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.


Turkish sees 2Q net profit decline on new airport move, MAX grounding
Turkish Airlines reported a 2019 second-quarter net income of $26 million, down 79.5% from a net profit of $127 million in the year-ago period.
Air Serbia A319
Air Serbia stays profitable in 2018 on business, network improvements
Air Serbia reported a €12.2 million ($13.9 million) net profit for 2018, down 22% from €15.7 million a year ago.
Flydubai to expand Southeast Asia network
Dubai-based LCC flydubai will expand services to Thailand and Myanmar by adding Krabi and Yangon routes to its network this winter.
Ethiopian Airlines expands India, African network
Ethiopian Airlines will expand services to India and within Africa by adding Bangalore and Beira (Mozambique) routes to its network this fall.
LaudaMotion, pilots reach agreement, avoiding job cuts
Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion and its pilots have reached an agreement on two labor issues, avoiding the possibility of job cuts at the Vienna-based LCC, according to a local news report.
TUI Boeing 737 MAX 8
TUI Group sees 3Q net profit decline on MAX grounding
Hanover, Germany-based TUI Group has seen a negative financial impact by the global Boeing 737 MAX grounding as well as delayed bookings for the 2019 third quarter (April-June).
Cargolux Boeing 747-400F
Cargolux, trade unions ink new collective work agreements
After more than a year of intense negotiations, Luxembourg’s all-freight operator Cargolux has signed two new collective work agreements with trade unions LCGB and OGBL.
SWISS to launch Washington, Osaka services in 2020
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to launch new services from Zurich to Washington Dulles and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.
LaudaMotion CEO warns of job cuts without improved efficiency 
Facing losses of €50 million ($56 million) this year, Ryanair subsidiary LaudaMotion warned of job cuts if flight crews do not agree to changes that are needed to improve efficiency.
TAP Air Portugal A320
European routes boost TAP Air Portugal’s 1H passenger growth 4.8%
TAP Air Portugal carried 7.9 million passengers in the 2019 first half, up 4.8% from the previous year.
Berlin Brandenburg begins final tests; on track for October 2020 opening
The much-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)—which is still on track to open in October 2020—has begun final technical tests, a prerequisite for opening.
Lufthansa Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs 
Lufthansa Group delivered a 2019 first-half net loss of €116 million ($132 million), reversed from a €713 million net profit a year ago.
Air Nostrum CRJ1000
Air Nostrum 2018 net profit up 46% on cost reduction, market strategy
Spain’s Air Nostrum reported a 2018 net profit of €19 million ($21 million), up 46% compared to 2017.
MAI-led consortium awarded Sofia Airport concession
A consortium led by Munich Airport International (MAI) was awarded a 35-year concession by the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport to operate and develop Sofia Airport.
Frankfurt Airport’s new security checkpoint promises shorter waits
A new seven-lane security checkpoint at Frankfurt Airport uses state-of-the-art screening technology to reduce passenger wait times, according to airport operator Fraport AG.
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