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Record-breaking number of destinations at LBA
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Record-breaking number of destinations at LBA Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced that a record-breaking number of destinations are now available to book for 2023 and 2024. For the first time in its history, LBA will feature 80 destinations across year-round and regular seasonal charters throughout the 2023/2024 schedule. There are multiple new destinations available in this package, including Bergen (Norway), Porto (Portugal) and Perpignan (France). Recent additions of Katowice (Poland), Bucharest (Romania) and Cluj (Romania) will also continue into the new year. Alongside...
Dublin Airport North Runway Awarded Engineering Endeavour of 2022
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Dublin Airport North Runway Awarded Engineering Endeavour of 2022 Dublin Airport North Runway, the first international runway constructed in Ireland in over 30 years, has been awarded the prestigious title of Engineering Endeavour of 2022 by Engineers Ireland. Delivered by an international project team, comprising of Arup, SENER and a Construction Joint Venture made up of FCC Construcción and Roadbridge Ltd, Dublin Airport North Runway was chosen by the public and members of Engineers Ireland as the top engineering project of 2022 having featured in Engineers Ireland’s Engineering...
London Gatwick Airport connects to Frankfurt with twice daily Lufthansa service
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London Gatwick Airport connects to Frankfurt with twice daily Lufthansa service London Gatwick Airport has announced a new connection from April 2023, linking two of the world’s biggest financial hubs, as Lufthansa launches a double daily service to Frankfurt, Germany. From 23 April 2023, the German flag carrier will operate twice daily between the UK’s capital and Germany’s financial capital, home of the European Central Bank. Frankfurt is one of the largest global hubs of passenger and cargo traffic. It is currently the fifth busiest European airport and seventh busiest in the world for...
Royal Schiphol Group to significantly expand number of electric charging points
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Royal Schiphol Group to significantly expand number of electric charging points in coming years Royal Schiphol Group will install up to 10,000 new charging stations for electric vehicles by 2030, spread across the various Royal Schiphol Group airports. Charging stations are key to achieving emission-free airports by 2030. As part of this, all vehicles will be electric: from ground handling to hotel shuttles and everything in between. The tendering process for supplying the charging stations has been finalised and the project has been awarded to Ecotap and FIMIH combination. There are...
Airport operator Fraport reports robust passenger demand
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Fraport Group Interim Release – Nine Months 2022: Key Operating Figures Boosted by Robust Passenger Demand Dynamic growth in passenger volumes significantly boosts revenue and operating result – Net profit again positive at €98 million – Fraport expects to achieve upper range of full-year outlook Airport operator Fraport has significantly increased its revenue and operating key figures for both the third quarter and the first nine months of the 2022 fiscal year (corresponding to the calendar year in Germany). The company has benefited from a strong resurgence in the demand for air...

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Road and parking bays made from recycled plastic at Schiphol
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Road and parking bays made from recycled plastic at Schiphol Schiphol now has a section of road and several parking bays made from recycled plastic. Schiphol, PlasticRoad, PreZero and VolkerWessels Infra Schiphol collaborated to construct the road and parking bays - located close to the Kaagbaan Tunnel - using waste plastic from the airport. At the end of the year, another section of plastic road surface will be laid next to one of the runways. The two locations are part of a pilot to see if this system will be a good alternative to standard asphalt and concrete roads in the future as...
Manchester Airport responds to the Which? airports survey
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Manchester Airport responds to the Which? airports survey We apologise to any customer who feels their experience was not of the standard we want to deliver over the past two years. The pandemic was the biggest crisis faced by our industry in its history. At one stage passenger numbers at Manchester Airport dropped to just 5 per cent of normal levels and airports around the world had to cut costs just to survive. Earlier this year, the whole of the travel industry then faced unprecedented challenges as travel restrictions were removed and demand returned rapidly to the market, and...
