Eager British tourists return to the Algarve
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Eager British tourists return to the Algarve UK holidaymakers are once again travelling overseas from today, although currently only to exclusive “green list” destinations such as Portugal. Bookings for flights to Portugal, including tourist hotspot the Algarve, were reported to have increased dramatically last Friday, after the Portuguese government confirmed that travellers from the UK would be allowed to enter the country if they could provide a negative PCR test result from the previous 72 hours. Previously, there had been some confusion about the government’s position. Portugal is...
New facility will provide A321 industrial capability to support market recovery and demand
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New facility will provide A321 industrial capability to support market recovery and demand Airbus has resumed work on the modernisation of its A320 Family industrial capabilities in Toulouse. This will provide Airbus with increased flexibility throughout its global industrial production system to respond to market recovery and future demand. The modernised, digitally-enabled A320/A321 final assembly line (FAL) will replace one of the original Toulouse A320 FALs. It will be installed in the former A380 Lagardère facility and should be operational by end 2022. Initial plans to introduce...
Sydney Airport’s east-west runway re-opens
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Sydney Airport’s east-west runway re-opens Runway re-opens more than a year after it was closed to accommodate parked aircraft Re-opened to cater for essential maintenance works on main north-south runway, and gradual recovery in domestic air traffic Passenger traffic in March was 68 percent down on pre-COVID levels Sydney Airport’s east-west runway accepted its first flights yesterday, Sunday 9 May 2021, more than a year after it was closed to accommodate the extraordinary demand for aircraft parking due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The east-west runway accommodated almost 50 grounded...
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) Response To Government's International Travel Announcement Friday 7th May
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Manchester Airports Group (MAG) Response To Government's International Travel Announcement Friday 7th May Charlie Cornish, MAG CEO, said: “Many people will be frustrated that today’s announcement by the Transport Secretary does not allow for a broader restart of international travel, with so few countries on the initial green list. “The aviation industry will be especially concerned that the Government appears to have ignored clear scientific evidence, which shows that testing and vaccinations can support safe travel to a larger group of low-risk destinations. “The British public will...
Stobart Air adds two new routes from Cardiff to Dublin and Belfast
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Stobart Air adds two new routes from Cardiff to Dublin and Belfast Cardiff to Dublin route to commence on 30 August and initially operate three times weekly, with fares starting from £39.99; Cardiff to Belfast route to commence on 28 June and initially operate four times weekly, with fares starting from £29.99; Flights will operate in line with Covid-19 protocols, including Stobart Air’s enhanced health and safety measures; Stobart Air calls on UK & Irish Governments to develop vaccine passport system to allow vaccinated people resume travel; Andy Jolly, Managing Director at Stobart Air...

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Amsterdam Schiphol named cargo airport of the year
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Schiphol named cargo airport of the year Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has won the ‘Cargo Airport of the year’ award of the Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards. Schiphol won the award thanks to the voters of the global Air Cargo Community and the readers of Air Cargo Week. The airport was praised for the commitment to developing the cargo sector, outstanding facilities and the efficiency of the cargo operation in these trying times. “ We are very proud to have received this award on behalf of Schiphol and the Cargo Community. Cargo transport occupies an important place within Schiphol...
Malta International Airport holds its 29th Annual General Meeting
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Malta International Airport holds its 29th Annual General Meeting A decade of solid results equipped Malta Airport with resilience to withstand the shocks of the crisis; 2021 off to a slow start with year-to-date traffic totalling 137,887 passenger movements; Strategic investments & restoring the island’s connectivity will be prioritised as the company focuses on its recovery Malta International Airport today held its twenty-ninth Annual General Meeting remotely, during which the company’s performance for the year ended 31 December 2020 as well as year-to-date traffic results were...
Two Panther 6X6 Fire Trucks join Malta's Rescue and Fire-fighting FLEET
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Two Panther 6X6 Fire Trucks join MIA’S Rescue and Fire-fighting FLEET Two Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 fire trucks have just joined Malta International Airport’s fire-fighting fleet, equipping the company with enhanced rescue and fire-fighting capabilities. The delivery of the two vehicles from Austria comes less than a year after Malta International Airport announced the arrival of the leading aircraft rescue truck – the Panther 8×8 – as part of the company’s fleet modernisation programme entailing a total investment of almost €3 million. Given the complex technologies employed by the...
