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Quarantine free flights resume between Australia and New Zealand

Airports in Australia and New Zealand have been celebrating the reopening of quarantine free trans-Tasman travel for the first time in 12 months. In Brisbane, Brisbane Airport opened 16 ‘Green Lane’ services yesterday to accommodate Air New Zealand and Qantas flights between BNE and Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The airport reports that all eight arrivals […]

Copenhagen Airport hoping for better times ahead

Copenhagen Airport continues to struggle with the downturn in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, today admitting that although its airlines are ready for busy summer take-off, “everything now depends on what the reopening plan for the travel industry will look like”. The Danish gateway adds: “Even with the few people currently travelling, social distancing […]

Southwest makes welcome return to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental

An old friend returned to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) today – Southwest Airlines, which is back at the Texas gateway after a 16 year absence. Its return widens the carrier’s footprint in Houston and will provide greater convenience for business and leisure travellers throughout the region, notes Houston Airports. “Welcome back home to […]

Milas-Bodrum Airport welcomes first international flight of year

Milas-Bodrum Airport greeted its first international passengers of the year when an Azur Air flight from Moscow touched down in Turkey yesterday. The flight, which was met by a traditional water salute,  brought 212 passengers from Moscow Vnukovo to Bodrum. TAV Milas-Bodrum’s general manager, İclal Kayaoğlu, said: “We are happy to welcome the first international […]

Demand for domestic air travel will spearhead US COVID-19 recovery

Leisure travel in America will push the US domestic airline industry to a COVID recovery by early 2022, according to a new report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. “A year ago, we would have thought that a full domestic recovery in this timeframe for the US was almost impossible, but the combination of pent-up demand, economic […]

Hamburg aiming to bounce back from first ever annual loss

Hamburg Airport today admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has left deep scars in its balance sheet, revealing that the “unprecedented crisis” has resulted in a first-ever annual deficit of €113 million. And the German airport, which saw its passenger numbers drop by 73% to 4.56 million in 2020, notes that without a strict savings programme, […]

After nearly a year Emirates returns to San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today welcomed the return of Emirates with the arrival of their first non-stop flight from Dubai in 11 months. The largest airline in the Middle East plans to operate four non-stop flights per week, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Dubai based Emirates suspended operations at SFO on March 29, 2020, due […]

Lufthansa to return to Cork Airport after 18 year break

Cork Airport has welcomed the news that Lufthansa is to commence a twice-weekly Cork-Frankfurt service for Summer 2021, connecting the two cities for the first time in eighteen years. Lufthansa (operated by Lufthansa CityLine) will operate a Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft with 75 seats on board – 15 Business Class and 60 Economy Class – offering […]

Tough year ends with strong traffic recovery for Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) today revealed that it handled 25.9 million passengers in 2020, the figure being boosted by traffic recovery in the second half of a tough year. The total meant that the world’s busiest international airport welcomed 70% fewer passengers than it did in 2019. According to operator, Dubai Airports, DXB’s closing data […]

Airline industry losses top $370 billion in 2020

ICAO has revealed that airline seating capacity fell by around 50% in 2020 as the number of passengers boarding flights dropped from 4.5 billion in 2019 to just 1.8 billion passengers last year. That adds up to a staggering financial loss to the industry of around $370 billion, says ICAO, which noted that airports and air […]

Cork Airport loses two million passengers in 2020

Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest-growing gateway in 2019, today revealed that it lost more than two million passengers in 2020 as a result of COVID-19. The 80% decline in passenger numbers meant that just 530,000 people used the country’s second-largest airport last year. Traffic declined across all the geographical markets served by Cork Airport. Passenger volumes […]

Miami International Airport enjoys busiest day since beginning of pandemic

Miami International Airport (MIA) experienced its busiest day since the pandemic began when it handled 90,000 passengers on January 3. The total helped ensure that the Florida gateway welcomed more than 1.1 million passengers during the 17-day winter holiday travel period from Monday, December 21 to Wednesday, January 6, 2021. In December, MIA averaged 278 […]

German air traffic levels declined to pre-unification levels in 2020

German air navigation service provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, today revealed it handled less than half the traffic it normally does in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It recorded a total of 1.46 million take-offs, landings and overflights across German airspace in 2020 under instrument flight rules, and warns that it is […]

Orlando International leads the way in the US for passenger departures

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and exceeding its expectations, Orlando International Airport (MCO) has started 2021 as the busiest airport in the US for departures. TSA traffic figures show that for eight straight days, from Sunday, December 27, until Sunday, January 3, MCO enjoyed more passenger departures than any other airport in the […]

