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31 AUGUST 2020


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Brittany Ferries new ship

In December Brittany Ferries will welcome its new 40,000 ton passenger and vehicle ferry Galicia at Portsmouth.  Once into service she will sail two round trips a week connecting to Santander in Northern Spain.

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On Wednesday (2 September) John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport Ltd will effectively ‘go live’ with a webinar address to members and their guests of the Aviation Club UK. 

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The Travel Corridors

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Charlie Cornish – CEO Manchester Airports Group

Charlie Cornish has been Chief Executive of the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) since 2010 and was previously Managing Director of Utility Solutions having worked for a number of manufacturing and service companies including Plessey Telecommunications, British Aerospace and Associated British Foods (ABF).  His words serve as a useful background for the Webinar with Heathrow’s John Holland-Kaye on Wednesday 2 September.  They work for a common cause.

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Airfields an endangered species

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has signalled its concern about the lack of protection for airfields within the newly proposed changes to planning rules in the UK.

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Aurigny management changes

Mark Darby, Chief Executive Officer at Aurigny, is to retire after seven years in the post.

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Belfast City Aer Lingus Regional services get under way

Aer Lingus Regional has now launched new routes from George Best Belfast City Airport to Edinburgh and Exeter.   (First reported by BTN 27 July).

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El Al to Abu Dhabi

Whilst totally grounded until 30 September El Al was today expected to mount a special flight to Abu Dhabi (See BTN 17 August).

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Gatwick’s half year

Whilst reporting the inevitable huge loss for the first half year Gatwick Airport's Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate, has confirmed plans to the bring the existing northern (stand-by) runway into routine use next year.

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Manchester Airport closure

School holidays end and terminal closes.

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Norwegian reports

Already struggling before the outbreak of the pandemic Norwegian Air has reported dire figures for the first half of 2020.

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Virgin Atlantic – full update

On the financial front the recapitalisation of Virgin Atlantic (VS) is likely to be approved (all things being well) on 4 September after a UK court hearing on the 2nd and US court hearing on 3rd. This follows a significant milestone last Tuesday (25 August) when it secured the support of all four creditor classes who voted on the plan.

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Vistara Airlines comes to London

Only founded in 2015 Vistara Airlines arrived at Heathrow from Delhi 06:00 on Saturday (29 August).  In its short history it has carried nearly 20m passengers with a fleet of mainly A320 series aircraft. 

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ON TOUR: Perspectives on passenger air transport in a Covid-19 world

In this exclusive paper which provides cause for some deep thinking, BTN’s regular contributor Chris Tarry has partnered with his “Five Aero” aviation consultancy team colleague, Rowland Hayler, to offer their perspectives on a number of key challenges facing the industry.

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AND FINALLY “Isolate or rough it! The choice is yours”

Gibraltar Airport is notorious for its missed approaches and landing cancellations due to high winds.

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Accor expands

The continuing Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the French hotel group Accor from expanding.

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Amsterdam cuts jobs

The major British airports are not the only European gateways to suffer job cuts due to the pandemic.

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Brooklands open and more

Friday 4 September will see a memorial service at the Brooklands Museum for the 88 civilians killed at the then Vickers Aviation plant in a German Air Raid on 4 September 1940.  At that time the site was manufacturing Wellington Bombers and Hawker Hurricanes for the Battle of Britain.

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CAA passenger figures

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is very good at publishing airport actual passenger numbers, usually two months behind, but is  at the mercy of the airports in quickly supplying statistics. 

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Churchill Hotel London

One of London’s most prestigious hotels, Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill, is to re-open on Monday 7 September.

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Eurostar to Amsterdam

A direct return service by Eurostar is to open from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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IATA and face coverings

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made an impassioned plea appealing to all travellers to wear face covering during the travel journey for the safety of all passengers and crew during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Schönefeld (SXF) to become BER T5

With the commissioning of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), Schönefeld Airport (SXF), on the other side of the existing runway, and the former East German gateway to Berlin, is to be part of the BER as Terminal 5.

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Southend Airport cabin baggage screening trial

A new cabin baggage screening system to enhance the passenger journey is trialling at Southend Airport.

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UKickstart means what it says

Nick de Bois, Chair of the VisitEngland Advisory Board is to join the panel of UK events industry leaders taking part in the high-level discussion at UKickstart, the nationwide live and virtual gathering of event professionals taking place Tuesday week 8 September.

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