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American Airlines Will Now Pay Moving Expenses For Flight Attendants


For the 403 flight attendants who have been relocated from the soon-to-be-closed San Francisco crew base, American Airlines has agreed to cover their transfer costs.

Nine bases will be available for flight attendants to choose from, and some may be required to relocate 2,692 miles to Boston.

The airline made the surprise announcement that its more than 50-year-old flight attendant base in San Francisco would be shuttered because there are “no future flying prospects” for flight attendants in Northern California based on America’s “current network strategy”.

The Dallas Fort Worth-based airline hasn’t given flight attendants much notice of the closure, and even though it doesn’t plan to lay off any employees, crew members were told there weren’t any openings in Los Angeles and only a few in Phoenix.

Instead, flight attendants will have to decide between moving to a new location and uprooting their lives or traveling across the country to a base with openings.

Once the open positions in Phoenix have been filled, Dallas Fort Worth, which is located around 1,464 miles from San Francisco International Airport, is the next closest crew base with open openings.

Washington National Airport is 2,435 miles from Washington National, 2,296 miles from Charlotte, and 1,840 miles from Chicago. Additionally, flight attendants will be able to bid to relocate to Miami and LaGuardia.

At first, it was believed that relocations to new bases would be considered “voluntary” movements, absolving the airline of its need to cover flight attendants’ relocating costs.

Since then, the airline and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) have come to an agreement that would allow displaced flight attendants to receive reimbursement for their moving costs.

The union has called the closing of the San Francisco base a “slap in the face.”

“Just as the airline is returning to profitability, and Flight Attendants are optimistic that our operation may soon return to normal, we are left asking why now,” the union complained earlier this month.

“We should never choose profits over people. Our SFO-based Flight Attendants feel like just numbers in the system.”

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Passengers Flying With Emirates Airlines Will No Longer Have to Wear a Face Mask


Emirates is now the first airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one of only few in the Gulf to abandon a strict face mask requirement on almost all of its flights.

Even while the formal relaxation of pandemic-related laws and limitations in the UAE won’t be effective until Wednesday, the removal of Emirates’ mask mandate really went into effect earlier.

However, as of Tuesday at 4:05 p.m., passengers were no longer obliged to wear a face mask on Emirates flights, according to the airline’s website. Confusingly, the airline added that the masking requirements would be determined by local laws at the passenger’s destination, which may indicate that some flights may still be subject to the mask regulation.

Nearly all passengers aged six and older were legally forced to wear masks onboard all Emirates flights, making the UAE one of the countries with the longest-running face mask requirements in the whole world.

The only legal exception allowed by Emirates was for travelers who could show a doctor’s note with a medical exemption and was enforced inconsistently for the majority of the previous two and a half years.

Masking will still be required in hospitals and mosques, according to Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, a spokeswoman for the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, who announced the modifications. Public transportation will also be required to wear masks.

“The aviation sector will adopt precautionary measures in line with the national aviation protocol, with airlines to decide whether face masks will be mandatory or optional on airplanes,” Dr Al Dhaheri explained.

The requirement to wear a face mask on flights was still being reinforced to passengers on Tuesday night by Etihad Airways, flydubai, and Air Arabia.

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Cathay Pacific claims that traffic improving but still low


According to Cathay Pacific, its traffic figures for August 2022 continued to reflect the beneficial impacts of additional revisions to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, particularly the requirement for inbound travelers to stay in hotels that have a mandatory quarantine arrangement.

Last month, Cathay Pacific carried a total of 253,907 passengers, up 87.6% from August 2021 but down 91.3% from the pre-pandemic level in August 2019.

Revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) for the month were up 82.7% year over year but down 86.1% from August 2019. While capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKs), increased by 23.5% year over year but declined by 83.8% compared to August 2019 levels, passenger load factor increased by 22.2 percentage points to 68.6%.

In comparison to the first eight months of 2021, the number of passengers transported increased by 133.5%, while capacity increased by 1.6% and RPKs increased by 141.9%.

Last month, the airline transported 104,851 tonnes of cargo, a 15.6% decrease from August 2021 and a 35% decrease from the same time in 2019.

