IATA: fall in air cargo demand in line with expectations

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released April 2022 data for global air cargo markets showing a drop in demand and contraction in capacity. The effects of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Asia and the Russia–Ukraine war continue to create a challenging operating backdrop that is driving the decline. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), fell 11.2% compared to April 2021(-10.6% for international operations). Global demand is down 1% compared to April 2019. Capacity was 2% below 2021 (+1.2% for international operations). Both global capacity and international capacity decreased slightly in April compared to March. Asia experienced the Read more

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SITA to trace and repatriate lost items at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo

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SITA has signed an exclusive agreement with UKi Media & Events to trace and repatriate lost items at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo, the world’s biggest airport exhibition being held in Paris from June 15-17.   Using SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property, attendees will be able to use their mobile device to register any missing items, which are automatically matched with found items, dramatically reducing the time and cost of repatriating lost items. Every year more than 10,000 people from 130 countries visit the exhibition, with hundreds of personal items being left behind or lost. SITA WorldTracer Lost and Read more

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Engine Lease Finance Corporation rebranding

Engine Lease Finance Corporation has announced that it is rebranding as elfc with a completely new look, including its logo, corporate colours and website. The company logo and brand identity has undergone a significant transformation and while this is a major change, its core values and commitment to all its stakeholders remains absolutely the same. Its values and integrity are the foundation of everything they do at elfc. Since its foundation in 1989 elfc has undergone continuous growth and development and the company is a trusted partner in the aircraft engine leasing industry, continuing this evolution and growth with its Read more

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Southwest Airlines’ aircraft appearance technicians reach tentative agreement

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Southwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) have reached a tentative agreement for Southwest’s aircraft appearance technicians. “This agreement rewards our appearance technicians for the contributions they make to our company’s success,” said Adam Carlisle, Vice President Labor Relations at Southwest Airlines. “It’s also a result of the hard work exemplified by both negotiating committees and we appreciate all of their efforts.” Southwest’s nearly 170 appearance technicians help deliver safe, secure, clean and reliable aircraft for Southwest’s customers and employees. AMFA will communicate to its members about the ratification process.

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United expands Flight Training Center to prepare for pilot hiring surge

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United Airlines is expanding its Flight Training Center as the airline seeks to hire an additional 10,000 pilots by 2030. The airline will add a new four-story building on the 23-acre campus in Denver’s Central Park neighbourhood that will house 12 additional advanced flight simulators, training classrooms, conference rooms and offices. The expansion project is expected to be completed before the end of 2023. United’s campus – seven buildings, across 550,000 ft² of training space – is the sole training facility for the airline’s 12,000 active pilots and all newly hired pilots. Every nine months pilots must visit the training Read more

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IATA recommends major reforms to both attract and retain ground handling staff

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The current shortage of ground handling staff which has been highlighted by the recovery of the commercial aviation industry has led IATA (International Air Transport Association) to recommend reforms to manage long-term requirements for a stable base of talent for the ground handling sector. While many left the ground handling sector of the industry as a consequence of the pandemic, now that there is a demand for their skills, a bottleneck of new staff has been created by delays resulting from the time-consuming security clearance procedure. With the peak northern summer season rapidly approaching IATA feels that this sector should Read more

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Ryanair repeats demand to lower fees at Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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Back in February, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair made it clear it needed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) to reduce its aircraft handling fees in order to help as it recovers from the disastrous effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week Ryanair has repeated the demand: “The government and Berlin Airport should act now,” the carrier said, despite BER claiming that its fees were in line with other major German airports. Ryanair believes that if low-cost carriers are forced to pay such high fees, then the airport would end up handling the same amount of traffic at airports in smaller cities. Earlier Read more

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SIA unveiles all-new flagship SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges at Singapore Changi Airport

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has unveiled its all-new flagship SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, following a S$50 million (£28.9 million) re-design, upgrade and expansion project. This will further enhance the on-ground customer experience at the airline’s main hub and comes as the demand for international air travel from and through Singapore takes off once again. The Private Room, the First-Class section of the SilverKris Lounge, the Business Class section of the SilverKris Lounge and the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge can collectively accommodate around 1,150 customers within their 6,100 m², translating to 30% more seats and space. Read more

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DHL Global Forwarding expands footprint at Brisbane Airport

Groundbreaking ceremony for DHL Global Forwarding's new 4,880 m² facility at Brisbane Airport ©DHL

DHL Global Forwarding, the freight specialist arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 30, for its new 4,880 m² facility at Brisbane Airport. DHL Global Forwarding is investing AU$17 million (€11 million) over ten years for the new facility and it houses the largest international cold chain services in Brisbane, to meet the fast-growing demand for perishables. The new facility will also support the growth of general cargo in Queensland, Australia and is set to be ready by early 2023. George Lawson, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Australia said, “The expansion of our facilities at Read more

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IBA’S Aviation Industry Barometer reveals strong market recovery

IBA, the aviation industry consultant, has published its latest Aviation Industry Barometer for April 2022. IBA’s data intelligence platform, IBA Insight, indicates that the recovery of global passenger flights grew by 2% in April 2022, with flight capacity at 74% relative to pre-pandemic levels. IBA’s Aviation Industry Barometer for April 2022 also reveals that Europe showed strong capacity recovery in April, with flights at 79% of pre-pandemic levels. Latin/North America and Africa continue to lead the global recovery with capacity for all regions at more than 85% pre-pandemic levels. Asia Pacific flight capacity continues to show a year-on-year capacity decline Read more

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