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Guess who's getting more photos onto National Trust social media! This time it's Plas Newydd with "Tufty" and friends... a set of 3 red squirrel photos
Must congratulate France. Played against Albania last night but Andorra's national anthem was used then they apologised to Armenia!

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New investment to improve passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport
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Aviation Minister welcomes new investment to improve passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport Major progress has been made on a project to improve the passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport, the Aviation Minister saw first-hand on a visit on Monday 8 April. At Leeds Bradford Airport, Aviation Minister Liz Sugg saw construction begin on a major extension to the main airport terminal building, the airport’s biggest investment to date. The extension will significantly improve travel experiences for passengers, including larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, better...
Gatwick set for summer with ten brand new routes
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Gatwick set for summer with ten brand new routes Ten brand new routes set to start from Gatwick this summer season, plus airport reveals the summer destinations most desired by UK passengers Nearly 17 million passenger seats departing from Gatwick this summer Meanwhile, this Easter weekend, half a million passengers (550,000) will be travelling through Gatwick (+5.1% on 2018) London Gatwick today reveals the summer travelling trends of UK holidaymakers and this summer’s fastest-growing destinations. Long-haul destinations making the top ten fastest-growing list from Gatwick include Doha...
Bristol Airport showcasing the South West at global route development conference
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Bristol Airport showcasing the South West at global route development conference A team from Bristol Airport is promoting the South West at the World Route Development Conference in Hannover, Germany this week (8 – 10 April 2019). The conference provides an annual opportunity for the world’s top airlines and airports to explore potential new route opportunities. Key criteria when considering new services are the economic strength of the region an airport serves and its potential to attract inbound tourists. Meetings with airlines from around the world are arranged over the course of the...
Thomas Cook Airlines base larger aircraft at Cardiff Airport
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Thomas Cook Airlines base larger aircraft at Cardiff Airport Thomas Cook Airlines has introduced an A321 aircraft at Cardiff Airport, replacing the existing A320 aircraft and marked the earlier start to its summer season with flights to Enfidha, Tunisia. The larger A321 will be based at the Airport and means that over 170,000 seats are now on sale from Cardiff, a 25% increase on capacity from the Airport in 2018. With 11 flights a week from Cardiff in the spring, increasing to 14 in the summer, Thomas Cook Airlines fly to ten destinations from Cardiff including Turkey, Tunisia, Majorca...
Day trip to Berlin from Cardiff Airport using both Flybe and KLM.
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Yesterday i used Cardiff to do a day trip to Berlin to do some plane spotting at Tegel airport. My flight from Cardiff was at 10.10 with Flybe on an E175. I got to the airport about 08.45 which was a bit later than i thought i would be arriving as i got stuck in traffic on the A4232 on the way to the airport. I'd already checked in online and i was hand luggage only so i was able to head straight to security but i did notice how busy in general the check in area was. Security was pretty quick with the new machines better than the old ones and i believe making the whole thing quicker and 2...
WOW Air ceases operation leaving thousands stranded
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Icelandic Airline WOW Air has ceased operations leaving thousands of passengers stranded after the airline failed to secure backing from investors. Passengers have been advised to seek alternative arrangements to get to their destinations. Passengers who bought their ticket from a European travel agent (within the European Economic Area) as a part of a package tour (a package which includes flights and accommodation or other services) are protected by the Package Travel Directive. Those passengers are advised to contact their travel agent to arrange an alternative flight. Passengers who...
Britain beats global competition as Heathrow Terminal 5 named “World’s Best”
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Britain beats global competition as Heathrow Terminal 5 named “World’s Best” Heathrow Terminal 5 is the “passengers’ pick”, topping list of the world’s best airport terminals at the annual Skytrax Awards Heathrow Terminal 2 also made it into the top five globally, coming in at number four ahead of Dubai’s Terminal 3 and Singapore Changi’s Terminal 4 Heathrow ranked among the world’s top 10 airports overall and won “Best airport in Western Europe” and “World’s Best Airport Shopping” Awards follow year of record-breaking passenger numbers and significant investment in facilities Britain...
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...
Additional flights added between Cardiff , Newcastle and Aberdeen
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Cardiff Sunday flights added to Newcastle and Aberdeen Flybe is introducing Sunday flights operated by its franchise partner, Eastern Airways, to both its Cardiff to Newcastle and Aberdeen air services. Following the re-introduction of the Cardiff – Aberdeen link this month, the operator will commence Sunday services from Cardiff to Newcastle and Aberdeen from 12 January 2020. Sunday services will complement the daily weekday flights provided to Newcastle and Aberdeen from Cardiff. Fares start from £99 one way, including taxes and charges and Sunday services are available now to book...
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Easyjet profits down

