Here is our rolling report with short aviation news for the month of January 2022:

13 – Qantas and Jetstar have adjusted capacity for the current January-March quarter, which is Q3 in the airline’s FY22. In response to the effects of the Omicron variant on air travel and staff availability, domestic capacity will be reduced from 102 to 70 percent. International capacity will be down from 30 to 20 percent as Qantas and Jetstar are confronted with travel restrictions to Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. The two airlines say they have stood 100 percent of their Australia-based staff to compensate for any shortages that may follow from quarantine measures.

12 – Passenger travel continued to increase in November, according to the latest figures from IATA. That was just before the effects of the Omicron have become apparent by the end of the month and early December. November traffic in revenue passenger kilometers climbed to 53 percent, or 47 percent down on 2019. This compares to -48.9 percent in October. At -18.8 percent to 2019 levels, North America was the strongest market, followed by Latin America at -27.5 percent. Europe was at -39.4 percent, the Middle East at -52.6 percent, Africa at -55.1 percent. The Asia Pacific is still a far way off the rest of the world, at -69.8 percent.
The best performing domestic market is still Russia, 17.5 percent better than 2019. The US was at -6.0 percent, Brazil at 8.5 percent, and India at -17.1 percent. Cargo suffered from supply issues and recorded just 3.7 percent growth in November compared to 9.2 in October.

11 – American Airlines and Aer Lingus have launched a codeshare agreement to increase connectivity. The AA code will be placed on flights of the Irish carrier between London Heathrow and Dublin, Cork, Shannon, and Belfast City. Also covered are flights between Dublin to London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, and Amsterdam. Aer Lingus will codeshare on flights from Chicago to Albuquerque, Nashville, Tennessee, Dallas-Forth Worth, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Jose, San Francisco, and Tucson.

11 – Qatar Airways will launch services to two new destinations in Nigeria. Starting on March 2, the airline will operate four weekly flights to Kano via Abuja and three weekly flights to Port Harcourt via Abuja from March 3. The capital Abuja will be served daily instead of four times a week as happens now. Qatar also flies to Lagos. The airline says it sees enormous growth potential in Nigeria, one of the fastest-growing countries on the continent. The two new destinations will bring Qatar’s total gateways to Africa to eight. The airline will use the Boeing 787-8.

10 – KLM has started adding 0.5 percent sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) on all flights out of Amsterdam. This represents an increase of 0.4 percent over the previous admixture and also applies to all flights of its leisure subsidiary Transavia. KLM has the intention to further grow the uptake of SAFs until 2025 when a two percent blend is made compulsory by the European Union. The purchase of SAF will be financed by raising ticket prices by one to twelve euros, depending on the distance flown and class used. Passengers who wish to do so can pay extra for the purchase of more SAF, although this doesn’t automatically mean that the fuel will be used on the flight they are travelling on.
KLM will source the SAF from SkyNRG and Neste, which are both expanding refinery capacity in The Netherlands. Neste says that it can produce enough SAF to satisfy five percent of SAF demand at Amsterdam Schiphol, although the fuels made from cooking oil and other feedstock is distributed to other customers as well. 

 

 

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