What’s new in air transport as of March 29

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WestJet : From April 14, 3 direct flights per week connect Paris CDG and Calgary YYC, and from May 25 these connections become daily. What a great opportunity to fly to a destination where a change of scenery is in order! WestJet is more than 700 flights per day and with a fleet of more than 180 aircraft

London Southend Airport continues to make the rounds in several target destinations and has recently set its sights on a previously well-established London market. Serving more than half a million passengers between 2013 and 2020, the French municipality of Dinard has earned its place among London airports as a proven and profitable destination choice for airlines.

However, there are currently no regular services from London to the Emerald Coast resort, which hosts prestigious events such as the Dinard British Film Festival and attracts a variety of famous visitors and residents.

Strikes in France : This is one of the professions mobilized against the pension reform. Air traffic controllers are on strike. This Tuesday, March 28, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) asked airlines to reduce the number of flights for the days of Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March 2023.

“Cancellations and delays are to be expected”, warns the DGAC, which announces disruptions at Paris-Orly, Marseille and Toulouse, Thursday, as well as at Paris-Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes, Friday.

Strikes in Germany : as in France, the unions are protesting. A major strike by the Verdi and EVG unions in trains, buses and airports began on Monday evening March 27. With a 24-hour labor dispute, they largely paralyzed public transport in many parts of Germany and thus increased the pressure on employers in collective bargaining.

Millions of commuters and travelers have been affected. Local public transport is on strike in seven federal states, as are airports and regional and long-distance rail transport nationwide.

ITA Airways : As part of the celebrations of the “millionth” member and the first anniversary of its loyalty program, ITA Airways is launching two major communication campaigns dedicated to VOLARE in Italy, France and the United States. The “Exclusive Club” digital poster campaign is running until April 10 on the main web platforms in Italy, France – with a focus on the Paris region – and North America, with a focus on New York. In Italy, the campaign will also feature large digital billboards in strategic areas of Rome and Milan.

Delta Airlines : Delta Air Lines has just resumed service between Nice and New York. The Nice-Côte d’Azur airport and Delta teams welcomed the first flight of the season from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at 8:15 a.m. on March 26.

ITA Airways : From June 1, and throughout the 2023 summer season, the company is improving its offer for the French market, by adding additional frequencies on its Charles de Gaulle – Rome Fiumicino and Nice – Rome Fiumicino routes. With more daily flights from Paris and Nice at the height of

Summer 2023, ITA Airways will operate up to 92 weekly frequencies and up to 14 daily return flights between the two countries, with connections through the Rome Fiumicino hub to the Company’s 64 global destinations, including 10 destinations intercontinental as well as numerous Mediterranean destinations.

Air France confirmed the cessation of its seasonal flights between Paris and Belgrade. The carrier had initially planned to maintain two weekly rotations between the two capitals this summer for a month and a half, between July and the end of August, with a mix of Embraer E170 and E190 aircraft. The airline has secured a codeshare partnership with Air Serbia. At this point, the Serbian carrier has scheduled two daily flights to the French capital this summer, although its CEO, Jiri Marek, recently noted in an interview that the carrier is considering increasing Paris to eighteen weekly flights. even three daily flights.

SkyTeam, was named “Alliance of the Year” at this year’s Air Transport Awards. Held in Montreal on Sunday, March 19, the annual awards are the only international awards that recognize all major airline industry categories. This is the third time SkyTeam has been ranked as the number one alliance and the accolade comes the same month SkyTeam officially welcomed new member Virgin Atlantic.

Croatia Airlines : from its main hub in Zagreb, the airline does not plan to add new routes, but it will maintain pre-pandemic frequency levels on services to Amsterdam, Brussels, London Heathrow, Paris, Rome, Sarajevo, Tel Aviv and Zürich.

Air-India : Air India is investing billions in its staff and fleet and wants to grow from struggling state airline to one of the best airlines in the world. Air India recently ordered 470 new planes, which need to be filled. “We will place these (long-haul aircraft) in strategically important markets,” says Sumeet Gosain, head of international sales. For him, this includes the key markets of the United States and Europe. In both markets, existing destinations are to be served more often, and new ones are also planned

Air Transat : is proud to announce the return of its “Train + Air” offer, a service combining plane and train in partnership with the SNCF.

