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Ethiopian Airlines Debuts First Covid-Era, Contactless Terminal

Ethiopian Airlines Debuts First Covid-Era, Contactless Terminal

Lebawit Lily Girma, Skift

From government bailouts to layoffs, commercial airlines have taken drastic measures to stay afloat since Covid-19. Not Ethiopian – now operating out of the second largest capacity airport in Africa, while turning a profit and forging ahead with further expansion plans beyond its new state-of-art, bio-safety terminal.

1 month ago

Swiss Tax-Free Airport Shopping Firm Sold for $2.6 Billion to Private Equity-Backed Buyer

Swiss Tax-Free Airport Shopping Firm Sold for $2.6 Billion to Private Equity-Backed Buyer

Joshua Franklin, Reuters

Have you ever claimed your value added tax back for things you bought during a trip to Europe? Then you probably used a Global Blue Tax Free Shopping service. If your airport line was endlessly long, you'll be amused to know it took nine months for Global Blue's sale to happen.

2 months ago

Airports Push for New Contactless Tech and Automation as Budgets Shrink

Airports Push for New Contactless Tech and Automation as Budgets Shrink

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The airport sector needs to invest in contactless tech and automation through the challenges. A recent product contest with vendors and a new accreditation program may help airports make progress.

2 months ago

Major Wealth Fund Invests in Near-Instant Virus Testing at 3 Airports

Major Wealth Fund Invests in Near-Instant Virus Testing at 3 Airports

Katya Golubkova, Reuters

A Russia-Japanese testing system, EMG, promises test results in a half-hour. If true, the tests could allow some passengers to avoid quarantines.

4 months ago

Flights in Spain Doubled in First Week of July But Still Well Off Pre-Pandemic Levels

Flights in Spain Doubled in First Week of July But Still Well Off Pre-Pandemic Levels

Clara-Laeila Laudette, Reuters

Spain is seeing its flight traffic increase, but an uptick in virus cases recently may bring new fears of a second wave.

4 months ago

Thai Airport Group Expects Revenue and Passengers to Be Down by Half

Thai Airport Group Expects Revenue and Passengers to Be Down by Half

Chayut Setboonsarng, Reuters

Airports of Thailand thinks passenger numbers and revenue will fall by half this year. If a vaccine is made and ready for use by July next year, they could see air traffic volume being back to normal by October, 2021.

4 months ago

Lufthansa Will Resume Flying to More Cities But With Fewer Flights

Lufthansa Will Resume Flying to More Cities But With Fewer Flights

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The airline group spent months negotiating its $10 billion rescue deal, and seems to know exactly what it will take to pay it back.

5 months ago

France’s Arrivals From Within Europe Won’t Be Subject to Quarantines

France’s Arrivals From Within Europe Won’t Be Subject to Quarantines

Michel Rose and Mathieu Rosemain, Reuters

The devil, which in this case are new coronavirus outbreaks, is in the details of this new French policy. Those details are scant for now.

6 months ago

Vienna Airport to Offer $200 Coronavirus Tests to Bypass Quarantines

Vienna Airport to Offer $200 Coronavirus Tests to Bypass Quarantines

John Revill, Reuters

Coronavirus testing on arrival at an airport or even before departure may become the new normal.

6 months ago

Major U.S. Airports Getting a Piece of $10 Billion in Relief Funds

Major U.S. Airports Getting a Piece of $10 Billion in Relief Funds

David Shepardson, Reuters

The U.S. Department of Transportation relief package for airports won't make them whole, and these essential transportation hubs may be coming back to their federal benefactors for more.

7 months ago

Tightening Coronavirus Curbs Sap Travel Demand Through Airline Hubs

Tightening Coronavirus Curbs Sap Travel Demand Through Airline Hubs

Jamie Freed, Reuters

Airport hubs are now a shadow of their former selves as the coronavirus spreads turbulence across the global airline industry. Can it get any worse?

7 months ago

Airlines and Airports Scramble to Raise Cash With Cost Cutting and Cargo

Airlines and Airports Scramble to Raise Cash With Cost Cutting and Cargo

Jamie Freed, Reuters

To survive this unprecedented time, many airlines and airports are going to have to take radical, new steps.

8 months ago