24 AUGUST 2020
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Heathrow Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, John Holland-Kaye, will be live at a Microsoft Teams Aviation Club United Kingdom lunch 12:00 noon (BST) Wednesday 2 September.
The UK airline industry is in crisis, its leaders working behind closed doors, and not visible.
The Government turns away, seemingly ignoring the near fatal collapse of Britain’s airlines and the consequences to the UK economy. Ministerial action is needed now!
Business Travel News would like to put forward two therapies which will not cure the problems, but will at least send out the right messages.
The European Travel Commission (ETC) is calling on EU governments to better coordinate their Covid-19 recovery efforts by adopting a harmonised approach to lifting or reinstalling restrictions and safety measures, as tourism confidence plummets to a record low across the continent.
Not surprisingly Covid-19 has been blamed for yet another delay with the Crossrail – Elizabeth line development.
The BALPA – easyJet affable relationship suggested in last week’s BTN has quickly disappeared with the airline confirming that it is to close its Newcastle, Southend and Stansted bases first reported in BTN 2 July.
Loganair is to take over the London City Airport (LCY) to Douglas Isle of Man route from Tuesday 1 September but with a slight fly in the ointment.
It is reported by the long-established Swiss CH-aviation newsletter that international flights from Nigeria will restart on 29 August.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is now allowing charter flights operated under the aegis of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate into the United Kingdom.
Whilst it is embroiled in union problems and marking a retreat from East Anglia it is not all doom and gloom with easyJet. (See in this week’s BTN)
The Hungarian London Stock market listed airline, Wizz Air, is to station a single Airbus A321neo aircraft from late October at Gatwick (LGW) in what might be considered a political ploy as it tries to change the slot rules.
BTN this week adds to the ‘wish list’ for many at any time, even more so now. John Burke recalls a breathtaking scheduled ride that hopefully will return as an excursion for 2021.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis.
Former easyJet Chief Commercial Officer returns to Arriva.
The United States seems to be even more changeable than Britain with regard to prohibited entry.
Now backed by the Ports of Jersey (see BTN 6 July) and in a codeshare with Loganair for routes north from Southampton Blue Islands has put its summer 2021 flights on sale.
Global business aviation activity hit a new post-March high in the last few days, averaging 11,500 sectors a day, according to WINGX`s weekly Global Market Tracker. In the last six months, the sector has lost 844k sectors compared to the same period of 2019, a 37% drop in operations.
Fare restrictions have been removed on the non-stop 15min service between Paddington Station in west London and Heathrow Central T2.
Both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Transport have come in for heavy criticism in the way travellers from certain countries have had to self-isolate. This could change.
A private scheme to introduce rail services into Heathrow is making progress.