Remember that this service allows you to combine a TGV trip departing from 18 French cities and Brussels with a flight departing from Paris to Canada.

The “Train + Air” offer is available now for bookings made through GDS and will be available in the coming days on the Air Transat website for travel starting March 27, 2023.

New ! The travel experience is now fully digital. Travelers can now board their train directly by showing their e-ticket, which they can download via the AccesRail website.

Air Tahiti Nui : will operate its new link from Papeete to Paris-CDG via Seattle-Tacoma all year round.

After the inauguration of the Papeete – Seattle route on October 4 and the announcement of an extension to Paris of the bi-weekly service for the Summer 2023 period, Air Tahiti Nui is delighted to announce the extension of the Papeete route – Paris via Seattle for the next IATA Winter season.

From June 12, 2023, this new service to and from Paris will be coupled with the five rotations scheduled via Los Angeles, allowing Air Tahiti Nui to offer a total of seven flights per week between Paris and Papeete from June to September 2023.

UK airports : The UK Government today announced it is continuing its review of night flying policy with further consultation on noise targets for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.

It says the review will ensure that flight operations at these airports are managed in such a way that the negative impacts of night flights on local residents do not outweigh the positive benefits they bring to the economy at the national level. wider.

The government notes that planes are getting quieter as technology advances and it expects this trend to continue.

Drivers : Pilot representatives from the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations (IFALPA), the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) have pledged to take action to protect passengers and counter an aggressive corporate-led lobbying campaign targeting regulators around the world, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Pilots want to be at least two in the cockpit

Norse Atlantic Airways marks a new era in affordable transatlantic travel between France and the United States with the celebration of its inaugural flight from Paris, Charles de Gaulle to New York JFK and JFK to Paris. Daily direct service began on March 26, 2023, providing customers with quality service on board modern Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Flights from Paris to New York will join services from Oslo and Berlin and land at JFK’s modern and spacious Terminal 7.

Brussels Airport has officially entered the summer season with its traditional sun destinations but also with several new ones. This summer, no less than 175 direct destinations are served from Brussels Airport by 58 airlines, including nine new destinations in Europe and beyond: Toronto (Canada), Billund (Denmark), Seville (Spain), Kayseri (Turkey) and Monastir (Tunisia). ), as well as Bejaia, Constantine, Oran and Tlemcen (Algeria)

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, landed in Kolkata last night as the airline made its much-anticipated return to the city. With a total of seven weekly non-stop flights, the airline will once again connect India’s financial capital, Kolkata, to the world via Abu Dhabi.

India will not increase air traffic quotas for Gulf states and instead wants Indian carriers to provide more international air bridges, local aerospace companies to increase production and soon finalize rules to protect lessor rights to repossess the planes, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said.

It was reacting to pressure from the United Arab Emirates and Jazeera Airways in Kuwait to allow more capacity to India and secondary routes in one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, where the demand for air travel exceeds the supply of planes, but where the bulk of international traffic is provided by foreign airlines with efficient hubs.

Cebu-Pacific in the Philippines is planning 15 new planes in 2023. The chairman and owner of Cebu Pacific Air said it will spend about $650 million on new planes this year. Lance Gokongwei said the airline’s total fleet would grow by six planes in 2023 to 76, a growth rate he called strategic and necessary.

Saudia Group, made up of Saudi Arabian Airlines and low-cost airline Flyadeal, announced the launch of 25 new routes this summer, two of which are Sarajevo and Tivat. The pair will be operated by Saudia’s low-cost Flyadeal unit from the Kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, on a seasonal basis. Tickets should go on sale soon.

Emirates : Bali continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in our network and strategic markets in Southeast Asia, and the debut of the Emirates A380 in Indonesia underscores our long-standing commitment to its travel and tourism sector. We look forward to driving more inbound traffic to the island, while providing leisure and business travelers with more opportunities to connect in Dubai.

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