Business Travel Hub

European/Aviation News
(Credits: BT News)
  • BTN has learnt that the following routes have been cancelled or have had reopening delayed, including Leeds Bradford.  All are from Heathrow Terminal 5.



    Buenos Aires Ezeiza service cancelled until 31 August inclusive.

    C…
  • As the impact of Covid-19 touches every corner of the globe, fuel supplier Air BP has been active in assisting communities around the world through a number of initiatives, working with customers and partners.

    In France it is supporting an initiati…
  • Transport Minister Grant Shapps has his name attached to a Government directive issued Saturday (23 May) effectively stopping parking along high streets where local Councils feel fit.

    “The government (therefore) expects local authorities to m…
  • Car rental giant Hertz has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US after 102 years of trading.  This does NOT include its international operations, so any pre-paid bookings made for non-US locations should be safe – for now. It is also…
  • Specialist Leisure Group which includes leading coach companies Shearings and National Holidays has gone into administration with thousands of job losses and cancelled bookings.

    Two of the Group companies, Shearings and Wallace Arnold, were members…
  • Tony Tyler is the former boss of The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and before that Cathay Pacific Airways.  The words that follow command respect, even by politicians.  He argues the quarantine case both for and against and makes it …
  • Prior to the British government statement on UK borders regarding travel (in this week's BTN) the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued its own guidelines for the safe restart of air tra…
  • Boris Johnson’s Government chose late afternoon last Friday when Parliament was not sitting and the country faced a Bank Holiday weekend to formally announce the most stringent border controls in peace time.

    Priti Patel, Home Secretary, who h…
  • Norwegian, the third largest airline at Gatwick, and a holder of a UK Air Operators Certificate, has confirmed the completion of a restructuring.

    A State loan guarantee of £250m has been approved and the company has now converted one billion …
  • On Friday (22 May) a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 came down in a residential area just short of the runway at Karachi Airport.

    Local health authorities confirmed 97 deaths and two survivors.

    The pilot had reported a …
  • A key US domestic airline with plans to launch UK services in 2021, JetBlue is taking a different route than most with its cabin layout.

    JetBlue has announced it will extend until 4 July holiday its commitment to seat distancing by blocking middle …
  • Back to his aggressive self, Michael O'Leary called the Prime Minister "bonkers".  The Ryanair Chief ExecutIve said the airline was preparing for a difficult year ahead as it returned to flying in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The current published…
  • It has not been a straightforward week for easyJet.  

    It started badly with a cyber-attack, it is thought by Chinese hackers, with travel plans and email addresses of nine million of its customers stolen.  The hackers were also able…
  • The future of the Air France fleet of six Airbus A380s remains in doubt.  Once the airline had ten.

    The carrier said it is “studying the future” during a quarterly earnings call.

    "We have decided on the early phase-out o…
  • The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), whose Chairman is Declan Collier, the former Chief Executive of London City Airport, has issued estimates of station usage. The clear trend is towards using trains more and more to and from airports writes our railway expert …
  • Last Wednesday (20 May) the House of Commons Transport Select Committee held its third and fourth sessions concerning UK transport and Covid-19.

    Under the scrutiny this time in part one was Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary for Transport a…
  • May 2020 would seem to be a strange time to introduce a brand-new UK-based airline.  THG Air is different.

    The Hut Group (THG) has announced plans to launch its own cargo operation with two aircraft due in service by the end of 2020.  Th…
  • The Government has announced ambitious new plans to support the growth of green, zero emission technologies.  These include banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035, or earlier if a faster transition is feasible.

    Curre…
  • Following early signs of recovery and eased lockdowns after the coronavirus spread in China, Kempinski Hotels has reopened all its hotels in the People’s Republic.

    New strict safety and hygiene procedures have been put in place to comply wit…
  • Following last week’s British airport passenger figures for March the CAA has now come up with the numbers for the airlines.  They are not complete and fail to include Eastern, easyJet, Jet2 and Loganair.  These will be added to this article an…
International news
(Credits: Business Traveller)
Copyright © 2020 Equator Learning.