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ECJ ruling awards compensation for delayed flights

ECJ ruling awards compensation for delayed flights

24 November 2009 Airline News

Airline passengers who are delayed by more than three hours should get the same compensation as if their flights have been cancelled, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Under the landmark judgement, passengers whose flights are delayed can receive between €250 and €600, the same as if their flight was cancelled.

Ryanair row with BBC erupts over Panorama investigation

Ryanair row with BBC erupts over Panorama investigation

12 October 2009 Airline News

A row has erupted between Ryanair and BBC over the broadcasting of a Panorama documentary tonight on the budget airline, titled Why Hate Ryanair?, which is an investigation into the reasons why the budget carrier is apparently so unpopular with many customers.

Lufthansa acquires remaining BMI share ahead of sell-off

Lufthansa acquires remaining BMI share ahead of sell-off

2 October 2009 Airline News

Lufthansa’s acquisition of the remaining 20 percent of BMI has fuelled speculation that it could imminently try to sell the loss-making airline. The German aviation giant agreed to pay about £38 million to SAS, making it the outright owner, with a further payment should it sell within two years.

Etihad moves to new Heathrow T4 home

Etihad moves to new Heathrow T4 home

29 September 2009 Airline News

Etihad Airways is moving to a new home in Terminal 4 at Heathrow on 30 September 2009. The switch aims to offer customers of the UAE flag carrier improved facilities in a fresh, comfortable and convenient new facility.

Environmentalists attack new emissions deal

Environmentalists attack new emissions deal

23 September 2009 Airline News

Climate activists branded yesterday’s agreement to halve airline emission by 2050 as “complete greenwash” and were a cynical ploy to avoid new taxes that threaten to erode into the industry’s profits.

Airlines to post record-breaking losses

Airlines to post record-breaking losses

16 September 2009 Airline News

Airlines are predicted to lose a total of $11 billion this year according to IATA – $2 billion worse than previously predicted. The impact of the recession on the airline industry is “worse than the impact of 9/11,” according to IATA CEO Giovanni Bisignani. He predicted that losses would continue until 2010 with the industry expected to report a $3.8 billion net loss.

Ancillary charges boost struggling airlines

Ancillary charges boost struggling airlines

9 September 2009 Airline News

Ancillary revenue from excess baggage charges and priority boarding are providing struggling airlines with a much-need cash boost as they grapple the aviation downturn. Analysis of the accounts of 92 airlines has found that ancillary revenues rose a massive 345 percent between 2006 and 2008 to €7.68bn.

Air France to cut up to 1,500 jobs

Air France to cut up to 1,500 jobs

8 September 2009 Airline News

Air France has said a “difficult economic environment”, including capacity cuts of 5%, would lead it to make 1,500 redundancies by October. But the airline reported a stabilising of passenger traffic in August.