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Balkan Holidays celebrates 40 years of flying from Cardiff to Bulgaria
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Balkan Holidays celebrates 40 years of flying holiday makers from Cardiff to Bulgaria The specialist tour operator, which has operated flights to and from Wales’ national airport since 1979, marked its Ruby anniversary at Cardiff Airport yesterday before the weekly departure to Bourgas in Bulgaria, by surprising excited passengers at the Gate with a celebration. Holidaymakers were treated to anniversary cupcakes made by local cake specialist the Vale Cake Boutique, before jetting off on a sunny holiday. Cardiff Airport also presented Balkan Holidays with a commemorative luggage tag to...
Liverpool's warm welcome helps to showcase the best of the City Region and the wider North West
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LJLA’s warm welcome helps to showcase the best of the City Region and the wider North West Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has just completed a project to create a warm welcome and lasting impression of the Airport, the City Region and the North West, for both visiting passengers and those returning home. The project has been delivered in partnership with the region’s destination marketing organisations, having recognised that LJLA is used more and more as a gateway airport not just for passengers travelling to the Liverpool City Region but also for the surrounding regions of...
Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway
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Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway Gatwick confirms its intent to start preparing a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) The airport will follow the planning process to prepare a Development Consent Order (DCO) Documents will be made publicly available on the PINS website Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use by submitting a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for development consent. This action establishes...
A busy Bank Holiday weekend for Cardiff Airport
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A busy Bank Holiday weekend for Cardiff Airport The national airport for Wales is preparing to welcome over 27,000 passengers this Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 23 - Monday 26 August), rounding off what has been the busiest summer in over 10 years. Many customers are jetting off for some late summer sunshine in popular beach destinations such as Croatia, Egypt, Greece and Spain, for some relaxation before the kids go back to school. With good weather on the cards in the UK and Ireland this weekend, customers are making the most of the Bank Holiday by planning ‘staycations’ to...
Gatwick’s Passenger Advisory Group is recruiting new members to represent the views of passengers
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Gatwick’s Passenger Advisory Group is recruiting new members to represent the views of passengers Passenger Advisory Group (PAG) represents views and makes recommendations on all aspects of the airport’s passenger services and facilities PAG is a subgroup of GATCOM – the airport’s independent consultative committee Candidates should have a passion for customer service Gatwick Airport is looking to recruit new members to join GATCOM’s Passenger Advisory Group to feedback and make recommendations on all aspects of the airport’s passenger experience. GATCOM’s Passenger Advisory Group...
Busiest ever month for a Scottish airport
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Busiest ever month for a Scottish airport Edinburgh Airport has recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time as a total of 1,508,586 passengers passed through in July 2019. The figures are up 0.4% on the same month last year, but growth is down from 6.3% in July 2018. Jul % vs Last Year Domestic 475,757 -4.7% International 1,032,829 +3.0% Total 1,508,586 +0.4% MAT Total 14,763,216 +6.5% Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “It’s a bittersweet month for us – we’ve just recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport...
easyJet announces new route from Birmingham Airport
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easyJet announces new route from Birmingham Airport easyJet announces new route from Birmingham Airport New domestic service to Glasgow to start on 29th March 2020 easyJet, Europe’s leading airline has today announced that it will introduce a new route, starting in the spring from Birmingham Airport to Glasgow. easyJet’s new domestic route starts on 29th March 2020 and will operate 13 times a week between the two cities. The short flight is expected to be especially popular amongst those travelling on business and commuters travelling between the two major UK cities. easyJet started...
Norwegian cuts Ireland-USA routes citing 737 MAX grounding
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Budget airline Norwegian Air has said it will end flights between Ireland and the US next month, blaming the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. "We have concluded these routes are no longer commercially viable," it said. Norwegian, which has struggled to make a profit, said last month the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max plane could undo its plan to return to profitability. Norwegian said all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada would end on 15 September. Boeing's 737 Max fleet was grounded after two fatal crashes, the first a Lion Air flight which crashed into the...
Heathrow on-track to top 81 million passengers as the airport pushes for sustainable fuels take off
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Heathrow on-track to top 81 million passengers as the airport pushes for sustainable fuels take off Figures reveal the UK’s busiest airport has welcomed over 46million passengers already this year, up 1.4% on the same time last year. Heathrow welcomed 7.75 million passengers in July, helping to maintain steady growth similar to 2018 numbers. New flights to Newquay, Isle of Man and Guernsey announced this summer continue to boost domestic passenger numbers, up 3.6% this month. Africa saw the highest long-haul passenger growth, up 5.2%. Over 130,000 metric tonnes of cargo, including vital...
First UK InMotion digital accessories store opens at Leeds Bradford Airport
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First UK InMotion digital accessories store opens at Leeds Bradford Airport WHSmith is delighted to announce the opening of InMotion at Leeds Bradford Airport, the first InMotion store in the UK. InMotion, the highly successful electronics travel retailer, offers a specialised shopping experience with an extensive and dedicated range of the latest headphones, power and technology accessories for the travelling customer. Acquired by WHSmith in 2018, InMotion is the largest airport-based digital accessories retailer in North America. The launch of the first InMotion store in the UK...
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion from Birmingham
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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion to Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announces bumper expansion to Summer 20 programme from Birmingham Airport Jet2.com and Jet2holidays adds over 160,000 seats next summer – increasing capacity by 23% year-on-year in direct response to more demand for flights and holidays from local holidaymakers Brand new Skiathos and Barcelona means 47 destinations and more than two million seats now on sale for Summer 20 Three additional aircraft added into fleet to support expanded operation 17th October...
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Manchester Airport routes beyond Thomas Cook

