8 JULY 2019

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More routes mark Wizz anniversary

More new routes from Luton – to Bergen in Norway, Thessaloniki in Greece and Finland’s oldest city, Turku – have been announced by Wizz Air UK as the airline celebrates the first anniversary of its launch.

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COMMENT: Stand up for sustainability

It is an unfortunate consequence of having a free press that those who make the most noise often get the biggest headlines, usually with far less justification than those who just quietly get on with the job.

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Aviation renews pledge on emissions

With climate change in the headlines and the UK government committing to a "Net Zero" carbon target for the country by 2050, UK aviation industry bodies came together last week to reaffirm their commitment to a greener future.

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Carlisle back after 25 years

After 25 years and two delays, Carlisle Lake District Airport (CAX) opened officially to scheduled commercial flying last week with special features including free parking and a free minibus shuttle from Carlisle train station.

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Charter plan for aviation skills

A UK Aviation Skills Charter is to be introduced by the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) in a bid to create a common path for the various industry initiatives that are now under way, and feed into the DfT’s UK Aviation Strategy 2050 Green Paper.

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Delta upgrades Main Cabin service

Keeping up the pressure on its transatlantic rivals, Delta Air Lines last week detailed its forthcoming service improvements in its new-look international Main Cabin, the carrier’s name for Standard Economy.

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Flybe rebrand plan as Connect takes over

A rebrand for Flybe is expected shortly after the European Commission on Friday removed the final hurdle in the sale of the airline to Connect Airways by granting official approval of the deal.

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Hertz electrifying Fiat 500

Looking for something different when hiring a car in Italy? 

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LCY Consultation dates

Following the announcement of a new Master Plan, London City Airport (see BTN 1 July) has confirmed the following dates and venue for a series of presentations on taking the airport forward from 2020 to 2050. 

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Opening date set for Beijing Daxing

Work on Beijing's new multi-billion dollar airport, Daxing, has been completed ahead of schedule and the facility is set to be inaugurated on 30 September, heralding the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic of China on 1 October.

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PremiAir Manchester goes on sale

Bookings have opened for Manchester Airport’s new private terminal, PremiAir, for selected dates from 11 November. With packages starting from £50, the facility will be open to passengers travelling with partner airlines regardless of ticket class.

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Tel Aviv airport closes

Sde Dov, the small regional airport on Israel's coast just north of Tel Aviv, has finally, and controversially, closed. 

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ON TOUR: NATS at Swanwick

NATS Holdings, formerly National Air Traffic Services and commonly referred to as NATS, is the main air navigation service provider in the UK. It inherited the traditions of the UK air traffic control system, founded at Croydon Airport, the world's first air traffic control regime.

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JULY ROAD TEST: SEAT Leon SE Dynamic 1.0 TSI 115PS

SEAT has what some might call an obsession in naming its cars after Spanish municipalities (with the exception of Mii – a rebadged Volkswagen Up equally peculiarly titled).  Arona we dealt with in May (See the road test) and now review Leon, called after a city in Northern Spain, south west of Santander.

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CRUISE NEWS UPDATE

A Royal naming.

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AND FINALLY: A second runway for London City Airport

We are being very serious!

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Asia routes upgrade from Etihad

Flights between Abu Dhabi and two major Chinese cities, Shanghai and Chengdu, plus services to Seoul all won upgrades from Etihad last week as the airline introduced larger aircraft to accommodate growing demand.

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BA's first A350-1000 in the air

On schedule for delivery later this month and entry into long-haul commercial service on 1 October, British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 (below) took its first flight last week, a 6hr sortie over France and the Bay of Biscay.

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Bombardier unveils Learjet revamp

A renewed focus on private aircraft by Bombardier, which was reported last week to have sold its regional jet business to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has been followed swiftly by a revamp of the company’s best-selling Learjet.

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Bordeaux joins Air Canada roster

Passengers on a new non-stop seasonal service by Air Canada between Montreal and Bordeaux can have an en-route taste of their destination with wines from the region served on board.

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Duty-free prices under fire again

Passengers who shop at airport duty-free outlets could be spending up to 150% more than if they bought from online retailers, according to new research from personal finance comparison site finder.com

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Khartoum, Porto make Emirates news

A new four-times-weekly service to Porto and resumption of flights to Khartoum have been announced by Emirates. The daily flights to Khartoum are restarting today, 8 July, after being suspended a month ago because of political unrest in Sudan.

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Luton transit on track

On target and set to open as planned in 2021, Luton Airport’s DART fast-transit system went on show last week as officials showed off progress to date and stressed the eco-friendly benefits of the cable-driven system.

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Members-only club for travel seniors

London-based event organiser Connections is creating an invitation-only international private community next year for senior executives in the high-end travel industry.

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New name for travel management guild

The GTMC, formerly the Guild of Travel Management Companies, has announced an immediate rebrand to the Business Travel Association (BTA), with the new identity and logo unveiled at last week’s annual overseas conference in Noordwijk.

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