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Rowdy Frontier Airlines Passenger Duct-Taped to Seat Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Passenger was starting to get aggressive and basically attacked the male flight attendant.Unruly passenger was yelling about his parents being rich and having $2 million.Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami.

Frontier Airlines launched an investigation into a midair incident with unruly passenger being subdued by the crew.
Rowdy Frontier Airlines Passenger Duct-Taped to Seat
A video of an out-of-control passenger being duct-taped to his seat mid-flight after allegedly punching and groping flight attendants has gone viral on social media, and that has prompted the airline to investigate.

The video made waves on Tuesday as it found its way onto social media. In the clip, a flight attendant can be seen taping a passenger to their seat, even placing the tape across their mouth, while others on the plane cheer. 
Frontier Airlines released a statement about the incident, alleging that the man had punched one male flight attendant and groped two female flight attendants. 
“During a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31, a passenger made inappropriate physical contact with a flight attendant and subsequently physically assaulted another flight attendant,” the airline said in a statement. “As a result, the passenger needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived.”

The passenger, Maxwell Berry, was taken into custody by Miami police and is facing three counts of battery.
Berry, 22, allegedly brushed a cup along a flight attendant’s backside and later emerged from the bathroom shirtless, requiring staff to find him a new shirt in his luggage. Berry later groped two female attendants’ chests and punched a male flight attendant in the face, police say.
The footage was quickly and widely spread on social media, with few showing sympathy for the restrained passenger.

In a separate video allegedly featuring Berry, he is yelling about his parents being rich and having $2 million.
Despite the public support for the flight attendants, Frontier has suspended them from flying duties until a full investigation can be conducted. 
“The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of investigation of the events,” the airline said.

Moscow Sheremetyevo Named the Most Punctual Airport in Europe Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Sheremetyevo is among the Top 5 airport hubs in Europe.Sheremetyevo is the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and cargo traffic.In 2020, Sheremetyevo served 19 million 784 thousand passengers.

Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport was recognized as the most punctual airport in Europe and the second most punctual in the world in the Global Airports category.
Moscow Sheremetyevo Named the Most Punctual Airport in Europe
Thanks to effective cooperation between the airport, airlines and air-traffic control agencies, the Sheremetyevo aerodrome has maintained high capacity and ensured a high level of punctuality of flights. Sheremetyevo was the first airport in Russia to develop and implement a system of joint decision-making with airlines, using its own innovative Synchron database.

The most punctual air carriers at Sheremetyevo in May and June 2021, based on landings, departures from the parking area and takeoffs, were:
Russian airlines:
AeroflotRussia Severstal
European airlines with more than 200 passenger flights:
Air FranceKLMAir Serbia
European airlines with less than 200 passenger flights:
FinnairLOTBelavia
Asia-Pacific Airlines:
Japan AirlinesKorean AirAir India
Airlines with more than 500 cargo flights:
AviastarAeroflotAirBridgeCargo
Airlines with fewer than 500 cargo flights:
Air ChinaEmiratesCargoLogic Germany

Aer Lingus Resumes Dublin Flights from Budapest Airport Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Aer Lingus restores Budapest-Dublin air link.Aer Lingus will operate a three-times weekly service on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.Aer Lingus’ return will boost Budapest’s market by nearly 2,500 monthly seats.

Last week saw Budapest Airport witness the return of its long-standing partner Aer Lingus. Serving the Hungarian gateway since 2004, the Irish flag carrier is welcoming customers back on board its flights between Budapest and Dublin for the first time since the pandemic began.
Aer Lingus Resumes Dublin Flights from Budapest Airport
Aer Lingus will operate a three-times weekly service to Ireland’s largest city on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Using its fleet of A320s on the 1,912km sector, the airline will boost Budapest’s market by nearly 2,500 monthly seats.

Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport comments: “Every airline to return to our Tarmac is a reason to celebrate and a sign of our movement forward. Aer Lingus’ resumed schedule of links to the Irish capital makes for a perfect long-weekend to a destination renowned for its culture and welcoming nature.”
Peter O’Neill, COO, Aer Lingus says: “We are delighted to recommence flights from Budapest and welcome back customers on board now that travel restrictions have been relaxed.” O’Neill adds: “We are delighted to once again be able to do what we do best for more customers – deliver safe international travel.’’

Airline Industry: 2020 Was Worst Year on Record Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019.Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year.The decline in air passengers transported in 2020 was the largest recorded since global RPKs started being tracked around 1950.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis:
Airline Industry: 2020 Was Worst Year on Record
1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019
Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year
International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared to the year prior
Domestic air passenger demand (RPKs) dropped by 48.8% compared to 2019
Air connectivity declined by more than half in 2020 with the number of routes connecting airports falling dramatically at the outset of the crisis and was down more than 60% year-on-year in April 2020
Total industry passenger revenues fell by 69% to $189 billion in 2020, and net losses were $126.4 billion in total
The decline in air passengers transported in 2020 was the largest recorded since global RPKs started being tracked around 1950

Thousands Stranded as Spirit Airlines Cancels Almost 300 Flights Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Passengers stranded at Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Houston and San Juan airports.Spirit Airlines cancelled 261 flights today.Spirit Airlines delayed 120 flights today.

