5th UK Airport for Leeds based Arrow Cars
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Newcastle Airport announce new partnership with taxi firm Newcastle International Airport has announced a brand new partnership with a premium taxi firm. From May 2019, Arrow Cars will become the official taxi service provider for passengers going to and from the front of the North East’s largest airport - and they have already commenced recruitment of over 100 drivers from the region. The national taxi firm will be providing a high-quality and value-for-money service which gives travellers the option to pre-book online or over the phone. A brand new Arrow Cars booking office will be...
Laudamotion to offer flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool to Vienna
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Laudamotion to offer flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool to Vienna Laudamotion, Austria’s low-cost airline has announced flights to Vienna direct from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool airports. Flights will commence operations to the Austrian capital of Vienna in October. Vienna was recently voted the most liveable city on the planet, and is known for its world-renowned art, culture and culinary delights. Tom Screen, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport commented: “We are delighted to welcome Laudamotion as a new partner airline of Birmingham Airport. The three times...
Oman climbs to first place in one of Heathrow’s greenest years yet
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Oman climbs to first place in one of Heathrow’s greenest years yet Oman Air claims first place in Heathrow’s latest “Fly Quiet and Green” league table, securing its place amongst Heathrow’s most sustainable airlines One year after increasing environmental pricing incentives – which reward airlines for flying their greenest and quietest planes at Heathrow –more 787 Dreamliners and A350s are being brought to the UK’s only hub airport, than ever before The airport recently completed its Airspace and Future Operations consultation inviting the public to help shape future airspace with...
Half-term getaway helps London Stansted fly in February
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Half-term getaway helps London Stansted fly in February London Stansted saw over 1.87 million passengers pass through the airport in February, an increase of 8.2 per cent over the same month in 2018. The growth in passenger numbers was boosted by the school half-term holidays with many families heading to the ski slopes of France and Italy, or jetting off to catch some winter sun with destinations including Dubai, Tenerife and Barcelona recording the strongest growth in the month. The moving annual total for the 12 months ending February 2019 was up 8.6 per cent on the previous year...
Atkins appointed as lead designer and project manager for Birmingham Airport terminal transformation
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Atkins appointed as lead designer and project manager for Birmingham Airport terminal transformation March 2019, Cannes, France – Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to a series of contracts at Birmingham Airport to manage the upgrade and extension of the airport terminals, and to oversee the airfield reconfiguration, as part the airport’s Master Plan to provide a sustainable future for air transport in the Midlands. The announcement, made at the MIPIM* conference in Cannes, today (Wednesday 13th), outlines how, over the next five years, Atkins will assist...

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Bristol Airport’s vote of confidence in ICTS UK & Ireland
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Bristol Airport’s vote of confidence in ICTS UK & Ireland Bristol Airport has re-appointed ICTS UK & Ireland as its Security partner, responsible for the provision of security services at the Airport. “We are absolutely delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with Bristol Airport. We have supported the Airport through its business growth and significant expansion during the last few years and celebrate their 2018 record passenger numbers which reached over 8.6 million. ICTS is fully committed to delivering the very best service to Bristol Airport and its passengers. We are...
CAA Grounds Boeing 737-MAX amid safety concerns
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CAA Grounds Boeing 737-MAX amid safety concerns A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said: "Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia on Sunday. "The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace. "The UK Civil Aviation Authority's safety directive will be in place...
Ethiopian Airlines suffers fatal accident
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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya crashed shortly after take-off. It's been confirmed that all 157 people on board (149 passengers and eight crew) have lost their lives. It's said that the pilot reported difficulties and had asked to return to Addis Ababa. This is the second incident involving the 737 Max 8 after a Lion Air aircraft crashed into the sea off Indonesia five months ago killing the 189 people on board. It's very sad news and eveyone's condolences will reach out to the loved ones of those lost. On a personal note my ears...
International Women's Day at Birmingham Airport
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International Women's Day at Birmingham Airport Birmingham Airport celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of activities running across the Airport based on the official theme #BalancedforBetter. This year’s #IWD2019 is about raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality, with emphasis being placed on how a gender-balanced world is better for all. To celebrate women’s achievements, Birmingham Airport reached out to some of its most inspiring female employees to share the reasons why International Women’s Day is important to them. A series of videos have been...
Minister launches new ePassport gates at Cardiff Airport
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Minister launches new ePassport gates at Cardiff Airport The latest-technology e-gates have been funded by the Welsh Government. They will permit travellers with biometric passports to bypass manual inspections, allowing for a quicker entry into Wales. Although Cardiff International Airport Ltd (CIAL) was one of the first airports in the UK to introduce e-gate technology, the three original gates were removed by the UK Border Force in 2017 as the initial technology was superseded. UK Government allows ePassport gates to be fitted free of charge by UK Border Force only at airports with...

