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Latin America's stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

May 31, 2020 - 3:00 PM

With countries across Latin America in lockdown, flight activity plummets 93% and revenue losses are estimated at $18 billion

LATAM. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of LATAM Airlines. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Airlines given $123 billion in state aid – IATA

May 27, 2020 - 8:00 AM

While governments are coming to the rescue of embattled airlines, the International Air Transport Association points out that $67 billion of the $123 billion committed so far would have to be repaid

VIRUS IMPACT. This undated handout, released on March 18, 2020, shows a crew member in a protective suit serving passengers onboard a flight between Europe and Vietnam. Photo from Vietnam Airlines/AFP

Aviation needs confidence to take off again – industry chief

May 20, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association says airlines are working on developing procedures that would be safe and permit economically viable operations

GRIM INDUSTRY. Commercial planes of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Aviation industry opposes leaving middle seat empty

May 06, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Eliminating the middle seat will raise costs. If that can be offset with higher fares, the era of affordable travel will come to an end,' warns the International Air Transport Association

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

Air traffic plunges 53% in March 2020 – IATA

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'The industry is in free fall and we have not hit bottom,' warns the International Air Transport Association

Flight passengers are seen next to a board displaying cancelled flights and departures at the airport of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 16, 2020, where air traffic slowed down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Torsten Silz / AFP)

Aviation industry warns of cargo capacity shortfall

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Air Transport Association says the gap in cargo capacity 'must be addressed quickly because vital supplies must get to where they are needed most'

A picture taken on April 6, 2020 shows medical protection supplies from China unloaded from a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Geneva Airport amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). - 92 tons of protection equipment such as masks, gloves, suits, glasses and thermometers has been delivered by air, in a private operation by the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce aiming to meet the needs of local hospitals. (Photo by SALVATORE DI NOLFI / POOL / AFP)

Middle East air traffic to plunge by half on virus impact – IATA

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association expects airlines in the Middle East and North Africa to see their revenues slashed by $24.5 billion in 2020

An Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  From toothpaste to pocket knives, ink cartridges and scissors, the US cabin ban on electronic devices on flights from the Middle East and North Africa adds to a long list of products already blacklisted on international flights. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Airlines face uncertain future and need aid fast – IATA

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The International Air Transport Association estimates that 25 million jobs are at stake worldwide

LUFTHANSA GROUP. A Lufthansa aircraft and a plane of the company's Germanwings subsidiary are pictured at the Düsseldorf Airport in Germany on March 26, 2015. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Airline revenues to nosedive by 55% in 2020 – IATA

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:45 AM

'Without urgent relief, many airlines will not survive to lead the economic recovery,' warns the International Air Transport Association

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Global air passenger demand sees steepest decline since 9/11 – IATA

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The slump in February 2020 reflects 'collapsing domestic travel in China and sharply falling international demand to or from and within the Asia-Pacific region'

This picture shows airline's checkin counters in a quiet departure lobby of the Tokyo's Haneda Airport International Terminal on March 30, 2020, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Mideast airlines must tap handouts to survive virus crisis

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The International Air Transport Association says 2020 revenues of Middle Eastern carriers are expected to drop by $19 billion or 39%

IN THE RED. An Etihad Airways plane takes off in London on May 13, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Airlines headed for 'apocalypse' without aid – IATA

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'Airlines are fighting for survival in every corner of the world,' says International Air Transport Association chief Alexandre de Juniac

An aircraft of German airline group Lufthansa is immobilised next to the runway that has been closed at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 23, 2020, as the group kept just a fraction of its flights going as the industry grapples with an unprecedented crisis over the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Arne Dedert / POOL / AFP)

Airlines need up to $200 billion in emergency aid – IATA

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The International Air Transport Association warns that 'airlines are fighting for survival' and 'millions of jobs are at stake'

This undated handout from Vietnam Airlines released on March 18, 2020 shows a crew member in a protective suit, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, serving passengers onboard a flight between Europe and Vietnam. (Photo by Handout / VIETNAM AIRLINES / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIETNAM AIRLINES " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE

Coronavirus flight shutdowns have hit cargo capacity – IATA

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The International Air Transport Association calls on governments to exclude air cargo from travel restrictions, saying that 'keeping cargo flowing will save lives'

IATA urges 'emergency measures' for airlines after U.S. travel ban

Mar 13, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The International Air Transport Association warns that airlines, already suffering from the impact of the coronavirus, would face even more financial woes

