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  • Japanese visitors are no longer welcome in the European Union (EU) after member states reinstated a ban on non-essential travel from the country.

    The ban comes after a surge in local Covid-19 cases, resulting in a state of emergency being declare…
  • Inevitably the European Business Aviation Association (EBACE) Convention & Exhibition has been cancelled due to Covid-19 uncertainty.  The event was scheduled to take place in Geneva from 18-20 May. 

    The organisers plan to replace EB…
  • The Aviation Club of the United Kingdom is pushing ahead with its speakers’ programme for this year, although for the time being not at its splendid home, the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, but via Zoom. Jonathan Hinkles is live Thursday. …
  • British Airways and partner American Airlines have begun trialling a new travel health app, VeriFLY, with customers who are eligible to travel between London and the United States.

    VeriFLY, is certifying test certificates and required travel docum…
  • Rising from the ashes of Flybe is a new enterprise. Exeter Aerospace, established in September 2020 as part of the Dublin Aerospace Group, has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for Base and Line Maintenance on the ATR42/72, De Hav…
  • As it rapidly approaches its 75th anniversary (2023) it’s all change at Lotus Cars Ltd. 

    Taking leave of the company is Phil Popham, CEO since 2018, replaced by Mark Windle, formerly executive director, engineering, a man very much wit…
  • From Air & Business Travel News  (ABTN) February 2005 With the end of the Elise (and its derivatives) Exige production in sight (and road test cars in short supply due to the pandemic) we have turned to an article from Air & Business Travel News …
  • Currently the only airline operating out of Luton Airport, but with a limited number of destinations, Wizz Air has upgraded its insurance offering.

    Wizz Air says it will offer passengers Covid-19 insurance coverage as part of its travel protection …
  • With its nose wheel retrofit electric drive system nearing final certification WheelTug Plc has joined IATA's Ground Operations Automation & Digitalization Group as a Strategic Partner.

    At a successful public event conducted at Memphis Interna…
  • Heathrow is working with NHS Test and Trace on a Government-led rapid testing pilot for airport workers.

    Around 2,000 Heathrow airport staff are to take part in rapid lateral flow tests to help identify those who may unknowingly be carrying the vi…
  • Coming a week after rivals easyJet and Wizz Air published their latest quarterly results Ryanair has come up with its own figures.

    Always keen to say it is the biggest in whatever European airlines category it is talking about, Ryanair has come up …
  • ‘Standard’ bilateral agreements on permits to travel within the EU, which are currently hampering UK charter operators, are looking unlikely, according to the British Business General Aviation Association’s (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey. Since the…
  • Formerly Schönefeld Airport, Berlin (BER) Terminal 5, is to close from 23 February. 

    Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg the operator of the terminal, once the gateway to the former German Democratic Republic, says that it is a temporary measur…
  • The Elizabeth Line could be open in time for Christmas The Times reports.

    The main beneficiary is Canary Wharf, the line providing an 11min journey to Tottenham Court Road station and direct services to Heathrow.

    London’s most exp…
  • The Government has taken the urgent decision to ban direct flights to the UK from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Burundi and Rwanda to prevent the spread of the new variant originally identified in South Africa into the UK.

    All arrivals who have, …
  • The announcement by the EU that it was stopping vaccine supplies to the United Kingdom due to alleged contract failure was attacked by all interested parties.  At least Brussels had the sense to quickly back down.

    Not so the British Government…
  • The return of Flybe to the skies has moved a step closer with the new owner registering its first aircraft.

    The Balliwick Express, the Jersey online publication, says that Thyme Opco – the company that purchased the Jersey-founded airline&rsq…
  • Reporting on its 2020 business, Reigate, UK-based ACC Aviation says that in spite of the pandemic, it has seen air charter sales growth up 200%.

    “While the on-going crisis has brought its challenges, it has presented a great opportunity for u…
  • Loganair chief executive speaks on Wednesday 17 February.

    With every indication that things will be somewhat clearer by then, Jonathan Hinkles, chief executive of Britain’s oldest airline, founded in 1962, is to be Guest of Honour (by Zoom) …
  • Both easyJet and Wizz published their provisional fourth quarter results for 2020.  Both are listed on the London Stock Exchange, the figures are grim.

    In the case of easyJet the Luton Airport-based carrier says it is burning through cash at …
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