Southampton Airport's runway extension debate goes on
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The debate on plans to lengthen Southampton Airport's runway is set to continue into a second day after 14 hours of deliberations. Eastleigh councillors adjourned their meeting on whether to approve an extension of 164m (538ft) at midnight on Thursday. Airport bosses said it was "vital" for the site's future but campaigners and some local authorities have raised major objections. The meeting will resume at 18:00 GMT. Dozens of people including residents, councillors, businesses and representative of Southampton Airport aired their views on the scheme during the virtual meeting of the...
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority 2020 annual results
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GTAA reports 2020 annual results TORONTO, CANADA - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (“GTAA”) today reported its financial and operating results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. Passenger activity decreased 73.6 per cent during 2020 as compared to 2019. This decrease is due to global aviation industry challenges, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our full-year passenger and financial results make clear the impact that COVID-19 has had on Toronto Pearson,” said Deborah Flint, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “While we have pushed toward leading...
First in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet
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Aviation leaders launch first in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet A350 MSN01 Takes Off From TLS With 100% SAF On Board 100% Sustainable fuel tests on A350MSN1 FlightLab Toulouse, 18 March 2021 – A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. Airbus, German research centre DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering ‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels’ (ECLIF3)...
London Stansted marks 30th anniversary
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London Stansted marks 30th anniversary of HM The Queen officially opening the terminal building and ‘new’ airport 30th Anniversary London Stansted Airport London Stansted is this week marking the 30th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen officially opening the iconic terminal building on 15th March 1991 and the first flights to operate from the ‘new’ airport. The milestone comes as the airport faces one of the biggest challenges in its history, with the COVID-19 pandemic grounding all but essential flights and the aviation sector facing continuing uncertainty over when travel might...
Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building receives full planning approval subject to conditions
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Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building receives full planning approval subject to conditions. The LBA Support Group welcomes the councils decision to approve the new replacement terminal for Leeds Bradford Airport. The project will deliver a huge economic boost to the Leeds City Region and the whole of Yorkshire and will secure many jobs already benefiting from the airport. The new terminal will meet all the latest environmental standards required including being BREEAM excellence rated as we move towards a carbon neutral future. Spokesperson for the LBA Support...

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Global Travel Taskforce could kickstart global Britain – if ministers get a grip on Border Force
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Global Travel Taskforce could kickstart global Britain – if ministers get a grip on Border Force Monthly passenger numbers fell below 500,000 in February - capping 12 months with passenger numbers at their lowest since 1966 - due to the ban on all but essential travel, blanket quarantine, pre-departure and post-arrival testing Limits on passenger flights, which normally carry freight, mean cargo volumes remain 30% down on an annual basis, while EU rivals including Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Schiphol airports returned to pre-Covid cargo tonnage levels We are working with...
LBA Supporters Write To Secretary Of State
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LBA Supporters Write To Secretary Of State Supporters of the Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) replacement terminal development have written to Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, calling for the approval of plans that would see the creation of thousands of jobs and a carbon net zero facility. The Leeds Bradford Airport Support Group have requested that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government does not call in LBA's plans to construct a three floor, 34,000 sq. mtr. replacement terminal on an alternative site within the airport's boundary and allow amended...
Loganair boosts UK regional connectivity with new North East to South West air link
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Loganair boosts UK regional connectivity with new North East to South West air link Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, today announced a major step in connecting the North-East with the South-West of England through the launch of a new air route between Teesside International and Bristol. It will become the airline’s seventh route at Teesside. The service, which starts on 24 May, will operate a service in each direction Monday to Friday and on Sundays. The 70-minute flight will leave Teesside on weekdays at 14.25, with the return flight departing from Bristol 16.05. Fares...
Leeds/Bradford Airport New Terminal - Accentuating The Positive
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Leeds/Bradford Airport New Terminal - Accentuating The Positive The Leeds Bradford Airport Support Group has issued this open letter regarding the above captioned subject. Views shared by many others, including those 1300 or so who lodged letters of support with the council, the 1600 who signed the LBA Support Group petition and the 75% of readers in the recent Wharfedale Observer poll who voted in favour (over 500 readers voted). These are significant figures. This is actually a very complex issue. The Chief Planning Officers Report is a clear, concise and thoroughly researched...
Regional Express launches into Melbourne-Sydney market
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Rex launches into Melbourne-Sydney market From today onwards, travellers can fly the popular Melbourne-Sydney route on Regional Express Airlines. The domestic carrier will initially operate three return services and will grow to nine arrivals and nine departures each day by the end of the month – adding approximately 3,000 seats per day to Australia’s busiest flight path. Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Lorie Argus said Rex’s capital city expansion gives Victorians more choice and flexibility. “We’re delighted to see Rex move into the major city market, it means lower fares for...

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Manchester has joined the likes of Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Airport to urge aviation gets the support it needs
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Manchester Airport joins five other Northern hubs to call for the Prime Minister to provide vital support to help travel sector recover from pandemic Manchester has joined the likes of Leeds Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Airport to urge aviation gets the support it needs Unprecedented joint intervention warns many of the North’s vital connections are at risk Tens of thousands of jobs across the UK on the line without support UK’s recovery will be held back if connectivity in the North isn’t protected Still months to go before passengers might return to the UK’s third biggest airport...
Gatwick: Renewed optimism for international travel to return in Summer 2021
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Gatwick publishes 2020 annual results, with renewed optimism for international travel to return in Summer 2021 whilst maintaining its financial resilience Despite an encouraging start to 2020 passenger numbers at Gatwick fell 78% in the year ended 31 December, 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. The airport remained open throughout the pandemic, however all revenue streams were impacted and the collapse in passenger demand led to a £465.5m loss for the twelve-month period and negative EBITDA at -£25.1m. Decisive and swift action was taken to protect the financial strength of the...
BAC welcomes new Virgin Australia services
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BAC welcomes new Virgin Australia services Brisbanites will have more opportunities to travel from Brisbane Airport (BNE) following Virgin Australia’s commitment to bolster its domestic network over the Easter holidays. There will be an additional 25 domestic flights each week across five destinations - Cairns, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine), Launceston, and Hobart. Gert-Jan de Graaff, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) Chief Executive Officer, welcomed Virgin Australia’s commitment to tourism recovery and says it was good news not only for Brisbane Airport, but for the...
Heathrow prepares for safe restart of travel and trade in 2021 - Results for the year ended 31st Dec 2020
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Heathrow prepares for safe restart of travel and trade in 2021 - Results for the year ended 31st Dec 2020 Keeping passengers and colleagues safe – We have only been able to remain open throughout the pandemic by maintaining high safety levels. We helped to develop international standards for safe travel through airports and invested in cutting-edge COVID-secure technologies and testing facilities for up to 25,000 passengers a day to help restore international travel safely. Annual loss of £2bn underlines the devastating impact of COVID-19 on aviation – Passenger numbers collapsed to...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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