16 MAY 2016

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Battle joined for South America

Increasing competition on routes to South America has brought responses from TAP Portugal and Turkish Airlines, both promoting their own services.

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Gatwick joins Wizz Air roster

Wizz Air is to begin direct service between Gatwick and Bucharest on 18 June, providing the only direct connection between the two airports.

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COMMENT: Boris Johnson and the way ahead

Rumours are rife that Lord (Andrew) Adonis is to become the transport guru to Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London.

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Doha non-stop for BA

British Airways is to serve Qatar’s capital Doha with a non-stop daily service from London starting in October, removing its existing stopover in Bahrain, according to Forbes magazine.

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Heathrow progress on new runway

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO, is seeking an early meeting with London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, as the south-east runway debate reaches a conclusion. He has also written to the Prime Minister.  A final government decision is expected shortly.

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Hong Kong adds NZ daily

Daily services to Auckland are being launched next winter by Hong Kong Airlines as the number of carriers serving New Zealand continues to grow.

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Human trafficking in LGW spotlight

Gatwick is stepping-up its efforts in supporting the fight against human trafficking, child exploitation and modern slavery through increased training of front-line staff.

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London City and Sadiq

Sadiq Khan, London’s new mayor, has dropped an objection raised by his predecessor, Boris Johnson, to the planned expansion of London City Airport (LCY).

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Manchester gets first CSeries

Manchester will be in the aviation limelight on 16 July when Swiss International Air Lines lands its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft – a CS100 – at the airport. Swiss is the first airline to operate the new twinjet.

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MH370 solution moves closer

The mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 moved slightly closer to solution last week after debris found was said to be “almost certainly” from the missing aircraft.

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Stansted still growing

More than 1.96m passengers passed through Stansted last month, 2.7% more than in April 2015. It was the busiest April since 2007 and the 25th consecutive month of passenger growth at the airport.

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Windsor opening for Sofitel

The Accor group has unveiled the latest member of its MGallery by Sofitel portfolio.

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Yes and No at St Helena

The new St Helena airport won certification last week from Air Safety Support International (ASSI) while work continued to solve turbulence and windshear issues experienced by Comair’s implementation flight last month  (see BTN 2 May).

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ON TOUR: Catching up with Boston

With a few days to spare after a trip to New York, BTN's Richard Cawthorne takes the train to Boston.

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AND FINALLY: The Christmas Quiz

Not a real funny this week but more a congratulations.

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Alaska adds JAL to loyalty club

Japan Airlines has become the latest in a growing line-up of frequent-flier partners joining Alaska Airlines’ portfolio.

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BA extends pre-order meals

An inflight meal system that allows passengers to pre-order what they want to eat is being extended by British Airways to long-haul flights from Gatwick.

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EasyJet thinks on its feet

A prototype “smart shoe” with built-in technology which helps wearers to explore a city without getting lost has been unveiled by easyJet.

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New Haneda slot for Hawaiian

Hawaiian Airlines on Friday secured the right to begin flying nonstop between Tokyo and Kailua-Kona after it was awarded a fiercely-sought-after new night-departure slot at Haneda Airport.

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Norwegian to Oakland

Gatwick welcomed another new route last week as Norwegian continued the expansion of its long-haul network by launching the UK’s only direct flights to Oakland-San Francisco.

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Record profits for Emirates

A 28th consecutive year of profit and steady business expansion were announced on Tuesday by the Emirates Group.

The company, made up of the Emirates airline and air-service provider dnata, said it ended the 2015-16 financial year with record profits and in a strong position despite “global and operational challenges” during the period.

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Skopje arrival for Marriott

Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, has opened its first property in Macedonia.

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Vietnam Cambodia boost

Big increases in domestic flights are being planned by Vietnam Airlines and Cambodia’s flag carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air – in which Vietnam Air holds a 49% stake – to cater for growing traffic to the countries.

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