11 OCTOBER 2021


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Mr Body summed it up for us all.

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Luxury Travel Fair cancelled

Another casualty of the pandemic is the Luxury Travel Fair, originally scheduled for 4-7 November.  

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COMMENT: Willie Walsh at IATA in Boston *

With entry barred to the United States to many journalists and others, the 77th International Air Transport Association (IATA) AGM and Conference could only be a parody of times gone by. 

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The Travel Rules – Remember they work both ways

New simplified travel rules have come into force in the UK, with the traffic light system replaced by a single red list.

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A380 to return *

According to an official statement British Airways (BA) is planning to return its fleet of 12 Airbus A380s into service.

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British Airways long-haul

Following the welcome news that a significant number of countries have been removed from the UK Government’s red list, British Airways (BA) is resuming services and increasing frequencies to a number of long-haul destinations.

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Flights to Israel

Israel has in times past been a large market from the UK normally served non-stop with frequency by British Airways, easyJet, El Al, Virgin Atlantic and Wizz from Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Manchester to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion.  The country is on the British green list.

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Gatwick and British Airways *

In spite of a much-publicised policy to move out of Gatwick Airport, British Airways (BA) looks like reversing the decision.

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Norwegian news

After dropping all its transatlantic routes Oslo-based Norwegian is making a Scandinavian comeback from the UK with services from Gatwick and Manchester airports.

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Qantas and London *

In what is a significant move Qantas has confirmed it will operate its flagship direct route from Australia to London via Darwin when international flights resume next month and the reopening of Australia’s border.

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Routes in Milan

Currently under way in Milan (until Tuesday 12 October) is Routes. Following the very successful International Air Transport Association (IATA) AGM and Conference, the airline, airports and tourism authorities are getting together to help rebuild global air connectivity.

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Willie Walsh for the RAC London

Straight back from the IATA AGM and conference at Boston IATA Director General Willie Walsh will next Wednesday (13 October) be the Guest of Honour for an Aviation Club of the United Kingdom lunch at the London Royal Automobile Club.  Bookings for the lunch close today (Monday 11 October) 12 noon  and guests are welcome. secretary@aviationclub.org.uk

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Wizz Air restarts

Doncaster and Luton airports have seen the reintroduction of Wizz Air services to a number of destinations over the last week.

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ON TOUR: The Evora Forum

COP26.  BTN’s Editor at Large Jeff Mills looks at the issues.

As the focus turns increasingly to sustainability ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, scheduled to take place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, the worldwide travel industry is among the latest to declare its colours.

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OCTOBER MOTORING: SMMT at Oakley Hall, Hampshire

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that new car sales plummeted 34.4% year-on-year in September – traditionally one of the busiest months for the industry.

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AND FINALLY: Border controls *

BTN paraphrases Willie Walsh at the IATA AGM and Conference.

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A career in civil aviation & aerospace

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is staging another virtual fair after the success of the 2020 event with over 900 attendees on the day.

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British Aviation Group

The Brewery, in the heart of the City of London, provided the backdrop for the British Aviation Group (BAG) to put on a proper face-to-face briefing and reception at the end of last month.

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Coventry Airport saga

Plans by Sir Peter Rigby’s Regional & City Airports Group to close and industrialize Coventry Airport have been opposed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Electric Maps

Zap-Map has added Gridserve to its live electric car charging point data network.

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General Aviation and the DfT

David Harding, Deputy Director, General Aviation, Safety, Skills and CAA, at the Department for Transport (DfT), has published the first General Aviation (GA) newsletter from the Department. 

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Glasgow city centre hotel

Last week saw the opening of a new hotel just three minutes' walk from Glasgow Central Station.

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Great British Railways *

A statement last week published by the Department for Transport confirmed the new national headquarters of Great British Railways (GBR) which is to be based outside of London “to ensure that skilled jobs and economic benefits are focused beyond the capital”.

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New Scillies ferry *

Travellers who have suffered from the sometimes rolling Scillonian III ferry between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly can look forward to a 21st century ship.

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Ryanair News

A doubling of passenger numbers from September 2020 to September 2021 has put Ryanair, and presumably Michael O’Leary, in a good mood.  The load factor has jumped too.

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