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  • Three of the biggest names in air travel last week posted substantial losses.

    Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye summed up the situation.  "The UK is emerging from the worst effects of the health pandemic, but is falling behind its EU rivals in in…
  • Over the last 18 months John Holland-Kaye has been the effective spokesman in many ways for the travel industry, not only lobbying government but keeping the public aware of the serious predicament for staff, the support industries and investors of the dilemma…
  • Sir Stirling Moss passed away aged 90 in the peak of the pandemic April 2020.

    Whilst the tributes flowed in any memorial service and the like were not possible, although a Blue Plaque was unveiled at the famous Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in June of …
  • Confusion still rages.

    ABTA has written to Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, outlining actions still needed from Government to open up travel to and from more countries, make foreign travel easier for UK citizens and support the…
  • # When BTN was first established back in the 1980s our title was Air & Business Travel News (ABTN) but as the main revenue earner for airlines developed coming into the 21st century we dropped the ‘Air’.  Business travel grew and the front…
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  • Assuming one is double vaccinated at last we can travel to (most) of Europe without the risk of quarantine when we return.  BTN keeps up with the times and with this feature reverts to overseas holidays.

    "Spain’s Costas may have a reputa…
  • And not just Clubhouses.

    The award-winning Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York’s JFK airport is now open again.

    Upper Class customers, Flying Club Gold members as well as Delta's Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members, ca…
  • “Out of the frying pan into the fire.” 

    New Chief Executive, TAP Air Portugal, Christine Ourmières-Widener has been in “listening mode” during her first few days in charge of the European operator, as uncertaint…
  • Luton-based easyJet is ramping up August capacity but is remaining cautious as majority shareholder but non-board member Stelios Haji-Ioannou remains quiet.

    EasyJet said in a statement that it will operate 60% of its pre-pandemic flights July throu…
  • Rather like rival Ryanair, Aer Lingus has now registered a UK offshoot with initially a single aircraft on the British register. 

    This new British subsidiary of the Irish flag carrier is set to open up Manchester International as a long-haul …
  • But the controversy continues.

    Airport Co-ordination Ltd (ACL) last week welcomed the publication of statutory instrument of legislation which provides alleviation for the winter 2021 season for slots at UK coordinated airports.  It was set ou…
  • Travel professionals from around the globe can now register for WTM London 2021, which will be held for the first time in an innovative hybrid format.

    The physical event will take place at ExCeL London on Monday, 1 November to Wednesday, 3 November…
  • Under development well before the current rush to reduce aircraft emissions in all aspects of aircraft operations WheelTug has now found a permanent manufacturing home.

    Sited at a 37,000sq ft manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) the …
  • Another former Stobart sector taken.

    Ryanair from 28 July inaugurates an initial return daily service from Dublin to Kerry, as a pure commercial operation and not, as previously, a PSO (public service obligation).  The plan is to go twice dail…
  • # International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has consented to Qatar's request to establish its own Flight Information Region (FIR) thus ending the historical long-standing delegation of airspace management to Bahrain.

    "The proposal represents…
  • Amazon founder, and the world’s richest man, came second in the race to demonstrate commercial ‘space’ visiting last week (Tuesday 20 July).

    He was beaten by fellow bragger Richard Branson, who nine days earlier in his Unity vehic…
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh has waded in regarding the high cost of PCR testing which BTN highlighted last week.
    (See www.btnews.co.uk/article/17903)

    Whilst not initially calling the British Go…
  • The major UAE airline last week inaugurated first ever non-stop flight from Dubai to Southern Florida.  The 15hr 30min sectors will operate four times weekly with a Boeing 777.

    Along with Orlando, the new service to Miami International (MIA) p…
  • Tomorrow (Tuesday 27 July) will see the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee publish a report on its views regarding the UK’s ambition to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    BTN will update this story at the time an…
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