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S. Korea's int'l airline traffic grows in Q1

SEJONG, April 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's international airline traffic grew 5 percent from a year earlier in the first quarter, a government tally showed Friday. In the three months ended March 31, the number of international flights to and from the country came to 87,491, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Overall airline traffic rose 4.4 percent on-year to 145,527 as domestic flights went up 3 percent to 48,609. The number of international flights passing through the country's airspace grew 6.4 percent to 9,427.

German airline Lufthansa cancels 3,800 flights due to pilots' strike

BERLIN - Germany's Lufthansa airline says it is cancelling some 3,800 flights because of a three-day strike by the pilots' union later this week, affecting 425,000 passengers. Germany's biggest airline said Monday the cancellations include domestic and intercontinental connections and are being done in preparation for what is expected to be "one of the biggest strikes in Lufthansa's history." Lufthansa says even though the strike starts Wednesday, some Tuesday flights have been cancelled for logistical reasons.

Venezuelan airline lobby says country will repay its $3.8B debt to carriers by end of 2015

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's airline lobby says the government will allow foreign carriers to repatriate the $3.8 billion in revenue that has been stuck inside the country due to currency controls. The Venezuelan Airlines Association announced on Friday that the administration of President Nicolas Maduro will allow companies to take ticket revenue out of the country using the exchange rate in place at the time of the sale. The association said the money would be released over the coming year.

Malaysia Airlines playing "shameful role": China relatives

Tempers flared Wednesday among Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, as frustration grew with what one called the airline's "shameful role" and the search entered its 12th day. "We do not have any other way of dealing with this other than to be angry and to cry. Your way of dealing with it is either lying or playing a shameful role," one relative shouted, waving his arms furiously at a representative from the airline.

Missing jet a big blow for struggling Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines, which was rocked Saturday by the presumed crash of one of its planes, has long been a respected name in regional aviation, enjoying an enviable safety record. Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning, triggering a vast search effort in the South China Sea and sparking grave fears for the 239 people on board. The incident will be a major blow to the airline, which has struggled to remain profitable recently against a host of nimble competitors, particularly the rise of budget airlines.

Taiwan's first budget airline named 'V air'

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said Thursday a low-cost carrier it aims to launch later this year will be called "V air" as it seeks to tap the growing budget travel market. TransAsia said it picked "V air" out of nearly 8,000 entries in a public naming contest while the new carrier's Chinese name will be "Wei Hang", which means "mighty airline" in English. "V can stand for voyage, vision, vivid, or victory which symbolise the positive energy a new company requires and can help boost the public's preference and acceptance of the new company," it said in a statement.

S. Korea's int'l airline traffic grows to record high in 2013

SEJONG, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's international airline traffic rose to a new record high in 2013, the government said Friday, reflecting a surge in the number of passengers to and from the country. The total number of international flights to and from the country came to 380,744 last year, up 6.6 percent from 357,276 in 2012, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The country's overall airline traffic also reached a record high of some 585,000 flights last year as domestic air traffic rose 5 percent on-year to 204,273 flights.

S. Korea's int'l airline traffic grows to record high in 2013

SEJONG, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's international airline traffic rose to a new record high in 2013, the government said Friday, reflecting a surge in the number of passengers to and from the country. The total number of international flights to and from the country came to 380,744 last year, up 6.6 percent from 357,276 in 2012, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The country's overall airline traffic also reached a record high of some 585,000 flights last year as domestic air traffic rose 5 percent on-year to 204,273 flights.

Jetliner skids off runway in Argentina

An Austral jet with 96 passengers aboard skidded off a runway at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza airport Friday after landing in a storm, but no one was hurt, the airline said. The Embraer E-190 was arriving from Rio de Janeiro when the mishap occurred, which the state-owned Argentine airline blamed on "bad prevailing weather conditions." The twin-engine jet went off the runway "due to a brusque change of wind direction and velocity," the airline said in a statement. "It caused no injuries either among the passengers or the crew," it said.

Aeroflot plans budget airline revolution in Russian skies

A Russian budget airline? The thought may fill some travellers with dread but Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot is now taking serious steps to launch the country's first sustainable low-cost airline. Aeroflot has made huge strides in recent years to lay to rest its image as a disaster-plagued Soviet carrier, becoming a member of the Sky Team alliance and winning international awards for its service. And now it wants to take another step by creating a Russian equivalent to EasyJet or Ryanair, whose success transformed travelling habits and the aviation industry in Europe.
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