aviation

Confusion surrounds US electronics ban for Middle East flights

A new US security measure banning large electronic devices from airliner cabins on direct flights to the United States from 10 Middle Eastern hubs left travellers in confusion Tuesday.

Downing Street: Britain to follow US flight ban on laptops in cabins

Britain will follow the United States by banning laptops and other larger electronic devices from passenger cabins on some inbound flights from Middle Eastern and African nations, the government said on Tuesday.

Alitalia airline workers confirm April 5 strike over planned cuts

Alitalia unions confirmed their strike call Monday after a government-mediated meeting with management over the loss-making airline's turnaround plan failed to bring the two sides to an agreement.

Sicilian airport reopens after Mount Etna volcano ash causes closure

Sicily's Catania airport reopened Saturday after authorities closed the facility due to plumes of volcanic ash from the volcano Mount Etna.

Air traffic controllers strike to ground hundreds of Alitalia flights

Alitalia said Friday it has cancelled 40 per cent of its domestic and international flights next Monday due to a national strike by air traffic controllers and ground crews.

Finnair cancels 100 flights over ground-staff strike

Finnish national airline Finnair cancelled about 100 flights Friday due to a strike by a labour union that organizes ground staff at the country's main airports.

Lufthansa: Profits will dip in 2017 due to fuel costs, lower fares

Lufthansa said Thursday that its profits are likely to decline slightly this year due to rising fuel costs and lower flight fares.

Croatia Airlines to launch four new international routes

Croatia Airlines on Wednesday presented four new international routes, from Zagreb to Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo and Bucharest, which will expand the airline's network of European destinations during the summer season.

Lufthansa, pilots reach agreement to end long-running pay dispute

German airline Lufthansa and pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit agreed on Wednesday to bring to an end a bitter five-year dispute which caused widespread disruption to the carrier's services through strikes.

Singapore Changi Airport voted world's best for fifth year in a row

Singapore's Changi Airport has been voted the world's best airport by air travellers for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Airport Awards in Amsterdam, organisers Skytrax said in a statement Wednesday.

First test landing at new Zagreb airport carried out

The first test landing at Zagreb's new Franjo Tudjman Airport was successfully carried out on Tuesday with passengers from Vienna disembarking and picking up their luggage, and the official opening of the airport is set for March 21 and it is to be open to traffic on March 28, Zagreb International Airport (MZLZ) company reported.

Berlin airport strikes extended until early Wednesday

A strike by ground crew workers at Berlin's two commercial airports has been extended until early Wednesday, the Verdi union announced.

650 flights set to be cancelled due to renewed Berlin airport strikes

Around 650 flights are set to be cancelled at Berlin's two commercial airports Monday, as about 2,000 ground crew workers stage another strike in a dispute over pay.

Flights restart at Berlin airports after strike ends

A one-day strike by ground staff at both of Berlin's airports ended early Saturday, though a spokesman for airport operator BER said passengers may still be affected, especially on morning flights.

Hundreds of flights cancelled at Berlin airports due to strike

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at both of Berlin's airports on Friday due to a strike by ground crew.

Finnish carrier cancels 100 flights over ground-staff strike

Finnish national airline Finnair on Friday cancelled about 100 flights due to a strike by a labour union that organizes ground staff at the country's main airports.

Five killed in helicopter crash in Istanbul

Five people were killed on Friday in a helicopter crash in Istanbul shortly after take-off, Governor Vasip Sahin said, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Tunisian airline resumes flights after brief halt over staff crisis

Tunisia's national airline on Thursday said it had once again resumed flights after a brief stoppage due to a dispute between pilots and technicians.

Bangladesh operates all-women flight to mark Women's Day

Bangladesh's national airline on Wednesday operated a flight staffed entirely by female staff members for the first time to mark International Women's Day, officials said.

Nigeria closes international airport in capital for six weeks

Nigeria has closed its airport in the capital, Abuja, for six weeks for runway repairs starting Wednesday, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said.