"Unfortunately, I don't think we'll see significant improvements to the T1 infrastructure anytime soon. It seems the terminal building may eventually be demolished but it's not clear what will happen to Pier B. Indications are that the eastern side gates may be accessed from T3 and those on the west side from T2 but I'm not aware of specific plans to improve the pier internally or realign it as was once suggested. As far as new airlines are concerned, I hope they are financially stable after MAN's recent experiences with Jet Airways and Thomas Cook, but in today's changing aviation environment stability isn't necessarily everlasting. If there's one positive from the failure of Jet, it was that the short lived route to Mumbai demonstrated strong demand for the market. New services to China and India would be very welcome on long haul. It will be just as interesting in my view to see what further developments Virgin/Delta intend to bring to MAN."......

Leeds Boeing 747 memorabilia

"Today, a selection of Boeing 747 photos at LBA, made up of Wardair, Corsair, Virgin, and United Arab Emirates. Sadly, due to work and other commitments I never was able to see such as Air Hong Kong or the BA 747 doing its demo flights to display the new Landor livery. I did see the BA 747 G-AWND on 4th November 1984 but due to only posessing a Kodak Instamatic back then, the photos I have are not worth posting. Perhaps someone else has good photos of these and would like to post them to complete the LBA 747 collection? My photos include Boeing 747 100, 200, 300 and SP versions."......

If you were the boss of Birmingham Airport...

"So ladies and gents a bit of an open forum/debate for you all.. If you were in charge of Birmingham Airport right now, what changes would you make? What would you do to improve the airport, would you enlarge the terminal? would you give an airline any deal they wanted? Would you make changes to taxiways/runways/hangers etc..... Would you lower/increase airport costs? Would you hire new senior management? Would you rename the airport? over to you".....

Review: Sat in a bar in Singapore...

"Currently sat in bar in Singapore trying to catch up on life drinking overpriced beer. Trip to LHR from Leeds on Saturday went well. Must say on taxiing to T5 at Heathrow a lot of the BA aircraft did have poor well weathered paint jobs on them, I’m not surprised BA now has lost its world favourite airline status. Flight from Leeds was about 80% full. Before I set off to LBA on Saturday to the flight a friend was telling me that her relatives were travelling down from Arbroath to catch the afternoon Malaga flight with Jet2 so people do travel to get to LBA even with all it’s failings."......

Review: Birmingham to Lanzarote with TUI

"Arrived at the airport in the wee small hours to find a queue already forming at the TUi desks. I think spurred on by this they opened check-in 15 mins early which meant that none of the self service machines worked with all requiring a reboot, it didn't take long and the staff on hand were very jovial. Security took no time at all with us walking straight to a small queue in one of the lanes, again the staff were very polite and efficient. The departure lounge was quiet as we made our way to Wetherspoons but it wasn't long before it started to fill up, after a quick tour of the shops to grab some last minute bits and pieces we took up our usual spot in the pier. Boarding was announced well ahead of time, gate 58 I think it was and it wasn't long before"......

Rugby World Cup Latest...

"What another incredible performance from Japan. The speed of their handling was spellbinding at times. How far can they go, especially with the backing of the crowd? Before the tournament began did anyone really believe they would top their group with four wins out of four? Next weekend's quarter-finals are:
England v Australia New Zealand v Ireland
The above two quarter-final winners will play each other in the semi-final
Wales v France Japan v South Africa
The above two quarter-final winners will play each other in the semi-final Anyone want to have a stab at the four quarter-final winners? I'm useless at this sort of thing which is why I never did the football pools. Anyway, I'll go for Australia, New Zealand, Wales and South Africa although my heart says Japan. Could then be a New Zealand v Wales final.".....

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