair of EMB-195s for its franchise contract with flybe. (BE, Exeter) due to begin later this summer. The requisite First Officers and Captains will be based in Dublin and London Southend, the advertisement said.

As previously reported, the Irish ACMI/charter operator will base the two Embraer Regional Jets out of London Southend from May onwards. Together, they will be used to develop services to ...
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Thomas Cook UK to lease in Latvian A320-200s this summer

Thomas Cook Airlines UK (MT, Manchester Int'l) will wet-lease a pair of A320-200s from SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) this summer the Latvian ACMI/charter specialist has announced.

According to a statement, YL-LCL (msn 533) and YL-LCO (msn 1873) will be based out of Birmingham Int'l and London Gatwick respectively for a contract beginning Apri 29 and ending on October 31.

The twinjets add to a pair of A321-200s the UK leisure specialist will lease from Lithuanian ACMI/charter operator ...

Transavia Airlines to drop Munich base in late 4Q17

Transavia Airlines (HV, Amsterdam) has announced it will be closing its Munich base later this winter as it seeks to consolidate its operations in the Dutch market.

The Managing Director of the Air France-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Group budget carrier, Mattijs ten Brink, said in a statement that despite the warm reception that LCC has gotten in the Bavarian market, its base operations there would end in late October with the advent of the winter season.

"We must continually adapt our ...

Thomas Cook ends Jet2holidays commercial agreement

British holiday operator Thomas Cook Group plc has ended its commercial agreement with Jet2holidays, reports Travel Weekly UK. The withdrawal means that Thomas Cook will no longer sell Jet2holidays deals through its Thomson and First Choice agents. TUI also recently ended an agreement with the package operator.

Jet2holidays is the package travel operator arm of scheduled carrier Jet2 (LS, Leeds/Bradford), and was established in 2007. It has been a strong contender in the competitive British ...

Norway's Wideroe named E190-E2's launch operator

Wideroe (WF, Bodø) has confirmed it will be the EMB-190-E2 jet's launch operator with delivery of its maiden aircraft of the type scheduled for the first half of 2018.

The Norwegian regional operator has a contract with Embraer (São José dos Campos) for up to fifteen E2 family jets consisting of three firm orders for the EMB190-E2 and purchase rights for twelve more E2 family aircraft.

Widerøe chief executive Stein Nilsen said in a prepared statement that the three firm order aircraft ...

LCC Wizz Air confirms Frankfurt Int'l debut in mid-2Q17

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has confirmed it will start Frankfurt Int'l operations during the upcoming summer season. The Hungarian LCC said in a statement it would connect the Frankfurt gateway with daily return flights to each of Sofia and Budapest effective May 22 and December 15 respectively.

“We are very happy to welcome Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low-cost airline, here at Frankfurt Airport with flights beginning in May 2017," Winfried Hartmann, Fraport AG’s Senior Vice ...

Ryanair keen to set up base at Berlin Tegel

Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), David O'Brien, has told Airliners.de that that the low cost carrier would like to create a base at Berlin Tegel once the new Berlin Brandenburg Int'l is operational. "If Tegel remains open, we would very much like to station 20 aircraft there within three years," he said. "And bring five million more passengers to and from Berlin."

O'Brien is greatly in favour of keeping Tegel operational when and if Berlin Brandenburg opens its ...

Botswana gov't begins Air Botswana privatization drive

The Botswana government has begun the process of privatizing loss-making national carrier Air Botswana (BP, Gaborone).

In its call for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) issued last week, the Ministry of Transport & Communications (MTC) said it was looking for suitable entities, companies, consortiums, or service providers capable of offering efficient and reliable air services to the needs of Botswana's business and tourism sectors through Air Botswana.

The EOI, it said, is to determine the ...

AirAsia X to end Mauritius flights in late 1Q17

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has announced its withdrawal from the African market with effect from March 25 of this year.

Arik De, Chief Head of Commercial for AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l), told Panapress in a statement that the decision to end flights to Mauritius was based on the need to deploy capacity to its strongest markets.

“The suspension of the Mauritius route is a part of the company’s big plan in network restructuring aimed at improving operational efficiencies in term ...