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Concorde & the future of supersonic passenger travel
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I think a lot of people, including many not normally interested in aviation, would like to see a Concorde fly again. I'm not concerned which Concorde took to the air but I suspect the more time goes by the less likely it is, and there didn't seem too much chance once the decision had been taken to ground the French and British fleets permanently. It was generally believed that the most likely candidate would be G-BOAF, the last Concorde to be built in Britain and the last Concorde ever to fly - so far!! AF returned to her place of birth at Filton but then spent seven years in the open...
Designer seating for passengers at Stansted
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London Stansted reveals newly-designed Departure Lounge seating with room for 550 additional passengers London Stansted Airport has revealed stylish new passenger seating and created three brand new seating areas in its busy Departure Lounge, which has increased capacity by 40 per cent. The improvements, part of the ongoing £600 million Stansted Transformation Project, have created a more attractive and comfortable seating area with room now for over 1000 passengers in the main Departure Lounge area and including 436 new USB and USC charging points. ‘Leaf lamps’ around the area provide...
New deal to grow passenger numbers at Heathrow
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Heathrow and airlines agree new deal to grow passenger numbers Landmark deal on airport charges worth several hundred million pounds heralds a new phase of airport and airline commercial cooperation supporting growth at Heathrow New arrangement would extend current regulatory settlement to 2021 and includes an incentive for airlines to grow passenger numbers Airline moves to fill their existing aircraft could result in further reductions to airport charges and will help unlock affordable growth Heathrow and airlines representing each of the alliances have already signed the agreement...
Fly BMI cease trading citing Brexit as a major contributing factor
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British Midland Regional Limited, the East Midlands-based airline which operates as flybmi, has today announced that it has ceased operations and is filing for administration. Flybmi operates 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities. All flights have been cancelled with effect from today. Customers who booked directly with flybmi should contact their payment card issuer to obtain a refund for flights which have not yet taken place. Customers who have booked flybmi flights via a travel agent or one of flybmi’s codeshare partner airlines are recommended to contact their...
Stellar start to 2019 as Heathrow’s passenger numbers continue to climb in January
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Stellar start to 2019 as Heathrow’s passenger numbers continue to climb in January 5.9 million passengers travelled through the UK’s only hub airport, kickstarting 2019’s passenger growth. January’s figures increased by 2.1%, as Heathrow reported its 27th consecutive record month, boosted by passengers returning home after the winter holidays. Africa and East Asia continue to be amongst the best performing regions, up 9.7% and 5.6% respectively. The African nations to make the biggest gains were Morocco (+40%), Ethiopia (27%), Nigeria (13%) and South Africa (12%). In East Asia, China saw...

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Ryanair launches Milan Malpensa from Bristol
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Ryanair launches new Bristol route to Milan Ryanair has announced a new Bristol route to Milan Malpensa, with a twice weekly service commencing 26 May, as part of Ryanair’s Bristol Summer 2019 schedule. Ryanair’s Bristol Summer schedule now includes 32 routes in total with 3 new routes to Seville, Shannon, and Milan Malpensa. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Bristol route to Milan Malpensa, commencing in late May, which will operate twice weekly, as part of our extended Bristol summer 2019 schedule. To celebrate we are releasing seats for sale on this...
Manchester Airport Private Terminal
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Manchester Airport to launch private terminal, offering “Private Jet experience” on commercial airlines Manchester Airport today revealed plans to be the first major UK airport to open a private terminal, which offers passengers a “private jet experience” while flying on commercial airlines. The airport is today releasing preview designs of the new terminal, which will be called PremiAir. The PremiAir experience will be available to purchase for passengers irrespective of class of travel or the destination they are flying to – and prices start at £50. There will be a number of different...
Manchester Airport retains its crown as Best UK Airport
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Manchester Airport retains its crown as Best UK Airport for fifth year in a row Manchester Airport is flying high after being named the UK’s best airport, for a fifth year running, at the Globe Awards hosted by Travel Weekly. The UK’s third largest airport fought off competition from the likes of Heathrow, Liverpool, Gatwick and Birmingham to receive the accolade. The award comes after a strong 2018 for Manchester Airport, which saw it smash its all-time passenger record, as 28.2m people passed through the airport in the calendar year. It also saw Manchester Airport launch a wealth of new...
Global Trek Aviation invests in Cardiff Airport
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Global Trek Aviation invests in Cardiff Airport Cardiff Airport is delivering on the first phase of its Masterplan, with the announcement of a new flight handling operator. Global Trek Aviation has chosen Cardiff Airport as the second location in the next phase of its expansion, with a dedicated facility set to open for business in April 2019. The company will make use of the Airport’s portfolio of facilities which are available 24/7, all year round. The company will support Cardiff Airport’s ambitions to diversify its business by making further use of its products and services and attract...
Gatwick long-haul traffic growth continues
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Gatwick long-haul traffic grows in December as 46.1m passengers travel through in 2018 Number of passengers travelling on long-haul flights from Gatwick last month up +6.1 year-on-year Long-haul growth drives 2018 cargo surge, +16.1% across the year A record 46.1m passengers travelled through the airport in 2018 London Gatwick’s long-haul routes saw year-on-year growth of +6.1% in December, as a rising number of passengers opted to spend the festive season further afield. In the same month that a vital new long-haul connection to Shanghai with China Eastern was launched, routes to the...

