Surge in demand following government removal of travel restrictions
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Surge in demand following government removal of travel restrictions Following a very weak January and February, passenger numbers in March were the highest since the start of the pandemic, following the Government’s removal of all travel restrictions, making the UK the first country in the world to do so. This demand is being driven by outbound leisure at weekends and during school holidays, as Brits make the most of the freedom to travel and cash in vouchers from trips cancelled during covid. Inbound leisure and business travel remains weak due to high covid levels in the UK and the...
PLAY time for LJLA as new connection to Iceland and USA announced
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PLAY time for LJLA as new connection to Iceland and USA announced PLAY time for LJLA as new connection to Iceland and USA announced Liverpool John Lennon Airport is delighted to announce its newest airline partner PLAY – an Icelandic low-cost carrier, which will link Liverpool to Reykjavik for the first time, with seamless connections also available to their USA services including New York, Boston, Washington and Orlando. Flights are set to commence from Liverpool on 4th November 2022, operating on Mondays and Fridays using the carrier’s fleet of brand-new Airbus neo family aircraft...
£2m being invested in new passenger facilities at Liverpool Airport
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£2m being invested in new passenger facilities as LJLA gears up for a busier summer season £2m being invested in new passenger facilities as LJLA gears up for a busier summer season Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) expects a much busier summer this year as it continues its recovery from the covid pandemic and a £2m investment is now underway to introduce new passenger facilities that will also create a further 200 jobs at the airport. With flights to over 60 destinations across Europe and the UK operating from Liverpool this summer, plus onward connections to a host of global...
Summer Season delivers increased connectivity at Cardiff Airport
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Summer Season delivers increased connectivity at Cardiff Airport Sunday 27th March heralds the start of the Summer 2022 season at Cardiff Airport, with the busiest summer since 2019 expected at the Welsh capital city gateway. The summer schedule, which runs until the end of October, will see Cardiff offer more than 25 routes to popular business and leisure destinations as the airport continues to rebuild its connectivity post-pandemic. The airport will receive a major boost to its passenger figures and recovery on 8 April when ultra-low-cost airline Wizz Air UK launches its base...
Corendon Airlines commences flights from Birmingham Airport
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Corendon Airlines commences flights from Birmingham Airport Corendon Airlines, the European leisure carrier, has started flying from Birmingham Airport. Its fleet of 189-seat B737-800 aircraft are now operating flights twice a week to Dalaman and three times a week to Antalya. This afternoon's departure to Antalya took off with a full plane of customers seeking some Turkish sun. Corendon, which is already on sale to Antalya and Dalaman for summer 2022, today announced it will extend its Antalya service into winter 2022/23. Winter tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks. This...

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Winter passenger demand bodes well for East Midlands Airport’s summer season
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Winter passenger demand bodes well for East Midlands Airport’s summer season The number of passengers who used East Midlands Airport (EMA) last month was higher than expected and exceeded forecasts by about 20%. 110,435 people flew through the Midlands gateway in February which suggests that demand is building ahead of the busier summer season. EMA welcomes two-thirds of its total annual passengers between the months of April and October and forecasts suggest that 2.6m passengers will use the airport during its peak season this year. This would equate to about 80% of pre-Covid levels...
Heathrow removes face covering mandate at UK’s hub airport
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Heathrow removes face covering mandate at UK’s hub airport From Wednesday 16 March, face coverings at Heathrow will no longer be mandated in Heathrow terminals, rail stations or office buildings British Airways and Virgin Atlantic welcomed the move, signalling they will be revising their onboard face covering policies as well Change in policy comes amid continued success of the vaccination programme and as society learns to live with COVID longer term An extensive array of other COVID-secure measures remain in place and face coverings will be available at the airport for those wanting...
easyjet celebrates flying three million passengers to and from BHX and launches new summer route to Faro
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easyjet celebrates flying three million passengers to and from BHX and launches new summer route to Faro • easyJet is celebrating flying over three million passengers to and from Birmingham with a flight giveaway for a pair of lucky travellers • The airline has also launched a new route from Birmingham to Faro in Portugal with first flights taking off from 1 May 2022 and seats on sale Thursday 17th March from £24.99* • New route becomes easyJet’s 8th route from Birmingham, following the addition of Malaga, Palma and Amsterdam to the network • This summer is set to be easyJet’s biggest...
