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The IATA reported last week that on average, people travelling at peak times now stay twice as long at airports -- three hours -- compared with 2019. Photo: Stephane De Sakutin / AFP
The IATA reported last week that on aver... […]

European lobby groups fear summer chaos at airports

A year after the pandemic emptied airports, air travel associations fear chaos during Europe's summer holiday season as travellers wait hours before boarding planes due to health checks
A Belarusian dog handler checks luggage from a Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS (flight number FR4978) parked on Minsk International Airport's apron in Minsk, on May 23, 2021. Photo: Onliner.by / AFP
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Belarus plane diversion raises legal questions

Governments were quick to denounce the diversion of a Ryanair plane by Belarus as an act of "terrorism" and "state-sponsored piracy" -- but will the country face legal consequences?
A Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair passenger plane (flight FR4978, SP-RSM) from Athens that was diverted to Minsk by Belarus authorities, pictured after landing at Vilnius International Airport, its initial destination, on May 23, 2021. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
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Airlines avoid Belarus: What’s the impact?

Global airlines are avoiding the airspace of Belarus after the country diverted a Ryanair jet and arrested a dissident journalist on board - this is how it is affecting the aviation sector
(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2020 passengers wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arrive at Heathrow airport, west London. - London Heathrow said on October 28, 2020 that Paris Charles de Gaulle has overtaken it to become Europe's largest airport in terms of passenger numbers, blaming delayed coronavirus testing and travel restrictions. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
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Heathrow says Paris now Europe’s busiest airport

London Heathrow has said Paris Charles de Gaulle had overtaken it to become Europe's top airport in terms of passenger numbers, blaming delayed coronavirus testing and travel restrictions.
A Lufthansa Airbus A350 takes off from Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, on June 3, 2020. Photo: Christophe Stache / AFP
A Lufthansa Airbus A350 takes off from F... […]

Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

After coronavirus lockdowns that brought civil aviation to near halt, air traffic is slowly resuming in Europe as borders reopen but tens of thousands of jobs are still hanging in the balance
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen give a joint press after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
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Europe’s leaders furious over Trump’s unilateral travel ban

European officials reacted with surprise and anger after US President Trump imposed a trans-Atlantic travel ban they fear will hurt economies already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic