With snow and ice expected this week in the Midwestern United States, United Airlines is encouraging customers ticketed for travel Dec. 22-27 to, from or through the region - particularly the airline’s Chicago hub - to consider rebooking their itineraries and traveling early, as inclement weather may drive delays or cancellations on Wednesday, Thursday and Christmas Day.
Low Cost Sector Continues to Show Growth with Frequencies and Capacity Up 10%
The growth of Middle East’s aviation industry has been notable, and has been further amplified as a result of the impact of the global economic slowdown on other regions. Despite the slowdown, the aviation industry in the region has expanded and is expected to grow further. This will mandate facility enhancement and hence the need for airport infrastructural development.
The airline industry’s losses for next year will reach $5.6bn – $1.8bn higher than previously predicted by Iata. But even with the upward adjustment, the massive loss is just over half of what the airline industry is predicted to lose this year – $11bn.
Flybe has announced plans to add 16 new routes to its summer 2010 programme. These will operate from its UK regional hubs – Birmingham, Exeter, Guernsey, Jersey, Manchester and Southampton and Gatwick – to mainland Europe. The new routes will boost Flybe’s summer weekly schedule to 3,738 flights.
The aviation industry has received one of the clearest signals yet of embarking on the road to recovery after United Airlines placed an order for 50 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, worth almost $10bn, and marks its first order in over a decade.
American Airlines has stepped up its bidding war with Delta Airlines for a controlling stake in Japan Airlines by offering a US$1.1bn sweetener. Much of the injection is being fronted by TPG, a private equity group. This follows Delta’s attempt to lure the debt-riddled carrier from oneworld by offering US$500m in new equity, plus another US$500m in asset-backed funding.
Gulf Air has announced a new strategy to turn itself into a commercially sustainable business in 2012. The strategy will focus on expanding its network with 20 new networks and upgrading its fleet. However it will also cut up to fifteen other routes and close some overseas offices in a bid to curb losses.
The planned merger between British Airways and Iberia could pave the way for possible tie-up with Qantas, according to the airline’s chief executive Willie Walsh. He also warned BA cabin crew that he will not compromise over his cost-cutting plans, despite as the workers’ union Unite gearing up for possible strike action over Christmas.
Certain hubs reflect positive growth over 30%; Others report negative growth over 20%
Recently, Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin jointly announced the first codeshare agreement between the two airlines which is set to fly passengers nine weekly flights from Germany (Dusseldorf, Berlin-Tegel, Munich) to Bangkok.
The vast majority of people in the UK support a reform of Air Passenger Duty (APD), according to a representative YouGov survey published today. The opinion poll was commissioned by easyJet, the UK’s largest airline in the run up to the forthcoming increase in APD on 1 November.