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Peter Johnson is a passionate writer and an explorer associated with a well-known travel agency – Crystal Travel. This company deals in a varied range of travel products like airline tickets, holiday packages, hotels, car rentals and travel insurance. Johnson currently writes blogs and guest posts on travel. He is also active on social media and his works are available on Quora and other social platforms.
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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Cardiff Airport’s Christmas getaway
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Cardiff Airport’s Christmas getaway Cardiff Airport is preparing to welcome over 37,000 passengers over the Christmas period*. The busiest day of travel will be Saturday 21st December 2019, with flights departing to key hubs like Hamad International in Doha with Qatar Airways and Amsterdam Schiphol with KLM plus ski flights to Chambéry and Geneva with Flybe. Cardiff Airport is open for business over the Christmas period, with some 500 flights expected, as people fly home to visit friends and family or jet off to warmer weather and far-flung destinations. The top five most popular...
LJLA expects busy festive holiday 'getaway' once again
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LJLA expects busy festive holiday 'getaway' once again Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is gearing up once again for the traditional Christmas and New Year ‘getaway’, with approximately 150,000 passengers expected to pass through the Airport over the festive and New Year holiday period. With schools finishing for Christmas tomorrow, lots of families from across the region are expected to head off on flights over the holiday period with passengers travelling to a mix of destinations. As usual, popular flights for passengers over the coming days are expected to include Winter ski...
London Stansted the first major airport in the UK to trial fully compostable security bags
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London Stansted the first major airport in the UK to trial fully compostable security bags Trial is the latest initiative in the airport’s ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ campaign London Stansted is to become the first major airport in the UK to trial the use of fully compostable security bags for passengers carrying liquids in their hand luggage. If successful, the new product could replace the 11 million non-compostable plastic bags which are currently handed out in the terminal every year. Since 2006, it has been a legal requirement for passengers to place all liquids, aerosols and gels in...
Travelex opens five currency exchange stores in Birmingham Airport
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Travelex opens five currency exchange stores in Birmingham Airport Foreign exchange specialist announces its latest airport launch to deliver currency exchange services across stores, ATMs and click-and-collect services Travelex, a Finablr company and market leading Foreign Exchange specialist, today announced the opening of five new currency exchange stores in Birmingham Airport. The opening of the new stores represents Travelex’s latest UK airport launch and follows a competitive bidding process. Travelex will be the sole foreign exchange provider at Birmingham Airport. The new...
Birmingham airport implements electronic flights progress strips
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Birmingham airport implements electronic flights progress strips Birmingham Airport has implemented a new flight data display system within its Air Traffic Control Tower to further enhance how it handles the hundred thousand flights per year that operate in and out of the Airport. Electronic Flight Progress Strips (EFPS) have replaced the old paper-based system that Air Traffic Controllers used to monitor and track the progress for each flight operating in and out of Birmingham Airport. The main benefits of EFPS include safety nets to assist controllers in detecting potential...
Cardiff Airport turns festive this Christmas Jumper Day
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Cardiff Airport turns festive this Christmas Jumper Day Save the Children’s eighth annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 13th December, and on Wednesday 11th December pilots and team members at Cardiff Airport ditched their day-to-day dress and donned their daftest, most wonderful woollies for the annual fundraiser. Visitors using the national Airport for Wales were treated to all sorts of festive fun on the day, including choir performances and even a visit from the big man himself, Father Christmas. Eastern Airways pilots did away with the usual uniform and flew...
London Stansted scoops top environmental award for second year running
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London Stansted scoops top environmental award for second year running London Stansted’s first ever Biodiversity Week in March this year, which saw the airport hand out 3,000 silver birch trees to staff, has won gold at the prestigious Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice. It’s the second year running the airport has picked up the top prize at the awards after winning gold in 2018 for its ongoing support of local foodbanks in Uttlesford, Essex and East Hertfordshire. Stansted’s Environment Manager Martin Churley collected the honour at a special event held at the Houses of...
Edinburgh airport launches new Whisky Bar
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A dram good addition Passengers at Edinburgh Airport will be able to sample some of Scotland’s finest drams after the opening of the all new Usquabae Whisky Bar and Larder. Located in the departures area, the venue features a hand-crafted oak bar and a wide selection of whiskies from celebrated distilleries across Scotland. The bar will also offer a variety of premium beers, wines and spirits as well as light food dishes using ingredients from Scottish producers. The original Usquabae is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, becoming a hugely popular whisky bar since it first...
Glasgow: easyJet launch three new routes to Pula, Barcelona and Dalaman
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easyJet launch three new routes to Pula, Barcelona and Dalaman easyJet has announced plans to launch three new Glasgow Airport routes to Pula, Barcelona and Dalaman next Spring. The announcement follows the news earlier this year that easyJet will commit a fifth aircraft next Spring to its Glasgow base, which will also create around 50 jobs at the airport. Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be confirming our plans for expansion in Scotland today. The addition of our fifth aircraft in Glasgow will help us to deliver long term, sustainable...
Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer
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Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer Direct flight to Halifax launching in June with WestJet Service takes only six hours so will be the quickest route to North America Four flights per week on Boeing 737-700 with two classes Excellent onward connectivity including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton Route set to benefit more than 1,600 companies in the North West that do business with Canada Manchester Airport today revealed its quickest ever trans-Atlantic route will launch later this year. Direct flights to Halifax, Nova...
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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.".....

A degree of certainty with Ryanair from Cardiff?

"The one thing that is always certain about Ryanair announcements is that if they happen, they're almost impossible to second guess! If there is an imminent announcement incoming, I'd make my guess, in decreasing likelihood...
1. Lauda route to PMI.
2. Ryanair route to bucket and spade destination.
3. Ryanair Dublin route.
4. Other Ryanair route.
5. Malta Air route - FCO.
6. Buzz route. 1. This one has been rumoured to be on its way for a little while now. PMI is usually CWL's best seasonal route, so it seems logical this would be high up the pecking order for expansion. Since Lauda have recently announced Bournemouth- PMI, CWL would be on par with this. Announcement of Lauda on this route would be a heavy duty nail into Vueling's coffin at Cardiff. 2. As mentioned above by Jerry above, a highly likely route would be Alicante, which is another route similar to FR's offering at CWL already. This again, would be problematic for Vueling. 3. This may seem like an unlikely option given Flybe's up to 3x daily schedule, however this route does have its merits. The type of customers a Ryanair route would attract, and did when it operated, are high volume mutual tourism between the two cities, something the Welsh Gov is keen to increase. Flybe's route is more attractive to business and connecting passengers for Aer Lingus to America. Following Mrs Bowen-Rees's recent comments on CWL's targeting of a transatlantic route, I don't know how much value the airport would place on a Dublin connection diluting these passengers anyway, especially when KLM from AMS is in this market too. From FR's perspective, an early DUB arrival could easily operate their entire current CWL schedule with a later return to DUB. This could continue the successful TFS route as well without the cost of basing at CWL."......

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.".....

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"......

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 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. ".....

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