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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...
London City Route launched from Newcastle Airport
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London City Route launched from Newcastle Airport The first flight of a brand new service from Newcastle Airport into the heart of central London has taken off today (7th JAN). The inaugural flight from the North East’s largest airport to London City departed this morning (MON) taking just over an hour to reach the capital. The flight, which is operated Flybe’s franchise partner Eastern Airways, is expected to carry over 17,000 passengers during 2019. The airline’s new route is the only direct scheduled flight connecting Newcastle with central London, opening both destinations up to...
Heathrow reaches record 80 million milestone in 2018
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Heathrow reaches record 80 million milestone in 2018 as airport takes big steps towards expansion Full year 2018 A record 80 million passengers travelled through the UK’s only hub airport in 2018, up 2.7% on last year, with growth boosted by the use of larger and fuller aircraft. Heathrow is one of only seven airports in the world to achieve this milestone. Over 1.6m metric tonnes of cargo travelled through the UK’s largest port by value throughout the year. This is the equivalent of 761 London Eyes, 88 Shard buildings or 32 QE2s. North American cargo made up over 600,000 metric tonnes...
New drone sighting closes London Heathrow
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Flights in and out of London Heathrow were suspended for a short time earlier this evening due to a drone sighting. The disruption comes just weeks after a similar incident caused significant delays at London Gatwick airport. Flights have now resumed operation.
Double for Liverpool Airport....
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Double celebration for LJLA with growing passenger numbers and the UK’s best on time performance 2018 was another successful year for Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and the cause for a double celebration with the Airport’s latest passenger figures showing a milestone in passenger throughput, at the same time as having the UK’s best scheduled flight punctuality record. 5.1 million passengers chose to use Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 2018 - the highest figures seen at the Airport in 7 years and an increase of 3% compared to 2017. The Airport has seen growth in passenger numbers...

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London City shows off it's striking £500m transformation project
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New concept images depict what the inside of the new airport will look like in 2022, once its £500 million development is complete London City Airport has released concept images depicting the interior of its 51,000m² new terminal. The images show how the customer experience at London’s most central airport will be completely transformed, once its £500m development is complete in 2022. The new terminal design will reflect 21st century London, supported by new shops, restaurants, bars and experiences which are synonymous with the capital, showcasing the best of the city to the airport’s...
Gatwick Masterplan in final week of consultation
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One week left for local residents and businesses to make their views known on Gatwick’s growth plans Twelve week public consultation on draft master plan closes at 5pm on 10 January 2019 Gatwick’s plans will provide new opportunities for the South East and bolster the local economy for future generations Plan includes bringing the airport’s existing standby runway into routine use for the first time Gatwick is reminding local residents and businesses that they have just one week left to respond to the twelve week public consultation on its growth plans, which include - for the first...
New long-term partnership announced for London Gatwick
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New long-term partnership announced for London Gatwick Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has announced a new partnership with VINCI Airports, a leading worldwide airport operator with a network of 46 airports in 12 countries VINCI Airports will take a 50.01% stake in Gatwick GIP will maintain its integral role in the management and ownership of the airport Commenting on the announcement by GIP and VINCI Airports, Gatwick’s Chairman Sir David Higgins, said: “We very much welcome this commitment from VINCI Airports to Gatwick which is a vote of confidence in Gatwick and its future...
Drones ground London Gatwick flights causing disruption to thousands of passengers
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Flights remain grounded at London Gatwick airport due to drone operations close to the airport. There is a Police operation underway to search for the drone and it's operator. Numerous flights have been diverted to other airports. Passengers are advised to contact their airline before travelling to the airport. Flights are not expected to recommence until 19:00 at the earliest. (20.12.18) In a statement from the airport the airport said, "Gatwick Airport’s runway remains closed and all flights are currently suspended following reports of drones flying over Gatwick’s airfield last night...
Development plans to deliver next chapter in Bristol Airport’s success story
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Development plans to deliver next chapter in Bristol Airport’s success story Bristol Airport has submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s. Passenger numbers are expected to pass the nine million mark for the first-time next year. The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next...

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