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13 JULY 2020


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Alliances team up

In a remarkable collaboration the three global airline alliances, collectively representing over 50% of the world’s air traffic, have uniquely come together to highlight the measures airlines are adopting to assure the well-being of customers while travelling.

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SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Winter airport slots

Lara Maughan, Head of Worldwide Airport Slots, IATA.

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Air Crew trials

Singapore and the United Kingdom have commenced a series of trials to test the crew module of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART)1 ‘Take-off’ guidelines.

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Brexit border plans

The Government chose yesterday (Sunday 12 July) to publish a £750m funding package concerning its plans for border controls post Brexit at the end of the year.

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EasyJet v BALPA row

Following an announcement that easyJet intends to make 727 pilots redundant, the management have put forward proposals which pilots say could undermine key safety culture.

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FCO and cruise ships

Last Tuesday the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) reiterated its March advice against cruise ship travel at this time.

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Heathrow passenger information

Safety and services highlighted in a new video.

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Jersey and Newquay to Heathrow

British Airways has returned to Jersey, the Channel Island a beneficiary in a strange way from the pandemic.

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Joanna Lumley to start airport charity run

The British-Irish Airports EXPO Royal Docks leukaemia charity run (17:00 Monday 5 October) is to be started by Joanna Lumley, star of The New Avengers, Absolutely Fabulous and, most recently, the British Airways inflight safety video.

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Quarantine rules

Passengers entering the UK from dozens of countries no longer have to quarantine but if you want to go on a cruise it is not being recommended by the same government department, the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office (FCO). For cruising the FCO rules are different, as noted in this week's BTN.

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Southampton Airport news

The new Southampton Airport boss Steve Szalay has got his hands full.

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Stansted expansion capped

In spite of strong regional support for an expansion of the airport, Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee, for the local authority, has refused an application by Stansted Airport to increase the current cap on passenger numbers from 35m to 43m a year.

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Vietnam Airline’s Scottish Pilot

Associated Press reports that “Patient 91” has returned to Scotland.

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ON TOUR: Darlington and back. By plane and train

London City to Teesside International by Eastern Airways and back via LNER.

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The Fiat 500X is a fraud.

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AND FINALLY: easyJet and the 727

Someone has a black sense of humour.  These are very serious matters.

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Air Charter Expo cancels

Biggin Hill postponement

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Amsterdam to London by Eurostar

Direct high-speed train services from Amsterdam to London will be possible later this year, after new agreements were signed last week.  No firm date has been given.

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Ban petrol cars

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be banned from 2032 says the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent non-departmental public body, a quango consisting of members of the House of Lords, academics and former civil servants.

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Biggin Hill and private jets

The news regarding travel restrictions came too late to save the Air Charter Expo at Biggin Hill (see in this week's BTN), but it has offered London’s only specialist business airport an earlier opportunity to launch its Guide to Contactless Travel, providing key information for new and returning business aviation users to fully benefit from flying by private jet.

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Hilton Garden Inn Heathrow upgrade

Not to be confused by the Arora hotel with the same name at T2, the Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport  has completed a multi-million pound refurbishment programme.

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Home charging points

Government figures show a dramatic increase.

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Mandatory MOT testing

MOT tests for car, motorcycle and van owners in England, Scotland and Wales are to be reintroduced from 1 August as Covid-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. 

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Manston take off

River Oak Strategic Partners disappointment back in the Spring (See BTN 25 May) of a delay regarding a DfT decision on the reopening and development of Manston Airport in Kent is no longer valid. 

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