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.
The CAA data shows that during April to June 2011, the overall on-time performance (defined as the proportion of flights arriving or departing early or up to 15 minutes late) of scheduled flights at the ten UK airports monitored was 82%, four percentage points higher than in the second quarter of 2010.
Aviation Week will present the 14th annual MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Europe Conference and Exhibition and MRO Military Europe on September 26-29 at the IFEMA in Madrid—two of the leading MRO events in the world.
Flight comparison engine Fly.com saw a record five million flight searches in July, an increase of 46 per cent from the same period last year. The news comes as the site unveils a new look and feel, intended to simplify the flight comparison experience.