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11 APRIL 2016
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IATA warned last week of a possible downturn in airline business after load factors in February fell as the growth in capacity exceeded demand.
Airlines began returning to Brussels airport en masse on Friday as the complex continued to recover from the terrorist attack on 22 March. Passengers were advised to be present at least 3hr before departure because of enhanced security checks.
United Airlines last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of service to Heathrow. The carrier's first flight into the airport was a Boeing 747 Jumbo jet service from Washington DC on 4 April 1991. It was followed by flights from New York JFK, San Francisco and Miami the same day.
In a week of codeshare deals (see elsewhere in this issue), Lufthansa (LH), SWISS (LX) and Singapore Airlines (SQ) are expanding their partnership agreed in November to give passengers of all three airlines more destinations more connections.
The Plaza Premium group is forging ahead with its lounge expansion at Heathrow, the latest facility in T4 Arrivals scheduled for soft opening in the fourth quarter of this year.
AccorHotels, the hotel operting company whose properties include the Sofitel T5 and Renaissance Bath Road Heathrow, has moved into the luxury serviced home-rental sector with the acquisition of the onefinestay company.
IATA has named Air France-KLM chief executive Alexandre de Juniac as its new head. He replaces Tony Tyler, who retires in June. De Juniac is expected to take over in Geneva by June.
A promise of more new routes and new cabin interiors came from Ryanair this week as the airline announced it is to open a new base at Prague Airport, its 84th such facility, on 30 October.