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Indonesia's Batik, Lion, and Sriwijaya plan move to YIA

16.03.2020 - 23:31 UTC

Batik Air (ID, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) and its parent Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) will move all of their respective flights from Yogyakarta Adisutjipto to Yogyakarta Int'l (YIA) on March 29, according to a post on the airline's official Facebook account. Both airlines already offer limited services from the new airport which opened last year and is situated over 40 kilometres from downtown Yogyakarta. In contrast, overcrowded Adisutjipto is around nine kilometres from the city centre.


Algeria's Tassili Airlines issues 19-seater ACMI RFPch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.03.2020 - 21:55 UTC

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Belarus to spend $8.8mn on aircraft, infrastructure in 2020ch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.03.2020 - 19:07 UTC

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Colombia's EasyFly plans Medellin regional hub

16.03.2020 - 17:31 UTC

EasyFly (Colombia) (VE, Bogotá) is planning to create a regional connection hub in Medellin in Antioquia State across its operations at Medellín Olaya Herrera and Medellín José Maria Córdova, with the introduction of new services and enhanced frequencies on existing flights, according to a report in Eje 21.

The regional airline's operation at Olaya Herrera is already its second-largest base, commanding 14% of EasyFly's weekly capacity, behind only its operation at Bogotá (20% share of seats),...

UK regional carriers launch more flybe. replacement flights

16.03.2020 - 15:55 UTC

Aurigny Air Services (GR, Guernsey) has launched two new direct air services from Guernsey to ensure essential island connections to Birmingham Int'l and Exeter are maintained following the collapse of flybe. (BE, Exeter), according to a press statement from the airline. The Channel Islands-based carrier joins Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside) and Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) in announcing replacement services previously flown by the now-defunct flybe.

The first service to Birmingham commenced on March...

Portugal's euroAtlantic to add two used B787s in 2Q21

16.03.2020 - 13:42 UTC

euroAtlantic Airways (YU, Lisbon) has signed an agreement with AerCap for the lease of two used B787-8s. According to the lessor, the two Boeing widebodies will deliver during the spring of 2021 and will be the first B787s to be based in Portugal.

"With these 'new' aircraft, euroAtlantic will provide next-generation widebody ACMI services to the global market while at the same time enhancing their fleet operations," Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap, said.

The Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist, which was...

A4E airlines call on European gov'ts to assist carriers

16.03.2020 - 10:17 UTC

As a result of the increasing turmoil associated with the COVID-19 travel restrictions being imposed on its members, Airlines for Europe (A4E) is demanding swift action from European governments to help alleviate the financial devastation currently being dealt out to the airline industry. The call from A4E came after US President Donald Trump ordered a travel ban between the US and Europe for 30 days beginning March 13 for foreign nationals.

It has proposed three areas where it believes Europe’s airlines...

Bolivian airlines owe $2.6mn, airport operator claimsch-aviation PRO exclusive

16.03.2020 - 08:29 UTC

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Global airlines cut capacity, staff, costs due to COVID-19ch-aviation PRO exclusive

15.03.2020 - 16:10 UTC

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Airlines continue COVID-19 capacity cull as epidemic spreads

15.03.2020 - 16:10 UTC

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic continues to spread to new countries on a daily basis, airlines are cutting capacity to a variety of destinations in an attempt to reduce operating costs as demand plummets. In some countries, national authorities are taking the lead and closing access to and from various markets in order to stem the spread of the virulent virus. A summary of the latest developments can be found listed by country below.

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Italy announces airport shutdowns amid coronavirus panic

15.03.2020 - 12:24 UTC

Rome’s main airport, Rome Fiumicino, will close one of its two terminals on March 17 and the Italian capital’s second gateway, Rome Ciampino, is shutting to passenger traffic altogether on March 14, airport operator Aeroporti di Roma said in a statement posted on its website on March 12. Seven other airports across the country including Milan Linate and Milan Bergamo will also temporarily close for scheduled passenger operations.

