IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to […]

Airbus unveils three zero-emission aircraft concepts

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the first zero-emission commercial aircraft, which could theoretically enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry. All […]

Lufthansa calls for widespread testing as group confirms further cuts

Germany flag-carrier Lufthansa has confirmed it will cut further jobs in addition to the 22,000 redundancies already announced. No new figures were provided, with final losses to reflect market conditions, the company explained in a statement. As part of a third round of restructuring, the airline also said it would reduce its roughly 800-strong fleet […]

Norwegian unveils new sustainability strategy

Norwegian has launched a new environmental sustainability strategy that will see the airline seek to cut its CO2 emissions by 45 per cent. The carrier will also aim to remove all non-recyclable plastics and recycle all single-use plastics. Norwegian said its goals were in line with the Paris Agreement. Jacob Schram, chief executive of Norwegian, […]

More West African airlines return to the skies

Mauritania Airlines has resumed international flights following the reopening of the country’s airspace on September 11, 2020, after a month-long closure due to COVID-19. A statement on the airline’s website confirmed Mauritania Airlines would resume with flights from Nouakchott to Mali, Benin, the Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Gabon according to the following schedule: Twice-weekly […]

Pilots hit hard by Turkish Airlines wage cuts

Pilots at Turkish Airlines will see their wages halved until end-2021 following an agreement between the airline and labour unions to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the airline confirmed. In addition, ground staff wages have been cut by 30%, cabin-crew wages by 35% and 30% of “seniority payments” of all employees are being deducted, […]

Eurowings to replace Ryanair at Düsseldorf Airport

Eurowings has said it will replace about 95 per cent of the program offered by the departing Ryanair at Düsseldorf Airport. The Irish carrier will withdraw a number of services from the North Rhine-Westphalia airport on October 24th. In response, the German airline said it would pick up the slack. Specifically, Eurowings has decided to […]

European Commission extends airline slot waiver until spring next year

The European Commission has announced it will extend a waiver of the 80:20 ‘use it or lose it’ slot allocation rule until March next year. The waiver conditions agreed between airlines, airports and slot coordinators earlier in September will be applied immediately on a voluntary basis, said European commissioner for transport, Adina Valean. The decision […]