20 JUNE 2022


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Keith Woodward

Well-known industry figure Keith Woodward has died after a short illness aged 76.

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IATA opened on Monday with a press briefing by Conrad Clifford, Senior VP and Deputy Director General, IATA, saying at a press conference that evidence confirms that border measures are not an effective global strategy to control a pandemic.   The World Health Organisation (WHO) has long held that closing borders is not a solution to health crises.  

View the briefing notes as issued by IATA.


Next up is Willie Walsh at 11:00 local Doha press conference.  Earlier he had reiterated Conrad Cliffords's remarks at the opening address to the conference.

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AITO, the specialist travel association, is angry as Government denies its major role in airport chaos.

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A UK rail strike update *

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was on radio and TV Sunday expounding that the RMT rail strikes this week will "punish millions of innocent people", noting that commuters and pupils taking exams would be among those affected.  Coincidently the DfT revealed plans to reopen disused railway lines.

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Aer Arann *

Easily the smallest airline in the British Isles, and dating back to 1970, Aer Arann Islands has clinched a four-year Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract worth €4.9m from the Irish Government to provide air services to the Arann Islands, off western Ireland from Connemara.

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BA and Ryanair strike looms

Ryanair cabin staff in Spain will go on strike for six days in late June and early July, according to its main unions. Subsidiary Malta Air might follow.

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Doyle does not appear *

Last Tuesday’s House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee briefing took place in a controversial manner.

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EasyJet cancellations

June looks like being something of a disaster for easyJet as it grapples with staff shortages and long delays.

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Gatwick suffers *

This summer Gatwick Airport is drastically cutting flights due to the acute staff shortages.  Between now and September 4,000 services will be lost.

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Heathrow in May

The May traffic figures for Heathrow have been published with an interesting breakdown on where the business is coming from.

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Jersey carrier adds to fleet

Blue Islands, the official airline of Jersey, has replaced its last 46-seat ATR 42 with a 72-seat ATR 72.

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Lufthansa cancels too

Business Traveller magazine reports that Lufthansa has been forced to admit that as with a number of European airlines it too has been forced to cancel around 1,000 flights next month, due to ongoing disruption affecting both the carriers and their hub airports.

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One Air - new British airline *

Established in 2009 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, Air One Aviation has become an airline in its own right.

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Qatar Airways results

Clearly timed to coincide with IATA, Qatar Airways Group celebrates its milestone 25th anniversary year of operation with its strongest financial performance ever.

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ON TOUR: Spain and Portugal

Europe’s western seaboard is a popular destination for cruise ships whether venturing south from the UK, or starting from Barcelona.  My recent Carnival Pride holiday began and finished at Spain’s principal port writes Editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg.  Many operators offer similar packages.

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Türkiye Havayolları a new airline name.

But not a new airline.

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Aviation Club - Boeing

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Boeing 757 news

With the Boeing 757 in the news (re Rwanda refugees) here is another take on the now long-ceased Seattle 2004 production after just over 1,000 units.  Well over half are thought to be currently in service in a variety of uses.

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Cruise news

Crystal Cruises, which promoted itself as a 6-star cruise line, could be back in business. Ships up for auction have been sold.

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EXPO goes ahead

In spite of dire warnings of what might happen with transport in London with the forthcoming rail strike the 5th British-Irish Airport EXPO will go ahead next Wednesday/Thursday 22/23 June.

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Mandarin Oriental Hanover Square

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open a new hotel in London’s Mayfair this winter.

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Southend Jet Centre Open Day

The re-branded London Southend Jet Centre (LSJC) hosted its first Open Day to the aviation community on 16 June.

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Travel Matters cancelled

The Travel Matters conference planned for next Wednesday 22 June has been cancelled due to the expected disruption of rail services this week.

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World Air Transport Summit

Today (Monday 20 June) sees the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IATA (International Air Transport Association. The World Air Transport Summit (WATS) opens immediately following the AGM.

A highlight will be the third edition of the Diversity and Inclusion Awards sponsored by Qatar Airways.

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