Lufthansa’s global link takes off from LJLA
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Lufthansa’s global link takes off from LJLA Lufthansa’s new service to Frankfurt took off from Liverpool John Lennon Airport early this morning bringing the return of global connectivity for the Airport and the City Region for the first time in over 10 years. Lufthansa flight LH968 from Frankfurt touched down shortly after 8:00am to receive the traditional airport welcome for inaugural flights with a water arch aircraft baptism performed by the Airport’s Rescue and Fire Fighting service as the aircraft taxied over to the terminal building. This was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony...
Manchester Airport provides positive update on recruitment
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Manchester Airport provides positive update on recruitment and highlights travel advice as peak summer season approaches Following a far-reaching recruitment drive, more than 1,600 people applied for jobs at the airport in April and 500 new recruits are currently going through security training and vetting processes 60 new recruits have already joined the operation in April, with a further 200 new recruits due to start in May to bolster the workforce ahead of the peak summer season Security waiting times are improving with 90% of passengers taking less than 30 minutes to get through...
New easyJet flights from Birmingham Airport to Malaga Airport takes off
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New easyJet flights from Birmingham Airport to Malaga Airport takes off New easyJet flights from Birmingham Airport to Malaga Airport took off over the bank holiday weekend for the first time The service is operating up to four times a week throughout the summer Seats are available to book for this summer with great value fares from £25.99 * This summer is set to be easyJet’s biggest ever at Birmingham easyJet has launched the first flights on its new route from Birmingham Airport to Malaga Airport, providing customers in the Midlands with a direct connection to one of Europe’s most...
TUI takes off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Cancun
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Hello Mexico! TUI takes off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Cancun TUI’s inaugural flight to Cancun, Mexico took off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) on Monday 2nd May. The new route represents a major commitment to Doncaster Sheffield Airport by TUI, the UK’s largest holiday operator. It’s TUI’s second long-haul destination flying from DSA in addition to the weekly Melbourne Orlando flight serving Florida, on the state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at TUI said: “We’re delighted to include Cancun as one of our long-haul routes...
New direct route to Kuwait from Manchester
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New direct route to Kuwait from Manchester Kuwait Airways set to launch direct flights to Manchester from 1st May Currently 49,000 passengers from the North of England travel there indirectly Inbound tourism boom predicted as pre-pandemic 23,000 people a year from Kuwait visited the North West, spending more than £22m Route set to be popular for students, with 2,960 currently studying at universities in Manchester Airport’s catchment area Flights welcomed by a range of stakeholders and organisations For more information, visit: www.kuwaitairways.com/en Almost 50,000 people from across...

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STS Aviation Services to open Manchester facility
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STS Aviation Services Set to Open Aircraft Base Maintenance Facility in Manchester MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, April 27, 2022 — STS Aviation Services (STS), a division of STS Aviation Group and a leading MRO provider to the global aviation industry, has reached an agreement to lease an aircraft base maintenance facility in Manchester, United Kingdom. The hangar, capable of undertaking multiple lines of aircraft maintenance, will create more than 200 new jobs in the region over the next two years. Mick Adams, CEO of STS Aviation Services in Europe, says “In the coming months, our team...
Growth kickstarted in 2022, but volatility remains
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Growth kickstarted in 2022, but volatility remains Q1 passengers on forecast – Heathrow welcomed 9.7 million passengers in Q1 2022 in line with our forecasts. January and February were much weaker than expected due to Omicron-related travel restrictions, while March demand increased after the unexpectedly quick removal of all UK travel restrictions on 18th March Heathrow will remain lossmaking in 2022 as COVID losses top £4 billion – Despite increased outbound demand, Heathrow is not forecasting a return to profit and dividends in 2022. Although Q1 2022 revenue climbed to £516m and...
Bristol Airport Increases its Electric Vehicles Fleet
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Bristol Airport Increases its Electric Vehicles Fleet Bristol Airport has invested in three additional electric Nissan e-NV200 vans to its landside and airside operations. The new Nissan e-NV200 vans were provided by Trenton Nissan in Hull and the vehicles have previously been awarded former International Van of the Year, this brings the total number of electric vehicles on site to five. The additional Nissan e-NV200 vehicles combines storage space, manoeuvrability, safety and will use the electric charging points installed throughout the airport. Bristol Airport will be receiving...