Heathrow: Restarting aviation critical to UK economy
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Restarting aviation critical to UK economy - Results for the three months ended 31st March 2021 Closure of national borders increases COVID losses to nearly £2.4 billion – Heathrow recorded a further £329 million loss in Q1 as only 1.7 million passengers travelled through the airport, down 91% compared to Q1 2019. This brings total losses since the start of the pandemic to nearly £2.4 billion. Cargo volumes are also down 23% on 2019, underlining how a lack of flights impacts UK trade with the rest of the world. UK’s summer economic recovery depends on travel restarting from May 17th –...
Covid: Breach of ‘Green Zone’ at International Terminal
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Breach of ‘Green Zone’ at International Terminal Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) can confirm there was a breach of the ‘green zone’ in the International Terminal at Brisbane Airport earlier today. The breach is due to human error, and BAC is currently working with all relevant authorities including Queensland Health to investigate the circumstances of the breach. At approximately 9:30am, two transit passengers arrived on a ‘red’ flight from Port Moresby and proceeded through screening to transit as per normal process. Initial review of CCTV indicates that at approximately 9.55am...

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport celebrates Sweet Sixteenth Anniversary
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport celebrates Sweet Sixteenth Anniversary Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is celebrating its ‘sweet sixteenth’ anniversary today (28th April), and despite a second consecutive ‘lockdown birthday’, is excited to mark the occasion by celebrating an impressive milestone of 14 million passengers having enjoyed its Easy, Friendly, Relaxed service since 2005. Although the fifteenth anniversary year has been like no other, spirits refuse to be dampened at the UK’s favourite airport. The team are preparing to welcome customers, ready for a holiday, confident of a...
Cardiff Airport launches COVID-19 testing facility in partnership with Nuffield Health
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News 22 APRIL Cardiff Airport launches COVID-19 testing facility in partnership with Nuffield Health Cardiff Airport has partnered with Nuffield Health to offer a convenient COVID-19 testing service located at the Airport. The testing facility is now open, enabling customers travelling for essential reasons to get a COVID-19 test at the Airport before their flight, as well as to the public who want to take a test for non-travel related purposes. Passengers flying into Cardiff Airport can also use the service to book COVID-19 tests to meet their arrival and quarantine requirements. The...
Birmingham Airport achieves health accreditation for industry best practise
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Birmingham Airport achieves health accreditation for industry best practise As Birmingham Airport prepares to welcome back customers, it has achieved the Airport Health Accreditation for its commitment to health and hygiene best practise from the Airports Council International (ACI). The accreditation recognises the effort to protect all users of the airport from health risks, such as Covid-19. Such recognition will help to reassure customers and colleagues that the airport’s facilities remain safe and that precautions are being taken to reduce any risk to health. The ACI reviewed...
Aurigny and Blue Islands harmonise services to improve connectivity to the Channel Islands
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New co-operation agreement – Aurigny and Blue Islands harmonise services to improve connectivity to the Channel Islands Aurigny and Blue Islands have today reached in-principal agreement to codeshare on selected routes connecting the Channel Islands with the UK, aiming to restore connectivity to both Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey as the islands emerge from the Covid-19 Pandemic. The two carriers plan to harmonise their schedules between Guernsey, Jersey, Exeter and Birmingham to offer same-day return services on certain days of the week, reintroducing services previously popular...
EuRiga! New route to Latvian capital from Edinburgh
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EuRiga! New route to Latvian capital announced airBaltic will make its arrival at Edinburgh Airport this summer with flights between the capital cities of Scotland and Latvia from June. It’s the Latvian airline’s first route from Edinburgh and it will operate two flights per week between to Riga on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The route is scheduled to begin on June 4 2021 and will operate on Mondays and Fridays. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “We are always looking to add new routes and we are excited to be welcoming airBaltic to Edinburgh Airport and...

