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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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CO2 blow for the environment as millions forced to drive to London airports
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Bristol Airport's reaction to North Somerset Council's Planning & Regulatory Committee decision We are disappointed by the decision of North Somerset Council’s Planning & Regulatory Committee to recommend refusal of our planning application to increase Bristol Airport’s capacity from 10 to 12 million passengers a year, contrary to the recommendation of the Council’s own planning officers. This decision risks putting the brakes on the region’s economy by turning away airlines who want to serve the South West market, shutting the door to international trade and tourism at a time when the...
Birmingham Airport's Passenger Figures Round-Up for 2019
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Birmingham Airport's Passenger Figures Round-Up for 2019 Birmingham Airport handled almost 12.7 million passengers in 2019, an increase of 1.6% on the previous year. In 2019, the airport served a total of 12,639,340 passengers, with the best performing months in comparison to the previous year including; January, with a total of 781,282 passengers (+4.76%), April, with a total of 1,002,951 passengers (+4.21%) and July, with a total of 1,352,392 passengers (+3.06%). The busiest month overall was August, when over 1.4 million passengers were recorded in the month. Scheduled passengers...
Aviation Minister Officially Marks The Start Of Birmingham Airport's £30m Departure Lounge Extension
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Aviation \minister Officially Marks The Start Of Birmingham Airport's £30m Departure Lounge Extension The start of construction on Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge extension was officially marked by Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard MP, today (23rd Jan) Joined by airport CEO, Nick Barton, and newly elected MP for Meriden, Saqib Bhatti, the Aviation Minister helped to break the ground where Birmingham Airport’s biggest terminal investment in ten years gets underway. The project will provide a modern two-story extension with outdoor terrace area, growing the space by 45 per cent...
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...
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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