China’s Tianfu Airport completes first test flights

Tianfu Airport, an international airport under construction in the central Chinese province of Sichuan, has completed its first test flights. Major Chinese airlines Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, Chengdu Airlines and Sichuan Airlines all brought their signature aircraft to test out at the new airport. Air China flew its Boeing 747-8, China […]

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La Nova: another Swiss start-up?

After Air Ticino, which has not yet started operations, could Geneva-based start-up La Nova be the solution to a rather poor last decade for the Swiss aviation industry? This year, we saw Swiss start-up Fly Bair begin operations this July, but it’s main route network, which consisted of flights from Swiss capital Bern to different […]

Berlin Brandenburg Airport has opened

After decades of administrative blabber and construction problems, Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally opened on Saturday. 2 A320neos from Easyjet and Lufthansa received a water salute in front of Terminal 1. The 1st flight took place the next day to London Gatwick Airport, operated by Easyjet. Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, announced at the […]

Norwegian to sell 2 Boeing 787s to Neos

Norwegian Air Shuttle is to sell 2 of its Boeing 787-9s to Italian leisure airline Neos. They will replace the 2 Boeing 767s that Neos has recently returned to their lessors. The 2 Boeing 787s (respectively registered LN-LNX and LN-LNT) are part of Norwegian Air Shuttle’s subsidiary Norwegian Long Haul’s fleet and are currently stored […]

Easyjet to close base at Ljubljana Airport

Easyjet will temporarily close its base at Ljubljana Airport (Slovenia’s capital) at the beginning of this winter season. It only operates to 2 destinations from the airport: London Gatwick and Berlin Schönefeld. Flights from Ljubljana to Gatwick will be suspended on the 23rd of October whereas flights between Lubljana and Berlin have already been suspended […]

Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft 6Y-JME for Air Jamaica, CF-TJA for Trans-Canada Airlines and Air Canada and OB-R-1205 for Aeronaves del Peru. This Douglas DC-8-40 was first delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines in September 1960 from Douglas’ Long Beach assembly unit. Trans-Canada Airlines only operated Douglas DC-8s. After Trans-Canada Airlines ceased operations (and was renamed Air Canada) in June 1964, […]

Ryanair could close its Cork and Shannon bases

Ryanair has announced that it will close its Cork and Shannon bases on the 26th of October if the Irish government fails to adopt the EU Travel List allowing flights to and from Green and Amber areas (areas that are not or partially affected by the coronavirus) to take place without restrictions. The LCC has […]

Must read 200th post: Berlin-Brandenburg’s Terminal 2 to remain closed at airport’s opening

Only 5 weeks away from Berlin-Brandenburg Airport’s opening, the airport’s operator, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB), has announced that Berlin-Brandenburg’s Terminal 2 will remain closed until Summer 2021. This is due to the major decrease in number of passengers flying in and out of Germany. The airport will be inaugurated on the 31st of October […]

Ryanair to open new base at Paris Beauvais

Ryanair has announced that it will establish a new base at Paris Beauvais Airport from the 3rd of December 2020. It will base 2 aircraft (an investment of $200 million) at the airport and will begin 2 new routes from the airport to Paphos in Greece on the 26th of October this year as well […]

Aer Lingus Regional has begun its Manchester-Belfast City service

Aer Lingus Regional has begun its new Manchester-Belfast City service today. The airline will operate 4 daily return flights from Manchester to Belfast, with fares starting from $29.99, taxes included. Last month, Aer Lingus Regional officially opened its base at George Best Belfast City Airport, and is now flying to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Manchester […]

Bosnia’s Trebinje Airport targets 2022 opening

Trebinje Airport, an airport under construction in southern Bosnia, is expected to open to commercial flights in 2022. Earlier this week, the Serbian government announced that it would fund its construction. The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, said that Serbia wished to become the owner and operator of the airport. The Serbian transport and construction […]

TAG Aviation Holding sells off final assets

Geneva-based TAG Aviation Holding has sold off its aircraft charter/management divisions, TAG Aviation Asia and TAG Aviation SA (in which it held a 51% stake), to its Asian joint venture partner Young Brothers and an unidentified private investor, completing its departure from business aviation. This comes after a long series of sales of which TAG […]

China puts 12 new airports into service

Since work on airports resumed this March in China, the country has put in service a total of 12 airports. This is what the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) announced during a press-briefing on Thursday. A 13th airport, Ankang Fuqiang Aiport in Shaanxi province, is set to open in October, while the construction of […]

Wizz Air to open new base in Doncaster

Wizz Air has announced that it will open a second base (after London Luton) for its British subsidiary Wizz UK at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Northern England, increasing the annual capacity at Yorkshire’s busiest airport to 300’000 seats. The airline will now add 10 routes to the current 7 that it operates from the airport. […]

London City Airport to pause expansion

London City Airport has announced today that it will pause its £480 million expansion of its terminal due to low passenger numbers. The airport will postpone the works from the end of this year. On the other hand, 8 new aircraft stands that have been specifically made to accomodate new, more efficient aircraft such as […]

New German start-up: Lübeck Air

A new German start-up, Lübeck Air, will be starting operations next week. As its name indicates, the airline will be based at Lübeck Airport. Lübeck Air is actually a brand name for Danish charter airline Air Alsie, who will be operating from Lübeck Airport under the name of Lübeck Air. Lübeck Air will be beginning […]