Frankfurt Airport Marks 50th Anniversary of Terminal 1
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Frankfurt Airport Marks 50th Anniversary of Terminal 1 Inauguration took place on March 14, 1972 – Terminal combined all processes under one roof for the first time, from check-in to boarding – Introduction of intermodal transport On March 14, 1972, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) entered a new era: Terminal 1, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind anywhere in Europe, opened its doors to the public. For the first time, all key passenger-facing processes, from check-in to boarding, were under one roof. The same date saw the launch of intermodal transportation at Frankfurt Airport: the...
Headwinds and slow traffic growth create an uncertain environment for aviation this year
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Headwinds and slow traffic growth create an uncertain environment for aviation this year Overall passenger numbers last month remained nearly 50% down on pre-pandemic levels with only 2.8 million passengers travelling through the UK’s hub airport during February, 15% below forecast Outbound leisure demand is recovering strongly and countries are starting to remove travel restrictions. However demand from inbound leisure and business travel remains suppressed by the testing and quarantine requirements that are still in place in nearly two-thirds of the markets we serve. While we hope...

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Heathrow recovery begins after worst year in its history
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Heathrow recovery begins after worst year in its history - Results for the 12 months ended 31 Dec 2021 Passenger numbers fell to 19.4m, lowest since 1972 – Heathrow was the only European hub to see a reduction in traffic last year, due to tighter travel restrictions than EU countries. Cargo, mainly carried on passenger planes, was 12% down on pre-pandemic levels. Cost reduction helped to stem losses for the year – We have worked hard to achieve £870m of cost savings over the last two years, however cumulative losses during the pandemic have risen to £3.8bn due to lower passengers and...
Airport City Manchester: Construction begins on new 412-bedroom TRIBE hotel
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TRIBE construction begins at Airport City Manchester Airport City Manchester has commenced work on the construction of a brand new 412-bedroom TRIBE hotel, which is the first of its kind in the UK. Set in the heart of Airport City Manchester’s hotel district, TRIBE will be the third new hotel to be built at the development, following the 280-bed Holiday Inn and a 262-bed Ibis Budget which are due to open in Summer 2022. Once complete, the nine-storey, 12,300m2 TRIBE hotel will feature 412 rooms and suites, restaurant and bar, a gym, and a crew lounge for airline staff. The 24-month...
Money-Saving Strategies for Savvy Travellers
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Image courtesy of Pexels Money-Saving Strategies for Savvy Travelers Escaping from the homestead to experience a new location can be a refreshing experience filled with joy, excitement, and delicious local food. But it can also be downright expensive, with the average family vacation coming in at over £1,000 per person. Thankfully, traveling doesn't have to be the scary money-eating monster under the bed. Here are four ways to save some serious dough when wanderlust strikes. Shop Around and Stack Coupons The travel industry is hyper-competitive. With thousands of hotels on the planet and...
Bristol Airport Stakeholders Respond To Airport Expansion Go-Ahead
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Response from key stakeholders in the region after the announcement to give Bristol Airport the go-ahead to expand John Mayer, Somerset Area Lead for the Federation of Small Businesses, said, “At a time when being open for business has never been more important, supporting the sustainable growth of our regional gateway sends a strong signal that our region will continue to welcome trade, tourism, and investment from overseas to the benefit of SME owners. We strongly support Bristol Airport’s commitment to net zero operations by 2030, which will open up new opportunities for innovative...
Bristol Airport awarded capacity expansion
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The independent Planning Inspectorate has announced it will allow Bristol Airport’s expanded capacity to proceed This will lift the cap on Bristol Airport’s capacity from 10 million passengers a year to 12 million and enables investment – including new upgrades to the terminal building, parking facilities, and public transport links. Expanded capacity will add 800 jobs at Bristol Airport and up to a further 5,000 regionally. The Airport has an existing plan in place to ensure that local residents are offered future job opportunities and a fund will be created to help support those...