Three commercial aircrafts of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport, on March 12, 2020. - Lufthansa with subsidiaries like Eurowings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines has announced deep cuts in its timetable this week as the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Airlines grim as trade group sees potential $113-billion hit from virus

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association says the 'industry's prospects in much of the world have taken a dramatic turn for the worse'

TRAVEL LIMITS. Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International Airport on January 31, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Asia-Pacific airlines could lose $27.8 billion to coronavirus – IATA

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:55 AM

(UPDATED) If the virus spreads more widely to Asia-Pacific markets, then the impact on airlines from other regions would be larger

This picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows passengers wearing masks prepare to disembark from a flight from Hong Kong on arrival at Bangkok's airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Bangkok on January 23, 2020. - China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on January 24, shutting down public transport in an eighth city in an unprecedented quarantine effort as the death toll from the disease climbed to 25. (Photo by Vivek Prakash / AFP)

Global airline body warns of U.S.-China trade war spillover

Jun 02, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The International Air Transport Association revises its 2019 collective net profit outlook down to $28 billion, as the US-China trade war escalates and costs go up

Global airport capacity crisis amid passenger boom – IATA

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The International Air Transport Association pushes for new airports but cautions against privatized ones, saying they have 'not lived up to airline expectations'

Passengers wait in long lines during a blackout at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City on September 18, 2017. A blackout in Panama's main international airport -- a major hub for Latin America -- caused many flight cancelations and delays on Monday. A malfunction in a circuit panel distributing power internally to the facility was to blame, according to the airport authority, which had set up a "crisis room" to handle the disruption.  / AFP PHOTO / Rodrigo ARANGUA

Cebu Pacific passes IATA safety audit

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The airline says it invested in safety technology, including a system that monitors runway conditions and a system that ensures pilots are fully alert

Faced with global warming, aviation aims to turn green

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Will electric planes eventually gain ground in the highly competitive airline industry?

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

PAL Express completes IATA safety audit

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Airlines says the IATA Operational Safety Audit 'is recognized as the gold standard in airline safety assessments'

IATA chief warns about rising cost of airport expansion

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 'skyrocketing' costs of expanding airport infrastructure must be controlled to keep flight tickets affordable, the boss of airline industry group IATA warns

BUSY TARMAC. Various commercial aircraft are seen parked on the tarmac at the Changi International airport in Singapore on October 31, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Laptop ban hot topic as airlines meet in Cancun

Jun 05, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The computer bans are looming large over the agenda as the International Air Transport Association IATA holds its annual meeting in the Mexican resort city

BONE OF CONTENTION. In this file photo, a Syrian passenger traveling to the United States through Amman types on his laptop before entering Beirut international airport's departure lounge on March 22, 2017. Anwar Amro/AFP

DOTr undersecretary resigns, denies rift with Tugade

May 04, 2017 - 6:32 PM

3rd UPDATE Roberto Lim is the 4th transportation undersecretary to resign under Arthur Tugade s leadership

2ND RESIGNATION. Roberto Lim, who previously worked as ‎country manager at International Air Transport Association (IATA), says his resignation as undersecretary for aviation is in the interest of the Department of Transportation. Photo from www.ots.gov.ph

IATA to PH gov't: Act on airport proposals now

Nov 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM

They ve looked at so many proposals I think it is time to do something Let us make sure it a new international airport is just big enough says a regional director for the International Air Transport Association

UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS. The new transportation chief is open to unsolicited proposals to build a new international gateway. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Airlines to post record $40B profit in 2016 – IATA

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:55 PM

The International Air Transport Association also urges Southeast Asian countries to invest in airports and air traffic control systems as passenger numbers rise

A Cathay Pacific passenger plane takes off from the international airport in Hong Kong on August 17, 2016. Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific on August 17 said first-half profit dropped 82 percent from a year earlier, as a Chinese economic slowdown weighs in and the airline faces increasing competition from peers. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Thai airlines cramped by safety, capacity issues – IATA

Feb 18, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The airlines are operating safely but the issue is the government s ability to supervise them

epa04805840 A photo made available on 18 June 2015 shows Thai Airways aircraft on the tarmac as a Bangkok Air plane taxis after landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's largest airport and Thai Airways base, in Bangkok, Thailand,14 May 2015. Thai Airways International, the national flag carrier of Thailand, has suffered losses over the past two years but has returned with a posted profit in the first quarter of 2015. Bangkok Airways markets itself as a regional boutique airline. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Asian airlines more cautious with orders – Boeing

