Air traffic in France returns to normal
Last December, air traffic in France returned to 94% of its December 2019 level. And the recovery momentum is continuing at the start of the year, according to the president of Fnam, suggesting a return to normal this year.
A LOT check-in employee forced a violinist to put his Stradivarius in the hold. The precious violin from 1685 is estimated at nearly 5 million euros and it belongs to the Polish state. Faced with the intolerance of the company staff, the violinist then decided to return home by coach, an 8-hour trip paid for out of pocket, while the LOT had refused, at first, to reimburse his unused plane ticket.
A new lounge at Doha airport
Travelers accustomed to frequenting Hamad International Airport are no doubt accustomed to the superb Business Lounge offered by Qatar Airways to its premium passengers, the Al Murjan lounge. The excellence of the products on the ground available in Doha is such that First passengers (and Platinum members inserted in the Privilege Club) have access to the incomparable Al Safwa lounge. But it is rumored that Qatar Airways will soon be planning to unveil its new Business lounge located in the new Orchard extension. It’s still a secret…
And reopens its lounge at CDG
Great news for airline passengers at the Oryx! The company has decided to reopen the premium lounge of Qatar Airways at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. With an area of more than 1,000 square meters, comprising two spaces loungethis space has the capacity to accommodate up to 200 passengers.
Dubai airport comes a long way
Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, is back on track after handling 66 million passengers in 2022. It is expected to handle up to 73 million this year.
“Forcing payment by card is not legal”
So insisted the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU), an entity that filed a complaint against eight Spanish airlines for not accepting cash payments on their flights. The companies sued are Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Europa, Iberojet, Plus Ultra, Volotea, Wamos Air And World2fly .
The complaint was filed with the General Directorates for Consumer Affairs of the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Madrid. From the OCU they remember that the General Law for the Defense of Consumers and Users was amended precisely to consider the non-acceptance of cash payments as an offence. This new regulation came into effect in May 2022.
Cathay Pacific opens new salon in Tokyo Narita
Cathay Pacific continues to reinvigorate its global salon network with the return of its Tokyo Narita salon. It is now in a new location. Cathay took over the former American Airlines Admirals Club, which the US carrier closed in early 2020 when all of its flights moved to Tokyo Haneda.
Private Aviation supports Formula 1
VistaJet is celebrating its fifth year as a Scuderia Ferrari partner for the 2023 Formula 1 season. Bahrain on March 5.
IAG focuses on taking over Air Europa, but also eyeing TAP
International Airlines Group (IAG) declined to comment on media speculation that it views the upcoming reprivatization process of Tap Air Portugal as a possible ‘plan B’ if the proposed acquisition of Air Europa is not approved. by the European Commission. “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”