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Airbus’ iconic Beluga ready to serve global outsized-cargo demand
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Airbus’ iconic Beluga super transporters ready to serve global outsized-cargo demand Airbus has launched a new air-cargo service using its unique BelugaST fleet to offer freight companies and other potential customers a solution to their outsized freight transportation needs. The new service - Airbus Beluga Transport - will provide commercially-contracted customers in a variety of sectors, including space, energy, military, aeronautic, maritime and humanitarian sectors, with a solution to their large cargo transport needs. The first mission took place at the end of 2021 with a delivery...
Malta International Airport awarded the ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label
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Malta International Airport awarded the ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label Malta International Airport was one of the first Maltese establishments to receive the ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label during an event organised by local NGO Prisms in collaboration with the Ministry for Inclusion, Social Wellbeing and Voluntary Organisations, the Commission of the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. The ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ quality label was created within a wider programme, which is managed by Prisms, Autism Europe and a number of other entities, with...
Gatwick’s recovery continues with Vueling’s expansion at the airport
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Gatwick’s recovery continues with Vueling’s expansion at the airport Gatwick has today welcomed the announcement that Vueling is to expand their operations at the airport – including five new routes – which are now available to book for a well-earned Easter or Summer holiday, city break or trip to see friends and family. Vueling’s expansion will see two aircraft based at Gatwick and - in addition to increased frequencies to its existing direct routes from Gatwick to Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Paris-Orly, Rome and Florence – the airline will fly the five new...
Frankfurt Airport’s Passenger Traffic Recovers Noticeably in the Latter Half of 2021
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Frankfurt Airport’s Passenger Traffic Recovers Noticeably in the Latter Half of 2021 Overall passenger numbers for FRA and Fraport’s Group airports worldwide still remain well below pre-crisis standards – Frankfurt Airport achieves new all-time record for annual cargo tonnage Fraport Traffic Figures includes (until further notice) a comparison between the current traffic figures and the corresponding 2019 base-year figures, in addition to the regular year-on-year reporting. Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 24.8 million passengers in 2021 – a 32.2 percent increase compared to 2020...
Aviation in for long-haul recovery as Omicron causes at least 600,000 passengers to cancel travel plans in December from Heathrow
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Aviation in for long-haul recovery as Omicron causes at least 600,000 passengers to cancel travel plans in December from Heathrow COVID-19 continues to pose significant challenges for the travel industry, with Heathrow welcoming only 19.4 million passengers in 2021 – less than one quarter of 2019 and below even 2020 levels At least 600,000 passengers cancelled travel plans from Heathrow in December due to Omicron and the uncertainty caused by swiftly imposed government travel restrictions There is significant doubt over the speed at which demand will recover. IATA forecasts suggest...

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Cardiff Airport appoints new Aviation Development Manager
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Cardiff Airport appoints new Aviation Development Manager Cardiff Airport is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Watkins as its new Aviation Development Manager. Watkins brings to the post over 25 years of experience in the UK aviation sector, including working in account management and route development roles for over 13 years at Birmingham and Coventry Airports. As well as running his own B2B communications company, Watkins was also Editor at aviation route development publication anna.aero for six years. He gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Transport Management from Aston...
Boost for the North of England as direct flights to Bangladesh return to Manchester Airport this weekend
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Boost for the North of England as direct flights to Bangladesh return to Manchester Airport this weekend - Direct flights to Dhaka and Sylhet resume on Boxing Day - Positive boost for the 55,000 people per year who travel to both Bangladeshi cities - Flights on start of the art Dreamliner with economy and business class cabins - Flights to operate twice a week until 28th March initially - Fares from £680 return - For more information see: www.biman-airlines.com This Sunday, the North of England is set for another long-haul boost as direct flights to Bangladesh return to Manchester...