Busy start to New Year expected at Dubai International Airport

Dubai Airports is gearing up for an upsurge in the number of passengers expected to pass through Dubai International (DXB) over the next few days. It is estimated that 545,000 passengers will use DXB between January 1-7, with throughput peaking on January the 2nd and 3rd when more than 78,000 travellers are expected to depart […]

Moscow Sheremetyevo celebrates opening of reconstructed runway

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport, which opened its “new and improved” Terminal C at the start of 2020, has ended a difficult but eventful year by inaugurating its newly reconstructed Runway-1. The runway has two new high-speed-exit taxiways, which according to the Russian gateway, ensure that it has the terminal facilities and airfield capacity to handle […]

New report shows 6,000 routes in Europe lost to the pandemic

ACI Europe’s latest traffic analysis shows that 6,000 air routes previously operated from Europe’s airports have been lost to the COVID-19 crisis. The routes, which have been axed by the airlines this year and not resumed, expose “the systemic collapse of the aviation network and air connectivity due to the COVID-19 crisis,” according to ACI […]

Some seasonal joy for Gatwick with expected rise in traffic

London Gatwick Airport is expecting to see a significant increase in passengers travelling over the Christmas period, with up to 200 flights a day forecast to operate to and from the gateway, with top destinations including Dublin, Geneva and Tenerife. While typically Gatwick would normally see more than 700 flights a day during this time, […]

Brisbane’s domestic traffic showing signs of recovery

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is set to welcome more than 30,000 daily passengers tomorrow for the first time since March 16, declaring the milestone a clear sign that domestic travel is recovering. Specifically, on Friday, the airport’s Domestic Terminal will see more than 16,000 arrivals and 14,000 departing passengers from a total of 309 flights. Off the back of interstate borders re-opening, […]

Europe’s aviation sector steps up calls to end quarantines and travel restrictions

The opposition to quarantine measures and other travel restrictions appears to be gathering pace with ACI Europe and a number of other international aviation associations today urging European governments to abolish them. The calls follow new Recommendations published by EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC), which unequivocally rejects their use […]

ACI World and Routes form partnership to help rebuild air connectivity

ACI World has signed an exclusive partnership with Routes that is designed to help airports recover from the most challenging period the aviation industry. It is hoped that the formal agreement between the two organisations will provide platforms and guidance for airports at a world level, recognising the vital role they will play in driving […]

No correlation between COVID-19 infection rates and passenger traffic

ACI Europe president, Jost Lammers, has acknowledged that emerging news of an effective vaccine gives reason for hope. However, this cautious optimism was delivered with a caveat – that airports along with the rest of the aviation sector cannot simply wait out the inevitable time challenges of safety confirmation and herd immunity. Delivering his keynote […]

Traffic down across Fraport’s global airport network

Global airport operator, Fraport, today confirmed that COVID-19 continues to badly hit traffic figures at airports across its network. Just 1.1 million passengers passed through Frankfurt Airport (FRA) In October 2020, for example, a significant 83.4% down on the same month a year ago. The total means that FRA’s cumulative traffic during the January-to-October 2020 […]

Sihanouk celebrates completion of runway extension and airfield upgrade

Cambodia’s Sihanouk International Airport is today celebrating the completion of the extension and renovation of its runway, an upgrade that will effectively allow it to handle direct long-haul flights operated by bigger aircraft. The airport, which serves as the gateway to the country’s main seaside resort, now boasts a 3,300m long runway, which has been […]

Impact of COVID-19 continues to hurt Sweden’s airports

Despite the boost of the end of summer holiday traffic, only 650,000 passengers passed through Swedavia’s 10 Swedish airports in August – 83% down on the corresponding month a year ago. Swedavia, which reveals that 3.7 million passengers used its gateways in August 2019, notes that last month’s air traffic recovery “slowed somewhat in late […]

Passenger numbers begin to bounce back at Moscow Sheremetyevo

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport reports that it handled 11.2 million passengers in the first seven months of 2020, including nearly 1.5 million in July. It reveals that the bulk of passenger traffic travelled on Aeroflot, Nordwind Airlines, Rossiya, Ikar, Royal Flight and Air France flights as the airport accommodated 112,998 aircraft movements in the first […]

Airport community relief package extended in Hong Kong

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today announced that its relief package for the airport community will extend for another two months to end of October 2020 in view of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic and continuing political unrest in Hong Kong has had a huge impact on traffic at Hong […]

