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    Passenger traffic across the European airport network in 2015 grew by an average +5.2%. Freight traffic at Europe's airports only grew by +0.7%, as international trade remained subdued. Aircraft movements saw an increase of +2.2%. full story...

    Aegean presents the Aegean For Families bundle of services, exclusively designed to make family travel by airplane a pleasurable, smooth and entertaining experience for all family members. full story...

    Aer Lingus - Posted Feb 5, 2016
    Aer Lingus 767 service from Shannon to Boston

    Between 8th June and 31st August 2016 our Shannon to Boston Transatlantic flights will be on a Boeing 767 aircraft operated by our partner Omni Air International. full story...

    On Friday, February 5, 2016, three awards from OAG arrived in Riga for the Latvian airline airBaltic. According to OAG, airBaltic achieved a punctuality rating of 94.4% for flights linking the Baltics with destinations in Europe, Middle East and Russia/CIS. full story...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...airBaltic investor agreement signed

    Thilo Schafer will take the reins as Managing Director of Leisure Cargo - the airline specialist for total cargo management - on 1 March 2016. He will lead the company together with Dr. Klaus Sieger. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...airberlin to Australia: 46 percent more passengers in 2015
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...airberlin starts off 2016 with a strong increase in capacity utilization

    Air Canada has been recognized for the third year in a row as one of "Montreal's Top Employers" in an annual employer survey by Mediacorp Canada Inc. full story...

    Air France/KLM - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Air France KLM January 2016 traffic results

    Passenger network: strict capacity discipline, significant increase in both traffic and load factor. The Group recorded 5.8 million passengers, +2.4%. full story...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...Oman Air affirms trust in AFI KLM E&M

    Air France - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Air France wins 1st prize for customer relations

    On 9 February 2016, Air France was awarded first prize for Customer Relations in the transport sector at the 12th edition of the Customer Relations BearingPoint - TNS Sofres awards in Paris. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...Air France inaugurates A380 Paris - Mexico

    Air New Zealand announced it has entered into a partnership with aircraft manufacturer ATR to equip its 68-seat turboprop fleet with advanced Required Navigation Performance (RNP AR) technology. full story...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...Air New Zealand appoints new Chief People Officer

    Airlines for America - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    A4A rejects White House proposal to hike taxes on air travelers

    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today issued a statement opposing the FY 2017 White House budget proposal. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...A4A CEO urges Committee to pass AIRR Act

    Alaska Airlines has named award-winning agency, Mekanism, its new advertising agency of record. Mekanism has more than 100 employees across offices in San Francisco and New York. full story...

    Alitalia will launch non-stop flights between Rome and Mexico City on June 16, 2016 to increase its international network. Flights to Mexico City will be operated three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. full story...

    American Airlines - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    American Airlines Group reports January traffic results

    American Airlines Group's total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) were 17.1 billion, up 1.6 percent versus January 2015. Total capacity was 21.4 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.3 percent versus January 2015. full story...

    ASL Aviation Group - Posted Feb 5, 2016
    ASL Aviation Group signs to acquire TNT Airline operations

    ASL Aviation Group has reached agreement to acquire the airline operations of TNT Express N.V., comprised of TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Lineas Aereas (Spain). The agreement is conditional on the completion of the intended acquisition of TNT, which is expected in the first half of 2016. full story...

    Aurigny - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Aurigny's new route to Barcelona

    Aurigny is delighted to announce that tickets will soon be on sale for a new summer route from Guernsey to Barcelona. The service will operate over four Saturdays, from 23rd July to 13th August, using Aurigny's Embraer 195 jet. full story...

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Posted Feb 8, 2016
    Austin Airport - December 2015 passenger, cargo traffic

    Passenger Activity: Total passenger traffic for December 2015 was 1,029,803 up 12% compared to December 2014. December 2015 enplanements totaled 525,873, up 12.5%. December 2015 air cargo totaled 13,647,796 lbs., down 4.5% compared to December 2014. full story...
    Posted Feb 8, 2016 full story...Austin Airport - nearly 12 million passengers, up 11% in 2015

    Austrian Airlines Group - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Austrian Airlines begins the new year with higher passenger volume

    Austrian Airlines carried 617,000 passengers in January 2016, comprising a rise of 1.6 percent from the prior-year month. The flight offering as measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) was increased by 7.1 percent to 1.6 billion. full story...

    Bombardier Aerospace - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    GECAS leases 3 new Bombardier Q400 Aircraft to Air Berlin

    Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulated Air Berlin on its lease of three new Q400 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The Q400 aircraft will increase the Air Berlin Q400 aircraft fleet to 20. full story...

