Heathrow reminds passengers of COVID-19 guidelines ahead of busy Christmas getaway
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Heathrow reminds passengers of COVID-19 guidelines ahead of busy Christmas getaway Airport prepares to welcome passengers ahead of festive getaway, providing the airport and industry with a much needed boost Preparations come with reminders that only travellers with valid tickets will be permitted access to terminals, as London moves into Tier 3 Passengers told they may be held outside terminals to ease congestion, as passenger and public health will be prioritised over passenger experience As Heathrow prepares for a much needed boost in the form of the Christmas getaway and the...
UK tourist tax hands yet another competitive advantage to EU rivals
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UK tourist tax hands yet another competitive advantage to EU rivals Passenger numbers at Heathrow fell by 88% in November, as travel restrictions and a second lockdown took their toll. Based on current forecasts and continued decline in passengers, the decision has been taken for Terminal 4 to remain non-operational until the end of 2021. Heathrow is calling for targeted, sector specific Government support to protect jobs and help drive the UK’s economic recovery. These include full business rates relief for all UK airports and abandoning the disastrous “tourist tax” which will make...
JetBlue’s first A220 “Hops” to the sky for the first time
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JetBlue’s first A220 “Hops” to the sky for the first time The inaugural test flight for JetBlue’s first A220-300 was performed from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, USA The first Airbus A220-300 for JetBlue Airways has completed its inaugural test flight from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama. The aircraft performed its test sequences and landed safely at 5:22 p.m. The first of 70 A220 aircraft for JetBlue is scheduled to be delivered to the New York-based airline before year end. The airline’s first A220 aircraft debuted this fall featuring a brand...
Wizz Air announces further UK expansion with new base at Cardiff Airport
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Wizz Air announces further UK expansion with new base at Cardiff Airport Wizz Air UK, the UK-registered subsidiary of Europe’s fastest growing and greenest airline* group, today announces a new base at Cardiff Airport, which will be its fourth alongside London Luton, Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield. The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to Cardiff, a new airport for Wizz Air’s services, and will launch nine new leisure routes. The new base will offer year-round ultra-low fares from Cardiff for the first time, with connections to sun destinations including Alicante, Faro...
Sydney Airport issues revised face mask guidance
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Sydney Airport issues revised face mask guidance Sydney Airport has today released new guidance on face masks and social distancing to coincide with the NSW Government re-opening the border to Victoria. From today, all passengers and visitors to the airport will be strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in areas where it is not possible or practical maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from other people. The move is being driven by the potential for increased numbers of passengers and visitors within the airport terminals as border restrictions ease, rather than any specific COVID...

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Manchester Airport eyes zero-emission aircraft in the next decade with new challenge to the aviation industry
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Manchester Airport eyes zero-emission aircraft in the next decade with new challenge to the aviation industry Next-generation, zero-emission planes could be operating out of Manchester Airport within the next 10 – 15 years part of a series of ambitious commitments announced today. MAG, the Northern gateway’s parent company and the UK’s largest airport group, has fired the starting pistol on a competition for the first airline to operate a zero-emission commercial flight from one of its airports. This is the first challenge of its kind in the industry, which will see the successful...
Major Public Transport Operators Welcome Bristol Airport’s Public Transport Interchange Development
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Major Public Transport Operators Welcome Bristol Airport’s Public Transport Interchange Development Bristol Airport has announced plans to bring forward the construction of a new multi-million-pound Public Transport Interchange (PTI) facility. The PTI will deliver substantial improvements for passengers and staff who utilise public transport with increased capacity and new facilities, enhancing their experience at the point they interchange at the airport site. The submission to North Somerset Council, also includes associated development. All of the proposed development is located in...
Southwest Airlines Announces Five New Routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International
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Southwest Airlines Announces Five New Routes to Savannah/Hilton Head International The airline will offer nonstop flights: Savannah/Hilton Head to: Initial service nonstop each day up to: One-way fare as low as: Baltimore/Washington 2 flights each way $49 Chicago (Midway) 1 flight each way $79 Dallas (Love Field) 1 flight each way $79 Houston (Hobby) 1 flight each way $79 Nashville 1 flight each way $49 The number of seats, days, and markets for these fares are limited. See a full list of fares, fare rules, and terms and conditions below and at Southwest.com...