SAS reports first-quarter net loss of 62 million dollars

Scandinavian airline SAS on Wednesday said its first quarter net loss doubled to 556 million kronor (62 million dollars) compared to a year ago.

Three dead in helicopter crash into Japan mountain

Three people were pronounced dead after a helicopter crashed into a mountain in central Japan on Sunday, local media reported.

False bomb scare grounds Thai Airways plane in Stockholm

A plane bound for Thailand was set to resume its flight from Stockholm late Friday after a bomb threat delayed the flight originally scheduled for a day earlier.

Three killed after small plane crashes into California homes

Three people were killed and two injured on Monday after a small plane crashed into a residential neighbourhood in the city of Riverside in California, local fire chief Michael Moore told reporters.

Thousands more affected by noise under Berlin flight route change

Thousands more residents in Berlin could be affected by aircraft noise due to changes in a flight route to a long-delayed new international airport.

Strike grounds hundreds of Alitalia flights

Employees of loss-making Italian airline Alitalia walked off the job Thursday after government-mediated talks failed to break the deadlock, causing the airline to cancel hundreds of flights.

Alitalia strike set for Thursday, hundreds of flights cancelled

Employees of Italy's loss-making airline Alitalia will go on strike Thursday, air transport unions confirmed, after government talks with both sides failed to break the deadlock.

Airbus profits take hit after write-off on new military aircraft

Airbus Wednesday announced that its profits for 2016 were down 63 per cent to 995 million euros (1,046 million dollars) after a major write-off on a troubled programme to develop a new military transport aircraft.

Five killed as plane crashes into shops near airport in Melbourne

All five people aboard a small charter plane were killed Tuesday when it crashed into a shopping centre near Essendon Airport in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

Air France pilots give green light to lower cost subsidiary

Members of Air France's main pilots union on Monday voted to accept the creation of a new lower cost subsidiary that the flag carrier hopes will help it compete on long-haul routes.

Lufthansa reaches settlement with pilots' union in salary dispute

German airline Lufthansa and pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit have agreed to a settlement proposed in mediation, ending a long-running and bitter dispute over salaries.

Croatian airports and seaports handle more passengers and cargo in Dec.

The turnover of passengers at Croatian airports in December 2016 reached 240,000, which was by 11.2% higher than in December 2015, according to the figures provided by the national statistical office (DZS).

Bangladesh proposes death penalty for flight disruptions

Passenger plane hijackers could soon face the death penalty under new Bangladeshi legislation, officials said Monday.

Cancellations, delays at Berlin airports as ground staff strikes

Passengers at Berlin's two main airports faced cancellations and delays on Wednesday as ground staff walked off the job in a dispute over pay and working hours.

Air travel grew 6.3 per cent last year as passengers hit new record

The annual number of air passengers reached a record 3.7 billion last year as demand for air travel rose 6.3 per cent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Thursday in Geneva.

Eurowings increasing flights out of Germany to Croatia

German low-cost airline Eurowings, a member of the Lufthansa Group, is increasing the number of flights to Croatia this year, the airline's executives told Croatian Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli on Friday.

Freezing fog disrupts flights, prompts air pollution alert in London

Heavy fog and freezing temperatures caused the cancellation of dozens of flights Monday and prompted London Mayor Sadiq Khan to issue his first alert for "very high" air pollution.

2017 opening for long-delayed Berlin airport officially ruled out

The long-delayed opening of Berlin's new airport will not be in 2017, airport head Karsten Muehlenfeld confirmed Saturday, citing unacceptably high risks if planners stuck to the original timetable.

French airlines and tour operators expanding their services to Croatia

French low-cost airlines Volotea and Transavia and online travel agency Karavel plan to expand their services to Croatia this year, the Croatian Tourism Ministry said on Friday.

India's SpiceJet to buy 205 Boeing jets in 22-billion-dollar deal

Indian budget airline SpiceJet will purchase 205 planes worth 22 billion dollars from US manufacturer Boeing, one of the biggest orders ever made by an Indian airline, according to an agreement announced Friday.

