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.

Air France-KLM Chooses Outsider As New CEO 
Air France-KLM has gone outside the airline industry in selecting its new CEO, Jean-Marc Janaillac, who will succeed Alexandre de Juniac.
EC Seeks NAI Arbitration In Face Of U.S. House Roadblock 
The European Commission has obtained a mandate to initiate arbitration under the U.S.–EU open skies agreement, in order to resolve the impasse over a U.S. foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI), Aviation Daily has learned.
Brussels Airport Limits Peak-Hour Departures 
Airlines operating at Brussels Airport (BRU) will have to change their schedules once again, as the temporary check-in has neared or exceeded capacity during peak hours.
Lufthansa Delays Decision On Full Acquisition Of Brussels 
The boards of Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines have agreed to postpone until the end of August a decision on the German carrier taking full control of the Belgian airline.
Tyler Slams BRU Security, Lack of Progress In SES Project 
Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, again has condemned additional security measures at Brussels Airport (BRU), and said the progress of the Single European Sky (SES) project is “frustratingly slow.”
Brussels Airlines Is Optimistic It Will Recover 
Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin: “We are more than ever assuming the role of Belgium’s national carrier, but we’re not government owned and we are not a legacy, old-style airline. We’re a successful hybrid.”
Brussels Airlines Puts Cost Of Attacks Above €70 million 
Brussels Airlines will have to focus all its efforts on recovering from the damage caused by the March 22 terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport (BRU), even if Lufthansa exercises its call to fully acquire the carrier, Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin said.
Norwegian Expects Airbus A320neo Delays 
Oslo-based Norwegian Group has decided not to sign new lease agreements for the Airbus A320neos it has on order, due to delays in deliveries of the single-aisle airliner’s new Pratt & Whitney engines, Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said.
Brussels Airport Targets May Reopening Of Departure Hall 
Brussels Airport aims to be fully operational in late June, in time for the busy summer holiday season.
Pegasus, Turkish Airlines Post Double-Digit Growth Rates 
Turkey’s two leading airlines recorded strong year-over-year passenger increases in the first quarter for passengers.
Air France-KLM Could Be Air Europa’s Next Suitor 
Air France-KLM is declining to comment on multiple reports in the Spanish media that it is studying the acquisition of Air Europa, its smaller, Spanish-based SkyTeam member.
Transport Minister Steps Down Over Airport Security Failings 
Jacqueline Galant, Belgium’s transportation minister, resigned April 15 following revelations that she ignored European Commission (EC) audits critical of security oversight at the country’s airports, and that she dismissed calls to increase funding for security monitoring.
EasyJet Moves Into Mallorca For New Base 
EasyJet in 2017 will open its first seasonal base at Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) in the Balearic Islands, in order to “match demand and offer a new lifestyle option to EasyJet’s crew,” the UK LCC stated.
Ryanair Unveils Upgrades Aimed At Leisure High-Rollers 
Europe’s largest LCC in terms of passengers has led the way in unbundling fares for years and implemented an uncompromising ancillary revenue policy, but Ryanair now is introducing a new rebundled fare to attract more high-yield leisure travelers.
IATA Cautious About Falling Global Passenger Load Factors 
Airlines have been disciplined about adding passenger capacity, but IATA data for February reveal “tentative signs of a pickup” as capacity growth outstripped demand for the first time since mid-2015.

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