March 31, 2023


Sofema Aviation Services shares the latest events in the Aviation business from around the world in our
Aviation Weekly News Roundup:

> Europe aviation: capacity recovery at new high, no longer led by short/medium haul
In the week of 27-Mar-2023 Europe’s aviation capacity is closer to 2019 capacity levels than it has been at any time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Seat numbers have reached 96.4% of the equivalent week of 2019, which is a shortfall of just 3.6%. This has risen from 88.8% in the first week of Feb-2023. Read more

>> Aviation Industry Efforts Continue To Promote Intra-Africa Travel
The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) is continuing its efforts to implement the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which could hold the key to a golden age of aviation development in Africa. In an interview with AviaDev, AFCAC Secretary General (SG) Adefunke Adeyemi gave us an insight into developments from the last six months and the commission’s progress in executing SAATM. The commission is also spearheading the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) liberalization. Read more

> The EU’s Mr. Aviation finds an emergency exit
Henrik Hololei just wanted to say a big thank you to the airlines. Through an uncharacteristic stutter in his otherwise keynote-ready bombast, the EU’s aviation chief told the audience of industry figures — with a slight quiver in his voice — how grateful he was for their backing. Read more

>> Delta cuts 6,000 flights from summer schedules
Delta has cut more than 6,000 flights from its summer schedule, including some that are yet to be launched, according to a new analysis. Cirium data reveals Delta is cutting four routes in June, including two from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Iron Mountain, Michigan, and Alpena respectively, plus services between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Dallas Love Field, and Minneapolis and Escanaba, Michigan. Read more

> Croatia Airlines to resume Zagreb-Mostar flights
State-controlled flag carrier Croatia Airlines will resume flights from Croatia’s capital Zagreb to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mostar in May, regional media reported. Croatia Airlines was the sole bidder in a tender by the Mostar airport for the introduction of a regular Zagreb-Mostar service, regional news provider Ex-Yu Aviation reported on Monday. Read more

>> High airfares ‘pose threat’ to aviation sector recovery: ACI
Trade body Airports Council International (ACI) warns that high airfares in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East affect the recovery prospects of both airlines and airports, noting that most airports are still in the red. Read more

> Vistara first Indian carrier to operate long-haul aircraft using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
Vistara, a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, today became India’s first carrier to operate a wide-body aircraft using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a long-haul route. The ground-breaking ferry flight from Charleston International Airport, South Carolina to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi was operated in partnership with The Boeing Company and GE Aerospace, on Vistara’s newest GEnx-powered Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the fourth in its fleet. Read more

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