15 JUNE 2020

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Electric car boost

Motorists could be given a £6,000 grant to trade in petrol or diesel cars for zero-emission models under government plans to reboot the economy.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Robert Sinclair - Chief Executive London City Airport

"Today is the day where across Europe the great aviation comeback commences," says Robert Sinclair.

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Willie Walsh ‘flies the flag’

In his role as Chief Executive of British Airways’ holding company IAG, Willie Walsh has been doing the rounds of the news media ‘flying the flag’ (see last week’s BTN)

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Airlines and airports – safer operations

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued some very comprehensive coronavirus guidelines aimed at all those involved in airline and airport operations.

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Berlin Brandenburg to open

In spite of the pandemic Willy Brant Brandenburg Berlin International Airport (BER) is set to open Saturday 31 October.   It is about 10 years late.

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Crossrail to Heathrow

At the end of May, the new Crossrail/Elizabeth Class 345 trains were cleared to run into Heathrow Airport, our rail expert Andrew Sharp reports.

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Gatwick reopens

The North Terminal at London’s Gatwick Airport has reopened today (Monday 15 June) to coincide with the return of easyJet.

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JetBlue for London

Talking in a webinar sponsored by the World Aviation Festival last week Joanna Geraghty, COO and President of JetBlue, was very positive regarding a London start-up in 2021.

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Loganair boss no to Flybe

Loganair has joined up many dots left following the demise of Flybe, but it can’t be "Flybe the sequel," Loganair CEO Jonathan Hinkles said last week.

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Luton Council delays airport planning

Not surprisingly Luton Council, the owner of London Luton Airport Ltd, has put back an expansion application “during 2021, rather than in summer 2020 as originally outlined.”

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Ryanair & flight change fee

Flight change fees for all customers who book to travel in July and August will not be charged by Ryanair the airline announced last week.  It says this is to allow travellers peace of mind in case their travel plans change.

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Transport Committee report

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee reported on Saturday following three intense zoom interrogations.

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ON TOUR: Happy Birthday Virgin Atlantic

Seven days' time will see the 36th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic's inaugural flight from Gatwick to Newark Liberty Airport, across the Hudson from New York proper.  On board was John Bell, now a distinguished senior journalist, but then a young spark whom the BBC occasionally let out.  Here is his tale.

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AND FINALLY: Home alone

Thankfully this is now off.

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Aer Lingus Regional returns

July and August and will see the return of Aer Lingus Regional.

Flown by Stobart Air these are all key routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to Irish domestic and UK airports.

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Aircraft seat protection

Biggin Hill Airport-based aircraft interior and exterior specialist, RAS Completions has revealed the industry’s first aircraft personal window protection (PPW) shield that allows airlines to keep the middle seat available for passengers.

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Cathay Pacific recapitalisation

One of the airlines earliest and hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Cathay Pacific Airways, is to be recapitalised.

Together with KLM it is probably the only major air carrier not to have a domestic subsidiary due to geography, although Virgin Atlantic is similarly placed, out of choice.

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Cycle lane measures

The Government announced last week new measures that are claimed to catch rogue drivers parking their cars or unloading lorries in cycle lanes.

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Grim figures from Heathrow

London Heathrow Airport Ltd has published its throughput figures for May, not surprisingly an all-time low, down 97% compared to the same time last year.

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London river boat returns

The Thames Clippers river craft  service is back in action today (15 June) one of the many transport casualties of Covid-19 lost at the end of March.

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Netherlands opens up

The Dutch Government has formally reopened its borders today (15 June) to travellers from the Schengen zone and the United Kingdom.  Restrictions do apply.

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Quash Quarantine

A new lobby group called Quash Quarantine has been created representing over 500 companies involved in some way or another with the travel and hospitality industry.

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