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  • Airlines UK and AOA (Airport Operators Association), the two leading trade organisations dealing with air travel, have today published a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps ahead of the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce’s final checkpoint…
  • The new Italian airline ITA, due to fly on 15 October, will not be encumbered with the debts of Alitalia following a European Commission announcement that two loans granted to Alitalia by the Italian government, were illegal under State aid rules.
  • The man who provided the main interface between Reg Ward of the LDDC (London Docklands Development Corporation) and the London City Airport developers Brymon Airways and John Mowlem and Company, has passed on.

    In 1982, as a senior civil servant…
  • Wizz Air is understood to be the unnamed bidder last Thursday for easyJet, Britain’s largest airline in terms of passenger numbers.  The offer was rejected unanimously by the Board and has been withdrawn.

    The preliminary all-share offer …
  • A report by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to the Government on the cost of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing has resulted on an outcry by the travel industry with support by Which?

    “The UK is alone in Europe in putting fu…
  • British Airways is extending into the winter season three of its newest domestic routes – Belfast City Airport to Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds.

    These will be operated by British Airways CityFlyer (BACF) two-class and marketed as British Airways…
  • It is generally agreed that the major ingredient lacking during the various lockdowns and restrictions is the business/social get togethers commonly called ‘networking’.

    Our railway expert, Andrew Sharp of the International Air/Rail or…
  • Much anticipated, The Londoner hotel, Leicester Square, has finally opened.
    This was first covered by Business Travel News in February 2020.

    The £300m property has been another victim of the pandemic regarding construction and fitting o…
  • The Government will not be revisiting the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) on Heathrow expansion “at this time.”

    In a letter published on the Department for Transport (DfT) website the Government has made it clear that mounting…
  • Whilst the South Terminal at Gatwick remains obstinately closed, and is likely to stay so until summer 2022, confidence is being shown by the airport with the opening of two new food outlets at Gatwick North.

    Tortilla, the UK’s largest fast-…
  • Richard Wiggins of Preston with some possible names if BA were to brand any new offshoot at Gatwick. www.btnews.co.uk/article/18111
  • New research from ForwardKeys reveals that international flights to European destinations in July and August reached 39.9% of pre-pandemic levels.

    This is significantly better than last year (which was 26.6%), when the Covid-19 pandemic caused wide…
  • Sky Harbour UK Ltd, a specialist aviation consultancy, supporting owner operators and business aircraft with both aircraft acquisitions and aircraft management, has lodged its formal objection to two planning applications with Warwick District Council and Cove…
  • Canada has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers for non-essential travel.

    This news comes after the country was added to the UK’s ‘green’ list for travel at the end of August.

    The Canadian government is a…
  • The government established the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) in November 2018, seen by many as yet another toothless quango lacking the expertise to deal with this important topic.

    In a statement last week Aviation Minister …
  • With this edition of BTN featuring motoring, and with summer making a little comeback, TEMPCOVER has just released the Top 50 Road Trips in the UK! In a new study it has analysed the UK’s Road Trips locations hashtags on Instagram and has ranked the top…
  • As small cars go the Kia Picanto has always been a favourite of Business Travel News writes Malcolm Ginsberg.

    We have come a long way since the original Mini had wire pulls to open the doors.

    Third generation Korean is a class leader and…
  • The House of Commons Select Transport Committee, chaired by Hugh Merriman, is to launch an enquiry to plot the aviation route to recovery.

    Before the pandemic, the UK had the largest aviation network in Europe and the third biggest in the world fo…
  • The Turkish-German airline SunExpress is eyeing new routes to the UK and Ireland during the summer 2022 season as it seeks to expand its international footprint.

    The UK was the second largest overseas market from Turkey during 2019, Sabre Market In…
  • More than a quarter of drivers (27%) are yet to check whether their car is compatible with new E10 petrol which has this month arrived at forecourts, with a similar proportion (24%) unaware that the new fuel is being introduced to replace E5 as the standard…
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