Bonza CEO Tim Jordan, speaking at CAPA Live from Puerto Rico October 2021, stated (13-Oct-2021) he anticipates Bonza will have no impacts on existing carriers in Australia in "any significant way". Mr Jordan added: "I guess... in terms of the point of four jet operators in the country... 21 years ago when Virgin Blue started... since that point, the population of Australia has grown by a third".
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Madagascar's Government outlined (13/14-Oct-2021) plans for the recovery of Air Madagascar. The government stated the airline's debt stands at approximately USD80 million, due in part to the cost of leasing ATR aircraft from Air Austral. The government also reported mismanagement of the carrier and noted the size of the airline's workforce exceeds its requirements. An audit will be undertaken of all the airline's debts and the government stated contracts may be terminated. [more - original PR - Malagasy] [more - original PR - French]
Madagascar's Government outlined (13/14-Oct-2021) plans to progressively reopen the country's borders for air travel. Details include:
- Madagascar-Mauritius services operated by Air Mauritius and Madagascar-Reunion services operated by Air Austral were approved to resume on 23-Oct-2021;
- Long haul services to and from Europe will resume on 06-Nov-2021. The resumption of services between Antananarivo and Europe was approved for Air Madagascar and Air France. Charters from Milan and Rome to Andoany were also approved;
- The overall frequency of air services to Madagascar will be limited;
- All travellers entering Madagascar will be required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test. The cost of the EUR25 test will be included in airfares. Travellers must remain in isolation until they receive their test result. Those who receive a positive result must remain in isolation for 14 days. [more - original PR - Malagasy] [more - original PR - French]
UK's Government stated (14-Oct-2021) from 24-Oct-2021, fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test, on or before day two of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22-Oct-2021. The change will come into effect for those returning from half term breaks with lateral flow tests available to book through private providers listed on gov.uk. Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. PCR tests can be accessed free of charge by ordering in the usual way through NHS Test and Trace. Providers will be expected to advise people to self-isolate and direct people towards the NHS Test and Trace booking page. [more - original PR]
New South Wales' (NSW) Premier Dominic Perrottet stated (15-Oct-2021) as of 01-Nov-2021, the NSW Government will remove quarantine requirements and caps for overseas arrivals who the Commonwealth Government recognises as fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine. Further advice about testing requirements for arrivals will be provided in the coming days. Fully vaccinated travellers already in quarantine will also complete their quarantine requirements on 01-Nov-2021, even if it is less than 14 days. Overseas arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be capped at 210 people per week and will be required to undergo mandatory 14 day hotel quarantine. Travel between Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast, and Regional NSW will also be permitted from 01-Nov-2021, to allow people in the regions more time to receive their second vaccine. [more - original PR]
British Airways announced (14-Oct-2021) plans to recruit new cabin crew for spring 2022. The airline has contacted people in the company's existing talent pools, which holds the details of people who left the business last year but have expressed an interest to return to the airline, when jobs are available. In addition to the experienced crew members looking to return, the airline is also appealing to a broad range of people to create a diverse crew workforce. To incentivise new starters, the airline is also waiving its policy around the need to do six months at the airline before accessing staff travel. Applications are open and assessments will take place throughout Nov-2021. British Airways will fast track its recruitment schedules with the hope of getting people in for its first training courses in Jan-2022 to enable them to take to the skies by Mar-2022. [more - original PR]
Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (14-Oct-2021) plans to resume A380 operations on selected frequencies between Singapore and London from 18-Nov-2021 to 26-Mar-2022. The planned resumption is due to the UK being included in Vaccinated Travel Lane arrangements and "strong passenger demand" for services to and from London. Prior to the A380's return to London, SIA will deploy the aircraft on an ad hoc basis on short haul services for operational requirements. [more - original PR]
United Airlines plans to launch the following services, as per a 14-Oct-2021 GDS inventory and timetable display:
- Chicago-O'Hare-Milan Malpensa: Daily from 06-May-2022 with Boeing 787-8;
- Denver-Munich: Daily from 23-Apr-2022 with 787-9;
- Newark-Bergen: Three times weekly from 20-May-2022 with 757-200;
- Newark-Palma de Mallorca: Three times weekly from 02-Jun-2022 with 767-300ER;
- Newark-Ponta Delgada: Three times weekly from 13-May-2022 737 MAX 8. Will increase to daily between 03-Jun-2022 and 04-Sep-2022;
- Newark-Rome Fiumicino: From daily to 14 times weekly from 26-May-2022 with 777-200ER;
- Newark-Tenerife South: Three times weekly from 09-Jun-2022 with 757-200;
- Washington Dulles-Amman: Three times weekly from 05-May-2022 with 787-8;
- Washington Dulles-Berlin: Daily from 06-May-2022 with 767-400ER. [more - original PR]
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport reported (14-Oct-2021) the following traffic highlights for Sep-2021:
- Passengers: 3.4 million, -48.1% compared to Sep-2019;
- Europe: 2.7 million, -42.4%;
- Intercontinental: 692,914, -62.4%;
- Cargo: 134,247 tonnes, -3.1%;
- Freight: 133,245 tonnes, -2.6%;
- Mail: 1002 tonnes, -42.6%;
- Aircraft movements: 30,019, -32.0%;