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Friday | 29 May | 2020 Wat hou die toekoms vir lugvaart in?

Deur Nico Strydom   Kenners meen die lugvaartbedryf, plaaslik en internasionaal, gaan waarskynlik heeltemal anders lyk na afloop van die Covid-19-pandemie.   Die groot vraag is tans hoe die bedryf sy bedrywighede moet hervat sodra hy die groen lig kry om dit te doen en hoe lank dit sal neem vir die bedryf om in die posisie te kom waarin dit voor die pandemie was.   Passasiersvlugte is reeds sedert begin Februarie gekanselleer en het kort daarna heeltemal tot stilstand gekom weens die Covid-19-uitbreking. Covid-19 het ook bestaande probleme in die lugvaartindustrie vererger en sekere lugrederye het reeds aangekondig dat
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Monday | 30 March | 2020 Hulp sal nie gou beskikbaar wees vir swaar getrefde lugvaartbedryf in SA nie

Deur Cindy Venter Die lugvaartbedryf in Suid-Afrika is een wat alreeds swaar kry – dit is al lank reeds die geval en die Covid-19-pandemie sit nou net die kersie op die koek. Op 25 Maart 2020 het besigheidsreddingspraktisyns 'n versoek by die hooggeregshof ingedien om SA Express te likwideer. Die regering het aangedui dat hulle 'n besluit sal neem nadat hulle die aansoek verwerk het. Hulle was in die verlede gekant teen die besluit. Dit het gevolg nadat SA Express reeds in Maart 2020 nie salarisse aan hulle 691 werknemers kon betaal nie. Kulula en British Airways het op hul
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Monday | 23 March | 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on the pilot profession

By Cindy Venter While we are all cancelling or rescheduling flights because of Covid-19, people in aviation must now also make plans to ensure that they survive this pandemic. Below follow just some examples of recent and sudden developments in the industry: Emirates requested pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave. Emirates has more than 21 000 cabin crew and employees more than 4 000 pilots. Emirates has a total staff complement of 100 000. British Airways, which has 4 500 pilots in its employ is cutting salaries by 50%. They are mitigating the shock by effecting the cuts over a period
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Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 Privatising airports no magic solution – aviation CEO

05.06.2019– Fin24 Privatising airports due to lack of funds for infrastructure development is not a “magic solution” for African governments, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said. Governments in Africa should be careful before they just “rush into” privatising airports, he told Fin24 on the sidelines of Iata’s 75th annual general meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. “We encourage governments to consider all options before they make a decision on whether to privatise an airport or not,” he said. Iata has guidelines available on how it suggests governments should proceed when considering the privatisation
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Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 South African Express says that it is turning itself around

14.06.2019– Engineering news South African State-owned regional airline SA Express (SAX) affirmed on Friday that it was making substantial progress in its turnaround programme. It has also been taking action against employees found to have been engaged in wrongdoing. All those employees who have been charged with offences, and found to be guilty, have been fired from the airline. In those cases in which the offences involve alleged violations of the law, the airline has opened criminal cases. It will use legal means to recoup any losses that were the result of these various offences. Lees meer.

Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 Slowing demand, rising costs squeezing airline profits

– report 15.06.2019 – Fin24 Slowing demand and rising costs are squeezing airline profits, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association. The industry body announced at its 75th annual general meeting in Seoul, South Korea in May that it had downgraded its 2019 outlook for the global air transport industry to $28bn profit from its previous forecast of a $35bn profit. Lees meer.

Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 New tech to improve air passengers’ flying experience

– industry 17.06.2019 – Fin24 More than 8.2 billion passengers will travel by air globally by 2037, this is nearly double the amount of current passengers, according to the aviation industry’s projections. Nick Careen, senior vice president of airport, passenger, cargo and security at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), said that growth of air passengers and cargo demands will present challenges to airports. He was speaking at a media briefing ahead of the start of the 75th annual general meeting of Iata in Seoul, South Korea. Lees meer.

Friday | 10 May | 2019 ‘Airport city’ key for economic future – CT airport manager

28.04.2019– Fin24 It is said that in future, it won’t be countries competing with each other, but rather cities – and that is why global air access is so important for SA cities, says Deon Cloete, general manager of Cape Town International Airport. A successful aerotropolis (a multi-modal commercially viable “airport city” centred around an airport) forms an important part of the process, he said at the 4th annual AviaDev aviation development conference in Cape Town on Thursday. At the same time, there are social imperatives to address within the area where an airport operates. Cloete said Airports Company SA
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Friday | 10 May | 2019 Africa’s first general aviation trade show comes to Tshwane

07.05.2019– Bizcommunity From 4-6 July 2019, Wonderboom National Airport in Pretoria, Tshwane, will open its doors to welcome over 4,000 registered trade visitors looking to experience the latest the general aviation industry has to offer. The three-day event is presented in partnership with AERO Friedrichshafen – Europe’s largest general aviation show, and will feature the latest products and innovations from local and international exhibiting companies, a wide spectrum of aircraft on display, as well as free-to-attend workshops where visitors can stay abreast of the latest developments. On 6 July, AERO South Africa will host an official fly-in for visitors travelling
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Friday | 10 May | 2019 SAA launches direct service to China’s ‘manufacturing hub’

05.05.2019 – Fin24 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Sunday that it will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on September 18, 2019, giving customers access to the heart of China’s export led manufacturing industries. According to a statement by SAA, this is yet another strategy implementation initiative aimed at enhancing its route network. “The decision to launch this direct service between Johannesburg and Guangzhou means we remain on track in executing our strategy to transform SAA into a fit for the future airline that will operate both efficiently and competitively,” commented SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana. Lees meer.