Kurt Hofmann


Kurt Hofmann has been writing on the airline industry for nearly 25 years for a number of different media outlets in Europe. He appears frequently on Austrian, Swiss and German television and broadcasting channels to discuss issues affecting commercial aviation.

He joined ATW in 2004 and is a regular contributor to ATWOnline with a special focus on airlines in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kurt worked as a travel agent in the 1990s, but soon began reporting on civil aviation. Through the years, he has established a very strong personal global network with CEOs and other executives in the airline industry.


LOT CEO: New Warsaw airport to eliminate need for short domestic flights 
LOT Polish Airlines CEO Rafał Milczarski believes the planned new Warsaw airport will be a climate-friendly global hub.
Flydubai to wet lease Smartwings 737s to cover MAX capacity
Flydubai has finalized a wet-lease agreement with Czech Republic-based Smartwings for four Boeing 737-800s from Dec. 14- Jan. 25, 2020 as the MAX grounding drags on.
Eurowings A320
Austrian Airlines, Eurowings Europe to expand wet-lease contract
Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and LCC Eurowings Europe are in talks to expand a wet-lease contract from Jan. 1, 2020.
LaudaMotion Airbus A320
Austro Control: LaudaMotion must resolve maintenance deficiencies 
Austrian aviation authority Austro Control has put Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion under increased supervision after discovering maintenance irregularities.
Eurowings maintains focus on consolidation
Eurowings continues consolidation efforts, with no further expansion plans until the Lufthansa LCC subsidiary’s expected return to profitability in 2021.
Sardinia’s Olbia airport to close temporarily in February
Italy’s Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport will shut down operations for nearly 40 days beginning Feb. 3, 2020, for runway renovation works. Aircraft operations are scheduled to resume March 13.
Emirates, SpiceJet sign codeshare, interline agreement
Emirates Airline and Indian LCC SpiceJet have signed a codeshare and interline agreement. From early 2020, the codeshare agreement—SpiceJet’s first—covers routes common to both airlines from Dubai to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kochi and Delhi.
Turkey´s AtlasGlobal suspends operations through mid-December
Turkey-based AtlasGlobal ceased all operations and suspended ticket sales Nov. 26, saying the suspension will continue until Dec. 16 to allow for restructuring and to establish new cash resources.
MAX grounding hinders LOT Polish Airlines’ growth plans: CEO
The lost capacity caused by the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAXs is holding back LOT Polish Airlines’ growth plans, the carrier’s CEO said.
Aegean Airlines’ 3Q net profit down 4% on higher fuel prices
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines reported a 2019 third-quarter net income of €90.2 million ($99.9 million), down 4% from €94.7 million in the year-ago period, as a result of higher fuel costs.
CEO: Workforce key to Lufthansa Technik Sofia’s growth potential
Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF) has additional growth potential in Europe’s MRO market as it works to build a solid workforce, the company’s CEO said.
CEO: Workforce key to Lufthansa Technik Sofia’s growth potential 
Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF) has additional growth potential in Europe’s MRO market as it works to build a solid workforce, the company’s CEO said.
Icelandair to rationalize network, consider fleet options in 2020
In 2020 Icelandair will rationalize its network, which has been disrupted by the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAXs, and evaluate replacements for looming gaps in its fleet.
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr
Spohr: Aviation industry too defensive on environmental matters 
The aviation industry is “too defensive” in the discussion on environment and sustainability, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said at the IATA Wings of Change event in Berlin.
Spohr: Alitalia needs a strong partner as European consolidation continues
Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr said every airline needs a partner in today’s tough environment and the bankrupt Italian flag carrier Alitalia—which is looking for rescue partners—would be very much challenged on its own to make it.
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