31 JANUARY 2022


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COMMENT: Airport charges *

How much do airports (and airlines as their agents) charge the passengers? 

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Air traffic figures 2021

NATS has published the air traffic figures for 2021 with the numbers much the same as the previous year.

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Airbus for cargo charter

The unique Airbus BelugaST fleet is now available for outsized freight transportation chartering.

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Airline passenger rights

The Government has today (Monday 31 January) announced plans to strengthen airline passenger rights.

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Airlines share boost

Two-thirds of Brits say an overseas holiday is a top priority this year, according to recent polls, with low-cost carriers expecting the ending of all Covid tests for double-vaccinated passengers from 11 February to be the catalyst for a rush for seats.

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Boeing losses

Citing problems with Dreamliner deliveries Boeing has reported a full year loss of $4bn for 2021.  This is against a $14.1bn deficit the manufacturing giant lost in 2020.

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EasyJet improves

The Luton-based airline remains in the red.

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Elizabeth Line - One station to go *

Transport for London (TfL) has handed over the penultimate and ninth Crossrail station to the Elizabeth line.

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Entry rule changes

The rules for entry to the UK change from Friday 11 February, but travellers do need to be in the know for the country they wish to visit.  The rules vary!

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Passenger Locator Form criticised *

Speaking to Sky News last Tuesday morning (25 January) Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said that the Government was planning to simplify the documents in a bid to make travel easier.

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RAF – Titan A321 for Liz Truss *

Titan Airways has taken into its fleet a pair of Airbus A321neoLR aircraft, one of which has been used to fly British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on an expensive trip to Australia.

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ON TOUR: Dining out in Hertfordshire *

With dining out an essential part of any holiday and staycations in the news, ON TOUR stays close to home this week as BTN’s Richard Cawthorne, who is also Food and Drink Editor for the magazine Hertfordshire Life, surveys the foodie scene in his home county. The magazine supports local businesses with regular reviews and updates of restaurants and gastropubs.

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AND FINALLY: Cruise ship pirated *

Following the collapse of Crystal Cruises (See BTN 22 January), the well-named 6-star luxury cruise liner Crystal Symphony (not Sympathy) quicky docked at the Bahamian Island of Bimini.

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Manchester T2 Aspire Opens

The brand new Aspire lounge in Manchester International Airport T2 opens on Tuesday (2 February). Follow the signs.  It is located close to B Gates and Gates 201-211.   

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Aviation Club lunch

For the first  lunch (RAC Tuesday 9 February) of 2022 the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom will welcome one of the most important players in the Middle East air transport scene over the last 20 years.

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Chinese C919

Is the first Chinese C919 about to be delivered?

Conceived as a competitor to the highly successful Boeing 737, and later the Airbus A320 series, China Eastern is expected to introduce the long time in gestation narrow-bodied aircraft any time now.

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City of London Westin

Historically an area short of 5-star hotel space, the City of London will have three new deluxe properties open by the end of March.

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Dramatic car production drop

Cars last year did not roll off the production lines in anything like the numbers in times past.

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Highway Code changes *

The Government has brought in some new Highway Code changes on Saturday 29 January which will affect us all.

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MAX to Antarctica

Czech carrier Smartwings has become the first airline to fly a Boeing 737 Max into Antarctica, landing the aircraft at the Troll airfield on 26 January.

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Norway opens up

Holidaymakers are now more than welcome. 

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Wizz forecast

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air, Hungarian based, but listed on the London Stock Exchange, warned its fourth-quarter loss would likely top the €213.6m ($241.2m) third-quarter figure.

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World Aviation Festival

Having decided to dump ExCeL London after just one show in the middle of the pandemic (see BTN 6 December 2021 Part 1 and Part 2) The World Aviation Festival is now busy promoting Amsterdam, its new location 5-6 October 2022.

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