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Vinaròs Carnival

The Carnival in Vinarós is the most important in the province of Castellón and it’s experienced in the street. Twelve days before Ash Wednesday, the different events of the Carnival begin. There are lots of popular events, such as the tying of the ribbons to the standards of the parade troupes, the proclamation of the queens, two major parades held on the last weekend and different sporting, cultural, and gastronomic events. This year, the Vinaròs Carnival will be held from February 8 to 24.

San Antonio Festival (Castellon – Spain)

This festival combines the religious fervour and worship of San Antonio with the traditional pagan ritual of the winter solstice. Many municipalities in the province join this festival of fire, gastronomy and tradition in which animals always play a lead role. Two of the most interesting places for the celebration of this festival are Forcall (17 and 19 January) and Vilanova d’Alcolea (18)

Europa-Park, van postkoets tot beste park ter wereld

Europa-Park is een van de best bezochte attractieparken van Europa. In 2019 brachten ruim 5,7 miljoen gasten een bezoek. Ook steeds meer Nederlanders en Belgen weten de weg naar het Duitse attractiepark te vinden. Het park is al zes keer uitgeroepen tot beste attractiepark ter wereld en uit recent onderzoek blijkt dat 82% van de bezoekers binnen drie jaar opnieuw het park bezoekt. Wat is de sleutel tot het succes? Een kijkje achter de schermen geeft inzichten. Dat Europa-Park niet alleen een sociaal betrokken familiebedrijf is, maar ook producent van attracties en achtbanen, lijkt een belangrijke rol te spelen.

Milan Bergamo’s best-ever year

Welcoming 920,000 more passengers last year than in 2018, Milan Bergamo Airport witnessed a 7.1% growth in passenger traffic, recording a total of more than 13.8 million passengers in 2019. Launching 13 new flights, seeing five new airlines join its portfolio, and adding four brand-new destinations has resulted in the best-ever year for the Italian gateway.

“We now serve 140 destinations from Milan Bergamo, catering for the densely populated area of the Lombardy region and offering many options to both leisure and business traveller,” explains Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO. “2019 has been a significant year for us in the growth of our carriers, not only welcoming the arrival of new airlines but also celebrating with closely-held partners marking important milestones such as Ryanair reaching 100 million passengers at Milan Bergamo since joining us in 2002,” added Cattaneo.

A considerable share of the airport’s continued growth can be attributed to the five new airlines joining Milan Bergamo’s roll call: Alitalia’s three daily flights to Rome, British Airways operating daily to London Gatwick, TUIfly’s twice-weekly link to Casablanca, Vueling launching a four times weekly Barcelona flight and Air Cairo serving Sharm el Sheikh twice-weekly. The growth of long-term carriers also considerably boosted the airport’s development, namely Air Arabia Egypt adding Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh to its network from Lombardy, Ryanair now offering 96 routes in total, while Lauda tripled operations in less than a year and now offers services to Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Vienna.

Adapting for the future by creating Bergamolynk – a self-connecting initiative which is transforming transfer traffic through the Lombardy gateway – Milan Bergamo also launched a development programme to ensure the airport is expanding with the continued growth. “By the end of April we will have doubled the number of boarding gates and baggage systems thanks to our new non-Schengen area, increased the number of retailers and opened a new lounge,” says Cattaneo. “We continue to be very competitive to attract new airlines and add new links to our network but we also work hard to ensure Milan Bergamo is future-ready, able to retain and grow with our partners and passengers.”

Maintaining its solid growth and looking at the first quarter of this new year, Milan Bergamo is already set to welcome Ryanair’s latest operation to Yerevan next week – the airport’s first connection to the Armenian capital – while March will see Vueling become a permanent member of gateway’s airline family.

New record at Brussels Airport with 26.4 million passengers in 2019 in conjunction with fewer flights

In 2019, Brussels Airport hit a new passenger traffic record with 26.4 million passengers. Cargo transport closed the year at 667 thousand tonnes, a drop of 8.8% in line with the European average. The total number of flights fell by 0.4%.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company: “In 2019, Brussels Airport reported a new passenger traffic record, welcoming 26.4 million passengers. The past 10 years, the number of passengers has spiralled from 17 million in 2009 to 26.4 million in 2019, but the number of flights has remained stable over this period. This shows that the growth of our business can be achieved without increasing the environmental impact by using aircraft that are not only bigger and better filled, but also significantly more environmentally friendly.”


Last year, Brussels Airport welcomed 26,360,003 passengers, i.e. a 2.7% increase compared against 2018. This growth can be seen both in originating passengers, up 2.6%, and in transfer passengers, up 2.5%, as a result of the strengthening of Brussels Airport as a Star Alliance hub.

The national strike in February, as well as the social tension at Skeyes in the first half of the year and the bankruptcy of tour operator Thomas Cook, which led to the cancellation of many flights, particularly in October, had a limited impact on these results. The bankruptcies of WOW air and fly bmi in the first quarter also had a negative effect.

The long-haul network grew by 4.7% in 2019, thanks in particular to Ethiopian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Emirates, Air Canada, Etihad Airways and ANA. On the short and medium-haul network, Ryanair, Brussels Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Aeroflot, Iberia, easyJet, Vueling and Finnair posted strong growth.