Melbourne Airport Welcomes Rail Link Announcement
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Melbourne Airport Welcomes Rail Link Announcement Melbourne Airport welcomes today's announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. Melbourne Airport Chief Executive, Lyell Strambi said: "An airport rail link for Melbourne is over 50 years in the making. “We are excited that the Commonwealth and Victorian governments have come together to make this project a reality. Of course, this is just the first step and there remains a lot of detail to work through." “Naturally we are disappointed that the Market Led Proposal...
Malta International Airport wins prestigious best airport and HR excellence accolades at the ACI Europe Awards
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Malta International Airport wins prestigious best airport and HR excellence accolades at the ACI Europe Awards Home » Corporate » News and Media » Malta International Airport wins Prestigious Best Airport and HR Excellence Accolades at the ACI Europe Awards Malta International Airport yesterday clinched two prestigious accolades at the sixteenth edition of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe Awards 2020. During a virtual ceremony streamed from Brussels Airport, ACI Europe announced the winning airports in categories recognising excellence and noteworthy achievements in...

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Heathrow announces ambitious plan to support local recovery post COVID-19
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Heathrow announces ambitious plan to support local recovery post COVID-19 Heathrow and Lord David Blunkett have today published the ‘Heathrow Local Recovery Plan’, in partnership with key local stakeholders The plan sets out a clear agenda for the recovery of Heathrow's local economies after new research warned COVID-19 could result in 16,000 fewer jobs around the airport by 2021 The plan makes two policy asks of the UK Government – to temporarily introduce flexibility into how the Apprenticeship Levy can be used, and to provide support through reskilling and retraining opportunities...
Jet2holidays named Best Short-Haul Operator at The Sun Travel Awards 2020
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Jet2holidays named Best Short-Haul Operator at The Sun Travel Awards 2020 We have received further praise for our handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, after Jet2holidays was named ‘Best Short-Haul Operator’ at The Sun Travel Awards 2020. Voted for by thousands of readers, The Sun annual travel awards revealed the most-loved holiday destinations, best airlines and travel companies, with us beating competition to be named the overall winner of the ‘Best Short-Haul Operator’ category. The Sun wrote: “Taking the top spot this year, just one of many operators having to deal with last-minute...
Jet2 Announces tenth UK base – Bristol Airport
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Jet2 Announces tenth UK base – Bristol Airport We are marking another major milestone in our continued success story today, by announcing the launch of flights and holidays from Bristol Airport, which will become our tenth UK base. We have put an exciting 33 destinations on sale from Bristol Airport today. This includes a fantastic Summer 21 programme, with local holidaymakers able to choose from 29 summer hotspots – including FOUR NEW AND EXCLUSIVE destinations from Bristol Airport (Izmir in Turkey; Kalamata and Lesvos in Greece; and Costa de Almeria in Mainland Spain). With 11...
Manchester Airport moves all operations into Terminal One after England starts second lockdown
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Manchester Airport moves all operations into Terminal One after England starts second lockdown Airport operations consolidate into Terminal One from Wednesday 11 November Passengers advised to check Government advice and speak to airlines for specific flight queries Retail closures with only essential stores open Parking and refund advice included With England returning to a national lockdown for a minimum period of four weeks from Thursday 5 November, Manchester Airport is moving all its operations into Terminal One in response to the drop in passenger numbers. The airport is also...
Heathrow's response to the extension of the Job Retention Scheme
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Heathrow's response to the extension of the Job Retention Scheme Commenting on the Chancellor's extension of the Job Retention Scheme, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Whilst we welcome the extension of the furlough scheme, we are clear that it doesn’t go far enough for an aviation sector that has been on its knees since March. In order to protect an industry that has been one of the hardest hit and will be one of the slowest to recover, sector specific measures, similar to those for other impacted industries are urgently required. Part of this is fair and equal treatment of...

