29 FEBRUARY 2016

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Bakerloo Line and Heathrow Express

Major improvement works at Paddington Tube station are set to begin in April in order to boost capacity at the station in preparation for the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.

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Farnborough 2016

Not that far away, the first trade day is Monday 11 July, the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show is 90% sold out with only limited exhibitor opportunities available.

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T5 lounge refreshment

British Airways' First lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 has come in for a much needed refurbishment.

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ON THE SOAPBOX SPECIAL: John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow Airport

John became CEO of Heathrow Airport Ltd July 2014 after successfully masterminding the construction and opening of T2.  He joined the company as commercial director in May 2009 from Taylor Wimpey Plc, having held a number of positions including operations drector of Taylor Woodrow Developments and commercial director of Taylor Woodrow Inc.

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Britainís airports Ė The top 40

A BTN Special

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Airbus Group results

Airbus said 2015 profits rose slightly but it still had problems with its military aircraft production line in Seville.  Operating earnings before one-off items rose 2% to €4.13bn as revenue gained 6% to €64.45bn.

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Airport access and Westminster

An inquiry looking at UK airports by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee has concluded poor surface access restricts growth, adversely affects passenger experience and forces airport users, local commuters and airport employees to use road transport which exacerbates environmental concerns.

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bmi regional expands

Munich is to become a major hub for bmi regional, now Britain’s fourth largest scheduled airline.

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Dubaiís new terminal

British Airways has become the first tenant of the brand new Concourse D in Dubai International Airport. 

Fellow oneworld Royal Jordanian carrier is also now in this latest extension to the original Dubai airport.

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Four Seasons Abu Dhabi

With its opening in the UAE capital just months away, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island is now confirming reservations for arrivals beginning 8 May 2016. 

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IAG profits

As expected International Airlines Group (IAG) produced a strong quarterly result last Friday (26 February) and for the first time since it was created in 2011 will pay a dividend. 

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London City Airport sold

The Alberta Investment Management Corporation, on behalf of its clients, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and the infrastructure investing arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority (Wren House Ltd), has confirmed it has signed an agreement to acquire the company that owns and operates London City Airport.

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Republic into Chapter 11

Regional US carrier Republic Airways has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming several quarters of falling revenue after grounding aircraft during a pilot shortage. 

The Indianapolis-based airline has a swap arrangement with Flybe regarding Q400s and an Embraer order but how this is affected is not known.

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ON TOUR: The Business Travel Show

Perhaps it was the sun shining through the Victorian roof of Olympia’s Grand Hall, maybe at the second time of asking both visitors and exhibitors have got to terms with the venue and access, but last week’s Business Travel Show (BTS) and accompanying Travel Technology Europe (TTE) were record breaking and easily the best since the first of the series at far-away Islington in 1994.

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AND FINALLY: The joke is on Boris

In this week’s email version of BTN’s Most Read League the winner is the The Boris Riddle.

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Air tax reduced

Families with teenage kids will fly for less from 1 March with the removal of the UK’s air tax, Air Passenger Duty (APD), on Economy flights for children under 16. 

This follows the abolition of APD on flights for children under 12 last May.

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Amazon on board

US carrier Southwest Airlines is now offering Pay with Amazon on-board its wi-fi equipped aircraft, offering customers a new and convenient way to purchase in-flight products through the carrier's entertainment portal.

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Britain sets tourism record

New figures show that 2015 set a new record for inbound tourism to the UK with 35.8 million visits, 4% up on 2014 and the sixth consecutive year of growth according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Deltaís UK launches

In partnership with Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines is gearing up for two important UK route introductions in the spring.

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Embraerís new regional jet

Embraer has rolled out its first next-generation E-Jet, an E190-E2, at its factory in São José dos Campos (Brazil). 

The E190-E2’s first flight is slated for the second half of 2016 with first deliveries expected to take place in 2018. 

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Heathrow protesters not jailed

To the surprise of many a group calling themselves ‘Plane Stupid’ have not been jailed following a serious breach of security at Heathrow. 

A protest on 13 July 2015 saw the collective cut a hole in a fence and block the airport northern runway leading to the cancellation of 25 flights. 

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Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre

April 2016 will see the launch of Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, a 4-star hotel in Manchester’s vibrant Piccadilly area by the station of the same name.

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Norwegian cancels and adds

What was going to be the launch for Norwegian Air International's Irish operation has been cancelled. 

Planned flights from Cork to the US have been postponed pending receipt of a permit to enable the flight plan to commence.

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