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  • Heathrow looks like becoming the only major London airport not to charge for dropping off passengers when Gatwick moves ahead with a scheme next year.

    Gatwick last week announced plans to charge for vehicles using the forecourt to set down passenge…
  • In what is a boost for the country’s struggling airports the Government has outlined plans for Freeports in the era of post-Brexit trade.

    The Freeport bidding process for England will be available before the end of the year with the first sit…
  • British Airways has taken delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER fitted with its latest First Class Suite, with three more being delivered this autumn.

    These are not official images and our thanks go to @Planenews_777 via Head for Points.  The BA pres…
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) has summarised the situation regarding taking a commercial flight in these Covid-19 times.  Its appraisal is much in line with IATA’s review which BTN also covers.   (See IATA and Covid-19 in this week's …
  • As reported last week, Berlin’s new airport is to open on 25 October and from this date, Schönefeld Airport will be known as Terminal 5 and will lose its IATA code SXF. Terminals 1 and 2 will be at the new location, on the opposite side of the runwa…
  • Aer Lingus has published a tender for the operation of its Aer Lingus Regional brand ahead of the expiration of its existing contract with with Dublin-based Stobart Air at the end of 2022.

    Former International Airlines Group (IAG) Chief Executive W…
  • With the reopening of its lounge at Aberdeen Airport Swissport has updated its website to include all its offerings worldwide. During these difficult times, Aspire has had to stop providing physical newspapers and magazines in the lounges for customers, as th…
  • The Salon Privé has issued their own review of the event which takes a different look at the occasion and with this a motoring issue we have sought the permission to re-publish. Blenhein and motoring - a fitting tribute

    BTN carried an ON TOU…
  • Photo-Journalist Geoff Moore reports as Eastern Airways announces a daily service between Cardiff and Belfast City starting 11 January.  Eastern Airways already serves Southampton and Teesside from Belfast City plus Anglesey from Cardiff.

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  • Two of Britain’s smallest airlines have got together to create a relationship strengthening their own position and financially benefiting the public.

    Effectively the State airline of Guernsey, Aurigny (it is 100% Government property), has go…
  • We live in unusual times.  There is no (definite) cruise news, or at least very little. 

    It has proved impossible to keep up with the return to some kind of normality with cruising, both the deep sea and river variety.  Readers will…
  • In spite of the terrible problems they are faced with due to the Covid-19 pandemic both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are looking to the future.

    Last week Gatwick Airport published its half year results which despite an encouraging start saw passen…
  • Virgin Atlantic (VS) has introduced an on-site pre-flight Covid-19 testing trial for its cabin crew and pilots. In a statement the airline highlights the testing programme which complements NHS Lighthouse Lab-based testing and does not compete for, nor divert…
  • On Saturday (3 October), under the Prime Minister’s name, the Government announced an independent review of transport infrastructure led by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair of Network Rail. Faster road and rail links to Scotland, upgrades to Welsh railways an…
  • With Hebridean Princess awarded “Good for Go” status by Visit Scotland it seemed a fine idea to resurrect a review in ABTN (BTN’s predecessor) from 2003 “In the footsteps of the Royal Yacht”. 

    We are living in st…
  • This is the up to date exempt list as issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel
  • Keeping up to date with quarantine rules is proving to be extremely difficult with Turkey, a popular inexpensive holiday destination, the latest country added to an expanded isolation list.  (See travel guidelines – it may have changed!)  Howe…
  • Following the Winter Economy Plan, which was announced by the Chancellor last week, the Save Future Travel Coalition is providing template letters for travel agents and tour operators to send to their local MP on the plight of the industry and the campaign&rsq…
  • Passengers on the LNER East Coast main line between London St Pancras and Scotland are now being offered hot meals with the return of a seat service.

    Travellers in First Class receive a complimentary breakfast offer from a menu that includes bacon …
  • The 2020 Aviators Ball, from the disabled flying charity Aerobility, is going ahead (Saturday 28 November) and appealing for support.  But not in the usual way.
     
    Normally a sell-out gala event at the Heathrow Sofitel, the highlight of the…
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