Aegean to add North African routes amid network expansion
February 21, 2019
Aegean Airlines is to three new destinations in Africa to its network this summer as part of an broader expansion.

The Greek carrier says it will add Marrakech and Casablanca in Morocco and Tunisian capital Tunis as destinations from Athens, along with Ibiza, Sarajevo, Skopje and Valencia. In addition, it will start flying from Thessaloniki to Hannover.

Cirium schedules data shows that Ryanair already serves Marrakech from Athens.

Aegean also plans additional frequencies from Athens to Barcelona, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, Porto, Vienna and Zurich as well as, in the summer, to Bologna, Catania, Luxembourg, Malaga, Malta, Naples and Venice.

The Greek flag carrier says the addition of 700,000 international seats to its network will bring the total to 10.3 million.

Domestic seats bring the overall total to 17.7 million.

Avianca to cease operations to three Peruvian cities
February 20, 2019
Avianca is continuing a pullback in the domestic Peruvian market, and will end service to three cities beginning 31 March.

The Star Alliance carrier will drop flights to Trujillo, Juliaca and Puerto Maldonado – destinations that it says has been underperforming in its network. The cuts will leave Avianca serving only Lima and Cusco.

"These network changes further advance the company’s strategy which emphasises route and network profitability by reducing underperforming flights and ensuring Avianca’s network is optimised," says Avianca.

The airline will continue to serve Lima from international points, and will also maintain service between Cusco and Bogota. In 2018, Avianca ceased service to Arequipa, Iquitos and Piura in Peru.

Avianca currently serves Trujillo and Juliaca from Lima, and flies to Puerto Maldonado from Cusco, Cirium schedules data shows. The airline's exit from these routes will leave LATAM Airlines Peru as the sole carrier offering service.

The Peruvian domestic market has undergone significant changes in the recent year, with the demise of LC Peru and the expansion of Viva Air Peru. Chilean low-cost carrier Sky Airline is also slated to launch domestic Peruvian operations in April.

Boeing sees Indian airlines focusing on profit over growth
February 20, 2019
Boeing says that airlines in India are beginning to better balance capacity with demand, and are seeing better yields.

“Air fares in the last 30 days have gone up and growth (in capacity) has actually come down by 2%,” says Dinesh Keskar, Boeing’s senior vice-president, Asia-Pacific and India sales.

One key contributor to that trend is the stabilisation of fuel prices over the recent quarter, he adds.

“With that happening, I have a feeling that airlines may finally at least break even and start coming out of their doldrums.”


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