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UK Government Indecisiveness sends Travel Industry into disarray
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UK Government Indecisiveness sends Travel Industry into disarray What is absolutely clear is the UK Government has been completely indecisive when it comes to foreign travel. Foreign holidays are on, then they're off, you can book holidays, then you can't. Travel will be permitted from the 17th of May, but then, the government is not going to tell you how this can happen. The 'traffic light' idea was released in the usual way, through a Downing Street 'leak' the day before a Downing Street conference hosted by Boris Johnson.. The scheme, largely accepted by the travel industry was a...
Southampton Airport's runway extension debate goes on
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The debate on plans to lengthen Southampton Airport's runway is set to continue into a second day after 14 hours of deliberations. Eastleigh councillors adjourned their meeting on whether to approve an extension of 164m (538ft) at midnight on Thursday. Airport bosses said it was "vital" for the site's future but campaigners and some local authorities have raised major objections. The meeting will resume at 18:00 GMT. Dozens of people including residents, councillors, businesses and representative of Southampton Airport aired their views on the scheme during the virtual meeting of the...
London Stansted marks 30th anniversary
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London Stansted marks 30th anniversary of HM The Queen officially opening the terminal building and ‘new’ airport 30th Anniversary London Stansted Airport London Stansted is this week marking the 30th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen officially opening the iconic terminal building on 15th March 1991 and the first flights to operate from the ‘new’ airport. The milestone comes as the airport faces one of the biggest challenges in its history, with the COVID-19 pandemic grounding all but essential flights and the aviation sector facing continuing uncertainty over when travel might...
Manchester has joined the likes of Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Airport to urge aviation gets the support it needs
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Manchester Airport joins five other Northern hubs to call for the Prime Minister to provide vital support to help travel sector recover from pandemic Manchester has joined the likes of Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Airport to urge aviation gets the support it needs Unprecedented joint intervention warns many of the North’s vital connections are at risk Tens of thousands of jobs across the UK on the line without support UK’s recovery will be held back if connectivity in the North isn’t protected Still months to go before passengers might return to the UK’s third biggest airport...
Aviation urgently needs a flight plan for recovery after de facto border closure
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Aviation urgently needs a flight plan for recovery after de facto border closure Passenger volumes down 89% in January as the national lockdown, travel bans, blanket quarantine and compulsory testing deterred people from travelling. The additional inconvenience and cost of quarantine hotels, day2/day 8 testing requirements on top of other measures mean that the UK’s borders are effectively closed. We are working with the Government to try to ensure this complex scheme is workable. Fewer long-haul passenger flights meant that cargo volume was down 21% in January – a key indicator of...

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Heathrow to launch rapid testing pilot for colleagues in partnership with UK Government
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Heathrow to launch rapid testing pilot for colleagues in partnership with UK Government Heathrow is working with NHS Test and Trace on a Government-led rapid testing pilot for airport colleagues Around 2,000 Heathrow airport colleagues will regularly take part in rapid lateral flow tests to help identify those who may unknowingly be carrying the virus New scheme will enhance the airport’s COVID-secure credentials, and forms part of the Government’s strategy for keeping critical national infrastructure open and operational Heathrow is working with NHS Test & Trace on a Government-led...
London City Response To New Travel Restrictions
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New UK border measures and international travel restrictions Reacting to the UK Government’s introduction of new border measures and international travel restrictions, Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive of London City Airport, said: "While these new restrictions will further postpone the recovery of aviation, we acknowledge that the UK Government has taken a risk-based approach to the hotel quarantine policy, rather than applying it to all arriving passengers. We hope that key destination markets, in particular the EU and members states, will reciprocate and avoid blanket travel bans so...
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) appoints new Chief Executive Officer
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Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) appoints new Chief Executive Officer Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced the appointment of Vincent Hodder as its new Chief Executive Officer, bringing a wealth of global aviation expertise to the airport. Mr Hodder, most recently CEO of IAG’s low-cost brand, LEVEL, will take over the position on 1 February, focusing on developing passenger experience, short term recovery from the global pandemic and the longer-term vision for the airport, including the transformational terminal replacement planning application. With more than 20 years in the...
Bristol based aviation business, Centreline acquires Capital Air Ambulance
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Bristol based aviation business, Centreline acquires Capital Air Ambulance Centreline AV Limited, a Pula Aviation Services Limited (PASL) business, has acquired the trading name and key assets of Capital Air Ambulance from the Rigby Group. The deal sees Centreline acquiring two King Air 200 series aircraft, ground ambulances and a significant suite of specialist medical equipment as part of PASL’s strategy for growth where significant synergies with existing operational activities can come into play. As part of the PASL Group, Capital Air Ambulance’s unrivalled reputation of...
MAG reacts to the Government's announcement on pre-departure testing
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MAG reacts to the Government's announcement on pre-departure testing MAG, which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, has today reacted to the Government’s announcement on pre-departure testing. The policy announced will require all international arrivals, including UK nationals, to receive a negative covid-19 test result up to 72 hours before their flight departs. Upon their arrival in the UK, passengers arriving from countries which are not listed as a ‘travel corridor’ are still required to quarantine for up to 10 days, and are able to use the ‘Test...

