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Another day and another set of photos to go on National Trust social media. 6th time. Oh and potentially in the members magazine. One day I'll take some plane photos.....
Slightly freaked out. Put the Xmas tree up, turned on the lights, recorded a video of them then replaying it I noticed an orb appearing at the end. Yay, I could have a haunted flat!

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Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks is launching a programme of “once-in-a-lifetime” trips to Iceland from London Stansted
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Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks is launching a programme of “once-in-a-lifetime” trips to Iceland from London Stansted Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks is launching a programme of “once-in-a-lifetime” trips to Iceland from London Stansted next winter that have been perfectly timed for those wanting to see the spectacular Northern Lights. There will be five special flights in total, one in October, one in November and three in March 2021, with the choice of three-night or four-night trips to the North Atlantic island. Iceland is a brand-new destination for the airline at Stansted who opened its...
Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21
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Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21 Jet2.com announces scheduled services from Birmingham Airport to Iceland for Winter 20/21 Award-winning airline will operate scheduled flights to Iceland for the first time Twice-weekly flights will operate from October to November and mid-February to April Only company to operate to spectacular Iceland and the Northern Lights from Birmingham Airport 30th January 2020: Jet2.com has today announced that it will be launching scheduled flights to Iceland from Birmingham Airport for the very first time...
Travelex opens five currency exchange stores in Birmingham Airport
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Travelex opens five currency exchange stores in Birmingham Airport Foreign exchange specialist announces its latest airport launch to deliver currency exchange services across stores, ATMs and click-and-collect services Travelex, a Finablr company and market leading Foreign Exchange specialist, today announced the opening of five new currency exchange stores in Birmingham Airport. The opening of the new stores represents Travelex’s latest UK airport launch and follows a competitive bidding process. Travelex will be the sole foreign exchange provider at Birmingham Airport. The new...
Norwich Airport: TUI launches additional 10,000 seats for Winter 2020
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Norwich Airport: TUI launches additional 10,000 seats for Winter 2020 Introducing 10 and 11-night holidays to Tenerife from Norwich Airport for Winter 2020 Introducing 10 and 11-night holidays to Tenerife from Norwich Airport for Winter 2020 10,000 extra seats go on sale from Norwich Airport this month 9th December, London – TUI, the world’s leading holiday company and the UK’s number one holiday provider, has announced its winter 2020 programme by adding an extra 10,000 seats from Norwich airport. TUI has now added 10 and 11-night holidays to Tenerife with the addition of a weekly...
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds stunning Santorini from Birmingham Airport
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds stunning Santorini from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds stunning Santorini from Birmingham Airport Latest addition means THREE BRAND NEW GREEK DESTINATIONS on sale for Summer 20 from Birmingham Airport The UK’s second largest tour operator will operate to 11 Greek destinations from Birmingham Airport in Summer 20 3rd December 2019: Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has revealed its third brand new Greek destination from Birmingham Airport for Summer 20, the picture-perfect island of Santorini. As demand for award-winning flights and holidays...
TUI UK launches additional 55,000 seats for Winter 2020 from Bristol Airport
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TUI UK launches additional 55,000 seats for Winter 2020 from Bristol Airport TUI, the world’s leading holiday company and the UK’s number one holiday provider, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the addition of flights to Tunisia from Bristol Airport and the reintroduction of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh. The new winter flights to Tunisia from Bristol Airport are now on sale with a weekly flight operating every Friday during November 2020, mid-February, March and April 2021. With the first TUI flight departing on 6th November 2020. Holidaymakers will also benefit from direct...
TUI UK launches new route for winter 2020 from Cardiff Airport
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TUI UK launches new route for winter 2020 from Cardiff Airport NEW Flights launched to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff NEW hotels launched for winter 2020 and summer 2021 season TUI, the world’s leading holiday company and the UK’s number one holiday provider, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the reintroduction of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh. The new flight to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff is now on sale with weekly flights operating on a Monday with the first flight departing on 2nd November 2020. RETURNING TO SHARM EL SHEIKH Famous for the glistening red sea and amazing...
Departing to the Red Sea with TUI from Edinburgh
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Departing to the Red Sea with TUI from Edinburgh Flights from Edinburgh to Sharm El Sheikh will take off next year as TUI reintroduce the route at Scotland’s busiest airport. The weekly service will be part of TUI’s winter 2020 programme and will operate every Monday with the first departure on 1 November 2020. The summer service will also operate on a Monday. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “It’s great to see Sharm El Sheikh return to the destination list at Scotland’s busiest airport and provide yet more choice for our passengers, something we always look to...
Manchester Airport secures landmark link to Shanghai
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Manchester Airport secures landmark link to Shanghai Manchester Airport announce flights between Manchester and Shanghai with Juneyao Air Flights start end of March 2020 and will operate three times per week 787 Dreamliner aircraft in operation with a two-class configuration Dignitaries, businesses, universities and tourism bodies praise the route Only UK airport outside of London now with the route Manchester Airport today announced a landmark deal to connect the North with Shanghai, China’s biggest city and one of the world’s most important economic powerhouses. Chinese carrier...
Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability
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Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability Rolls-Royce has started manufacture of the world’s largest fan blades, for its UltraFan® demonstrator engine that will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability. As a set the composite blades have a 140-inch diameter, which is almost the size of a current narrowbody fuselage, and are being made at the company’s technology hub in Bristol, U.K. The milestone also marks the official start of production of parts for the demonstrator. UltraFan will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability, offering a 25 per...
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Flybe bailout thoughts...?

