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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion from Birmingham
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion to Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion to Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds over 160,000 seats next summer – increasing capacity by 23% year-on-year in direct response to more demand for flights and holidays from local holidaymakers Brand new Skiathos and Barcelona means 47 destinations and more than two million seats now on sale for Summer 20 Three additional aircraft added into fleet to support expanded operation 17th October...
Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, gives keynote speech at Gatwick’s Transport Forum
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Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, gives keynote speech at Gatwick’s Transport Forum Forum helps create an integrated approach to transport provision across the region Discussions included how the transport sector can collaborate and innovate to reach ‎the Government’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions Audience hears how Gatwick now gets 44% of passengers and 43% of staff to the airport by public and other sustainable forms of transport Ed Balls, the former Shadow Chancellor, gave the keynote speech at Gatwick’s Transport Forum on Friday. The event designed to create an...
Gatwick looking for a new charity partner
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Gatwick looking for a new charity partner Unique opportunity to work with Gatwick as its official charity partner Charity is carefully chosen to ensure local benefits to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Partnership lasts for two years and deadline for applications is 15 November London Gatwick has today announced that it is seeking a new charity partner, with the successful applicant set to secure a unique opportunity to increase its profile and fund raising possibilities. The partnership will last for two years and registered local charities are encouraged to apply before the deadline of 15th...
Aerotel opens at Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals
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Aerotel opens at Heathrow Terminal 3 Arrivals Highlights of Aerotel London Heathrow: Located at Arrivals of Terminal 3 with two floors to offer 82 smartly-designed guestrooms Open 24/7 to offer flexible booking packages and check in/out around-the-clock All-day dining and social spot Library Lounge Five-minute walk to the nearest central bus station, six-minute walk to Heathrow Express and access Terminal 2, 4 & 5 within 10 minutes “Our award-winning Plaza Premium Lounges at Terminal 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been well received for the variety of services. Our international guests are now...
airBaltic launch direct flights from Manchester to Riga
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airBaltic to launch direct flights from Manchester to Riga Latvian airline airBaltic will launch scheduled flights between Manchester and Riga, Latvia on March 29, 2020. The new route will offer convenient connections to passengers travelling from Manchester to the Latvian capital and over 70 destinations served from Riga to Scandinavia, Russia, the Middle East and Europe. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Riga is a dynamic city and a key business centre of the Baltic states and has a lot to offer to both business and leisure travellers. It is also a very convenient...
Air India announce new flights between London Stansted and Amritsar
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London Stansted boosts global network with new service to India Air India to fly three times a week to Amritsar, Stansted’s first ever direct flight to India Only direct service from London operated by state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners with business and economy classes The first ever scheduled flights to India from London Stansted will take off later this month with the launch of Air India’s three-times a week service to Amritsar in the north west of the country. Flights start on October 31 and will be the only direct service between London and Amritsar, operated by...
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Return To Manchester Airport From New Year
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines Return To Manchester Airport From New Year Flights to Dhaka start in January Three flights per week on state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner News announced by Airport CEO during formal visit to Bangladesh led by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Huge benefit to 70,000 Bangladeshi population in airport’s vast catchment area Businesses also set to benefit from connectivity Return business class fares from £1,500 and economy £580 The national flag carrier of Bangladesh today announced its return to Manchester Airport, with a new service to Sylhet and Dhaka...
Over 1,000 former Thomas Cook and supply chain staff attend employment fair
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Over 1,000 former Thomas Cook and supply chain staff attend employment fair An employment fair which took place at Manchester Airport last week (Thursday 3 October) was attended by over 1,000 former Thomas Cook and supply chain employees. Following the announcement on 23 September that the company had entered compulsory liquidation, public and private partners worked together to host the event which provided advice and information for former staff. Over 40 employers with more than 6,000 vacancies in a range of sectors were on hand to speak to potential candidates about their career...
Spanish airline Vueling celebrates one million customers at Cardiff Airport
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Spanish airline Vueling celebrates one million customers at Cardiff Airport Vueling is celebrating a significant milestone at Cardiff Airport. Since operating its first flight seven years ago, the low-cost Spanish airline has welcomed one million customers. The one millionth passenger – Mr William Boswell from Cardiff – was surprised today at the departure gate by colleagues from Vueling and Cardiff Airport, who presented him with a pair of return flights to Alicante or Malaga. The prize was a fantastic start to Mr Boswell’s trip to Alicante, who jets off today...
Employment fair to support former Thomas Cook employees
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Employment fair to support former Thomas Cook employees A dedicated employment fair for the thousands of North West workers who have lost their jobs following the demise of Thomas Cook, including supply chain employees, will be held at Manchester Airport on Thursday 3 October. The event – at the Runway Visitor Park at the airport – will bring together dozens of organisations, who together have thousands of vacancies that may interest those impacted by the announcement that the airline had entered compulsory liquidation. It will also offer one-to-one advice and direct people to relevant...
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion from Birmingham
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion to Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion to Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds over 160,000 seats next summer – increasing capacity by 23% year-on-year in direct response to more demand for flights and holidays from local holidaymakers Brand new Skiathos and Barcelona means 47 destinations and more than two million seats now on sale for Summer 20 Three additional aircraft added into fleet to support expanded operation 17th October...
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Manchester Airport routes beyond Thomas Cook

