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.
Ryanair could be close to fulfilling its dream of squeezing even more passengers onto its planes with the unveiling of a new “standing seat”. The “SkyRider” from Italian designer Aviointeriors provides just 23 inches of legroom, and is a cross between riding horseback and a standing seat found in McDonalds.
The world’s largest independent airline caterer has announced plans to make most of its dishes halal compliant. GateGourmet, which provides inflight meals for the likes of Cathay Pacific and British Airways, says it wants to standardise production based on cost rather than religious grounds.
British Airways passenger figures held steady in the peak month of August despite fears that the airline’s ongoing cabin crew dispute could cause widespread travel disruption. The airline carried 3,154,000 passengers in August 2010, only 3,000 shy of the 3,157,000 in August 2009.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines was Europe’s most on-time airline this summer for the second year in a row, while Ryanair has been revealed as more punctual than British Airways, according to new figures from airline punctuality specialist Flightstats.
A pick-up in demand has led to India’s aviation authorities climbing down from a policy that would have barred overseas pilots from working on its commercial airlines.
It is arguably the biggest dilemma facing travellers – when should you book your flights to secure the cheapest rate? But now a Japanese economist has claimed to have solved the problem – book in the afternoon exactly eight weeks in advance – and he’s devised a complex formula to prove it.