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Winter Winners & Losers

As sure as the clocks going back at the end of October, what are the seasonal changes to schedules that airlines apply across their networks. Seasonal summer destinations get swapped out for more slippery winter locations whilst some services are quietly dropped, never to appear again. There are inevitably winners and losers but working out who they are can be complex; so, we’ve done it for you!

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Iceland Overheating. Will The Bubble Burst……

There is a history of hub failure, especially when large proportions of the traffic is connecting, low yield and vulnerable to new competitors. Ask Brussels and the sad demise of Sabena, or Budapest and Malev or Swissair and Geneva; it begs the question, is Keflavik set for a reset in its real capacity size?

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What price for a tug when you need one?

Like many of us, I’m not averse to getting a good air fare, especially when it’s for a family holiday. With that in mind, and with a business interest in seeing what it is that Finnair is doing at their Helsinki hub, I chose ‘the fast route’, as Finnair promotes their northern routes, for my recent trip to Singapore. 

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You Might See an Elephant Fly…….

When any airline receives delivery of a new aircraft it’s an exciting time; but when you are a very small airline ranked at 474th in capacity terms according to the CAPA database and you receive a new B787 fresh from the showroom it is a huge deal.

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Joking Aside – Is it time to take The Pledge?

While Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Office at Qatar Airways, suggested that his comment about how his challenging job needed to be done by a man was a joke taken out of context, there’ll be many women in aviation – and outside – who failed to see the funny side. Me included.

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Cape Town - Open for Business

On the way to the departure lounge at Cape Town Airport you pass this advertisement for inward investment. This advert is just one very public demonstration of the focus of Cape Town Air Access, the multi-stakeholder team which is achieving considerable success in attracting new air services.

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China’s Love for Europe!

The excellent Second China – Europe Aviation Summit, hosted by the Institute for Aviation Research (IAR), has just finished in Beijing and one thing was very clear - the Chinese Airlines and travellers love Europe.

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China – The Fastest & Most Complex Market

In three years' time, China is likely to be the largest aviation market in the world. In the last year new scheduled services have been launched to markets across Europe and more will follow as the desire for outbound travel grows further. Potentially every major city in Europe should have a connection to China; but it's not quite that simple.

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League Leaders Changing

There are many parallels between the beautiful game and aviation, not least that some global airlines sponsor top teams in many of the major leagues across Europe. As football evolves so does the airline industry and we’re taking a light-hearted look at how those parallels shape up as the Premier League season draws to its conclusion.

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A Chilly Wind as Oil Demand Picks Up

A few days of chilly weather, an increase in political tension or a short-term production issue frequently leads to a spike in the price of oil as the world panics at the thought of shortages. In the last few years the relatively low price of oil has given the aviation industry a welcome boost with market prices of around US$50 a barrel, in part accounting for some exceptional levels of profit for the industry.

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Istanbul Builds Connecting Capacity

Forwardkeys, which provides analysis on airline bookings, recently reported seeing a sharp uptake in bookings with a stopover at Istanbul Airport and a decline in passengers booking via Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier. Was this the start of a positive trend for Istanbul Airport, and a welcome development in the light of the new airport opening later this year?

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