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Silver Airways Shines in Brazil: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 12, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 12, 2016

Silver Airways Shines in Brazil: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 12, 2016

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Tiny Silver Airways Makes Deal with Brazilian Carrier 
Silver Airways has about 170 daily flights, most of which are to destinations in Florida and the Bahamas. The carrier has just made a deal with Brazil’s Azul to offer flights to South America. Travelers can book a trip to Brazil via Orlando or Fort Lauderdale. The domestic leg will be flown by Silver, and Azul will handle the international flight.

Ryanair Opens Two New Bases in Germany
Ryanair has announced that it is going to establish two new bases in Germany. The airline will base one airplane at Nuremberg, where it will offer five new routes. Hamburg will be home to two Boeing 737s and will get seven new routes. There is also a rumor that Ryanair could begin service at Munich Airport as early as next year.

Gatwick CEO Urges the UK to Remain in the EU
Gatwick has seen a huge increase in traffic from all around Europe. According to the airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, Gatwick has benefited from business travelers and tourists from all around the continent. If the UK left the EU, many of these travelers would no longer have a reason to visit, and the airport would quickly lose all the momentum it has gained in recent years.

Wizz Air to Hire Third Party Vendors for In-Flight Catering
European LCC WIzz Air is going to hire a specialty retailer to sell food and drinks on its flights. Potential partners have to submit proposals by Feb. 19. Wizz hopes to make a contract offer to the best candidate by the end of March.


A British company called Control Risks has been hired to audit the security improvements made at Egyptian airports since last year’s bombing of a Russian airliner. The process will take several months, then Control Risks will submit its report to the government of Egypt.  

Quebec is considering investing more money in Bombardier’s CSeries jets. The manufacturer is struggling to get orders for its new aircraft. The provincial government wants to do everything it can to make sure that 40,000 people who work directly or indirectly on Bombardier projects remain employed. 

Passenger numbers rose significantly at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports this past January (up 11.4 and 13.6 percent respectively compared to the previous January). Not all Scottish hubs fared so well. Aberdeen airport's year-on-year passenger stats were dismal in January, down 15.3 percent. 

Cyprus should have a new low cost carrier by the end of next month. Cobalt is close to completing all the requirements needed to get its air operator's certificate. The airline will be based at Larnaca Airport. Its business plan calls for a quick expansion into the long haul marketplace. It is eyeing routes as far away as China, South Africa, Thailand and Iran.  


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