The European Parliament has moved to close a compensation loophole exploited by some airlines to refuse compensation for passengers delayed longer than three hours by clarifying specifically what can be classified as “extraordinary circumstances.”
The European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA) have welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of a new regulation supporting non-punitive reporting of aviation incidents.
UK air navigation services provider NATS said it would “welcome” an inquiry into the level of contingency and resilience in UK airspace following the Dec. 7 internal telephone system failure that caused a significant reduction in UK airspace capacity resulting in widespread delays and disruption to air traffic.
LOT Polish Airlines is expecting to report a loss of PLN20 million ($6.6 million) at the end of 2013, showing a marked improvement over the results assumed in the carrier’s restructuring plan, which forecast a loss of PLN142 million for the full year.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has followed the US lead and approved the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) in non-transmitting mode through all stages of flight, including taxi, take-off and landing.
UK air navigation services provider NATS said a problem with its internal telephone system caused a significant reduction in UK airspace capacity that resulted in widespread delays and disruption to air traffic Dec. 7.
The European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) is distancing itself from the Commission’s controversial plans for including international aviation in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by proposing amendments to soften the EU stance.
The collective market value of publicly traded airlines worldwide has more than doubled since 2009, but is still below pre-2008 financial crisis levels, according to a top industry stock analyst....More