20 JUNE 2016

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Argentina debut for Hampton

Hilton Worldwide is entering Argentina with its mid-priced brand Hampton by Hilton after signing a franchise licence agreement with Free Way Group to build a hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Andes foothills.

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Glasgow - Toronto launch day

Air Canada Rouge launched its new seasonal non-stop service between Glasgow and Toronto on Tuesday with a celebration at Glasgow Airport. The airline will operate three times per week until 25 September 2016 (westbound).

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COMMENT: Money and the EU

Whatever you think of the EU, and regardless of the outcome of next Thursday’s referendum, some things are not going to go away. One prevailing perception is that our friends in Europe running things are failing to be careful with budgets.

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Aeromexico boost for Heathrow

A sixth weekly flight between Heathrow and Mexico City joins the Aeromexico schedule this month for the summer, running until October.

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Chicago US$56m upgrades

Chicago’s two main airports, O’Hare International and Midway International, have been awarded US government grants totalling more than US$56.5m for improvement projects.

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EgyptAir black boxes found

The two black boxes from EgyptAir Flight MS804 were being examined in Alexandria yesterday (Sunday) after being recovered from the crash site in the Mediterranean.

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Etihad joins forces with Avianca

Days after Brazilian carrier Avianca was declared by its major shareholder not for sale, the airline has signed a codeshare partnership with Etihad of the UAE.

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Home from home in the Lounge

The Serviced Apartment Company (SACO) has unveiled the first in a planned series of communal areas for business travellers staying at its properties around the UK. Called The Lounge, the facility has opened at SACO’s latest lifestyle aparthotel, the Cannon, on Cannon Street in central London.

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Jonathan Hinkles at Loganair

At the end of June, Jonathan Hinkles will return to Loganair as managing director. An industry veteran, Hinkles joins the airline after four years at Virgin Atlantic, where he was vice-president of operations and crewing.

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La Compagnie fare deals

A “Summer Duo” fare offering two return flights from Luton to New York Newark for £1,790 has been introduced by the all-Business-Class airline La Compagnie. Bookings open tomorrow (21 June) on the company website and close on 31 July. These fares undercut the established airlines considerably.

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Star Alliance ‘hub’ for better handling

Further improvements in baggage handling at airports are being promised after the Star Alliance chief executive board (CEB) approved a multi-million dollar investment in what it calls an “IT Hub” to speed up communications.

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Vietnam's service goes daily

National flag carrier and SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines will begin its daily non-stop service between Heathrow and Hanoi on Thursday (23 June), adding to its existing six flights a week.

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ON TOUR: Initial impressions. Sukhoi SuperJet

The first of the new generation of ‘passenger friendly’ regional jets has arrived in Europe with CityJet of Dublin as the lead customer.  

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AND FINALLY: Light aviation

You might just have missed Father’s Day, but it’s not too late to buy your dad the ideal gift, courtesy of e-Go aeroplanes.

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PS – Yes Minister

30 years old and still up to date.

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Airline fees under scrutiny

The Civil Aviation Authority is to investigate airline charges after Northern Ireland MP Jim Shannon raised a question in Parliament about hidden fees.

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Drone incidents on increase

Action is picking up over drones flying too close to airports after a series of incidents over the past two weeks.

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Gatwick opens new Pier 1

A multi-million pound new pier, one of the largest projects the airport has undertaken, was unveiled by Gatwick last week.

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KLM goes orange

Orange has become the new symbol for KLM, which has given one of its aircraft a special paint job as a way of promoting the Netherlands overseas at various events including the 2016 Olympics.

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SIA in US expansion

Non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco and a second daily service to Los Angeles are being launched by Singapore Airlines in an expansion of its US operations.

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Southampton welcome for Volotea

Spanish carrier Volotea, which was founded in 2011 to serve small and mid‐sized cities around Europe, has started operations between Southampton Airport and Majorca.

Flights are running twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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Thai airports’ £3.9bn bill

The cost of expanding Thailand's six biggest airports could reach the equivalent of £3.9bn, a new estimate says. The Bangkok Post said the total cost has been inflated by the enlarged scope of work for existing projects and the inclusion of newly-planned upgrades at other airports.

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Third new route for Eva

Taiwan-based Eva Air has added to its growing network in North America with the launch of Taipei – Chicago service, its third new route this year.

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Virgin America to live on?

The success of airlines in Europe in retaining separate identities after takeovers and mergers could save the Virgin America brand in the US.

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