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    EU Commission Grants Aid Package To Austrian Airlines

EU Commission Grants Aid Package To Austrian Airlines

MIAMI – Following the €450m rescue package for Austrian Airlines (OS), the European Union (EU) Commission has announced today that it approved the airline’s request for €150m in state grants. The shareholders of the carrier’s owner group, Lufthansa (LH), approved last month the stabilization package while Austria waited for the Commission’s approval on its subordinated loan. Aid package conditions According to the statement by the EU Commission, the Austrian government

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    South African Express Assets Put Up for Auction

South African Express Assets Put Up for Auction

MIAMI – Assets of South African regional carrier SA Express (XZ), previously a South African Airways (SA) partner airline, are being offered for sale through an online auction as the airline face towards liquidation. The airline was placed in provisional liquidation on 28 April, but a final liquidation order has been deferred until early September. the sale includes XZ’s Bombardier CRJ200 jets. What assets is XZ looking to sell? Go-Dove,

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    HK Express Postpones Flights Resumption

HK Express Postpones Flights Resumption

MIAMI – The low-cost airline HK Express (UO) has announced today that it will now resume flight operations on August 2 due to travel restrictions imposed in various Asian Pacific territories. Having revised its resumption plans, UO postpones again its return to the skies expected for July. As its network encompasses Asian Pacific destinations of which governments have not lifted travel limitations, the Hong Kong-based airline said today that it would gradually resume

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    Manila’s International Airport to Resume International Flights

Manila’s International Airport to Resume International Flights

MIAMI – Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is set to resume international operations on July 8 after temporarily suspending operations on March 28.  In a press release, airport officials announced, “as global aviation endeavors to return to normalcy, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) gears up by resuming international flight operations in NAIA Terminal 3.” Airlines that were relocated to Terminal 1 in March will be moving

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    Royal Air Maroc To Layoff Personnel, Liquidate 20 Planes

Royal Air Maroc To Layoff Personnel, Liquidate 20 Planes

MIAMI – Morocco’s national airline Royal Air Maroc (AT) is preparing for a massive layoff plan, a reduction in the fleet, and the shutdown of certain agencies as part of its recovery plan to mitigate the impact of the three-month-long suspension of air traffic. The strategy became official following a meeting on Thursday, July 2, between the upper management of AT, staff representatives, and the representatives of the National Air

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    Ryanair June Traffic Falls to Almost Nill

Ryanair June Traffic Falls to Almost Nill

LONDON – Ryanair (FR) published its traffic statistics for the month of June, showing a 97% drop with only 0.4m passengers transported compared to the same period in 2019 (13.6m). According to the published report, FR operated only 2.800 scheduled flights in June. The report also states that 95% of FR’s flights arrived on time during the said month. The same statistics show there is a drop on the budget

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    Ryanair Calls for Ireland Restrictions To be Lifted

Ryanair Calls for Ireland Restrictions To be Lifted

MIAMI – Ryanair (FR) has called on the Irish Government to remove any confusion over air travel to/from Europe as the UK joined with the rest of Europe in removing flight restrictions/quarantines on flights and holidays to the EU. Ireland is now the only EU country with flight restrictions on families flying to Europe as it continues with its failed visitor quarantine, which during June saw less than 50% of

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    Ryanair, Irish Pilots Reach New Agreement

Ryanair, Irish Pilots Reach New Agreement

LONDON – Ryanair (FR) welcomed the acceptance by 100% of its Irish Pilots of a 4-year agreement which includes a 20% pay reduction, restored over 4 years, along with productivity improvements on rosters, flexible working patterns, and annual leave to minimize Irish Pilot job losses. This agreement gives FR a framework to flex its operation during the COVID-19 crisis and a pathway to recovery when the business returns to normal

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    Iberia Group Unveils Summer Flight Program

Iberia Group Unveils Summer Flight Program

LONDON – The Iberia Group has presented its summer flight program that will offer regular flights to over 50 destinations in Spain and the rest of Europe. Iberia (IB) and Iberia Express (I2) were the first to adopt the recommendations made by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). Iberia Group July and August Schedule for Short and Medium-haul Centering on Spain and

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    EU Approves Air Baltic’s Financial Aid Request

EU Approves Air Baltic’s Financial Aid Request

MIAMI – The European Commission, under European Union State aid rules, has approved the Latvian government’s investment of €250m (US$281m) into the equity of the Latvian airline airBaltic (BT) for the carrier to overcome the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 and resume growth. The Commission pointed out that travel restrictions imposed by countries as they limited the spread of COVID-19 had a significant impact on the entire aviation industry. The

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Wizz Air’s Main South Europe Hub Takes Off

  Wizz Air’s Main South Europe Hub Takes Off

MIAMI – SEA (Societa per Azioni Esercizi Aeroportuali) on July 3, 2020, welcomed the Wizz Air (W6)’s first flight of

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Qatar Airways Commences Toronto Route, Reinstates 11 Worldwide Destinations

  Qatar Airways Commences Toronto Route, Reinstates 11 Worldwide Destinations

MIAMI – Qatar Airways (QR) has announced that by the end of July, it will expand to over 65 destinations,

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Volotea Opens New Naples Base

  Volotea Opens New Naples Base

LONDON – Volotea (V7), the low-cost airline that links small to medium cities and European capitals, has today inaugurated its

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Breeze Airways Delayed to 2021

  Breeze Airways Delayed to 2021

MIAMI – Startup Breeze Airways, initially Moxy Airways, was scheduled to start operations in 2020, but it has now been

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American Airlines To Change Terminals at London Heathrow

  American Airlines To Change Terminals at London Heathrow

MIAMI – American Airlines (AA) has announced in a press release that it will start flying to Terminal 5 at

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Lufthansa Flies Back to Dubai

  Lufthansa Flies Back to Dubai

MIAMI – Having resumed part of its schedule this week, Lufthansa (LH) has announced today that it will return to

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Iran Air Inaugurates Manchester Operations (+Photos)

  Iran Air Inaugurates Manchester Operations (+Photos)

MANCHESTER – Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Iran Air (IR) has inaugurated services to Manchester Airport (MAN)

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Ryanair To Refund Canceled Flights

  Ryanair To Refund Canceled Flights

MIAMI – Ryanair (FR), the largest airline in Europe, has reported today that it is making rapid progress in processing

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