Travel News from the Aviation Industry December 20 2015

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Rules for drones come into force tomorrow (December 21), meaning drones weighing 1kg or more will have to be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority. Registration is free until February, when a €5 fee is introduced by the IAA. Picture shows Ralph James of the IAA.

Dublin Airport PassengersThe Irish Aviation Authority said it will handle more than 1.02m flights by year-end, up 5.3pc YOY. Last month, commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport were up 9.8pc with an average of 491 daily movements, Cork down 1.3pc with an average of 44 daily movements, and Shannon down 9.2pc with an average of 43 daily movements.

DAA estimates that 925,000 passengers will travel through the Dublin Airport up to January 1, an increase of 18pc compared to last year.

More than 2,200 children and adults met Santa on board the annual Santa Flights programmeat Shannon Airport.

pre clearance one millionUS Customers and Border Protection at Dublin Airport recorded its one millionth passenger this year: Philamena Linton from Malahide, who passed through pre-clearance this week before boarding a Delta flight to New York. Picture shows Philamena with port director Tish Lagerwey and Dublin Airport MD Vincent Harrison.

Courage (be brave), said a staff member to the lady at the desk admitting passengers to the 1 hour 40 minute security queue at Lyon airport.She needed to be. The queues were extraordinarily long and caused EI153 to leave 40 minutes late.

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The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights

Firefighters at Fuzhou Airport delayed 30 flights after they accidentally sprayed the wrong aircraft with foam when an Air China B737-800 reported problems with one of its engines.

As always, Dublin Airport warned passengers not to wrap Christmas presents carried as hand luggage as they travel through the airport this week.

cityjet excelCityJet announced a two-year commercial partnership with ExCeL London convention and exhibition centre. CityJet placed an option to take delivery of six Sukhoi Superjet aircraft. The were rumours that the carrier is to be sold in an ongoing deal.

RJ85CityJet intends to renew its five RJ85s on contract with Air France, which expires at the end of 2017, and the carrier is rumoured to increase services from Dublin and Cork to Italy and Scandinavia.

qatar new jetQatar Airways’ private jet division, Qatar Executive, took delivery of its first G650ER jet.

Qatar will roll out on-board Wi-Fi across its fleet in a three-year deal with Ooredoo, free for the first 15 minutes, then  $5 for one hour, $10 for three hours or $20 for the entire flight. Qatar became the latest airline to ban hover boards.

Michael O’Leary confirmed that Ryanair plans to return to Belfast with a “large base”.

delta pyjamasDelta introduced pyjamas for business class passengers flying from LA to Sydney and Shanghai.

The air travel accord between the USA and Cuba will allow for up to 110 daily round-trip flights.

Virgin America ordered ten A321 Neo jets.

A Southwest Airlines jet skidded off the taxiway at Nashville Airport, injuring eight passengers.

Tracey Curtis Taylor is flying Spirit of Artemis, a 1942 Boeing Stearman, from England to Australia, and arrived in Singapore this week from Malaysia, marking the half-way mark of the Southeast Asia leg of her journey.

The Times of India reported a fatal incident at Mumbai Airport in which an Air India technician was sucked into an aircraft engine.

BA updated its iPhone app to include a reward flight finder that allows passengers to find flights that can be book using Avios points.

The Irish Times reported that a Ryanair passenger who was scalded after a hot cup of tea landed in his lap during a flight was awarded a €38,000 payout.

ASL Aviation is raising €100m from two banks to fund expansion.

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