Malta International Airport welcomes 315,900 passengers in November
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Malta International Airport welcomes 315,900 passengers in November November registers lowest drop of 35.9% since the start of the pandemic Almost 70% of seats available were occupied last month MIA warns that extreme and fragmented restrictions would impact the success of the festive season and beyond Last November saw 315,964 passengers travel through Malta International Airport. This total translates into a decrease of 35.9 per cent compared to 2019 figures, which is the lowest percentage drop to be registered by Malta International Airport since the start of the pandemic. Out of a...
Re-connecting to the world. Qantas to link Melbourne Airport with Delhi
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Re-connecting to the world. Qantas to link Melbourne Airport with Delhi Qantas will launch the first new international route from Melbourne since the onset of Covid-19 when it begins flights to Delhi next month. The new year-round service will take off on December 22 and will initially operate four times a week from Melbourne to Delhi via Adelaide using an Airbus A330, with the return leg flying directly from Delhi to Melbourne. The announcement came as Qantas resumed regular scheduled international flying out of Melbourne for the first time since March 2020. The airline re-started...
New partnership brings boost for UK regional connectivity
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New partnership brings boost for UK regional connectivity A new partnership between leading UK regional airlines Aurigny, Blue Islands and Loganair will take off in 2022 as the airlines widen their working relationship to offer a wider range of seamless travel connections across their route networks; aim to coordinate their benefits for frequent flyers; and launch a new programme of co-operation to harness their collective buying power. Existing partnerships between Blue Islands and Aurigny, and Loganair and Blue Islands, will be strengthened and a new partnership for connecting...

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London Stansted Celebrates Opening Of New WHSmith Tech Store
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London Stansted has celebrated the opening of a brand new WHSmith tech superstore in the departure lounge. The store combines traditional WHSmith items such as books, food, drink, and gifts with the latest technology and electrical accessories from its newly launched InMotion range. Featuring a wrap-around LED fascia and in-store digital signage, the 6,000 square foot store will enhance the airport shopping experience for passengers. The InMotion team will also be on hand to demonstrate the latest products to help passengers make informed choices. Ben Green, Retail Director at London...
easyJet adds additional aircraft to Bristol for Summer 2022
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easyJet adds additional aircraft to Bristol fleet providing over 170k seats across Europe for next summer with low fares now on sale from just £29.99* easyJet is adding an additional aircraft to its Bristol fleet for next summer • The extra A320 family aircraft will provide around 176,000 low fare seats to over 74 destinations across Europe, to serve demand for next summer • Seats are on sale from today at easyJet.com with great deals available from just £29.99* easyJet, Bristol’s largest airline, has today announced that it will add an additional aircraft to its...
Flybe Announces New Birmingham Headquarters and First Crew Base
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Flybe Announce New Headquarters and First Crew Base At Birmingham One of Britain’s newest commercial airlines in several decades, Flybe Ltd, has today announced that Birmingham Airport will be its new company headquarters and first new crew base. Amongst one of the first UK airlines to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) since Brexit, Flybe will serve key regions across the UK and EU with operations scheduled to begin in early 2022. Birmingham Airport’s Diamond House will be the location of the company’s new HQ and Operations Centre, in a move that is expected to create...
428,426 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in October
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428,426 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in October October’s encouraging result can be attributed to easing of more restrictions and the mid-term holiday effect Last month’s passenger numbers still 39.1 per cent below October 2019 levels The United Kingdom was the top driver of passenger traffic for another month With 428,426 passenger movements registered, last October became Malta International Airport’s best performing month since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this encouraging result, which can be partly attributed to the easing of more entry...
East Midlands Airport welcomes DHL’s sustainable aviation fuel investment
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East Midlands Airport welcomes DHL’s sustainable aviation fuel investment East Midlands Airport (EMA) has welcomed Deutsche Post DHL Group’s announcement today that it will reduce 70,000 tons of CO2 by investing EUR 60m in sustainable aviation fuels for the aircraft it operates out of EMA. Clare James, Managing Director says: “DHL’s commitment to investing in sustainable aviation fuels for its EMA operation is very welcome news. Not only is this an important step to achieving the decarbonisation of aviation but it demonstrates how committed the industry is to playing its part in...

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