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UK tourist tax hands yet another competitive advantage to EU rivals
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UK tourist tax hands yet another competitive advantage to EU rivals Passenger numbers at Heathrow fell by 88% in November, as travel restrictions and a second lockdown took their toll. Based on current forecasts and continued decline in passengers, the decision has been taken for Terminal 4 to remain non-operational until the end of 2021. Heathrow is calling for targeted, sector specific Government support to protect jobs and help drive the UK’s economic recovery. These include full business rates relief for all UK airports and abandoning the disastrous “tourist tax” which will make...
JetBlue’s first A220 “Hops” to the sky for the first time
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JetBlue’s first A220 “Hops” to the sky for the first time The inaugural test flight for JetBlue’s first A220-300 was performed from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, USA The first Airbus A220-300 for JetBlue Airways has completed its inaugural test flight from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama. The aircraft performed its test sequences and landed safely at 5:22 p.m. The first of 70 A220 aircraft for JetBlue is scheduled to be delivered to the New York-based airline before year end. The airline’s first A220 aircraft debuted this fall featuring a brand...
Malta International Airport wins prestigious best airport and HR excellence accolades at the ACI Europe Awards
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Malta International Airport wins prestigious best airport and HR excellence accolades at the ACI Europe Awards Home » Corporate » News and Media » Malta International Airport wins Prestigious Best Airport and HR Excellence Accolades at the ACI Europe Awards Malta International Airport yesterday clinched two prestigious accolades at the sixteenth edition of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe Awards 2020. During a virtual ceremony streamed from Brussels Airport, ACI Europe announced the winning airports in categories recognising excellence and noteworthy achievements in...
Jet2holidays named Best Short-Haul Operator at The Sun Travel Awards 2020
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Jet2holidays named Best Short-Haul Operator at The Sun Travel Awards 2020 We have received further praise for our handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, after Jet2holidays was named ‘Best Short-Haul Operator’ at The Sun Travel Awards 2020. Voted for by thousands of readers, The Sun annual travel awards revealed the most-loved holiday destinations, best airlines and travel companies, with us beating competition to be named the overall winner of the ‘Best Short-Haul Operator’ category. The Sun wrote: “Taking the top spot this year, just one of many operators having to deal with last-minute...
Sydney Airport completes acquisition of jet fuel infrastructure assets
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Sydney Airport completes acquisition of jet fuel infrastructure assets Transition of ownership of Sydney Airport’s fuel infrastructure assets Benefits to include greater competition and future introduction of sustainable fuels Sydney Airport has formally taken ownership and control of the airport’s jet fuel facilities. This transition will help enhance competition in the jet fuel supply chain at the airport, better align future infrastructure investments to the growth of the airport and assist in the introduction of sustainable aviation fuel in the future. The facilities, with assets...

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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses
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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses Laboratory tests demonstrate 99.9% disinfection rate with every tray treated immediately before each passenger uses it System - provided by Smiths Detection - sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the exiting hand luggage screening system Treatment already in use at Gatwick and will be rolled out to eight security lanes - six for passengers and two for staff - by end of next month Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat...
MAG CEO: Government inaction is hurting airports like Manchester
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MAG CEO: Government inaction is hurting airports like Manchester Chief Executive of Manchester Airport’s parent company calls for an end to “sluggish, illogical and chaotic” approach to quarantine Passenger numbers this Bank Holiday weekend expected to be less than a quarter of volumes seen last year “Catalonia is closer to Cheshire than it is to Gran Canaria.” Charlie Cornish repeats calls for regional approach to travel restrictions ahead of Cabinet meeting expected this week This time last year, airports across the UK were gearing up for what is usually one of their busiest days...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
Statement from Charlie Cornish, Group CEO, MAG - Quarantine
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Statement from Charlie Cornish, Group CEO, MAG - Quarantine “For as long as it lasts, a blanket quarantine policy will be a brick wall to the recovery of the UK aviation and tourism industries, with huge consequences for UK jobs and GDP. “By enabling people to travel between the UK and low risk countries, the aviation industry is able to help lead the UK economy out of this crisis, just as it has in previous recessions. But in order for this to happen, the Government must work quickly to create a smart and targeted approach that recognises that many countries are already low risk...
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...
Vital PPE for NHS frontline arrives at Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA)
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Vital PPE for NHS frontline arrives at Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of many aviation organisations pivoting its core business in response to the coronavirus, delivering essential supplies such as perishables, medical supplies and providing a rapid response to deliver critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the NHS frontline. Ideal Medical Solutions (IMS), a UK distributor that specialises in supplying surgical equipment to medical and surgical professions used its industry base relationships to source large volumes of high-quality PPE from...
COVID detection trials landing at Heathrow
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COVID detection trials landing at Heathrow Heathrow to drive forward development of a Common International Standard by trialling technologies and processes that reduce risk of Covid-19 transmission Trials will assess for medical effectiveness, passenger response as well as suitability to the airport environment Technologies under review include UV sanitation, facial recognition thermal screening technology and contactless security procedures Data from trials will be shared with Government and industry to jumpstart the creation of a Common International Standard for health screening...

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