Traffic slowly beginning to rise at Munich Airport

Munich Airport (MUC) continues to slowly grow its route network, with the gateway currently served by 45 airlines operating services to 140 destinations. The combination of returning airlines and routes meant that the airport handled around 1,100 take-offs a week in early August. The German airport believes that the upturn in traffic reflects the desire […]

Miami International Airport welcomes back three international airlines

Miami International Airport began August with a triple shot of new air services, when it welcomed back three more airlines – each of which is serving international routes. Volaris began serving Guadalajara again on August 2 with two weekly flights, Air Europa resumed weekly service from Madrid on August 3, and SWISS returned on August […]

Canadian government to help fund Moose Jaw Municipal Airport upgrade

Saskatchewan’s Moose Jaw Municipal Airport is to receive a C$2.1 million cash injection from the Canadian province and federal government to enhance its airfield and help its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will pay for the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing runway and taxiway, ultimately allowing the gateway to accommodate larger planes, […]

Small airports and LCCs can lead the US’s recovery

As air traffic across the US recovers from the severe and sudden drop in demand as a result of COVID-19, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) – a well-established and growing aviation consultancy – wanted to get a clearer picture of what is happening at airports across the country. Using information from the Transportation Security Administration […]

Asia’s airlines claim more must be done to kick-start international travel

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is urging governments to ease what it claims are “unduly onerous restrictions on international air travel” to re-establish global connectivity with evidence-based measures to safeguard public health. More than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asia Pacific air transport industry notes that it is taking initial steps […]

Speaks volumes

Amsterdam Schiphol is a vital cargo gateway for the Netherlands and has helped keep essential cargo moving across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Justin Burns. Cargo is a vitally important part of the business for Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), which is the main hub for freight into the Netherlands and a key gateway for Europe. […]

Quito can return to handling 50% of its airline traffic from August 1

Quito International Airport has been given the green light for air traffic to return to 50% of its pre-COVID-19 levels from August 1 after successfully proving the effectiveness of its coronavirus prevention measures to Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE). The airport has had permission to handle up to 30% of its usual airline frequencies […]

ACI World data demonstrates economic and social power of aviation

ACI World’s World Airport Traffic Report Dataset covering passenger traffic, cargo volumes, and aircraft movements for 2019 provides a timely reminder of why the world needs a healthy aviation industry. In 2019, the world’s airports accommodated 9.1 billion passengers, 120 million metric tonnes of cargo and more than 102 million aircraft movements while the industry […]

World in motion

ACI World’s external relations manager, Bojana Jeremic, reports on ACI and IATA’s roadmap for the recovery of the aviation industry post COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought airports around the world to a virtual standstill and continues to have a dramatic impact on the wider aviation ecosystem. Most airports are operating at vastly reduced capacity, […]

Foreign carriers return to Dubai International Airport

Today marked another milestone day in Dubai International Airport’s recovery from the COVID-19 as the UAE gateway welcomed the resumption of scheduled operations by foreign carriers. A total of 13 international airlines resumed scheduled flights this week as Dubai, and Dubai International Airport (DXB), effectively opened for business to overseas tourists from July 7. Airlines […]

Virgin Australia flight to Cairns to open Brisbane’s new runway

Virgin Australia will be the first airline to depart on Brisbane’s new runway when it officially opens on Sunday. After eight years of construction and five decades of planning, the new and efficient runway system will provide Brisbane Airport with the greatest runway capacity of any capital city airport in the country. The A$1.1 billion […]

LOT Polish Airlines expands route network out of Budapest

Budapest Airport claims that LOT Polish Airines has shown an “unwavering commitment” to the Hungarian market by launching its 12th and 13th route from Budapest Airport. Increasing the number of new destinations on the airport’s own route map, the Polish airline has commenced weekly services to Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Varna (Bulgaria). Budapest Airport (BUD) notes […]

Road to recovery

Airport World provides a global snapshot of how airports have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and are planning for a brighter future. While passenger traffic has almost ground to a halt across the world, air cargo volumes have soared at many airports in the first four months of 2020 as they handled vital goods and […]

Swedavia boosted by cash injection from Swedish government

Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, has received a SEK3.15 billion cash injection from the government to help it survive the COVID-19 crisis. Swedavia says that the “contribution” from its shareholder, which amounts to around €300,000, will secure the “financial position” of the state owned company. “We welcome our owner’s support in a very difficult situation. Society […]

End of week global passenger traffic highlights

Based on the latest flight data from Flightradar24, here are some end of week aviation recovery highlights courtesy of ICF. The Chinese domestic flights continue to recover gradually (now at -20% vs last year, compared to -40% a month ago). However, signs of nascent recovery in Chinese international flights has stalled at around -70% compared […]

