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Virus testing for Heathrow

London’s Heathrow Airport is set to implement a Covid-19 trial in Terminal 2, but is waiting for a government endorsement.  It is finished and basically ready to go!

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JOHN HOLLAND-KAYE Chief Executive Officer Heathrow Airport Ltd - Live

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.

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COMMENT: APD Suspend it says BTN And take to the air

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.

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Air travel and Europe

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.

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Crossrail further delay

Not surprisingly Covid-19 has been blamed for yet another delay with the Crossrail – Elizabeth line development.

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EasyJet confirms closure of three UK bases

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.

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Isle of Man to London

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.

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Lounges open at Heathrow

Haircuts too. 

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Nigeria and Ghana

It is reported by the long-established Swiss CH-aviation newsletter that international flights from Nigeria will restart on 29 August.

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Pakistan International Airlines

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.

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Summer 2021 and easyJet

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)

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Wizz and Gatwick

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.

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ON TOUR: A Train to the Sky

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.

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AND FINALLY: Manx prison guests

It is a compulsory 14-day isolation for travellers from the UK to the island unless a key worker.

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Airlines health checklist

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.

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All change at Eurostar

Former easyJet Chief Commercial Officer returns to Arriva.

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American travel prohibited

The United States seems to be even more changeable than Britain with regard to prohibited entry.

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Blue Islands summer 2021

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.

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Business jets boom

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.

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Heathrow Express gets cheaper

Fare restrictions have been removed on the non-stop 15min service between Paddington Station in west London and Heathrow Central T2. 

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Hope for Spanish Islands travel

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.

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Rail link for Heathrow

A private scheme to introduce rail services into Heathrow is making progress.

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Tim Clark and Emirates

Emirates' passenger flights now account for approximately half the airline’s daily frequencies but a bailout from owner, the Dubai Government, will be needed “sooner rather than later”, says airline president Tim Clark.

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