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18 JUNE 2018
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The second airport lounge to open under British Airways’ new design concept has entered service at Aberdeen Airport in the next stage of the airline’s £4.5bn investment plan.
The announcement last week of the UK Government ’s National Aviation Strategy and its focus on Heathrow gave Gatwick boss Stewart Wingate the opportunity at British-Irish Airports Expo to define the South London airport plans for the future.
THE FRENCH AIR TRAFFIC CRISIS
The following has been reproduced from The London Evening Standard and BTN agrees with every word. However, with the exception of Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary, the leaders of our industry have been sedentary. In years gone by, John King and Colin Marshall would have been to Downing Street to demand action and support.
Despite Emmanuel Macron’s claims, France is still En Panne
Opening the British-Irish Airports EXPO at London’s Olympia Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, suggested up to 15% of the expanded Heathrow slots should be ring-fenced for domestic services.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a new report highlighting the progress made by UK airports to help passengers whose disabilities are hidden, such as autism, dementia and hearing loss and many other conditions that are not immediately obvious. This comes against a background of record numbers of people with all types of disability flying.
ACI Europe, the airport trade association, today releases its traffic report for April 2018, during which average passenger traffic in geographical Europe grew by +5% compared with the same month last year.
United Airlines has introduced an upmarket lounge for international travellers at its New York Newark (EWR) hub.
LOT Polish Airlines is to add London City Airport (LCY) to its list of Warsaw Chopin (WAW) destinations from January. Four 106-seat Embraer 190s will be added to its roster bringing its e-jet fleet up to 34 aircraft at the end of this year.
British Airways has wet leased in three Qatar Airways A330-200 to support its routes to Delhi, Kuwait and Muscat during the busy summer period. It requires the aircraft to offset a capacity crunch brought about by engine problems concerning its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powered Boeing 787s.
Ryanair has announced the signing of a second cabin crew union recognition agreement with Unite the Union, who will now be the representative body for Ryanair directly employed cabin crew in the UK. This agreement follows Ryanair’s first cabin crew recognition deal with the Italian ANPAC/ANPAV unions just a week ago.
Virgin Atlantic has unveiled brand new interiors for a new four-strong fleet of A330-200 aircraft acquired from the receivers of Air Berlin. The aircraft will be retrofitted with a Premium cabin, along with a new look and feel for Upper Class and a refreshed Economy.
Alison Chambers has been to Geneva to report on the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE). Here is her report.
Your editor in chief spent yesterday (Sunday 17 June) at The Imperial War Museum (IWM), Lambeth, signing copies of London City Airport – 30 Years Serving the Capital. It was busy with around 4,000 visitors, a simply brilliant exposition and it is free.
Said by its promoter to revolutionise airport experience for travellers AirPod, has launched a beta prototype, in preparation for the first commercial trial to be implemented in EU airports in autumn 2018.
The Irish Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, responsible for the Gaelic-speaking communities in the western part of the country, is to issue a tender for Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes to the Aran Islands after Aer Arann Islands (Galway) announced it will leave the routes in December 2018, the Connacht Tribune has reported.
Air Canada has launched all-year-round services between Montreal and Narita Tokyo with Boeing 787 Dreamliner, daily during summer peak travel and three times a week during the winter.
SITA has announced that it has been chosen by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) as the technology partner for biometric exit at Orlando International Airport.
Sited a short walk from the Stansted Airport terminal building the popular Radisson Blu Hotel has just completed a £660k investment in its meetings and events facilities.
On the long weekend before Farnborough (Friday 13 until Sunday 15 July) Royal International Air Tattoo will again take place at RAF Fairford, Gloucester.
With Ryanair confirming last week that it has signed a five-year deal to base three Boeing 737-800s at Southend Airport the Stobart Plc owned operation is likely to nearly double its passenger throughput in 2019.