Cerda calls on Caribbean to address excessive aviation taxes

Excessive taxes across the Caribbean aviation industry are counter-productive, according to Peter Cerda, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Vice President, The Americas. «While there is no denying the budgetary challenges facing many governments in the region, imposing heavy fees and taxes on aviation and air travel negatively affects levels of tourism and business travel—the […]

EyesOpen campaign aimed at human trafficking in the aviation industry

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is continuing efforts to mobilise the global airline industry in the fight against human trafficking, the organisation said at its recent 74th annual general meeting in Sydney. Staff in the transport industry can play a key role in helping to combat the problem, it said. Iata"™s EyesOpen campaign focuses […]

IATA Airlines Financial Monitor – May 2018

We are pleased to send you herewith the May report of the Airlines Financial Monitor. Key points: The latest airline financial data continue to show that industry profitability improved in Q1 2018 relative to the same period a year ago. The pick-up in industry-level performance was driven by a turnaround for European airlines. Nonetheless, investor […]

Spirit Airlines will be first ‘ultra low-cost’ carrier in u.s. to offer wi-fi

Spirit Airlines is introducing a new fee, but it’s for an option the carrier thinks customers will be happy about: in-flight Wi-Fi. Spirit announced Friday that it will become the first North American no-frills "ultra low-cost carrier" to add that capability, unveiling an aggressive plan to equip its entire fleet of about 120 planes with […]

Brussels Airlines bolsters leadership structure, appoints new CEO and COO

As part of its initiative to accomplish strategic business objectives, the board of directors of Brussels Airlines recently announced new leadership structure and appointments. Christina Foerster has been appointed as chief executive officer along with Thibault Demoulin as chief operating officer of the Brussels Airlines from April 1. "I am pleased that Christina Foerster has […]

Azul is the most on-time airline in Brazil and the most on-time LCC in the Americas

Azul Brazilian Airlines is the most on-time airline in Brazil and the most on-time low cost carrier (LCC) in the Americas. As reported in the official OAG worldwide airline punctuality rankings, 84.14% of Azul flights arrived within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of their scheduled arrival time. This on-time metric also makes Azul the fifth […]

Demand and capacity recovering nicely after hurricanes, says IATA November report

IATA has released its November Airlines Financial Monitor report, and has found increases in both demand and capacity across the industry. Year-on-year growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose to a robust 7.2% in October, up from 6.0% the month before. As expected, passenger volumes recovered in October following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in […]

Citi Adds Avianca LifeMiles to Growing Suite of ThankYou® Points Transfer Partners

Today Citi announced that eligible US cardmembers can now transfer ThankYou Points to Avianca LifeMiles at a rate of one-to-one. As a member of Star Alliance, LifeMiles are redeemable throughout the Star Alliance network as well as on Avianca flights. Citi cardmembers that participate in ThankYou Rewards now have more options when it comes to […]

IATA Calls for Valuable Lessons to be learnt from PED Ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for aviation security to be further strengthened by addressing four key areas; (1) closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures, (2) the universal application of global standards, (3) better information-sharing among governments and with industry, and (4) the efficient implementation of new and existing […]

Boeing VP Robinson-Berry Receives Aerospace Achievement Award

Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing [NYSE: BA] South Carolina, received the 2017 Achievement Award at Women in Aerospace’s annual awards ceremony last night. «We are incredibly proud of Joan and the recognition she is receiving for her positive contributions to our industry,» said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial […]