September 16, 2021| 49 0

Avelo Airlines takes off for Vegas

Avelo Airlines takes flight today to its second popular destination from Sonoma County – Las Vegas. The flight operates four days per week utilizing Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft. The inaugural nonstop flight from Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) to McCarran International Airport (LAS) will be the only nonstop scheduled servic …

September 9, 2021| 134 0

Emirates resumes more routes

Emirates has announced that it will be restarting services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from September 11 and St Petersburg from October 8, 2021. The resumption of these services builds on Emirates’ growing global footprint, the continued lifting of entry restrictions as well as demand recovery across the airline’s network. From October 8, flights …

September 9, 2021| 140 0

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHT BACK TO KABUL

A Qatar Airways B777-300/ER (Registration A7-BEO) had arrived in Kabul earlier today carrying aid. It departed from Kabul for Doha, Qatar with passengers, including a large group of foreigners on board. As the last plane carrying the US soldiers left Kabul on August 31, the US barred all civil aircraft from flying over the Afghanistan air corridor without prior authorization unless permitted.  “Due to both the lack of air traffic services and a functional civil aviation authority in Afghanistan, as well as ongoing security concerns, US civil operators, pilots, and U.S.-registered civil aircraft are prohibited from operating at any altitude over much of Afghanistan.”  FAA statement As the airport was left non-operational after the US pullout, the Taliban sought technical help from Qatar, which emerged as a key player post the US-led evacuation efforts. Kabul Airport Operations is Getting Restored Qatari and Turkish technical teams have helped restore operations at the airport, which was damaged during the chaotic evacuations of tens of thousands of people to meet the US troop withdrawal deadline of August 31. “This is a historic day in the history of Afghanistan as Kabul airport is fully operational. We have been faced by huge challenges … but we can now say that the airport is fit for navigation,” he said. The airport is “about 90 percent ready for operations but its reopening is planned gradually” Mutlaq al-Qahtani, Qatar’s special envoy to Afghanistan A Charter Flight Al-Qahtani earlier said the Qatar Airways plane would be the first international commercial flight from Kabul airport since American forces left at the end of August. “Call it what you want, a charter or a commercial flight, everyone has tickets and boarding passes,” al-Qahtani said from the tarmac, adding that another flight would take off on Friday. “Hopefully, life is becoming normal in Afghanistan.” Alex Macheras, the aviation analyst, told Al Jazeera that it was a charter flight. “This is not a commercial flight whereby the airline is selling tickets to paying passengers … as part of a schedule,” he said, “Instead the airline has been paid by the government, which in […]

September 9, 2021| 152 0

Qantas To Ban Unvaccinated Travelers On International Flights

The boss of Qantas, Alan Joyce, has confirmed that the airline will not allow unvaccinated passengers to travel with it internationally. Qantas is eyeing a mid-December restart for international flying and has already run a successful incentive program to encourage its passengers to vaccinate. No vaccine, no fly As mooted by the airline’s CEO last ye …

September 9, 2021| 150 0

Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Some 200 foreigners, including Americans, left Afghanistan on a commercial flight out of Kabul on Thursday, the first such large-scale departure since the U.S. and other forces completed their frantic withdrawal over a week ago. The Qatar Airways flight to Doha marked a breakthrough in the bumpy coordination between the U.S …

August 26, 2021| 165 0

South African Airways will restart operations next month

SAA will return with an Africa-only network but hopes to fly beyond the continent as market conditions improve. South African Airways (SAA) plans to relaunch operations on Sept. 23.  SAA initially will operate flights on African routes from Johannesburg (JNB) to Accra (ACC), Cape Town (CPT), Harare (HRE), Kinshasa (FIH), Lusaka (LUN), and Maputo …

August 26, 2021| 131 0

Germany Ends Afghanistan Evacuation As Threat Levels Rise

Germany will end its evacuation effort from Afghanistan today as the risk of an attack on Western forces is reportedly rising. Since last Monday, the country has been evacuating those in need from the country with the help of Lufthansa. Germany is one of many countries currently participating in the repatriation effort. For the past week and a half, countries have been working around the clock to get their citizens and others at risk out of the Afghan capital, Kabul. The US is set to withdraw its troops by the end of the month, effectively signaling a deadline for all nations. Germany to withdraw today According to multiple reports, including the Geman publication DW, today will be the last day of German operations rescuing people from Kabul Airport. The reason given for the withdrawal is the deteriorating situation in the city from a security point of view. According to the Bundeswehr (German armed forces), the risk of an attack from a terrorist organization such as the Islamic State is “very specific and to be taken very seriously.” Within an hour at the time of writing, the German Ministry of Defence tweeted, “Now is the most sensitive phase, the terror threats are intensifying. We continue to work feverishly on the evacuations, at the same time it is about protecting our soldiers.” So far, over 5,300 people have been evacuated from Kabul by Germany. On Monday morning, this figure stood at roughly 2,700. Of this figure, more than 4,100 were Afghans, including local staff who helped Germany during the Afghanistan War. According to German-language publication Der Spiegel, Germany was already being forced to end its operations from Kabul Airport. The publication reports that on August 31st, the 6,000 US troops currently securing the airport will be removed from the country. As a result, other countries have already been told to leave the airport 48 hours before this time. What’s next? The German repatriation effort is operating out of Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. As the evacuation effort draws to a close, Germany will remove its remaining troops and equipment, such as two helicopters, from […]

August 26, 2021| 137 0

Finally the end? Alitalia cancels flights past October 2021

The Italian flag carrier Alitalia has announced that all flights scheduled after October 15, 2021, are canceled.  Passengers that have booked flights with Alitalia after the deadline should be able to get refunded. In an attempt to create a new debt-free carrier, the Italian government created a 100 million fund to pay back customers. According to t …

August 26, 2021| 345 0

Italian plane comes under fire as it takes off from Kabul airport

An Italian military transport plane came under fire as it flew out of Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL), a source at Italy’s Defense Ministry told Reuters. The plane was not damaged in the incident. The C-130KJ of the Italian Air Force was transporting 100 Afghan civilians out of Kabul when it came under fire. Pilots proceeded to carry …

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