"Unfortunately, I don't think we'll see significant improvements to the T1 infrastructure anytime soon. It seems the terminal building may eventually be demolished but it's not clear what will happen to Pier B. Indications are that the eastern side gates may be accessed from T3 and those on the west side from T2 but I'm not aware of specific plans to improve the pier internally or realign it as was once suggested. As far as new airlines are concerned, I hope they are financially stable after MAN's recent experiences with Jet Airways and Thomas Cook, but in today's changing aviation environment stability isn't necessarily everlasting. If there's one positive from the failure of Jet, it was that the short lived route to Mumbai demonstrated strong demand for the market. New services to China and India would be very welcome on long haul. It will be just as interesting in my view to see what further developments Virgin/Delta intend to bring to MAN."......

Leeds Boeing 747 memorabilia

"Today, a selection of Boeing 747 photos at LBA, made up of Wardair, Corsair, Virgin, and United Arab Emirates. Sadly, due to work and other commitments I never was able to see such as Air Hong Kong or the BA 747 doing its demo flights to display the new Landor livery. I did see the BA 747 G-AWND on 4th November 1984 but due to only posessing a Kodak Instamatic back then, the photos I have are not worth posting. Perhaps someone else has good photos of these and would like to post them to complete the LBA 747 collection? My photos include Boeing 747 100, 200, 300 and SP versions."......

If you were the boss of Birmingham Airport...

"So ladies and gents a bit of an open forum/debate for you all.. If you were in charge of Birmingham Airport right now, what changes would you make? What would you do to improve the airport, would you enlarge the terminal? would you give an airline any deal they wanted? Would you make changes to taxiways/runways/hangers etc..... Would you lower/increase airport costs? Would you hire new senior management? Would you rename the airport? over to you".....

Review: Sat in a bar in Singapore...

"Currently sat in bar in Singapore trying to catch up on life drinking overpriced beer. Trip to LHR from Leeds on Saturday went well. Must say on taxiing to T5 at Heathrow a lot of the BA aircraft did have poor well weathered paint jobs on them, I’m not surprised BA now has lost its world favourite airline status. Flight from Leeds was about 80% full. Before I set off to LBA on Saturday to the flight a friend was telling me that her relatives were travelling down from Arbroath to catch the afternoon Malaga flight with Jet2 so people do travel to get to LBA even with all it’s failings."......

Review: Birmingham to Lanzarote with TUI

"Arrived at the airport in the wee small hours to find a queue already forming at the TUi desks. I think spurred on by this they opened check-in 15 mins early which meant that none of the self service machines worked with all requiring a reboot, it didn't take long and the staff on hand were very jovial. Security took no time at all with us walking straight to a small queue in one of the lanes, again the staff were very polite and efficient. The departure lounge was quiet as we made our way to Wetherspoons but it wasn't long before it started to fill up, after a quick tour of the shops to grab some last minute bits and pieces we took up our usual spot in the pier. Boarding was announced well ahead of time, gate 58 I think it was and it wasn't long before"......

Rugby World Cup Latest...

"What another incredible performance from Japan. The speed of their handling was spellbinding at times. How far can they go, especially with the backing of the crowd? Before the tournament began did anyone really believe they would top their group with four wins out of four? Next weekend's quarter-finals are:
England v Australia New Zealand v Ireland
The above two quarter-final winners will play each other in the semi-final
Wales v France Japan v South Africa
The above two quarter-final winners will play each other in the semi-final Anyone want to have a stab at the four quarter-final winners? I'm useless at this sort of thing which is why I never did the football pools. Anyway, I'll go for Australia, New Zealand, Wales and South Africa although my heart says Japan. Could then be a New Zealand v Wales final.".....

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