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Nick Dunn, Gatwick’s Chief Financial Officer, has decided to step down
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Nick Dunn, Gatwick’s Chief Financial Officer, has decided to step down Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, announces today that after 10 years at the airport, Nick Dunn, Gatwick’s Chief Financial Officer, has decided to step down in order to take up a new career opportunity with CityFibre as Chief Financial Officer. Mr Dunn joined Gatwick in April 2010 building up a strong finance team and playing a significant role in the development and growth of the airport over the past 10 years. Stewart Wingate said: “I would personally like to thank Nick for all of his efforts at Gatwick...
Airbus wins European Space Agency TRUTHS mission study for metrological traceability of Earth observation data
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Airbus wins European Space Agency TRUTHS mission study for metrological traceability of Earth observation data Consistent calibration will also enhance existing satellite missions Airbus has been awarded the lead in the European Space Agency (ESA) contract for the TRUTHS A/B1 (System feasibility Studies and Pre-Developments) as part of ESA’s Earth Observation Earth Watch programme. The TRUTHS satellite mission will collect measurements of the Sun radiation and of the sunlight reflected off Earth's surface traced to an absolute metrological reference, which will then be used to improve...
Heathrow is no longer Europe's biggest airport - Results for the 9 months ended 30th September 2020
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Heathrow is no longer Europe's biggest airport - Results for the 9 months ended 30th September 2020 Keeping people safe remains top priority – we have invested in UK aviation’s most extensive array of COVID-secure technologies. New rapid testing technologies are already helping to open up overseas markets safely Demand forecast revised down – Passenger numbers are now forecast to be 22.6m in 2020 and 37.1m in 2021, compared to our June forecast of 29.2m in 2020 and 62.8m in 2021, and 2019 actuals of 81m. The reduction is caused by the second wave of COVID and slow progress on...
Bristol Airport announces plans for substantial improvement in public transport & customer experience
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Bristol Airport announces plans for substantial improvement in public transport & customer experience Bristol Airport has announced plans to bring forward the construction of a new multi-million-pound Public Transport Interchange (PTI) facility. The PTI will deliver substantial improvements for passengers and staff who utilise public transport with increased capacity and new facilities, enhancing their experience at the point they interchange at the airport site. The submission to North Somerset Council, also includes associated development. All of the proposed development is located in...
Melbourne Airport passenger performance September 2020
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Melbourne Airport passenger performance September 2020 Victoria’s second wave of COVID-19 infections continued to ease across September, with daily infection numbers and active cases trending down throughout the course of the month. Despite these positive developments, continued closure of other State and Territory borders maintained pressure on Melbourne Airport’s passenger numbers through the month, down by almost 99 per cent compared to the same time last year. Last month around 24,200 domestic travellers flew in and out of Melbourne – a drop in the ocean compared to the two million...

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Sydney Airport completes acquisition of jet fuel infrastructure assets
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Sydney Airport completes acquisition of jet fuel infrastructure assets Transition of ownership of Sydney Airport’s fuel infrastructure assets Benefits to include greater competition and future introduction of sustainable fuels Sydney Airport has formally taken ownership and control of the airport’s jet fuel facilities. This transition will help enhance competition in the jet fuel supply chain at the airport, better align future infrastructure investments to the growth of the airport and assist in the introduction of sustainable aviation fuel in the future. The facilities, with assets...
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launch flights and holidays to Jersey and Amsterdam from Birmingham
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launch flights and holidays to Jersey and Amsterdam from Birmingham BRAND-NEW programmes to Jersey and Amsterdam launch from Birmingham Airport, with services operating to both fantastic destinations right throughout Summer New routes come in direct response to strong demand 15th October 2020: Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has once again stepped in to meet the demand from customers, by announcing two brand-new routes from Birmingham Airport for Summer 21 - Jersey and Amsterdam! From 22nd May through to 25th September, the leading leisure airline and package...
