While perhaps the most global of industries, aviation has failed to create a truly global airline. But with rising fuel costs, falling prices and natural disasters all taking a toll, the crunch for legacy carriers across the globe is fast approaching. Here Breaking Travel News looks at the various strategies open to airlines as they seek to survive.
The International Air Transport Association has reported improving global aviation climate for May led by surging demand in the BRIC economies. Passenger traffic rose 6.8% compared to the same month last year, and 4% higher than the beginning of the year.
Babies balling their eyes out on flights can irritate even the calmest of passengers, but now an airline has come up with a solution. Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that it has placed a ban on infants from flying in the first-class cabin.
The UK government is to offer greater financial protection for millions more package holidaymakers under the ATOL scheme. The programme, which is run by the CAA, currently covers against tour operator collapses but the new proposals will be extended to include air ticket-only trips.
Infant ticket prices on low-cost carriers have increased so much over the past year that it can prove cheaper to book separate seats rather than sitting a child on your lap, according to new research.
Sustainable profit is the key to future success of global aviation, according to head of the International Air Transport Association. Speaking at the aviation body’s 67th AGM in Singapore, Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani called upon the industry to build a sustainable future based on renewed leadership, continuous innovation, and co-operation.
An extra 28 million passengers a year could take to the skies if European airports were allocated slots more efficiently, a study by the European Union has concluded. The study into the use of Europe’s airspace and major hubs found that more efficient use could add £4.4 billion to the economies of Europe between 2012 and 2015.
A record number of passengers are set to fly this month, despite airlines downsizing their schedules due to the Japanese tsunami and earthquakes. The growth is being fuelled by the Middle East and Asia, as well as low-cost carriers across the globe.
New European Union proposals could spare airlines from paying customers full compensation when flights are grounded. Siim Kallas, the European Commission vice president, said the EU was poised to change the “denied boarding” regulation 261, which was originally introduced to protect passengers when they were unable to take the flight they had paid for.
Passenger volume to Ireland swells in March as St. Patrick’s Day approaches
oneworld has unveiled plans to relocate its headquarters to New York in a move that aims to reinforce its position as the world’s leading airline alliance, as well as enhancing collaboration between members. The relocation to Manhattan comes in what has proved a breakthrough year for the alliance, culminating in it winning “World’s Leading Airline Alliance” at the 2010 World Travel Awards.
Airlines are expected to collect more than £16.2 billion in ancillary revenues this year, including fees for checked baggage, an increase of nearly £6.5 billion on 2009. The figure could also quadruple to £65.9 billion, accoridng to a new study by Amadeus and IdeaWorks.