• Forums4airports Statement re: Covid-19 after Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's address to the Nation at 20:30 on Monday, March 23rd 2020 Please be aware of the latest measures implemented by the UK Government this evening, It is now advising all persons to stay at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. PLEASE we ask, with any movements due in the next few weeks to your local Airport, Military base or local airfield, that you DO NOT attend that airport, military base or airfield, no matter how special it maybe. No aircraft is worth your health, your families health and all those around you. Those aircraft will come back we are sure, so please, adhere to the Government's advice and stay at home. We wish every single one of our members, your families and loved ones the very best for the next few weeks and months ahead. Please, please do your bit to Help the NHS and all emergency services. Site Admin and Moderator Team

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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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Heathrow warns it is set to fall behind Paris as Europe’s number 1 airport hub
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Heathrow warns it is set to fall behind Paris as Europe’s number 1 airport hub Despite record breaking start to the year at Heathrow, latest figures show that EU competitor, Charles de Gaulle, is growing at twice the rate and is set to overtake as Europe’s leading hub airport within the next 2 years. Over 6 million passengers travelled through the airport in January (up 2.9%). UK routes led passenger growth, increasing by 10.2% as more passengers travelled to Newquay and Guernsey. Other top performing markets were the Middle East (+7.6%) and North America (+ 4.7%). Over 115,000 metric...
Malta International Airport kicks off terminal expansion project
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Malta International Airport kicks off terminal expansion project The project will deliver a 5-star airport to the Maltese islands through several improvements The Terminal Expansion project will double building’s current footprint Traffic through MLA is forecast to increase by 2–3% to reach 7.5 million passenger movements in 2020 Malta International Airport today unveiled the company’s long-term vision for the airport, revealing details of an investment of circa €100 million in a terminal expansion. Addressing a press conference earlier today, Malta International Airport Chief...
London Gatwick welcomes new direct service to Shanghai
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London Gatwick welcomes new direct service to Shanghai 11 weekly flights are now available from Gatwick to Shanghai with Air China and China Eastern Airlines London Gatwick is today unveiled as the European airport with the fastest growing number of passenger seats to Shanghai, China. This exciting new growth is thanks to a brand-new Air China service which flies directly to the city. Starting on Saturday 2 November, it will fly four times weekly from Gatwick. In addition, China Eastern Airlines is increasing its direct flights from Gatwick to Shanghai, from three times weekly to daily...
Norwegian cuts Ireland-USA routes citing 737 MAX grounding
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Budget airline Norwegian Air has said it will end flights between Ireland and the US next month, blaming the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. "We have concluded these routes are no longer commercially viable," it said. Norwegian, which has struggled to make a profit, said last month the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max plane could undo its plan to return to profitability. Norwegian said all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada would end on 15 September. Boeing's 737 Max fleet was grounded after two fatal crashes, the first a Lion Air flight which crashed into the...
Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth
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Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth 12.5m passengers travelled through Gatwick Q1 April – June 2019 Total passenger numbers +1.7% year-on-year, with long-haul +2.2% Responding to passenger demand Qatar Airways adds five new weekly flights to Doha London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a financial year, as passenger numbers grew by +1.7% in Q1, compared to 2018, as 12.5 million passengers travelled through in the first three months of the 2019 – 2020 financial year. Long-haul growth was also strong in Q1, up +2.2%. North Atlantic routes drove this...
Cardiff Airport expecting busiest summer season in over 10 years
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News 19 JULY Cardiff Airport expecting busiest summer season in over 10 years Cardiff Airport is gearing up for another busy summer season, as over the six-week period, over 318,000 customers will be jetting off for a summer holiday or to visit friends and relatives whilst the kids are off school. During the school holiday period between July and September, Wales’ national airport is expecting a 7% increase in passengers compared to last summer, making summer 2019 the busiest summer in over a decade. Customers can reach exciting long-haul destinations such as Bali, Thailand, Pakistan...
Over 3.2 Million Passengers Welcomed at Malta International Airport in First Half of 2019
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Over 3.2 Million Passengers Welcomed at Malta International Airport in First Half of 2019 5.9 per cent traffic growth in first half of 2019 3 new routes for winter and 17 route extensions the winter season Malta Airport outperforms 25 EU airports in terms of connectivity growth Mid-year Update A busy first half of 2019 saw Malta International Airport welcome over 3.2 million passengers. The company announced its mid-year traffic results, which show an increase of 5.9 per cent in passenger movements over the same stretch last year, earlier today during a press conference. Addressing...
Malta International Airport welcomes Qatar Airways to its Airline Network
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Malta International Airport welcomes Qatar Airways to its Airline Network Flag carrier Qatar Airways launches a daily operation for summer The introduction of Doha brings Malta Airport’s route network up to 127 Malta International Airport today welcomed Qatar Airways to its growing network, celebrating the important occasion with the traditional water cannon salute and a cake-cutting ceremony. The inaugural Qatar Airways flight from Doha marked the launch of a daily operation for summer as...
The King of Spain officially opens Murcia Covera Airport
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The King of Spain attended the official opening of Murcia Covera airport today arriving by air. The first two scheduled flights to arrive at the airport were from East Midlands and Bristol Airports in the UK. Once fully operational the airport will be able to accommodate 140 landings and take-offs throughout the day. Initial forecasts suggest the new airport may exceed 8,600 flights and reach 1.2 million passengers, during the first year equalling the figure achieved by San Javier. The new airport at Corvera has capacity for five million passengers however the airport has been designed...
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Share cool YouTube videos Found this YouTube channel this morning. I so want one of these. It's a must watch... Basically this bloke makes a bunker under his back garden. Totally crazy.
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Covid-19 Concerns...?

" There is also another interesting point in the article and that is the risk of infection through the eyes. This is something I had been thinking about before I read the article. Liquid (tears) from the eye drain into the nose. If someone with the virus sneezes then some of the droplets containing viruses could land in someones eye. This would drain into the nose and infect the epithelial lining (just the same as inhaling the droplets). So for better protection, it would be necesarry to wear a respirator (rather than just a face mask) and close fitting goggles. I believe that the WHO have warned that the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to become a pandemic. It appears to be more contagious than the previous SARS outbreak, but has a lower fatality rate (I know that's no consolation to all of those who have lost loved ones). What really made me angry was when the Chinese Doctor first noticed the outbreak, he sent notes to his colleagues. The Chinese authorities told him to stop and threatened him with arrest. Sadly he has since died from the virus. If the Chinese authorities had acted correctly, this could have been much better controlled and possibly stopped much earlier. Now, we have to wait and see. I see sporting events have already been cancelled and wonder how long it will be before travel bans come into place?"......

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.".....

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."......

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. ".....

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