Croatia Airlines sells 5 slots at Heathrow

Croatia Airlines (CA) has sold five of its nine slots at London's Heathrow airport to the US Delta Airlines for US$ 19.5 million, the Croatian national air carrier told Hina on Thursday.

Britain's Heathrow sets new record with 76 million passengers in 2016

Britain's Heathrow Airport, Europe's busiest air travel hub, on Wednesday reported a new record of 76 million passengers last year, up 1 per cent from 2015.

Airbus sets record with 2016 commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus delivered a record 688 commercial aircraft in 2016 on the back of strong operational performance and a robust market, the airline manufacturer said Wednesday.

More than 600 flights cancelled due to snowfall in Istanbul

Heavy snowfall in Istanbul has prompted major delays at Turkey's largest airport, where all domestic flights have been cancelled up to Sunday night, according to airlines and Turkish media.

Mozambican plane collides with unknown object; drone suspected

A passenger plane with Mozambique’s LAM airline suffered damage after apparently colliding with an unknown object this week, the airline said Friday.

Not all bad news: 2016 one of safest years for flying on record

For many, 2016 was a year of bad news, but flight safety experts in Germany and the Netherlands have pointed out one positive: Flying is becoming increasingly safer.

Russia rules out explosion as cause of plane crash that killed 92

Russian investigators have ruled out an explosion as the likely cause of a military plane crash this week, the head of the armed forces' aviation safety service said Thursday.

Direct flights between Osijek and Stuttgart to start as of May 2017

Executives of Osijek Airport and German low-cost airline Eurowings on Wednesday signed an agreement to launch direct passenger flights between the eastern Croatian city of Osijek and the southwestern German city of Stuttgart as of May 2017.

Lightning forces emergency landing amid heavy storms over Scandinavia

Lightning struck two airplanes headed to Copenhagen during a Boxing Day storm, forcing one of them to make an emergency landing on the Danish island of Bornholm, police reported Tuesday.

Black box recovered from crashed Russian plane

The flight data recorder from a Russian Tu-154 military plane that crashed into the Black Sea on the weekend has been recovered, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

Russia: plane crash probably not terrorism

Russian investigators are not considering terrorism among the most likely causes of a military plane crash believed to have killed more than 90 people, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Monday.

First bodies from Russian plane crash taken to Moscow

The first bodies of victims from a Russian military plane crash in the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi were flown to Moscow on Monday.

Russia says no sign of survivors after plane crashes with 93 aboard

The Russian Defence Ministry said that "no survivors are seen" from the Tu-154 military plane that crashed on Sunday in the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi.

Report: 10-year-old girl dies in Ireland after transatlantic flight

A ten-year-old girl who fell ill during a transatlantic flight from Canada to Britain has died in hospital in Limerick in Ireland, Irish broadcaster RTE reported Sunday.

Russian military plane carrying choir to Syria crashes in Black Sea

A Russian military plane carrying more than 90 people, including a renowned choir to perform for the holidays at an airbase in Syria, crashed on Sunday in the Black Sea off the coast of the city of Sochi, the Defence Ministry said.

Weapons used in Malta hijack were fake, government says

Hijackers who diverted an aircraft from Libya to Malta used replica weapons, the Maltese government says.

All passengers released from Libyan plane hijacked to Malta

All the passengers have been released from a hijacked Libyan plane in Malta, the Maltese state broadcaster reported on Friday.

Hijackers threaten to blow up Libyan jet with 118 on board: reports

Two hijackers who forced a Libyan passenger plane to be diverted to Malta on Friday have threatened to blow it up, according to Malta's state television and Libyan media.

Boeing chief promises Trump Air Force One for less than 4 billion

Donald Trump and the chief executive of Boeing discussed the costs of a new presidential plane on Wednesday after the incoming president threatened to cancel the order due to rising costs.

Malaysian air force plane crash kills one, injures three

A Malaysian air force plane crashed at a base on Wednesday, killing the pilot and injuring three others on board.

Russian plane crash-lands in Siberia, dozens injured

A Russian plane transporting military personnel crash-landed in the Siberian region of Yakutia on Monday, injuring dozens of people.

