Bouncing back

The mainstream media would have us believe there is scarcely a plane in the sky, and that people are too afraid to fly. Not so. Mark Broadbent looks at some of global aviation’s good news stories

Aer Lingus plans to fly Airbus A321LRs on transatlantic routes from Manchester
Modernisation is under way on runways and taxiways at San Francisco
San Francisco International Airport

Massive drops in passenger numbers, travel restrictions, thousands of lost jobs, and aircraft in storage or retired – air transport news has made for gloomy reading of late.

Things remain challenging, with rising COVID-19 infection rates in some countries occurring at the same time as other nations are easing lockdowns, but with vaccines rolling out, airlines are striking an increasingly optimistic note and even – dare we say it? – restoring capacity (see Snapshot: routes revival).

Business returns

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