Thousands of passengers were stranded today at the airports in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Houston, and San Juan in Puerto Rico, after Spirit Airlines cancelled or postpones nearly 300 flights.
Thousands Stranded as Spirit Airlines Cancels Almost 300 Flights
According to airline’s statement, “a series of weather and operational challenges” have caused travel disruptions.

Passengers reported waiting hours in line for refunds and other customer service help at airports. Some stranded travelers camped out.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA released a statement, saying that “schedule month change over,” and IT outages, along with the weather, may have contributed to the operational collapse of Spirit Airlines.
US carriers have struggled to maintain staffing levels after COVID-19 decimated profits.

Florida -based Spirit Airlines had canceled 261 flights and 120 flights had been delayed Monday as of 2:30 p.m. ET.
Apparently, Spirit Airlines was far from the only airline to struggle yesterday and today. 
American Airlines also cancelled more than 500 flights and another 782 were delayed due to weekend storms and “operational challenges.”

Russia to Add Tourist Module to Its Next Space Station Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Russia’s obligation to participate in the ISS program ends at the end of 2025.In April, 2021, Russian Prsident approved plans for new Russian Orbital Service Station.Russian space chief suggest creation a separate space station module for tourists.

Russian space agency officials have suggested constructing a special module for tourists on the proposed Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS), a Moscow-funded replacement for the aging International Space Station (ISS).
Russia to add tourist module to its next space station
According to the head of the Russian State Space Corporation (Roscosmos) Dmitry Rogozin, the Roscosmos Scientific and Technical Council discussed the ROSS creation at its meeting on July 31.

“I suggested that the project should include the creation of a separate module for visitors,” the Roscosmos chief said.
With Russia’s obligations to participate in the ISS program coming to an end in 2025, there has long been speculation about the future of the planet’s only inhabited space station.
Roscosmos will not engage in suborbital flights, Russian space official said, but Russian space agency will get involved in developing space tourism as part of the orbital piloted program.

In April, 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the plans for new Russian Orbital Service Station, signing off on a proposal for a space station with three to seven modules.
If the decision is made to include a segment purely for tourists, it will continue a tradition of Russia’s participation in space tourism. In 2001, American engineer Dennis Tito became the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space, arriving in the Russian Soyuz TM-32 rocket.

Cathay Pacific Airways Returns to Pittsburgh International Airport Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Latest international airline to capitalize on PIT’s cargo speed.Hong Kong-based carrier will serve Pittsburgh International Airport through end of year.Planes will arrive on Mondays and Fridays and depart the next day.

Cargo operations at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) will get another boost with the return of twice weekly flights from Cathay Pacific Airways.
Cathay Pacific Airways Returns to Pittsburgh International Airport
Cathay Pacific starts service on Aug. 2, 2021, with its Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes that have been converted for cargo, with plans to serve PIT through the end of the year. Planes will arrive on Mondays and Fridays and depart the next day. Cargo onboard the aircraft is for the garment industry.

The aircraft will start their flights from Hanoi, Vietnam, stopping at Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport before flying nonstop to PIT. Cathay Pacific initially started cargo service to PIT in September 2020 with 20 flights.
PIT’s ability to quickly unload cargo and get it on trucks for delivery is one of the reasons Cathay Pacific and freight forwarder partner Unique Logistics chose to return for their latest cargo venture.
“Pittsburgh International Airport’s geographic location, community support, and operational efficiencies provide the ideal environment for us to operate service from Vietnam with Cathay Pacific to the Pittsburgh area,” said Marc Schlossberg, Executive Vice President of Unique Logistics. “Unique Logistics is contracted to operate around 120 such flights with several airlines from Asia into PIT and other airports in the United States for the remainder of 2021, adding valuable air cargo capacity for US importers.”

“Additional flights could be added to PIT as the operation scales up,” added Schlossberg.

Qatar Airways and RwandAir Announce Interline Agreement Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Partnership will leverage Qatar Airways’ global network.Qatar Airways’ access to African destinations will increase.The agreement will integrate Qatar Airways and RwandAir loyalty programs’ benefits.

Qatar Airways passengers will be able to explore even more of Africa following its new partnership with Rwanda’s flag carrier, RwandAir via their hubs at Doha and Kigali.
Qatar Airways and RwandAir Announce Interline Agreement
As a part of the strategic partnership, the extensive interline agreement will give customers access to the networks of both airlines, providing a seamless travel experience and enhanced customer service including in the frequent flyers programs.

Customers can pick and choose from over 160 destinations in the combined networks of both airlines, which are perfectly connected via their home hubs of Doha and Kigali.
This latest cooperation comes hot on the heels of the airlines’ recent loyalty partnerships announcement, giving RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members, access to each other’s destinations with the opportunity to ‘earn and burn’ points across their reciprocal route networks.
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive said: “This partnership cements our commitment to giving travellers the widest choice of destinations, while providing a seamless, high quality travel experience, which is the goal of both Qatar Airways and RwandAir.

