1 JUNE 2020

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Iberia restarts

Starting 1 July, Iberia will gradually resume its short- and medium-haul flight programme.

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ON THE SOAPBOX: BBGA CEO Marc Bailey

Mr Bailey advocates that the business aviation sector is uniquely placed to be a test model for commercial airlines as they chart their long recovery.

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COMMENT SPECIAL: Is British Airways still flying?

This is BTN’s shortest ever COMMENT. 

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Quarantine uproar

With the Home Secretary Priti Patel’s proposal for an incoming travellers’ 14-day quarantine now just seven days away the objection to her scheme is reaching a crescendo with senior ministers pushing to have it postponed indefinitely according to The Times

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BA cancellations

BTN has learnt that the following routes have been cancelled or have had reopening delayed, including Leeds Bradford.  All are from Heathrow Terminal 5.

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Boost for World Aviation Festival

John Strickland interviews Wizz CEO Joe Varadi.

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EasyJet shrinks

In a statement to the London Stock Exchange last Thursday (28 May) easyJet confirmed it will resume flying on 15 June, servicing a small number of mainly domestic routes in the UK and France.

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Future of Aviation Group

A new lobby grouping has been created called The Future of Aviation Group, chaired by Henry Smith MP (Conservative – Crawley).

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Irish media and Willie Walsh

International Airlines Group (IAG) Chief Executive Willie Walsh said that the group not would collapse due to the various governmental approaches to their local carriers, specifically underlining that there was neither "a prospect" nor "a reason" for the renationalisation of Aer Lingus.

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LATAM into Chapter 11

It is not the first South American airline to seek a way out of its obligations, that was Avianca (see BTN 18 May), but LATAM has taken Chapter 11 protection in the United States with the support of the Cueto and Amaro families and Qatar Airways, major largest shareholders of the airline.

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Lufthansa bailout

The German Federal Government has agreed a €9bn bailout with Lufthansa as it seeks to avoid financial collapse in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Virgin Atlantic return date

Now only at Heathrow, and without its world beating Clubhouse, Virgin Atlantic says it has been forced to delay the resumption of its operations as a result of the UK’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation for arriving international passengers.

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ON TOUR: The Waterways of Europe

When putting together the JUNE CRUISE ISSUE: River Ships it quickly became apparent that what was being written about was only half of the European rivership tale. There was a requirement to tell the story of the rivers themselves and ON TOUR was the perfect place to set the scene.

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JUNE CRUISE ISSUE: River Ships

When will the European season re-start?  

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AND FINALLY: Cummings and goings

Barnard Castle may have topped the charts.

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Loganair & Ryanair on Webinar

BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS, as a new official media partner and exhibitor at this year’s British-Irish Airports EXPO 5-6 October at ExCeL London is pleased to announce two free Webinars in June, in association with anna.aero.

  • 14:00-14:30 BST, 11 June 2020 – Loganair's CEO Jonathan Hinkles.
    “Where to Next: Loganair’s post-Covid network and airport partnership aspirations.”
  • 14:00-14:30 BST, 25 June 2020 – Ryanair’s Director of Route Development Niall O’Connor.
    “Time to get Ryanair flying again: Who will be our airport partners now – and what will it take to be one?”

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Air BP offers aid

As the impact of Covid-19 touches every corner of the globe, fuel supplier Air BP has been active in assisting communities around the world through a number of initiatives, working with customers and partners.

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Electric aircraft breakthrough

Last Wednesday (27 May) saw the first flight of the world's largest all-electric commuter aircraft yet.

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Greece gets going

Regular ferry services to the Greek Islands have started, while restaurants and bars are reopening, as the country continues efforts to salvage its vital tourism season.

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Heathrow and cargo

New government data has revealed that a third of the UK’s total imports (by value) of essential medical equipment, PPE and other tools to fight Covid-19, have arrived via Heathrow.

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Project Wingman

Airline crews continue to help.

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SAA Chief Banned

Dudu Myeni, Chairwoman of South African Airways (SAA), has been declared a delinquent director and banned for life by a Pretoria High Court Judge.

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Tegel The End

Monday 15 June could see the final flight from Tegel Airport Berlin (TXL).  Whatever the authorities might say its closure looks like being permanent rather than temporary. 

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Transit at Hong Kong and Singapore

New rules to come into effect at Chek Lap Kop and Changi airports.

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