Amsterdam Schiphol still planning to have a ‘Hyperloop’ link

Amsterdam Schiphol today confirmed that it is still looking at introducing a revolutionary ‘Hyperloop’ ground transport link in the future. The new transport system essentially involves pods capable of holding people, freight and cars being transported at super high speeds inside sealed tubes, that theoretically make it possible to travel hundreds of kilometre distances in […]

Struggle goes on for Europe’s airports

ACI Europe reports that Europe’s airports continued to be at an almost complete stand-still during the month of May, with passenger traffic an alarming 98% down on the same period last year. As a result, only 4.3 million passengers travelled through the European network of 500+ airports in May, compared to 216.8 million last year. […]

COVID-19 traffic downturn costing daa €1 million per day

Irish airport operator, daa, today revealed that it is currently losing €1 million per day and has lost an estimated €160 million in turnover so far this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that it has operations in 16 countries and that the global pandemic has affected all of its businesses, “which […]

London City Airport planning to resume operations later this month

Despite the imminent introduction of a mandatory 14-day period of self isolation for all passengers arriving in the UK, London City Airport today announced plans to restart commercial operations from the end of June. With more details to be announced alongside airline partners shortly, it is expected that domestic services to key UK cities and […]

Interstate flight restrictions begin to lift at Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport has announced that passengers are now able to fly without restrictions to Sydney and Melbourne. Head of aviation, Michael Thomson, said that his gateway is open for business, and passengers are safe and secure to fly to and from Melbourne and Sydney for business and leisure. “We are very excited people can now […]

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Brisbane on Thursday

Qatar Airways will resume services to Brisbane Airport this week, the first of three weekly scheduled services from Doha touching down at the Queensland gateway on Thursday. The services will operate under existing bilateral rights until June 30, 2020, with the airline carrying both commercial passengers and freight, providing a critical cargo channel for Australian […]

Dubai’s airports ready for aviation’s slow recovery

Dubai International Airport (DXB) handled 17.8 million passengers in the COVID-19 hit first quarter of 2020, 20% down on the corresponding period a year ago. Compared to other airports, DXB fared quite well, and with Emirates announcing yesterday that it will resume operations to nine major cities on May 21 (Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Melbourne, […]

Heathrow wants quarantine exit plan as traffic plummets

Heathrow Airport is urging the UK government to outline its strategy for exiting the about to be imposed 14-day quarantine period for the bulk of passengers arriving in the country. The airport believes that a clear exit strategy is vital to assist the UK’s ailing aviation industry, which has seen British Airways, Ryanair and Virgin […]

Cargo volumes up in Qatar as Hamad plans for the future

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has become the latest gateway to report an upturn in cargo volumes, Qatar’s hub handling 530,000 tonnes of freight (+4.7%) during the first quarter of 2020. The increase in cargo is partly attributed to Qatar Airways’ and HIA’s continued efforts to provide freighter services in response to the increased demand for […]

Different times

Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison, talks to Joe Bates about a record breaking 2019, a long-awaited new runway, his gateway’s 80th birthday and returning to full operations after COVID-19. Aviation, the global economy and life maybe very much on hold for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is no doubting that when […]

Swedavia reviewing investment programme as traffic slumps

Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, has furloughed 2,100 staff and is reviewing its investment programme in response to the dramatic fall in passenger traffic since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. It notes that although 6.6 million passengers passed through its airports in Q1 2020, traffic has come to a virtual standstill since the second half of […]

Europe looking at ways to restore air connectivity

ACI Europe has today called for full EU co-ordination and alignment on how current restrictions to air travel should be lifted. The call comes as a number of European states have begun to work on the progressive lifting of confinement measures. EU transport Ministers are also due to meet tomorrow to address the challenge of restoring […]

London Stansted to use downtime to refurbish runway

London Stansted Airport is to use the unprecedented grounding of aircraft across the globe as a unique opportunity to move planned overnight runway maintenance works to daytime hours. Stansted’s 3,048 metre runway undergoes full re-surfacing work every 10 to 15 years but, as with other busy airports, regular heavy maintenance also takes place twice a […]

Perishable and pharmaceutical cargo volumes soars at DXB

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has moved quickly to facilitate an increase in the number of cargo operations to increase the volume of perishables and pharmaceuticals. During March 2020, the volume of fruit and vegetables handled at DXB increased by 88.5% (18,164 tonnes) year-on-year, while the volume of pharmaceuticals also increased by 49.4% (12,500 tonnes), driven […]