Category: Regulations & Safety

2016 Flight Cancellation, Lost Baggage, Bumping Rates Lowest in Years

In 2016, the reporting carriers canceled 1.17 percent of their scheduled domestic flights, an improvement over the 1.5 percent cancellation rate in 2015 and the lowest in the 22 years with comparable numbers, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR). The previous low was 1.24 percent in 2002. The reporting carriers canceled 1.6 percent […]

EASA Cooperate with CERT-EU on Cybersecurity

The European Aviation Safety Agency signed on 10 February 2017 a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-EU) of the EU Institutions. CERT-EU’s mission is to support the European Institutions to protect themselves against intentional and malicious attacks that would hamper the integrity of their IT assets and harm the interests of […]

US Aviation Industry ‘Encouraged’ By Trump Meeting

US airlines and airports have welcomed US president Donald Trump’s support to modernise the country’s aviation infrastructure, although it is not immediately clear how the administration will proceed next. Air traffic control reform, airport improvements and taxation were among the topics covered during a meeting between Trump and several airline and airport executives earlier today. […]

Travel To The USA Suffers 6.5% Trump Slump

President Donald Trump’s ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries entering the USA appears to be deterring travellers from other countries around the world too, according to data from ForwardKeys, the travel intelligence analyst, which monitors travel patterns by analysing 16 million flight reservation transactions a day. The findings show that after Trump’s initial […]

Egyptian Ministry Refers To Airbus Crash As Sabotage

Egypt’s foreign ministry has described the crash of a Russian-operated Airbus out of Sharm el-Sheikh as having resulted from a deliberate attack. Investigators in Egypt have yet to give the results of their inquiry into the loss of the MetroJet A321 over Sinai on 31 October 2015. But the ministry, in a statement underlining the […]

Norwegian of ‘Huge’ Economic Interest to USA

Norwegian’s plans to expand with its Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International got a boost from the White House, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying the US has a “huge economic interest” in the airline’s growth. “There is a deal in which [Norwegian’s] having 50% of the crews and the pilots are American based, they’re flying […]

African Airlines Had Their Best Growth Performance In 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) compared to […]

UK Government Details Heathrow Third Runway Conditions

The UK government has told London Heathrow Airport to improve domestic connectivity and offset the social impact of its planned third runway as part of a bid to secure planning permission. The measures were outlined in a draft airports national policy statement (NPS), published Feb. 2, and opened to a 16-week UK-wide public consultation. The […]

Another Strong Year for Air Travel Demand in 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2016 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015 (or 6.0% if adjusted for the leap year). This strong performance was well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity rose 6.2% (unadjusted) compared to […]

Iranian Plane Deals Overshadowed by U.S. Visa Row

Foreign investment in Iran is likely to have been weakened in light of President Trumps decision to ban the issuing of visas for nationals of seven mainly Muslim countries which may also slow down the implementation of existing plane deals agreed with both Boeing and Airbus, and Iran. Airbus’ problems exists because of the volume […]