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25 MAY 2020


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Air France and the A380

The future of the Air France fleet of six Airbus A380s remains in doubt.  Once the airline had ten.

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Karachi air crash

On Friday (22 May) a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 came down in a residential area just short of the runway at Karachi Airport.

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Tony Tyler is the former boss of The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and before that Cathay Pacific Airways.  The words that follow command respect, even by politicians.  He argues the quarantine case both for and against and makes it clear that it is unenforceable, and is too little too late, medically unsustainable, and commercially damaging.  Hong Kong’s contribution to the global pandemic shows what can be done. 

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UK Borders reinforced

Boris Johnson’s Government chose late afternoon last Friday when Parliament was not sitting and the country faced a Bank Holiday weekend to formally announce the most stringent border controls in peace time.

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Air travel guidelines

Prior to the British government statement on UK borders regarding travel (in this week's BTN) the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued its own guidelines for the safe restart of air transport in Europe. Covid-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol.

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British airlines statistics for March

Following last week’s British airport passenger figures for March the CAA has now come up with the numbers for the airlines.  They are not complete and fail to include Eastern, easyJet, Jet2 and Loganair.  These will be added to this article and highlighted for the 1 June issue. 

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EasyJet starts flying

It has not been a straightforward week for easyJet.  

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GB airport station usage data

The Office of Rail and Road, whose chairman is Declan Collier, the former Chief Executive of London City Airport,  has issued estimates of station usage. The clear trend is towards using trains more and more to and from airports writes our railway expert Andrew Sharp.

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JetBlue seating

A key US domestic airline with plans to launch UK services in 2021, JetBlue is taking a different route than most with its cabin layout.

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Long-distance UK train journeys

This is a brief summary of the situation on 20 May, reflecting a major decrease in the country’s normal long-distance train services.

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Parliament Transport Select Committee final rounds

Last Wednesday (20 May) the House of Commons Transport Select Committee held its third and fourth sessions concerning UK transport and Covid-19.

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Restructuring for Norwegian

Norwegian, the third largest airline at Gatwick, and a holder of a UK Air Operators Certificate, has confirmed the completion of a restructuring.

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Back to his aggressive self, Michael O'Leary called the Prime Minister "bonkers".  The Ryanair Chief ExecutIve said the airline was preparing for a difficult year ahead as it returned to flying in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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THG Air New British airline

May 2020 would seem to be a strange time to introduce a brand-new UK-based airline.  THG Air is different.

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ON TOUR Singapore and Changi rail

Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport again took the Skytrax award as the world’s best airport as reported in last week's BTN.  However we commented in running the story that access was less than perfect.  Just before the current crisis our railway expert Andrew Sharp went to have a look at what is planned for the future with regard to the new Terminal 5.

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AND FINALLY Jochen Rindt wins at Monaco

It all happened 50 years ago in what many agree was the most dramatic Grand Prix of all time. 

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BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS has become a media partner for the British-Irish Airports Expo at ExCel London 5-6 October 2020.  Do put in your diary 14:00 BST Thursday 11 June to hear Loganair’s Jonathan Hinkles post Covid-19 network and airport aspirations.

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Airports and rail use

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), whose Chairman is Declan Collier, the former Chief Executive of London City Airport, has issued estimates of station usage. The clear trend is towards using trains more and more to and from airports writes our railway expert Andrew Sharp.

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Hertz files for Chapter 11

Car rental giant Hertz has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US after 102 years of trading.  This does NOT include its international operations, so any pre-paid bookings made for non-US locations should be safe – for now.

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Kempinski re-opens in China

Following early signs of recovery and eased lockdowns after the coronavirus spread in China, Kempinski Hotels has reopened all its hotels in the People’s Republic.

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Manston Airport

An application was made back in July 2018 by River Oak Strategic Partners for the proposed reopening and development of Manston Airport in Kent.  (Tap in Manston in BTN Search)

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Pavement war. Shopkeepers and drivers attacked!

Transport Minister Grant Shapps has his name attached to a Government directive issued Saturday (23 May) effectively stopping parking along high streets where local Councils feel fit.

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Petrol and diesel car sales to end

The Government has announced ambitious new plans to support the growth of green, zero emission technologies. 

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Shearings into administration

Specialist Leisure Group which includes leading coach companies Shearings and National Holidays has gone into administration with thousands of job losses and cancelled bookings.

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