10 AUGUST 2020

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Boeing MAX mess

Lost within the even graver situation with Covid-19 the Boeing 737 MAX crisis is the biggest calamity to hit civil aviation since the Comet crashes on the 1950s and the Douglas DC10 grounding in 1979.

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SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Karen Dee Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association

"Blanket quarantine – Not fit for purpose!" she says.

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Alex Cruz for Transport Select Committee

British Airways Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz, has been summoned to face the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

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British Airways and Waterside

There are persistent rumours that Waterside, the home of British Airways since 1998 (and in more recent times the London offices of IAG), is to mothballed, or at least mainly closed down.

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Business Travel Show cancelled

Now owned by the American group NorthStar, the Business Travel Show has dropped its traditional February date. 

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Cull at British Airways

British Airways attitude towards the staff and its trade unions has provoked deep resentment among a large proportion of its workforce – and threats of industrial action claimed. 

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Eastern debuts Teesside to Heathrow

In what is seen as a major boost for the North West, Eastern Airways is to introduce what is initially a daily service from Teesside International Airport (MME), close by Darlington, to Heathrow on Monday 14 September.

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EasyJet recovering.

Luton-based easyJet is adding more flights to cope with increasing demand from holidaymakers according to a LSE trading statement published last week.

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Virgin flies on

In view of misleading press reports Virgin Atlantic has issued a strong statement once again outlining its financial situation and confirming limited services from Heathrow to Barbados, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York JFK from its Heathrow base.

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A HOLIDAY ON TOUR: Easy to Majorca

Alison Chambers reports from a super quiet Mallorca.

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ON TOUR: Covid-19. The WTTC Webinar Scientific Summit.

According to WTTC's 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330m total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.

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AUGUST ROAD TEST: Kia Ceed Sportswagon 1.4 T-GDi 3

Looking for a spacious five-seat shooting brake? Malcolm Ginsberg reports

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AND FINALLY: The end of Flight

Not of aviation! 

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Air Europa price?

In what will probably be his last major involvement before stepping down as CEO of IAG, Willie Walsh is being tight-lipped over the Group’s £900m bid for Spanish low-cost rival Air Europa.

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Air India Express crash

An Air India Express plane with 191 people on board has crashed at Calicut airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.

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Canada this winter

Air Transat has unveiled its winter 2020/1 timetable with plans to operate from airports across the UK during the season, thus restoring year-round operations.

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Cruises Not starting yet

The US membership of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is to voluntarily extend the pause in US cruise embarkations until 31 October.

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Delta blocks Heathrow

Two months after Delta Air Lines resumed flights between London and Atlanta, the carrier last week restarted a daily service on the world’s number one long-haul international travel route – Heathrow to New York JFK.

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Emirates doubles at Heathrow

A sign that things are getting a little better is the news that Emirates is now flying twice daily between Heathrow and Dubai.

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Manchester Airport update

In addition to the scores of the flights that have already re-started, last week saw the return of easyJet to the Greek island of Kefalonia, Funchal (Madeira), Olbia (Sardinia) and Tivat (Montenegro).  Back on line is Aegean Airlines to Athens and TAP Air Portugal with Lisbon.  TUI has instigated service to Bodrum (Turkey), Chania (Crete), and the much smaller Greek islands of Santorini and Skiathos.

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Slots Wizz has its view

In a move that is likely to alienate other airlines operating at Gatwick, Wizz has called on the European Commission and all other stakeholders to end the current waiver from the 80-20 use-it-or-lose-it rule for airport slots.

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South African Airways

A much-vaunted plan to rescue South African Airways (SAA) is in in danger of collapsing according to Bloomberg.

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Southwark hotel for Premier Inn

Premier Inn is celebrating the opening of a new-build 274-room property close by Waterloo Station in Southwark (SE1 8QD).

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Spicejet at Heathrow

A new airline is expected to be seen at Heathrow from 1 September. 

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UK airport lounges

Lufthansa makes the effort.

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