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7 DECEMBER 2020

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London City Airport “Master Plan”

The publication of its “Master Plan” has been announced by London City Airport (LCY), originally set for March, and which talks about providing capacity for 11m passengers.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Dale Keller – Board of Airline Representatives in the UK

Dale Keller joined BAR UK, the trade organisation representing the UK interests of 70 international airlines serving the UK, as Chief Executive in November 2012. He was active in aviation in his home country New Zealand before moving to the UK in 1990, with more recent senior roles at Air Mauritius, Air Malta, and PR consultancy leadership.

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There are no additions to or removals from the travel corridor list to date  following data received from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England.

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American Airlines vaccine flights

The American Airlines cargo team is preparing for its critical role in transporting the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine once approved.

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Aspire lounges re-open

The Birmingham North Aspire lounge will reopen next Thursday (10 December). 

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Brexit and aerospace

Tuesday (8 December) will see an intriguing virtual session ‘how to do business with France post-Brexit’.  

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Business travel exemptions

The Government announced last week a limited number of exemptions for passengers arriving into England, including for business travellers who meet a set of required criteria.

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Bye-Bye Jumbo

Always full of initiative, Virgin Atlantic is set to open doors to its last Boeing 747 aircraft for one day only next Saturday 12 December.

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Duty Free and Brexit

A parliamentary Petition has been raised regarding Duty Free after Brexit which sets new protocols putting the United Kingdom in a greatly disadvantaged position regarding our airports and those on the Continent.  Readers and their friends are welcome to sign and distribute this BTN story via social media via https://www.btnews.co.uk/article/16992

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Easyjet changes cabin baggage rules

For flights from 10 February 2021, the seat a customer books will determine what they can bring onboard.

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JetBlue confirmed for London

Fast expanding jetBlue Airways has secured slots at Gatwick and Stansted, but was denied access to Heathrow when the latest allocations were announced by Airport Coordination Ltd.

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MAG Group tests

Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, the MAG Group, have launched Covid-19 testing facilities at all three of its airports.

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Night time flight ban

Calls for a ban on night flights at airports have been rejected by the Government.

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Pret A Manger Heathrow T2

With the end of the lockdown Pret A Manger has been able to complete its flagship store in Heathrow Terminal 2.

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Transatlantic test at Heathrow

Heathrow is working with its transatlantic carrier partners as they trial different testing regimes to help safely re-build international routes.

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ON TOUR: Chris Tarry looks forward

BTN’s resident analytical guru completes the year with a positive forward looking view.  He writes a monthly column for Airline Business Magazine, and is a visiting professor at Coventry University as well as lecturing and commenting on industry issues.

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AND FINALLY: Some Christmas present suggestions

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Access charge for Heathrow?

By this time next year private car users entering Heathrow’s terminals could be charged £5 for depositing or picking up passengers.  This would bring it in line with all the other UK major airports who already charge, or are thinking about it.

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CAA and disability

To mark International Disability Day last week, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) highlighted the progress that airports have made since the introduction of the regulator’s airport accessibility framework five years ago.

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Digital inflight retail experience

EasyJet is pushing ahead with an inflight retail platform which will allow passengers to browse and order easyJet Bistro and Boutique products onboard, on their own device.

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Ryanair orders 210 “Gamechangers”

A dedicated Boeing 737 customer since its very early days Ryanair has upped substantially its MAX order which Seattle now calls “The Gamechanger”.

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SWISS food

Following the recent announcement that the Lufthansa Group was introducing chargeable Economy Class inflight food and beverage, constituent airline SWISS has pointed out that its offering is something different.

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Teesside expansion continues

Local Council-owned Teesside International Airport continues to attract new destinations as a £1m redevelopment of the terminal building is completed.

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Unite strikes again

A strike at Heathrow by mainly airside staff, members of the Unite trade union, last Tuesday had no effect on the airport’s smooth operation.

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