Higher wages, better rosters and improved rest areas for security staff at Schiphol
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Higher wages, better rosters and improved rest areas for security staff at Schiphol Talks between Schiphol, the unions FNV and CNV and security companies have led to a negotiated agreement on a new social package to structurally improve the terms and conditions of employment at the airport. The aim is to attract more security staff and thus contribute to more comfort and shorter queues for passengers. This social package ensures higher wages, better rosters and improved rest areas for security staff at Schiphol. As of November, security officers at Schiphol will receive an additional...
Almost 660,000 passengers travel through Malta International Airport in September
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Almost 660,000 passengers travel through Malta International Airport in September bringing peak season to a close MIA welcomed 2.66 million passengers in the peak summer months September SLF stood at 89.5 per cent, marking a 3.3 per cent increase over 2019 Winter 22/23 flight schedule now launched; 80 per cent of pre-pandemic connectivity recovered Winter schedule features the return of Air Serbia and a re-established connection with Sweden SEPTEMBER TRAFFIC ROUND-UP The peak summer season (June-September) ended with 2.66 million passengers, of which 658,569 travelled through Malta...
Frankfurt Traffic Figures – July 2022: Passenger Growth Continues
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Fraport Traffic Figures – July 2022: Passenger Growth Continues Frankfurt Airport exceeds the five-million monthly passenger mark for the first time since the pandemic In July 2022, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 5.0 million passengers in a single month for the first time since the start of the pandemic – representing an increase of 76.5 percent compared to July 2021. The upward trend was driven by the ongoing rise in demand for holiday flights. Germany’s largest aviation hub thus maintained its rapid growth momentum – despite a one-day strike by Lufthansa ground staff in...

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June traffic through Malta International Airport at 84% of pre-pandemic levels
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June traffic through Malta International Airport at 84% of pre-pandemic levels 603,532 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in June Spain once again featured among top five markets, following a seven-month absence Traffic for the first half of the year amounted to 2.3 million passenger movements JUNE TRAFFIC ROUND-UP Traffic through Malta International Airport continued to exhibit an upward trend, with June passenger numbers further narrowing the gap created by the pandemic. With 603,532 passengers welcomed, marking a recovery of 83.6 per cent of pre-pandemic...
Heathrow: Clickbait headlines focussed on “travel chaos”
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Clickbait headlines focussed on “travel chaos” Statement from Heathrow's Chief of Staff and Carbon, Nigel Milton The summer travel season is almost here and despite clickbait headlines focussed on “travel chaos”, I want to set out some facts to reassure you that you’re going to get away on your journey with your bag. First things first, Heathrow is a well-run airport and we have prepared for the summer peak. We started recruiting back in November last year before Omicron hit the UK. We now have as much security capacity as we had in 2019. Our two biggest carriers, BA and Virgin, are...
Major expansion to Frankfurt logistics hub by DHL
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DHL Global Forwarding future user of the new cargo facility at Frankfurt Airport – Investment represents major expansion to the FRA logistics hub Fraport, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), is building a new airfreight warehouse at FRA’s CargoCity South, thus filling another vacant lot at this important logistics center. The new facility will be used by DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freight subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL Group, one of the world’s largest courier companies. Construction starts in mid-2023. The new warehouse will be located next to access...
May Traffic Through Malta International Airport Just 18% Below 2019 Levels
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May Traffic Through Malta International Airport Just 18% Below 2019 Levels May was the second consecutive month to surpass the 500,000 passenger mark Seat load factor for May registered a slight increase over 2019 Italy remained at the top of the market leaderboard May Traffic Round Up Signs of the comeback of air travel continued to be observed by Malta International Airport, with May becoming the second consecutive month to surpass the half a million passenger mark. 554,820 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport last month, translating in a recovery of 82.3 per cent...
Frankfurt Airport’s Passenger Traffic Recovers Noticeably in the Latter Half of 2021
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Frankfurt Airport’s Passenger Traffic Recovers Noticeably in the Latter Half of 2021 Overall passenger numbers for FRA and Fraport’s Group airports worldwide still remain well below pre-crisis standards – Frankfurt Airport achieves new all-time record for annual cargo tonnage Fraport Traffic Figures includes (until further notice) a comparison between the current traffic figures and the corresponding 2019 base-year figures, in addition to the regular year-on-year reporting. Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 24.8 million passengers in 2021 – a 32.2 percent increase compared to 2020...

