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9 MAY 2022

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LETTER OF THE WEEK

The writer makes a very good point.  Courts ought to get down to Heathrow.

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COMMENT: Speeding and the motorist *

Your Editor-in-Chief has to admit that in recent times he was apprehended for speeding, 35mph on a Sunday morning in an empty main local thoroughfare.  He had no excuse and opted to pay a fine, and take a speed awareness course rather than have points on his licence.

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Britain’s best (and worst) airports *

The Telegraph last week published what it claims is a list of Britain’s best (and worst) airports in 2021.  It’s not really a fair list as all airports were affected by the pandemic and Southend, highly rated as a small regional airport, only moved 94,367 in the year as against 2.3m in 2019.

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EVA to Bangkok

Soon Thai International will again have competition on the Heathrow – Bangkok route with the return of EVA Air.

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Exeter Courtyard

Courtyard by Marriott Sandy Park has opened. 

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Isle of Man and London

London is again connected to the Isle of Man, and not just one airport but two.

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London – Kazakhstan air links *

Almaty, the commercial capital of Kazakhstan, is to again be linked to London.

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Qantas ‘Project Sunrise’

Following last Monday’s (2 May) announcement of non-stop flights from Sydney to both London and New York,  Qantas has released more details.

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Russian write-off

Air Lease Corporation (ALC), headed by the redoubtable Steven F. Udvar-Ház, has announced to the New York Stock Exchange it would write-off the value of 27 aircraft that are still remaining in Russia.

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Ryanair Opens Newcastle Base

Newcastle is Ryanair’s latest UK base, where it has stationed a pair of 189-seat Boeing 737-800s.

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Transport Ministers gather

The World Summit of Transport Ministers takes place from 18–20 May in Leipzig (Germany).

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West Coast line upgrade

Some will say “not before time”. 

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MAY MOTORING - ON TOUR: Salon Privé London

Twelve stunning debuts start capital’s must-attend exclusive motoring event. 

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AND FINALLY: Dogs used the lamp posts first *

Seen in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. It will clearly catch on. 

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AND FINALLY EXTRA (via Salon Privé)

What car is this? 

It’s British and viewed at the Chelsea Hospital show.

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Elizabeth Line to finally open *

Previously called Crossrail, the Elizabeth Line will finally open on Tuesday 24 May.

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CAA and young people

Springpod is the chosen partner as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) launches a virtual aviation work experience programme for young people.

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Dover and P&O

P&O Ferries is again operating out of Dover on the short sea crossing to Calais with Spirit of Britain taking cars and passengers.

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Eurotunnel busy

The well-publicised problems for P&O Ferries on the Dover to Calais cross-Channel route has meant a boom for Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which misses out the busy port and is just off the M20 prior to Folkestone.

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Farnborough looms up

With the last Farnborough International Airshow but a distant memory from 2018, the 2022 event looms up.

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Jobs and news at Manchester Airport

Following a far-reaching recruitment drive, more than 1,600 people have applied for jobs at Manchester Airport in April and 500 new recruits are currently going through security training and vetting processes.

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Jurys Inn goes

A brand established for 30 years and originally Dublin-based, Jurys Inn, is to be retired by its owner the Israeli Group Fattal.

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Lotus, Porsche and F1

Not a Formula One motor racing team since the early 1960s when Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier were the drivers, Porsche is to make a comeback for the 2026 season and also possibly sister company Audi.

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Southend Airport is back *

Probably the worst hit of regional scheduled operations during the pandemic, Southend Airport has re-opened some of the easyJet holiday destinations.

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Virgin apprenticeship scheme

Virgin Atlantic is on the lookout for its next generation of expert engineers, as it launches its apprenticeship and graduate schemes for the first time in three years.  

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