Anne Paylor

TAV agrees to buy Limak holding in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport 
Turkish airport operator TAV Airports has signed a share purchase agreement with Limak Group to acquire a 40% stake in Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Cebu Pacific to add Riyadh and Dammam to Middle East network 
Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air will launch services from Manila to two destinations in Saudi Arabia in October.
Lucio Tan agrees to buy back San Miguel’s 49% stake in Philippine Airlines 
Philippine-based San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has agreed to sell its 49% in Philippine Airlines to the Lucio Tan Group (LTGroup), which currently owns 51% of the carrier.
Strikes threaten to disrupt operations at Heathrow, Air France 
Ground handlers at London Heathrow Airport terminals 1, 2, and 3 are planning a 24-hour strike Friday, in a dispute with employer Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG) over pay.
Australia reviews route structure to enhance safety and efficiency 
Australia’s air navigation services provider Airservices Australia has implemented a revised air route structure between Melbourne and Cairns as part of ongoing efforts to reassess procedures and airspace management.
Dubai World Central
Dubai World Central gets green light for $33 billion expansion 
Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) has been given the green light for a AED120 billion ($33 billion) expansion.
Finnair Embraer E-170
Finnair pilots agree to annual cost savings of $22 million 
Finnair has reached an agreement with pilots on a series of cost-cutting measures that will generate savings of €17 million ($22 million) a year.
NATS controllers at Gatwick Airport break own world record 
Air traffic controllers at London’s Gatwick Airport handled 906 movements on Aug. 29, breaking their own world record for handling the highest number of air traffic movements in a single day from a single runway.
Asia-Pacific growth continues, but overcapacity puts pressure on revenues 
Although Asia-Pacific traffic continues to grow, intense competition is keeping airline profit levels in check as carriers flood the market with excess capacity, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
LOT Polish Airlines Embraer E-170
LOT Polish Airlines returns to operating profit in August 
LOT Polish Airlines reported it moved into profit on its core business eight months into the year.
Industry urges London mayor to support Airports Commission decision 
Industry reaction to the Airport Commission decision not to shortlist a new airport in inner Thames Estuary as a possible solution to the UK’s long-term capacity needs has been largely supportive, urging London Mayor Boris Johnson to support whichever option is ultimately selected.
Fastjet A319
Fastjet adds fourth international destination 
African low-cost airline Fastjet will launch flights to its fourth international destination in the middle of September, inaugurating the first direct air link between Tanzania and Uganda.
UK Airports Commission rejects ‘Boris Island’ Thames Estuary airport 
The UK government-appointed Airports Commission has ruled out an inner Thames Estuary airport as an option for providing new airport capacity by 2030.
Cebu Pacific Air A320
Cebu Pacific gets green light for five new international routes 
Philippine low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air has been granted entitlements to operate five additional international routes by the country’s Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).
Fastjet A319
Fastjet introduces premium, luggage upgrade fare packages 
African low-cost airline Fastjet has introduced two new services—“SmartClass” and “Freighty” packages—to tailor services with market demand, following a growing trend among Europe’s low-cost operators.

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