“Africa is a hugely important market for us and this latest partnership will help support the recovery of international air travel and offer unrivalled connectivity to and from a number of new African destinations.”
Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir CEO, said: “We’re really excited to be opening up more of the world to our customers through the new interline agreement with Qatar Airways.

Kuwait Bans All Unvaccinated Citizens From Foreign Travel Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Only vaccinated Kuwaiti citizens allowed to travel abroad.Travel ban goes into effect on August 1.Children under 16 are exempt from the new rule.

Kuwait authorities announced that only vaccinated Kuwaiti citizens will be allowed to travel abroad, effectively grounding a large part of the country’s 4.2 million population.
Kuwait bans all unvaccinated citizens from foreign travel
The blanket ban on foreign travel for the unvaccinated citizens was announced by government officials of the Gulf nation today. Starting from August 1, only vaccinated individuals will be allowed to go on foreign trips.

However, the children under 16, people with medical conditions preventing vaccination, and pregnant women will be exempt from the new rule and will be allowed to travel if they obtain proper certification from the nation’s health ministry.
The move effectively grounds a vast swath of Kuwait’s population under a foreign travel ban. According to the latest available data, Kuwait has administered over 2.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with around one million people so far – over 22% of the population – receiving two shots.
While the announcement was not exactly clear in regards to this matter, it apparently implies that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel after the measure takes effect next month.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kuwait has registered over 394,000 COVID-19 cases, with almost 2,300 people having died the disease.

June Air Travel Recovery Continues to Disappoint Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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Total demand for air travel in June 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 60.1% compared to June 2019.International passenger demand in June was 80.9% below June 2019.Total domestic demand was down 22.4% versus pre-crisis levels (June 2019).

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-COVID-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions. 
Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General
As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are to June 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.

Total demand for air travel in June 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 60.1% compared to June 2019. That was a small improvement over the 62.9% decline recorded in May 2021 versus May 2019. 
International passenger demand in June was 80.9% below June 2019, an improvement from the 85.4% decline recorded in May 2021 versus two years ago. All regions with the exception of Asia-Pacific contributed to the slightly higher demand. 
Total domestic demand was down 22.4% versus pre-crisis levels (June 2019), a slight gain over the 23.7% decline recorded in May 2021 versus the 2019 period. The performance across key domestic markets was mixed with Russia reporting robust expansion while China returned to negative territory. 
“We are seeing movement in the right direction, particularly in some key domestic markets. But the situation for international travel is nowhere near where we need to be. June should be the start of peak season, but airlines were carrying just 20% of 2019 levels. That’s not a recovery, it’s a continuing crisis caused by government inaction,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General. 

Fully-Vaccinated US and EU Visitors Will Be A Boon To UK Economy Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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UK Travel & Tourism sector will get a huge boost from new regulation.The cruise industry will breathe a sigh of relief.It also throws a vital lifeline to airlines and businesses throughout the sector.

Virginia Messina, WTTC Senior Vice President and Acting CEO, said: “The Travel & Tourism sector – and the UK economy – will get a huge boost following news that fully-vaccinated US and EU visitors will at last be able to travel quarantine-free to England.
Fully-Vaccinated US and EU Visitors Will Be A Boon To UK Economy
“The cruise industry will breathe a sigh of relief that the crucial relaunch of international cruise departures from England has been given the green light, giving hope to a sector which has struggled to stay afloat.

“It also throws a vital lifeline to airlines and businesses throughout the sector, by helping to restore much-need transatlantic travel and essential links to the EU.
“However, unless it’s reciprocal and the US responds with a similar move, we won’t see the full benefit.  
“Research shows that before the pandemic US visitors to the UK contributed more than more than £4 billion to the economy in 2019, underlining the importance of transatlantic travel.

“We urgently need internationally coordinated action to reopen borders to safe international travel for all visitors who are fully vaccinated or can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
“Harmonization would restore international mobility, ensure reduced protocols for vaccinated travelers, emphasize the importance of global vaccine recognition, and enable global use of ‘digital health passes’.”

US Travel: England Reopening A Wise Decision Aviation Feature, Aviation News

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International travel is an export industry, and the balance of travel trade historically has favored the United States.Closed borders have not eliminated the spread of the delta variant.Continued border closures have further delayed the return of American jobs and a greater economic recovery.

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the news that England would soon begin welcoming fully vaccinated Americans:
US Travel: England Reopening A Wise Decision
“British government leaders have made a wise decision in reopening England to vaccinated travelers from the United States. It’s time for U.S. leaders to do the same and set a timeline to reopen our national borders—and we encourage them to start with vaccinated travelers from the U.K., E.U. and Canada. The reality is there’s no difference between a vaccinated American and those vaccinated in the U.K., the E.U. and Canada.

“International travel is an export industry, and the balance of travel trade historically has favored the United States. Closed borders have not eliminated the spread of the delta variant, while continued border closures have further delayed the return of American jobs and a greater economic recovery.
“To U.S. government leaders we say: Let’s establish a plan—now—as the British and Canadian and other governments have done, to begin reopening international travel.
“To all, we say: Heed the calls from health authorities and get a vaccine. It’s the fastest path to normalcy for all.”