Air Mauritius eyes the A330neo

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St. Etienne airport cancels subsidies to Ryanair, Pegasus

The managing committee of St. Etienne has decided to stop subsidising Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) and Pegasus Airlines (PC, Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen), bringing an end to low-cost services at the facility. Ryanair's contract finishes in October 2017, and the agreement with Pegasus Airlines will end in June 2018, reports France's Air Journal.

Ryanair currently connects St. Etienne to Porto 3x weekly and Fes 2x weekly. Turkish low cost carrier Pegasus flies to Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen 3x weekly. The ...

EU's amended state subsidy regulations may hit Gulf carriers

The European Commission is seeking to amend a European parliament regulation concerning unfair pricing practices and subsidisation by non-EU carriers, reports Reuters. The revamp is thought to be in response to the rising prevalence of Gulf carriers in the European aviation market and is part of the EU's Aviation Strategy for Europe.

Regulation 868/2004 was formulated in the wake of the September 11 attacks, when a downturn in air transport led to US airlines receiving USD3 billion in state ...

Iran Aseman Airlines set to lease seven A320neo

Iran Aseman Airlines (EP, Tehran Mehrabad) is set to lease seven A320neo from an undisclosed Irish firm following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO.IRI) and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in Tehran last week.

According to a CAO.IRI statement issued after the signing ceremony, the cooperation agreement will see the IAA avail their Iranian counterparts technical expertise and assistance in the areas of flight operations ...

Binghamton, NY to close to commercial traffic in mid-2Q17

Greater Binghamton Airport, a public aerodrome located thirteen kilometres north of Binghamton, in Broome County, New York, will close to all commercial traffic for the entire month of May to allow for runway resurfacing works.

Among the airlines affected is the airfield's sole remaining scheduled operator - SkyWest Airlines (USA) (OO, Salt Lake City) - which offers a 13x weekly return service to Detroit Metropolitan for and on behalf of Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) under ...

Surigao, Philippines closed to all traffic until late 1Q17

Surigao Airport, which serves the general area of Surigao City, in the Filipino province of Surigao del Norte, has been closed to all traffic after it incurred severe damage during a magnitude 6.7 earthquake last week.

In a NOTAM issued on Saturday, February 11, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) warned all operators, commercial and private alike, that the airfield's 1,700 metre-long runway 18/36 would be closed until March 10 to allow for repair work to be done. The ...

CityJet restructures France network amid tough competition

CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l) will scale back its French operations with flights from London City to each of Paris Orly and Nantes to be terminated at the end of next month.

The two routes, which together account for 2,470 weekly seats or 17.25% of the Irish carrier's overall weekly seating capacity, will be discontinued from March 25 onwards.

According to Dutch aviation news portal zakenreisnieuws, Cityjet has encountered stiff competition on both routes. On flights between the two ...

Germania to briefly operate domestic German ops in 3Q17

Germania (ST, Berlin Schönefeld) has announced it will enter the German domestic market for a brief period over the upcoming summer period.

In a statement, the leisure specialist said it would offer a weekly return service between Dortmund and Heringsdorf, located on the resort island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea, between September 2 and October 28. The route will employ B737-700 machinery.

“The island is a popular holiday destination and attracts many visitors long after the school summer ...

Mesa Airlines boosts United Express E175 fleet

Mesa Airlines (YV, Phoenix Sky Harbor) has announced it has expanded its partnership with United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare) with the addition of twelve new EMB-175 aircraft.

The Arizona-based capacity provider said in a statement issued last week the extra jets would increase the total number of the Embraer Regional Jets in service for United Express to sixty aircraft. Mesa also operates twenty CRJ-700s for United Express.

“We are delighted, once again, to extend and expand our ...

China Eastern completes sale of Eastern Air Logistics

China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) has announced it has completed its divestiture from its wholly-owned freight subsidiary, Eastern Air Logistics, following the sale of its 100% shareholding to Eastern Airlines Industry Investment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CEA Holding.

The carrier said in a disclosure to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that the transfer, valued at CNY2.433 billion (USD353 million), was completed on February 8, 2017.

Aside from interests in warehousing, ...

Rosaviatsia unencumbers Pskovavia's AOC

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