Hong Kong suspends COVID flight bans that fueled expat exodus | Aviation

Restrictions eased as authorities cite ‘social chaos’ and flight ban’s negative effect on returning students Hong Kong has announced that it is ending a controversial ban on airlines found to have transported passengers with COVID-19, easing one of the international financial centre’s most draconian pandemic restrictions. The government said on Thursday that testing upon arrival … Read more

Unions take post-COVID chance to squeeze airports and airlines – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Aviation unions have been handed a powerful weapon — the desire of millions of people to have a normal holiday after years of COVID disruptions — and they’re not afraid to pull the trigger. The pandemic prompted airlines and airports to slash staff — everyone from pilots to … Read more

British Airways pilots demand better pay as aviation’s summer of strife continues

British Airways pilots are seizing on a wave of summer strikes by ground crew colleagues with demands for a new pay deal. Union leaders will this week open pay talks with BA, as pilots try to overturn a controversial deal agreed during the pandemic. The talks come against a backdrop of strikes over pay elsewhere … Read more

The Future Of Aviation In A Covid And Post-Covid World

Portrait of young Asian tourist woman with mask for protection from corona virus outbreak social … [+] distance at the airport getty As the Omicron subvariants continue to spread, world governments and airlines are advancing towards a post-Covid aviation industry. Despite continued infections and concerns about Long Covid health implications, Covid restrictions for flights are … Read more

Qatar Airways posts record $1.5bn profits before World Cup | Business and Economy News

One of Middle East’s largest carriers, Qatar Airways carried 18.5 million passengers during 2021-22, a more than 200 percent jump from the previous fiscal year. Qatar Airways, one of the Middle East’s largest air carriers, announced its profits during the past fiscal year topped $1.5bn, marking the highest-ever earnings for the state-owned company as it … Read more

I thought ‘Christ, the whole lot is going to come crashing down’

“It was a horrible, horrible time. But from our point of view, Virgin has come out, if you look at it, our brand is now stronger than it was in 2019.” Branson has made little secret of his opposition to Brexit. He has branded it a “multi-generational disaster” in the past. He refrains, however, from … Read more

Aspiring actor, tourists among 22 killed in Nepal plane crash | Aviation News

Kathmandu, Nepal – Prakash Sunuwar was an aspiring actor based in the capital Kathmandu. He worked as a trekking guide to help him achieve his dream. The 37-year-old often used to get foreign clients, taking them to exotic Himalayan landscapes. On Sunday, he was accompanied by two German tourists – Meike Graf Grit and Uwe … Read more

UK Aviation: The mess of Covid and other issues. Transport Committee Recommendations to the UK Government

On 25 April 2022, the House of Commons Transport Committee published its latest report’UK aviation: reform for take-off‘. The Transport Committee’s remit is to scrutinize the expenditure of the Department for Transport and its associated public bodies, which includes the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and make recommendations to Government. The report looked at a … Read more

Boeing docks Starliner capsule to ISS for the first time | Space News

Boeing’s astronaut capsule reaches International Space Station in uncrewed test do-over after several failed attempts. With only a test dummy aboard, Boeing’s astronaut capsule pulled up and parked at the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time, a huge achievement for the company after years of false starts. With Starliner’s arrival late on Friday, … Read more

‘Jobs are at stake’: Asia ‘playing catch-up’ on post-COVID travel | Aviation

The head of the global airline body says the region falling behind the rest of the world on restarting international travel. Asia-Pacific countries are “playing catch-up” on restarting international travel and should ease remaining pandemic-related border restrictions without delay, the head of the global airline industry’s representative body said on Tuesday. Speaking at an aviation … Read more