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August 24 2022



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Europe’s Aviation Capacity Records 89% Of 2019 Levels

Europe’s capacity recovery as a percentage of 2019 levels has broken out of its narrow 13-week range of 86%-87%, reaching close to 89%. This is the closest to 2019 capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic. Europe’s total seat capacity is at 88.6% in the week commencing 22-Aug-2022, which is a shortfall of 11.4% against the equivalent week in 2019. Europe remains fourth in the regional ranking, above Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Projected capacity for Q4-2022 has also increased, rising from 86% to 88% over the past two weeks.

Breaking Travel News | Related European aviation moves into the post-pandemic era - Centre For Aviation



NZ Airline Sounds Air Releases 'All-You-Can-Fly' Tickets

New Zealand regional carrier Sounds Air is releasing $799 all-you-can-fly tickets, giving purchasers three months to travel as often as they like with the airline. The airline is offering 1000 of the passes from Tuesday morning, for travel between September 1 and November 30. It flies to nine destinations from Blenheim, Christchurch, Nelson, Paraparaumu, Picton, Taupō, Wānaka, Wellington and Westport. Sounds Air GM Andrew Crawford said the country was past Omicron and Covid-19, and people wanted to get "out there" again.

NZ Herald | Related Sounds Air to Enhance Global Distribution with Amadeus Travel Platform - Travel News Asia



Portuguese Airline TAP Results Better Than Foreseen In Restructuring

Portuguese airline TAP’s results in the first half of 2022 are better than what was foreseen in the company’s restructuring plan. TAP SA’s losses fell in the first half of this year to €202.1 million, compared to a negative figure of €493.1 million in the same period last year. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, the airline recorded a 37.2% reduction in losses, to a negative result of €80.4 million, compared to €128.1 million in the same period last year.

Euractiv | Related TAP Air Portugal's Revenues Now Sit Just 1% Below Pre-COVID Levels - Simple Flying



Southwest To Implement ATPCO’s Express Contracts And Routehappy Solutions

Southwest Airlines announced a multi-year agreement today with ATPCO to implement Express Contracts, a corporate contract automation tool. Express Contracts streamlines the implementation of negotiated contracts between an airline and its corporate partners, enabling contracts to get to market in a matter of hours. This includes integration of ancillary offerings into the contract. The companies also announced an agreement to integrate ATPCO’s Routehappy solution. ATPCO’s Routehappy content brings unique airline fares, products, and services to life with messaging, images, videos, and cabin tours that can be highly targeted by aircraft, route, time of day, and more.

Paxex.Aero | Related ATPCO To Sunset NDC Exchange This Year - The Beat



Transport Sector Carbon Emissions Increase 7% Between 1990 And 2020

According to the European Office for Statistics, Eurostat, the only greenhouse gas emissions of the source sector to show a positive result was transport, indicating more carbon was produced in this sector. This indicates that an increase of 50 million tons of carbon dioxide occurred in transport from 1990 to 2020. The EU managed to decrease gas emissions by 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide in the last two decades. The energy industries recorded the biggest reduction of CO2, representing a drop of 657 million tons in emissions, with these energy industries mainly producing electricity, heat and derived fuels.

Schengenvisa | Related EU economy greenhouse gases still below pre-COVID levels - Eurostat



London Gatwick Airport Scraps Capacity Caps

While Amsterdam Schiphol and London Heathrow will keep caps until the winter season, Gatwick Airport has announced it will lift restrictions by the end of August. Gatwick has hired about 400 additional security staff to help address labor shortages and is now upgrading its full-year passenger estimate to 32.8 million. The airport hailed this as a return to “business as usual” – before promptly canceling another 26 flights. The airport also said it had made a profit after tax in the first half of the year of £50.6m, a turnaround on a £244.6m loss in the same period last year.

Simple Flying | Related London Gatwick Airport records GBP50.6m net profit - Centre For Aviation



New Lagos Airport Terminal To Handle 14m Passengers Per Year

The Federal Government says the newly completed Terminal Two of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos has the capacity to process 14 million passengers per annum.  The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Monday in Lagos while inspecting the terminal and its state-of-the art facilities and fittings. Addressing the newsmen, the minister clarified that the new international terminal was not built to replace Terminal One but to complement it. He also said that over 10,000 direct and indirect job opportunities had been created in the new terminal.

Vanguard | Related Nigeria Seeks $5 Billion To Fix Airport Infrastructure Gap - Simple Flying




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Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.


Director of Business Development, Technical Products and Services - Spafax

Spafax operates as a supplier and partner in the airline industry of inflight entertainment, media and content. Clients include large airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and many more, where it delivers a wide variety of content solutions, media sales and digital services to them Spafax is now recruiting for a Director of Business Development, based in London.  For more details on this role, click here.


> Quote of the Day

"As we continue evolving our business travel distribution strategy, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to improve efficiencies, remove friction, and continue our mission of making it easier to do business with Southwest Airlines."

Rob Brown, Senior Director, distribution and services at Southwest Airlines
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