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EasyJet’s chief operating officer resigns after flight cancellations

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LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – EasyJet’s chief operating officer (COO) has stepped down after the airline cancelled thousands of flights this summer to try to limit the disruption caused to passengers from staff shortages in the air and on the ground. Peter Bellew resigned on Friday to pursue other opportunities,......

Striking Paris airport workers call new walkout on July 8-10

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Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport employees gather outside the Terminal 2E as they take part in a protest against low wages as inflation hits France, at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, July 1, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS,......

Chinese state airlines to buy almost 300 Airbus jets

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The Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) takes off during its first flight event in Colomiers near Toulouse, southwestern France, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING/SYDNEY, July 1 (Reuters) – China’s “Big Three” state airlines pledged on Friday to buy a total......

Court ratifies Garuda Indonesia’s $9 bln debt restructuring deal

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A worker walks on a crane as a Garuda Indonesia’s aircraft is parked at the Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia, at Soekarno-Hatta International airport near Jakarta, Indonesia, January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JAKARTA, June 27 (Reuters) – A court overseeing airline......

ISS urges Spirit shareholders to vote for Frontier offer

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June 25 (Reuters) – Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS) has urged shareholders of Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N) to vote for a proposed merger with Frontier Group Holdings Inc (ULCC.O). “On balance, support for the merger with Frontier on the revised terms is warranted,” the proxy advisory firm......

Frontier raises offer for Spirit to stave off JetBlue’s bid

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A logo of low cost carrier Spirit Airlines is pictured on an Airbus plane in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau//File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 24 (Reuters) – Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N) on Friday urged its shareholders to back a......

U.S. complaints against airlines soar as on-time arrivals fall

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WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. consumers lodged more than quadruple the number of complaints against U.S. airlines in April compared with pre-pandemic levels as on-time arrivals fell, according to a report Thursday. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced on Thursday that it received 5,079 complaints about airline service......

Airlines confident of narrowing losses, lash out at governments

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DOHA, June 20 (Reuters) – Global airlines battered by COVID-19 seem confident of narrowing their losses and went on the offensive at an industry summit in Qatar, criticising governments and airports over their handling of the recovery from the pandemic. “The cost of government mismanagement was substantial. It devastated economies,......

Analysis: Europe’s summer of discontent reveals travel sector labour crisis

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AMSTERDAM/PARIS/DOHA, June 19 (Reuters) – After 21 years as a service agent at Air France (AIRF.PA), Karim Djeffal left his job during the COVID-19 pandemic to start his own job-coaching consultancy. “If this doesn’t work out, I won’t be going back to the aviation sector,” says the 41-year-old bluntly. “Some......

Transport department denies UK mulling visas for EU workers to ease airport woes

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June 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s Department for Transport on Saturday denied a report that the government was considering issuing temporary visas to workers from the European Union to ease a staffing crisis at airports. The Telegraph newspaper reported that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has discussed plans to issue baggage handlers......

U.S. to drop COVID testing for incoming international air travelers

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WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – The United States will drop from Sunday a 17-month-old requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19, an official said, a move that follows intense lobbying by the airlines and the travel industry. A formal announcement will be made later......

European airport labour strife, staff shortages disrupt summer travel

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June 9 (Reuters) – Labour strife and staffing shortages have European airports clamouring to find more workers, minimize cancelled flights and reduce headaches for travellers during the busy summer season. Workers at France’s Charles De Gaulle airport are striking on Thursday for more pay, with a quarter of flights cancelled.......

Spirit Airlines delays shareholder vote on Frontier deal

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June 8 (Reuters) – Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N) said on Wednesday it had postponed a shareholder vote on its sale to Frontier Group Holdings Inc (ULCC.O) to June 30 from June 10 after JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) sweetened a rival offer for the budget carrier. Spirit assessed it did not......

Red-hot Asia diesel margins may peak in June as supplies rise, monsoon nears

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An oil tanker is pictured in the waters off Tuas in Singapore July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Singapore 10 ppm gasoil cracks hit all-time high of $55.77/bbl China demand recovery to counter India’s monsoon demand weakness EU’s sanctions against Russia to......

U.S. aims to ramp up international tourism hit hard by COVID

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WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday will unveil a new strategy aimed at boosting international tourism hit hard by COVID-19 and government travel restrictions by streamlining the entry process and promoting more diverse destinations. The “National Travel and Tourism Strategy” sets a goal of 90......

JetBlue sweetens offer in buyout race for Spirit Airlines

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK June 6 (Reuters) – JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) on Monday improved its offer for smaller rival Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N) in an attempt to outstrip competition in the race to buy the low-cost carrier. Shares of Spirit rose 1.6% in early trading. Under JetBlue’s revised terms, Spirit shareholders......

Airline EasyJet cancels around 80 flights

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An Easyjet Airbus aircraft takes off from the southern runway at Gatwick Airport in Crawley, Britain, August 25, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 5 (Reuters) – Low-cost carrier EasyJet (EZJ.L) cancelled 80 flights on Sunday due to the ongoing challenging operating......

Air Canada sees travel demand in Asia rebound by end of 2023 executive says

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An Air Canada plane flies over the city after departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) – Air Canada (AC.TO) is expecting a demand for flights between Canada and the......

Biden, baby formula execs to meet on efforts to ease shortage

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June 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with major infant formula manufacturers on Wednesday as his administration presses ahead with efforts to boost imported supplies to help ease a nationwide shortage. Multiple global suppliers are seeking U.S. approval to ship critical baby formula as Biden’s administration accelerates......

Nepal recovers bodies of all 22 victims of plane crash, voice recorder found

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KATHMANDU, May 31 (Reuters) – Nepali search and rescue teams on Tuesday recovered the body of the last of 22 people aboard a small plane that crashed in the Himalayas two days earlier and also found the flight’s voice recorder. Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalis were on the......

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