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News of May 2007

Global Air Traffic Up In 2007 – IATA

31 May 2007

International air passenger traffic rose by 6.7 percent in the first four months of the year, driven by a relatively strong global economy, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday.

Cross-border freight traffic was up a more sluggish 2.6 percent compared to the same period a year ago as carriers faced heavy competition from other types of transport, IATA said in a statement.

Middle East airlines saw the strongest growth with a 17.6 percent passenger demand increase and 12.2 growth in freight. Those in Latin America saw a 1.6 percent decline in passenger traffic and a 5.5 percent drop in freight.

source: Airwise

20 injured as turbulence hits KLM plane headed for Japan

31 May 2007

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Thursday confirmed that 20 people were injured when one of its aircraft hit heavy turbulence a few hours after it took off on an overnight flight from Amsterdam to Japan.

Seventeen passengers and three crew were injured when a sudden drop in air pressure over St Petersburg caused the Boeing 777 to drop 50 metres, Bart Koster, a spokesman for the airline said.


Ryanair planning eight new services from Shannon

31 May 2007

Ryanair has announced plans to begin operating eight new routes from Shannon Airport later this year.

The airline says it will be starting services to Birmingham, Fuerteventura, Kaunas, Leeds, Luton, Riga and Tenerife in November.

It will also be starting a twice-daily domestic service to Dublin and increasing the frequency of flights to Edinburgh and Manchester.


Airline announces Toronto to India flights by summer

31 May 2007

A leading Indian airline will begin flights from Toronto to India this summer on a route that Air Canada has failed to make profitable several times in the past.

JetAirways (India) Ltd. will begin five flights a week from Toronto through Brussels, destined for New Delhi beginning Aug. 23. The Indian carrier aims to deliver daily service by the end of October as part of a major push into North America, said Abraham Joseph, a senior general manager for the airline.


Skybus adds flights to San Diego, Florida, New England

30 May 2007

Skybus Airlines Inc. plans to boost service from Port Columbus International Airport to southern California, Florida and New England in mid-July.

The fledgling Columbus airline will add flights to San Diego starting July 16, as well as service to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee, Mass., to serve Hartford, Conn., and Springfield, Mass.