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Cardiff Airport unveils its Environmental Flight Path
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Cardiff Airport unveils its Environmental Flight Path The national airport for Wales has unveiled a timeline of immediate and short term environmental goals. These milestones will be delivered in line with the organisation’s vision to become a ‘Carbon neutral Airport’ and is a key consideration for the Airport’s Masterplan development over the next two decades. Environmental responsibility is a priority for Cardiff Airport, with a number of achievements already having been delivered. Our current position: A reduction of 53% in our carbon emissions over eight years Natural Gas consumption...
Heathrow airport’s public consultation closes
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Local support for Heathrow expansion remains strong as airport’s largest ever public consultation closes New polling shows local support for expansion remains strong as statutory consultation for expanding the UK’s only hub airport comes to a close. In 16 of the 18 Parliamentary constituencies around Heathrow, more local residents support expansion than oppose it Expansion has the potential to end youth unemployment in communities closest to Heathrow, by generating tens of thousands of new local jobs and apprenticeships Local residents, MPs, councillors, community groups and members of...
Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity
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Bristol Airport switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity In a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint, Bristol Airport has switched to a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply. The announcement follows the recent publication of a carbon roadmap setting out how the Airport will become carbon neutral by 2025 for emissions within its direct control. The new three-year agreement with global renewable energy supplier, Ørsted, will see the Airport’s annual electricity use of 17 million kWh powered entirely by renewable sources. Electricity is the largest contributor to...
Loganair to launch Glasgow services from Cardiff
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News release: Loganair to launch Glasgow services from Cardiff Loganair has today (September 9) announced it is introducing flights from Cardiff to Glasgow – welcomed as the airport’s newest operator. The carrier is set to commence a year-round, daily schedule on February 27 - designed to enable business or leisure trips of different durations – including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. Operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft with a flight time of only one hour and 15 minutes between Scotland and Wales. Glasgow is a popular tourist city...
DSA as it’s voted the UK’s Best Airport by Which?
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It’s a hat trick for DSA as it’s voted the UK’s Best Airport by Which? Magazine three years in a row! ‘For the third year in a row this low-cost carrier hub takes the best airport crown’ is the opening line for Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s (DSA) entry in the 2019 ‘Best and Worst UK Airports’ report carried out by Which? Magazine. Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is celebrating topping the Which? Magazine Best and Worst UK Airports survey for the third time – and its fifth appearance in the top five. The survey measured 6,237 separate airport experiences remarking that ‘a staggering...
UK Government blocks devolution of Air Passenger Duty to Wales
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Cardiff Airport statement: UK Government’s decision to block the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Wales Deb Bowen Rees, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “We are hugely disappointed by today’s announcement. “Cardiff Airport has always been in favour of the UK-wide abolition of Air Passenger Duty and in support of the ‘A Fair Tax on Flying’ campaign. It is a punitive tax on travel and a cost that hinders the ability for the United Kingdom to remain competitive in what is a very competitive, fast-paced global industry. Not to mention, the UK APD rate is one of the highest in the...
KLM UK Engineering agree £7m hangar deal at Norwich Airport
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Norwich Airport and KLM UK Engineering agree £7m hangar deal The airport will invest £7 million in a new hangar and workshop facilities for KLM UK Engineering at the airport to meet increased industry demand for aircraft maintenance. The project will be managed by Rigby Real Estate (RRE), the property division of airport owners, Rigby Group. It will see the construction of a 54,000 sq ft hangar and 15,500 sq ft workshop that will be completed by August 2020. The deal provides KLM UK Engineering with significant additional new capacity providing high quality aircraft maintenance and...
Balkan Holidays celebrates 40 years of flying from Cardiff to Bulgaria
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Balkan Holidays celebrates 40 years of flying holiday makers from Cardiff to Bulgaria The specialist tour operator, which has operated flights to and from Wales’ national airport since 1979, marked its Ruby anniversary at Cardiff Airport yesterday before the weekly departure to Bourgas in Bulgaria, by surprising excited passengers at the Gate with a celebration. Holidaymakers were treated to anniversary cupcakes made by local cake specialist the Vale Cake Boutique, before jetting off on a sunny holiday. Cardiff Airport also presented Balkan Holidays with a commemorative luggage tag to...
Liverpool's warm welcome helps to showcase the best of the City Region and the wider North West
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LJLA’s warm welcome helps to showcase the best of the City Region and the wider North West Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has just completed a project to create a warm welcome and lasting impression of the Airport, the City Region and the North West, for both visiting passengers and those returning home. The project has been delivered in partnership with the region’s destination marketing organisations, having recognised that LJLA is used more and more as a gateway airport not just for passengers travelling to the Liverpool City Region but also for the surrounding regions of...
Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway
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Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway Gatwick confirms its intent to start preparing a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) The airport will follow the planning process to prepare a Development Consent Order (DCO) Documents will be made publicly available on the PINS website Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use by submitting a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for development consent. This action establishes...
Concorde & the future of supersonic passenger travel
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I think a lot of people, including many not normally interested in aviation, would like to see a Concorde fly again. I'm not concerned which Concorde took to the air but I suspect the more time goes by the less likely it is, and there didn't seem too much chance once the decision had been taken to ground the French and British fleets permanently. It was generally believed that the most likely candidate would be G-BOAF, the last Concorde to be built in Britain and the last Concorde ever to fly - so far!! AF returned to her place of birth at Filton but then spent seven years in the open...
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Plenty of room for Orange at Birmingham?

