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Irish low-cost airline Ryanair revealed it had seen an 82% drop in passenger numbers in November as a result of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Stansted Airport has committed to becoming a net-zero business by 2038 (12 years ahead of the UK aviation industry’s 2050 target).
New data from the International Air Transport Association has shown that London has seen a 67% decline in overall ‘connectivity’ since September 2019.
A study from booking platform Omio that analysed airports across 30 European capital cities found that Copenhagen Kastrup was the most punctual, with 95.93% of flights arriving and departing on time.
According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, 80% of Brits want UK airlines to stick to the EU’s rules on flight compensation after the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021.
The Red Sea airport is a new international airport being built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Being developed by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the airport is a part of the Red Sea Project.
Clark International Airport in the province of Pampanga, Philippines, is undergoing a major expansion, which involves the construction of a second passenger terminal building. The new terminal will increase air transport capacity for the Greater Capital Region.
Hamad International Airport (HIA) is Qatar’s brand-new airport to replace Doha International Airport, constructed 4km from the existing facility on a 5,400-acre site and Qatar’s only international airport.
Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) is a proposed greenfield international airport to be built on the National Highway (NH) 4B near Panvel, approximately 35km from Mumbai's existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka, is undergoing a major expansion to provide improved passenger experience and increase handling capacity.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) secretary-general Dr Fang Liu, while delivering opening remarks at the ICAO’s ‘Routes Reconnected’ virtual industry event focused on the aviation industry’s recovery:
“We know airlines cannot service routes, and keep the world connected, by managing flights without the passengers who make them financially viable. And with our ICAO forecasts now estimating a 60% reduction in 2020 passenger totals, we know that these threats to your financial viability pose cascading risks for civil societies in many areas of socio-economic and sustainable development.”
Association of Passenger Rights Advocates (APRA) board member Christian Nielsen, after new data from APRA revealed that the UK faces three times fewer delays and two times fewer cancellations compared to the US:
“With international scandals about airlines refusing legal passenger rights and giving out misleading information on e.g. ticket reimbursement, the last couple of months have revealed the demand to keep air passengers protection strong. Regulation EC 261 is a powerful tool which ensures airlines focus further on improving punctuality, efficiency and customer care.”