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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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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...
Final consultation to begin for new Leeds Bradford airport link road
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The final phase of consultation for a new Leeds Bradford Airport link road is to take place where the public will be able to view detailed plans for the three proposed routes leading to Leeds Bradford Airport. Option A offers the most direct route with access to a proposed airport parkway station and new proposed business park but option A is the most expensive with a price tag of around £90- £100 million. Option B passes to the South of the airfield joining the current road network before the existing airport flyover tunnel. The estimated cost of option B is between £60 - £70 million...
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...
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...
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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