28 MAY 2018

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'Lack of action' in pilot crisis

New concerns over pilot shortages were raised last week in a new report from UK-based aviation recruitment specialist AeroProfessional saying too little collaborative action was being taken, specifically in the EU, to address the crisis.

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Atlantic deal next steps

Final details of the Joint Venture Agreement between Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways which sees a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic currently owned by the Virgin Group sold to Air France-KLM for £220m were released last week.

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Gatwick seeking 1,200 staff

More than 1,200 extra staff are being sought by Gatwick over the next few weeks as the airport prepares for what is predicted to be its busiest summer to date. More than two-thirds of the vacancies are in the shops and restaurants.

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Next Monday IATA begins in Sydney, Australia. BTN will be covering what could be a very lively gathering.

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COMMENT: Heathrow. The world won’t wait forever

It was appropriate that yesterday, Sunday 27 May 2018, was the day chosen by some of Britain’s top business groups to add their heavyweight voices to the demand for the government to table a vote on Heathrow expansion.

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ANA giant takes shape

Japan’s first customer for the Airbus A380, All Nippon Airways, saw the first of the three it has ordered make its debut at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse last week as the aircraft left the final assembly plant for the next stage in construction.

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BA Moscow, Morocco and Dublin

More choice for passengers visiting Moscow was announced by British Airways last week with the addition of Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) to its schedules.

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Dublin Airport hotel plan

The company that runs Dublin and Cork airports is seeking expressions of interest for a company or consortium to design and build, finance and operate a new 400-bedroom terminal-linked hotel at the Dublin facility.

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Glasgow-Shanghai partnership

A partnership agreement between Glasgow Airport and Shanghai Airport Authority has been signed that will see the two work together to petition Chinese carriers to establish a direct air link between the west of Scotland and the Chinese city.

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Infrastructure Summit

Delegates were reminded at last Wednesday’s Transport Times UK Infrastructure Summit that the National Infrastructure Commission will shortly publish its first report. 

"It will be truly ground-breaking, offering an analysis of the UK's long-term needs, assessing national policy and looking across several key sectors," promised commission chair Sir John Armitt, who gave the keynote speech at KPMG’s Canary Wharf headquarters. 

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LaudaMotion aims high

An extensive Vienna-based European network called City Shuttle beginning with the winter schedule 2018/19 and including a new direct service to and from Dublin is in the planning stages at Niki Lauda’s new airline LaudaMotion.

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MH17 missile identified

A surface-to-air missile belonging to the Russian armed forces shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing B777-200ER, over Ukraine in July 2014, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) confirmed last week.

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New ATC strike hits thousands

The pressure group Airlines 4 Europe (A4E) last week intensified its campaign calling on the EU to keep Europe’s skies open after another damaging strike by French air traffic controllers.

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Reprieve for Alitalia?

The incoming Italian populist government has confirmed it intends to halt the sale of Italy’s insolvent national carrier Alitalia, part of the Sky Team alliance, as part of its own economic plan for the Mediterranean's largest economy.

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ON TOUR: Sydney and IATA

From next Sunday (3 June) and the following two days, Sydney, New South Wales, will be the centre of the aviation universe, where the mighty, in the form of mega-carriers, will rub shoulders with tiny short-haul operators, all of them members of IATA, the International Air Transport Association.

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AND FINALLY: Newspaper headline

Airport makes a terminal decision.

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Athens lands Grand Hyatt

The first Grand Hyatt hotel in Greece is due to open next autumn in Athens with a 310-room property centrally located on Syngrou Avenue in the Koukaki district, close to golf courses, restaurants and within walking distance of Filopappos Hill.

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Brunei goes non-stop

Daily non-stop flights between Heathrow and Brunei International Airport are being launched on 28 October as a result of national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines dropping its Dubai stopover.

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Delta Hotels moves in

Another multinational hotel group division has opened for business in Europe with the arrival of Delta, part of Marriott International, marking its official debut with a property in Frankfurt.

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Fresh hope for Korea air talks

Uncertainty over whether a summit between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un will take place after all has put talks on air services between North and South Korea back in limbo despite a visit by UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) officials earlier this month (BTN 7 May).

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Grayling: Put passengers first

Transport secretary Chris Grayling last week challenged the aviation industry to develop solutions for Heathrow expansion that provide value for money and benefit passengers.

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Qantas joins tech surge

Aviation high-tech kept up its momentum last week with Qantas launching a new technology platform and the Sky Team alliance making it easier for frequent flyers to use their miles to book reward travel across multiple member airlines.

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Qatar London gateway No 2

Greeted by a celebratory water-cannon salute, Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Gatwick has launched a double-daily service by Boeing B787 Dreamliner, making the Sussex airport the airline’s sixth gateway into the UK and second to Heathrow.

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Wales chases UK routes

The Welsh government is going to bat over domestic air travel by proposing a number of new Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes be established to improve connectivity at Cardiff International Airport.

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