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  • Simon Buck-Honour on the appointment of Lord (Patrick) McLoughlin to the Chair of Airlines UK, a sentiment widely  agreed with. Read here.
  • ExCeL London has been confirmed for 2021 World Aviation Festival, a two-day event Wednesday 1 December and Thursday 2 December.

    It is early days yet, but a hybrid event is likely although with the last physical gathering back in September 2019 spea…
  • UK bases to feature.

    Dublin-based Ryanair has announced a major recruitment drive for cabin crew for its UK bases as it recovers and rebuilds from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The airline has renewed its partnership with Crewlink, who special…
  • “Actions taken by the Government do not align with its ambition to achieve net zero emissions, nor do they take advantage of opportunities presented by batteries and fuel cells for the UK’s research and manufacturing sectors”.

    Str…
  • “We can’t wait to welcome you back,” says London City Airport (LCY) Chief Executive Robert Sinclair in a new video released last week.

    The 3min 30sec video heavily emphasises its biggest carrier British Airways.

    As d…
  • As of today (Monday 2 August) it appears that US citizens meeting the vaccination requirements can now come to the UK and return without any entry problems.  For Brits it is not so easy!

    From Phoenix, Arizona, Dr Jeff Singer, a Senior Fellow a…
  • Kings Cross-St Pancras station has gained a Covid testing facility operated by Collinson. It is one of the limited Covid-19 examination sites in central London.

    Convenient for both Eurostar and Luton Airport, with also direct services to Gatwick Ai…
  • With UK residents still not able to easily enter the USA, JetBlue is reviewing its new flight schedule from New York JFK to Heathrow. 

    Whilst Americans are now able to come to Europe, and the airline well known, originating passenger numbers …
  • Flying and cruising update.

    From today (Monday 2 August) fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US will avoid quarantine when returning to the UK.  Travellers will not require quarantine when arriving in the UK but will still need to book…
  • With the go-ahead for US eligible citizens to travel to the UK (and onward into Europe) British Airways has reopened its flagship Galleries lounge at JFK’s Terminal 7.

    The lounge is available for customers travelling in First, Club World and …
  • With last Wednesday’s announcement of England’s reopening to fully vaccinated travellers from the USA, United Airlines has been quick to jump in with a revised summer timetable.

    From today the Chicago-based airline will have six daily …
  • Following the introduction of a drop-off fee by Gatwick (see BTN 12 April Gatwick drop-off changes) Heathrow is to follow suit with similar charges. Manchester Airport Group (Manchester, East Midlands and Stansted airports) have charged for some time.
  • Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced a unilateral codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic offering seamless connections between the US and Beirut via Heathrow. Customers booking through Virgin Atlantic are now able to travel between US airports such as B…
  • Following the UK Government’s decision to waive the 80:20 ‘use it or lose it’ slot usage rule for the upcoming winter programme the European Commission has come up with similar 50% slot usage threshold for the same period.

    This h…
  • What percentage of children are easyJet passengers under normal circumstances we don’t know, but one thing for sure, the airline is keen to promote young bilingual passengers.

    EasyJet has created a new partnership with children’s book …
  • The New Zealand – Australia trans-Tasman travel bubble has been suspended “for at least the next eight weeks”, as the number of Covid-19 cases in Australia rises.

    Flights were not curtailed immediately, a period of respite introdu…
  • Latvian airline airBaltic has improved its onboard service, by introducing airBaltic SKY Service – a platform that will be available for all passengers during the flight via their mobile devices.

    Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of the R…
  • In a surprise announcement Scottish airline Loganair has cancelled its Embraer 145 jet service into Heathrow from the Isle of Man.

    This takes effect from Wednesday 11 August.

    The airline continues to serve the island from Birmingham, Edi…
  • Business Travel News Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Ginsberg (and wife Linda) were on board Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ ship Borealis when she departed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool on Monday 5 July.

    It had been a frustrating 18 months for both…
  • This month will see virtually all the cruise lines with a UK programme back sailing from UK ports with a variety of offerings from three nights to eight. The lifting of the international cruising ban, whilst clearly welcome, is unlikely to affect programmes al…
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