• Emirates to return relaunch Newark services | News

    Emirates has announced it will resume daily services to Newark via Athens from June 1st. The resumed flight will provide global travellers with another access point to the popular New York Metropolitan area, serving the large Greek-American community in the United States. The addition of Newark via Athens will take Emirates’ US network to ten destinations following the resumption of services to Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Washington DC, Dallas and San Francisco (to resume on March 2nd). The Dubai-Athens-Newark flight will operate daily with a three-class Boeing 777-300ER, complementing Emirates’ double daily flights to New York (JFK) as the airline continues to expand across North…

  • IATA latest to call on government to reopen aviation sector | News

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has added its voice to a chorus of demands for the UK government to include a vision for lifting border restrictions in a speech next week. Restarting air transport must be included in recovery plans for the UK economy, due to be outlined on Monday by prime minister Boris Johnson, the body said. The Covid-19 shutdown of the UK economy has resulted in the biggest one-year decline in GDP since 1709. Air passenger numbers fell by 76 per cent in 2020, while London lost its position as the most connected city in the world. Around 860,000 aviation, travel and tourism jobs were lost or…

  • Air France-KLM reports loss of €7.1bn for 2020 | News

    Air France-KLM has reported a loss of €7.1 billion for financial 2020 as the global Covid-19 pandemic grounded international travel. Passenger numbers fell 67 per cent last year, the airline said in a statement earlier, while revenue fell 59 per cent compared to the previous year. Benjamin Smith, chief executive of Air France-KLM, said: “Last year tested the Air France-KLM Group with the most severe crisis ever experienced by the air transport industry.” He said that state support from the French and Dutch governments had helped the company significantly. “We begin 2021 looking forward that this year will see an upturn in traffic as soon as vaccination is deployed on…

  • Millions left out of pocket by airlines, Which? finds | News

    Approximately 2.3 million people across the UK have not received money back for flights they could not take in the last year, according to new research from Which?. Since the UK went into its first lockdown in the middle of March last year, millions of people have had flight bookings that were not cancelled by the airline, but for reasons that were often out of their control they could not take, meaning that they were not legally entitled to a refund or guaranteed a successful claim through their travel insurance or bank. Research from the consumer champion has found that approximately 2.3 million people across the UK have been left…

  • Breaking Travel News interview: Inna Vilenska, chief executive, Discover Cars | Focus

    Having been honoured with a top title at the World Travel Awards Grand Final, Breaking Travel News here chats with Inna Vilenska, chief executive of Discover Cars, to find out more Breaking Travel News: Congratulations on your victory at the World Travel Awards, with Discover Cars having taken the prestigious prize for World’s Leading Car Rental Booking Website. How does it feel to have won? Inna Vilenska: It was an amazing Christmas gift and simply felt magical to receive such a prestigious award. We all know that this year was really tough for the travel industry, so being awarded as the World’s Leading Car Rental Booking website at the end…

  • Ryanair critical of state aid to European airlines | News

    Ryanair has said it will appeal a European Union court ruling granting approval for state aid to carriers in France and Sweden. The low-cost carrier said the cash favours Air France and SAS over rival airlines. Ryanair argued, during the Covid-19 pandemic, over €30 billion in “discriminatory state subsidies” has been offered flag-carriers across the EU. If this money is allowed to stand, it will “distort the level playing field in EU aviation for decades to come, giving chronically inefficient national airlines a leg up on their efficient low-fare competitors,” the carrier said. A Ryanair spokesperson said: “One of the European Union’s greatest achievements is the creation of a true…