Heathrow launches blueprint for zero carbon domestic flight in drive to build back better
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Heathrow launches blueprint for zero carbon domestic flight in drive to build back better Heathrow has successfully pitched two carbon-cutting concepts to Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge The forward-thinking concepts could support efforts to level up and build back better, in the year the UK hosts the COP26 climate change conference Challenge aims to safeguard the UK’s advantage in aerospace R&D, reduce costs, cut emissions and create an economic boost from new forms of mobility Heathrow will work with cross-sector consortium to understand how to bring these concepts to life...
CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal
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CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal One of the UK’s biggest business organisations, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has said it will support Bristol Airport’s expansion appeal. Ben Rhodes, CBI South West deputy director said: “Bristol Airport is one of the key drivers of prosperity for North Somerset, Bristol, and the South West, supporting nearly 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributing around £1.7bn to the regional economy,” “The increased connectivity which Bristol Airport’s expansion would deliver can be an important part of a South West economic...
Southwest Shows Chicago Some Love With Inaugural O’Hare Service
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Southwest Shows Chicago Some Love With Inaugural O’Hare Service Daily nonstop flights to five U.S. cities start on Valentine’s Day Southwest Airlines gave the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) a Valentine's Day gift this morning with the launch of the Dallas-based carrier's first-ever service at O'Hare International Airport. “Southwest's decision to expand its operations to O'Hare underscores the strength of Chicago's aviation market and the key role the City will play in the recovery of an airline industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," Mayor...
Airbus updates production rate planning for its A320 Family
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Airbus updates production rate planning for its A320 Family Airbus is updating its production rate planning for its A320 Family aircraft in response to the market environment. The new average production rates for the A320 Family will now lead to a gradual increase in production from the current rate of 40 per month to 43 in Q3 and 45 in Q4 2021. This latest production plan represents a slower ramp up than the previously anticipated 47 aircraft per month from July. The A220 monthly production rate will increase from four to five aircraft per month from the end of Q1 2021 as previously...
January traffic through Malta International Airport drops 91%
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January traffic through Malta International Airport drops 91% Malta International Airport started what is set to be another challenging year for the aviation industry with a drop of 90.7 per cent in January passenger traffic. During the month of January, 38,938 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport, with this monthly total being comparable to the traffic handled by the airport in three days in January 2020. The airport’s weakest traffic result since its reopening in July 2020 comes in the wake of the implementation of new travel bans and more stringent requirements in...

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Replacement Terminal Approved For Leeds Bradford
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Replacement BREEAM Standard Terminal Approved For Leeds Bradford After 9 hours of deliberations and more than 100 pages of planning details later, Leeds City Council's Plans Panel committee members have this evening voted 9 to 5 in favour to approve “with considerations" Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building. We at the LBA Support Group are pleased to see a common sense outcome that support 100's of construction jobs at a time when they are needed the most. This project will create a better gateway to the Leeds City region and the whole of Yorkshire. The Investment...
easyJet and easyJet holidays launch new Greece routes from Bristol for Summer 2021
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easyJet and easyJet holidays launch new Greece routes from Bristol for Summer 2021 easyJet will launch flights and holidays to the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini from Bristol this summer with fares available from £30.99 Protection Promise means customers can book with confidence and if their plans have to change, so can their booking Flights are set to jet off at the end of May 2021 with seats available to book now at easyJet.com In a recent survey of 5000 Europeans 65% said they wanted to travel this year. easyJet and easyJet holidays have today launched brand new flights and...
Aviation urgently needs a flight plan for recovery after de facto border closure
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Aviation urgently needs a flight plan for recovery after de facto border closure Passenger volumes down 89% in January as the national lockdown, travel bans, blanket quarantine and compulsory testing deterred people from travelling. The additional inconvenience and cost of quarantine hotels, day2/day 8 testing requirements on top of other measures mean that the UK’s borders are effectively closed. We are working with the Government to try to ensure this complex scheme is workable. Fewer long-haul passenger flights meant that cargo volume was down 21% in January – a key indicator of...
LBA Support Group Response To Leeds Planning Recommendation
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LBA Support Group Response To Leeds Planning Recommendation We're really pleased Leeds City Council Planning Officers are recommending approval for the airports new replacement terminal building. The current terminal is totally inadequate and cannot meet today's standards. The plans submitted offer a sustainable replacement terminal building that isn't any larger than what has already been approved. The new terminal building will be environmentally sound from a building perspective. We also agree with section 106 recommendations for the implementation of improved public transport to...
Eastern Airways Returns Birmingham To Gibraltar Air Link
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Eastern Airways Returns Birmingham To Gibraltar Air Link Eastern Airways is to serve the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar from Birmingham Airport starting from the 28th May, marking the return of Eastern Airways to the airport and the return of the route. The airline will start by re-connecting the Midlands with the popular destination located on the Iberian Peninsula, twice weekly on a Monday and Friday. As the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham will be linked again to Gibraltar after a four year hiatus to provide connectivity for both the business and leisure markets...

