This review was revised 18 October
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1 JUNE 2015
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Air traffic control body NATS has announced that Richard Deakin, Chief Executive, is standing down.
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has created a comprehensive guide highlighting the different rules and regulations across major airlines for travelling with ‘man’s best friend’.
This can be found in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website and follows a series of useful pieces of research by the car park operator. (Go to SEARCH on the BTN website “APH”)
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While all the news coverage over the last few months has concerned Gatwick and Heathrow, London’s third airport, Stansted, has been just getting on with its business. It has a vital part to play in the future of UK air transport.
Andrew Harrison joined London Stansted Airport as Managing Director in March 2013 and has worked for the Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G) since 2005 having joined as Commercial Director of Manchester Airport. He became Managing Director of Manchester Airport in 2010 and then Chief Operating Officer for M.A.G in 2012.
The Irish government has formally accepted the IAG bid for its share of Aer Lingus with various built in guaranties. However a take-over is still subject to EU competition scrutiny, considered a formality by most experts in the field, and the acquisition of the largest share element, the 29% held by Ryanair.
Repeatedly delayed due to red tape and technical problems, Berlin Brandenburg Airport is on course to open in 2017, according to a spokesman, denying a media report it could end up as a white elephant.
Last Friday (29 May) was the closing date for public comment on the impact of airport expansion on air quality (See BTN 11 May).
Gatwick Airport chose to hold a series of high-powered briefings attacking Heathrow fronted by Chief Executive Stewart Wingate. There is nothing friendly about this confrontation. The stakes are high and the message from the South London airport clear.
Following Gatwick’s media round last Friday which featured prominently in London TV, radio and press Heathrow Airport Ltd issued the following statement. (see Gatwick v Heathrow in this issue)
Next Thursday (4 June) will see many in the airline industry gathering at London’s Institute of Directors for an Aviation Club luncheon.
Following the mention of Laker Airways in last week’s edition (See BTN 25 May “Long Haul Low-Cost”) John Jones, the former Commercial Director of the airline has been in touch.
Whilst Ryanair ponders on the future of its Aer Lingus stake, and also no doubt considers what to do for its 30th anniversary in July, the airline has announced record profits for the 12 months ending 31 March.
Talks will continue today (Monday 1 June) to try to avert National rail strikes called by the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) trade union for Thursday 4 June for 24 hours, and 9 June for 48 hours. Both start at 17:00, designed to cause the maximum disruption.
Alison Chambers reports from Geneva and a record European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).
It has been a very newsworthy couple of months regarding ships as the UK cruise industry reaches out towards two million annual packages. It has not made it yet (1.7m is predicted for this year) but there is much new capacity being very publicly unveiled, and the established stars are also doing well in the publicity stakes.
See also CRUISE INTELLIGENCE below
The Queen named Britannia in March; Anthem of the Seas made its debut just a few weeks later and BTN in this issue introduces Explorer of the Seas following a major refurbishment.
Liverpool set new standards for city hospitality when it hosted Cunard’s three Queens last week.
All might well be revealed this week regarding its A380 prospects when Malaysia Airlines is expected to disclose future fleet plans. It has been placed in voluntary administration as part of a restructuring under its government owners.
It might seem some way off but both scheduled and holiday airlines are now busy selling their 2016 summer programmes. It is good for ‘cash flow’ too.
A firm of solicitors has issued a statement concerning a judgement handed down last Friday (29 May) at Staines County Court in the case of Davies v British Airways Plc. District Judge Beck ruled in favour of the couple fining BA €800 for a delay of 3hrs 51mins on a flight from Catania to Gatwick in 2012.
A £16m redevelopment programme is set to transform departures at London City Airport (LCY).
The Paris Air Show looms up with the opening day Monday 15 June, the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the French public, by which time most sensible people in the aerospace business would have escaped.
London’s Marriott Hotel Park Lane has opened a rooftop food and drinks venue.
Aer Lingus Regional, the trading name of Stobart Air, has experienced 2.5% growth in the year to date, flying over 338,000 passengers in the first four months of 2015. By summer 2015, it will operate 680 flights per week across 31 routes from 24 departures points throughout Ireland, UK, France, Germany and Netherlands.
Stansted-based charter and sub-charter specialist Titan Airways has begun to equip its growing narrow-body fleet with an installed IFE streaming platform provided by Media in Motion (MiM), a UK-based provider of modular and wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions.