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17 JUNE 2019


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Heathrow tops 80m passengers

In a flurry of pace-setting results from UK airports, Heathrow last week announced a 31st month of record growth in May, taking its annual passenger total for the year from June 2018 to more than 80m.

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COMMENT: The next Prime Minister

As BTN was saying last week, the forthcoming election of the British prime minister (to hold that position in theory at any rate until 5 May 2022), is of vital importance to the airline industry. This week's events seem to indicate Boris Johnson might be the successful candidate and his apparent change of mind over the future of Heathrow justifies repeating for the benefit of readers who missed it BTN's view on the subject.

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Heathrow The final push

Tomorrow (Tuesday 18 June) is launch day for the statutory consultation on Heathrow's expansion.

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A380 owner at Aviation Club

Paulo Mirpuri, owner of rapidly-expanding Portuguese charter airline HiFly, was joined at the Aviation Club last week by his wife Luiza. Both are fully-qualified doctors.

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BA in double strike threat

A double strike threat was facing British Airways at the weekend with pilots considering taking action after voting to reject the latest pay package and a row over rosters simmering at Gatwick.

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CWT thumbs-up for business travel

Six in ten travellers feel more creative and productive when travelling for business, according to new research by the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform CWT.

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Disability dominates airport EXPO

“Wheelchairs are not baggage, they are an extension of our bodies. They are what we need to get around”.

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Embraer Fifty at Paris

Embraer will have a remarkable presence at the 53rd International Paris Air Show where the company, founded in 1969 August 19th, will celebrate it’s 50 years anniversary.

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Eurostar grows Amsterdam route

A third direct daily service from London to Amsterdam was introduced by Eurostar last week as the high-speed train service celebrated growing demand for rail travel between the two cities.

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London on the agenda

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate and London deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander have been named as key speakers for the 2019 London Infrastructure Summit on 12 September. The theme is “Beyond Brexit: Priorities for the 2020s”.

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MAX grounding continues

All 24 Boeing B737 MAX aircraft in the American Airlines fleet have been removed from flight schedules until at least 3 September, with the US carrier becoming the first to announce formally it would not operate the aircraft this summer.

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More wide-body domestic flights from JAL

With more than 40m overseas visitors to its home country expected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan Air Lines (JAL) is bringing in wide-body Boeing B787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s on domestic routes from this September.

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Paris Air Show major order from BA?

Speculation is rife that British Airways (Cityflyer), under the IAG banner, will announce a major order at the Paris Air Show for up to 26 aircraft, replacing its present Embraer fleet at London City Airport.

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ON TOUR: Changi Airport

Singapore’s Changi Airport recently won the World’s Best Airport Award for the seventh consecutive year, making it one of the world’s most awarded. However, it isn’t just the connectivity that Changi offers that makes it special.

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AND FINALLY: The hazards of travel

A film buff as well as travel fanatic, BTN editor Richard Cawthorne was delighted to have a chance on his latest Florida trip to explore the British-built vessel that starred in the Humphrey Bogart classic The African Queen.

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Alliances in ERA spotlight

Airline alliances, joint industry ventures and partnerships will be the theme at this year’s European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly, taking place in Juan Les Pins near Nice from 8–10 October.

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Britain's airline heritage celebrated

A joint flypast by the RAF Red Arrows and a specially-decorated jumbo jet will pay tribute at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds to the part British Airways has played in Britain’s airline heritage.

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Connect Airways names CEO

The group that now owns Flybe last week named an executive from one of its constituent companies to be its CEO as it awaits clearance from the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation to acquire management control of the airline.

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Hyatt Regency expansion continues

The first Hyatt-branded hotel in Malta is on the way after the company signed a franchise deal with Bay Street Holdings to develop a property in the coastal community of St Julian’s. The resort is expected to open in 2021.

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Malta AOC move by Ryanair

Post-Brexit plans by Ryanair took another turn last week after the airline said it was investing in a Malta Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) through the purchase of the start-up carrier Malta Air.

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No1 Lounges sets Luton date

The first offering from No1 Lounges at Luton Airport is due to open next month. It follows the introduction of The House at Heathrow Terminal 4 (BTN 10 June) and will be the award-winning company’s 12th facility in the UK.

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Plaza Premium heads for US

Airport lounge specialist Plaza Premium Group is marking its debut in the US by introducing its meet-and-greet service Allways at Dallas Fort Worth Airport (DFW) ahead of opening a lounge there early next year. 

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SAA names new acting CEO

A new head of South African Airways took over last week after the airline board announced the appointment of general manager operations Zuks Ramasia as acting chief executive officer for the carrier.

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