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Heathrow's Traffic Figures - March 2021
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Heathrow's Traffic Figures - March 2021 Heathrow's passenger numbers fell by 82.6% YoY in March. Heathrow’s cargo volumes are down 25.7% on an annual basis. However, cargo movements have increased by 21.4% compared with March 2020. Traffic Summary March 2021 Terminal Passengers (000s) Mar 2021 % Change Jan to Mar 2021 % Change Apr 2020 to Mar 2021 % Change Market UK 58 -72.1 166 -81.9 712 -84.9 EU 140 -84.0 445 -90.3...
Technology Could Further Strengthen Malta’s Appeal As A Safe Destination
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Technology Could Further Strengthen Malta’s Appeal As A Safe Destination March passenger traffic through MIA down 93% over 2019 Recent local developments bode well for the second half of 2021 Technology would contribute to boosting consumer confidence, which is crucial for the successful restart of air travel Passenger traffic through Malta International Airport totalled 32,033 movements last March. Translating into a drop of 93 per cent compared to the same month in 2019, this traffic result reflects the hurdles – including low consumer confidence – still being faced by the aviation...
Southampton Airport welcomes approval of planning application
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Southampton Airport welcomes approval of planning application Responding to the positive decision from Eastleigh Borough Council to approve the planning application for the extension of Southampton Airport’s runway, Operations Director, Steve Szalay, said: “This is the news we have been hoping for and working so hard to achieve. By listening to the overwhelming public and business support, as well as the planning officer’s recommendation to approve, the councillors have safeguarded the future of the airport. The decision also ensures we are well placed to provide employment and support...
UK Government Indecisiveness sends Travel Industry into disarray
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UK Government Indecisiveness sends Travel Industry into disarray What is absolutely clear is the UK Government has been completely indecisive when it comes to foreign travel. Foreign holidays are on, then they're off, you can book holidays, then you can't. Travel will be permitted from the 17th of May, but then, the government is not going to tell you how this can happen. The 'traffic light' idea was released in the usual way, through a Downing Street 'leak' the day before a Downing Street conference hosted by Boris Johnson.. The scheme, largely accepted by the travel industry was a...
Charge for vehicles using London Gatwick (LGW) South Terminal forecourt to be introduced
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Charge for vehicles using Gatwick (LGW) South Terminal forecourt introduced this coming Monday (12 April), following its introduction at the North terminal last month New revenue stream being introduced to help the airport preserve jobs and recover from the significant effects of the Covid-19 pandemic Blue badge holders and staff employed on the airport campus will be exempt from the charge and can register at www.gatwickairport.com/dropoff Local commuters living in areas with limited public transport can also pay a £50 annual fee for two visits to the train station each day by also...

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Jet2.com puts Innsbruck on sale from Birmingham airport for summer 22
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Jet2.com puts Innsbruck on sale from Birmingham airport for summer 22 Flights now on sale to Innsbruck for Summer 22 from Birmingham Airport Start of services in Summer 22 means holidaymakers can explore Innsbruck and its surrounding areas in the summer for the first time Latest expansion means a bumper choice of 55 sun and city destinations now on sale from Birmingham Airport 7th April 2021: Jet2.com has once again responded to strong and continued demand from UK holidaymakers by announcing it will operate summer flights to Innsbruck, with services on sale from Birmingham Airport for...
Worldwide Airport Expansion...?
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Worldwide Airport Expansion There has been huge hype over the last year regarding airport "expansion" in the UK. Environmentalists claim airport expansion will make it impossible to reduce co2 they claim is causing climate change. Expansion in the UK is relatively small in comparison with that seen in the rest of the world. China is currently building new airports at a rate of 8 each year with a total of 74 new airport reportedly opened by the end of 2020. The building continues and Chengdu Tianfu airport due to open later this year is expected to handle in the region of 40 million...
