Nepal extends international flight ban
13.05.2021 – 17:32 UTC
Nepal has extended its ban on most international flights until midnight on May 31, 2021, to prevent the spread of new COVID-19 variants to the country, according to an urgent notice issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
Only two flights a week are currently permitted between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and Delhi Int’l, India, by each of Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) and Air India (AI, Mumbai Int’l) operated in terms of a quarantine-free air travel bubble agreement between the two countries, the regulator said. It advised airlines not to open passenger bookings to/from Nepal until further notice.
This followed after all scheduled international flights to/from Nepal were suspended on May 6 until May 14, excepting the above-mentioned air bubble flights by the two national carriers.
In terms of the same ruling, all domestic scheduled passenger flights remain suspended until midnight on May 14. Domestic airlines affected include Buddha Air, Shree Airlines, Yeti Airlines, Simrik Airlines, and Summit Air (Nepal), ch-aviation data reveals.
RAM suspends numerous flights after Morocco closes airspace
13.04.2021 – 18:17 UTC
Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Int’l) and its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express (RXP, Casablanca Int’l) have suspended flights to 17 countries until May 21, after Morocco began closing its airports and airspace due to COVID-19 on March 31.
In its Twitter feed, Royal Air Maroc announced it had suspended flights to and from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK, Egypt, Algeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Conakry, Mali, and Ghana until May 21.
According to a series of COVID-19 NOTAMs published by the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on April 8, all flights to and from Morocco have been suspended until further notice, except for over-flight, cargo operations, and medical evacuations. Special repatriation flights by foreign airlines are allowed on request by their governments on condition of having authorisation from the country’s civil aviation authority (Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile – DGAC) via its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Moroccan airlines may also schedule repatriation flights in coordination with the ministry and the…
Houthi drone strike damages Saudi A320
12.02.2021 – 16:40 UTC
An A320-200 operated by Saudi Arabia’s low-cost carrier flyadeal (F3, Jeddah) was damaged in a drone attack conducted by Yemen’s Houthi rebels at Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press has reported.
Photos indicate HZ-FAB (msn 7867) suffered extensive damage to the rear part of its fuselage. It is understood that the aircraft was attacked during a turnaround with no passengers on board. Reportedly, there were no victims of the attack.
Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows that the 3.5-year-old Airbus narrowbody, one of eleven A320s operated by flyadeal (which also operates a single A320-200N), arrived at Abha from Dammam. Given the extent of the damage, it has been forced to remain at the airport. The aircraft is owned by DAE Capital, the ch-aviation fleets ownership module shows.
Abha is located just over 100 kilometres from the Yemeni border. Iran-backed Houthi rebels control the northern part of the war-torn country and have claimed responsibility for the attack. The airport has been frequently targeted by the Houthis during the…
Qatar Airways to restart Egypt flights
18.01.2021 – 06:21 UTC
Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int’l) restarts scheduled passenger services to Cairo Int’l on January 18, 2021, and to Alexandria Borg el Arab the week later after Egypt formalised the end of its ban on the Qatari carrier.
Services to the Egyptian capital will operate daily and to Alexandria 2x weekly. EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int’l) has also pledged to shortly restart daily services to Doha Hamad Int’l.
Qatar Airways resumed flights to Saudi Arabia, the leader of the blockade coalition, on January 11, 2021. It has yet to announce when it will resume flights to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which also took part in the embargo.
Qatar Airways Group Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said during a recent CAPA Live event that despite the reopening of its core regional markets, it would retain services launched during the 3.5-year-long boycott as an alternative. Prior to the June 2017 development, Saudi Arabia alone was responsible for around 20% of Qatar Airways’ total capacity.