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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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Airports designed for Designers by Designers. Has the market moved on? John Grant, Partner at MIDAS Aviation Comments...

The recent Designcurial article on the best airports in the world highlights a major challenge that architects and builders have in developing new airport terminals. Amongst the award winners are a mix of established hubs such as Amsterdam, Madrid and Singapore and emergent airport facilities such as Baku and Marrakech. But from an airline industry perspective are these designs just ego trips that have missed how the market is changing?

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Wow, India's Long-Haul Market Is About To Heat Up...

Air India’s privatisation continues to progress although at such a slow rate that both existing and potential new market entrants must be delighted. The rapid growth and development of the domestic market has received much attention in recent months and rightly so; but for Air India the real worry is more around the looming arrival of long-haul low-cost services to the market.

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More Norwegian Than You Think

When you already operate 144 aircraft, have outstanding orders for another 217 aircraft of which 38 will be delivered in 2018 and a further 112 by the end of 2020, then you clearly have an optimistic outlook on future demand.

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Qatar coping in a changing world

Since the decision on June 5th 2017 by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to bar Qatari registered aircraft from their airspace, there has – inevitably – been considerable impact on Qatari air traffic. With preliminary traffic data now available with OAG until October 2017 it’s possible to see what the size of the hit has been, and how Qatar is adapting.

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Slots Represent No Gamble for British Airways

Despite interest from others it seems that British Airways, or more accurately IAG, offered the highest price for the Monarch slots at London Gatwick and have rapidly acquired a useful set of new slots for the Summer 2018 season. But do they represent a gamble by BA?

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