Airline News - Europe.
Europe based airlines will have to follow much stricter rules covering the publication of fares if proposed new regulations are agreed by EU member states. A target for implementation by December 2007 has been suggested. The full inclusive fare will have to be shown and the proposal also bans price discrimination on the basis of residence or nationality, forbidding airlines from charging differing fares simultaneously on country-specific versions of their websites. However it does require approval from EU member states and the European Parliament to become law. Interestingly the proposal also increases the maximum concession period on a PSO (public service obligation) route operated by one airline from three to four years, or five years for "ultra peripheral regions." Following recent disputes in Italy and France, the EC said it "wants to avoid abuse of the PSO system." http://europa.eu Jul 22, 2006
European Airline Complaints Increase. Complaints about delayed flights, overbooking and lost luggage nearly trebled last year after new European Union rules forced airlines to give passengers information about their rights, including compensation. Jul 21, 2006
British Airways will begin service to Calgary with five weekly 777-200 flights from London Heathrow on Dec. 1. Jul 19, 2006
Cargoitalia launched twice-weekly Milan Malpensa-Houston Bush flights aboard DC-10-30Fs. Jul 18, 2006
Finnair will resume service to Lisbon with thrice-weekly flights from Helsinki beginning March 29 aboard A320s. Jul 21, 2006
Iberia said it was back to its full flight schedule Friday "with very few exceptions" following conclusion of a three-day pilots strike. "Iberia is glad the strike has ended, and thanks its customers for their confidence and their understanding in these difficult circumstances. All Iberia employees are at their entire disposal to clear up any doubts they may have and help them in any way possible," the airline said in a statement. Jul 17, 2006