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BA & Manchester.  A good point.  But with  CityFlyer finding its feet it could be ideal for a niche market.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Alok Shama - President COP26

Indian born Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, is a British politician serving as President for COP26 and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office since 2021. Sharma resigned his previous position as Secretary of State for Business in order to lead COP26. Sharma retains full Cabinet status.   This is his formal introduction to the COP26 gathering, which runs until Friday 12 November.

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Aviation tax and The Budget *

Don’t get too excited with the Chancellor’s Budget announcement of changes in Air Passenger Duty (APD) payments.

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Airport charge battle *

The war of words between Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh on airport charges is hotting up.

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British Airways Club Class

BA has confirmed that all the Boeing 777s used on New York services have been retrofitted by Collins Aerospace with its newest Business Class seat called Club Suite.

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Health check at Belfast City Airport

Literally a ‘pop-up’ unit within the terminal at Belfast City Airport a Randox health check facility has proved a great success.

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Heathrow drop-off

Today sees the introduction of drop-off charges at Heathrow bringing it in line with all the other London airports except City and Southend which are free. 

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More flights from LCY

BA CityFlyer restarted flights yesterday from London City Airport to Prague.  There will be three weekly rotations.

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New Boeing for Dubai

The Dubai Air Show 14-18 November is expected to see the first public showing of the brand new Boeing 777X with its folding composite wings.

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Red list gone

Today sees the end of the UK’s controversial traffic light entry system.  The remaining seven countries on the UK government's banned list have been removed.

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South Africa domestic flights

Meals and drinks are once again being served on Airlink’s domestic flights from this Wednesday 27 October, following the withdrawal of restrictions under South Africa’s Covid-19 bio-security regulations.

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UK to Oz *

Qantas has announced plans to open a pop-up lounge at Darwin International airport in time for the first non-stop scheduled arrival due in later today.

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United ups London

Chicago based United Airlines is to offer 22 flights per day from Heathrow by Spring 2022.

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World Travel Market starts today

Today ExCeL London will for the first time since November 2019 host a physical World Travel Market (WTM) running through until Wednesday.  A virtual version takes place the week after on 8-9 November.

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Aircraft broker found guilty

A jury at Cardiff Crown Court in the UK has found David Henderson, an aircraft broker and former RAF officer, guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft for his role in arranging the flight in which soccer star Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died when an illegally chartered Piper Malibu crashed into the ocean on a flight from France to Wales in January 2019.

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Aspire Lounge Belfast City

Whilst it is recommended to check on the website the Aspire Lounge at Belfast City Airport is now open from 05:00 until 19:30 daily (except Saturday when special timings apply).

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Aurigny's debts

The island parliament of Guernsey has voted to write off the debts of its flag carrier Aurigny Air Services agreeing to spend £62.9m recapitalising the company.

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BALPA boss

Following Brian Strutton’s stepping down as General Secretary of BALPA back at the end of July the pilots union has announced his permanent replacement.

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Cruz and O'Leary at WTM

World Travel Market (WTM) opens at ExCeL London today (1 November) at 10:00.

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Israel re-opens

Coinciding with the opening today of World Travel Market, where traditionally it has  a large stand, Israel has announced that it will be accepting individually vaccinated tourists.

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London Motor Show

Bridging the gap and spanning the intervening decades between the epoch-defining Switch Live and Veteran Car Zones, London's Regent Street will be graced by fantastic collections of fabulous classic cars next Saturday 6 November.

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QM2 returns

Queen Mary 2, the flagship of Britain’s merchant navy, the only true ocean liner remaining, and arguably world’ most famous cruise ship, is finally coming back into service.

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