Feb 15, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Orders for new planes are affected as carriers profits go down and economic woes hound countries

epa05127352 (FILE) A file photo dated 19 February 2008 showing Boeing staff walking past a Boeing model plane on display at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore. Boeing is to release their annual results 27 January 2016. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

'Thin' profits for Southeast Asian carriers amid tougher competition – IATA

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:17 PM

The recent global stock market turmoil is also expected to take a toll on air travel particularly in business class where full service airlines earn most of their profits

This photograph taken on November 12, 2015 shows Singapore Airline and its subsidiary Silk Air and Tigerair sitting on the tarmac at Changi International airport in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Falling oil prices mean cheaper air fares – US experts

Feb 01, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Both airlines and travellers are benefiting from the drop in oil prices

epa04408418 Arriving travelers use Automated Passport Control (APC) system at O'Hare International Airport Terminal 5 at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 19 September 2014. The 20th World Route Development Forum, hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Choose Chicago, will take place in Chicago from 20 to 23 September. Executives from over 120 countries and 300 airlines are expected to attend the event. EPA/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

Cebu Pacific bans hoverboards due to safety concerns

Dec 21, 2015 - 2:33 PM

All battery operated personal transportation devices will not be accepted for check in or hand carry starting December 21

BANNED. Cebu Pacific also advises passengers that hoverboards will not be stored for safekeeping in the airport and ticket offices.

Are air passengers just too whiny or are airlines really to blame?

Dec 14, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Lower prices have created much more demand for air travel leading to congestion and more delays by product of the industry’s success So should we pity the airlines or are passenger complaints justified?

NAIA among ‘high-risk’ airports in Asia-Pacific – global airlines

Jul 02, 2015 - 6:07 PM

Limited investment in NAIA will have a detrimental impact on the airport’s ability to attract transfer traffic and the airport’s reputation in the region a report says

President Benigno S. Aquino III personally inspects the operations and security set-up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on Wednesday (April 01, 2015). The President wanted to make sure that all security preparations were in place to ensure safe travel during the Holy Week. Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PAL, Turkish Airlines sign codeshare pact

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The partnership will further drive demand for tourist and business travel between the Philippines and Turkey

PAL pilot tests paperless scheme starting March 16

Mar 16, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Passengers would have to present to airport security an image of their e ticket on their personal electronic devices such as smart phones tablets or laptops

IATA says aviation safety remains high

Jun 03, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The International Air Transport Association says safety in global aviation remains high as it seeks to improve in flight tracking after the disappearance of the MH370 in March

A Qatar Airways Airbus A 340 airplane leaves contrails in the clear sky of Altenmarkt Zauchensee on January 11, 2014. Photo by Alexander Klein / AFP

IATA expects airline profits to hit $18B in 2014

Jun 02, 2014 - 5:21 PM

With projected revenues of 746 billion IATA says net margins will amount to only 2 4

ROOM FOR GROWTH. IATA sees huge potential for the development of the global aviation industry. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Airlines meet in Doha under shadow of MH370

Jun 01, 2014 - 12:04 PM

The main purpose of this 70th annual meeting is to enable its 240 members to talk about business prospects for the sector

Struggling cargo business dragging down Asian airlines

Feb 10, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Languid global economic growth and freight capacity oversupply brought on by new deep bellied planes is hammering carriers with dedicated cargo businesses

This photograph taken on January 7, 2014 shows a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 approaching for landing at Changi International Airport in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Airline industry calls for CO2 emissions plan

Sep 24, 2013 - 8:08 AM

IATA calls for uniform global measures by 2020 to curb all aircrafts carbon emissions

SOARING. Robust economies in Asia and recovering ones in the eurozone boost global air traffic. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Airline traffic rises on winds from Asia, eurozone: IATA

Aug 01, 2013 - 2:11 AM

World airline traffic grew by 5 9 in June driven by strong demand from the Asia Pacific region and helped by a steadying of the business climate in the eurozone

SOARING. Robust economies in Asia and recovering ones in the eurozone boost global air traffic. File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Clark not the solution to Manila air traffic woes - IATA chief

Sep 27, 2012 - 12:09 PM

Some say that Clark has potential to provide capacity relief But it is 100 kilometers away with very inconvenient surface transport links IATA director general Tony Tyler says

Photo by Jerick Parrone