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Article from BTNews 17 SEPTEMBER 2012


Venice from City

British Airways has introduced route number 23, from London City Airport to Venice Marco Polo and has now been confirmed as the largest operator at the docklands airstrip, both with passengers carried and flights operated

Operating six days per week (not Saturday) the all year-round service adds to what the airline calls its “leisure portfolio”, with flights to Palma, Ibiza and Malaga during the winter for the first time.

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COMMENT:  The Olympics are over

We have had an amazing summer in British sporting terms (BTNews will stick to British – the English football team were normal last week – poor – at Wembley, and the other Home nations even worse).

Britain pulled out the stops, air traffic worked, the airports for the most part operated smoothly, Eurostar did not break down, and Transport for London achieved a notable accomplishment in terms of reliability and friendliness.

In his speech at the Aviation Club British Airways’ boss Keith Williams summed up another side of the achievement.  “London 2012 was as much about the organisers, the armies of volunteers and the public coming together as it was about the athletes.  They were a huge part of the success”.

We were all pulling in one direction for six glorious weeks. 

Most of us were not around in 1939.  What happened then was not dissimilar and the effort was for five more years.

Let us hope that this mood of optimism can continue.  Yes, the trains are starting to break down from time to time.  That is the minus of an Underground system which now communicates every problem.  The Unions are up with their usual threats.  And the Border Control queues are creeping up. 

All this needs to be watched very carefully. 

We must keep up the momentum of 2012 and from this beginning leave the economic blues behind us.  Team GB is everyone.  Let’s now think positive.

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