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Heathrow announces ambitious plan to support local recovery post COVID-19
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Heathrow announces ambitious plan to support local recovery post COVID-19 Heathrow and Lord David Blunkett have today published the ‘Heathrow Local Recovery Plan’, in partnership with key local stakeholders The plan sets out a clear agenda for the recovery of Heathrow's local economies after new research warned COVID-19 could result in 16,000 fewer jobs around the airport by 2021 The plan makes two policy asks of the UK Government – to temporarily introduce flexibility into how the Apprenticeship Levy can be used, and to provide support through reskilling and retraining opportunities...
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British Ambassador to the State of Qatar visits Welsh capital to explore trade and investment opportunities
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British Ambassador to the State of Qatar visits Welsh capital to explore trade and investment opportunities During his visit, the Ambassador met with the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language Eluned Morgan MS, to discuss opportunities for developing trade and business ties between Wales and Qatar as well as potential links through culture and education. The Ambassador also met with the new interim CEO of Cardiff Airport, Spencer Birns and the Airport’s newly appointed Chair, Wayne Harvey. Qatar’s flagship airline Qatar Airways launched a 5* service in May 2018...
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Direct Bristol Airport coach service returns to Cardiff
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Direct Bristol Airport coach service returns to Cardiff As demand for post-covid domestic travel grows, a direct airport coach service from Cardiff has been added back onto the National Express network of scheduled coach services. The 216 service from Cardiff to Bristol Airport will run five times each way every day via Newport and Bristol. The route has been reintroduced as part of the UK’s largest coach operator’s return to the road after a three month suspension in response to covid-19. Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach, explains: “Our iconic white fleet...
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Heathrow statement on efforts to protect jobs at the airport
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Heathrow statement on efforts to protect jobs at the airport Commenting on the ongoing efforts to protect jobs at the airport, a Heathrow spokesperson said: We are in talks with our unions about the impact of COVID-19 on our business. These talks are in the early stages and we will continue to explore options – no decisions have been made. Our main priority is to protect jobs and we have put forward an initial proposal that we believe is fair, gives colleagues choice and reflects the severity of the situation we all face. Despite the trade unions recognising the need for change, they are...
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Cardiff Airport firefighters provide over 480 hours of support to Dragon’s Heart Hospital in Cardiff
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Cardiff Airport firefighters provide over 480 hours of support to Dragon’s Heart Hospital in Cardiff Since 29th April, 34 Cardiff Airport firefighters have provided over 480 hours of support to the Dragon’s Heart Hospital (Ysbyty Calon Y Draig) in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. The firefighters worked alongside stadium fire stewards, as well as local authority and retired firefighters to make up a team of 57, ensuring essential 24/7 cover of the hospital whilst it treated Covid-19 patients. Cardiff Airport firefighters continue to be on stand-by for any additional...
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Manchester Airport staff rally round local communities in major Covid-19 outreach effort
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Manchester Airport staff rally round local communities in major Covid-19 outreach effort Employees at the UK’s third largest airport are leading an unprecedented voluntary campaign to support local communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis Staff-led initiatives range from a resource pack for homeschooling families to phone calls for the elderly and isolated Thousands of aircraft meals delivered to food banks and schools Friendly phone calls, doorstep deliveries and mobile meals are among the services Manchester Airport workers are providing to communities during the Coronavirus...
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New data reveals hidden role of UK’s aviation sector
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New data reveals hidden role of UK’s aviation sector – with unseen heroes at Heathrow bringing in 33% of vital medicine and equipment New data reveals a third of the UK’s total imports (by value) of essential medical equipment, PPE and other tools to fight Covid-19 arrived through Heathrow over March During the same period value of imports surged by 20%, meaning 36% of all UK imports (by value) arrived at Heathrow, the UK’s only hub airport Airport boss calls on Government to start realising the strategic importance of Heathrow and aviation as a sector, which economic recovery will be...
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Half a million more vital fluid resistant gowns land at Cardiff Airport
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Half a million more vital fluid resistant gowns land at Cardiff Airport A chartered flight carrying around half a million vital fluid-resistant gowns for NHS Wales has arrived in Cardiff Airport (14.00 today, 1 May 2020). The flight was arranged through Welsh contacts and will mean supplies of these gowns, which had been under pressure, have been fully replenished. The cargo, which has come from Hangzhou in China, will provide around three months’ of supply of fluid-resistant gowns for health and care services in Wales and will allow Wales to support other parts of the UK if needed. In...
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Southwest Airlines Announces Five New Routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International
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Southwest Airlines Announces Five New Routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International The airline will offer nonstop flights: Savannah/Hilton Head to: Initial service nonstop each day up to: One-way fare as low as: Baltimore/Washington 2 flights each way $49 Chicago (Midway) 1 flight each way $79 Dallas (Love Field) 1 flight each way $79 Houston (Hobby) 1 flight each way $79 Nashville 1 flight each way $49 The number of seats, days, and markets for these fares are limited. See a full list of fares, fare rules, and terms and conditions below and at Southwest.com...
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Easyjet posts first ever annual loss...

"easyJet's first ever annual loss - £1.27 billion year ending 30 September 2020. A summary of the main points: 1. Expected to fly just 20% of normal capacity into next year. 2. The airline welcomed news of vaccine as underlying demand for air travel is strong - bookings rose nearly 50% when news of the vaccine was made public last week. 3. The pandemic has put great pressure on easyJet's finances forcing it to take on more debt, ask shareholders for extra cash and sell more aircraft. 4. The airline's CEO believes that in the near future easyJet should not need more than the £3 billion already raised. Unsurprisingly as he is the CEO he is bullish about the current situation."

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The next Jet2 base is...

" I think that today's earlier discussion on the LBA Jet2 thread contained some big hints. Excellent news to see the rumours were true. Mytilene and Kalamata are new to BRS as far as I can remember, and it's great to see Salzburg back as a summer route. For years it's been ski-season only at BRS. It now remains to see how easyJet, Ryanair and TUI react. Addendum It looks as though Salzburg might in fact be a skis season route too.

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Love him or hate him? Farewell Donald Trump

"Yep Joe Biden is President elect though President Trump is challenging the counts is several states i believe and hasn't conceded. With an Irish American Catholic in the White House the so called special relationship will be interesting especially concerning the GFA and an open border on the island of Ireland. World is going to be a different place!"......

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Kanoni Cafe, A planespotters paradise!

"For the most relaxing plane spotting head to the Kanoni Cafe in Kanoni which is the end of the line for the Blue Bus number 2A (I think) from Corfu Town. It is great for watching the approach over the sea and the landing on the single airport runway. I think they have moved the town buses since we were there so not certain where they run from from now (was San Rocco Sq I think) but the fare is only about 1/2€ and is even cheaper if you buy a strip of tickets from a Periptero (kiosk) rather than from the driver. (All info from about 6 years ago) Very atmospheric and cheap too. Went there every evening when we were last there".....

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