UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) reported (26-Sep-2022) international tourist arrivals "almost tripled" in the first seven months of 2022, increasing 172% year-on-year to 474 million and recovering to 60% of pre-pandemic levels. An estimated 207 million international tourists were recorded in Jun-2022 and Jul-2022 combined, more than twice the number recorded in Jun/Jul-2021. These months represent 44% of the total arrivals recorded in the first seven months of 2022. Europe welcomed 309 million of these arrivals, 65% of the total. UNWTO stated the "steady" recovery reflects "strong" pent up demand and easing restrictions, with no COVID-19 travel restrictions in 86 countries as of 19-Sep-2022. UNWTO secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili stated: "Tourism continues to recover steadily, yet several challenges remain, from geopolitical to economic. The sector is bringing back hope and opportunity for people everywhere". Mr Pololikashvili added: "Now is also the time to rethink tourism, where it is going and how it impacts people and planet". [more - original PR]
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British Airways and Qatar Airways completed (26-Sep-2022) the last phase in the expansion of their partnership, stating they now offer "connectivity between more countries than any other airline joint business". The airlines added 42 countries to their shared network, including Italy, Maldives, Norway, Singapore and Sweden, expanding access between destinations in Europe and the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. The expansion will enable connecting journeys on single tickets through Doha and London, bringing the number of destinations served by the two airlines to 185 across more than 60 countries. Customers can engage with both airlines' loyalty programmes, earning and spending the common Avios currency. Cooperation on "a small number of routes" remains subject to pending regulatory clearances. [more - original PR - British Airways] [more - original PR - Qatar Airways]
Qantas Group appointed (26-Sep-2022) Stephanie Tully as Jetstar CEO. Ms Tully joined the Qantas Group 2004 and has worked across operational, commercial, marketing and customer loyalty functions in progressively more senior roles. She has been a group executive and chief customer officer since 2019. As a result of this appointment, Markus Svensson will be promoted to chief customer officer and become a member of the group executive committee reporting to the group CEO. Mr Svensson is currently executive manager of network, revenue management and alliances. Ms Tully and Mr Svensson will commence transitioning to their new roles shortly, ahead of a formal handover in Nov-2022. Current Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans will leave the role by the end of 2022. [more - original PR]
Nigeria's Ministry of Aviation selected (22-Sep-2022) an Ethiopian Airlines led consortium as the preferred bidder for shares in Nigeria Air. Under the public private partnership model, Ethiopian Airlines will own 49% of the carrier, with the Nigerian Sovereign Fund owning 46% and the Federal Government owning 5%. A contract for three 166 seat (16 business and 150 economy) Boeing 737-800s has been finalised with Ethiopian Airlines. The government aims to finish procedures including due diligence, contract negotiation and issuance of a compliance certificate by mid Nov-2022, with a view to launching the carrier by the end of 2022. The airline is expected to launch operations with Lagos-Abuja service. [more - original PR]
US' Department of Transportation (DoT) and Department of Energy (DoE) released (23-Sep-2022) the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge Roadmap, outlining the US Government's strategy to scale SAF production nationwide. The plan details actions to promote technological innovation to produce SAF, reduce emissions, enable the achievement of domestic climate goals and position the US as a global leader in the emerging SAF market. The roadmap aims to achieve the goals of the SAF Grand Challenge signed in 2021, which consists of three major goals:
- Achieve a minimum of a 50% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fuel;
- Produce three billion gallons of SAF annually by 2030;
- Supply sufficient SAF to meet 100% of domestic aviation fuel demand by 2050.
Wizz Air announced (22-Sep-2022) plans to further expand its bases in Italy. The carrier will allocate two A321neo aircraft to Rome Fiumicino Airport and one to Milan Malpensa Airport. The allocation of the aircraft will enable the launch of the following 12 new routes:
- Milan Malpensa:
- Rome Fiumicino:
- Barcelona: Daily from 12-Dec-2022;
- Valencia: Three times weekly from 13-Dec-2022;
- Porto: Three times weekly from 13-Dec-2022;
- Paris Orly: Five times weekly from 12-Dec-2022;
- Seville: Three times weekly from 29-Apr-2023;
- Malaga: Four times weekly from 28-Apr-2023;
- Gothenburg: Twice weekly from 30-Apr-2023.
Frequencies will increase from Rome Fiumicino to Eindhoven, Hurghada, Paris Orly, Tel Aviv and Yerevan, and from Milan Malpensa to Tel Aviv, Catania and Athens. The allocation of two more aircraft to Rome Fiumicino will expand the base to seven aircraft. The move brings the number of routes from the base to 65. Milan Malpensa Airport's additional aircraft will be the sixth aircraft at the base. The carrier's Milan Malpensa's network will expand to 43 destinations. [more - original PR]
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