21 NOVEMBER 2016
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The successful bmi regional operation at Bristol Airport, from where it operates seven routes, has prompted the airline to boost its Bristol – Milan schedule to a total of five weekly departures.
Conferences come and conferences go, but rarely can one have arrived at a more opportune moment than the Airport Operators Association annual gathering, which kicks off today and continues tomorrow in London.
BTN has been trying out what will form part of the prize list for this year’s Christmas Quiz, the Amba Charing Cross. It really is a fine hotel, now once again of 5-star standard and situated within walking distance of virtually all the great London landmarks.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary last week joined the heavyweight line-up of speakers for the Airport Operators Association (AOA) annual conference being held today (21 November) and tomorrow at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London.
Israel’s new international airport, called Ramon, will be operational next summer. It replaces the current Eilat Airport, in the very centre of the Red Sea resort and suitable only for short-range domestic flights. The new one will double as a diversion facility for Tel Aviv Ben Gurion (TLV) if that airport needs to close for some reason.
In an apparent change of direction, London mayor Sadiq Khan last week hit out at what his office called the “devastating environmental consequences” of a third runway at Heathrow and signalled his support for a potential legal challenge.
The government last week reinforced its pledge to work closely with the aviation industry to “ensure it continues to be a major success story for the UK economy” in the aftermath of Brexit.
New Zealand is set to welcome its first Ritz-Carlton after the hotel company signed a management agreement with NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) for a 300-room new-build property in Auckland.
Almost 695,000 extra seats across the route network have joined the roster at Dublin Airport this winter season, just as the airport last week launched a major upgrade for its main runway.
Further action by the CAA against “misleading” airline advertising and mis-selling of “non-existent” fares was called for by Ryanair last week after the company scored an initial victory over the practices.
A new no-frills Basic Economy class is being introduced by United Airlines as the company continues a programme of new measures planned by chief executive Oscar Munoz to increase revenue and cut costs.
The enquiry continues on Tuesday 22 November.
Chengdu, which was dropped by BA last month (BTN 24 October), is being developed further by Star Alliance member Air China, which last week began flights to and from Sydney, the airline’s first non-stop route between west China and Australia.
A multi-million pound commercial aviation maintenance hangar is to be built at Gatwick as a joint project by the airport and Boeing.
A public consultation on future expansion plans over the next 25 years, including an extended terminal building and an enlarged aircraft parking area, has been launched by Edinburgh Airport.
The first of 10 new Airbus A350-900s on order by Lufthansa has arrived. The fleet will be based at the Munich hub, with the first commercial flight scheduled for 10 February to Delhi. Boston will be another earlier destination.
Spain’s NH Hotel Group has followed the launch of its premium brand, NH Collection, in America with the opening of 5-star properties in the two most important cities in its home country, Gran Hotel Calderón in Barcelona and Hotel Suecia, Madrid. As is usual for the brand, both are in city-centre landmark buildings.
A new luxury lounge operated by the airline alliance SkyTeam has been unveiled at Beijing Capital International Airport.