It’s been over two weeks since the last ever Air Berlin flight landed on October 27th and anyone who has bought domestic tickets since then has almost certainly noticed the difference. Passengers flying domestically are paying on average 32.5 percent more for short haul flights compared to four weeks ago, according to an analysis carried out by MyDealz.de. The shopping portal analyzed prices on 25 short and medium haul routes in October and again in November before coming to its conclusions.
Ryanair is to postpone its new cabin bag policy until January 15, 2018 "to allow customers more time to adjust to the changes", it says. The new policy, which was to have come into effect from November 1st, axes free 10kg carry-on bags for all but Priority Boarding Customers. Passengers who do not pay its €5 priority fee will have to check the larger of their two cabin bags (10kg, 55cm x 40cm x 20cm) into the hold at the boarding gate.
An Air Berlin flight was grounded in Reykjavik over the airline's unpaid airport charges. The Icelandic aviation authority would not allow the plane to take off without paying its bills. Cash-strapped Air Berlin, one of Germany’s largest airlines, filed for insolvency in August after shareholder Etihad announced it would no longer be providing financial support. A €210 million ($247 million) bid by Lufthansa to buy the airline was accepted last week.
UK low cost airline and holiday company Monarch Airlines has collapsed and been placed in administration leaving 110,000 customers stranded abroad. The accountants KPMG announced in the early hours of Monday that Monarch, Britain’s longest-surviving airline, had been placed into administration and that all further flights from the UK had been cancelled and would not be rescheduled.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has begun testing on a proof-of-concept autonomous air taxi, flying for five minutes approximately 650 feet above a windy residential neighborhood. The air taxis (AATs) are built by the German company Volocopter. Looking like a helicopter with a drone's rotors attached at the top, it is meant to seat 2 with 18 propellors. Unmanned for its first run, the test and surrounding ceremony was arranged by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.
Wizz Air today introduces its new “Flexible Travel Partner” service, allowing customers to create a new reservation without including all passengers’ names at the time of booking. This innovative new product has been designed for customers who want to book their trip securing low-cost fares well in advance, yet are uncertain who their travel partners will be.
Millions of Ryanair passengers will be forced to put their weekend bags and small suitcases in the hold from November 1, unless they cough up £10 per return flight for priority boarding. The low-cost airline said only those who pay the fee will be allowed to take a larger 10kg bag, measuring up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, into the cabin. Everyone else will be able to keep a small handbag or laptop bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm), but will have their bigger cases taken from them at the gate and placed in the hold (free of charge).
KLM has launched a Whatsapp service for businesses, allowing passengers to receive flight information through the messaging app. The Dutch company has become the first airline out the gates with a presence on Whatsapp Business, a dedicated channel in which companies can reach out to their customers.
A strong Easter bank holiday weekend helped Ryanair to a 55% rise in profit for the three months to the end of June. The airline reported a profit after tax of €397m for the quarter, compared to an average forecast of €366 million in a company poll of analysts. Ryanair generated €1.9 billion in revenue during the quarter, up 13% on the same period last year and carried 35m passengers (+12%). The company notes the results are flattered by the fact that Easter fell in April this year, skewing comparisons with 2016, when it was in March.
There could be a day when an airline will pay you to fly with them, according to the CEO of WOW Air. Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of low-cost carrier WOW Air, says he sees a day when customers will be paid by the airline to fly with them. Wow Air founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen said to media: “I can see a day when we pay you to fly.” "If you come to us and trust us with your booking, we can see that your airfare is reduced to zero and even reward you for it", he added.
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