TAP Air Portugal carried nearly eight million passengers worldwide in the first six months of the year. The figure represents growth of 4.8 per cent on the first half of 2018.
British Airways’ first Airbus 350, registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow earlier. The plane features the airline’s newest generation business class seat, the Club Suite.
Ireland’s national carrier, Aer Lingus, has taken delivery of its first of eight A321LR aircraft, becoming the first airline in International Airlines Group to operate the type.
Etihad Airways is to boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow by adding a fourth year-round daily service between the two capitals. The new service is set to launch on October 27th.
Flynas has temporarily welcome the Airbus A380 to its fleet as it begins to welcome Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. The low-cost carrier thus becomes the first airline from the country to fly the largest passenger plane in the world.
London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a financial year, as passenger numbers grew by 1.7 per cent in quarter one compared to 2018. In total some 12.5 million passengers travelled through the airport in the first three months.
Ryanair has reported a 21 per cent fall in quarter one profits, with the low-cost carrier booking €243 million for the period in 2019. The airline said a six per cent decline in average fares, to €36, had been offset by strong ancillary revenues.
The world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic has expanded its connectivity to a new destination with the arrival of GoAir’s inaugural flight from Kannur in the south Indian state of Kerala.