6 MAY 2019
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Moves in the High Court to block the Heathrow expansion plan were thrown out last week as judges rejected a claim for a judicial review that threatened to push back the third runway development by years.
Nick West has become the new chief executive of the Air League following his appointment by the board of trustees.
As BTN was being readied for publication on Sunday evening, news arrived concerning a major incident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
More than 3,000 passengers booked with Oxford-based Voyages to Antiquity had their cruise cancelled at very short notice last week.
A 7% increase in numbers over the previous total has given Cardiff Airport a new record for the 12 months to the end of April with more than 1.6m passengers using the facility. It was the airport’s busiest year since 2009.
More legroom, better food, bigger entertainment screens and extra check-in luggage allowances are among upgraded facilities being promised by Emirates as it moves to introduce a Premium Economy class next year.
Europe’s latest carrier to claim to offer low fares with high quality has taken to the skies for its first revenue flights. Based at Almaty International Airport, FlyArystan is a subsidiary of award-winning Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana.
A celebration by LOT Polish Airlines, Lithuanian Airports and London City Airport at the Shangri-La Hotel in London’s Shard skyscraper has held a special send-off for the carrier’s London – Vilnius service which began last week.
Plans to expand from five properties to at least 50 over the next decade to join BD Hotels’ “micro-accommodation” concept, Pod Hotels, are in hand after the success of its three newest openings at Times Square in New York (below), Brooklyn and Washington DC.
A new Economy Class on-board experience called ‘Quisine’ has been unveiled by Qatar Airways in what the airline says is a move “to elevate further customers’ dining experience when they travel”.
When BTN was invited to join the naming ceremony for the AMADouro river cruise ship at Porto, it seemed an ideal opportunity to extend an overnight trip from Gatwick to something longer (See also BTN May Cruising in this issue and ON TOUR 6 July 2015).
This month’s BTN Cruise News is all about the rivers of Europe and its ships with AMA Waterways stealing the headlines and introducing two outstanding new vessels. Also see British holidaymakers lose cruises in this issue.
The first of Airbus’ new corporate jet contender, the ACJ319neo1, has successfully completed a 16hr 10min test flight, setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew.
Paris airport operator Groupe ADP has streamlined its operation at Orly with a new junction building known as Orly 3 (below). With a surface area of nearly 80,000sq m, it links the former Orly South and Orly West structures.
A big rise in the number of ultra-long-range jet movements from North America using Biggin Hill is inspiring the airport to spread the word about its facilities as an ideal gateway for business aviation passengers into London.
The future of the Bombardier Belfast plant was under intense scrutiny yesterday after the company’s Canadian parent last week said it was selling off its operations in Northern Ireland to focus its aviation business in Montreal, Mexico and Texas.
If you are looking for a hotel with a memorable name as well as the usual facilities, head for Cape Town, where Design Hotels’ member Gorgeous George has joined the line-up of top places to stay.
The doors to a fourth central London property were officially opened last week by the Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland group, which claims to be one of the fastest-growing hotel chains in Europe.
A major expansion into China is being planned by airport services specialist Plaza Premium Group (PPG), with a target of more than 40 new lounge openings across multiple cities in the country by 2024.
Organisers of corporate events seeking different venues now have another waterborne option in London with MBNA Thames Clippers bringing the 222-passenger capacity vessel Venus Clipper into operation.