Association of European Airlines (AEA) and ACI EUROPE expressed (21-May-2010) appreciation for the leadership of the European Commission in seeking to reduce disruptions to air traffic in Europe. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has provided guidance for flight operations in conditions of volcanic ash contamination, effective 21-May-2010. In particular AEA and ACI EUROPE commended the EC for creating a crisis management structure to better deal with future crises. However, they believe more is required to end the piecemeal approach to the ongoing volcanic ash crisis. They issued an unequivocal call for "continued and swift improvement of the current procedures through the development of a uniform European model based on accurate data rather than unverified assumptions". [more]
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The Turkish leisure airline SunExpress and its German subsidiary SunExpress Germany have historically had a fairly low profile, certainly among European air travellers. Nevertheless, their combined total of 7.9 million passengers puts SunExpress in the top 20 European airline groups in 2016, ahead of Brussels Airlines.
Jointly owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, SunExpress and its German counterpart brought about a consolidated result that fell into loss in 2016 as passenger numbers and revenue both declined. When the observer scratches beneath the surface of the headline figures, a picture of significant strategic change at SunExpress Germany starts to emerge.
The larger Turkish SunExpress has maintained its focus on Turkey-Germany routes, whereas SunExpress Germany has abandoned this country pair. It has instead developed leisure routes from Germany to elsewhere in Europe and in North Africa, in spite of not having an obvious competitive advantage in those markets. Within these new market areas, SunExpress Germany has undergone substantial changes in its route portfolio. Lufthansa wetleases capacity from SunExpress Germany for its Eurowings low cost operation and this may help to make some sense of these outwardly random network changes.