7 MARCH 2022
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Gatwick CEO since 2009 Stewart Wingate has over the years been keen to comment from time to time in BTN’s monthly ON THE SOAPBOX. This week’s column was suggested before the outbreak of war in Eastern Europe to highlight the reopening of the southern terminal with British Airways EuroFlyer at the end of this month.
In a move to open up more gates at Heathrow T5, British Airways is to move some long-haul flights to T3.
Humanitarian support for Ukrainians in crisis is now clearly an urgent global priority – and nowhere more so than in the air transport sector.
The Israeli airline El Al will continue operating flights to Russia until 9 March clearly in a bid to help Nationals and others escaping from the former Soviet Union.
The airport trade body, Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), last Friday released its air traffic report for January.
The London-based aviation weekly Flight Global says that airlines are steeling themselves for rising costs as Putin’s war against Ukraine brings in unwelcome uncertainties.
The Caribbean has another new London service, helped by the buoyant demand from higher-end leisure travellers.
The low-cost Spanish IAG member is expanding its UK operation with a total of 24 direct routes from multiple airports in the United Kingdom between the 8 and 18 April, the Easter period.
Alison Chambers reports from Dubai.
With Putin’s war against Ukraine the British Government has banned Russian airlines from the UK. Also Belavia, the flag carrier and national airline of Belarus.
London City Airport (LCY) has hosted a recruitment drive and local business recovery events.
The massive Antonov An-225, the world’s largest aircraft, was destroyed during a Russian attack on Hostomel Airport (Ukraine) which began on 24 February.
Always a popular event in the world-wide industry calendar Arabian Travel Week in Dubai returns in May.
Oneworld member Finnair is facing a very serious long-haul emergency with its Asia network cut-off.
Terminal 4 at Heathrow is to reopen in July to cope with an expected surge in passenger traffic over the summer peak season.
The east London airport is gradually coming back to life with up to 6,000 passengers moving through on a daily basis although far less than the halcyon (and crowded) days in summer 2019. March will see 41% of 2019 flights.
Following its near collapse in 2020 the Norwegian comeback continues. But no long-haul.
With the announcement last week of its largest ever summer schedule Ryanair is taking a gamble in that the 2022 flights will be more than 2019’s record numbers.
Gatwick has become the first Vinci airport to offer a new centre of excellence speeding up communication between the apron and air traffic controllers, an innovative digital platform that updates vital information quickly, in real time.