Testing taskforce is given 1st November deadline to safeguard the economy and thousands of jobs
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Testing taskforce is given 1st November deadline to safeguard the economy and thousands of jobs Traffic fell in September, with a loss of 5.5 million passengers over the course of the month. Just over 1.2 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in September, down 82% compared to 2019. Most travel is to the remaining European destinations on the UK’s travel corridors list. However, the number of countries on this list has steadily declined since its launch, with 61 countries now requiring a 14-day quarantine period. Long-haul business travel, which is vital for the UK’s economic...
Gatwick Airport to introduce charges for vehicles using its forecourts next year
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Gatwick Airport to introduce charges for vehicles using its forecourts next year Revenue will be used to help the airport recover and preserve jobs from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis Traffic congestion and emissions at Gatwick and surrounding areas also likely to reduce Gatwick plans to look at solutions for those who regularly drop off and pick up at the South Terminal each day to access to the train station which includes many local residents Next year Gatwick will be introducing a charge for vehicles using the forecourt to drop off passengers directly outside its...
Cardiff-Belfast air service restored connecting Wales and Northern Ireland
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Cardiff-Belfast air service restored connecting Wales and Northern Ireland Eastern Airways is to introduce its first ever service from Cardiff Airport to Belfast City Airport, as Wales regains its air service connection to Northern Ireland. The UK’s regional airline will commence services from 11 January 2021 between the two cities, which will be the only air service linking Wales with the entire island of Ireland, and is a former route operated by Flybe. Daily weekday and a Sunday service will operate with fares on the new route starting from £79.99 one-way, including...

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Just over 128,000 passengers through Malta in September 2020
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Just over 128,000 passengers through Malta Airport in September Drop of 83.1 per cent in September 2020 traffic when compared with 2019 Traffic in Q3 dropped 77.6 per cent over same period in 2019 Updated forecast by ACI indicates that 2020 will end with a 69 per cent decrease in traffic September Traffic September traffic through Malta International Airport registered a drop of 83.1 per cent when compared to the same month in 2019, with passenger movements totalling 128,664. Aircraft movements and seat capacity for the month of September decreased by 57.9 per cent and 59.9 per cent...
UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses
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UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses Laboratory tests demonstrate 99.9% disinfection rate with every tray treated immediately before each passenger uses it System - provided by Smiths Detection - sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the exiting hand luggage screening system Treatment already in use at Gatwick and will be rolled out to eight security lanes - six for passengers and two for staff - by end of next month Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat...
London City Airport announces restructuring plans as COVID continues to impact aviation sector
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London City Airport announces restructuring plans as COVID continues to impact aviation sector London City Airport today announced crucial restructuring plans to safeguard the airport in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. The airport has officially opened consultation with staff to explore ways of reducing costs, including voluntary redundancy. The proposals could result in up to 239 roles being lost across the organisation. London City Airport suspended commercial flights at the height of the pandem ic on March 25th because of the sharp contraction in international travel. Flights...
Birmingham and Manchester fights take off from Belfast City
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Birmingham and Manchester fights take off from Belfast City George Best Belfast City Airport has further strengthened its UK route network, with the inaugural Aer Lingus Regional flights to Birmingham and Manchester taking off today, 14th September. Operated by Stobart Air, these Aer Lingus Regional routes will commence with a double-daily service, with up to four flights daily from 14th October, to conveniently connect passengers with the West Midlands area and the North West of England. The launch of Birmingham and Manchester follows the launch of Edinburgh and Exeter flights from...
International rivals overtaking Heathrow is an early warning of Britain’s economy falling behind
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International rivals overtaking Heathrow is an early warning of Britain’s economy falling behind August passenger demand down 81.5% compared to previous year, with 1.4m people travelling via Heathrow – less than a fifth of what is usually seen in the summer getaway Long haul markets, which are critical for UK exporters and a main source of inbound tourism, students and investment, remain closed by Government’s 14 day quarantine policy North American passenger numbers are down by more than 95% compared to last year Heathrow cargo down 34.2% (to 88 metric tonnes) compared with last year...

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