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  • The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published its provisional findings ‘UK to US’ part of the transatlantic joint venture operated by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair and (soon) Aer Lingus.  It is probably the …
  • With Transport Minister Grant Shapps doing the rounds of the TV stations (from home) the Government issued new guidelines for travel last Wednesday (13 May). Mr Shapps emphasised the need to give confidence to both passengers and the operators. His vague wor…
  • The Thameslink services through Kings Cross/St Pancras that help to join travellers between the north and south London conurbations, and links Gatwick and Luton airports, has a new timetable.  Overnight Thameslink services will operate on some routes.
  • A big battle is looming up for travel between the United Kingdom and Australia once the shadow of Covid-19 is lifted.

    The routes were in the past the blue ribbon preserve of British Airways (BOAC) and Qantas.  It has in more recent times come …
  • Belfast, Glasgow and Manchester airports feature in Virgin Atlantic 2021 programme surprisingly announced last week.  The airline is clearly confident in overcoming well publicised financial difficulties brought on by Covid-19.

    Virgin plans to…
  • Founded in 1919, Avianca is claimed to be the world’s longest operating airline with continuous service (KLM stopped flying during WWII).  The airline has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, blaming the coronavirus pandemic for the “mos…
  • “It will soon be the time when we will quarantine people coming into the country by air.” The words of Boris Johnson Prime Minster speaking to the nation last night.

    No specific timetable and clearly a cautious projection with the futur…
  • British Airways this week gradually filed planned long-haul operations for the month of June, as the carrier removed schedules and closing reservations on various routes.  See also Willie Walsh & Westminster in this issue. Sad to say, in the past the…
  • David Tarsh is a long-standing commentator/consultant on the airline industry, and also a cyclist.  He is very much in favour of encouraging people to cycle but NOT building new bike lanes. 

    "Please don’t be fooled by what the poli…
  • The House of Commons Transport Committee was in action last week with a series of interviews involving some of the key people in the industry.  More on Monday (11 May) with Willie Walsh.

    Mark Tanzer of the Association of British Travel Agents…
  • Not withstanding the current problems associated with air travel The Air League has launched its “Innovators Challenge” a competition for 17-26 year olds who have a passion for aviation and aerospace and a desire to overcome some of the long-term c…
  • With Orly closed the French national airline plans to operate the following June programme out of Paris Charles de Gaulle. Abidjan 4 weekly 777-300ER from 15 June Atlanta 3 weekly 777-300ER
    Bamako via Abidjan 4 weekly A350-900XWB from 16 J…
  • Perhaps it is the action of Wizz at Luton (LTN), but Ryanair has come to life at Stansted, where facemasks, in common with sister airports Manchester and East Midlands, are now mandatory.

    The Dublin-based airline will clearly (privately) be monito…
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a new chair for the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
     
    Sir Stephen Hillier, the former head of the Royal Air Force, is his preferred candidate to “Lead the aviation industry through Covid-1…
  • The Business Travel Association (BTA) has come up with a five-step plan to get British business travelling again.  It calls for key actions on areas from the timeframe to travel, to international co-operation and clarity, protecting travellers, safe servi…
  • IAG chief executive Willie Walsh appeared before the House of Commons Transport Committee 10:00 Monday morning for 90min.  The hearing overran and Mr Walsh tried to curtail the interrogation, unsuccessfully.  Parliament comes first although the usual…
  • With still no cars to review for May BTN looks at what was on offer in 2018.  Not all readers purchase new cars, and whilst for the most part the 2020 models are much better, a previous user vehicle from earlier times can prove to  be a bargain. For …
  • BTN says check with your airlines regarding masks.

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is supporting the wearing of face coverings for passengers and masks for crew while on board aircraft but not the mandating of social distancing m…
  • It is the general policy of BTN not to report on hotel news more than six months ahead.  Business travellers are for the most part not that forward thinking.  However with a dearth news in the sector we have produced a short roundup.

    Trav…
  • Shareholders of Norwegian Air Shuttle have voted in favour of its plan to convert debt to equity and relaunch operations with a smaller fleet and fewer destinations from 2021.

    Always known as Norwegian and traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange the gro…
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