19 MARCH 2018

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Finnair on the march

More frequencies to important long-haul business destinations with connections through Helsinki for UK passengers have been announced by Finnair for the 2018-19 winter season.

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Hainan three-capital coup

A new year-round four-times-weekly service between Beijing, Edinburgh and Dublin starting on 12 June has been announced by Hainan Airlines, giving Scotland and Ireland their first direct links to mainland China.

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Harry Goodman

Tributes were paid last week to Harry Goodman, one of the most influential and controversial figures in the UK travel industry over the past 50 years, who has died aged 79.

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COMMENT: The Elizabeth Line and (some) of the London airports

Crossrail/The Elizabeth Line steadily moves forward towards its planned opening date in December. But is all well?

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Air Malta heads for Southend

Three new Mediterranean routes to Malta, Sardinia and Sicily flown by Air Malta are adding to the roster at Southend Airport from 4 May, joining Flybe, operated by Stobart Air, and easyJet.

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Cobalt to Athens

A new twice-weekly service between Gatwick and Athens is being launched on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 31 March by Cyprus’s largest airline, Cobalt Air, as it further bolsters its European route network.

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Dreamliners for Turkey

A firm order for 25 Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners with options for five more has been signed by the manufacturer and Turkish Airlines with the flag carrier saying that the aircraft will allow it to meet growing demand at its home base at Istanbul’s third airport.

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Elizabeth Line fares and Heathrow

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that Elizabeth line pay-as-you-go fares within Zones 1-6 will be the same as the fares on existing TfL services.

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Flybe's Cardiff package

In a follow-up to the first phase of its new winter programme (BTN last week), Flybe has issued a schedule from Cardiff Airport for travel between 28 October 2018 and 13 January 2019.

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LCY’s new ad campaign

A major advertising campaign from London City Airport (LCY) opened last week to communicate the facility’s time-saving advantages through the eyes of the customer. The airport's website has also been overhauled and went live on Tuesday.

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Loganair partners Carlisle

In a significant development for the UK domestic network, Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) last week unveiled Loganair as an airline partner with flights to southeast England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from 4 June.

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Travelodge's Scouse honour

Famous names are back in the spotlight at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, where the UK’s first budget hotel chain, Travelodge, which currently operates 558 properties, has officially opened its 14th hotel in Merseyside.

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Virgin's Johannesburg double

A second daily service between Heathrow and Johannesburg is being added by Virgin Atlantic this winter with flights scheduled to start on 28 October operated by Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. The new flight will add 180,000 seats on the route.

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ON TOUR: A flying beach trip

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AND FINALLY: Humour on high

In an avalanche of publicity for which most airlines would pay a fortune, video of a Southwest Airlines safety announcement by cabin attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral on the internet.

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Berryman's Emirates farewell

The UK aviation scene is losing a leading personality at the end of this month with the retirement of Emirates Airlines’ top man in the country, Laurie Berryman. He joined in 1990 as an area manager and was appointed vice-president Emirates UK in 2010.

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Biggin projects on show

Current developments at Biggin Hill Airport were in the spotlight last week for an official visit by mayors from across the capital and the South East at the invitation of their Bromley counterpart, Kathy Bance MBE.

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Delta Sky Club expansion

On the heels of February's announcement of a Delta Sky Club lounge to open at Austin, Texas, the airline is now adding a similar facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport late this year.

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Ethiopian chases UK growth

Further expansion in the UK market is under consideration by Ethiopian Airlines on the heels of a seasonal increase of three flights a week on the Addis Ababa – Heathrow route.

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FT Conference

The second annual Financial Times (FT) Business of Aerospace & Aviation Summit will take place on 18 April in London with more than 100 senior executives and digital, innovation and technology heads discussing latest development within this evolving industry.

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Lauda back in the air

Austrian former Formula One driver Niki Lauda’s rebranded airline Laudamotion that he bought from bankrupt Air Berlin as leisure carrier Niki, will launch flights from 25 March.

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Loss for Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger was the speaker at last week’s Airlines UK annual lecture held at Ince & Co LLP.

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More luxury from Accor

Properties in Berlin, St Petersburg, Vienna and Auckland are to be added to what AccorHotels calls its “audacious and spirited” luxury brand, SO/, by the end of this year, with Auckland marking the brand's first venture into the southern hemisphere.

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