Pakistan has completely reopened its airspace yesterday. "All airports in Pakistan are operational and the airspace has been reopened" said a spokesperson of AAC to the AFP. As a reminder, following the conflict between India and Pakistan, the airspace has been closed on the Pakistan side which had disrupted the traffic between Europe and Asia.
Indo - Pakistan dispute. It seems far away but already has implications for us in Switzerland. Both countries may close their airspace at any time. On the other side The airlines must decide to take the risk to fly over these areas or not. Certainly with the memory of the Malaysian Airlines flight in mind. [...]
In 2017, Swiss civil aviation registered around 1.4 million take-offs and landings, which included 56 million local and transfer passengers. With approximately 99% of the total, the line and charter traffic was distinctly dominant at passenger level. General aviation consists of 67% of the movements. Key figures on civil aviation in 2017 The [...]
The air cargo volume at European airports continued to increase in the second quarter of 2018, but only 2.1%. In the first half of 2018, there was an increase of 3.3% (results published by the association of European airports ACI Europe. IATA also announces a 3.3% improvement concerning the airfreight transport services of European airlines [...]
The holds of passenger carrying aircrafts are being used for freight more and more frequently. This formula offers a solution to the problems of the imbalance of freight traffic between countries who predominantly import cargo and those predominantly exporting countries, and vice versa. A plane that departs without freight can now still be rendered profitable [...]
Recently, IATA (International Air Transport Association) pubished their statistics about the growth of air freight markets in February 2018. These results indicate a 6.8 % increase in the request, measured in FTK (tons-kilometers of goods) compared to February 2017. This is the greatest beginning of the year since 2015 ! The air freight capacity [...]
The Chinese government has introduced a new VAT of 6% applicable on all freight charges paid in China even if the goods are exported. This will have an impact on all quotations that were previous to the 1st of August.
The airline born out of the cooperation between Shenzhen Airlines and Lufthansa will no longer be operational. Based in Shenzhen, it will no longer spread it’s wings and is being wound up! According to their statements, this should not have any effect on the two airlines 'mothers'.