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  • Heathrow is set to introduce trial screening in immigration at Terminal 2 later this week.

    In a statement released over the weekend it once again emphasised that a blanket quarantine approach would prolong economic uncertainty (see COMMENT and Heat…
  • Utter nonsense!

    The fact that the Government prevaricated over the introduction of the lockdown may have been a contributory factor in the terrible loss of life for the United Kingdom due to Covid-19.  We shall never know.  Certainly the …
  • New figures out. Airlines too for February.

    The Civil Aviation Authority has now published the airport statistics for March which show a dramatic fall in passenger throughput and actual aircraft movements.  April will be even more dramatic.
  • The airlines of the United States are not in unison regarding the wearing of facemasks.

    Southwest Airlines has told flight crews not to stop passengers from boarding if they refuse to wear a mask according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.
  • A fine nostalgic read in difficult times.
    In January 1979 Braniff introduced Concorde on what we would now call ‘branded’ services between Washington and Dallas, Air France and BA aircraft originating in Paris and London.  Over the US t…
  • “The Awards bring some cheer into the industry at a difficult time.” It is becoming something of a bore but for the eighth year in a row, Changi Airport (Singapore) has become the world’s best airport according to Skytrax.  No lavish ce…
  • The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) published its annual country and city rankings of the most popular destinations for international meetings. For the second year in a row, Paris has taken the top spot, pulling further ahead of othe…
  • And where is Alex Cruz?

    Last Monday (11 May) BBC Parliament drew an average audience of 16k viewers with a 0.2% share of the total available audience watching TV at that time across the two-hour slot from 10:00 until 12:00.  It had a reach of…
  • London City Airport (LCY) is the only large British airport that is closed.  No date yet for a reopening although 1 July has been rumoured and a visit to the BA website shows flights actually for today!

    In a statement last week the pilots unio…
  • Biggin Hill stays open.

    In spite of some high-profile flights global business jet aviation activity is down by 58% so far in May, compared to the same period of the month last year, according to US-based WingX`s weekly Global Market Tracker publish…
  • Updated government coronavirus advice means that recreational General Aviation (GA) flying is now allowed in England.

    In practice this means that only solo flights, or flights where everyone is from the same household, are permitted.  Private …
  • Not to be confused with a British company founded in 1904 and identified with road surfaces, rather like tannoy for loudspeakers, Tarmac Aerosave services and maintains and dismantles aircraft and claims to be the largest of its type in Europe.

    Est…
  • A new survey by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that the majority of air travellers will not take a trip if it involves a 14-day quarantine period.

    Countries have introduced quarantine requirements for arriving passengers, …
  • Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, has published its April traffic figures which show passenger numbers were down 97%.

    The airport moved just 200,000 people in the entire month – the same number it would typically serve in just one day…
  • Europe’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair intends to operate a daily schedule of almost 1,000 flights from 1 July with service from “most” of its 80 bases across the continent.

    Since mid-March when lockdown restrictions were…
  • Temperature checks are being progressively implemented on every Air France flight.  These are carried out with contactless infrared thermometers.

    All customers with a body temperature below 38°C will be allowed to travel unless showing oth…
  • 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 …
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