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Birmingham Airport offers rapid Covid-19 screening services
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Birmingham Airport offers rapid Covid-19 screening services Birmingham Airport and ExpressTest (a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd) today announce the launch of rapid testing within the terminal. The site offers fast and accurate lateral flow and PCR testing and is now available for passengers who are legally permitted to travel, staff and the general public. Lateral flow tests are available for £50 per person. PCR tests cost £99 per person for the general public and £80 per person for airline passengers. Airport staff can receive a PCR test if needed for £60. The site is located in...
Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel
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Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel Rolls-Royce has conducted the first tests of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in a business jet engine, as part of our ongoing ambition to play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which we operate reach net zero carbon by 2050. The tests on our latest business aviation engine in development, the Pearl 700, in Dahlewitz, Germany, come just weeks after unblended SAF was successfully used for the first time in engine ground tests on a Trent 1000 engine in Derby, UK. This test demonstrates once again that...
Heathrow to launch rapid testing pilot for colleagues in partnership with UK Government
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Heathrow to launch rapid testing pilot for colleagues in partnership with UK Government Heathrow is working with NHS Test and Trace on a Government-led rapid testing pilot for airport colleagues Around 2,000 Heathrow airport colleagues will regularly take part in rapid lateral flow tests to help identify those who may unknowingly be carrying the virus New scheme will enhance the airport’s COVID-secure credentials, and forms part of the Government’s strategy for keeping critical national infrastructure open and operational Heathrow is working with NHS Test & Trace on a Government-led...
Lighting Upgrades at Malta International Airport Expected to Lead to Significant Drops in Energy Consumption
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Lighting Upgrades at Malta International Airport Expected to Lead to Significant Drops in Energy Consumption Two planned power outages at Malta International Airport have allowed the company to modernise its electrical infrastructure as part of an investment in a more robust energy supply. In parallel with works aimed at enhancing supply security, the company has also successfully completed major lighting upgrades, which will contribute to a significant reduction in energy consumption and lowered CO2 emissions. While several locations around Malta International Airport, including the...
Passenger numbers at BNE hit a 26-year low in 2020 due to Covid
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Passenger numbers at BNE hit a 26-year low in 2020 due to Covid. Total passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport (BNE) for calendar year 2020 were just over 8 million, a 26-year low and down 66% on 2019. International traveller numbers decreased by nearly 5 million to 1.4 million passengers for the calendar year, resulting in a 78 per cent decrease on 2019. More than one million of these arrived in the first two months of the year. Domestic passenger numbers were 6.7 million, a reduction of 62.5% or close to 11.1 million fewer passengers than 2019. In total, BNE recorded 8.1m passengers...

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London City Response To New Travel Restrictions
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New UK border measures and international travel restrictions Reacting to the UK Government’s introduction of new border measures and international travel restrictions, Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive of London City Airport, said: "While these new restrictions will further postpone the recovery of aviation, we acknowledge that the UK Government has taken a risk-based approach to the hotel quarantine policy, rather than applying it to all arriving passengers. We hope that key destination markets, in particular the EU and members states, will reciprocate and avoid blanket travel bans so...
Australia enforces face masks for domestic air travel for persons 12 years and over
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Australia enforces face masks for domestic air travel for persons 12 years and over A new Public Health Direction will make face masks mandatory for domestic commercial air travel in and out of the ACT, The direction is in line with the commitment jurisdictions have made to implement this policy for all domestic air travel across Australia, as part of the National Cabinet. This new Direction will mean people 12 years and above, including workers who interact with the public, must wear face masks while inside terminal buildings and during domestic commercial flights. Although face...
Melbourne Airport passenger performance December 2020
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Melbourne Airport passenger performance December 2020 Domestic border closures significantly dampened the first promising signs of recovery of passenger numbers in December 2020 at Melbourne Airport. Last month, the Airport welcomed 746,369 passengers – the highest number since the pandemic first hit back in March 2020 supported by the reopening of borders with Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. However, domestic numbers were still down by more than 66 per cent on December 2019. While the start of the festive season saw bookings significantly increase to states...
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) appoints new Chief Executive Officer
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Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) appoints new Chief Executive Officer Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced the appointment of Vincent Hodder as its new Chief Executive Officer, bringing a wealth of global aviation expertise to the airport. Mr Hodder, most recently CEO of IAG’s low-cost brand, LEVEL, will take over the position on 1 February, focusing on developing passenger experience, short term recovery from the global pandemic and the longer-term vision for the airport, including the transformational terminal replacement planning application. With more than 20 years in the...
London City Airport announces 2020 passenger numbers
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London City Airport announces 2020 passenger numbers The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector is illustrated today by the release of the 2020 passenger figures for London City Airport which fell by 82% from the record 5.1 million in 2019. Aviation has been one of the hardest hit sectors with significant travel restrictions and quarantine requirements affecting both business travel and leisure flights. At the height of the first wave in March 2020, London City also took the decision to temporarily cease commercial flights for three months to protect staff and support...