"Apart from any special treatment that the government might be affording Flybe, I think the main point that O'Leary is making is that because the government is being so secretive about it, hiding behind the commercial confidentiality screen, it's impossible for those who are paying (ie the British tax payer) as well as competitor airlines (that also pay taxes and presumably remit their APD collections to the government on time) to know exactly what help the government is providing. The fact that Ryanair, easyjet and Jet 2 don't operate the regional services that Flybe does and wants to continue (with the help of all tax payers even those climate change worriers who are anti-aviation which is ironic) suggests that such routes are inherently unprofitable. I can think of a number of domestic routes that would provide regional connectivity that aren't operated and probably never will be (some have been tried in the past and failed) so if Flybe gets the government money it wants some potential inter-regional air routes will remain unoperated. Significant distant regions that will still be left unconnected with each other by air include, for example, West Country-East Anglia and West Midlands-Tyneside. That is unless the government envisages a major pan-UK aerial transport system connecting everywhere with everywhere else that it is prepared to pay for (or more accurately we tax payers will have to pay for). Highly unlikely as that would cost the Exchequer a lot of money and damage any climate change credibility the government might hope to exude."......

A runway extention for Bristol...?

"It's certainly physically possible to extend the runway at the eastern end of the airfield although any type of extension would require the A38 to be dropped into a 150-metre long tunnel, and it's likely that even the most modest option would impact in some way on Felton Common which is beyond the A38. In its current master plan, pubished in 2006, the airport set out a number of options for extending the runway, all at the eastern end of the airfield - the land beyond the western end of the runway falls away significantly and any extension there would require major civil engineering. Although the promised new master plan has not materialised despite public consultations that began two years ago the airport has already said that a runway extension is not being considered. Presumably the reasons it gave in 2006 for maintaining the status quo are still in place.".....

Downloadable copy of the BHX winter timetable 2019-2020

"Find attached my compiled timetable for Winter 2019-20. all subject to change, missing charter flights not included are TUI to Sharm El Sheikh, Titan santa flights to Ivalo, Freebird Sunday charters to Dubrovnik, and as of yet no schedule for the expected return of Turkmenistan. enjoy!"......

Cardiff Qatar Doha stats breakdown...

"In what was a relatively easy exercise thanks to Jerry's monthly breakdowns in the CAA stats thread, I thought I'd have a quick add up and see what the rolling total for the past year has been on the Doha route. Just out of curiosity.
Nov 2018 - 5221
Dec 2018 - 6449
Jan 2019 - 6641
Feb 2019 - 5435
March 2019 - 6106
April 2019 - 7884
May 2019 - 4997
June 2019 - 6077
July 2019 - 10558
August 2019 - 11714
September 2019 - 9030
October 2019 - 7387
That would give a rolling year total on the route to the end of October of 87,472. Hopefully by the two year anniversary of the route we will be looking at a total comfortably into the 90's. It's strange how poorly May has performed for both years it has been in operation.".....

Cardiff airport public transport options...?

"With the T5 running at a 200k+ loss, would there be any possibility of the Welsh gov coming to some sort of agreement with Megabus? Stagecoach, who own Megabus, run the BRS flyer and that has been an unmitigated success. London Victoria to Cardiff runs regularly, via Bristol, UWE frenchay, Cardiff university and Cardiff... a 15 mile extension to that route would link the airport with some of its most crucial markets as well as London itself. The Welsh Gov owns the busses for the T5, which could be deployed elsewhere on Traws cymru's cross country routes. The Megabus website is a force in of itself and at least two or three full time jobs in a coach seat booking stand in arrivals could also be created. I only think of this because of my recent visit on a trip to Edinburgh using the T5 to Cardiff. Every time I've used the service there seems to be some sort of embarrassment or issue. I've seen drivers talking to tourists who can't speak English by just raising their voices and repeating themselves slowly in something fresh out of a dodgy 70's comedy. Nearly every time, my last visit included, the bus pulls up with a line of passengers waiting... And the driver just gets out, lights up a cigarette and leaves the queue standing blowing smoke across the waiting passengers. ".....

Leeds Consultative Committee Summary

"Today was the December meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee, so for what it is worth, here is my somewhat brief summary. The meeting included a very informative presentation by the CEO, Hywell Rees, who having been at LBA 6 months has now had time to assess the task and who is now getting down to the job. He:- Made the point that LBA was under-loved and had been subjected to significant under investment by previous owners. Don't we know it? Advised us that he has authorised significant investment (in the £ Millions) over this winter to resolve some of the main problems with airport infrastructure - notably a 7 figure sum to replace the Jet2 check in (Hall B) baggage belt equipment which broke down frequently last summer. Also additional security scanning equipment with additional lanes. Also additional works (where feasible) within the terminal area and outside, to enhance not only the customer experience but also rectify issues experienced by air crew. Also enhanced snow clearing capability and snow clearing plan and action to resolve an issue with icing up of the South Side apron outside the Multiflight hangars, which (on some days) has caused Jet2 difficulties in getting aircraft out of or into the hangars. These works will commence in January, and I am not sure if it is relevant or not but there is a crane on the apron today which appears to have reduced parking capacity, as a Ryanair arrival this afternoon ended up parked on the Eastern Apron among the many inactive Jet2 aircraft"......

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