"With BHX having some big gaps in the route network I would hope they are working to fill them rather than creating more competition with the resultant lowering of yields. Obviously there would be some overlap and I'm sure that if easyjet were to base aircraft the likes of Malaga, Alicante and Faro would feature but there are so many more destinations that could be served. Lisbon, Athens, Stockholm, Seville, Valencia, Gibraltar, Basel, Reykjavik, Toulouse, Bilbao, Olbia and Mykonos are all unserved".....

The future of Thomas Cook Airlines?

"A decision on the future has been put off until the 27th of this month, days before their ATOL licence due for renewal and also the time of the year as with Monarch where the number of passengers out the country reduces sharply. There is a huge market for a package holiday company, whilst I have never bought a package holiday in 7 decades, many people worry about putting a holiday together on their own, even in todays internet age. It just seems companies no longer want to hold their customers hand."......

Leeds' busiest evening EVER....

"LBA's busiest ever evening, with over 50 diversions due to all airports South and West of LBA being fogged in was this Swissair Airbus A310 HB-IPE. Being one of the last diverts in, and with the (then smaller) apron being full, it was forced to park up overnight on the runway 14/32 loop, with all passengers de-planed here and bussed to the airport. Rumour has it that the crew were not impressed at this decision, although the situation was almost unprecedented, with several aircraft landing at LBA that were just about running on fumes - in particular a Dan Air Boeing 727 200 that diverted from Gatwick. The photo was taken"......

Ryanair "locks-in grandfather slots" at Manchester

"Airlines routinely take the opportunity to lock-in and 'grandfather' attractively-timed slots at congested airports as the opportunity arises to secure them. I suspect that is the dynamic at work here. Ryanair had twelve units based at MAN for S2019 season. Why surrender those slots? MAG's operations at both STN and MAN are subject to this consideration, but EMA is not. And there are rumours that the EMA base will be reduced in size. I would suggest that we are seeing Ryanair securing its foothold at the more congested airports to protect future profitability. I don't think there is an element of corporate favouritism going on, though it is certainly a positive thing that MAG and Ryanair do maintain a good working relationship.The real driver of Ryanair's network cutbacks is the continuing issue arising from non-delivery of the Boeing 737-MAX8 order. Carriers plan deployment of new fleet additions months - even years - in advance. As each date passes when another unit should"......

Leeds Bradford Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 ops....?

"Talk of PIA bringing 777s into LBA was first mooted way back when the airline was operating into LBA with the A310s. The local PIA base manager at the time sited space in the terminal as being the main reason for the delay in bringing the aircraft into Leeds. The arrivals meet and greet was their main bone of contention as was the possibility having to park the aircraft on a remote stand. Two issues which were more of an obstacle than actually getting the aircraft on the ground.".....

Ryanair hits the breaks on expansion from Leeds Bradford

"We do have some idea from last years AGM where Ryanair is heading. MOL advised far to many seats on too many routes in Europe, even though carriers closing such as Monarch, around 6 airlines must fold to reduce capicity, seat numbers far greater then the number of passengers there to fill. Ryanair needed to reduce seat numbers by at least 5 million per year, meaning a reduction of 10% and would result in a similar number of base closures. Earning per seat were not been covered by revenue, every seat sold at a loss, only additional revenue, seat allocation etc saving the day.The last year had seen wages grow as the unions imposed there power on the company and fuel prices rose, MOL hoped Thomas Cook and Flybe would close to help the situation, both have not happened and his failure to buy Air berlin has been a financial nightmare in Germany, losing £150M alone in the last 12 months."......

Returning to BHX from Malta with Avion Express on behalf Thomas Cook

"We have just returned from Malta after flights on Avion Express leased in A320 for Thomas Cook, the aircraft and flight were fine and branded as Cooks with the cabin Crew all Thomas Cook staff not sure about the flight crew though as outbound the pilot had a heavy East European accent and inbound spoke in a cut glass English.Arriving at BHX check in was fine and there were P&O staff at the desk to assist those passengers like us who were on a cruise I estimate more than 50% of the passenger were crusers (more of that later). Security was fine and we "......

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