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Malta International Airport welcomes 315,900 passengers in November
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Malta International Airport welcomes 315,900 passengers in November November registers lowest drop of 35.9% since the start of the pandemic Almost 70% of seats available were occupied last month MIA warns that extreme and fragmented restrictions would impact the success of the festive season and beyond Last November saw 315,964 passengers travel through Malta International Airport. This total translates into a decrease of 35.9 per cent compared to 2019 figures, which is the lowest percentage drop to be registered by Malta International Airport since the start of the pandemic. Out of a...
London Stansted Celebrates Opening Of New WHSmith Tech Store
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London Stansted has celebrated the opening of a brand new WHSmith tech superstore in the departure lounge. The store combines traditional WHSmith items such as books, food, drink, and gifts with the latest technology and electrical accessories from its newly launched InMotion range. Featuring a wrap-around LED fascia and in-store digital signage, the 6,000 square foot store will enhance the airport shopping experience for passengers. The InMotion team will also be on hand to demonstrate the latest products to help passengers make informed choices. Ben Green, Retail Director at London...
428,426 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in October
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428,426 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in October October’s encouraging result can be attributed to easing of more restrictions and the mid-term holiday effect Last month’s passenger numbers still 39.1 per cent below October 2019 levels The United Kingdom was the top driver of passenger traffic for another month With 428,426 passenger movements registered, last October became Malta International Airport’s best performing month since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this encouraging result, which can be partly attributed to the easing of more entry...
New Vueling service to Paris takes off from Cardiff
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Today the national airport for Wales is celebrating the first flight to Paris Orly with Vueling. Customers on board the inaugural flight to Paris were surprised at the departure gate with fresh coffee, courtesy of Swansea-based coffee company SO Coffee, as well as croissants and pastries. A water cannon salute, co-ordinated by the Fire Section, marked the first outbound flight from Cardiff to the French capital. The new route operates twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays between Cardiff and Paris, providing the opportunity for customers to book an exciting getaway to one of the world’s...
Cardiff-Dublin service launches with Ryanair
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Last night saw flights to Dublin from Cardiff take off with Ryanair, once again connecting the Welsh and Irish capitals. Travelling passengers were surprised at the gate with novelty celebration cupcakes, created by local artisan bakery, The Vale Cake Boutique, to mark the occasion. The Cardiff-Dublin service operates on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, making it easy for customers to travel not only for business, but to visit friends and relatives, or explore a vibrant city rich with great pubs, restaurants and architecture. Dublin is also located close to stunning coastline and...

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Frankfurt Airport Launches New Winter Schedule
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Frankfurt Airport Launches New Winter Schedule Flights to 244 Destinations in 92 Countries More flights to the U.S. available from FRA – Winter schedule features large number of flights to Caribbean and Central America – Many European destinations retained from summer schedule A new winter schedule comes into effect at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on October 31. The timetable features a total of 83 airlines operating passenger flights to 244 destinations in 92 countries worldwide.* With the gradual lifting of pandemic-related travel restrictions, more destinations and airlines may be added...
Close to 311,700 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in July
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Close to 311,700 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in July 39 per cent of July 2019 traffic levels recouped last month Seat load factor (SLF) for July stood at 52.6 per cent The UK ranked second among MIA’s top five markets for July Last month’s traffic through Malta International Airport totalled 311,692 passenger movements, recouping 39 per cent of July 2019 traffic levels. This shows that Malta is recovering at a slower pace than its Southern European counterparts whose recovery rate for July averaged at 57 per cent according to Airports Council International...
Fraport Traffic Figures – July 2021: Positive Trend Continues
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Fraport Traffic Figures – July 2021: Positive Trend Continues Cargo throughput at Frankfurt Airport sees further strong growth – Fraport Group airports worldwide also maintain upward trend Fraport Traffic Figures now provides (until further notice) a comparison between the current traffic figures and the corresponding 2019 base-year figures, in addition to the regular year-on-year reporting. Passenger numbers at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continued to rise in July 2021. FRA welcomed some 2.85 million passengers in the reporting month, representing the highest monthly passenger volume since...
