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Aviation Club hosts József Váradi, CEO Wizz Air

Members and guests of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom are being invited to see and hear József Váradi (55), founding CEO Wizz Air, not in the usual plush surroundings of London's Royal Automobile Club (RAC), but by Zoom from the airline’s Budapest headquarters. 

Tuesday 20 October at 12:00 noon BST. 

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The Foreign Office Travel Guidelines

This is the up to date exempt list as issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Stewart Wingate, CEO Gatwick Airport

Stewart Wingate joined Gatwick Airport in 2009, previously Managing Director of Stansted Airport and CEO of Budapest Airport. He started his career in engineering, becoming a chartered engineer for Black & Decker. This piece should be read in conjunction with EU-wide passenger testing protocol and Save Future Travel Coalition and ABTA in this week's BTN.

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ABTA and Shapps

With Transport Minister Grant Shapps due to appear before its annual conference next week by video link (14 October) ABTA has published figures revealing four in five people (80%) are concerned about having to quarantine when they return to the UK from holiday abroad.

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Airlinks in Government review

On Saturday (3 October), under the Prime Minister’s name, the Government announced an independent review of transport infrastructure led by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair of Network Rail.

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Airports look forward

In spite of the terrible problems they are faced with due to the Covid-19 pandemic both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are looking to the future.

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BA long-haul October

During the month of October British Airways plans to operate the following Intercontinental routes, as of 25 September. Planned operation for the period of 1 October - 24 October as follows.

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Berlin nearly ready – details

EasyJet (U2), together with Lufthansa (LH) will officially inaugurate Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt International Airport (BER) on Saturday 30 October with arrivals on parallel runways by easyJet and Lufthansa symbolising the two major carriers at the airport.

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British airline introduces pre-flight Covid-19 testing

Virgin Atlantic (VS) has introduced an on-site pre-flight Covid-19 testing trial for its cabin crew and pilots.

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EU-wide Passenger Testing Protocol

In a in a very strong submission to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, aviation bodies ACI Europe, Airlines for Europe (A4E) and IATA, have presented a framework for how an EU-wide Testing Protocol for Travel (EU-TPT) could work.

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London City update

Led by British Airways Cityflyer, London City Airport (LCY) is gradually reintroducing flights to the 17 airports it served before the pandemic.

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Save Future Travel Coalition and ABTA

Following the Winter Economy Plan, which was announced by the Chancellor last week, the Save Future Travel Coalition is providing template letters for travel agents and tour operators to send to their local MP on the plight of the industry and the campaign’s key asks, including the need to review the Job Support Scheme.

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ON TOUR: In the footsteps of the Royal Yacht

With Hebridean Princess awarded “Good for Go” status by Visit Scotland it seemed a fine idea to resurrect a review in ABTN (BTN’s predecessor) from 2003 “In the footsteps of the Royal Yacht”. 

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CRUISE NEWS: October 2020

We live in unusual times.  There is no (definite) cruise news, or at least very little. 

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AND FINALLY: Why not fly?

Westminster’s daft antics!

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Air Canada and Covid-19

Air Canada last week said that it is finalising an initial order of Abbott's ID NOW Covid-19 rapid response tests as part of its ongoing evaluation of Covid-19 testing technology and protocols.

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Aviators Ball and Aerobility

The 2020 Aviators Ball, from the disabled flying charity Aerobility, is going ahead (Saturday 28 November) and appealing for support.  But not in the usual way.

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Biodegradable airport security bags

AGS Airports Ltd, the operator of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has become the first UK airport group to trial a new Oxo-Biodegradable 100ml security bag.

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Boeing to close Everett 787 line

Boeing is to consolidate its 787 Dreamliner production at Charleston South Carolina in mid-2021.

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Dart Group no longer

Airline rebrands.

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ERA board elections

European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has revealed the results of its recent board elections, announced at its first ever digital Annual General Assembly (AGM).

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Flying displays

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have issued a joint statement in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), outlining the future in terms of safety for air displays.

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Hot food on LNER

Passengers on the LNER East Coast main line between London Kings Cross and Scotland are now being offered hot meals with the return of a seat service.

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Radisson at Heathrow

The Park Inn by Radisson Conference Heathrow Airport has now become the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow.  It is two brands under one roof.

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Turkey added to quarantine list

Keeping up to date with quarantine rules is proving to be extremely difficult with Turkey, a popular inexpensive holiday destination, the latest country added to an expanded isolation list. 

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