Easyjet profits down...

"Todays full years results from Easyjet show profits down 26% year on year, accept in line with city forecasts but not good and camouflaged by the Holiday company news. No mention of German losses, but blame Brexit. If I remember Monarch placed an order for new airlines, in July 2018, Condor looking to buy new wide body aircraft. Buying new aircraft not a sign of financial strength. This is an extract from a briefing note I have received today on Easyjet 2019 figures, not sure I am allowed to publish in full "we don't think the group is out of the woods yet". The report question nearly every future prediction the company made in their report and lets say the report is cautious on the hopes for the new travel business.".....

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!"......

Bristol Airport expansion delayed

"North Somerset Council's planning committee won't now hold a hearing into the airport's current expansion plan application until next year, but no date has yet been set. The application was submiited last December. Given the make-up of the elected membership of the council it seems highly likely that they will reject the application which could then lead to an airport appeal to the planning Inspectorate. It that course of action was taken it might be 18 months from now at the earliest before a planning inspector made a final decision. Not a good prospect for the airport if someone like Jet 2 was looking to base a number of aircraft there from 2021 as almost certainly that would take the annual passenger numbers close to or through the 10 mppa current planning limit."......

Some LBA and regional statistical comparisons

"Hello - thanks for the welcome the other day. As I promised, here are some data insights into the performance of LBA and UK airports more generally that might be of interest. The main challenge being posed by some observers seemed to fit into "has LBA underperformed since it was privatised?". LBA was taken into private ownership in April 2007. Passenger numbers in the calendar year 2006 therefore seems a reasonable starting point for the comparison. In 2006 LBA handled 2,787,217 passengers. It's latest annual rolling total is 4,048,678 (to July 19). Growth of 45.3%. UK airports in total have grown by 26.3% over the same period, so LBA has done significantly better than the UK as a whole. Another comparison could be against similar sized airports in 2006. There were 12 airports in the 2M - 6M passengers per annum category in 2006. In the table below they are ranked by their size in 2006."......

And the new base for easyjet is...?

"In recent weeks I've been reading on various aviation forums that some followers of BHX, LBA and SOU are convinced that easyJet will soon be opening a base at 'their' airport. I don't know whether any of these sentiments are anything more than a wish. If there is some substance and they are all correct easyJet will be a very busy airline in the near future, opening three new UK bases. It seems a tall order that they would but Jet2 opened two bases (STN and BHX) simultaneously and what successes they have turned out to be as they have gone from strength to strength. There are certainly gaps in the easyJet spread across the UK in two very populous metropolitan areas (West Midlands and West Yorkshire). Although LGW is relatively close to SOU the latter might be a contender for LGW easyJet 'overspill' albeit easyJet has recently acquired more slots at LGW. Whose followers will be correct: BHX, LBA or SOU?; or all of them?; or none of them?".....

If you were the boss of Birmingham Airport...

"So ladies and gents a bit of an open forum/debate for you all.. If you were in charge of Birmingham Airport right now, what changes would you make? What would you do to improve the airport, would you enlarge the terminal? would you give an airline any deal they wanted? Would you make changes to taxiways/runways/hangers etc..... Would you lower/increase airport costs? Would you hire new senior management? Would you rename the airport? over to you".....

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