Site News Farewell to "The Local Yokel"

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It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that forum Co-Administrator - TheLocalYokel is leaving Forums4airports. Unfortunately TheLocalYokel, (Jim) is sadly retiring from the forum due to Ill health. I'm actually unsure if Jim is able to view the forum but I would like to send him our best wishes and kindest regards from everyone on Forums4airports. You have been a true comrade, friend and supporter of the forum for many years and your unfaltering support has been most appreciated by everyone. Aviador Site Administrator
Enterprise Rent-A-Car arrives at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car arrives at Doncaster Sheffield Airport Doncaster Sheffield Airport is pleased to announce a new partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the world’s largest mobility and vehicle rental business. The latest addition to Doncaster Sheffield Airport is part of its ongoing mission to offer an easy, friendly, relaxed experience to its customers. Enterprise is a household name for frequent travellers and road trippers. The brand is recognised as a worldwide leader in the car rental industry and the new branch is the latest to join over 450 Enterprise branches across the...

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Rachel Ford joins Gatwick Airport as new General Counsel and Company Secretary
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Rachel Ford joins Gatwick Airport as new General Counsel and Company Secretary Rachel Ford joined Gatwick Airport’s executive team on 19 April 2022 to replace Robert Herga as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Rachel joins Gatwick from Capita where she has served as Group Legal Director and more recently as Chief of Staff to the Capita plc Group Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that role, Rachel worked as in-house Legal Counsel with Thomson Reuters for ten years. She trained as a lawyer in her native Australia and moved to the UK in 2006 to work for Linklaters. Existing General...
Flybe’s first flight takes to the skies from Birmingham Airport
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Flybe’s first flight takes to the skies from Birmingham Airport The new Flybe Ltd officially launched on 13th April with its inaugural flight departing this morning from Birmingham Airport for Belfast City Airport. It marked the beginning of up to four daily flights between Birmingham and Belfast City Centre with additional routes due to start in the coming weeks and months. In November 2021, it was announced that Birmingham Airport would be home to the airline’s headquarters and its first crew base with plans to create up to 200 new jobs in the region over the next three years. The...
Birmingham Airport’s Flight to Net Zero Takes Off
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Birmingham Airport’s Flight to Net Zero Takes Off Birmingham Airport has published its roadmap to become net zero carbon by 2033. Having first announced its ambition in 2019, the Midlands’ airport remains steadfast in achieving its 2033 target. Its roadmap prioritises zero-carbon airport operations while minimising the use of carbon offsets. The plan builds on a decade of learning and investments that have already seen emissions, which the airport controls, reduce by 33%. This has been achieved through the use of solar, electric vehicle transition and energy-efficiency measures...
Surge in demand following government removal of travel restrictions
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Surge in demand following government removal of travel restrictions Following a very weak January and February, passenger numbers in March were the highest since the start of the pandemic, following the Government’s removal of all travel restrictions, making the UK the first country in the world to do so. This demand is being driven by outbound leisure at weekends and during school holidays, as Brits make the most of the freedom to travel and cash in vouchers from trips cancelled during covid. Inbound leisure and business travel remains weak due to high covid levels in the UK and the...
PLAY time for LJLA as new connection to Iceland and USA announced
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PLAY time for LJLA as new connection to Iceland and USA announced PLAY time for LJLA as new connection to Iceland and USA announced Liverpool John Lennon Airport is delighted to announce its newest airline partner PLAY – an Icelandic low-cost carrier, which will link Liverpool to Reykjavik for the first time, with seamless connections also available to their USA services including New York, Boston, Washington and Orlando. Flights are set to commence from Liverpool on 4th November 2022, operating on Mondays and Fridays using the carrier’s fleet of brand-new Airbus neo family aircraft...

