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7 JANUARY 2019
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Continuing its westward expansion in face of US carriers’ objections to what they say is unfair competition (see also 'Air Italy dispute resurfaces' in this issue), Emirates has won a bid to operate daily fifth-freedom flights between Barcelona and Mexico City. A start date has yet to be announced.
Tributes poured in last week for Herb Kelleher, co-founder of the pioneering low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines, who died on Thursday at 87. He was said to have built Southwest into “an industry powerhouse stamped with his own colourful, unconventional personality.”
Brexit is a challenge we are ready for, says airport boss.
In his message for 2019, Heathrow Airport boss John Holland-Kaye looks to the future as the airport prepares to expand, and reflects on the drone scourge.
More US destinations and a first foray into Canada have been announced by Air Italy in the teeth of protests from US carriers over alleged unfair subsidisation by Qatar Airways, which owns 49% of the Italian company.
Former Luton Airport chief executive Nick Barton has been appointed to a similar position at Birmingham Airport. He starts his new job today, 7 January, after leaving Luton just before Christmas. The Luton post has been filled by Alberto Martin (see ‘Martin moves up at Luton’ in this issue).
Following its successful opening in 2015, the Genting Hotel NEC is now having a makeover.
With 273 guestrooms, including 21 suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the city views, the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit has opened to mark the brand’s entry into the capital of Thailand.
A new livery and a new flagship for Lufthansa have been unveiled with the arrival in Munich of the airline’s latest Airbus A380. The aircraft arrived from Guangzhou (China), where it was repainted over three and a half weeks.
Luton Airport has named its former planning and investment director Alberto Martin as the new CEO following the departure just before Christmas of Nick Barton, who has been appointed to head Birmingham Airport (see this issue).
A new link for business travellers between the north of England and the capital of Bavaria opens on 8 April when flybmi begins daily service between Leeds Bradford Airport and Munich.
Travel between the UK, Europe and the US is set to grow significantly this year, as a number of international airlines add new routes over the North Atlantic for spring and summer.
Airline preparations for life after Brexit have moved into top gear after Ryanair was granted a UK air operator’s certificate and re-registered a Boeing B737-800 from the Irish fleet as its first aircraft in the country.
Work is due to start today, 7 January, on a £10m essential maintenance project to upgrade the durability and performance of the runway at Southend Airport in face of rising passenger numbers and aircraft operations.
Seat Sensor, a world-first innovation, is now live on all East Coast Main Line (LNER) trains displaying reservations above the seats using a traffic light system.
The first UK-registered Boeing B737-8 MAX has joined the ranks at TUI Airways with an inaugural flight from Manchester to Malaga, marking the latest stage in the airline’s five-year fleet renewal programme.
With exercise a key part of many New Year resolutions, Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with Go Jauntly, a wayfinding app, to bring a Walking Tube Map to mobile phones to make it easier for people to walk as part of their everyday journeys.
With two new twice daily-services starting today (7 January) from London City Airport, to Warsaw with LOT and Newcastle with Flybe, ON TOUR takes a trip into the future this week with an overview of LCY’s new 51,000sq m terminal. New concept images just released show how the capital’s most central airport will be transformed by the £500m development. The project is due to be completed in 2022.
Where would you find a blue-eyed cockatoo called Brexit, a replica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, an amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a chest full of semi-precious stones and a brand new ice cream van?
In a move with implications for airports worldwide, new rules for taxis at Paris CDG have been brought in after an unlicensed driver charged a Thai couple €247 for a trip to the city centre. The legal flat-rate fare is €55. The driver was later jailed for eight months for fraud and extortion.
Qatar Airways Group has taken a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines as part of a worldwide strategy which already includes a 49% investment in Air Italy and 20% in British Airways parent company International Airlines Group (IAG).
A deal by the France-based company Vinci Airports to acquire a majority 50.01% stake in Gatwick has been signed for a reported £2.9nbn. The other 49.99% will continue to be managed by Global Infrastructure Partners, Gatwick’s owner since 2009.
A 190-room hotel under the NH Hotel Group’s design and lifestyle brand ‘nhow’ is set to open in London this summer in the 250 City Road development between the City, Islington and Shoreditch.
What was being called last week the last remnant of the Monarch Airlines empire has entered administration with the loss of 408 jobs. Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) was said to be "unsustainable in its present form".
After a year of PR disasters, Ryanair has finished bottom of the Which? Travel annual airline survey for the sixth consecutive year. The carrier suffered low ratings for boarding, seat comfort, food and drink, and cabin environment.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has opened its first Staybridge Suites property in the Netherlands. The development is in the heart of the Hague, opposite the world’s oldest parliament building still in use, the Binnenhof.
Competition on the London – Tel Aviv route is set to increase later this year with plans by Virgin Atlantic to launch an Airbus A330 service following the appointment of Israeli Shai Weiss as CEO.
The last of a family of carriers with similar branding, VLM Airlines (Brussels), filed for bankruptcy last month after going into liquidation at the end of August. Some 80 staff have lost their jobs.