13 MAY 2019
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Every aspect of aviation and workplace safety, including wellbeing, is being put under the microscope from today, 13 May, as the Airport Operators Association (AOA) launches its fourth annual UK Airports Safety Week.
Perish the thought Scotland’s first minister should be bandwagon-climbing but linking her government’s decision to scrap its commitment to removing air passenger duty (APD) north of the border with the climate change movement looks like a political move rather than a serious consideration.
Air traffic management (ATM) inefficiencies on the continent are failing the travelling public and airspace users, according to the airport trade association ACI Europe last week.
The deadline for bids from companies trying to keep Italy’s stuggling flag-carrier Alitalia in the air was extended by the Italian government again last week. Deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said the date had been reset for 15 June.
Hertz Europe has launched The British Collection in the UK, offering a new high-end customer service experience, with a package of best-of-British services and products – and a personalised welcome service.
Three new jet routes operated by Loganair from Edinburgh Airport have been given an official send-off (below), with departures to Bergen and Stavanger in Norway and to Guernsey.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, now part of JW Marriott brand, has completed a multi-million-dollar full-scale renovation.
Ideas to enhance security at airports, the border and other screening locations are being sought in a new competition from the Home Office and Department for Transport – with a share of £4.5m funding at stake.
A new premium facility for passengers at Luton Airport is on the way this summer with No 1 Lounges opening its first location at the airport and its 12th in the UK. The facility opens in July as the Clubrooms, No1’s premium brand.
In a season of anniversaries, Ryanair joined in the fun last week by celebrating its 25-year presence at Manchester Airport, where it has carried more than 30.1m customers since arriving in 1994.
Conflicting statements about Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 programme continued to emerge at the weekend as investigations continued into last week’s accident at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport in which 41 people were killed.
ON TOUR this week visits Gdańsk, one of the destinations featured by Wizz Air in its monthly ‘Wizz You Were Here’ spotlight on things to see and do in the many places around its network.
When it comes to car names, SEAT seems to have settled on Spanish municipalities for the title of each of its product range. It manufactures the Ateca, Ibiza and Tarraco and now the Arona, named for a lesser-known Tenerife suburb. But it has a nice ring about it.
Aircraft leasing and charters will be in the spotlight at the Aviation Club UK summer lunch on 12 June when guest speaker will be Paulo Mirpuri, president and CEO of the Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly.
Critics have attacked a proposal by the Department for Transport (DfT) for a levy of 50p per person on all flights to insure against a future collapse of UK-based airlines. The proposal is in the final report from the independent Airline Insolvency Review.
A celebrated sculpture of aviation pioneers John Alcock and Arthur Brown travelled from its home at the Heathrow Academy to Ireland last week ahead of celebrations to mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight from North America to Europe.
A refreshed Business Class experience is on the way later this year from Cathay Pacific as part of a new programme called Let’s Move Beyond aimed at making the airline “one of the world’s greatest service brands”.
A total of 22 jets delivered in the first quarter of 2019 was reported by Embraer last week, of which 11 were commercial aircraft and 11 were executive jets. The company said its firm order backlog as of 31 March now totalled US$16bn (about £12bn).
New daily services between Glasgow and Dubai operated by an Emirates Airbus A380 superjumbo have been making history north of the border as the first regular flights of the iconic aircraft to Scotland (BTN 15 April).
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has marked the debut of its Indigo brand in Italy’s top visitor city with the opening of Hotel Indigo Venice-Sant’Elena, in an area known for its modern art and culture and near the Murano glass factory.
More details of what passengers can expect from Manchester Airport’s new private terminal, PremiAir (below), were unveiled last week by airport operator MAG. The facility, for passengers travelling with partner airlines, opens in September.