Ryanair sees 10% profit rise for 2017

Ryanair has reported a ten per cent increase in full year profit after tax to €1.45 billion. The low-cost carrier said lower fares, which were down by an average of three per cent, stimulated traffic growth to over 130 million guests last year. The airline also saw an industry leading 95 per cent load factor.…

Australia plans Antarctica’s first paved runway

The Australian government has announced plans to build Antarctica’s first paved runway near the Davis research station, subject to environmental approvals. “After three field seasons of geotechnical and environmental investigations the Australian Antarctic Division has identified a suitable site for the runway in the Vestfold Hills region of East Antarctica, approximately six kilometres from Davis…

Virgin Australia helps explain Carbon Offsetting

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Science Unit recently asked if it was worth selecting the Carbon Offset option when booking airline tickets. The article goes on to say that aviation is responsible for 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, aviation emissions aren’t covered by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and that Australia’s domestic and international…

North Korean could open its airspace if summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump is successful

According to the government, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Infrastructure is reviewing diverse issues related with opening air routes over North Korean territory. It follows North Korea’s suggestion to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to open international routes involving both Pyongyang Flight Information Region (FIR) and Incheon FIR. This means North Korea wants…

Tornado warning forced passengers of Washington Dulles International Airport to take shelter underground on Monday.

Extreme weather at Virginia’s Washington Dulles International Airport forced passengers to take shelter underground on Monday. The airport also apparently moved fliers underground to the train tunnel out of an abundance of caution. The airport released a statement on Twitter warning passengers to “stay away from windows and listen to safety instructions provided by airport…