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19 OCTOBER 2015
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Eight of British Airways’ long-haul services that have been operating from Terminal 5 at Heathrow were transferred by the airline last week back to Terminal 3 in the Central Area.
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Business Travel News has long promoted Northolt as a solution to the London connectivity problem for the Provinces until the new runway is ready. Heathrow served 20 UK destinations 30 years ago. It is now down to seven with some of these under scrutiny by the BA routes team.
Several airlines are known to be considering applying to the MOD for a change of use. Private (sometimes noisy) jets currently can use the airport. Scheduled commuter airliners, cannot. The Cabinet Committee, now deliberating on the Airports Commission report, should invite (or suggest) Britain’s regional airlines, always innovative and with vision, to apply. No increase in movements, less noise and more safety.
The Chancellor will be happy, and also very much the regions. It is a very valuable site. SEE ALSO London Northolt handling contract in this issue.
It was back to the Royal Garden Hotel London Kensington for last week’s Business Traveller Awards ceremony. Best Airline went to Qatar Airways, followed by Singapore Airlines, Emirates and British Airways in fourth place.
A new generation of Russian twinjets is on the way to London City Airport as CityJet prepares to replace its fleet of four-engine Avro RJ85s with the Sukhoi SSJ100 it was announced at the annual European Regions Airlines Association (ERAA) conference in Berlin last week.
Richard Cawthorne explores an intriguing corner of northern France
To walk through the ancient streets of Montreuil is to follow in the footsteps of famous people, not least the Count of Ponthieu, Vauban, Henry V (possibly), Victor Hugo and Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig.
Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels, the Autograph Collection, has added three more one-of-a-kind properties in important US business centres to its line-up.
New air services between Ireland and Connecticut are expected to be announced soon by Aer Lingus. At the US end, the flights would use Bradley International Airport, which serves the Hartford/Springfield region.
An initiative to recruit more women pilots was launched last week by Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, when she joined Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, to open the £2.7m easyJet Gatwick Academy training facility.
The handling contract for private jets at RAF Northolt is thought to have been retained by London City Airport, the incumbent operator, after a fiercely competed tender process which attracted a number of competing offerings. SEE COMMENT
Hard on the heels of Singapore Airlines’ plans for the long-range A350-900ULR (see this issue), Qantas is said to be considering launching non-stops between the UK and Australia.
Ryanair is to open a new base, its 75th, and place an aircraft at Corfu next April , with 11 new routes to Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Rome, Katowice, Poznan, Pisa, Rzeszow, Venice and Warsaw.