Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) announced (25-Oct-2021) it is undertaking efforts to ensure seven KAC airports are prepared for the resumption of scheduled international services in the coming months, including ensuring that internationally recognised COVID-19 PCR testing procedures are in place. The airports comprise Seoul Gimpo International Airport, Jeju International Airport, Busan Gimhae Airport, Daegu International Airport, Cheongju International Airport, Muan International Airport and Yangyang International Airport. [more - original PR - Korean]
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Qatar Airways welcomed (25-Oct-2021) the signing of a comprehensive air transport agreement between Qatar and the European Union (EU), marking the first such aviation agreement between the EU and a GCC Member State. Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said the agreement will "bring together industry stakeholders [and create] new opportunities for synergies" within the sector, adding: "I am convinced that Qatar Airways will continue to play an ever-increasing role in the further development of the European air transport industry". [more - original PR]
CAAC East China Regional Administration reported (25-Oct-2021) the following traffic highlights for its 44 Chinese airports:
- Passengers: 19.3 million, -31.1% year-on-year;
- Cargo: 550,000 tonnes, -15.4%;
- Aircraft movements: 198,000, -20.9%;
- First nine months of 2021:
- Passengers: 204.3 million, +22.9%;
- Cargo: 5.7 million tonnes, +15.2%;
- Aircraft movements: 2.0 million, +16.0%. [more - original PR - Chinese]
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued (25-Oct-2021) orders to implement the resumption of safe international travel to the US, in accordance with a new travel policy recently announced by the Biden Administration. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be permitted to enter the US from 08-Nov-2021 under the following measures:
- Fully vaccinated air passengers, regardless of citizenship, will continue to be required to provide a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before departure to the US. Passengers who are exempt from the vaccination requirement will be required to provide a test taken no more than one day before departure to the US;
- All air passengers to the US will also be required to provide basic contact information to airlines before departure to the US. This will allow airlines to better coordinate with public health agencies to share information when needed to keep the public safe and informed, strengthening their ability to rapidly identify and contact people in the US who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. [more - original PR]
Emirates Airline announced (25-Oct-2021) plans to recruit 6000 operational staff by mid 2022 in line with its ongoing ramp up of operations. The carrier aims to hire 700 new ground staff at Dubai as well as 600 pilots, building on its existing recruitment campaign for 3000 cabin crew and 500 airport staff as previously reported by CAPA. Emirates Airline & Group chairman and chief executive HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the move is in line with network restoration and easing travel protocols, adding: "With the positive signs in the economic recovery and continuous growth of demand, we are hopeful to be back where we were pre pandemic from mid 2022". [more - original PR]
US Department of Transportation (DoT) stated (20-Oct-2021) Qatar Airways applied for a statement of authorisation to display RwandAir's 'WB' code on any flights between Qatar and the US indefinitely. The carrier requested the application to be expedited as the partners plan to launch codeshare services as soon as approvals are received. As previously reported by CAPA, Qatar Airways and RwandAir signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement in early Oct-2021, covering over 65 destinations globally including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington. [more - original PR]
ExpressJet Airlines announced (24-Oct-2021) its leisure brand aha! commenced operations with the launch of three times weekly Reno-Pasco service on 24-Oct-2021. As previously reported by CAPA, aha! will commence three times weekly services from Reno-Tahoe to Bakersfield, Medford, Eugene, Ontario, Redmond, Arcata-Eureka and Fresno between 25-Oct-2021 and 10-Nov-2021, all operated with Embraer ERJ145 equipment. The airline plans to expand its domestic network to 20 destinations connected to Reno-Tahoe in the coming months. [more - original PR]
London Gatwick Airport estimated (22-Oct-2021) up to 800 construction jobs will be created if its plan to bring the Northern Runway into routine use proceeds. The airport stated 18,400 local jobs could be generated by 2038 as a result of the proposed initiative. As previously reported by CAPA, a public consultation regarding the future operation of the runway is running until 01-Dec-2021. [more - original PR]
- Passengers: 3.2 million, -43.5% compared to Sep-2019;
- Domestic: 2.8 million, -34.7%;
- International: 461,495, -68.7%;
- Cargo: 79,017 tonnes, -3.9%;
- Domestic: 28,685 tonnes, -5.2%;
- International: 50,332 tonnes, -3.1%;
- Aircraft movements: 26,772, -30.0%;
- Domestic: 22,219, -22.5%;
- International: 4553, -52.4%. [more - original PR]
CAAC stated (22-Oct-2021) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Amsterdam-Hangzhou service will be suspended for two weeks from 01-Nov-2021, after five passengers on flight KL831 tested positive for coronavirus on 11-Oct-2021. The carrier's Amsterdam-Shanghai service, which was suspended for two weeks from 18-Oct-2021 will continue to be suspended for two weeks from 01-Nov-2021. [more - original PR - Chinese] [more - original PR - Chinese II]
RwandAir scheduled the launch of three times weekly Kigali-Doha service for 01-Nov-2021, according to a 22-Oct-2021 GDS display. The airline plans to operate the service with Boeing 737-800 equipment. As previously reported by CAPA, RwandAir and Qatar Airways announced a codeshare agreement in early Oct-2021.