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Simon Buck-Honour on the appointment of Lord (Patrick) McLoughlin to the Chair of Airlines UK, a sentiment widely  agreed with. Read here.

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World Aviation Festival

ExCeL London has been confirmed for 2021 World Aviation Festival, a two-day event Wednesday 1 December and Thursday 2 December.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow Airport

Over the last 18 months John Holland-Kaye has been the effective spokesman in many ways for the travel industry, not only lobbying government but keeping the public aware of the serious predicament for staff, the support industries and investors of the dilemma faced by his and every airport and airline.

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airBaltic SKY Service

Latvian airline airBaltic has improved its onboard service, by introducing airBaltic SKY Service – a platform that will be available for all passengers during the flight via their mobile devices.

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Aviation losses

Three of the biggest names in air travel last week posted substantial losses.

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British Airways and New York

With the go-ahead for US eligible citizens to travel to the UK (and onward into Europe) British Airways has reopened its flagship Galleries lounge at JFK’s Terminal 7.

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Global Travel Taskforce review

Flying and cruising update.

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Loganair stops Isle of Man

In a surprise announcement Scottish airline Loganair has cancelled its Embraer 145 jet service into Heathrow from the Isle of Man.

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Ryanair recruits cabin crew

UK bases to feature.

Dublin-based Ryanair has announced a major recruitment drive for cabin crew for its UK bases as it recovers and rebuilds from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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United adds US-UK flights

With last Wednesday’s announcement of England’s reopening to fully vaccinated travellers from the USA, United Airlines has been quick to jump in with a revised summer timetable.

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US travel ban

As of today (Monday 2 August) it appears that US citizens meeting the vaccination requirements can now come to the UK and return without any entry problems.  For Brits it is not so easy!

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Video for London City

“We can’t wait to welcome you back,” says London City Airport (LCY) Chief Executive Robert Sinclair in a new video released last week.

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Virgin hub for MEA

Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced a unilateral codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic offering seamless connections between the US and Beirut via Heathrow.

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Business Travel News Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Ginsberg (and wife Linda) were on board Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ ship Borealis when she departed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool on Monday 5 July.

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This month will see virtually all the cruise lines with a UK programme back sailing from UK ports with a variety of offerings from three nights to eight. The lifting of the international cruising ban, whilst clearly welcome, is unlikely to affect programmes already in place for August and September.  

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AND FINALLY: All at sea

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Published today, the August Travel News Update by Aspire is now available on the web.

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Australia New Zealand travel suspended

The New Zealand – Australia trans-Tasman travel bubble has been suspended “for at least the next eight weeks”, as the number of Covid-19 cases in Australia rises.

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Brooklands and Sir Stirling Moss

Sir Stirling Moss passed away aged 90 in the peak of the pandemic April 2020.

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EasyJet for kids

What percentage of children are easyJet passengers under normal circumstances we don’t know, but one thing for sure, the airline is keen to promote young bilingual passengers.

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Heathrow drop-off fee

Following the introduction of a drop-off fee by Gatwick (see BTN 12 April Gatwick drop-off changes) Heathrow is to follow suit with similar charges. Manchester Airport Group (Manchester, East Midlands and Stansted airports) have charged for some time.

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JetBlue London

With UK residents still not able to easily enter the USA, JetBlue is reviewing its new flight schedule from New York JFK to Heathrow. 

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London St Pancras testing

Kings Cross-St Pancras station has gained a Covid testing facility operated by Collinson. It is one of the limited Covid-19 examination sites in central London.

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Slots continued

Following the UK Government’s decision to waive the 80:20 ‘use it or lose it’ slot usage rule for the upcoming winter programme the European Commission has come up with similar 50% slot usage threshold for the same period.

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Zero emissions House of Lords

“Actions taken by the Government do not align with its ambition to achieve net zero emissions, nor do they take advantage of opportunities presented by batteries and fuel cells for the UK’s research and manufacturing sectors”.

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A List of Operators

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