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The next CAPA Live event is in 6 days on 10-Mar-2021, and features the below speakers. Find out more
Kevin Brown
CEO, Perth Airport
Dean Fowles
Head of Travel, Asian Development Bank
Subashini Silvadas
Group Head, Strategy, Fleet & Network , AirAsia Group
Nejib Ben Khedher
Managing Director / Sr. VP / EVP, Emirates
Michael Gill
Executive Director, ATAG

On 27-Jan-2021, the US Senate Commerce Committee approved US President Joe Biden’s nomination of former election rival Pete Buttigieg as the head of the US Department of Transportation (DoT). The original nomination, back in Dec-2020 was met with a slightly quizzical “interest” by those in Washington DC aviation circles.

Buttigieg dropped out of the Democratic Party presidential race to endorse Biden in March-2020 and was always on the list of potential cabinet nominees. Buttigieg, 39, takes on the DoT role as one of its youngest leaders and with no cabinet or government office experience beyond being mayor of South Bend, Indiana, where he grew up.

Many people in the US and elsewhere are still speculating on what Buttigieg will want to do with respect to aviation as DoT Secretary. In this timely discussion experts explore the first stages of the Buttigieg leadership and share their thoughts on what the priorities the newly appointed Secretary should undertake.

Moderator: International Aviation Law, Principal, Kenneth Quinn


  • Hyundai Advanced Air Mobility, Chief Policy Officer, Michael Whitaker

  • Association of Flight Attendants, International President, Sara Nelson

  • A4A, SVP Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Sharon Pinkerton

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, via her official Twitter account, confirmed (01-Mar-2021) the European Commission will present a legislative proposal for a Digital Green Pass during Mar-2021. The aim is to gradually enable European citizens to move safely in the EU or abroad for work or tourism. The pass will be aimed at providing:

  • Proof that a person has been vaccinated;
  • Results of tests for those who could not get a vaccine yet;
  • Info on COVID-19 recovery.

Ms von der Leyen stated the pass "will respect data protection, security & privacy".

Wales' Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates stated (03-Mar-2021) Cardiff Airport is "a vital gateway to Wales for business, tourists and general travellers" and is "vital for Wales's economic development that we have strong international connectivity". Wales' Government has agreed on a financial package to provide support to Cardiff Airport "in the medium term against a five year plan for the rescue and restructure of the airport". An investment of up to GBP42.6 million will be provided to the airport to restructure operations and secure long term viability. Mr Stakes added: "Separately, as sole shareholders of Cardiff Airport, we have made the decision on a purely commercial basis to write off GBP42.6 million of the airports debt", to maximise the likelihood of recovery of the Welsh Government loan. Wales' Government is also impairing the equity to reflect the loss of value as a result of COVID-19, which amounts to GBP46.3 million. [more - original PR]

IATA, via its Africa & Middle East regional briefing for Feb-2021, reported (01-Mar-2021) African carriers recorded a 5.4% year-on-year increase in CTKs for Dec-2020 and a 1% increase for the full year 2020. The region was the second best performer for Dec-2020 and 2020, after North America. Middle East airline CTKs increased 2.2% for Dec-2020, recovering to pre-crisis levels, but decreased 9.5% for 2020. Of the key regional markets, Middle East-North America recorded the strongest recent performance with 12.3% growth in late 2020. [more - original PR]

COMAC, via its official WeChat account, announced (04-Mar-2021) the delivery of Jiangxi Air's fourth ARJ21 (B-650U). The aircraft is COMAC Finance Company's first financial lease aircraft since its establishment. Jiangxi Air is scheduled to receive its fifth ARJ21 in Jun-2021. 

CemAir and Proflight Zambia finalised (01-Mar-2021) an interline and codeshare agreement to combine their networks between South Africa and Zambia. The agreement will enable travel on a single ticket between the carriers' 15 destinations including Johannesburg and Cape Town for CemAir and Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone for Proflight. CemAir CEO Miles van der Molen said the agreement is "the logical next step in our long partnership with Proflight" and described the partnership as a "significant integration". [more - original PR]

IATA director general and CEO Alexander de Juniac reported (03-Mar-2021) the roll-out of coronavirus vaccines and the increase in testing capacity is "good news" for airlines, however a "significant improvement" in the air passenger market is unlikely until governments ease travel restrictions. IATA continues to focus on being prepared for when governments are able to ease restrictions and is engaged in ongoing discussions with governments about their plans and benchmarks for re-opening their borders to air travel. [more - original PR]

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