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Peter Johnson is a passionate writer and an explorer associated with a well-known travel agency – Crystal Travel. This company deals in a varied range of travel products like airline tickets, holiday packages, hotels, car rentals and travel insurance. Johnson currently writes blogs and guest posts on travel. He is also active on social media and his works are available on Quora and other social platforms.
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LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building
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LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dra- matically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport build- ings, and support greater economic prosperity for the Leeds City Region, Yorkshire and the North. These new plans, to be submitted in spring 2020, replace the recently consented scheme and the existing terminal building, with a more efficient and sustainable development. The plans propose the construction of a...
Bristol Airport becomes first airport in Europe to offset all road journeys
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Bristol Airport becomes first airport in Europe to offset all road journeys The carbon offsetting scheme came into effect on 1 January and forms part of the Airport’s Carbon Roadmap which was published last year. Offsets will be purchased retrospectively based on an annual passenger survey showing the different modes of travel used by passengers. The Environmental Effects Working Group of the Airport’s Consultative Committee – on which local communities and Airport users are represented – will play a role in selecting suitable offsetting schemes, with a focus on local projects where...
Cardiff Airport introduces electric vehicle charging
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Cardiff Airport introduces electric vehicle charging Cardiff Airport has introduced a number of electric vehicle charge points across its sites, as part of its long term vision to deliver a sustainable airport business for Wales. Working in partnership with electric vehicle charging experts Franklin Energy, in total nine chargers will be installed across the staff car park, Meet & Greet and the Short Stay car park. Installation is complete within the staff car park and Meet & Greet, with the final phase due to begin in early 2020. Mark Bailey, Director of Airport Planning and...
London Stansted scoops top environmental award for second year running
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London Stansted scoops top environmental award for second year running London Stansted’s first ever Biodiversity Week in March this year, which saw the airport hand out 3,000 silver birch trees to staff, has won gold at the prestigious Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice. It’s the second year running the airport has picked up the top prize at the awards after winning gold in 2018 for its ongoing support of local foodbanks in Uttlesford, Essex and East Hertfordshire. Stansted’s Environment Manager Martin Churley collected the honour at a special event held at the Houses of...
Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young and Engaged’ summit to promote environmental awareness
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Two hundred pupils attend ‘Eco, Young and Engaged’ summit to promote environmental awareness Eight schools from Sussex attend Gatwick sponsored conference at Ifield Community College Gatwick’s Head of Sustainability talked about sustainability and its importance for protecting the environment Students learned how to harness wind and the sun to generate electricity as well as how to upcycle everyday items including milk bottles The Gatwick sponsored ‘Eco, Young, and Engaged’ (EYE) conference saw eight local schools and 200 pupils from Crawley and Horsham attend Ifield Community College on...
SAS best in class for noise and emissions performance at Heathrow
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SAS best in class for noise and emissions performance at Heathrow Heathrow reveals the airport’s latest Fly Quiet and Green league table showing airlines are swapping in newer jets and improving how they fly to decrease noise and emissions SAS named best airline based on their performance this quarter – assisted by the introduction of A320neos, better track-keeping and continuous descent approaches Oman Air improves score from last quarter landing second place thanks to the introduction of 787 Dreamliners that use 25% less fuel per passenger compared with aircraft of a similar size and...
Birmingham Airport publishes sustainability strategy
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BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT PUBLISHES SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY Birmingham Airport Publishes Sustainability Strategy Birmingham Airport has published its Sustainability Strategy outlining recent achievements and future aims to ensure it remains a responsible neighbour and reduces its environmental impact. The Strategy has been developed around the theme of Commitment, Investment and Progress and outlines the airport’s vision to maximise the economic and social benefits it brings to its region and minimise its impact on its neighbours and the global environment. The main headline in the publication...
Solar PV Farm to be installed at Cardiff Airport
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Solar PV Farm to be installed at Cardiff Airport A joint agreement with Cardiff Airport and a local renewable energy developer will see the installation of a brand new Solar PV Farm on the airport site in the near future. The construction of the 2MW solar site is set to be completed within the next 18 months by Bridgend based company Cenin Renewables, who have successfully delivered notable renewable energy projects across key sites in South Wales. The Solar PV Farm at Cardiff Airport will sit within the boundary of the site and will supply the business with electricity via a private...
Birmingham Airport Commits to Net Zero Carbon Target 2033
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Birmingham Airport Commits to Net Zero Carbon Target 2033 Birmingham Airport has today announced its commitment to become a net zero carbon airport by the year 2033, prioritising zero carbon airport operations and minimising carbon offsets. Recognising that climate change is happening, the airport feels it needs to set an ambitious target ahead of the UK’s target of 2050, to reduce its carbon footprint further, quicker. The Midlands airport has already cut its carbon emissions since 2013 by 33 per cent, and emissions per passenger by over 50 per cent, despite growing passenger numbers...
Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer
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Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer Direct flight to Halifax launching in June with WestJet Service takes only six hours so will be the quickest route to North America Four flights per week on Boeing 737-700 with two classes Excellent onward connectivity including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton Route set to benefit more than 1,600 companies in the North West that do business with Canada Manchester Airport today revealed its quickest ever trans-Atlantic route will launch later this year. Direct flights to Halifax, Nova...
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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.".....

A degree of certainty with Ryanair from Cardiff?

"The one thing that is always certain about Ryanair announcements is that if they happen, they're almost impossible to second guess! If there is an imminent announcement incoming, I'd make my guess, in decreasing likelihood...
1. Lauda route to PMI.
2. Ryanair route to bucket and spade destination.
3. Ryanair Dublin route.
4. Other Ryanair route.
5. Malta Air route - FCO.
6. Buzz route. 1. This one has been rumoured to be on its way for a little while now. PMI is usually CWL's best seasonal route, so it seems logical this would be high up the pecking order for expansion. Since Lauda have recently announced Bournemouth- PMI, CWL would be on par with this. Announcement of Lauda on this route would be a heavy duty nail into Vueling's coffin at Cardiff. 2. As mentioned above by Jerry above, a highly likely route would be Alicante, which is another route similar to FR's offering at CWL already. This again, would be problematic for Vueling. 3. This may seem like an unlikely option given Flybe's up to 3x daily schedule, however this route does have its merits. The type of customers a Ryanair route would attract, and did when it operated, are high volume mutual tourism between the two cities, something the Welsh Gov is keen to increase. Flybe's route is more attractive to business and connecting passengers for Aer Lingus to America. Following Mrs Bowen-Rees's recent comments on CWL's targeting of a transatlantic route, I don't know how much value the airport would place on a Dublin connection diluting these passengers anyway, especially when KLM from AMS is in this market too. From FR's perspective, an early DUB arrival could easily operate their entire current CWL schedule with a later return to DUB. This could continue the successful TFS route as well without the cost of basing at CWL."......

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.".....

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"......

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 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. ".....

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