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Accelerated opening of popular summer destinations by airBaltic

After receiving all of the necessary permissions, airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Riga to nine popular summer leisure destinations between June 15 and July 7. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Many European countries will again open their borders for touri...

Pegasus Airlines relaunches domestic flights

Following the temporary suspension of flights on 28 March 2020 as part of the restrictions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Pegasus Airlines relaunched domestic flights on 1 June 2020 and as of today, 4 June 2020, will be operating 39 domestic routes to 27 destinations in Turkey.   From 4...


Special transfer flights connecting key cities on Etihad Airways global network

Effective 10 June, Etihad Airways will link 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi. The new transfer services will make it possible for those travelling on the airline’s current network of special flights to connect easily through the UAE capital onwards to key global destinations. Etihad recently launched links from Melbourne and Sydney to London Heathrow, allowing di...

Qantas and Jetstar increase their domestic and regional flying

As travel restrictions start to ease across the country, Qantas and Jetstar will increase their domestic and regional flying for June and July. The additional services will see capacity increase from 5 per cent of pre-Coronavirus levels, to 15 per cent by the end of June. This equates to more than 300 more return flights per week. Additional flights will likely operate during July depending...

Commercial aircraft market to focus on innovative digital solutions and leasing

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Post-pandemic Growth Opportunity Analysis of the Global Commercial Aircraft Market, presents updates to the 2020 outlook and growth opportunities for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the supply chain, and aftermarket suppliers. Under the conservative forecast scenario, the market is estimated to witness a dramatic drop in revenues, reachin...

Wizz Air operations in Belgrade restarted

Wizz Air has reopened its Belgrade base on 1 June 2020 with routes to some of the most popular destinations in Europe: Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Hanover, Memmingen/Munich West, Dortmund (Germany), Malmo, Stockholm Skavsta, Gothenburg Landvetter (Sweden), Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (Switzerland), Eindhoven (Nederlands), and London Luton (UK). To help passengers and crew travel safely an...

airBaltic connects again Riga and Paris

After receiving all of the necessary permissions, airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Riga to Paris and from Paris to Riga on June 9, two days earlier than planned before.  Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Until the crisis began, we provided the best connectivity to and from all three Baltic capitals. We will continue this path by gradually adding n...

Etihad Airways launches health and hygiene programme championed by new wellness ambassadors

Etihad Airways has launched ‘Etihad Wellness’, an expanded and more comprehensive health and hygiene programme and customer guide. This builds on the stringent measures already put in place by the airline to deal with COVID-19. The programme will be championed by the introduction of specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, a first in the industry, who will provide essential travel healt...

Strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and American Airlines begins

The first stage of the strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and American Airlines has begun with Qatar Airways placing its code on American Airlines’ domestic flights, strengthening connectivity and creating hundreds of new travel options for passengers. The codeshare will be rolled out in phases over the next few weeks and once completed, will see Qatar Airways’ code place...

Safety comes first at Hong Kong Airlines

To help travellers book with confidence and fly with assurance, Hong Kong Airlines has introduced the following to enhance our customer experience: Unlimited flexibility, no change fees Book with confidence with Hong Kong Airlines' Flexi Fare promotion, which offers unlimited flexibility and no change fees as long as the travel date is on or before 31 December 2020. Find o...

Lufthansa Group significantly extends June timetable

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services in the second half of June compared with the previous weeks. As in the first half of June, the focus will be on summer tourist destinations. The aim is to make as many destinations as possible accessible for holidaymakers and business travelers and thus expand the European and intercontinental network for holidaymakers...

Green tails, green tickets - new ticket types by airBaltic

In July 2020, Latvian airline airBaltic will introduce revised ticket types for its flights. Passengers will be able to select Green, Green Plus, Green Classic or Business class tickets tailored to better suit each traveller’s needs. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We are continuing to revise our business model and adjust to the new reality, where...

Airline debt to balloon by 28% -heavy new debt levels will weigh down recovery

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an analysis showing that the airline industry’s global debt could rise to $550 billion by year-end. That’s a $120 billion increase over debt levels at the start of 2020. - $67 billion of the new debt is composed of government loans ($50 billion), deferred taxes ($5 billion), and loan guarantees ($12 billion). - $52 billi...

Air travel passenger preferences revealed by Honeywell survey

An informal Honeywell survey taken by more than 700 frequent business and personal air travel passengers indicates the types of guidelines and health-related equipment passengers may be looking for while flying during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The anonymous online survey showed that a majority of travelers (72%) were more concerned with the environment on an airplane than in a...

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Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia on restart of national aviation industry

If we say Latvia, what will be you first association? If you are aviation professional or related to aviation industry, we bet the first thing you will say - airBaltic, Riga. 50skyshades was closely m...

Condor boosts fuel economy with SITA eWAS

German leisure airline Condor is making significant enhancements to fuel optimization through the deployment of eWAS to more than 700 pilots and dispatchers. The signing with SITA’s aircraf...

To meet cargo demands during covid19 crisis Hi Fly converts A380

Hi Fly has created extra cargo capacity by temporarily removing economy seats of some of its aircraft, including the iconic A380 “Save the Coral Reefs”, to meet the high cargo demands duri...

Austrian Airlines increases offer to 40 percent until the end of October

Austrian Airlines has published the remaining summer flight schedule 2020, which will run until the end of October. By then, Austria's home carrier will double its offer from the current 20 percen...

Second set of measures for Lufthansa restructuring program

The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved a second set of measures as part of its overall restructuring program in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. With the first set of measures la...

Summer 2021- airBaltic to offer 21% more routes - 82

airBaltic has announced the new network of the summer 2021 with the first 15 seasonal destinations from Riga that in 2020 were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak. In total airBaltic wil...

A unique travel experience - launch of a new airline: OWG

Against all odds, a new airline called OWG will soon take off in Quebec, offering flights to Southern destinations. This new initiative is the fruit of Nolinor Aviation's continued expansion...