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Apr 7, 2008

Air France KLM

Air France KLM may have to raise its fuel surcharge again to take into account rising oil prices, a senior executive of the European airline told Les Echos in an interview published on Wednesday. The weak US dollar was overall "good" for the airline and that Air France KLM's business remained "solid" despite the global credit crisis. Mar 31, 2008

Air France KLM, Alitalia

Air France KLM last week agreed to take on more Alitalia workers from Alitalia's troubled ground services unit than originally planned to appease the unions, but they had rejected it as inadequate. Apr 1, 2008

AirBaltic

AirBaltic will launch thrice-weekly Riga-Chisinau on April 1 using Fokker F50s. Mar 31, 2008

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines will add three new destinations to its network this month as part of its Focus East strategy, which it credits with helping its return to profitability in 2007. The cities, Sochi and Nizhniy Novgorod in Russia and Baia Mare in Romania, bring to 48 the number of destinations in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS served from Vienna. But Austrian Airlines still sees plenty of opportunity for growth, Executive VP Rudolf Mertl told journalists assembled in Vienna yesterday. The airline, which turns 50 in April, would like to add "3-5 destinations per year" in the region, he said. Apr 1, 2008

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines' smaller markets, 66% of that transfer traffic is coming from or going to a secondary destination. Only 15% of connections are between big gateways where competition is most intense. "We want to have the London-Odessa passenger," Mertl said. Austrian from late July will begin operating four A320s into the region configured with 24 sleeper seats at 46-in. pitch and 102 economy seats. Apr 1, 2008

British Airways, London Heathrow Airport

British Airways expects to operate a full schedule to and from London Heathrow's Terminal 5 Saturday and next week. It noted that the "impact was borne by the short-haul schedule, where there were 300 canceled flights, equating to 0.2 percentage points of capacity." Apr 4, 2008

British Airways, London Heathrow Airport

British Airways said it will continue canceling flights from London's Heathrow Airport through Friday. The cancellations are the result of a serious problem with the baggage system at the airport's newly opened Terminal 5. The problems have forced British Airways to cancel 300 flights since the terminal opened last week. Apr 2, 2008

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