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23 MARCH 2020
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After eight years, the UK’s only scheduled helicopter service, between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly, started again last week.
The current challenges faced by the UK airline sector are truly unprecedented, and stark. Even just days ago, the idea that airlines across the globe would be cancelling thousands of flights and grounding aircraft on the current scale would have been unthinkable.
Tony Tyler, the former director-general and chief executive of IATA and previously chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways, recently returned to Hong Kong, where he is presently. He also has a home in the south of France. Here, he updates the position in Hong Kong for Business Travel News.
If you are thinking of travelling abroad in the near future, and your travel operator is able to offer a service, BTN strongly recommends you visit the official Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for up-to-date advice.
First established back in 1982, Air New Zealand (NZ) flew its final Heathrow – Los Angeles – Auckland service last Saturday (21 March).
As a service to our readers, listed here are the websites of the leading UK and Irish airports.
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American Airlines (AA) announced this week that it will be utilising grounded aircraft to move cargo between the United States and Europe.
BA subsidiary Cityflyer has announced it is suspending all services from London City Airport. Passengers have been offered flights from Heathrow and Gatwick, or can claim a refund.
Willie Walsh, who had been due to leave his post as chief executive at International Airlines Group (IAG), is to stay for an unspecified period as the company continues to battle the coronavirus crisis.
Following the country lockdowns, travel restrictions and changes to travel advice across its network, easyJet has announced the decision to ground the majority of its fleet of aircraft from Tuesday 24 March onwards.
The UK’s and Europe’s largest specialised cargo airline group continues to fly and is being kept very busy. Operationally it is in a crisis mood.
Exposure to loss from cancelled flights and pre-booked hotels is adding to the woes of coronavirus. This insurance report was written by John Burke, who is a financial journalist as well as a travel writer.
What is effectively Europe’s busiest heliport, Aberdeen Airport (ABZ), is being affected by the COVID-19 crisis, but not in the way of similar airports.
Codeshare flights with KLM operated by Air Antwerp (WP) are another casualty of COVID-19 with Air Antwerp's service from Antwerp to London City Airport now suspended.
The last two to three weeks have seen a surge of interest in the private jet charter market Alison Chambers reports.
SITA, the airline information technology company, is accelerating innovation in air traffic control (ATC) communications as part of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator programme, alongside key industry partners including NASA and long-standing airline customer, Etihad.
Last Wednesday (18 March) 239 Cruise and Maritime (CMV) passengers were transferred at sea in a unique operation to get them home safely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Farnborough International board of directors has announced the cancellation of the Farnborough International Airshow 2020 which was due to take place from 20-24 July.
With the aviation industry in meltdown due to COVIS-19, it is not only international airlines that are affected, but also those serving primarily domestic routes – including Scotland’s Loganair, which on Wednesday announced a dramatic reduction in its services.
Aerospace industry FSO 100-listed major component supplier Meggitt has answered an NHS call for ventilator production assistance.