27 JULY 2020

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More Crossrail delays

Transport for London now says that the full Elizabeth Line, which will run from Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in the east to Heathrow and Reading in the west, will not be operational until the early part of the 2023/24 financial year.

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Terminal moves at Heathrow

Oneworld carriers American Airlines, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are joining British Airways and Iberia in T5.  Aer Lingus remains in T2.  CHECK YOUR FLIGHT BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT.  Only arrive at the airport two hours before a European flight and three hours prior to a long-haul flight service. It is not necessary to arrive at the airport early, and please do not come into the terminals unless you are travelling yourself.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO

Heathrow boss calls on government to do its bit!

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Iberian isolation

Spain has joined Portugal in requiring a 14-day isolation for holiday makers returning to the UK from holiday following Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.

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British Airways crisis

Monday 31 August appears to be the crunch date by which many British Airways non-pilot staff will have to make a decision regarding their future employment. 

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Commons Transport Committee fiasco

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee interviewed London Mayor Sadiq Khan; Simon Kilonback, Chief Financial Officer, Transport for London (TfL); and Gareth Powell, Managing Director Surface Transport, TfL, for 2 ½ hours last Wednesday.

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EasyJet and Luton Airport

With British Airways CityFlyer (BACF) pulling out of the Santorini (JTR) route for this summer easyJet has quickly jumped in.

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Indian airline secures UK rights

SpiceJet, the Indian low-cost airline has been awarded designated carrier status by the Indian government to serve the US and the UK, a first step towards launching to the two countries.

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Isle of Man airline?

With the Isle of Man (IOM) Government supporting the British Airways Cityflyer (BACF) current route from Douglas (Ronaldsway) Airport to London City Airport the idea of an administration-sponsored air carrier along the lines of Aurigny at Guernsey has been raised.

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Jet Zero Council

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined ministers and senior representatives of the air transport industry last Wednesday for the first meeting of the Government’s Jet Zero Council. 

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Loganair to fly electric aircraft

The British-Irish EXPO, ExCel London 5 October has been chosen by Loganair CEO Jonathan Hinkles to unveil plans for all-electric Scottish island air services “within the next two years”.

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Marriott and Hyatt mask up

All guests staying at Marriott and Hyatt hotels in the US are now required to wear a face covering in public spaces.

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Southampton to Amsterdam

Key route functions again.     

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ON TOUR: August in the UK

The coming month of August is the traditional holiday period for all schools in the United Kingdom although it is true that for Scotland the last week in the month is when they start up again (not Northern Ireland). 

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AND FINALLY: Promoting London for a holiday

LNER chose the London Eye to promote its train services to King's Cross, a short Tube ride away.

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Amsterdam hotel opening

Last week the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – North Riverside opened, the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe.

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Belfast City comeback

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional routes, is to base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

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Budapest hotel opening

Confidence in the post Covid-19 times has been shown by the opening of the Ramada by Wyndham Budapest City Center (Hungary).

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Cruise company folds

Tilbury finale for ships.

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Emirates offers free insurance

With the airlines beginning to make a comeback, so are the incentives.

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Hyatt in Manchester

Following last week’s announcement by Manchester Airport that it was ‘Business as usual’ the city’s two Hyatt properties are now open.

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Meetings Show 2020 confirmed

The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading platform for the world’s meetings and events community, has welcomed the news that business meetings, conferences and events can resume in October as it unveils further plans for the 2020 hybrid show. 

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Oneworld gains another airline

First announced in February Alaska Airlines has formally been invited to join the oneworld alliance becoming its 14th member airline.  Completion of all the procedures is expected by the end of the year.

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Virgin Atlantic takes off

Last week saw the re-introduction of Virgin Atlantic flights to Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York JFK.

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