Canada’s Caribbean Travel Ban Will Cost Jamaica Nearly Half A Billion Dollars

Canada’s ban on travel to the Caribbean will deliver a massive blow to Jamaica’s economy, with nearly half a billion dollars in tourism revenue to be lost. This is according to the island’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. On January 29, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved to suspend all flights to the Caribbean and […]

2020 Worst Year in History for Air Travel Demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December. International passenger demand in […]

US President Biden signs order mandating masks on aircraft

The new US administration of President Joe Biden is requiring face coverings be worn on flights for the next 100 days, in a more rigorous attempt to contain exploding coronavirus case counts across the country. On 20 January, Biden signed an executive order called the “100 Days Masking Challenge,” which requires face masks to be […]

Delta Air Lines Adding Flights Between Los Angeles and Omaha

Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it would be launching flights between Los Angeles and Omaha this fall. The new daily service between Los Angeles International Airport and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska will debut November 10, and will be operated by Compass Airlines using a 76-seat E-175 aircraft with 12 First Class, 20 Delta Comfort+ […]

Airline to launch new direct US-China flights

Delta Air Lines, an Atlanta-based major US carrier, said it is confident on the long-term growth potential of Sino-US aviation market and will continue to launch new flights, spurred by robust demand, despite the overcapacity of the market and the ongoing Sino-US trade dispute. In 2020, Delta plans to launch direct flights between Shanghai and […]

Panama City Tocumen aims for terminal opening in January

Panama City Tocumen International airport aims to open a new terminal in January, after at least a year-long delay. «We’ll be able to inaugurate the terminal in January, with it fully operating by mid-year,» says Claudio Dutary, airport operations manager for the airport, at the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Panama City. Copa Airlines will […]

Cathay Pacific: plenty to look forward to in the Americas

Fred Ruggiero, vice-president cargo, Americas for Cathay Pacific, has reported on a “very strong year in the Americas so far” for the Hong Kong-headquartered carrier. “Our monthly network performance has continued to grow from last year’s base and July was a particularly strong month for transhipment volumes from the US via Hong Kong,” he observed. […]

Canada’s Flair Airlines plans 11 US flights

Flair to move Ontario operations to Toronto, plans transborder flights Edmonton-based independent ultra-LCC Flair Airlines stepped up its competition with the Canadian majors’ subsidiary LCCs Aug. 20 by announcing 11 new nonstop transborder US flights for the upcoming winter season. New nonstop routes out of Flair’s Edmonton International Airport (YEG) hub include Las Vegas McCarran […]

Travelport: Over half of business travelers willing to pay for extras

A Travelport study has revealed that 55% of US business travelers are willing to pay for travel upgrades out of their own pocket and 80% prefer to have direct control over their plans. While the majority of those surveyed would use their own money or loyalty points to pay for airline seat, hotel, car hire […]