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  • The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has requested at very short notice a comprehensive aviation group of people to appear before it on Wednesday morning 3 March, but no British airline representatives.  Ryanair’s chief executive Michael …
  • The newly constituted All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Hospitality and Tourism has called for additional government support for hospitality and tourism businesses at Wednesday’s Budget.

    In a letter signed by more than 80 MPs from righ…
  • The aviation sector has been vociferous in calling for this to be done.

    The government on Friday (26 February) introduced legislation to extend the airports’ slot allocation waiver through the summer programme.  What happens for the win…
  • The Civil Aviation Authority has published the January 2021 terminal and transit statistics.  We still wait the compilation for the full year 2020.

    Although not every one of the 65 reporting airports have submitted their figures, all of the la…
  • Marc Bailey, CEO of The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), marked 10 years with the organisation last December. The UK’s national trade body, and voice of business and general aviation in the UK, BBGA members span all facets of the…
  • With very limited services, mainly by easyJet, and the complete loss of Norwegian, at one time nearly 9% of passenger throughput, Gatwick, as with all other international airports struggled in 2020.  British Airways continued with reduced services to the …
  • The 2020 full year results for International Airlines Group (IAG), published on Friday (26 February), met expectations.  That is to say they were poor. IAG includes British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling.

    Luis Gallego, IAG’s chi…
  • The Hungarian airline Wizz Air says that its automated refund process handles 95% of cash conversion refund requests within just a week.

    Listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and registered in Jersey, Wizz Air launched its automated refund pro…
  • Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar are planning flight resumption to “most international destinations” from the end of October, later than expected, but not the complete 2021 predicted by some.

    The group said that the date change “…
  • Virgin Atlantic boss Shai Weiss was in fine form last Wednesday (24 February) in a live interview with former BBC Radio stalwart Nick Cosgrove for the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) charity.

    Although perceived, and acknowledged, as an Israeli i…
  • With the exception of the offshore islands, aviation matters are gaining little visibility in Scotland, angering the industry. The Holyrood transport secretary said in the Scottish Parliament an aviation working group would be set up. This has still not happe…
  • With holidays in the UK likely to boom this summer Premier Inn, the upmarket budget hotel group owned by Whitbread Plc, is introducing new properties.

    This comes after a realignment by hotel operators with certain investments changing their franchi…
  • Donal Moriarty who has been interim chief executive of Aer Lingus since October 2020 is to step down and resume his role as the airline’s chief corporate affairs officer.

    The airline’s owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has announ…
  • With a £2bn loss, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye was in a cautious mood when he unveiled the airport’s 2020 performance last Wednesday (24 February), having heard what the prime minister had to say two days earlier.

    The number of passen…
  • With this a cruise issue it seemed a good idea for our editor-at-large Jeff Mills to take a look at this most special of Italian cities, one linked often to waterborne holidays.  Start or finish at Venice and spend a few days there. Or at least make sure …
  • Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), owner of Edinburgh Airport and a shareholder of Gatwick Airport is to acquire fixed-base operation (FBO) Signature Aviation, a London Stock Exchange (LSE) listed company.

    Sir Nigel Rudd, chairman, Signature, sa…
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s largest hotel franchising companies, has kick-started its La Quinta by Wyndham brand in the Middle East with a new hotel in Dubai, due to open later this month (March).

    The 100-room hotel is c…
  • International Airlines Group (IAG) has confirmed two financing agreements that British Airways (BA) has reached that will increase total liquidity by £2.45bn. 

    In a statement Steve Gunning, chief financial officer, says that IAG continu…
  • The so-called Road Map in simple terms. From Monday 29 March, people will no longer be legally required to stay at home which means that domestic air travel will not be restricted for work purposes only. The Prime Minister also indicated at a press conference…
  • The cruise industry has some positive news for summer 2021.

    The problem is we will not know officially until 12 April at the earliest what it is although all will be inundated with leaks and rumours. Operators and for the most part customers will h…
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