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  • On the day that IAG said it was not going to raise substantial sums from shareholders to cover its Covid costs (see in this week's BTN) Lufthansa Group  announced it would be raising €2.1bn “to strengthen the balance sheet and to enable the ear…
  • Chris Tarry, BTN’s resident analytical guru looks forward in terms of airlines.  He writes a monthly column for Airline Business magazine and is a visiting professor at Coventry University as well as lecturing and commenting on industry issues.
  • Twelve months into the job Luis Gallego, Chief Executive, IAG, has finally raised his head above the parapet speaking to The Sunday Times.

    In an exclusive interview published yesterday (19 September) he flatly denied widespread City speculation tha…
  • The IATA Director General reflects. Ms Smith from Hastings is in praise. www.btnews.co.uk/article/18126
  • Following its appointment to operate the former Qbic London City Hotel this summer, RBH Hospitality Management has re-launched the hotel as The Corner London City as part of a three-month rebrand.

    The 183-bedroom East London property is now welcom…
  • On 10 September Sloane Helicopters, the UK’s longest-established privately-owned helicopter company, celebrated its 50th year of operation with customers and suppliers at Hangar One, Sywell Aerodrome. It also announced its expansion to operate a fifth ba…
  • Don’t hold your breath, but Qantas says it plans to restart international flights in time for the Christmas holidays.

    The target date is 18 December, in line with ‘Phase C’ of the National Cabinet’s plan, which involves the …
  • Swissport is continuing with its rollout of airport lounge reopenings with Bristol Airport the latest Aspire introduction.

    It follows Edinburgh, the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 winning lounge, Belfast City, Birmingham, Gatwick North, H…
  • Will travel, including business travel, take off over the coming months?  

    That is the question that is being asked after an announcement on Friday by Grant Shapps, Transport Minister, that the heavily criticised border traffic light system is…
  • British Airways (BA) teamed up with NATS, Heathrow and Glasgow airports, Airbus and bp to demonstrate how the airline industry is moving towards what is calls “The Perfect Flight.” The airline has replicated a service flown 11 years ago, to show h…
  • Topi Manner, CEO of Finnair, was in fine fettle live at the Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall London last week.  He was Guest of Honour at the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom at its first luncheon since March 2020.  Even that occasion was far fro…
  • With flights returning to some kind of normality Aurigny, owned by the States of Guernsey, held a press briefing last week setting out its plans for the future.

    Hosting the session was Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO, appointed last year, together with Kevi…
  • Delegates attending the 77th annual general meeting (AGM) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 3-5 October will find themselves in one of the most compact cities in the United States – Boston – which with its European style, is a v…
  • In a move that has the fingerprints of Transport Minister Grant Shapps all over it, he an enthusiastic private pilot, the Government has announced plans to introduce a range of reforms to make it easier for General Aviation (GA) pilots to fly, and to support b…
  • Hungarian airline Wizz Air has confirmed that it is reinstating pilot salaries to pre-Covid-19 levels as of 1 October.

    The announcement comes as Wizz Air embarks on its largest ever recruitment drive for pilots and cabin crew, as the airline looks…
  • Business Travel News (BTN) is on the short list to receive the trade publication Trade Media Award for 2021. The awards continue to recognise the hugely influential role the travel media industry plays in the holiday and travel decision-making process in what…
  • Scots will be able to fly seven days a week to Toronto for next summer.

    Canadian airline WestJet has made the decision to operate from both Scottish airports, Edinburgh on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; Glasgow Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday…
  • The first Radisson RED hotel in London, the Radisson RED London Greenwich The O2, has opened its doors.

    The hotel is located off the Blackwell Tunnel access dual carriageway (A2) close by the O2 arena and transport connections.  It is a one m…
  • A new independent panel is being created by the Department for Transport (DfT) to enhance the decision-making work of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

    In a statement the DfT made it clear that it will be made up of non-aviation experts.
  • Edinburgh Waverly to London Kings Cross.
    A brand new train operator is to be launched on 25 October called Lumo, owned by First Group, operators of Great Western Railway (GWR) and Hull Trains.

    Single fares as low as £14.90 will be avail…
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