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31 OCTOBER 2016
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Two new carriers, airBaltic, which operates from bases in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and is headquartered in Riga, and Reykjavik-based Icelandair, have joined the Airlines for Europe (A4E) pressure group.
The third of 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft on order by CityJet was handed over to the airline on Thursday by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) and Superjet International (SJI) at the SJI international centre in Venice.
Check your tickets and timings. Many airlines have gone into their winter schedules with effect from today.
At last, a definitive decision on a new runway for the South East. Even Norwegian Air, a Gatwick resident, says that we must put the past behind us and get on with the future.
The R3 decision has to be linked with Brexit.
Organisers of the British-Irish Airports Expo are planning a major expansion for the event next year following the success of the inaugural show this summer at the NEC Birmingham. The expo will again by hosted by Birmingham International Airport.
Saad Hammad, CEO, unexpectedly stood down at Flybe last week with the airline due to publish its quarterly results on Wednesday 9 November. No immediate replacement has been announced, with the rumour circulating of a personality clash with chairman Simon Laffin, the former land director of Safeway Supermarkets.
Sir Cliff Richard was on hand to wield a shovel for the official ground-breaking ceremony performed by the Arora Group for two new hotels at Heathrow Terminal 4. The project is set to become the largest hotel development at the airport.
A decision by airberlin to offer a Business-Class product on European flights has been a “resounding success”, the company’s CEO, Stefan Pichier, said last week, with 15,000 seats already reserved and the number “trending upwards”.
Airport Operators Association (AOA) chief executive Darren Caplan is switching roles in January after being appointed to a similar position at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), which represents UK-based suppliers to the world’s railways.
Hard on the heels of Flybe boosting services between Cardiff and London after an increase in demand during the Severn Tunnel closure (See BTN 24 October), Great Western Railway hit back this week with developments of its own.
With exploring the UK, or staycationing, growing in popularity, it’s useful to know the best places to rest your head. A close study of the Good Hotel Guide 2017, just published, is one way to find out.
An engine fire in an American Airlines Boeing 767 at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport on Friday could have been catastrophic had it happened seconds later when the aircraft was in the air, officials said.
A number of interested parties were reported last week by Cambridge-based private-aircraft maker e-Go aeroplanes to have contacted the company, which is seeking a buyer to put what it calls its “fun flying machine” into full production (See BTN 26 September).
Another indication of what Britain’s airports are up against in terms of future world standing came last week with Hong Kong International Airport announcing plans for a major development near Terminal 2.
New state-of-the-art full-body scanners for passengers have been installed at London City Airport (LCY) after a trial period, making it the first UK facility of its kind to introduce them.
An Avro RJ100 jet aircraft operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and carrying two Atlantic Star Airlines personnel among the passengers has successfully conducted a technical stop at the troubled St Helena Airport as part of a delivery flight to a customer in Chile (BTN 17 October).
One-way fares were announced last week by TAP Portugal for all its intercontinental destinations, making the airline one of the first in Europe to offer passengers what it hailed as “a simple, more flexible and transparent fare structure”.