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8 JANUARY 2018
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British passports will change from burgundy to blue after Britain leaves the EU, the Home Office has said.
Virgin Trains East Coast is creating a similar frequency of services on Saturdays to those enjoyed on weekdays. The franchise is a joint venture between Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin Group (10%) promoted as Virgin Trains.
Business Travel News has a tradition of leading off the first issue of the new year with a leading light in the British air transport industry looking forward into the next 12 months. 2018 is no exception with the words of the current leader of our flag carrying airline.
Airlines have for a long time been looking for a successor to the ubiquitous Boeing 757, a transatlantic single aisle aircraft with around 230 seats.
In a determined effort to reduce the cost of domestic air travel Heathrow Airport Ltd is to reduce its charges on regional flights by £15. At present flyers have to pay UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) of £13 both ways on internal flights but only outbound to places such as Amsterdam. The Dutch government does not charge APD.
According to The Sunday Times the 42% stake in London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) by the majority private equity owner Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) could be put up for sale, suggesting it might want to reduce its investment. Two years ago GIP sold London City Airport for over £2bn, more than twice the purchase price. The New York based company also owns Edinburgh Airport acquired in 2012.
Following delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB last November ‘oneworld’ carrier Malaysia Airlines will introduce the aircraft next Monday 15 January on its twice daily service between Heathrow and Kuala Lumper.
The European Commission has published guidelines interpreting the criteria used for operating public service obligation (PSO) air routes. Such subsidised services are deemed essential to help the communities involved. Even with Brexit, the UK is likely to follow the guideline principles as set out in Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008.
Michael O’Leary seems to have got is wrong again.
The response to the end-of-year quiz has been very good and perhaps we made it too easy. A rethink will take place to decide what to do at the end of 2018. But it is a long way off.
The tie break was very simple: "Which is the best airline at Heathrow T3 and why?" But in 10 words or fewer.
We plan to publish the winners on Monday 15 January, the first prize being a trip for two anywhere on the easyJet network. There are three second prizes of a title in the Crecy aviation portfolio, and the third prize, three again, copies of the book London City Airport - Thirty Years Serving the Capital, by BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg.
Transatlantic travel could be in for a record year.
If your budget does not permit generally flying on a wide-bodied aircraft and you don’t mind connecting, Keflavik is proving to be an attractive alternative. A stopover is usually permitted but while there are no airline charges, the costs in Iceland are astronomic.
British Airways has announced its biggest Gatwick summer schedule in almost ten years, after acquiring lucrative take-off and landing slots left free by the demise of Monarch.
Flybe, claimed to be Europe’s largest regional airline, is starting the New Year with a brand refresh to better reflect the extent of its local presence.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, has confirmed that Byron Davies will be the Government’s first ever General Aviation Champion.
TAP Air Portugal has announced a new route between London City airport and Porto this spring. It already serves Lisbon from the east London airport.
IAG parent company of British Airways and Iberia has confirmed it wants to buy Air Berlin’s Austrian leisure subsidiary Niki subject to a Court challenge by law firm Fairplane claiming the Air Berlin insolvency proceedings should be moved from Austria to Germany.