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  • The coming month of August is the traditional holiday period for all schools in the United Kingdom although it is true that for Scotland the last week in the month is when they start up again (not Northern Ireland).  Business Travel News strongly believ…
  • Following last week’s announcement by Manchester Airport that it was ‘Business as usual’ the city’s two Hyatt properties are now open.

    Situated on Booth Street in the buzzing Innovation District on the Oxford Road Corridor, …
  • Confidence in the post Covid-19 times has been shown by the opening of the Ramada by Wyndham Budapest City Center (Hungary).

    The new hotel is situated in an outstanding location in the heart of Budapest’s city centre, a historic and UNESCO-p…
  • The British-Irish EXPO, ExCel London 5 October has been chosen by Loganair CEO Jonathan Hinkles to unveil plans for all-electric Scottish island air services “within the next two years”.

    His keynote speech to the Regional and Business A…
  • Monday 31 August appears to be the crunch date by which many British Airways non-pilot staff will have to make a decision regarding their future employment.  IAG, not BA, has confirmed a recommendation by pilot union BALPA on forward plans involving 270…
  • Tilbury finale for ships.

    Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), the British cruise operator, has gone into administration, but no passengers are involved, all six ships operating in the UK market having returned to the Tilbury Port base.

  • With the Isle of Man (IOM) Government supporting the British Airways Cityflyer (BACF) current route from Douglas (Ronaldsway) Airport to London City Airport the idea of an administration-sponsored air carrier along the lines of Aurigny at Guernsey has been rai…
  • Forbes Magazine in US airlines exposé.

    American Airlines made a dire announcement this week warning 25,000 workers they may be furloughed or laid off Forbes reports.

    These staggering Covid-19 numbers represent roughly 20% of the …
  • With an announcement by the Department for Transport that it will extend the Air Travel Organiser's Licence (ATOL) protection for refund credit notes, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is providing further guidance for consumers.

    This news pro…
  • Hygiene-technicians are the latest innovation being introduced by Heathrow.

    Their task is to thoroughly disinfect the airport and answer passenger queries on the methods being used. These technicians will continuously monitor the effectiveness of t…
  • Airspace modernisation plans are pushing ahead in spite of the impact from Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) has published a new report Remobilising Airspace Change, which highlights the impact of Covid-19 on the curre…
  • Unlike its fellow Gulf State airline Qatar Airways (see in this week's BTN), Emirates is putting its Airbus A380s back into service.

    At the outbreak of the pandemic Emirates fleet consisted of 114 A380s with eight still to be delivered. What little…
  • Airline to change its rules.

    On Friday (17 July) Ryanair announced it will extend the waiving of its flight change fee for all customers who book to travel in September – already in place for new July and August bookings – allowing them…
  • Claiming to be one of the few global airlines to have never stopped flying throughout the Covid-19 crisis Qatar Airways has grounded its ten-strong Airbus A380 fleet.

    The word ‘grounded’ is emphasised in a press release.  The airli…
  • Following the BTN update in last week’s BTN The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has tried to clarify the situation regarding river ships.  

    It declares that cruise ship travel means staying overnight for at least one night on a sea-go…
  • Inevitably, the Routes unique gatherings of airlines and airports have been postponed, that is both the Asia and World versions planned for later in the year.

    In a statement the Manchester-based (England) organisation, and part of the Informa publi…
  • No strike threat yet.

    In a misleading press release pilot union BALPA says that over 2,000 easyJet pilots (99.9%) have voted overwhelmingly to express no confidence in the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Peter Bellew. These are the pilot…
  • Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport calling for the creation of a dedicated organisation to support owners of historically important aircraft to ensure th…
  • British Airways announced last week, not surprisingly, that the Boeing 747-400 has probably flown its last scheduled commercial service, another casualty of Covid-19.

    In truth it has come to its life's end, a dinosaur from an earlier age when fuel …
  • For the time being a Heathrow Airport only airline Virgin Atlantic has reached a major milestone towards securing its future by announcing plans for a private-only solvent recapitalisation of the airline. 
    The Restructuring Plan is based on a five-y…
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