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  • Last week’s ABTA’s annual conference, the strangest ever known, functioning entirely online, launched the travel trade organisation’s ‘Tourism for Good’ report setting out how the industry can place sustainability at the heart of …
  • With overseas holiday trips now more or less taboo, late last summer the Editor-in-Chief and wife took a week off in the Cotswolds.  It does look like UK breaks are going to be the norm for some time.  Plan for winter and spring tours.  We found…
  • A prepared statement by Transport Secretary of State Grant Shapps at last week’s ABTA Travel Convention contained no news at all for an industry that has been virtually halted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

    He reiterated plans for a government…
  • This year’s virtual ABTA conference revealed new figures showing the impact of the coronavirus crisis on overseas travel. Only 15% of people took a foreign holiday between February and July compared to 51% over the 12-month period, and 64% the previous y…
  • Sean Doyle, the new Chief Executive of British Airways, is to replace the departed Alex Cruz for the keynote speech at today's Airlines 2050 Conference 10:10 BST.  It is being streamed live FOC (See below for registration details). Please note a change in…
  • Ahead of the EU Council meeting on Tuesday (13 October), Ryanair, which is Europe’s largest airline, has called on all EU Governments to adopt a “Traffic Light” System without delay.

    Under this scheme, proposed by the European Cen…
  • British Airways said goodbye to the last of its Boeing 747s at Heathrow on Thursday (8 October), the good news being that with the pandemic, and the airport not busy, it was able to wave off G-CIVB and G-CIVY in a proper manner.  The Jumbos made a synchro…
  • The UK Civil Aviation Authority has appointed Glenn Bradley as its new Head of Flight Operations.

    In this most senior of positions regarding actual flying Bradley will be responsible for the oversight of both commercial and non-commercial aircraft…
  • In July Heathrow Airport Ltd requested to the CAA that it changes its approach to the airport’s airline charges due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its revenues in 2020 and 2021.  It wants to put up prices.

    The CAA has responde…
  • Air Transat is to become part of Air Canada, once a dream partnership, now less so with the devastating impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus on the air transport industry.
    Air Canada and Transat AT, the parent company of Air Transat, have renegotiated th…
  • EasyJet expects a pre-tax loss of up to £845m for its fiscal year just ended.

    Not normally so quick in putting out ifs results it clearly wants to demonstrate to Downing Street the situation it finds itself as the UK’s second largest ai…
  • It is not often that anyone involved in travel will praise the consumer publication Which? but for once Travel Editor Rory Boland has struck the right note with a statement reflecting on easyJet’s dreadful results.

    "The travel industry has ta…
  • Normally held sometimes in rather exotic places the 2020 ABTA Travel Convention is this year a one day affair today (Monday 12 October) bringing together the biggest players in the tourism business, and for the first time Alex Cruz of British Airways and Shai …
  • The Government seems to have finally acknowledged a requirement for a Covid-19 airport testing scheme after strong representations by the air travel industry.  As things stand passengers will have to pay for their own tests with a price suggested of &poun…
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has demonstrated the low incidence of inflight Covid-19 transmission with an updated tally of published cases.

    Since the start of 2020 there have been just 44 cases of Covid-19 reported in which t…
  • His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways, has been added to the list of senior figures involved in the air transport business due to speak at a live streamed morning only (BST) Airlines 2050 conference next Monday (19 October).

    Ale…
  • A two-day virtual hearing took place last week at the Supreme Court as Heathrow Airport attempted to overturn a ruling at the Court of Appeal stopping the proposed third runway.

    With no protesters this time due to the pandemic the event passed of…
  • What is special about the Honda CR-V?

    It may be one of the many innovations on the latest version of what is claimed to be the world’s bestselling SUV but what I found most useful was a digital speedometer writes Malcolm Ginsberg.  You m…
  • This is the up to date exempt list as issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and includes the Greek islands. www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel
  • Wizz Air has revealed plans to open a base in Norway next month and launch three domestic Norwegian routes as it continues to expand its presence across Western Europe.

    In spite of the pandemic Wizz Air has already announced 11 new bases so far thi…
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