Cathy Buyck

Cathy Buyck
Brussels Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Brussels, Cathy covers European regulatory affairs, commercial air transport and MRO. Most recently, she was senior analyst for CAPA – Centre for Aviation. Prior, Cathy was Air Transport World's European Editor/Bureau Chief, leading ATW's Europe, Middle East and African coverage for the magazine and the daily online news. She also contributed to ATW’s numerous newsletters and was responsible for ATW’s annual World Airport Report.
She won the 2010/11 European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) Hank McGonagle Journalism Award for a two-part article on the inclusion of aviation in the European ETS and was shortlisted several times for the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year in the Air Transport and Best Strategy/ Finance category. In 2005, she was awarded the ATW Publisher’s Award. Cathy served as president of the Aviation Press Club (Belgium) for many years. She started her career as a journalist working for Belgium’s leading business magazine Trends. Cathy holds a Masters in Modern History from the KULeuven, Belgium, with distinction.

Willie Walsh: Impact Of ATC Strikes Worse than Brexit 
International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh is clearly fed up with the wave of air traffic controllers’ (ATC) strikes in Europe, and believes their impact is worse than the U.K.’s vote June 23 to leave the EU, or “Brexit.”
EasyJet, IAG Issue Profit Warnings Following Brexit Vote 
EasyJet and International Airlines Group (IAG) warned that the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU, or “Brexit,” will dampen their profits.
Wave Of ATC Strikes Hits Europe 
BRUSSELS—Air traffic controllers in France went on strike June 23, in spite of a recent agreement that will give them a 5% wage increase, an improved retirement plan and guarantees of no job cuts between 2017–19.
Summer Marathon To Reach Global Aviation Emissions Deal  3
Airlines are willing to offset their carbon emissions with a global system, but are governments also aligned?
VLM Airlines Files For Bankruptcy 
BRUSSELS—VLM Airlines, once the largest operator at London City Airport, ceased operations after a commercial court in Antwerp, Belgium declared the company bankrupt June 22.
Air France Pilots Cancel Strike 
BRUSSELS—Air France pilots canceled a four-day strike after Air France–KLM CEO-Designate Jean-Marc Janaillac promised to suspend implementation of a last batch of cost-cutting measures that were agreed in 2012 as part of the group’s Transform 2015 restructuring plan.
Association Of European Airlines Faces Dissolution 
Half of AEA members voted June 15 to dissolve the group.
Air France Pilots Demand More Aircraft For Transavia 
BRUSSELS —Air France management will meet with representatives of the pilots’ unions June 17, but concluding an agreement before the Franco-Dutch group’s new CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac takes office July 4 seems very unlikely.
Kenya Airways CEO Charts Return To Profitability 
Mbuvi Ngunze, CEO of Kenya Airways Group, is confident the carrier will reduce its operating loss this year as the first measures of a comprehensive restructuring program kick in.
Is Europe’s Open Skies Policy Really Firmly On Track? 
Like the Qatari government, officials of the United Arab Emirates have not yet formally told the European Commission they will engage in EU-level open skies negotiations.
EC May Challenge Open-Skies Sunset Clause In Mandates 
BRUSSELS—The European Commission believes sunset clauses included in open-skies mandates are illegal, and could challenge them in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Aviation Daily has learned.
European Commission Wins Four Open-Skies Mandates 
BRUSSELS—EU governments have given the European Commission (EC) authorization to negotiate comprehensive air-transport agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
TAP Advances Regional Fleet Renewal Thanks To Azul 
DUBLIN—TAP Portugal is renewing its regional subsidiary’s fleet with aircraft sourced from Azul, but Azul chairman (and TAP shareholder) David Neeleman was excluded from negotiations, TAP’s CEO said.
Iran Aircraft Deals Delayed, But European Access Eased  3
With coming end of economic sanctions against Iran, airframers expected more orders from country’s airlines. Many financial system issues slow the progress.
Brussels Airlines: Fighting Back
We spoke to Brussels Airport CEO Bernard Gustin a couple of weeks after the March 22 terror attacks, providing insight into what it was like to be there and the consequences for his company.

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