Industry heavyweights the World Travel & Tourism Council and the World Tourism Organisation have added their voices to calls on the UK government to lift the current ban on UK-based airlines flying to Sharm el Sheikh. In a letter to UK prime minister Theresa May, WTTC president David Scowsill and UNWTO general secretary Taleb Rifai stressed the importance of resuming operations to the Egyptian coastal resort as the current travel advisory is having devastating effects on the country’s economy and social stability.
The United Nations civil aviation agency has agreed on a new emissions standard to control global greenhouse gas emissions from international airline flights. “It has taken a great deal of effort and understanding to reach this stage, and I want to applaud the spirit of consensus and compromise demonstrated by our member States, industry and civil society,” remarked Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the council president of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Flight compensation company, EUclaim, has released internal data revealing the most unlucky flight numbers this summer. Flagship British airline British Airways’ flight BA 81 from London Heathrow to Accra has been revealed as the most unlucky flight number this summer, with total of ten delays of over 180 minutes between April and July.
iPass has announced it has extended the term of its partnership with Deutsche Telekom AG to offer inflight Wi-Fi access to iPass customers on 12 international airlines. The new three-year agreement will make iPass available on 330 long-haul aircraft. With this partnership iPass will be available to passengers on airlines including Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, Etihad and American Airlines.
Gambia Bird Airlines has suspended commercial flight operations until further notice. A statement from the airline said: “We wish to express our sincere regrets for disrupting the travel plans of those of our esteemed guests who are booked on the suspended flights.”
West African carrier ASKY Airlines has cancelled all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone as fears over the outbreak of the Ebola virus there continue to spread. The carrier has suspended all flights to and from Freetown and Monrovia.
Security at airports with direct flights to the United States has been tightened in response to a “credible threat” to aviation. The move includes some airports in the United Kingdom, with transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirming measures had been put in place to protect the public.
In the 13 years since Lima Airport Partners took charge of the concession of Jorge Chávez International Airport in Callao, Peru, Peruvians have witnessed its transformation into a global transport hub. Here Breaking Travel News traces its journey.
Designs for a new six runway airport to the east of London have been unveiled, as mayor Boris Johnson continues to campaign for the development. The project – which designers argue could be completed for £47.3 billion – would alleviate overcrowding at London Heathrow Airport and bolster trade, argue proponents.
A new analysis of the volcanic ash crisis in 2010 which led to the closure of Europe’s airspace for six days and huge financial losses for airlines reveals how powerful economic interests can shape regulation. It explores how, before the crisis, the airline industry failed to respond to regulators’ calls to discuss modifications to standards and protocols. Then, during the crisis, commercial pressures forced the modification of internationally agreed safety guidelines in a matter of days.
The effectiveness of airline customer reward programmes has been called into question by a new study conducted by incremental revenue experts Collinson Latitude.
The Middle East will see the strongest growth of any global region in available long-haul airline seats in September, adding 22,000 extra seats per day, according to the latest statistics from OAG. The OAG FACTS report for September 2012 reveals an expected five per cent growth in available seats to and from the Middle East, compared to September 2011, with 13.1 million anticipated in the month.