Aviation Insider Weekly Aviation News roundup Sunday 7th May 2023

  • Former FAA administrators call for pilot training regime overhaul – Two former FAA administrators are calling on the US government to overhaul training requirements for airline pilots amid a shortage of flight deck professionals that threatens to hinder the industry’s growth for years to come.
  • Flybig Airlines Completes First Flight from Guwahati to Dibrugarh – The inaugural FlyBig flight from Guwahati to Dibrugarh was flagged off by the Assam tourism minister Jayanta Mallabaruah.
  • Aeroclass Offers Digital Cabin Crew Training Amid New EASA Guidelines – In quick response to the recently announced changes in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidelines, Aeroclass, an aviation digital learning platform, has begun offering digital cabin crew training to aviation training organizations, becoming the first in the market to offer such a possibility, it says.
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  • This month, the #UK has 15.32m departing seats for sale, 93.0% of what it had in 2019. (It has risen from 90.7% in March and 91.5% in April.) The UK is very marginally less recovered than #Europe generally (93.5%). Out of 42 analysed European countries, 21 have slower recoveries than the UK – but all are *much* smaller, capacity. Wise.
  • In an absolute sense, the UK remains down by 1.15m seats (about 37k a day), beaten only by Germany (-3.48m). (I’ve excluded Ukraine for obvious reasons.) Other major markets like Spain, Italy, Turkey – have exceeded pre-pandemic levels while France isn’t far behind.
  • The UK’s top 10 airports – LHR, LGW, MAN, STN, LTN, EDI, BHX, BRS, GLA, BFS – have 13.24m of the country’s 15.32m. All are down except BRS (121.3%; primarily because of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’s base) and BFS (101.5%; Ryanair – Europe’s Favourite Airline’s new base). GLA is the least recovered by percentage (89.6%), while LGW is by seats (-214.8k). Almost all UK airports still have lower capacity than they did. Six account for more than half of the shortfall: LGW (-214.8k), SEN
    (-125.8k), BHX (-93.1k), MAN (-90.1k), DSA (80.4k; now shut), and CWL (-57.4k). Onwards and upwards towards the all- important Q3. Source of data: Cirium.
  • BALPA expresses frustration at lack of progress in industrial relations with Jet2, particularly on rostering – Progressing and advancing industrial relations into a meaningful process remains a frustration for BALPA at Jet2, even after further offers of providing BALPA’s expertise to help the company develop its rostering practices.
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