Zurich Airport Part-Closed After Threat

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Published: December 16, 2014

Zurich airport was partially closed on Monday evening after receiving an unspecified threat, a spokeswoman said. The airport closed Check-in 1 and 2 as well as Arrivals 2, and passengers were being redirected to Check-in 3, the spokeswoman said, adding that waiting time was still only about 15 minutes. “A threat was received in the […]

American Airlines CEO Against Profit-Sharing

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Published: December 16, 2014

American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker said airlines should stop sharing profits with employees and improve wages instead, despite persistent pressure from his own workers to link part of their pay to the company’s performance. In an interview Parker called profit-sharing outdated. Competitors Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines still tout the millions […]

Boeing Boosts Share Buyback, Lifts Dividend

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Published: December 16, 2014

Boeing has raised its share repurchase approval amount to USD$ 12 billion from USD$ 10 billion and said it would increase its quarterly dividend by 25 percent. The plane maker had USD$ 4.8 billion remaining in its previous stock buyback plan and raised the dividend to 91 cents per share from 73 cents. Boeing shareholders […]

SpiceJet Seeks Government Support To Keep Flying

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Published: December 16, 2014

SpiceJet has asked the Indian government and aviation regulators for concessions that would allow the cash-strapped carrier to keep flying. Problems at SpiceJet, which has racked up losses for five consecutive quarters amid fierce competition and high costs, have deepened in recent weeks, with officials at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) saying it […]

UK To Hold Inquiry Into ATC Failure

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Published: December 15, 2014

Britain will establish an independent inquiry into a technical failure at an air traffic control facility which caused widespread disruption to flights in and out of London last week. The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement they would appoint a chairman and a number of experts […]

Philippines To Seek Investors For Six Airports

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Published: December 15, 2014

The Philippines will offer for tender next year six airport projects worth PHP116 billion pesos (USD$ 2.6 billion) under a public-private partnership (PPP) to help upgrade the country’s infrastructure. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) invited investors to pre-qualify and bid for contracts to develop, operate and maintain airports in key cities and tourist […]

AirAsia X Places Firm Order For 55 A330neos

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Published: December 15, 2014

AirAsia X boosted its purchase of Airbus A330neos as it placed a firm order for 55 of the updated wide-body aircraft. AirAsia’s long-haul arm placed a provisional order for 50 of the aircraft at the Farnborough AirShow in July. These orders have now been confirmed along with 5 more of the same model, Airbus said […]

Korean Air Steward Says Insulted, Forced To Kneel

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Published: December 15, 2014

The senior cabin crew member who was removed from a Korean Air flight after a company executive raged over the way she was served nuts said he was insulted and forced to kneel in front of the executive. In a case that sparked public outrage and ridicule over her treatment of flight crew, Heather Cho […]

Sweden Says Russian Jet In Near Collision With SAS Plane

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Published: December 15, 2014

A Russian military aircraft nearly collided with a commercial passenger plane in international airspace near southern Sweden on Friday, Swedish authorities said, but Russia insisted its jet had kept a safe distance. SAS flight SK1755 from the Danish capital Copenhagen to Poznan in Poland, was diverted by Swedish authorities before a collision occurred, the authorities […]

EU May Scrap Airport Ground Handling Plans

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Published: December 13, 2014

The new European Commission may scrap plans to open up airport ground handling services to more competition amid criticism from airports, which say such a move could hit the quality of services. The reform would give airlines more choice of service providers and increase the minimum number of providers at large airports. But the Commission […]

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