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Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite coronavirus

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023

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

Airlines hit wall of debt after coronavirus grounding

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association notes that while state aid is 'helping to keep the industry afloat...the next challenge will be preventing airlines from sinking under the burden of debt'

BADLY HIT SECTOR. An American Airlines plane is seen from a terminal of Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 17, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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 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