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Wasn't expecting to be travelling to Leeds today! First non work travel since lockdown on the train.
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Hope you and your mum are well - thing's getting better with 62 service from the 06/07/2020 and the café open. No beer since the Friday pub close down ( £1.50
a pint @ Groovepad ). How about Serene Air starting an Islamabad service? Based there and have just sourced an A330-200 AP-BNE c/n 733 ex Air Europa. Have stated they would like to get into long-haul. May come next Sunday if weather o.k. 34 bus. :joyful:

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Largely grounded route network continues to strangle UK economy
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Largely grounded route network continues to strangle UK economy Over 860,000 passengers travelled through Heathrow in July, down 88% on the previous year. This reflects a slight uplift in passenger traffic, since the start of this crisis, driven by the Government’s creation of the first ‘travel corridors’ on July 4th. More than half of these passengers, over 480,000, ventured to European destinations to make the most of the 2020 summer season, quarantine free. The vast majority of Heathrow’s route network (60%) remains grounded, requiring a 14-day quarantine on arrival, preventing the...
New Managing Director appointed at London Stansted
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New Managing Director appointed at London Stansted Steve Griffiths, currently Chief Operating Officer at London Stansted, has been appointed Managing Director of the airport. Steve, who joined London Stansted in October 2018 from Transport for London, will be responsible for the day-to-day airport operations, including security, airfield operations, passenger experience, terminal operations and asset maintenance. Ken O’Toole, Stansted’s Chief Executive Officer who has led the airport since August 2017, will become Chief Development Officer for the airport’s owner, Manchester Airports...
Heathrow unveils further measures to keep the UK’s front door COVID-secure
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Heathrow unveils further measures to keep the UK’s front door COVID-secure Heathrow rolls out raft of anti-viral measures at key touchpoints to protect passengers, reducing the risk of transmission when travelling Some of the measures being rolled out include UV cleaning robots, anti-viral disinfecting wraps and sealants and 100 hygiene-technicians The airport has conducted an overhaul of the entire passenger journey setting out plans for more contactless travel and virus-busting trials The news follows the Government’s launch of air bridges which will allow Brits to travel to low-risk...
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...
Manchester Airport Launches Safe Travel Measures As Airlines Begin To Resume Flights
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Manchester Airport Launches Safe Travel Measures As Airlines Begin To Resume Flights UK’s third largest airport introduces a range of safe travel measures. Masks, temperature checks and bookable security slots all in place to allow safer travel. Additional airlines and routes continue to resume each week. Terminal Three set to re-open on 1st July to help passengers keep their distance. For full information on the airport’s Covid-19 measures and advice see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus Manchester Airport is advising customers of a range of new safety measures, as flying resumes...
Birmingham Airport Welcomes The Return Of Flights As New Safety Measures Introduced
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Birmingham Airport Welcomes The Return Of Flights As New Safety Measures Introduced Birmingham Airport is welcoming the return of passengers following a period of reduced demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Services have recommenced with easyjet, Air France, Wizz Air, Loganair and Lufthansa, as well as increased flying from KLM and Ryanair. Further domestic and international flights are set to restart from 1st July 2020. Passengers travelling from Birmingham Airport will experience a number of new measures which are being implemented for both their safety and wellbeing, and that of our...
LBA Support Group – Statement on Leeds/Bradford Airport's Planning Application
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LBA Support Group – Statement on Leeds/Bradford Airport's Planning Application The proposed plans for a new terminal for Leeds Bradford Airport make absolute economic sense. The areas surrounding the airport will benefit from the construction of a new terminal at a time when jobs are at significant risk due to the impact of Covid-19, providing an immediate boost to the local economy. LBA serves two of the largest cities in the UK, (Leeds being the UKs 3rd largest city by population) and the majority of the wider Yorkshire region, yet it lags behind in 15th place by passenger throughput...
A day in the life of Leeds University hypocrisy
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A day in the life of Leeds University hypocrisy The doctorate rebellion and curbing "airport expansion" Leeds Universities where the latest round of anti airport doctorates come from have spent the last couple of decades expanding their campuses and encouraging large numbers of foreign students from around the world to flock to Leeds to study, use our transport networks, our airport, our city's facilities and services. Leeds University "part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), compromising of 23 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents" In their elaborate...
Loganair resumes Birmingham flights
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Loganair resumes Birmingham flights Loganair resumes Birmingham flights Loganair has resumed passenger flights at Birmingham Airport, re-establishing non-stop jet services to Aberdeen as the first step to restoring full services at the Midlands airport after the Covid-19 pandemic and the collapse of Flybe. Services will initially operate four times each week – on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays – ahead of an increase to two flights each way per weekday linking Birmingham with Aberdeen from 31 August. Loganair’s flights between Birmingham and Inverness will resume on 6 July, and...
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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What does the future hold for CWL...?

"Having thought about what the future holds for CWL, their first priority must be the return of Paris, Dublin, and Belfast, as Jerry mentioned above, Loganair have built up their services at BHD, could they be persuaded to operate a route to CWL? If Air France didn't want to operate the Paris route from CWL, perhaps Eastern could give it a try, also the Dublin route if there are no others interested. If Eastern were to base a second J41 at CWL, it would be the ideal aircraft to operate to CORK and JERSEY and perhaps build up the frequency on those routes. There is certainly a good opportunity for them to establish themselves at CWL in the future, that is of course if they are still in existence after the end of the pandemic. ".....

Travel and Airline Industry recovery from Covid-19, your views?

" I dont think people realise how serious this all is, and when the lockdown ends country by country which will take a fair time who is going to fly whilst ever this virus is about which it will be, and even when a vaccine is created the virus will be around some time plus the good old media will still be in full swing scaring us all! From what im seeing I feel believe it or not jet2 are the strongest in all this financially plus remember if this does continue where does jet2 originate from, dart group,channel express so plenty of experience in the freight sector which we most definitely require at the moment. Can anyone give anymore upto date info on jet2 financial pos?"......

The future of Virgin Atlantic, your views?

" Virgin are now doing what they should have done in the first place and are obliged to do under the governments Covid Corparate Financing Scheme. That is explore normal commercial financing options before applying to the government scheme, do that and HMG can make an informed decision. The likes of Wizz UK and Easyjet have indicated that they qualify for loans up to £300m and £600m respectively based on there credit ratings and presumably followed the correct procedure. The whole point of the government scheme is to support companies operating within the UK economy and the jobs of people within the country, under these circumstances it doesn't really matter who owns the company as so much of our economy is multi national anyway."......

Epic Failures...?

"He is preparing for the fake election, the one he postpones indefinitely just to remain the bestest president ever. Meanwhile, he obliterates Iran, invades N. Korea, sells Alaska to his mate Putin and buys Scotland to create a 51st state. Expect the unexpected with that man, entertaining and dangerous, but expect a full toothache from our own leaders, dull enough to send a person into a coma.

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.".....

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