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5 OCTOBER 2015
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A major wet-lease contract has been awarded to Irish carrier CityJet by Scandinavian Airlines to operate a network of regional routes from Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm from next March.
Korea’s capital acquired a new luxury hotel last week with the opening of the Four Seasons Seoul, with features including seven restaurants and bars and a three-storey spa and fitness complex.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Business Travel News has been shortlisted for the prestigious CWT Business Travel Journalism Awards.
Peter Davies recently gave a discourse to the Aviation Club on what was described as the “Art of airline management”. Here he paraphrases his dissertation. (see BTN 28 September)
With more than 700 visitors, 60 exhibitors and 20 aircraft and helicopters on display, the move of the Business and General Aviation Day (BGAD) show to Biggin Hill Airport has been acknowledged as a great success.
Meetings aimed at ending Cuba’s commercial aviation isolation from the US are due to be held next week. US travellers can fly to Cuba at the moment only on charter flights for ‘permitted reasons’, including education, humanitarian efforts and professional research.
Plans have been announced to make Addis Ababa ‘the aviation hub of Africa’ with the building of a mega international airport with the capacity to handle 120 million passengers a year.
In a new riposte to its critics, and following Sir Howard Davies’ remarks (see this issue of BTN), Heathrow last week released a graphic using independent data which it said showed how road vehicles, and not emissions from operations on the airport, are the biggest contributor to the capital’s air pollution.
What in effect is a challenge to Zac Goldsmith has been issued by Jock Lowe, Director of Heathrow Hub. Captain Lowe’s innovative scheme envisages an extension of Heathrow’s current northern runway from its present 12,800ft to 22,000ft in total including the safety margin, in effect offering two runways out of one.
Members of the Convention Development team at NYC & Company, the marketing, tourism and partnership organisation for New York City, held their largest pan-European MICE roadshow this week, visiting Manchester, London, Paris and Brussels.
Business Travel News has always found Hanoi a fascinating place to visit and it has featured in these columns over the years.
Vietnam Airlines first introduced a direct Gatwick service back in November 2011. We jumped at the opportunity to visit Saigon (officially Ho Chi Min City) and now with the flights transferred to Heathrow and the Boeing Dreamliner introduced on the Hanoi route it was an offer not to be turned down.
BTN has often been asked what the difference is between deep sea cruising and river trips. “Which do you prefer and what makes for the better holiday?”.
It is an easy one.
Structural flaws in the terminal roof are being blamed for another setback to Berlin’s troubled Brandenburg Airport project. Reports say the ceiling within the building has been found to be too heavy.
Norwegian, which claims to be the world’s fastest-growing airline, last week won two trophies for passenger choice at the 2015 awards ceremony at the APEX Expo in Oregon. The carrier took first place in the categories for Best in Region: Europe and Best Inflight Publication.
It was the second year in a row Norwegian has been named Best in Region: Europe by passengers.
Toronto-based Canadian carrier Porter Airlines, which claims to offer premium service on short- and medium-haul journeys, has extended its network with flights between its home base at Toronto’s Billy Bishop City Airport and Pittsburgh.
In a telling indication of future ambitions, Ryanair has applied for slots at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and is willing to co-operate with long-haul traditional airlines, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told a French financial newspaper last week.
Lower fuel prices have led Wizz Air to raise its forecast for capacity growth for 2016 from 17% to 18% and predict a €190m-plus profit for this year.
The airline said the decrease in fuel costs was "feeding through to lower air fares" and it anticipated the downward trend in unit revenues would continue in the second half of the financial year.