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EasyJet adds routes from London Gatwick and Stansted, presents its “Vision for European Aviation”

EasyJet UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has announced two new routes from its London Gatwick and Stansted bases for the summer of 2015.

A new twice-weekly route between Stansted and Monastir, Tunisia will begin on June 2 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The new twice-weekly routes from London Gatwick are to Preveza, Greece, beginning on May 17, and Pula, Croatia, beginning on June 23.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK director, told Telegraph Travel that the increased connections were because “Greece in particular continues to prove a popular destination” and that easyJet is to be the only airline offering direct scheduled flights from the UK to Preveza, a relatively unvisited area of northwestern Greece.

In other news, easyJet on February 26 launched its Vision for European Aviation calling on the EU, Governments and regulators to improve competitiveness in European aviation.

The airline continued;

easyJet (UK) 2015 logo

The European Commission is currently working on a new Aviation Package and easyJet believes that this is the time to address some long-standing issues such as the reform of airport charges and Single European Skies.

Passengers have hugely benefited from the liberalisation of the airline sector which led to increased competition. Airlines have reduced their fares by 1-2% per year on average over the last 20 years but these reductions have not been mirrored across other aviation sectors in Europe such as airports and air space management. ‎

There is no effective control of charges and services at many monopoly airports across Europe, with consumers paying more than they should. For those specific airports, easyJet believe that tougher regulation and a revised Airport Charges Directive is needed.‎

New research by Frontier Economics published today shows that tougher regulation of charges at 15 of Europe’s largest monopoly airports would save passengers €1.48 billion, increasing total one-way passenger trips by 12.2 million, which in turn would increase consumer and tourism spending, and boost trade. In total, the overall impact of better airports regulation would be an increase of GDP in the EEA area of €37bn (+0.23%) or around 470,000 jobs.

Just four key changes would provide these benefits:

• the move from dual till to single till regulation – when all revenues, both aeronautical and commercial, are taken into account when setting charges
• the reduction of airports’ return on capital by just 0.5%
• an increase in airports’ operating efficiency by 10% – reflecting the higher efficiency gains made by airlines, and
• the removal of the subsidy of transfer passengers – the charges for whom are often half that of origin and destination passengers.

easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall outlined easyJet’s views in meetings with new European Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, a range of MEPs with an interest in transport and in a speech to the European Aviation Club.

In the speech Carolyn McCall called on Europe to put passengers at the heart of decision making;

“The EU plays a crucial role in supporting European aviation and easyJet is a shining example of that – without the liberalisation of European skies we would not exist in our current form.‎

“Europe is currently debating which policy framework to put in place, at a national and EU level, to promote the competitiveness of EU aviation.

“In order to get the best outcome for consumers, we believe that this framework should be based on fair competition, freedom of choice, and with passengers at the heart of policy making. We are calling on EU policy makers to revise the Airport Charges Directive and to rethink how we deliver Single European Skies.

“If we just tackled these two issues, they would improve the efficiency of our industry, drive down fares for consumers and create billions of Euros of GDP, equivalent to hundreds of thousands of jobs.”‎

EasyJet’s Vision for Europe‎

EasyJet’s Vision for Europe outlines the passenger journey, from booking, to the airport, to in-flight and arrival which explains at each step of the way our views on the right policy framework that can make travel easier and more affordable for all of our passengers. In addition to airport charges the document highlights four other key issues which if properly addressed would bring benefits to airlines and their passengers.

Single European Sky

EasyJet proposes a rethink based on three principles:

1) A pragmatic approach to address the deep rooted underlying concerns of key stakeholders. For example, there will be no compulsory redundancies amongst air traffic controllers. Airspace sovereignty is guaranteed and Member States can ensure they have control over their airspace
2) Governance is shared, so airspace users have an equal seat at the table.
3) SES should be on an opt-in basis, but with EU funding only available for those who opt in‎.

Social dimension‎

At easyJet we aim to be a good corporate citizen and to operate a model of responsible profitability – that means that we employ people on local contracts and in line with local conditions and legislation, according to where they are based. We also work with trade unions right across Europe.

The current framework enables easyJet to do the right thing but this should be enforced equally and fairly across countries.

Ground handling services

There is not enough competition on ground handling services which means passengers still pay too much and do not receive the right level of service.

Slot trading

It is critical that airlines are allowed to trade slots to ensure they are used as efficiently as possible.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDK (msn 3555) arrives in Hamburg dressed in the “new look” 2015 livery.

EasyJet (UK) aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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VLM Airlines to expand operations in April

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) in April is launching new daily scheduled flights between Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Hamburg (Germany) and between Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg.

