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Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Pilots accuse Ryanair of using base closure threats to force CLAs
European pilot representatives have accused Ryanair of using the threat of base closures as a “weapon” to force pilots and cabin crew into signing collective labor agreements (CLAs).
Norwegian Boeing 787-9
Norwegian to close crew bases in Spain, Italy and US
Scandinavian budget operator Norwegian will close several crew bases in Spain, Italy and the US this year in a bid to improve profitability.
European airlines warn of capacity freeze as no-deal Brexit fears rise 
Airlines and airports are warning of looming capacity freezes across Europe, after UK prime minister Theresa May's terms with the European Union (EU) for exiting the trade bloc was overwhelmingly rejected by the UK parliament.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800
Turkish Airlines forecasts strong growth for 2019
Turkish Airlines expects its full-year revenues to reach $14.1 billion in 2019, on the back of a strong passenger growth forecast for the coming year.
Flybe Bombardier Q400
Connect Airways raises takeover offer for Flybe
The Virgin-led consortium seeking to acquire Flybe has increased its offer by £600,000 ($771,000) and agreed to immediately provide £10 million to improve the UK regional carrier’s liquidity, after it was revealed the conditions for the original bridge loan facility could not be met.
VINCI to invest $1.32 billion in new Lisbon airport
France’s VINCI Airports has agreed to invest €1.15 billion ($1.32 billion) in a dual-hub system for Lisbon that will see an expansion of the city’s existing gateway and the construction of a new, low-cost airport on the site of a former military air base.
Pilots seek urgent answers on job, network after Flybe takeover 
Pilot representatives are seeking urgent reassurances on job security from the consortium involving Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group, which is acquiring UK regional operator Flybe.
Flybe Bombardier Q400
Virgin-led consortium acquires Flybe in $2.8 million takeover deal
UK regional carrier Flybe will be rebranded as Virgin Atlantic under a £2.2 million ($2.81 million) takeover deal announced Jan. 11 by a consortium comprising Virgin Atlantic Ltd, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital.
Italy, Germany strikes start off 2019 with delays, cancellations
The year 2019 looks set to be another year characterized by flight delays and cancellations caused by industrial action across Europe, at least on the airport and air traffic control (ATC) side.
Joon Airbus A321
Air France-KLM to close Joon affiliate, signs cabin crew labor deal
Air France-KLM has confirmed it will close down Joon, the LCC hybrid sister airline to Air France, and absorb its employees and aircraft into the mainline carrier.
KLM Boeing 737-800
KLM sees strong passenger traffic growth in 2018
Full-year traffic figures released by Air France-KLM show a continued discord between the carriers’ individual performances as the smaller Dutch unit experienced the strongest growth while the French arm’s figures were negatively affected by strikes and anti-government protests.
Security staff at three German airports to strike over pay
Flights in Germany face further disruption this week because of planned strike action by security staff at three of the country’s airports.
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9
Virgin Atlantic pilots to appeal court ruling prohibiting strikes
A union representing pilots at Virgin Atlantic is attempting to overturn a court injunction won by the UK carrier last month, which prevented industrial action from taking place in the run-up to Christmas.
Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX 8
Icelandair’s international passengers up 2% in 2018; bullish on future
Icelandair said it carried 4.1 million international passengers in 2018, a 2% increase over the previous year, a record for the Iceland flag carrier.
Heathrow wants to add 25,000 flights a year ahead of third runway
London’s Heathrow Airport has opened an eight-week consultation on its planned expansion that includes a proposal to add up to 25,000 additional flights a year through more efficient use of its two existing runways, ahead of the opening of a third in 2026.
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