Iran to sign 10-billion-dollar deal with Airbus for 100 planes

Iran is to sign a 10-billion-dollar deal with Airbus next week to acquire 100 aircraft, Iran's transportation minister said on Sunday according to news agency ILNA.

Iran: Deal closed for 7 Airbus planes

The Iranian private airline Iran Aseman has agreed a deal to purchase seven passenger jets from Airbus, news agency ISNA reported Iranian Employment Minister Ali Rabei as saying on Wednesday.

Free Route Airspace introduced over Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia Control (HKZP), Serbia-Montenegro's SMATSA and Bosnia and Herzegovina's BHANSA, as of 8 December have introduced the concept of Free Route Airspace (FRA) facilitating 24-hour free planning and flights in their airspace regardless of the countries' borders and the area under their responsibility, HKZP reported on Tuesday.

Pakistani carrier grounds small plane fleet in wake of fatal crash

Pakistan's national carrier on Monday grounded its entire fleet of ATR planes, in the wake of a fatal crash last week that killed all 48 people on board, officials said.

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa cleared for joint venture

Singapore's competition watchdog cleared a proposed joint venture by Singapore Airlines and Germany's Lufthansa on Monday.

Iran and US firm Boeing sign massive deal

Iran's state airline Iran Air and US aeroplane producer Boeing on Sunday signed a deal for the purchase of 80 aircraft valued at 16.6 billion dollars.

Pilots resume negotiations with Lufthansa in long-running pay battle

Pilots working for Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, have returned to the negotiating table with their employers, marking progress in a long-running pay dispute that has dogged the company with strike action.

Frankfurt airport test-runs new automatic immigration system

Frankfurt airport was testing out a new automatic immigration system on Thursday, the first time such a system has been tried out in Germany.

Airlines' revenues in Croatia up more than 6% in 2015

Air carriers in Croatia in 2015 recorded a positive financial result of HRK 20 million, 53.1% up from the previous year, and they also reported an increase in revenues, the Financial Agency (FINA) said on the occasion of Civil Aviation Day, December 7.

No survivors after plane with 48 on board crashes in Pakistan

A commercial aircraft carrying about 40 passengers and crew members went missing in northern Pakistan on Wednesday after it took off from a tourist resort near the Afghan border, headed for Islamabad, officials said.

A quarter of commercial pilots have left Croatia in past 4 years

International Civil Aviation Day is observed on 7 December worldwide and this has been an opportunity for the trade union of Croatian commercial pilots to send a message of seasonal greetings and warn that in the last four years, a quarter of civil aviation pilots have left Croatia in search of a better employment.

Trump threatens to cancel orders for new Air Force One planes

US President-elect Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cancel the planned purchase of new presidential planes because of cost overruns.

Indonesian police plane carrying 13 people crashes into sea

An Indonesian police plane carrying 13 people crashed into the sea on Saturday, police said. 

Danish domestic flight makes emergency landing over smoke in cabin

A Danish domestic flight with 18 people on board made an emergency landing Saturday after smoke from one engine spread into the cockpit and cabin, the airline and airport officials said.

Germany: Flight ban law improves security for "citizens and business"

A new law that allows the German government to issue flight bans when there is a terrorist threat "improves security for citizens and business," Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday.

Investigation points to fuel shortage in Colombia plane crash

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a charter jet that crashed in Colombia while carrying 77 people, including a Brazilian football team, may have run out of fuel, authorities said Wednesday.

Strike forces Lufthansa passengers to find alternative transport

About 98,000 Lufthansa passengers were forced to make alternative travel plans on Wednesday as a pilots' strike forced the German airline to slash 890 flights.

Lufthansa flyers face travel chaos as pilots step up strike action

About 180,000 Lufthansa passengers are facing a round of travel chaos this week after the German airline was forced to ground more than 1,700 flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in the wake a strike by pilots.

Airbus says it will cut more than 1,000 posts

Airbus said Tuesday that it will phase out 1,164 positions and transfer 325 posts as part of an effort to increase efficiency.

