8 FEBRUARY 2021

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Brexit private jet reciprocity

‘Standard’ bilateral agreements on permits to travel within the EU, which are currently hampering UK charter operators, are looking unlikely, according to the British Business General Aviation Association’s (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Phil Mathews, CEO, ACC Aviation

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AA and BA trial mobile travel health passport

British Airways and partner American Airlines have begun trialling a new travel health app, VeriFLY, with customers who are eligible to travel between London and the United States.

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Aviation Club speakers

The Aviation Club of the United Kingdom is pushing ahead with its speakers’ programme for this year, although for the time being not at its splendid home, the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, but via Zoom. Jonathan Hinkles is live Thursday 17 February. 

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Crossrail moves closer

The Elizabeth Line could be open in time for Christmas The Times reports.

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Eastern Airways expansion

Southampton Airport is a target for Humberside Airport-based Eastern Airways’ expansion this summer.

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EU bans Japanese travellers

Japanese visitors are no longer welcome in the European Union (EU) after member states reinstated a ban on non-essential travel from the country.

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Flybe phoenix

Rising from the ashes of Flybe is a new enterprise.

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Heathrow charges row

The public could suffer when a row between Heathrow Airport and its customers is resolved The Times reports.

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Night-time flight restrictions

New government suggestions pose a problem for cargo aircraft operators.

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No go for Oz

In spite of the Australian Open Tennis tournament starting today (8 January), with the overseas sports circus descending on Melbourne, the chances of easy travel to ‘down under’ this year seems remote.

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Ryanair results

Coming a week after rivals easyJet and Wizz Air published their latest quarterly results Ryanair has come up with its own figures.

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Shapps goes public

Only seen intermittently these days when duty calls to host a government media briefing Transport Minister Grant Shapps appeared before the House of Commons Transport Select Committee last Wednesday.

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ON TOUR: All change at Lotus

As it rapidly approaches its 75th anniversary (2023) it’s all change at Lotus Cars Ltd. 

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FEBRUARY ROAD TEST: The Lotus Exige

From Air & Business Travel News  (ABTN) February 2005

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AND FINALLY: The real Elise

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ASPIRE'S 10%

Aspire have introduced a 10% discount on their UK & Irish lounges this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They currently have lounges on sale up to the end of 2022, so while you might not have any immediate plans to fly, make sure you take advantage of this offer - it can be used against lounge bookings for any travel date subject to availability.

www.executivelounges.com/valentines-day-10-off

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Berlin closes

Formerly Schönefeld Airport, Berlin (BER) Terminal 5, is to close from 23 February. 

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EBACE cancelled

Inevitably the European Business Aviation Association (EBACE) Convention & Exhibition has been cancelled due to Covid-19 uncertainty.  The event was scheduled to take place in Geneva from 18-20 May. 

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Mandatory hotel quarantine

Under the latest controversial directive this has to be done by 15 February but an earlier request from the chief inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) asked for accommodation proposals by 19 February.  (See BTN 1 February)

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Plymouth Airport doomed?

Once the thriving connection to Heathrow and the world, its success and failure in many ways mirroring the city it is named after, Plymouth City Airport could be closed forever reports Plymouth Live.

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Test and Trace

Heathrow is working with NHS Test and Trace on a Government-led rapid testing pilot for airport workers.

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WheelTug and IATA

With its nose wheel retrofit electric drive system nearing final certification WheelTug Plc has joined IATA's Ground Operations Automation & Digitalization Group as a Strategic Partner.

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Wizz Air insures

Currently the only airline operating out of Luton Airport, but with a limited number of destinations, Wizz Air has upgraded its insurance offering.

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