This review was revised 18 October
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22 MARCH 2021
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Cruise lines have been making announcements regarding a return into service following a positive statement by transport minister Robert Courts at a virtual meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG). This was previously reported by BTN (15 March) Cruise ships return?
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LATEST TRAVEL COVID UPDATES FROM GOVERNMENT
Do check daily. The travel ban varies all the time. The Netherlands is now OK. Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and Mauritius removed from list Friday 19 March. Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and Somalia added Friday 19 March.
The roadmap in brief
A survey by Business Travel News yesterday (Sunday 21 March) indicates that the public for the most part is taking up the opportunity to fly regionally from next Monday (29 March) and not sticking to the guidelines suggested by the English Government, at least for the Easter break.
The Airport Operators Association (AOA), in the form of chief executive Karen Dee, has come out with its strongest words yet, attacking the chancellor of the exchequer regarding his never-delivered promise for an aviation-specific support package.
Dallas Fort Worth based American Airlines is making a big effort through the rest of the month and into April to resurrect US to Europe routes.
Following Ryanair’s introduction of a ‘Covid Travel Wallet’, British Airways (BA) has come up with a similar trial scheme, but initially limited to India.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport (DfT) senior negotiating team continue their ongoing dialogue with all 27 EU Member States on the new UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the postponement of the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit. The event will be hosted by JetBlue Airways in Boston (USA) on 3-5 October.
OAG, the Luton-based airline data analysis organisation has been following the trials and tribulations of the Boeing MAX since it was grounded in March 2019.
The first minister of Scotland has published a set of lockdown rules that differ in some respect from those of England. There is no mention of non-domestic travel.
Sky News reports that Virgin Atlantic is holding discussions with creditors and shareholders about an additional £160m bailout package six months after it received a £1.2bn rescue deal.
“Resilience” was the buzz word at The British Business and General Aviation Association’s (BBGA) virtual conference on 4 March writes Alison Chambers.
London’s Biggin Hill Airport has broken ground for its new on-site, 4-star boutique hotel, The Landing.
As part of its on-going work to protect customers and employees from Covid-19, Birmingham Airport has launched a free of charge rapid testing service for all on-site employees to support the national drive to identify any positive cases of the virus in the workplace.
BTN has had its fix of car electrification last week with test run of the brand new and impressive Mazda MX30 and a visit to a Gridserve Electric forecourt at Braintree, Essex, the first in the UK.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is unlikely to see the return of its once 10-strong Airbus A380 fleet.
There is a whole multitude of hotel re-openings in time for Monday 12 April, outdoor dining day, and Monday 17 May when full restaurant facilities are allowed.
The RAF 32 (Royal) Squadron, better known as ‘The Royal Flight’, is likely to be wound up in 2022. The world’s oldest VIP flight dates back to 1936 when the Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), always a keen aviation fan, used his own de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide.
Amongst the many transport enterprises returning to some sort of normality from next Monday (29 March) is Uber Boat by Thames Clipper boat service.
Due to open when the restrictions are lifted on 17 May is a classic hotel with a new name.