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Applications open for Cardiff Airport’s community action plan
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Applications open for Cardiff Airport’s community action plan: The Touchdown Programme Cardiff Airport has recently launched a new initiative to support the local community entitled ‘The Touchdown Programme’ delivering an action plan across four key areas. Charity support - we will select a ‘Charity Of The Year’ to benefit from a number of fundraising activities across the Airport Cardiff Airport in the Community – a grant scheme with three tiered levels of funding available: Gold: £500, Silver: £250, Bronze: £100. Organisations or groups of any size across South Wales can apply for...
Gatwick to assist local community groups
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Gatwick encourages local community groups and projects in Sussex, Surrey and Kent to apply for funding • 20 community projects benefitted in latest round of £300,000 annual funding • Initiatives support the elderly, young and vulnerable • Applications wanted for next rounds in Sussex, Surrey and Kent London Gatwick is encouraging local projects and communities in Sussex, Surrey and Kent that help the elderly, young and vulnerable to apply for funding support from the Gatwick Foundation Fund. The Gatwick Foundation Fund distributes £300,000 annually- £100,000 for each county – in three...
Birmingham Airport's 80th Anniversary plans announced
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Birmingham Airport's 80th Anniversary plans announced As part of Birmingham Airport’s 80th anniversary year community programme, it has announced it will be this year’s headline sponsor of Solihull Summer Fest. Taking place on the 27th and 28th July 2019 in Tudor Grange Park, Solihull the festival is in its fourth year and is expected to attract over 15,000 music fans from across the region. The line-up includes Level 42, The Human League, Heather Small, Trevor Nelson, The Proclaimers and Go West on the main stage over the two days. A second ‘HedKandi’ stage celebrates dance artists...
Birmingham Airport heroes save passenger's life
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Birmingham Airport heroes save passenger's life Four employees working at Birmingham Airport will be presented with a Chief Constable’s Award and Royal Humane Society Resuscitation certificates for their actions which led to saving a life a year ago almost to the day. The awards ceremony was held tonight at the Lord Knights Suite, based at Tally Ho in Birmingham to honour their services. On 13th June 2018, a passenger suffered cardiac arrest at Birmingham Airport and the actions of all four employees resulted in the passenger making a full recovery. As well as reassuring other...
The search for Cardiff Airport’s next Chair is underway
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The search for Cardiff Airport’s next Chair is underway Cardiff Airport is searching for its next Chair to build on recent success and deliver an ambitious strategy for growth. After a hugely successful four year tenure, Roger Lewis has announced his plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport on 31st October 2019. The new Chair will step in to head up the Cardiff Airport Board of Directors and play a pioneering role at a strategic level to deliver a thriving, sustainable airport business for Wales. Since coming under ownership of the Welsh Government in 2013, Cardiff Airport has...
Bristol Airport Community Fund Tops £1 Million Mileston
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Bristol Airport Community Fund Tops £1 Million Mileston Over 260 projects supported since Fund commenced in 2012 A fund set up to support local community projects around Bristol Airport has made grants totalling more than £1 million since it commenced just over seven years ago. The milestone was reached at a recent meeting of the management committee which oversees the Airport Environmental Improvement Fund (known at the Local Community Fund) at which over £177,000 was granted to local community projects and to fund noise insulation for local properties. Over 260 projects in parishes...
Local student is flying high at Bristol Airport
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Local student is flying high at Bristol Airport Local student from Churchill Academy has successfully gained an Apprenticeship with Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, working on projects at Bristol Airport. James Morris achieved grades in nine GCSE subjects at the local school including Maths and Science. In year 10, James was lucky enough to be selected for a four-week work experience programme with Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, working on the Metrobus scheme in Bristol. During this work placement the excitement for construction and civil engineering was ignited. Alun Griffiths...
Birmingham Airport announce partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet
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Birmingham Airport announce partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to announce that Birmingham Airport will be its first ever Principal Partner. This partnership comes during the Airport’s 80th anniversary year. Launching in July 2019, the yearlong partnership will focus on two of BRB’s most long standing and impactful programmes, Dance Track and Freefall Dance Company. Freefall Dance Company is comprised of 10 adults with severe learning disabilities (SLD) and has been creating and performing daring, ground-breaking and award-winning dance since...
Gatwick noise footprint shrinks by 7% in 2018
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Gatwick noise footprint shrinks by 7% in 2018 Gatwick welcomes reduction but recognises that more must be done to reduce noise further New aircraft are up to 50% quieter than the aircraft they replace and are set to become the new ‘workhorses’ of Gatwick’s fleet This 7% noise footprint reduction builds on a 4% fall in 2017 (54dBA Leq) Improved operational procedures - including smoother descents that reduce drag and use less power - the phasing out of the noisiest aircraft and the introduction of new, quieter aircraft reduced the size of Gatwick’s noise footprint (54dBA Leq) by 7% in...
Runway Visitor Park’s new Concorde Platinum tour makes Mother’s Day debut
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Runway Visitor Park’s new Concorde Platinum tour makes Mother’s Day debut Exclusive Platinum tours of the Runway Visitor Park’s Concorde start Sunday 22 March To book visit www.runwayvisitorpark.co.uk Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park says a new 90-minute tour of its iconic Concorde will offer the most in-depth guest experience yet. The Concorde Platinum tour will launch on Sunday 22 March (Mother’s Day), with prices starting from £35pp. Expert guides will take small groups around the aircraft, inside and out, providing a highly personalised experience. Among the highlights is...
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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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