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.

EU Health Ministers Differ On Ebola Screening At European Airports 

France and the Czech Republic have decided to follow the U.K.’s policy and will begin screenings of passengers who arrive from Ebola-affected countries, but other European Union (EU) member states are not convinced the procedures are necessary or effective and are steering away from temperature checks at their airports.

Ebola Outbreak Highlights Aviation’s Lack Of Common Approach 
Concerns over Ebola are causing operational trouble for the world’s airlines and are becoming an issue even for carriers not operating to West Africa.
EU Health Ministers Differ On Ebola Screening At European Airports 
The Belgian government has no plans for the moment to introduce screenings at Brussels Airport, Belgium Health Minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) confirmed following the Ebola meeting of EU health ministers in Brussels on Thursday (Aviation DAILY, Oct. 16).
KLM CEO Unexpectedly Steps Down 
KLM appointed Pieter Elbers, chief operating officer and deputy chief executive, to succeed Eurlings, effective immediately.
Air France, Pilots Strike Deal On Transavia France Growth 
Members of the SNPL Air France ALPA union, which represents about 72% of Air France pilots, still must approve the deal.
Air France-KLM Plots New Low-Cost Subsidiary In France 

The head of Air France-KLM is not giving up on his strategy to participate in the growth of low-cost carriers (LCCs) and confirmed plans to set up a new subsidiary in France if pilots do not agree to expand Transavia France.

The new airline will use “new aircraft that are arriving in the coming months,” according to Air France-KLM Chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

ACI Europe Calls For EU-Coordinated Approach On Ebola As Heathrow Starts Screening 
The meeting will focus on the need for increased cooperation and coordination between EU member states, particularly in relation to public health measures at the external borders.
Air France-KLM Plots New Low-Cost Subsidiary in France 
The new airline will use “new aircraft that are arriving in the coming months,” according to Air France-KLM Chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.
Finnair Concludes Savings Deals With Pilots And Cabin Crew 
In October 2012, Finnair embarked on a €60 million ($76 million) savings program—additional to the €140 million cost-savings program begun in August 2011—to bring down mainly personnel-related costs.
EASA Allows Gate-To-Gate Use of PEDs - With ‘Flight Mode’ Off 

European airlines can let passengers use portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout the flight, regardless of whether the device is transmitting or not, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ruled on Friday. 

The new notice makes it possible, in principle, for airlines to let passengers use their mobile phones for texting, voice calls and Wi-Fi in all stages of the flights, even during landing and take-off. PEDs do not need to be in “airplane mode,” EASA said. 

Air France-KLM Pulls Back On Transavia Europe, Leaving Strategy In Limbo 
Pilot unions’ demands in Europe could spell the demise of Air France-KLM
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