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  • Teesside International Airport is to have a twice weekdaily Loganair service to Heathrow from Monday 8 March.  This replaces the single Eastern Airways operation that is currently suspended due to the lockdown.  There will also be a Sunday return ser…
  • Last Friday (15 January) the UAE’s newest airline, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, began operations with its inaugural flight to Athens (Greece) from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

    Services are presently planned twice weekly, Monday and Friday, and wil…
  • Business Travel News is pleased to announce the introduction of Travel News Update (TNU), a supplement to BTN produced in association with Aspire Executive Lounges.

    TNU® is essentially aimed at the consumer and will be available in printed for…
  • With long-standing CEO Edmond Rose moving on from his role at the end of February at Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL), the UK authorised slot allocator, has a new boss.

    Taking up the post is , formerly managing director of Southampton Airport, where …
  • Leaked to a Spanish newspaper last week, and part of the Brexit agreement the proposed lifting of border controls between Gibraltar and Spain will be seen as a boom not only for the British Overseas Territory but also the adjoining town of La Línea.
  • The competition was won and lost with the answer to question 40, the Vickers Vimy replica landing at Brooklands and not Farnborough.

    This final flight took place into a special strip, the former runway, on 15 November 2009. Congratulations to Simo…
  • Reuters reports that the US Treasury Department on Friday (15 January) began distributing $15bn in new payroll assistance to airlines, money allocated by Congress to help more than 32,000 aviation workers return to jobs by at least 31 March.

    Large …
  • From 04:00 GMT this morning (18 January), people travelling to the UK will have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before setting off. This may be taken up to three days before their journey begins.

    The Government says it will accept any tes…
  • Last week saw NATS CEO Martin Rolfe as guest of honour at the first (virtual) Aviation Club lunch of the year.  He last spoke in 2016. Opening his address he cited the analytics company Cirium saying that the pandemic wiped out more than 20 years of glob…
  • The major British airlines offering fully trained teams of personnel experienced in handling individuals with a variety of problems are all providing help to assist the NHS as the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues.  See NHS and easyJet in this wee…
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the announcement by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it will require all travellers to the US to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test undertaken within three d…
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) has published its events calendar going into 2021.  All are virtual and cover a variety of aviation aspects and are mostly free to non-members.

    The lectures for the most part cover both civil and military …
  • The British Business and General Aviation 2021 (BBGA) Virtual Conference and AGM will take place on Thursday 4 March with Bombardier Aviation as the main event sponsor again this year.

    Guest of honour Sir Stephen Hiller, chair Civil Aviation Autho…
  • All the Aspire Lounges in the UK are closed.  However, a number remain open on the Continent and at key locations around the globe. (All times local)

    Amsterdam Lounge 26 Aspire Lounge – 06:00-18:00 daily

    Amsterdam Lounge 41 A…
  • The travel embargo

    The Prime Minister’s words on Friday evening concerning inbound travellers to the United Kingdom were devastating but not unexpected.  For once the travel industry was more or less in agreement even if not in detail.
  • The European Commission has approved a further €73.02m in Italian state support for Alitalia declaring it to be in line with EU state aid rules. The funding, which takes the form of a direct grant, is aimed at compensating the carrier for damages suffere…
  • Arriving at Business Travel News as ‘editor at large' is Jeff Mills who will be contributing on a regular basis starting with an ON TOUR highlighting Berlin in this issue.


    Jeff has been reporting on the business and leisure travel and …
  • A new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) the Government has announced.

    Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, UK residents’ rights to emergency and medically n…
  • Following the lifting of the embargo by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar Airways has been quick to reintroduce flights.

    Last Monday (11 January) the airline resumed flights to Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wi…
  • The low-cost airline, Norwegian, has announced that it will be focusing on Europe with its new business plan.  With no long-haul out of Gatwick this will open up possibilities for other operators.

    “Our short-haul network has always bee…
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