London Heathrow: Long road to recovery starts as travel restrictions finally relax
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Long road to recovery starts as travel restrictions finally relax The further easing of travel restrictions throughout July resulted in a 74% upsurge in passengers compared with July 2020. With consumer confidence on the rise, over 1.5 million travellers passed through Heathrow last month, marking the highest monthly passenger numbers since March 2020. The relaxation in rules has provided a much-needed boost to the UK travel industry, and enabled people across Britain to look forward to a more normal summer reuniting with family and friends abroad. North American passenger numbers grew...
Close to 311,700 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in July
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Close to 311,700 passengers travelled through Malta International Airport in July 39 per cent of July 2019 traffic levels recouped last month Seat load factor (SLF) for July stood at 52.6 per cent The UK ranked second among MIA’s top five markets for July Last month’s traffic through Malta International Airport totalled 311,692 passenger movements, recouping 39 per cent of July 2019 traffic levels. This shows that Malta is recovering at a slower pace than its Southern European counterparts whose recovery rate for July averaged at 57 per cent according to Airports Council International...

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Take off for Loganair’s new Scotland-Wales air link
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2 AUGUST Take off for Loganair’s new Scotland-Wales air link Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, today (2 August) launches its new direct service linking the capital cities of Scotland and Wales. To mark the launch of the new route between Edinburgh and Cardiff, Loganair’s Head of Revenue and Sales, Donna McHugh, will fly to the Welsh capital to meet Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport. The service will operate up to five times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, connecting Scotland and Wales for business and leisure travellers alike. Flights will be...
Come Fly Again: Travel Industry Joins Forces to Reunite Brits and Celebrate 75 Years of Heathrow
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Come Fly Again: Travel Industry Joins Forces to Reunite Brits and Celebrate 75 Years of Heathrow Heathrow is celebrating the safe reopening of international travel and its 75th anniversary by teaming up with over ten industry partners including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic to make thousands of pounds worth of free flights and experiences available to passengers travelling from the airport. After 75 years and welcoming over 2.5 billion passengers through its doors, Britain’s biggest airport has launched the initiative to help reunite those in the UK with their family and friends...
The first Air France flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle is welcomed at Malta International Airport
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The first Air France flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle is welcomed at Malta International Airport A flight operated by Air France touched down at Malta International Airport yesterday evening, marking the launch of a triweekly service to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Air France’s schedule – offering flights every Monday, Friday, and Sunday – will further facilitate air travel between Malta and the capital of France, which country has consistently featured among the airport’s most popular markets for more than a decade. In 2019, France ranked fourth among Malta International...
Polish flag carrier LOT launches operations from Malta International Airport
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Polish flag carrier LOT launches operations from Malta International Airport Malta International Airport today welcomed LOT Polish Airlines, marking the launch of a biweekly scheduled service to the Polish capital during the summer months. LOT Polish Airlines’ service will further strengthen the Maltese islands’ connectivity with the Polish market, whose ranking among Malta International Airport’s top drivers of traffic has steadily improved over the past years. In fact, the number of passengers travelling to and from Poland increased more than twofold between 2015 and 2019, as Malta...
New Easyjet Base At Faro Airport Expected To Boost Tourism In the Algarve Region
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New Easyjet Base At Faro Airport Expected To Boost Tourism In the Algarve Region EasyJet has officially inaugurated a new seasonal base at Faro Airport. The base is the airline’s third in Portugal, joining Lisbon (launched in 2012) and Porto ( 2015). According to EasyJet, the new base at the Algarve region’s airport gateway will operate between March and October. Three A320 aircraft will be allocated, operating on 21 routes servicing Faro. The routes connect Faro across Europe, to cities including Amsterdam, Basel, Belfast, Berlin Brandenburg, Bordeaux, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow...

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