The move continues VLM Airlines’ evolution as a scheduled operator, building on the launch of an Antwerp-Geneva service last month.

Passengers will be able to choose from two return Rotterdam-Hamburg flights each weekday from Monday April 13. Twice-daily return weekday flights between Antwerp and Hamburg will begin flying on Monday April 20. Both services will utilize VLM Airlines’ fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLJ (msn 20105) rests between flights at Rotterdam.

VLM aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Route Map:

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VLM 2.2015 Route Map

Nepal Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

Nepal A320-200 D-AXAR (9N-AKW)(14)(Tko) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) (formerly Royal Nepal Airlines) (Kathmandu) took delivery of its first Airbus A320 on February 7. The pictured Airbus A320-233 D-AXAR (msn 6445) (above) in the 2014 livery is also equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. The aircraft became 9N-AKW on delivery and is named “Sagarmatha”.

Nepal A320-200 nose (Nepal)(LR)

Nepal Airlines is planning to introduce the new type on February 26 on the Kathmandu – Hong Kong route. The next day it will be introduced on the Bangkok route.

Nepal Airlines is moving to an all Airbus jet fleet. The airline has another A320 on order. The two A320s will replace two older Boeing 757-200s (below).

Nepal 757-200 9N-ACB (Tko)(Nepal)(LRW)

Above Photo: Nepal Airlines. Boeing 757-2F8C 9N-ACB (msn 23863) sports the original Royal Nepal Airlines colors.

Following a handover in Hamburg, the aircraft was welcomed at a ceremony attended by government and airline officials at its home base on arrival in Kathmandu.

Below Photo: Nepal Airlines. The interior of the first Airbus A320.

Nepal A320-200 seat (Nepal)(LR)

Nepal 2014 logo

The aircraft has Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capability built-in, which enables the aircraft to fly precisely along predefined routes using state-of-the-art on-board navigation systems.

Nepal Airlines currently flies to four international destinations (Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur) and 25 spectacular domestic locations in the heart of the Himalayas.

Top Copyright Photo: C. Brinkmann/Airbus (all others by Nepal Airlines).

Etihad Airways to fly to Tanzania

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) on December 1, 2015 will start the Abu Dhabi – Dar es Salaam route. The daily will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A320-232 D-AXAN 9msn 5821) became A6-EIU on the handover.

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Germania announces details for its three new routes to Iran

Germania Fluggesellschaft (Berlin) will start the twice-weekly Dusseldorf – Tehran route on February 20, 2015. In addition, the carrier will launch the twice-weekly Berlin (Schoenefeld) – Tehran route on February 22, 2015. Finally the German airline will commence the weekly Hamburg – Mashad route on February 25, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-75B D-AGEN (msn 28100) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

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Hamburg Airways temporarily suspends operations, files for reorganization

Hamburg Airways (Hamburg) temporarily suspended operations on December 20 after its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) was suspended by the Luftfhart-Bundesamt (LBA) according to ch-aviation. The last flight was operated on December 19. The airline is not showing any flights on its website. The company is expected to resume operations.

Update: In January 2015 the airline filed for temporary insolvency (reorganization) under German bankruptcy laws. On January 12, 2015 Dr. Sven-Holger Undritz was appointed as the bankruptcy administrator. The airline is seeking new investors and hopes to reorganize.

Hamburg Airways was founded in December 2010 by the Managing Director and CEO Sergej Fieger. On March 28, 2011, HK – the official two-letter code – received its operating license from the Federal Aviation Authority of Germany (LBA) and the company launched the first commercial revenue flight on March 30, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 D-AHHH (msn 714) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

Hamburg Airways aircraft slide show:

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Route Map:

Hamburg Airways 12.2014 Route Map

 

Iberia to add six new routes from Madrid next summer

Iberia (Madrid) is planning to add six new destinations for the next summer season. The flag carrier will add service from Madrid to Budapest (starting on June 2, 2015, three weekly flights), Catania (June 20, one weekly), Florence (March 29, six weekly), Funchal (July 4, twice weekly), Hamburg (March 30, four weekly) and Palermo (June 23, weekly) per Airline Route.

Additionally Iberia Express will add Edinburgh (March 29, four weekly), Naples (June 1, three weekly) and Verona (June 2, three weekly).

Copyright Photo: Iberia’s Airbus A320-214 EC-MCS (msn 6244) taxies at London’ Heathrow Airport.

Iberia aircraft slide show:

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Map of Iberia’s expansion:

Iberia new routes 2015 map and graph