The month’s cargo revenue tonne kilometers (RFTKs) fell 35.1% from August 2019 and by 23.3% from the previous year. The available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), a measure of capacity, fell by 11.1% year over year and by 41.1% from August 2019 while the cargo load factor dropped by 10.7 percentage points to 67%.

In comparison to the first eight months of 2021, the tonnage dropped by 8%, while capacity and RFTKs fell by 25.4% and 32.4%, respectively.

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “We continued to see improved performance in our travel business in August. Average daily passenger numbers further increased month on month and exceeded 8,000.

Compared to July, the number of passengers per flight jumped by 28%, although we were still only operating at about 16% of pre-pandemic levels. Load factor remained high at close to 69% during this time.

We saw an upsurge in inbound traffic to our home hub after the Hong Kong SAR Government changed the hotel quarantine policy for visitors entering Hong Kong starting on 12 August. This was accurate, especially for long-distance traffic coming from the US, Canada, and Europe.

Our ability to carry people to Zhengzhou, Qingdao, and Xiamen resumed in August, but our capacity for passenger flights to the Chinese Mainland remained limited.

“Student traffic from the Chinese Mainland to the US represented a significant portion of our passenger traffic last month. On top of our existing services to New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we resumed flights to Chicago and Boston in August for the first time this year to cater to the strong demand.

As a result, our US-bound flights managed 80% of load factors. Apart from student traffic, our US routes were also boosted in the other direction by transit traffic traveling to Southeast Asia, the result of greater connectivity from increased flight frequency.

“In terms of cargo, we operated a full freighter schedule in August, which was supported by increased passenger flights as well as regional cargo-only passenger flights. While our overall cargo flight capacity was down 11% compared with the same period last year, this was because we operated a significant number of long-haul cargo-only passenger flights at that time.

Overall, we operated 59% of our pre-pandemic cargo flight capacity in August. Demand has remained flat throughout the summer months, but we have continued to make all preparations to ensure smooth operations as we step into the cargo peak season.

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Ethiopian Airlines Leads consortium to Win Bid for New Nigerian Airline


The chosen bidder for shares in the new Nigerian airline Nigeria Air is a consortium led by Ethiopian Airlines, the nation’s aviation minister announced on Friday.

One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign pledges in the 2015 election was the airline.

The new airline will be 49 percent owned by Ethiopian Airlines, 46 percent by the Nigerian Sovereign Fund, and 5 percent by the Nigerian federal government.

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, told reporters that the Buhari cabinet was anticipated to approve the shareholding proposal in the following several weeks. According to him, Nigeria Air would have a $300 million initial capital and 30 aircraft by the end of four years.

Nigeria Air will begin by offering service between Abuja, the nation’s capital, and Lagos, its commercial hub, and will eventually add other routes.

“We are going to initially bring in six Boeing 737 aircraft and between the third and fourth year the airline will be able to acquire up to 30 aircraft,” Sirika said.

“Nigeria Air is a limited liability company that will have no government intervention,” he added.

To become a center for West Africa, Nigeria has been working to establish a national airline and improve its aviation infrastructure, which is currently thought to be a hindrance to economic growth.

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Schiphol to pay airlines €350 for each passenger whose flight is cancelled


In the next few days, Schiphol Airport will reimburse airlines €350 for each customer whose trip is canceled.

As part of the airport authority’s aims to reduce lines for security checks and baggage issues, the action is meant to encourage airlines to start canceling flights and reduce passenger numbers.

This policy serves as a band-aid to assist airlines while talks regarding a more organized reduction in passenger numbers are ongoing. According to the airport administration, that will take about two weeks.

In order to alleviate long wait times, Schiphol stated earlier this month that passenger numbers needed to be reduced by about 9,000 per day for the following six weeks.

In an effort to increase hiring, Schiphol offered security guards a bonus of more than €5 per hour during the busy summer months. However, the program was discontinued at the beginning of September.

According to union representatives, maintaining the bonus may ultimately be less expensive than paying airlines a fee for each passenger.

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