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Dutch Government presses ahead with Schiphol flight cap as airlines protest

The Dutch Government is moving forward with plans to cap the number of flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, aimed at reducing noise pollution and addressing environmental concerns. The cap will limit flights to 452,500 per year, representing a 9.5% reduction from 2019 levels, a slightly lower figure than initially proposed. This has been met with opposition from the industry, which argues that it will harm business. Environmental groups and the airport itself support the measure. Airlines are appealing the ban in court, and IATA has called on the Dutch government to reconsider, expressing concerns about potential consequences for trade relations and employment. The U.S. Department of Transport also raised concerns about the cap.    

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Controversial Schiphol Flight Cuts Must Not Be Pushed Through by a Caretaker Government - IATA

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Abu Dhabi Airport to open 742,000m2 Terminal A

Abu Dhabi International Airport is set to open Terminal A, spanning 742,000 square meters in early November 2023. This new terminal will significantly boost the airport's passenger and cargo capacity, accommodating up to 45 million travelers annually, with room for 79 aircraft simultaneously. Terminal A features cutting-edge technologies, including interconnected biometric systems for a seamless, digitalized journey from check-in to boarding. Sustainability is a key focus, with energy-efficient lighting, advanced HVAC systems, and the installation of a solar photovoltaic system, saving nearly 5,300 tons of CO2 annually. The terminal also offers lounges, relaxation zones, spa facilities, and a wide array of retail and dining options for travelers.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related

Abu Dhabi Airport Will Finally Open $3 Billion Midfield Terminal in November, Seven Years After it Was Originally Slated to Open - Paddle Your Own Canoe

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Monarch revival in doubt as funding runs out

Efforts to resurrect Monarch Airlines in the UK have hit a major roadblock, with the relaunch abruptly halted due to rapidly depleting start-up funding. The board of the airline cited exhaustion of funds as the reason for suspending the revival process, leaving no immediate path forward. They are now exploring alternatives, including partial share capital divestment. This setback comes just weeks after the brand's revival was announced, with plans to operate a small fleet of Airbus A320-family jets by mid-2024. Monarch Airlines, once a staple in UK leisure markets, collapsed in 2017, transitioning from charter flights to scheduled services before its demise.

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Monarch Airlines' Relaunch Has Hit A Snag - Simple Flying

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Panasonic tackles charging anxiety with its own USB-C for Astrova IFE

Panasonic Avionics is addressing charging anxiety with its own USB-C charging solution integrated into its Astrova modular inflight entertainment (IFE) system. The USB-C charging offers a guaranteed 67 watts of direct current (DC) output and up to 100 watts of power. This move aligns with the upcoming European Union law mandating USB-C as a common port for small devices and laptops. The USB-C ports on Astrova also provide fast charging for the latest laptops from brands like Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Panasonic's flexible Astrova system allows for easy upgrades as standards evolve without changing the entire IFE system.

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SAUDIA to create fully immersive experience with Panasonic Avionics’ Astrova IFEC solution - Future Travel Experience

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Avinor and Vanderlande form innovation partnership to explore last-mile baggage automation

Avinor and Vanderlande – both members of the FTE Baggage Innovation Working Group – have formed an innovation partnership to explore ways of fully automating the last mile of the baggage handling process. Vanderlande will supply two innovative solutions – BAGLOAD for integrated robot loading and FLEET Batch for the transportation of ULDs. These solutions will be trialled at Oslo Airport. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to enhance the efficiency and reliability of baggage handling, benefiting the airport industry as a whole.

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Avinor forms ‘innovation partnership’ with Vanderlande - Airport World

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Norse Atlantic says it expects to be profitable for Summer 2023

Oslo-based Norse Atlantic Airways claims it's achieving $422 in revenue per passenger and anticipates turning a profit during the busy 2023 summer season. Despite the usual challenges of the quieter winter season, CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen is confident in making Norse Atlantic what he calls  "the first truly low-cost profitable long-haul airline." The airline utilizes former Norwegian Dreamliners, aiming to benefit from their fuel efficiency. Norse Atlantic has seen improved passenger load factors, with the load factor reaching 85% in July. Larsen expects the third quarter of 2023 to mark their first profitable financial quarter, attributing their success to affordable fares on established routes. Ancillary sales also contribute significantly to revenue.

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Airline doubles its order for pioneering hybrid aircraft

Sustainable aircraft technology company, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), has inked a deal to double its production of Airlander 10 airships for Air Nostrum Group, encompassing Hibernian Airlines in Ireland, Mel Air in Malta, as well as Air Nostrum in Spain. Initially, Air Nostrum had reserved 10 Airlander 10s with 100-passenger capacity. Now, they've expanded the agreement to include an additional 10 Airlanders, paving the way for the Airlander network to expand from Spain into the Mediterranean region. The first Airlander 10 services are planned within five years, and discussions are underway for potential routes including connections between Malta, Sicily, Italy, Tunisia, and Libya.

The Business Desk | Related Hybrid Air Vehicles secures more orders for Airlander 10 - Aerospace Testing International

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“As Abu Dhabi’s new gateway to the world, Terminal A is an embodiment of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to support the emirate’s sustainable economic development."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports
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