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24 MAY 2021


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Not only did St Helena attract the most views this week (was it readers wondering where it was, or looking for somewhere to go on holiday?) but it also gained the most letters.  See for yourself!

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State Aid – Ryanair wins Court battle – For now

Ryanair has welcomed the EU General Court’s rulings that State aid measures favouring KLM and TAP were in breach of EU law.  Air France-KLM received €3.4bn and Brazilian-owned TAP Air Portugal €1.2bn

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Yotel in Porto

Perhaps best known for its airport hotels and city centre locations, with brilliant timing Yotel is to open a property next Friday (28 May) in the very centre of Porto (Portugal).

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These can alter at no notice.  If travelling abroad, or thinking of it,  CHECK.

Automatically changes when the new rules are announced.

SAFER AIR TRAVEL Announced AM 17 May 2021

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COMMENT: BRITISH RAIL “A privatisation too far”

The quote is of Margaret Thatcher:

"The last 30 years have proved her right." Andrew Sharp.

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The Williams Report

Former British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams long-delayed report on the UK’s rail system has inevitably produced a mixed response.

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Down under flights delayed

Australian flag carrier Qantas has pushed back its planned international flights to late December 2021. The airline and its subsidiary Jetstar had intended to resume flights to “most international destinations” from the end of October, which already represented a four-month delay to previous announced plans.

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JetBlue finally confirms start date

In what was a surprise announcement last week New York JFK-based JetBlue Airways confirmed that it will fly to both Heathrow (LHR) starting 11 August and Gatwick (LGW) from 29 September.  Boston (BOS) will not begin until summer 2022.

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Major low-cost airlines results

The airline industry knew that the winter airline results were going to be bad.  No surprise then with figures published last week showing Ryanair at £701m and easyJet £645m in the red.

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Oneworld reports on pre-travel testing

Pre-travel testing does catch those who have Covid-19 before they fly and travellers are happy to pay for tests, if they’re affordable, according to an Oxford University analysis of a joint trial by American Airlines, British Airways under the auspices of the oneworld alliance.

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PASSPORTS - Home Office 10-week travel ban

The British Home Office is pursuing its policy of effectively giving a 10-week travel ban for UK passport holders wishing to renew their passport.  “The old passport requires sending off when the application is made and paid for.” it states on its website.

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Play Airline follows WOW

Another new Icelandic airline will take to the air 24 June with a flight from Keflavik to Stansted.  It is seen as a successor to the failed WOW and includes many of the former carrier’s management team.

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UK routes for Wizz Air

Low-cost airline Wizz Air will launch a six-times-a-week service between Luton and Rome Fiumicino on 1 July, and a three-times-a-week route from Liverpool to the city on the same day.

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US – UK air corridor could re-start travel

An air corridor between the UK and the US could lead the way in re-opening travel between Europe and North America with flights restarting as soon as June or July, according to the head of Eurocontrol, the European air traffic management organisation.

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ON TOUR: London is alive

Not for BTN the media rush to Faro and other Portuguese holiday places on the Green List.  That will wait.  There is more than  enough excuses to try out what is on offer in London town writes Malcolm Ginsberg.

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AND FINALLY: Supersonic jet failure

Mini Concorde flops.

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AND FINALLY EXTRA: Not a deserted High Street

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Aer Lingus, Emerald & Stobart

The Irish Independent reports that that the Aer Lingus Regional operations contract will change hands from the end of 2022 with Stobart Air handing over to Emerald Airlines headed by Conor McCarthy.

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Another Düsseldorf hotel for Ruby

The Munich-based hotel brand Ruby Hotels has opened its third property in Düsseldorf, located in Kasernenstrasse.

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Avanti West Coast launches new class

In recent times it was only the airlines that offered three classes of travel.  The railways are about to launch a comeback with Avanti West Coast leading the way.

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Brits start cruising & Portland welcome


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Covid passports – inevitable?

Covid passports are the only way to restart mass foreign travel, according to Dubai Airports’ Chief Executive, Paul Griffiths. Describing the documents as “inevitable”, he told the BBC: “I don’t think there is an alternative.”

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EasyJet and Swissport

In move clearly designed to show confidence in the future of European travel easyJet has signed a new 5-year contract with Swissport covering airport ground services for 30 daily flights at the airline’s Berlin hub.

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Hilton Canopy for Paris

Hilton has opened its first Canopy property in France, located in Paris’ 16th arrondissement Trocadero district.

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Sleep pods for British Airways

Sleep pods are being installed by British Airways in some of its lounges, with the first due to open this month in the airline’s First Galleries Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5.

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Terminal 3 goes Red

Heathrow’s central area Terminal 3 is expected to re-open for flights from Red List countries under the Governments ‘traffic light’ scheme from 1 June.

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