2 NOVEMBER 2020

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Arora airport hotels offer Covid-19 testing

Travellers staying overnight at the Sofitel London Heathrow, which is directly connected to Terminal 5, can now book a self-administered saliva-based PCR Covid-19 test kit.

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A joint statement by Airlines UK and the Airport Operators Association (AOA) following the Prime Minister’s announcement Saturday evening (31 October).

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LOCKDOWN UPDATE:  More in Monday.
BA pulls Gatwick.  Manchester Airport only to operate from T1 after Tuesday.  Newquay Airport closed. 

Do check with your airport and airline before leaving home.

Denmark removed from the Government’s list of travel corridors.

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER - GRANT SHAPPS AT AOA

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ON THE SOAPBOX: An Aviation Call to Arms – Does Westminster Know Best?

Jason Holt (56) is the former Chief Executive of Swissport Western Europe, the UK & Ireland’s largest airport ground handling business. He has previously held senior leadership appointments at easyJet and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. The views expressed are his own.

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Berlin Brandenburg finally opens

Beset by problems and up to ten years late Berlin’s new airport opened with a damp squib last Saturday (31 October).

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British Airways to drop M&S?

The Sun has reported that British Airways is to drop Marks & Spencer as its on-board supplier of purchasable catering for its Euro Traveller cabin.

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Caircraft 'A new voice for air travel’

BTN contributor Chris Tarry is amongst a diversified group teaming up to try and persuade government that it has got it wrong with regard to coronavirus airport testing.

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Covid-19 testing explained

The Collinson, Swissport and Heathrow Airport consortium have issued a statement explaining the background to Covid-19 testing. 

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Good news for London City Airport

Tunnelling work to modernise and expand Bank Underground station has been completed, marking a major milestone in the project.

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Heathrow’s frank admission

In an astonishing admittance Heathrow has highlighted that Paris is now Europe’s top airport, at least for September.  A pointer to Government!

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IAG further results

Following last week’s preliminary third-quarter results and update IAG has quickly followed with what might be termed ‘actual’ figures. (See IAG results in last week's BTN.)

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Jet2 boss in outburst

Not one to normally shout about, or even be seen, Jet2 boss Steve Heapy, burst onto a virtual tourism conference in Majorca with an astonishing outpouring.

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Testing at Heathrow

Collinson, together with Swissport and Heathrow Airport, for the time being only are providing Covid-19 facilities, for flights to Hong Kong (HKG) in T2 and T5.  A date for the New York services is yet to be announced.

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ON TOUR: Douglas Ward – Cruising and Covid-19

The doyen of British cruising, Douglas Ward, he of the Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships, has recently been to sea on MSC Grandiosa.

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CRUISE NEWS: November 2020

The International Cruise Summit is taking place today (and yesterday) bringing together ‘virtually’ the cruise industry from around the globe with the big news that the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lifted its No-Sail order. But don't expect overnight resumption. The agency has listed a lengthy process cruise lines must meet to begin carrying passengers.

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AND FINALLY: The BTN year end puzzlement

Just a short introduction to the 2020 Christmas Quiz. 

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Canary Islands in clampdown

The Government of the Canary Islands has approved a decree-law of extraordinary measures designed to manage the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The Canaries are on the UK travel corridor list. 

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BA 747 for preservation

An airport once the base for the Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” legendary demonstration team is to become the permanent home for a former British Airways 747 as a major visitor attraction.

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Cargo and the Aviation Club

Following two very successful virtual lunches the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom members and their guests are invited to join Club Chairman, Karl Brünjes and guest speaker Richard Forson, President and CEO, Cargolux Airlines International, to a webinar on 12 November at noon.

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Fuel saving and Wizz Air

Wizz Air has announced ten new fuel saving initiatives as part of its continued commitment to cut carbon emissions by a further 33% by 2030.

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IATA news

The airline industry trade association IATA ran a media briefing last week designed to keep travellers and the aviation world up to date with its activities and efforts to keep people flying.

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ITB 2021 cancelled

Always claimed to be the world’s largest travel trade gathering, ITB has been cancelled for 2021.

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Mitsubishi suspends aircraft development

In what is effectively the first aircraft programme to collapse due to the Covid-19 epidemic Mitsubishi (MHI) has suspended its Spacejet programme, once called MRJ.

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Shorts Belfast becomes Spirit

Following the conclusion of a deal between Bombardier Group and Spirit AeroSystems, the one-time home of Short Brothers & Harland at Belfast changed hands last Friday 30 October.

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Thomas Cook survey

Nothing seems to have changed with Thomas Cook, innovative when first created back in 1841 and now equally forward thinking, reborn as a web-based online holiday operator under the ownership of the Chinese Fosun Tourism Group.

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United Boost for Heathrow

London’s Heathrow Airport is likely to be seen as the winner when United Airlines launches a three times weekly Covid-19 tested flight from New York Newark (EWR) to Heathrow (LHR) from 16 November, for a four-week run.

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