    British Airways is to start flying from Stansted this summer adding a fourth London airport to its network. From May 28 the airline will launch flights to the popular holiday sunspots of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...British Airways continues to invest in new aircraft

    Brussels Airport received almost 1.5 million passengers in January, which is a significant increase of 7.5% compared with January last year. full story...

    Brussels South Charleroi - Posted Feb 5, 2016
    Brussels South Charleroi Airport: growth in January

    After ending 2015 with record results, Brussels South Charleroi Airport has seen an increase in the number of passengers welcomed at the airport in January 2016. 462,938 passengers came through Charleroi Airport, representing a 6% rise compared to the results for the same period last year. full story...

    The unprecedented increase in passenger numbers recorded over the last five years at Budapest Airport has continued into the New Year, with 13% more passengers travelling through the Hungarian gateway, compared to the first month of 2015. full story...

    Copenhagen Airports - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Copenhagen Airport - Strong growth on long-haul routes

    Usually a somewhat slow month, January has become a significantly busier travel period at Copenhagen Airport. Close to 1.9 million travellers passed through the airport, with the long-haul services accounting for much of the growth. full story...

    Delta Air Lines - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Delta submits testimony on AIRR Act

    Delta Air Lines today submitted testimony by CEO Richard Anderson to members of the House Transportation Committee on H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act that features a proposal to outsource the nation's air traffic control function to a private entity, controlled by private interests. full story...

    easyJet Passenger Statistics for January 2016 have just been announced. Passenger numbers up 6.3% over last year, load factor down 0.1 percentage point. full story...

    Emirates Airline has announced three appointments to its senior management team for key operational functions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. full story...
    Posted Feb 8, 2016 full story...Emirates SkyCargo wins International Air Cargo Carrier of the Year

    In line with its vision 2025 strategic road map, Ethiopian Airlines Group has invested USD 100 million in breakthrough expansion and upgrading its Aviation Academy. full story...

    Etihad Airways - Posted Feb 5, 2016
    Etihad Airways appoints Craig Thomas

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the appointment of Craig Thomas as General Manager for the United States. full story...

    The new flight schedule offers easy connectivity from our international gateways, with especially short connectivity for our North American travellers connecting through Nadi, Fiji. full story...

    The Board of Directors of Finnair Plc has decided to launch a new 12- month savings period under the Employee Share Plan. The purpose of the plan introduced in 2013 is to encourage the employees to become shareholders in the company. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...Finnair Group financial statements bulletin 2015
    Posted Feb 8, 2016 full story...Finnair traffic performance in January 2016

    Flybe has today established a presence at Rotterdam The Hague Airport with its inaugural flight from Manchester marking the start of this new double daily service. It is the only route from the UK to Rotterdam The Hague outside of London. full story...

    Frankfurt Airport has started off the year with continuing passenger growth. In the reporting month of January 2016, Germany's largest aviation hub served about 4.2 million passengers, representing growth of 2.2 percent year-on-year. full story...

    General Electric Company - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    GECAS Regional Aircraft Group signs lease agreement with Air Berlin

    GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced its Regional Aircraft Group signed an agreement with Air Berlin PLC for three new leased Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft. full story...

    Thomas Cook Airlines has announced it will base an extra new aircraft at Glasgow Airport to support its newly launched Winter 2016 programme. full story...

    Hahn Air Systems announces that services of Borajet Airlines are available for HR-169 ticketing under the two-letter code H1 in GDSs worldwide. The agreement increases ticketing options of over 95,000 travel agencies in 190 markets. full story...

    Hawaiian Airlines - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Hawaiian Airlines announces new Australian commercial team

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced its new Australian Commercial Team following a restructuring of its local operation to an in-house business model. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...Hawaiian Airlines appoints Jay Schaefer as VP & Treasurer
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...Hawaiian Airlines reports January 2016 traffic statistics

    Hong Kong Airlines - Posted Feb 5, 2016
    Hong Kong Airlines lands more flights in Queensland

    Hong Kong Airlines changed its flight service to Queensland from seasonal flight to year-round flight, commencing on 27 March 2016. The new triangular service operating from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast, and continuing to Cairns enroute back to Hong Kong on every Tuesday and Saturday. full story...

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2015 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.5% for the full year compared to 2014. full story...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...IATA and Harris Corporation develop SkyFusion

    Of Iberia's total of 14,655 flights in the period, 89.07% were on time, which has won the airline second place amongst the world's international carriers. full story...

    Governments, industry and environmental groups meeting at the United Nations specialised agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), have today finalised the design of the first global certification standard for CO2 emissions from new aircraft. full story...