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£2m being invested in new passenger facilities at Liverpool Airport
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£2m being invested in new passenger facilities as LJLA gears up for a busier summer season £2m being invested in new passenger facilities as LJLA gears up for a busier summer season Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) expects a much busier summer this year as it continues its recovery from the covid pandemic and a £2m investment is now underway to introduce new passenger facilities that will also create a further 200 jobs at the airport. With flights to over 60 destinations across Europe and the UK operating from Liverpool this summer, plus onward connections to a host of global...
Summer Season delivers increased connectivity at Cardiff Airport
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Summer Season delivers increased connectivity at Cardiff Airport Sunday 27th March heralds the start of the Summer 2022 season at Cardiff Airport, with the busiest summer since 2019 expected at the Welsh capital city gateway. The summer schedule, which runs until the end of October, will see Cardiff offer more than 25 routes to popular business and leisure destinations as the airport continues to rebuild its connectivity post-pandemic. The airport will receive a major boost to its passenger figures and recovery on 8 April when ultra-low-cost airline Wizz Air UK launches its base...
Corendon Airlines commences flights from Birmingham Airport
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Corendon Airlines commences flights from Birmingham Airport Corendon Airlines, the European leisure carrier, has started flying from Birmingham Airport. Its fleet of 189-seat B737-800 aircraft are now operating flights twice a week to Dalaman and three times a week to Antalya. This afternoon's departure to Antalya took off with a full plane of customers seeking some Turkish sun. Corendon, which is already on sale to Antalya and Dalaman for summer 2022, today announced it will extend its Antalya service into winter 2022/23. Winter tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks. This...
Winter passenger demand bodes well for East Midlands Airport’s summer season
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Winter passenger demand bodes well for East Midlands Airport’s summer season The number of passengers who used East Midlands Airport (EMA) last month was higher than expected and exceeded forecasts by about 20%. 110,435 people flew through the Midlands gateway in February which suggests that demand is building ahead of the busier summer season. EMA welcomes two-thirds of its total annual passengers between the months of April and October and forecasts suggest that 2.6m passengers will use the airport during its peak season this year. This would equate to about 80% of pre-Covid levels...
Heathrow removes face covering mandate at UK’s hub airport
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Heathrow removes face covering mandate at UK’s hub airport From Wednesday 16 March, face coverings at Heathrow will no longer be mandated in Heathrow terminals, rail stations or office buildings British Airways and Virgin Atlantic welcomed the move, signalling they will be revising their onboard face covering policies as well Change in policy comes amid continued success of the vaccination programme and as society learns to live with COVID longer term An extensive array of other COVID-secure measures remain in place and face coverings will be available at the airport for those wanting...