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Rolls-Royce & UK Space Agency launches first study into nuclear power for space exploration
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Rolls-Royce & UK Space Agency launches first study into nuclear power for space exploration Rolls-Royce has signed an innovative contract with the UK Space Agency for a study into future nuclear power options for space exploration. This first contract between both organisations represents an exciting opportunity to define and shape the nuclear power solutions required in space in the decades to come. Rolls-Royce is the only company in the world with a singular focus on creating mechanical, electrical and nuclear power solutions that will be essential in tackling the challenges of the...
Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund Hands Out Almost £30,000 To Organisations Across Greater Manchester And Cheshire
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Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund Hands Out Almost £30,000 To Organisations Across Greater Manchester And Cheshire - Airport fund awards £29,064 to 18 organisations across Greater Manchester and Cheshire - Sports clubs, Scouts, hospices, and gardening society amongst beneficiaries - Grants set to fund a cuddle bed, new kitchen equipment, goal posts, and a hopscotch area - Community Trust Fund has handed out more than £3.5m since its launch in 1997 - For more information or to apply for a grant see: www.manchesterairport.co.uk/community Sports clubs, Scouts, hospices, and a local...
Restarting aviation safely will help deliver Global Britain
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Restarting aviation safely will help deliver Global Britain 2020 In 2020, 22.1 million passengers travelled through the UK’s only hub airport, down 72.7%. Lockdowns and border closures led to a loss of 58.8 million passengers. Cargo volumes through Britain’s biggest port, fell 28.2% because of the impact of travel restrictions on international trade. Prior to the pandemic, 94% of cargo travelled in the belly hold of passenger planes, which have been severely reduced. Heathrow worked with airlines and the cargo community to increase dedicated cargo flights, safeguarding the UK’s supply...
Bristol based aviation business, Centreline acquires Capital Air Ambulance
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Bristol based aviation business, Centreline acquires Capital Air Ambulance Centreline AV Limited, a Pula Aviation Services Limited (PASL) business, has acquired the trading name and key assets of Capital Air Ambulance from the Rigby Group. The deal sees Centreline acquiring two King Air 200 series aircraft, ground ambulances and a significant suite of specialist medical equipment as part of PASL’s strategy for growth where significant synergies with existing operational activities can come into play. As part of the PASL Group, Capital Air Ambulance’s unrivalled reputation of...
MAG reacts to the Government's announcement on pre-departure testing
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MAG reacts to the Government's announcement on pre-departure testing MAG, which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, has today reacted to the Government’s announcement on pre-departure testing. The policy announced will require all international arrivals, including UK nationals, to receive a negative covid-19 test result up to 72 hours before their flight departs. Upon their arrival in the UK, passengers arriving from countries which are not listed as a ‘travel corridor’ are still required to quarantine for up to 10 days, and are able to use the ‘Test...

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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays puts Summer 22 on sale from Bristol Airport
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays puts Summer 22 on sale from Bristol Airport Hot on the heels of launching flights and holidays from Bristol Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces expanded programme for Summer 22. Fantastic choice of 33 sun destinations on sale from Bristol Airport Airport for Summer 22 – includes BRAND NEW Alicante, Bodrum and Dubrovnik. Great choice and flexibility to the most popular summer hotspots! Just weeks after announcing the launch flights and holidays from Bristol Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are giving customers and independent travel agents even more...
Malta International Airport launches Apron X investment with call for tenders
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Malta International Airport launches Apron X investment with call for tenders Malta International Airport Launches Apron X Investment With a Call for Tenders Malta International Airport today officially set the ball rolling in relation to its multi-million investment in a new apron – Apron X – with the publication of a call for tenders for the development of a new aircraft parking area and supporting facilities. Strategically positioned between Apron 8 and Apron 9, Apron X and supporting facilities will be developed over an area covering approximately 100,000 square metres. This...
Heathrow's response to findings of Judicial Review
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Heathrow's response to findings of Judicial Review A Heathrow Spokesperson said: “This is the right result for the country, which will allow Global Britain to become a reality. Only by expanding the UK’s hub airport can we connect all of Britain to all of the growing markets of the world, helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in every nation and region of our country. Demand for aviation will recover from Covid, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany...
SunExpress to launch direct flights from Manchester Airport to Antalya
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SunExpress to launch direct flights from Manchester Airport to Antalya SunExpress, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines is launching a direct flight between Manchester Airport and Antalya in Turkey on 26th March 2021. The route will be served twice per week before going up to four a week from 30th May. “After a year of staying at home, the people of Britain deserve a sunny vacation”, says Peter Glade, CCO of SunExpress. “Our new services to Antalya will serve the British people to arrive at their well-deserved holiday destination, fast, relaxed and for a competitive...
Malta International Airport posts 92% drop in November passenger traffic
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Malta International Airport posts 92% drop in November passenger traffic Just over 39,800 passenger movements registered by MIA last month Daily average passenger movements dropped from 16,439 in November 2019 to 1,327 last month Top 5 airports accounted for 42 per cent of November passenger traffic Malta International Airport registered 39,875 passenger movements last November, translating into a drop of 91.9 per cent over the same month in 2019. As the aviation industry continued to grapple with the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, including travel restrictions and low...

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