28 FEBRUARY 2022


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John Holland-Kaye may be the scourge of the airlines but he has emerged from this little scrape with credit.

Quite right Mike Carrivick and William Bones.

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"I am appalled by the unlawful invasion of Ukraine by Russia and stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people under siege.

Aviation promotes peace and freedom by bringing people together. But these last days have seen peace shattered, the human cost of which is horrifying.

 My heart goes out to all the people of Ukraine, including industry partners and colleagues".

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COMMENT: OAG reflects on the Heathrow results

It’s been a very tough couple of years for the whole aviation industry.

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Aer Lingus restarts

Another west coast US route has been resumed by Aer Lingus.

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Blue Air prosecuted

The Romanian airline Blue Air Aviation has been prosecuted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over Covid-19 offences on six counts.

Following a sentencing hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 22 February the airline has been fined £40,000, after pleading guilty to the offences.

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Emerald Airlines takes off

Ireland's newest airline, Emerald, took to the air on Saturday (26 February) as operator of the Aer Lingus Regional network.

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ERA (free) Yearbook

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Yearbook is more than just a detailed directory of its diverse membership.

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Gulf Air and UK

Manchester to Bahrain.

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IAG losses

International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, has announced an operating loss of €2.8bn for 2021.

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LNER steps in *

With the repercussions of British Airways (BA) having serious IT problems over the weekend London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has stepped in to help out stranded passengers.

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New London to Milan flights

London City Airport (LCY) welcomed the return of flights to Milan Linate, another city centre airport, as the pent-up consumer demand to travel continues.

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Passenger Locator Forms

Whilst Prime Minister Boris Johnson made no mention of Passenger Locator Forms (PLF) when confirming the lifting of domestic Covid restrictions to Parliament, he did actually respond to a question from Exeter’s Labour MP Ben Bradshaw.

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ON TOUR: Holiday scams *

BTN’s ON TOUR column is normally a feature piece for readers to relax and read about a variety of places and events that might take their fancy.

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AND FINALLY: Well done Heathrow

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Aeroflot's flights *

The airline is now banned from the UK with other countries expected to follow suit.

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Air Alderney flies

The Channel Islands' newest airline – Air Alderney – has finally got into the air.

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Aircraft Interiors and MRO Show

Alison Chambers of Emerald Media reports from the UAE.

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ASL Airlines UK

A new British airline is born.

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British travellers to Europe

The good news continues.

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Covid rules

The Government has set out its ‘Living with Covid’ plan but if you live in one of the devolved countries watch out for change of dates and minor rules!

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Heathrow Express

With competition expected this spring from the Elizabeth Line, Heathrow Express is ramping up its marketing team.

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Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars

With an opening planned for July, previously a Crown Plaza, the 204-room Hyatt Regency hotel will join nine additional Hyatt-branded properties in London, marking another milestone in Hyatt’s ambitious brand growth strategy for the UK.

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Manchester United and Aeroflot *

Following revelations in last Monday's BTN (see the revised Manchester United to fly on Aeroflot, MU, as often called, has dropped all associations with Aeroflot, which date back to 2013.

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Perth Airport – Australia

The Western Australia (WA) Supreme Court has decided that Qantas Group has made short-payment of invoices by Perth Airport.

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Scottish openings

There are new transport opening in Scotland, from the very north to the English Border.

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Ukraine and the airlines

British Airways had the dubious privilege of probably being the first airline to be banned from using Russia’s airspace and with it effectively closing operations at the country’s airports.

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