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easyjet celebrates flying three million passengers to and from BHX and launches new summer route to Faro
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easyjet celebrates flying three million passengers to and from BHX and launches new summer route to Faro • easyJet is celebrating flying over three million passengers to and from Birmingham with a flight giveaway for a pair of lucky travellers • The airline has also launched a new route from Birmingham to Faro in Portugal with first flights taking off from 1 May 2022 and seats on sale Thursday 17th March from £24.99* • New route becomes easyJet’s 8th route from Birmingham, following the addition of Malaga, Palma and Amsterdam to the network • This summer is set to be easyJet’s biggest...
Frankfurt Airport Marks 50th Anniversary of Terminal 1
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Frankfurt Airport Marks 50th Anniversary of Terminal 1 Inauguration took place on March 14, 1972 – Terminal combined all processes under one roof for the first time, from check-in to boarding – Introduction of intermodal transport On March 14, 1972, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) entered a new era: Terminal 1, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind anywhere in Europe, opened its doors to the public. For the first time, all key passenger-facing processes, from check-in to boarding, were under one roof. The same date saw the launch of intermodal transportation at Frankfurt Airport: the...
Headwinds and slow traffic growth create an uncertain environment for aviation this year
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Headwinds and slow traffic growth create an uncertain environment for aviation this year Overall passenger numbers last month remained nearly 50% down on pre-pandemic levels with only 2.8 million passengers travelling through the UK’s hub airport during February, 15% below forecast Outbound leisure demand is recovering strongly and countries are starting to remove travel restrictions. However demand from inbound leisure and business travel remains suppressed by the testing and quarantine requirements that are still in place in nearly two-thirds of the markets we serve. While we hope...
Heathrow recovery begins after worst year in its history
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Heathrow recovery begins after worst year in its history - Results for the 12 months ended 31 Dec 2021 Passenger numbers fell to 19.4m, lowest since 1972 – Heathrow was the only European hub to see a reduction in traffic last year, due to tighter travel restrictions than EU countries. Cargo, mainly carried on passenger planes, was 12% down on pre-pandemic levels. Cost reduction helped to stem losses for the year – We have worked hard to achieve £870m of cost savings over the last two years, however cumulative losses during the pandemic have risen to £3.8bn due to lower passengers and...
Airport City Manchester: Construction begins on new 412-bedroom TRIBE hotel
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TRIBE construction begins at Airport City Manchester Airport City Manchester has commenced work on the construction of a brand new 412-bedroom TRIBE hotel, which is the first of its kind in the UK. Set in the heart of Airport City Manchester’s hotel district, TRIBE will be the third new hotel to be built at the development, following the 280-bed Holiday Inn and a 262-bed Ibis Budget which are due to open in Summer 2022. Once complete, the nine-storey, 12,300m2 TRIBE hotel will feature 412 rooms and suites, restaurant and bar, a gym, and a crew lounge for airline staff. The 24-month...

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Money-Saving Strategies for Savvy Travellers
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Image courtesy of Pexels Money-Saving Strategies for Savvy Travelers Escaping from the homestead to experience a new location can be a refreshing experience filled with joy, excitement, and delicious local food. But it can also be downright expensive, with the average family vacation coming in at over £1,000 per person. Thankfully, traveling doesn't have to be the scary money-eating monster under the bed. Here are four ways to save some serious dough when wanderlust strikes. Shop Around and Stack Coupons The travel industry is hyper-competitive. With thousands of hotels on the planet and...
Bristol Airport Stakeholders Respond To Airport Expansion Go-Ahead
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Response from key stakeholders in the region after the announcement to give Bristol Airport the go-ahead to expand John Mayer, Somerset Area Lead for the Federation of Small Businesses, said, “At a time when being open for business has never been more important, supporting the sustainable growth of our regional gateway sends a strong signal that our region will continue to welcome trade, tourism, and investment from overseas to the benefit of SME owners. We strongly support Bristol Airport’s commitment to net zero operations by 2030, which will open up new opportunities for innovative...
Bristol Airport awarded capacity expansion
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The independent Planning Inspectorate has announced it will allow Bristol Airport’s expanded capacity to proceed This will lift the cap on Bristol Airport’s capacity from 10 million passengers a year to 12 million and enables investment – including new upgrades to the terminal building, parking facilities, and public transport links. Expanded capacity will add 800 jobs at Bristol Airport and up to a further 5,000 regionally. The Airport has an existing plan in place to ensure that local residents are offered future job opportunities and a fund will be created to help support those...
Airbus’ iconic Beluga ready to serve global outsized-cargo demand
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Airbus’ iconic Beluga super transporters ready to serve global outsized-cargo demand Airbus has launched a new air-cargo service using its unique BelugaST fleet to offer freight companies and other potential customers a solution to their outsized freight transportation needs. The new service - Airbus Beluga Transport - will provide commercially-contracted customers in a variety of sectors, including space, energy, military, aeronautic, maritime and humanitarian sectors, with a solution to their large cargo transport needs. The first mission took place at the end of 2021 with a delivery...
Malta International Airport awarded the ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label
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Malta International Airport awarded the ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label Malta International Airport was one of the first Maltese establishments to receive the ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label during an event organised by local NGO Prisms in collaboration with the Ministry for Inclusion, Social Wellbeing and Voluntary Organisations, the Commission of the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. The ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label was created within a wider programme, which is managed by Prisms, Autism Europe and a number of other entities, with...

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