India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), via its official Twitter account, announced (26-Feb-2021) it extended its prohibition on scheduled international passenger services to and from India until 31-Mar-2021, rather than until 28-Feb-2021. As previously reported by CAPA, scheduled international passenger services to and from India have been prohibited since 25-Mar-2020. The DGCA stated the prohibition "shall not apply to international all cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA" and noted: "International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis".
Qatar Airways occupied a valuable role in the early months of the pandemic: providing essential cargo services around the world that were not directly connected to its base, while the passenger division also provided more than its fair share, in some cases activating fifth freedom rights that it did not previously use.
Now, and in common with a small but growing number of airports elsewhere, the airline and the airport it operates are looking to the future and are adamant that the Phase II expansion of Doha’s Hamad Airport will continue, to help cement its position as a leading global hub in a ‘post-COVID’ world and with the 2022 World Cup now on the horizon.
Hear directly from Qatar Airways, Group CEO, H.E. Akbar Al Baker as he looks ahead to 2021 and beyond
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Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) lifted (26-Feb-2021) its temporary suspension on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from operating in Australia. While no Australian airlines currently operate the 737 MAX, two foreign airlines operated the aircraft type to Australia before the coronavirus pandemic. [more - original PR]
AENA announced (24-Feb-2021) its board signed off a new extraordinary incentive package to recover operations for the 2021 summer season. The measure will apply between 01-Apr-2021 and 31-Oct-2021 and incentivises recovery rates above specified thresholds. For the first three months the recovery threshold is 30% while for the last four months it is 45%. All operations above these percentages will be incentivised in their landing charge by the same percentage as their recovery. The incentive means that airlines will receive a discount on their average monthly landing charge for all operations above the set levels, irrespective of the number of passengers carried. [more - original PR]
Air New Zealand announced (25-Feb-2021) as the carrier enters recovery mode, it remains focused on the following key long term priorities:
- Return sustainable level of earnings through the cycle;
- More efficient airline, focussed on optimal network;
- Right sized cost base;
- Continue to lead and advocate for action on decarbonisation;
- Expand and leverage loyalty programme;
- Ancillary revenue opportunities. [more - original PR]
Air New Zealand stated (25-Feb-2021) as there is uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions and travel demand, the carrier is not providing 2021 earnings guidance. Despite strong domestic and freight performance, the carrier's modelling scenarios suggest the airline will make a significant loss in 2021. [more - original PR]
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