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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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easyJet celebrates flying 55 million passengers from Bristol
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easyJet celebrates flying 55 million passengers from Bristol easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, is today celebrating carrying 55 million passengers from Bristol Airport since launching operations there in 2002. The airline now operates 74 routes and up to 740 flights a week out of Bristol - that’s 10% more flights compared to summer 2018 - making it the airline’s largest UK base outside of London. In what is set to be an important summer of expansion for easyJet at the airport, the airline will base a 17th aircraft at Bristol and launches flights on five new routes to Rhodes in Greece...
Launch day set for statutory consultation on Heathrow expansion
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Launch day set for statutory consultation on Heathrow expansion Heathrow’s statutory consultation on its expansion plans will commence the 18th of June and end on the 13th of September New CGI imagery released to show what an expanded Heathrow could look like June consultation follows an extensive period of non-statutory consultation and engagement Heathrow has announced that its statutory 12 and a half-week consultation on its expansion plans will launch on the 18th of June. This step is the latest delivery milestone for the critical national infrastructure project, and the responses...
Gatwick celebrates new ownership with continued investment to “put passengers at heart”
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Gatwick celebrates new ownership with continued investment to “put passengers at heart” of exciting new chapter New long-term partnership formed by VINCI Airports and Global Infrastructure Partners which will support Gatwick’s passenger-focused strategy Major investment programme will “enable Gatwick to continue on its successful journey” says CEO Stewart Wingate London Gatwick today announced a new chapter in its ownership as VINCI Airports completed the purchase of a 50.01% stake in the airport. Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) will continue to manage the remaining 49.99% interest...
Bristol Airport introduces new paper cup recycling initiative
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Bristol Airport introduces new paper cup recycling initiative Nearly a tonne of paper cups has been recycled as a result of a new process introduced at Bristol Airport in March. This is the equivalent of 54,500 standard size coffee cups which, if placed end to end would stretch for nearly 6km – which is nearly the length of 57 football pitches or three times the length of Bristol Airport’s runway! Working in collaboration with catering partners and waste management provider, SWRnewstar, the Airport has introduced the scheme to ensure paper cups are recycled and not placed in landfill...
Qatar Airways celebrates First Anniversary at Cardiff Airport
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Qatar Airways celebrates First Anniversary at Cardiff Airport Qatar Airways, the multiple-award-winning airline, is celebrating its first anniversary connecting business and leisure customers from Cardiff Airport with destinations around the world. Over the past year, the airline’s regular service to Doha has been part of the seven per cent jump in overall passenger numbers from Cardiff. Some of the most popular network destinations include Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. In celebration of its first anniversary, the Qatar Airways staff surprised lucky passengers with...
Cardiff Airport reaches 1.6 million passengers
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Cardiff Airport reaches 1.6 million passengers The end of April 2019 marked an important milestone for Wales’ national airport in terms of passenger growth. Over the last 12 months, more than 1.6 million passengers have flown through Cardiff Airport, reflecting an increase of 7% versus 2018. This is the busiest year since 2009. Passenger growth for the month of April was up 20% versus the same month last year, with Cardiff Airport welcoming 126,399 total passengers, reflecting the Airport’s position as not only a point of departure, but also as a key international gateway for visitors to...
Manchester Airport signs up to Tap Water Refill Scheme
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Airport signs up to Tap Water Refill Scheme Passengers flying in and out of Manchester Airport can now refill their water bottles free of charge at any of its bars, cafes and restaurants. The UK’s third largest airport has signed up to a scheme called Refill, a national City to Sea initiative backed by local water company, United Utilities. It means passengers can refill their water bottles at any of the 33 outlets across the airport’s three terminals. This is in addition to water fountains that are already located in both arrivals and the departure lounges. With 7.7 billion plastic...
New TUI flights and holidays take off from Cardiff Airport
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New TUI flights and holidays take off from Cardiff Airport TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has today celebrated its first flights for summer to three new destinations for 2019 from Cardiff Airport. Holidaymakers from Wales boarded the first flight to Naples (Italy) today with Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Hurghada (Egypt) flights taking off later in the week, so customers can also now enjoy the popular destination of Croatia plus the resurgence of Egypt with these new flights from Cardiff Airport. Flights to Naples have been added to support the new homeport for the cruise ship Marella...
Roger Lewis announces plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport
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Roger Lewis announces plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport After a hugely successful four year tenure, Roger Lewis has announced his plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport on 31st October 2019. Mr Lewis will take up a new Welsh Government role as President of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, a family of seven museums located throughout Wales. Reflecting on what has been a transformational period for Cardiff Airport, Roger Lewis has played a pioneering role at a strategic level and chaired the Cardiff Airport Board of Directors since he was...
Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability
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Rolls-Royce set new standards in efficiency and sustainability Rolls-Royce has started manufacture of the world’s largest fan blades, for its UltraFan® demonstrator engine that will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability. As a set the composite blades have a 140-inch diameter, which is almost the size of a current narrowbody fuselage, and are being made at the company’s technology hub in Bristol, U.K. The milestone also marks the official start of production of parts for the demonstrator. UltraFan will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability, offering a 25 per...
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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."......

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.".....

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. ".....

Leeds Consultative Committee Summary

"Today was the December meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee, so for what it is worth, here is my somewhat brief summary. The meeting included a very informative presentation by the CEO, Hywell Rees, who having been at LBA 6 months has now had time to assess the task and who is now getting down to the job. He:- Made the point that LBA was under-loved and had been subjected to significant under investment by previous owners. Don't we know it? Advised us that he has authorised significant investment (in the £ Millions) over this winter to resolve some of the main problems with airport infrastructure - notably a 7 figure sum to replace the Jet2 check in (Hall B) baggage belt equipment which broke down frequently last summer. Also additional security scanning equipment with additional lanes. Also additional works (where feasible) within the terminal area and outside, to enhance not only the customer experience but also rectify issues experienced by air crew. Also enhanced snow clearing capability and snow clearing plan and action to resolve an issue with icing up of the South Side apron outside the Multiflight hangars, which (on some days) has caused Jet2 difficulties in getting aircraft out of or into the hangars. These works will commence in January, and I am not sure if it is relevant or not but there is a crane on the apron today which appears to have reduced parking capacity, as a Ryanair arrival this afternoon ended up parked on the Eastern Apron among the many inactive Jet2 aircraft"......

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