13 APRIL 2020


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COVID-19 update from Riskline

Riskline, the international travel risk intelligence company, continues to produce general daily briefings on travel risks. 

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Sir Stirling Moss

Unquestionably the finest driver never to become World Motoring Champion Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90. 

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UK airlines forward schedules

If you need to travel the first thing to do is check the entry rules for your destination country.  You will probably have to go into isolation or be sent back. Noted are the  destinations served not the frequency.  Check with the airline.

easyJet has cancelled all scheduled services and Channel Islands flight from Southampton are very limited. 


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SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe

Rafael Schvartzman is IATA’s regional vice president for Europe, overseeing 55 countries across Europe and Central Asia. He leads IATA’s activities in the region, building and strengthening strategic relationships with aviation stakeholders, advocating for the industry on behalf of IATA’s members, implementing new products and services, and presiding over the settlement systems for carriers in the region.

Rafael’s career with IATA began in 2005 in Buenos Aires, as country manager for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. His aviation expertise also includes a ten-year tenure at DHL in the Americas and experience working for a range of air transport companies in South America.

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Aviation industry government call

In an unprecedented move the three leading British aviation industry groupings ADS (the former SBAC with 1,100 UK member businesses in the aerospace, defence and security industries), Airlines UK and the Airport Operators Association (AOA) have jointly called for Government to extend support schemes before companies face difficult decisions affecting their workforces.

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Boeing's mixed messages

Within days of Boeing announcing extended shutdown at its plants on Puget Sound and Renton in the Seattle area, and also the South Carolina 787 facility, it seems to have had a change of mind.

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More freight flights for Etihad

Following its recent launch of passenger freighter flights to 10 destinations, complementing its Boeing 777 freighter operations, five more routes have been added which will help to increase the flow of essential supplies into the United Arab Emirates and provide further east-west connectivity between major markets.

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Private jet intercepted

According to The Times last week a private jet flying from London to France was intercepted and sent back to the UK.

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Southend remains open

Stobart (not the ubiquitous truck owner), the owner of Southend Airport and also the owner of Carlisle Airport, is exploring funding options as it seeks to safeguard the business from the impact of coronavirus.

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Travelodge stays open

Some 50 of Travelodge’s 570 budget hotel portfolio are currently staying open in critical locations across the UK to support NHS workers and local authorities.

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Virgin’s emergency cargo

Gatwick-based Virgin Atlantic is playing its part in flying in crucial medical supplies needed by the NHS.

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With all motor manufacturers withdrawing their press fleets BTN is not running a car review this month but offers an index from the previous 12 months.  Also links to the last SMMT test day gatherings.

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AND FINALLY: Just seen a news report about the stresses and strains of self isolation.

It said that people are going crazy from being in lockdown!

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BA (and on film too)

Last Thursday (9 April) saw the arrival of a British Airways 777 at Heathrow with crucial medical supplies for the NHS.

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Cruise ship crackdown

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships in American waters for 100 days, or when the public health emergency is removed.

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Etihad identifies COVID-19 passengers?

Melbourne-based Elenium Automation has teamed up with Etihad to trial new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travellers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of COVID-19.

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Great Western’s children’s page

Train operator GWR has launched an #EnterTrainment package to help home-schooling parents keep their children entertained and educated.

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Guidance for dog owners

The Kennel Club has developed a range of guidance for dog owners, who may be particularly concerned about caring for and exercising their dogs during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Handling agents – the cornerstone of air cargo

Acknowledged as being one of the backroom operations that go to make up the complexity of aviation air cargo, a Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) company has been highlighted for its efforts.

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London bus trial

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a trial of middle-door only boarding on buses.

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Manchester Airport hotel

In spite of severe disruptions caused by COVID-19 life still goes on.  Plans for a new 412-bedroom hotel near Manchester Airport have been approved by the city council.

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Seats for cargo

Amsterdam-based safety products company Trip & Co has recently developed a solution that will enable airlines using passenger cabins for air cargo transportation to increase safety, efficiency and ease.

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Sit apart on Delta

Delta is to introduce a raft of social distancing measures both on the ground and inflight, as part of the carrier’s fight against the spread of coronavirus.

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Toulouse news

Airbus is to cut commercial aircraft production by roughly one third across the board as it deals with the fall-out of the coronavirus crisis.

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