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.
Airlines should give stranded passengers better information and immediate help, members say in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament. They call on the European Commission to tighten the rules on help and compensation for flight cancellations or delays, including luggage delays over six hours.
According to a new poll from a flight comparison website, flight attendants have topped a poll of sexiest professions for women; while firefighters clinched the top spot for their male counterparts. The sexiest professions of men and women, according to Britons, have been revealed in the results of a new poll by a flight comparison site Jetcost.co.uk.
The growth in scheduled flights worldwide continues again in February with airlines providing 5% more flights. In line with the general worldwide trend for larger aircraft, this translates to a slightly larger capacity increase (of 6%) as the average available seats in February 2012 nudges towards 127 per aircraft versus 125 in the same period last year.
Officials at the General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia have confirmed they will allow foreign airlines to operate domestic flights in the country in order to rivitalise the aviation industry. At present price caps in the Middle Eastern destination make it unfeasible for international airlines to offer flights in the country.