    Icelandair - Posted Feb 8, 2016
    Icelandair traffic data January 2016

    The number of passenger on international flights was 173 thousand in January and increased by 15% compared to January last year. The capacity increase was 19% and the passenger load factor was 74.2% compared to 76.7% in January last year. full story...
    Posted Feb 8, 2016 full story...Icelandair - Looking back on a good year

    Jet Airways group today announced a strong financial performance with record profits of INR 467 crores for the third quarter ending December 31, 2015 compared to INR 29 crores in Q3FY15, providing further evidence of the growing momentum of its turnaround programme. full story...

    JetBlue Airways - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    JetBlue Airways reports January traffic

    JetBlue Airways Corporation reported its preliminary traffic results for January 2016. Traffic in January increased 11.7 percent from January 2015, on a capacity increase of 10.8 percent. full story...

    Kenya Airways has gone live with an online programme that gives Economy class passengers an opportunity to bid for an upgrade to Business Class. full story...

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was pronounced "Best Airline" during last weekend's annual awards ceremony for Dutch leisure travel, the "Nederlandse Vakantie Awards". full story...

    Effective immediately, Dr. Roland Schutz has been appointed Chief Information Officer of all Lufthansa Group airlines. Alongside the premium hub airlines Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, are the flight operations of the second brand, Eurowings. full story...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...Lufthansa CityLine gets new Managing Director

    Oslo Airport - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Oslo Airport - Varying traffic growth in January

    The number of passengers travelling to and from Avinor's 46 airports increased by 1.6 per cent compared with January 2016. There are substantial local variations. full story...

    Qatar Airways was recognised for Middle East Content Innovation at the third annual Inflight workshop and awards held in partnership with F&E Aerospace, the organiser of Aircraft Interiors Middle East. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...Qatar Airways breaks through 2016 Global 500 list by Brand Finance

    The Royal Jordanian Airlines announced the successful closure of its US$ 275,000,000 dual conventional and Islamic secured syndicated facility. full story...

    Ryanair today announced a new route from London Stansted to Hamburg (Ryanair's newest base), which will operate twice daily from the start of November, as part of its winter 2016 schedule. full story...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Manchester
    Posted Feb 10, 2016 full story...Ryanair opens new Nuremberg base
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...Ryanair's January traffic grows 25% to 7.5m customers

    Scandinavian Airlines - Posted Feb 8, 2016
    SAS gives customers travelling light more choice

    From 27 April 2016, passengers travelling with carry-on bags only will be able to fly at a lower price on all Scandinavian Airlines routes between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, including on all routes to and from the UK, as SAS announces the launch of SAS Go Light. full story...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016 full story...SAS traffic figures - January 2016

    SkyWest, Inc. today reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter of 2015, including adjusted net income of $25 million or $0.49 per diluted share, up from adjusted net income of $15.7 million or $0.31 per diluted share in 2014. full story...

    Solomon Airlines - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Solomon Airlines revised flight schedules

    New Solomon Airlines flight schedules operational from 25 April 2016 have been structured to allow passengers departing on the carrier's international services ex-Australia and the Solomon Islands same day through-connectivity to the national carrier's extensive domestic network. full story...

    Southwest Airlines - Posted Feb 5, 2016
    Southwest Airlines reports January traffic

    The Company flew 8.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2016, an increase of 11.1 percent from the 8.0 billion RPMs flown in January 2015. Available seat miles increased 7.8 percent to 11.5 billion in January 2016, compared with January 2015 ASMs of 10.7 billion. full story...

    Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter 2015 increased 24.9 percent to $73.3 million compared to the fourth quarter 2014. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter 2015 increased 33.1 percent year over year to $74.4 million compared to the fourth quarter 2014. full story...

    Stansted Airport - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    British Airways launches Stansted flights

    British Airways is to start flying from Stansted Airport this summer to the popular holiday sunspots of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza. The flights, which begin on May 28, will be operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer full story...

    Turkish Airlines continues to grow its fleet in order to meet the needs of its ever-growing network and expanding customer base. Turkish Airlines also wishes to serve its customers with Europe's youngest and most modern fleet. That process continues as the airline adds its 300th aircraft. full story...

    UAL's January 2016 consolidated traffic increased 0.1 percent and consolidated capacity decreased 0.1 percent versus January 2015. UAL's January 2016 consolidated load factor increased 0.2 points compared to January 2015. full story...

    Virgin America Inc. today reported its preliminary operational for January 2016. The airline's traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles) increased 12.9 percent on capacity (measured in available seat miles) that was 11.8 percent higher from the same month in 2015. full story...

    Virgin Atlantic - Posted Feb 10, 2016
    Virgin Atlantic expands 2016 leisure flying

    Virgin Atlantic is offering its customers more opportunities to visit some of its most popular destinations by increasing services to Havana, Las Vegas and Orlando. full story...

    WestJet today announced January 2016 traffic results with a load factor of 80.1 per cent. Revenue passenger miles, or traffic, increased 7.8 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles, grew 7.0 per cent over the same period. full story...

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