Xiamen Airlines stated (23-Sep-2015) it was approached by representatives from eight countries at the 19th China International Fair for Investment and Trade held in Xiamen earlier in Sep-2015, to discuss opening more international routes and possibility for cooperation.
Representatives from Canada, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Bahrain, Dominica, the UK and Australia all welcomed Xiamen Airlines to launch direct routes to their respective countries, stating the carrier will receive support in areas such as slot resources, and preferential policies as well as office construction. Xiamen Airlines operates 53 international and regional routes covering 16 foreign destinations, with plans to launch Fuzhou/Xiamen-Sydney service later this year as well as services to Paris and Melbourne next year.
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Vueling confirmed plans to launch the following Barcelona El Prat Airport services in the 2016 summer season. With this expansion the carrier will operate more than 400 routes in 2016, 150 of which shall be operated from Barcelona.
Barcelona El Prat Airport features a Les Exclusifs de Chanel pop-up installation at the entrance to T1 from 19-Aug-2015 to 13-Oct-2015 (moodiereport.com, 09-Sep-2015). The 31sqm store is a collaboration between Chanel and World Duty Free Group.
Vueling reportedly expressed interest in launching Barcelona-Tehran and Madrid-Tehran services. As previously reported by CAPA, the governments of Spain and Iran are negotiating the establishment of direct services between the two countries.
The cruise industry contributes 413.2 million euros a year to the GDP of Catalonia
Cruise ship activity in the port of Barcelona generates a total turnover of 796 million euros and contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Catalonia with 413.2 million euros a year. This is reflected by a study commissioned by the Port Authority of Barcelona last February to the University of Barcelona and conducted by the Laboratory of Applied Economics AQR-Lab of the same university, in collaboration with Barcelona Tourism. As explained by the president of the Barcelona enclave, Sixte Cambra, in the presentation of this document, "this study has been carried out to study the real impact of cruises on the Catalan economy".
The report in question reveals that direct expenditure arising from the cruise activity amounts to 442.5 million euros a year, of which 121.2 million come from the cruise lines, 315.8 million from the cruise passengers and 5.5 million from the crew visiting the city of Barcelona in their free time. Meanwhile, it has been shown that the cruise industry has a
significant impact on the labour market. Thus, this activity has helped maintain 6,759 jobs. Likewise it also generates 152 million euros in state and regional taxes, as well as through the tourist tax. In this sense, Sixte Cambra emphasized that this study contributes to "assessing the true economic and social dimension of traffic that in recent years has become very important as a source of investment, employment and economic activity".
On the other hand, the study also shows the investment and future opportunities for the cruise industry in Catalonia. Thus, in the period between 2000 and 2014, 109 million euros were invested in infrastructure related to this activity, 86% of which comes from the private sector and 20% from abroad. Also, most of the major cruise lines have moved their headquarters to Barcelona, given its status as a home port for cruise ships. Finally, we have also taken into account the business opportunities entailed in meeting the needs and demands of cruise passengers. Regarding the future, the president of the port of Barcelona, Sixte Cambra, has said that "the strategy of the enclave remains to encourage the loyalty of cruise lines, because the greater the number of home ports, the greater the economic impact and this is an activity that brings stability".
The main beneficiary of this business is the Catalan capital, above all because 75% of the total effect of cruise ships stays in the city, accounting for 313.4 million euros of contribution to GDP and 5,039 jobs. As for the daily income from this activity, it is estimated that the arrival of cruise ships at the port of Barcelona involves a daily turnover of 2.2 million euros in Catalonia, 1.7 million of which stay in the city of Barcelona. Meanwhile, one of the points reflected by the study is the positive effects of this activity to other sectors of the Catalan economy in terms of job creation. Thus, out of the total number of jobs created by the cruise industry, 2,764 of them belong to sectors such as logistics, food manufacturing, metallurgy industry, chemical industry, etc.
- a 3.7% increase over 2014
- passengers on intercontinental flights
- cargo transportation increased by 25.6% with nearly 9,141 tonnes
Barcelona-El Prat Airport closed its best ever August after reaching 4,399,719 passengers, representing an increase of 3.7% compared to the same month in 2014. In the year to date, the Airport has recorded 26,721,196 users, 4.8% more than last year.
In August, the 17% increase in passengers on intercontinental flights was notable, as well as EU passengers, up 5.3%. National users continued to grow in August with 4.8% more than in 2014. Meanwhile, passengers on non-EU international flights recorded a decline of 1.7%.
Regarding operations, during the month of August, 29,257 movements were carried out, which translates into an increase of 1%. From January to August there were 195,738 take-offs and landings, 1.3% more than in 2014.
Finally, nearly 9,141 tonnes of cargo were transported during the month, representing an increase of 25.6% compared to 2014. In this regard, cargo on non-EU international routes – which increased by 42% compared to the same month last year – is particularly notable. In the year up to August, 75,046 tonnes were recorded, up 12.5%.
Spain's Interior Ministry confirmed (27-Jul-2015) the launch of the Automatic Border Control (ABC) System at Barcelona El Prat Airport, which aims to reduce waiting time for travellers and increase security. T1 and T2 will each have 12 of the machines. The system cross-checks the user's biometric data, photo, fingerprints and passport with police databases. The system applies to adult citizens of the European Economic Area carrying electronic passports.
Japan Airlines (JAL) Group achieved a net profit of ¥32.6 billion ($262.1 million) for its fiscal first quarter, more than doubled from a net income of ¥14.7 billion for the previous year. The carrier cited strong international demand for the increased profit. JAL said demand from inbound travelers to Japan remained high, particularly on Chinese and Southeast Asian routes. Outbound premium demand was steady. The depreciation of the Japanese yen is providing cost headwinds for JAL, ...
- Representing an increase of 5.7% over 2014
- Passengers on intercontinental flights rose 19.3%
- Cargo transportation increased by 14.7% with more than 10,300 tonnes
Barcelona-El Prat Airport closed its best July ever, reaching 4,257,534 passengers; representing an increase of 5.7% compared to the same month in 2014. In the year to date, the Airport has recorded 22,321,477 users, 5% up on last year.
During the month of July, the 19.3% increase in passengers on intercontinental flights stood out, as well as the 9.7% rise in EU passengers. Domestic users continued to grow in July with a 5.1% increase over 2014. Meanwhile, passengers on non-EU international flights recorded a decrease of 3%.
As regards operations, during the month of July, 29,443 movements were carried out, which translates into an increase of 0.9%. From January to July, 166,481 take-offs and landings were reached, 1.3% more than in 2014.
Finally, 10,396 tonnes of cargo were transported during the month, representing an increase of 14.7% compared to 2014. In this regard, it is particularly worth noting cargo on non-EU international routes which increased by 23.8% compared to the same month last year. Up to July, 65,905 tonnes were recorded, a 10.9% increase.
Source: aena.es/ 2015-08-12
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China's HNA Group, parent firm to Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) among others, is in talks to acquire Air Europa (UX, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spanish firm Globalia Corporación, local paper El Confidencial has reported.