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31 MAY 2021


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The PASSPORT story gained a good response and rather proved that the Passport Office panicked with the possible 10-week story. It will be interesting to compare renewals for 2019, 2020 and 2021.  See www.btnews.co.uk/article/17643

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COMMENT: A letter to the Prime Minister

Some of the CEOs from the UK’s leading aviation, travel and tourism businesses have united to express their concern and frustration at recent comments from Ministers that people should “stay in this country.”

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As a follow-up to the industry’s letter to the Prime Minister, yesterday Heathrow issued an alarmist statement concerning the so-called ‘Green List’.The press release was coupled to a whisky still, not the usual airport or airline image.

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Aviation Club

The Aviation Club of the United Kingdom has confirmed its webinar for Wednesday 16 June starting at 13:00 BST.

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BA 2692 to Faro

No food, and no warning, on a 2½ hour flight.

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Busy times for Eastern Airways

Last week was a busy one for Eastern Airways with three new services starting – Gibraltar to both Birmingham and Southampton, plus Cardiff to Belfast.

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Frankfurt Airport: Terminal 2

Tuesday 1 June is the re-opening of Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 2.

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Gatwick opens for Wizz

Wizz Air has restarted flights from Gatwick North with tickets on 11 routes now available on its website.

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Heathrow terminal updates

Club Aspire Terminal 5 is now open with the hours 06:00 until 17:00 daily.  It is at the southern end of the building.  

Following the report in BTN last week Heathrow has updated the situation regarding T3 and T4.

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Following a record number of views regarding the BTN story last week the situation has clarified itself.

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Ryanair highjack

There is only one beneficiary from the interception of Ryanair flight FR4978 Sunday 23 May.  Ryanair gained unprecedented publicity in places when the airline is not known.  There are such places!

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Stansted’s good news

A mammoth planning battle against Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has been won by Stansted Airport which has secured permission for up to 43m passengers a year.

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Teesside three times per day to London

Under its new title of Teesside International Airport, halfway between Darlington and Middlesbrough, the airport, which does border the River Tees, is expanding at a rapid rate, in spite of the pandemic.

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ON TOUR: Edinburgh to Inverness.

Just a few days ago the Edinburgh International Festival announced their reimagined Festival for 2021, marking the return of live performance to Scotland's capital city after over a year of silenced theatres and concert halls.  But readers should be aware that Scotland has its own rules and things can change.  With this week's ON TOUR Jeff Mills, BTN's Editor-at-Large, reminisces with a trip to Edinburgh and on to Inverness.  Whatever happens the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will take place 7 August – 29 August.  Hogmanay is too far off to even contemplate.

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AND FINALLY: Dominic Cummings – Have you read this?

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Air bp

Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has confirmed an agreement for its first sale of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Munich Airport.

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A new airline.

First announced in February David Needleman is back, his fifth start-up airline, Breeze.

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British Airways and Avios

If you are very quick and know your plans 355 days ahead British Airways has made more Avios seats available’ the airline announced last week.

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France and travel

It’s no-go to France from the UK from today (31 May) unless you are prepared to quarantine for seven days.

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Inverness gains ‘Radisson Individuals’

The River Ness Hotel, Inverness, has become a member of Radisson Individuals. It will be the first Radisson Individuals hotel to arrive in Scotland.

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Kazakhstan connections

Air Astana currently does not fly to London. 

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Manchester Airport Visitor Park

The very popular Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park has re-opened.

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New Guernsey routes for BA Cityflyer

Two additional routes are being launched for summer to Guernsey by British Airways’ subsidiary BA Cityflyer.

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Norwegian reborn!

“Today, a Norwegian airline with a long history and a large employee base that adds great value to Norway and the tourism industry has been saved. This is a proud day and marks a new beginning for Norwegian.” The speaker was Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian, last Wednesday (26 May).

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Oxford Airport develops

As part of a new strategic plan, Oxford Airport has commenced construction work on a new development phase which will, when complete this autumn, be its most significant step forward to date. 

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