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SriLankan Airlines: flights from Colombo will stop in Paris and Frankfurt

Since December 18, 2022, the national airline of the Asian island state has again been operating nonstop flights between Frankfurt and Colombo three times a week. This also secures connections to the Maldives and from the summer flight schedule you can fly to Bangkok again, she explained recently.

But for the summer, SriLankan Airlines is merging two European destinations. From April 5, it will serve Frankfurt and Paris in a triangle: Colombo – Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Frankfurt – Colombo. The route is served by the carrier three times a week by Airbus A330-300. Colombo from 4:15 a.m. to Paris 11:45 a.m. and from 1:20 p.m. to Frankfurt 2:25 p.m. This is reported by the portal Aero Routes.

Fiumicino versus Barajas: the takeover of ITA by Lufthansa worries Madrid…

The takeover of Air Europa by Iberia has a very specific objective: to strengthen the Barajas hub as an access point to the Mediterranean. But in the meantime, something has happened that could put a stop to the plans of the Spaniards, the takeover of ITA by Lufthansa.

The transfer of part of the Italian company to the Germans (prelude to a more substantial operation) puts both Madrid airport and the two Spanish companies on alert. Their fear, as reported by the professional site preferente.comis that the alliance between ITA and LH strengthens Fiumicino by making it the main gateway to Europe for the markets of Asia, America and Africa.

In this scenario, Madrid Barajas would concentrate intercontinental traffic almost exclusively on Latin America and therefore the relevance of the Spain brand would decrease in other markets.

At Swiss, sparkling wine instead of champagne

These days, and in the weeks to come, we will not be receiving Duval-Leroy Cuvée Brut Réserve from the Swiss transporter. Instead of champagne, Swiss will serve a sparkling wine, Baccarat Brut Blanc de Blancs, from the Swiss manufacturer The Cellar of Geneva. It has received several awards, but costs less than half of what has been served before.

Spanish airports: stop checks on liquids and computers

Like the procedure currently under study at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, Spanish airports are also preparing to say goodbye to tedious bans on the transport of objects in aircraft cabins.

Thanks to the new control systems, at the end of this year or even the beginning of next year, the country’s airports will be able to allow passengers to take with them an unlimited amount of liquid products, as well as a cessation of controls on computers laptops.

Singapore Airlines: less prawns and more chicken

In Asian cuisine, prawns are a popular ingredient in curries, salads, and pasta dishes like pad thai. But they are also significantly more expensive than the other animal proteins available. And in the near future, many travelers from Singapore will be less likely to find them in airline meals.

The reason: Singapore Changi Airport’s largest catering service provider, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), is replacing shrimp with chicken on menus more frequently to cut costs.

Air France: the protected company

The European Commission announces that it has authorized a French aid measure of a maximum amount of 1.4 billion euros in favor of Air France, considering that it is in line with EU rules on aid. ‘State. This measure aims to compensate the airline for damage suffered between March 17 and June 30, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the virus.

This measure follows €7 billion of liquidity support for Air France, authorized by the Commission on May 4, 2020 and (ii) a €4 billion measure aimed at recapitalizing the airline, authorized by the Commission on 6 April 2021.

airBaltic: Tenerife, Dubai and Paris…

airBaltic announced that its main January destinations from Riga were Tenerife, Dubai and Paris.

Additionally, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo and Helsinki continue to be among the company’s most popular routes. Currently, we are living in a favorable situation, where the presence of the pandemic no longer limits the possibilities of travel, and an increasing number of passengers are already planning their trips up to two months in advance or more”, says Martin Gauss, CEO of ‘airBaltic.

“Traditionally at this time of year we can see much higher demand for warm and sunny leisure destinations, but beautiful European cities are also frequently visited. Our top January destinations demonstrate the diversity of the airBaltic route network, as well as the appeal of affordable fares, excellent service and convenient connections from Riga”

Air France continues to eye TAP Air Portugal

Benjamin Smith, the CEO of Air France KLM, admitted the group’s interest in TAP Air Portugal, in particular because of the attractiveness of the Portuguese airline’s powerful connection network with Brazil. Smith, who held a press conference in Paris to report on the strong financial results for 2022, pointed out that TAP’s network with Brazil appears “extremely powerful”.

Iran is launching a new airline with Western planes whose provenance is unknown…

On Friday, February 17, Iran’s Tourism Ministry announced the launch of Yazd Air, a private airline that will be based in Yazd, a city 620 kilometers south of Tehran.

It is striking to note that, despite the severe sanctions that the West has imposed on Iranian commercial aviation, the projects of new airlines proliferate and they never run out of aircraft…

Earlier this year, Iran purchased through a highly suspicious triangulation with Burkina Faso four Airbus A340s that previously operated for Turkish Airlines.

The long list of sanctions that impact Iranian aviation is not exhausted by the ban on buying directly from Boeing, Embraer or Airbus, for example: through different laws, those who collaborate for the regime in order to obtain spare parts or used aircraft are also subject to legal action. persecution.

However, in many cases, the West tends to turn a blind eye to the country’s commercial aviation because ultimately the most affected will be the passengers, who will have to risk flying on poorly maintained or at least questionable planes…

Finally… Nouvelair in Bordeaux?

Nouvelair… a new line between Tunisia and Bordeaux? Plus a Paris-Sfax from April 2023?

Another very interesting file which allows you to stay up to date with the news of the air world. Thank you Airlines and Destinations. And then we say to ourselves that we still had a good time.. We feasted in flight, we drank real and good champagne.. But hey, times change.. The time is for savings in all areas.

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