Secretary of States throws LBA replacement terminal plans into the long grass
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Secretary of States throws LBA terminal plans into the long grass The UK Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP has thrown plans to replace Leeds Bradford Airports terminal into the long grass. Supporters of the airport see this as a divisive decision which will further impede the region's economic recovery from the Covid pandemic. The government has clearly bowed down to pressure from environmental groups to stall Leeds Bradford Airport's plans, which could have kick-started the economic recovery in West Yorkshire. Levelling up the North-South divide in terms of the economic stimulus...
Melbourne Airport welcomes nine new services in just over two weeks
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Melbourne Airport welcomes nine new services in just over two weeks Melbourne Airport is forecasting a significant increase in passenger numbers over Easter and the school holidays, with nine new services launching in just two weeks and daily passenger numbers expected to increase to the highest levels since COVID-19 began. The new services will add a combined 800,000 seats per year out of Melbourne Airport, a positive sign for domestic recovery. Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Lorie Argus said the busy period ahead indicates strong pent-up demand to fly. “As traveller confidence...
Rolls-Royce reaches new milestone as world’s largest aero-engine build start
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Rolls-Royce reaches new milestone as world’s largest aero-engine build start An artist’s impression of the UltraFan demonstrator Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest aero-engine, UltraFan®, which will help redefine sustainable air travel for decades to come. Work on the first module is underway at our dedicated DemoWorks facility in Derby, UK, and the demonstrator engine, which has a fan diameter of 140 inches, will be completed by the end of the year. The engine is the basis for a potential new family of UltraFan engines able to power both narrowbody and...

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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces summer 22 Sicily from Bristol
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces a new Italian destination on sale from Bristol Airport for Summer 22 – Sicily! Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have today announced the launch of flights and holidays to Sicily from Bristol Airport for Summer 22, giving customers and independent travel agents across the region even more choice when it comes to enjoying beach holidays and city breaks in Italy. The addition of the stunning island expands Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ programme from Bristol Airport to 36 destinations for Summer 22 and comes in response to strong and continued demand from local...
easyJet launches new routes from Birmingham this summer with five new European beach destinations
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easyJet launches new routes from Birmingham this summer with five new European beach destinations easyJet launches new routes from Birmingham this summer with five new European beach destinations easyJet launches new routes from Birmingham this summer with five new European beach destinations easyJet and easyJet holidays have confirmed today that new routes and package holidays to popular European destinations across Spain, Portugal, and Greece from Birmingham Airport will launch from 29 June Great value fares are still available for UK travellers to enjoy a well-deserved and...
Ryanair adds Zadar to this Summer’s list of destinations from LJLA
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Ryanair adds Zadar to this Summer’s list of destinations from LJLA Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today announced a new Liverpool to Zadar route, commencing in July 2021 and flying twice weekly to the popular Croatian resort as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule. Whilst international travel is still not permitted for most travellers until 17th May at the earliest, Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has continued to work closely with its airline partners to plan ahead and offer the region’s passengers a great list of Summer destinations to choose from, once international travel...
Aer Lingus Launches First UK Base At Manchester Airport (UK)
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Aer Lingus Launches First UK Base At Manchester Airport - Creating 120 Jobs And Four New Transatlantic Routes New services mark the airline’s first direct connections from the UK to the US and the Caribbean Non-stop services from Manchester to New York JFK, Orlando, Barbados and Boston Summer fares to the US start from £199 each-way as part of a return journey Aer Lingus customers can avail of free, unlimited changes on all flights up to two hours before departure with its ‘Book with Confidence’ offer Aer Lingus is to launch its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to...
MPs and Peers urge the Chancellor to support the UK’s travel industry
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Over 60 MPs and Peers urge the Chancellor to support the UK’s travel industry by introducing duty free on arrival shops Tom Hack, Head of Commercial, Bristol Airport said: “Following Brexit, the UK Government has confirmed that British travellers will once again be able to treat themselves when they fly abroad on holiday with the return of Duty Free shopping. If the go-ahead for Duty Free on arrival were also given, this is another boost for the British traveller and the domestic economy with the sale being made in the UK rather than in the EU. It’s also a much needed lifeline following...

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