20 MARCH 2017
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A €1bn cut in costs, a big fleet reduction by 20 narrow-body aircraft and profitability by 2019 are elements in the next phase of Alitalia’s business plan, covering the next four years. The plan was heralded earlier this year (BTN 9 January).
A new Business Lounge offering what is described as “a premium customer experience for all passengers at the reasonable price of £35 per person” opens officially today at London City Airport.
There’s nothing like the threat of a looming election to muzzle normally loquacious politicians faced with intractable problems. Even those not always forthcoming can become strangely even less so.
The latest of airport lounge specialist Plaza Premium Group’s Aerotel hotels has opened in the Departures area in Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal One, the first in Singapore and also Asia’s only airport transit hotel with an outdoor swimming pool.
An opening date planned for this year for Berlin’s troubled Brandenburg Airport project has been put back again after it was found extra work on technical building facilities and alterations to the sprinkler system could not be completed in time.
Norwegian has reshuffled its peak-season schedule to accommodate plans to introduce its new Boeing B737 MAX 8 on the Edinburgh – Oslo route. Originally planned to start in early 2018, it will now begin on 1 June.
Ticket sales for the new high-speed train service between London and Bordeaux using a new rail line in France that reduces journey time by more than 1hr went on sale from Eurostar on Wednesday. The service begins on 2 July.
Daily flights between London City Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport are to be operated by Flybe from next Sunday, 26 March, until 27 October in a boost for the service, which to date has operated only at weekends.
The Unesco world heritage site of Warsaw became the latest destination in the Leonardo Hotels portfolio on Wednesday following the group’s takeover of the 4-star former JM Hotel Warsaw Centre.
Exactly 111 years since opening on 17 March 1906, Great Western Railway (GWR) on Friday announced its renowned Old Oak Common (OOC) depot will be opened to the public for a special day on 2 September to celebrate its contribution to maintaining the Legends of the Great Western.
The Cathay Pacific Group last week reported a loss of HK$575m (about £60m) for 2016, its first since the world financial crisis began in 1988. The figure compares to a profit of HK$6,000m (£626m) in 2015.
Non-stop service in three new markets was inaugurated last week by Alaska Airlines as the company continued its growth surge following its takeover last year of Virgin America to become the fifth largest US carrier.
Isle of Man-based Citywing has been forced to close after aircraft supplier Van Air Europe’s licence for UK flights was suspended by the CAA. Citywing said it had been unable to source more aircraft to operate its services.
Growing demand is bringing another long-haul destination into the Etihad Airways Airbus A380 network this summer with the airline introducing the award-winning double-decker on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route.
A new low cost long-haul airline brand joins the International Airlines Group (IAG) portfolio this summer in a move to combat growing competition in the field from the likes of Norwegian and, potentially, Ryanair.
In spite of what was termed a damaging series of strikes, the Lufthansa Group made a net profit of €1.78bn (about £1.5bn, $1.91bn) for 2016, a 4.6% increase over the previous year.
The future of regional airports in the UK and priorities for connectivity, capacity and investment will be under discussion at a seminar organised by Westminster Forum Projects in central Birmingham on 6 April.