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6 DECEMBER 2021

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LETTER OF THE WEEK

Eastern Wins Cornwall

Michael Johnson makes a valid point.  Eastern one assumes has the same rules for the J29, with much smaller overhead bin and hold capacity.

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COMMENT EXTRA: Masks on the Underground *

BTN's Editor-in-Chief, when allowed, has been using the London ‘Tube’ throughout the pandemic.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Joanna Kurowska, Managing Director UK & Ireland, IHG Hotels & Resorts

This month we welcome a leader in the hospitality industry as our feature presenter 'On the Soapbox.'

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UK entry – confusing new rules *

Late Saturday evening the Department for Transport (DfT) added Nigeria to the red list and changed the UK arrival rules.

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Al Baker and Airbus

Speaking at the Aviation Club in London last week Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker said that Airbus needs to admit it had a problem with flaws on the surface of its A350 jets and ruled out buying freighter planes from the European aircraft manufacturing company.

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BA & Sustainable Aviation Fuel

All the talk is about sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  And quite rightly so.

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Doha and the FIFA World Cup

Qatar Tourism hosted its first mega travel trade familiarisation trip last week, welcoming 236 tour operators from 29 countries around the world, to showcase Qatar as a leading holiday destination, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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EasyJet recruiting *

Luton-based easyJet has opened recruitment for 1,500 seasonal cabin crew for next summer with around 11,000 applications received to date.  In spite of poor trading results it is confident for the future.

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Heathrow T4 re-opens

Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport has reopened. 

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PCR Testing row

Some PCR testing firms removed from the Government website list of suppliers are “reappearing” under other names, according to a report.

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PLAY in Ireland

PLAY, Iceland’s new low-cost airline with the bright red paintwork, will introduce Dublin from Reykjavik’s Keflavík International Airport in the spring.

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Regional airports at Westminster

No APD for PSO.

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Ryanair summer 2022

Still very much dependent on the UK for its operation, Ryanair is opening 24 new routes from Britain next summer.

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Initial findings from a world-first study of the impact of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both engines of a commercial jet have provided promising early results.

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US travel *

The United States Government has confirmed plans to tighten the country’s international travel rules as destinations around the world step up their response to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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ON TOUR: Isles of Scilly *

“I have been coming to the Scillies for over 40 years, an English utopia, 28 miles from the mainland, sometimes sub-tropical and sometimes less so, my day trip for business the other week nearly a disaster.  More anon.  BTN’s Editor-in-Chief reports.

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AND FINALLY: Isles of Scilly – Another route

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Travel News Update by Aspire

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The latest Travel News Update (TNU) by Aspire has been published, a monthly roundup for travellers using the popular lounges serving also as a member’s newsletter.

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Brussels Airlines dots

BTN can now reveal the AND FINALLY result from last week’s issue, a trailer for the annual Christmas quiz which will be included in our 13 December issue.

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Guernsey travel policies

The Bailiwick of Guernsey, cautious with its Covid-19 restrictions but also conscious of the tourist industry, has again brought in its own entry rules.

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Hotel staff crisis *

Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is having to turn away breakfast business according to long standing General Manager Stuart Johnson.

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MAG to host virtual ‘Runway to Recovery’ event

Small- and medium-sized businesses can learn more about how they could become a supplier to the UK’s largest group of airports. Manchester Airports Group (MAG) will host a ‘Runway to Recovery’ meet the buyer event on Wednesday 8 December.

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Ski travel and Geneva

Jet2, in some ways more of a travel company than an airline, has been quick to praise Westminster for the way it has dealt with travel to Switzerland.  For skiing in France and Germany, as well as Switzerland itself, Geneva is the most convenient airport. 

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World Aviation Festival Part 1 *

The biggest news of the two-day event last week was the quiet announcement that Amsterdam is to be the venue for 2022, at the RAI in October.

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World Aviation Festival Part 2 *

John Holland-Kaye, CEO Heathrow Airport, was the key speaker on the second day of the World Aviation Festival, interviewed by John Strickland, a regular contributor to BTN.

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