At Fiumicino, all check-in operations, security checks, and baggage reclaim...

airBaltic to “temporarily reduce” staff by up to 350

14.03.2020 - 17:44 UTC

airBaltic (BT, Riga) will further reduce capacity for the coming three months due to the impact of the coronavirus on demand, while staff numbers will be “temporarily reduced” by up to 350 people, it said in a statement dated March 12.

The company has been forced to cut employee numbers, mainly crew, by 100 people, adding to 250 announced in a separate statement the previous day, which were also primarily crew members. It said it would “seek voluntary solutions, unpaid leave, non-extension of probation time, and termination”....

Widerøe cuts 1,500 more flights until May 31ch-aviation PRO exclusive

14.03.2020 - 16:08 UTC

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Cabo Verde's Binter CV rebrands as TICV, eyes expansionch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 22:35 UTC

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Senegal's Arc en Ciel Aviation rebrands, eyes oil nichech-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 19:55 UTC

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China Express Airlines to expand Wulong operationsch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 17:15 UTC

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Stockholm Västerås, Sweden to close due to lossesch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 14:35 UTC

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Norwegian cuts flights, staff as SAS warns on summer outlook

13.03.2020 - 11:55 UTC

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) will suspend more than 4,000 flights until the end of May, grounding 40% of its long-haul fleet and cancelling up to 25% of its short-haul flights, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the company said in a statement on March 12. It will also temporarily lay off up to half of its employees.

Travel restrictions and plummeting demand have hit airlines worldwide, but the sweeping curtailments on travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days are an especially severe blow for low-cost...

CAAC announces fee reductions, other supportch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 08:18 UTC

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Scoot to operate cargo charters for Singapore Airlines

13.03.2020 - 06:42 UTC

Scoot (TR, Singapore Changi) will deploy its passenger-configured B787-9s on cargo charters between Singapore Changi and destinations in China on behalf of its parent Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi), the airline confirmed to Air Cargo News.

Singapore Airlines Group will become the second operator after Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Int'l) to use its passenger aircraft's bellyhold capacity to run cargo-only flights to China. The shortage of said capacity as a result of the termination of most passenger services has...

PGL takeover of Condor threatened by COVID-19 - reportch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 05:06 UTC

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Florida's ExecAir of Naples to end ops in mid-2Q20

13.03.2020 - 03:30 UTC

ExecAir of Naples (Naples, FL) has announced it will end all air taxi and public charter operations on April 30, 2020, without disclosing any specific reasons.

"It is been a great 23 years but as it is said, all good things must come to an end. ExecAir management has made the decision to cease operations and air taxi/charter services as of April 30, 2020. For those few customers who have scheduled flights after this date we apologize and will do whatever we can to help you locate another certified carrier to provide you with services," the airline said....

Mexico's TUM AeroCarga adds first B737-400(F)

13.03.2020 - 01:54 UTC

TUM AeroCarga (T8, México City Int'l) has added its first B737-400(F), msn 25100, following delivery from sister firm Avmax Aircraft Leasing, the lessor said in a press release.

The 27.6-year-old ex-Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int'l) narrowbody was converted from a combi configuration to a full-freighter at Tampa Int'l. It was ferried from Florida via Toluca to Ciudad Obregón on February 24, 2020, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows.

The Mexican cargo specialist, formerly known as MCS...

TUI fly (Germany) to take two B787-8s from UK sisterch-aviation PRO exclusive

13.03.2020 - 00:18 UTC

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US FAA waives minimum slot-use rules through mid-2Q20

12.03.2020 - 22:42 UTC

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is temporarily waiving minimum slot-use requirements at several major airports in the United States “to help airlines that cancel flights due to the coronavirus,” it announced in a statement on March 11.

Under normal circumstances, airlines can lose their slots at congested airports if they fail to use them at least 80% of the time. The FAA is waiving this rule, until May 31, for US and non-US airlines that have affected flights.

The authority said it...