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COMMENT: Fourteen-day quarantine for travellers

Utter nonsense!

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Air France is cool

Temperature checks are being progressively implemented on every Air France flight.  These are carried out with contactless infrared thermometers.

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BA Cityflyer?

London City Airport (LCY) is the only large British airport that is closed.  No date yet for a reopening although 1 July has been rumoured and a visit to the BA website shows flights actually for today!

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Flights to the States

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published its provisional findings ‘UK to US’ part of the transatlantic joint venture operated by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair and (soon) Aer Lingus.  It is probably the most pointless of exercises given the current situation.

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Government transport guidance

With Transport Minister Grant Shapps doing the rounds of the TV stations (from home) the Government issued new guidelines for travel last Wednesday (13 May).

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Health screening at Heathrow

Heathrow is set to introduce trial screening in immigration at Terminal 2 later this week.

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Heathrow’s dreadful April

Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, has published its April traffic figures which show passenger numbers were down 97%.

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IATA – worrying statistics

A new survey by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that the majority of air travellers will not take a trip if it involves a 14-day quarantine period.

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Europe’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair intends to operate a daily schedule of almost 1,000 flights from 1 July with service from “most” of its 80 bases across the continent.

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Singapore takes Skytrax – again

“The Awards bring some cheer into the industry at a difficult time.”

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Virgin plans ahead

Belfast, Glasgow and Manchester airports feature in Virgin Atlantic 2021 programme surprisingly announced last week.  The airline is clearly confident in overcoming well publicised financial difficulties brought on by Covid-19.

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Willie Walsh viewing figures – And more

And where is Alex Cruz?

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ON TOUR: Propliner Annual 2020

A fine nostalgic read in difficult times.

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AND FINALLY: Undercarriage problem

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America and facemasks

The airlines of the United States are not in unison regarding the wearing of facemasks.

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Australia to the UK

A big battle is looming up for travel between the United Kingdom and Australia once the shadow of Covid-19 is lifted.

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Avianca into Chapter 11

Founded in 1919, Avianca is claimed to be the world’s longest operating airline with continuous service (KLM stopped flying during WWII).  The airline has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, blaming the coronavirus pandemic for the “most challenging crisis” in its 100-year history.

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Business aviation update

Biggin Hill stays open.

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CAA airport statistics for March

New figures out. Airlines too for February.

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General Aviation flies on

Updated government coronavirus advice means that recreational General Aviation (GA) flying is now allowed in England.

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London and travel

The Thameslink services through Kings Cross/St Pancras that help to join travellers between the north and south London conurbations, and links Gatwick and Luton airports, has a new timetable.  Overnight Thameslink services will operate on some routes.

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Paris takes top award

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) published its annual country and city rankings of the most popular destinations for international meetings.

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Tarmac dismantles aircraft

Not to be confused with a British company founded in 1904 and identified with road surfaces, rather like tannoy for loudspeakers, Tarmac Aerosave services and maintains and dismantles aircraft and claims to be the largest of its type in Europe.

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