76 dead in Colombia plane crash, police say

Seventy-six people, including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, are dead after a chartered plane carrying 81 people crashed in the mountains of Colombia on Tuesday, according to police.

Plane carrying Brazilian footballers crashes in Colombia

A plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian club football team Chapecoense, crashed in Colombia early Tuesday morning, local broadcaster Caracol reported.

Lufthansa slashes flights as pilots strike escalates

Lufthansa has slashed more than 1,700 flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, throwing into chaos the travel plans of about 180,000 passengers as the airline's pilots threatened to step up their strike action.Lufthansa said on Monday it had cancelled 816 short- and medium-haul flights scheduled for Tuesday, affecting 82,000 passengers.

WTO rules Boeing subsidies illegal in EU-US aircraft dispute

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has received forbidden subsidies for its 777X wide-body passenger jet, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Monday, deciding the latest round of the ongoing EU-US aviation trade spat in Europe's favour.

Lufthansa pilots set to continue strike on Tuesday, Wednesday

Lufthansa pilots are set to continue their strike over salaries on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots' union said late Sunday.

Flight carrying Bangladesh premier makes emergency landing

An international flight carrying Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Hungary made an emergency landing in Turkmenistan after technical problems, officials said on Sunday.

Lufthansa: 35 cancellations on Sunday despite end of strike

A four-day pilots' strike at German carrier Lufthansa ended Sunday, but the previous days' labour action is still causing cancellations.

Lufthansa: Possible cancellations on Sunday despite end of strike

A four-day pilots' strike at German carrier Lufthansa ends Sunday, but there may still be delays and cancellations, the company said in a statement issued Saturday.

Pilots reject latest Lufthansa offer, but strike to end Sunday

A new wage package is on the table from Lufthansa as it seeks to end an open-ended pilots' strike.

Lufthansa pilots' union says strike is indefinite

No end date has been set for the current round of strikes by Lufthansa pilots, a spokesman for the pilots' union said on Friday, as the strike entered its third day.

Lufthansa strike to hit weekend flights amid pay deadlock

Weekend flights operated by German airline Lufthansa are set to be disrupted after a pilots union said Thursday it would extend its strike action to a fourth day.

Lufthansa cancels 830 flights on Friday as third day of strikes looms

The pilots’ strike at Lufthansa will result in the cancellation of 830 flights on Friday, affecting the travel plans of some 100,000 passengers, the German flagship carrier said on Thursday.

Lufthansa cancels 912 flights as pilots strike enters second day

The strike by Lufthansa pilots in support of a pay demand went into its second day on Thursday, with the German flagship carrier cancelling 912 flights for the day, hitting the travel plans of some 100,000 long

Russian pilot killed, Canadian tourist injured in Nepal plane crash

A small aircraft crashed Wednesday near a stream in western Nepal, killing a Russian pilot and injuring a Canadian tourist, police said.

Lufthansa cancels 912 flights for second day of strike on Thursday

Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa has cancelled 912 flights scheduled for Thursday, the second day of a strike by its pilots in a long-running and costly pay dispute.

German court says pilots can strike at Lufthansa

A Frankfurt court has decided against Lufthansa's request for an injunction to stop a pilots' strike scheduled for Wednesday.

Lufthansa takes legal action against pilots' strike

Lufthansa says it is seeking an injunction to stop a pilots' strike scheduled for Wednesday as part of a long-running battle with its employees over pay.

Dozens of flights axed in Germany amid Eurowings cabin crew strike

Dozens of flights were cancelled in Germany on Tuesday as cabin crew at Lufthansa's budget carrier, Eurowings, walked off the job in Dusseldorf and Hamburg to protest pay and conditions.

Lufthansa pilots call 14th strike in salaries dispute

German pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit on Monday announced a strike at Lufthansa amid a salary dispute that has been ongoing for more than two years.

Four killed as police helicopter crashes in Rio de Janeiro

Four military policemen were killed in Rio de Janeiro Saturday when a police helicopter crashed following clashes in one of the city's most notorious slums, the news website Globo reported.