In December 2019, the airport welcomed 1,901,816 passengers, an increase of 5.1% compared to December 2018, among both local and transfer passengers.


In 2019, Brussels Airport carried 667,220 tonnes in cargo, representing a 8.8% increase on 2018, in line with the European average.

Full freighter volumes, a sector that is more sensitive to market fluctuations, suffered the sharpest downturn (-15.9%). Integrator services (-6%) also reported a decrease in tonnage for the first time in several years, mainly due to the national strike in February and the situation at skeyes in the first half of 2019. Also affected, but to a lesser extent, by these events, belly cargo, decreased by 2.5%.

Also affected by the slower economic growth, trucked air cargo was down by 11.5%.

In December 2019, transported cargo volumes rose by 1.6% compared against December 2018, reaching 63,112 tonnes. This increase was mainly due to belly cargo (+3.5%) and integrator services (+7.3%).

Full freighter, which is particularly affected by fluctuations in the European market, levelled off, due to the significant peak at the end of the year, the many additional flights at Brussels Airport and the start-up of Sichuan Airlines Cargo.

Trucked cargo, also impacted by the markets, was down by 4.2%.

Air movements

In 2019, the number of movements fell by 0.4% compared with 2018. Of these, passenger flight movements remained relatively stable, while cargo flight movements decreased by 2.2%.

The average number of passengers per flight went up by 2.4%, rising from 127 in 2018 to 130 in 2019, thanks to larger and better filled aircraft.

In December, the number of air movements rose very slightly by 0.5% compared against the same period in 2018. The number of passenger flights fell by 0.7%.

Statement on Ukrainian International Airlines (PS 752)

It is an outrage that a civil aircraft—an instrument of peace—is downed even inadvertently by military action. To honor the memories of the 176 innocent souls aboard PS 752 no effort should be spared to make sure that such a tragedy is never repeated.

A through and transparent investigation is critical. Governments must review how risk assessments are made and information is shared. And the industry will do all it can to support governments, through ICAO, in the difficult work that lies ahead. Keeping flying safe is our shared top priority.

Stable Passenger Demand Growth in November

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for November 2019 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 3.3% compared to the same month in 2018. This was unchanged from October’s result and below the long-term trend. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 1.8%, and load factor climbed 1.1 percentage points to 81.1%, which was a record for any November. All regions saw annual increases in traffic.

“November’s moderate result reflects the continuing influence of slower economic activity, geopolitical tensions and other disruptions, including strikes in Europe. On the plus side, positive developments in the US-China trade talks, in tandem with signs of improving business confidence, could support an uptick in travel demand. In the meantime, continued modest capacity growth is helping to maximize asset efficiency,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Total Market
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East
North America

1- % of industry FTKs in 2018 2- Year-on-year change in load factor 3-Load factor level

International Passenger Markets

Costa Croisières: ouverture des réservations 2021/2022

Les croisières d’avril 2021 à avril 2022 de la compagnie italienne sont désormais ouvertes à la réservation en agences de voyages et en ligne. De nombreuses nouveautés sont inscrites au programme : cinq nouvelles grandes croisières de la Méditerranée à New York ; la réouverture d’itinéraires à destination du Maroc, d’Israël et de la Turquie ; le Costa Smeralda à Dubaï en hiver et le Costa Diadema en Europe du Nord en été.

Gênes, le 31 décembre 2019 – Costa Croisières ouvre les ventes de ses croisières d’avril 2021 à avril 2022, qui pourront être réservées dès aujourd’hui dans les agences de voyages et en ligne.

En plus des itinéraires qui ont connu un grand succès ces dernières années, la compagnie italienne a inscrit de nombreuses nouveautés au programme, afin de séduire les nouveaux voyageurs comme les plus aguerris. En particulier, l’offre de Costa en Méditerranée sera renforcée, avec une gamme d’itinéraires répondant aux différentes attentes des passagers, que ce soit en termes de durée ou de destinations, pour faire face à la demande croissante.

Pour l’hiver 2021/2022, les cinq grandes croisières à bord du Costa Luminosa au départ de Savone constituent la principale nouveauté. La première et la troisième de ces croisières, d’une durée respective de 31 et 22 jours, donneront une véritable vue d’ensemble de la Méditerranée, de l’Espagne à la Turquie, avec des escales de deux jours à Haïfa (Israël) et à Istanbul (Turquie). La deuxième, d’une durée de 14 jours, se déroulera pendant la période de Noël et se concentrera quant à elle sur la France, avec également des escales en Corse, en Espagne, à Barcelone, à Valence, à Malte et en Grèce. La quatrième, d’une durée de 35 jours, s’aventurera au-delà des Colonnes d’Hercule pour de longues escales à Casablanca, aux îles Canaries, au Cap-Vert, à Madère, aux Açores et à Lisbonne. La dernière grande croisière, d’une durée de 44 jours, mettra le cap en direction des Caraïbes et de New York, où le navire fera escale pendant trois jours, avant de visiter Boston et de revenir en Europe.