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Virgin Orbit

CAA okays space missions from Cornwall Airport

CAA okays space missions from Cornwall AirportNEWQUAY - The UK’s first orbital space launch moved one step closer to take-off as Spaceport Cornwall received the UK’s first-ever spaceport licence. The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued the licence, following consent from Transport Secretary Mark Harper, clearing the way for Virgin Orbit space activities from the site.»
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ANSP

NATS increases fees to recover pandemic losses

NATS increases fees to recover pandemic lossesLONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority published for consultation its initial proposals to establish new price controls for NATS En-Route ("NERL"), a subsidiary of air navigation service provider NATS. The controls regulate the prices NERL can charge airlines for the services it provides in UK airspace.»
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Balpa

British Airways and pilots agree on new pay deal

British Airways and pilots agree on new pay dealLONDON - British Airways is avoiding a clash with its pilots. The airline reached a new agreement with British pilot's union Balpa on wage increases and the end to a scheme that curbed pilot pay during the pandemic. British Airways competitor Ryanair is stuck in negotiations with its Irish pilots over pay.»
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Regional airline

Loganair put up for sale by its owners

Loganair put up for sale by its ownersGLASGOW - The UK’s largest regional airline, Loganair, has increased its flight schedule for summer 2023, announcing more services across key regional routes as it responds to growing demand from leisure and business travellers. The airline may commence its summer 2023 under new ownership.»
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Recovery

Gatwick revises 2022 passenger forecast

Gatwick revises 2022 passenger forecastLONDON - Strong passenger demand and higher air traffic volumes following the lifting of all UK travel restrictions in March 2022 accelerated Gatwick’s recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, the airport revealed in its half year results. The London hub increased its passenger forecast for the remainder of 2022.»
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Winter 2022/2023

London City expect business travel rebound

London City expect business travel reboundLONDON - Following a summer where 70 percent of the aiport's passengers were travelling for leisure, London City expects business traffic to rebound through the winter season. The airport just saw the return of Sun-Air with its service to Billund, while British Airways switches from leisure to business routes.»
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SAR

Royal Air Force P-8A rescues transatlantic rowers

Royal Air Force P-8A rescues transatlantic rowersLOSSIEMOUTH - The RAF’s new Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft based at RAF Lossiemouth was launched on Search and Rescue duties for the first time this month as they helped rescue two transatlantic rowers. The P-8A crew coordinated a merchant vessel to the stricken rowers.»
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Airlines

Ryanair mocks British Airways and Heathrow

Ryanair mocks British Airways and HeathrowLONDON - Ryanair adds over one million seats to its winter schedules to and from 20 UK airports "in response to British Airways’ announcement that it will cancel 8 percent of its winter schedule due to staff shortages and capacity cuts" at "hopeless Heathrow" airport. The Irish LCC expects to carry more passengers this year.»
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Heathrow

British Airways suspends short-haul ticket sales

British Airways suspends short-haul ticket salesLONDON - British Airways responds to the passenger cap at Heathrow airport. The IAG airline suspended ticket sales for short-haul flights from its main hub until August 8 citing "responsible action" to ease capacity constraints. The move sent ticket fares at other London airports through the roof.»
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100,000

Heathrow caps daily departing passengers

Heathrow caps daily departing passengers LONDON - London Heathrow airport caps it daily departures at 100,000 passengers to avoid additional cancellations through the summer period. The airport expects an average of 1,500 passengers per day to be affected by the "intervention" - and blames airlines for not taking sufficient action to help ease the situation.»
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Airlines

British Airways to scrap more flights

British Airways to scrap more flightsLONDON - Staff shortages meet demand peaks: British Airways is canceling 10,300 additional short-haul flights through October to stabilize its schedule and "protect as many of our holiday flights as possible". Pending labor action at Heathrow airport will not cause British Airways additional headaches.»
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ACI

UK awards Aeroflot Heathrow slots to six airlines

UK awards Aeroflot Heathrow slots to six airlinesLONDON - Only once in a while Heathrow slots return to the open allocation pool. British slot coordinator ACI has now reallocated 32 Aeroflot take-off and landing slots among other airlines. JetBlue Airways, Virgin Atlantic and four other airlines will take off on seized Aeroflot slots in the winter season.»

Short News

Virgin Atlantic expects first A330-900

LONDON - The pandemic delayed the A330neo EIS at Virgin Atlantic. The airline is now close to taking delivery of its first A330-900. The new jets replace older A330s at London Heathrow.»

Flybe to expand network in winter

LONDON - After its relaunch in April 2022, British regional airlines Flybe will continue to grow with a new winter schedule that will see the airline serve twelve destinations.»

Unite flags strike at British Airways

LONDON - Unite is balloting its union members employed as check-in staff by British Airways at Heathrow airport for industrial action in a dispute over pay.»

Air Baltic to hire external pilots

RIGA - Air Baltic has 315 pilots in its workforce. The airline is looking to add 120 pilots through 2023.»

Easyjet curbs A319 seating capacity

LONDON - Easyjet is limiting its A319s to 150 seats over summer. This will allow the airline to operate flights with one crew member less.»

Air Canada to resume Manchester service

MANCHESTER - Air Canada has announced it will resume its non-stop seasonal service between Manchester and Toronto, operating five-times weekly from 1 June thrroug 30 September 2022.»

Jet2 adds A321neo orders

MANCHESTER - Jet2 firmed up purchase rights for another six Airbus A3210neo as the airlines moves from a Boeing to an Airbus fleet.»

British Airways skips mask mandate

LONDON - British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport lift the mask mandate for travellers.»

Norse launches cadet program for its 787 operation

OSLO - Norse Atlantic Airways and OSM Aviation Academy have agreed to work together to launch a cadet program that will prepare the flight academy’s students for a future career at the new long-haul airline.»

Gatwick to reopen South Terminal by March

LONDON - Gatwick Airport has announced it will reopen its South Terminal in March - after nearly two years being dormant - to help meet the expected strong demand this summer and beyond as confidence in international travel returns.»

British Airways adds Heathrow link Nuremberg

LONDON - British Airways has announced that it will be introducing a new destination to its Heathrow short-haul network: Nuremberg.»

Loganair and British Airways expand codeshare flights

LONDON - British Airways and Loganair have announced a major expansion of their codeshare agreement, offering more choice and connectivity for customers travelling across the UK.»

British Airways leaves mask mandate in place

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revokes the mask mandade in public transport. British Airways will not rush things.»

CAA sets interim price cap at Heathrow

LONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is holding firm the price cap that Heathrow Airport (HAL) can charge its airline customers in the period from 1 January 2022.»

Shareholders pour money into Virgin Atlantic

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic Airways has received 400m pounds in new investments from its shareholders, Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines.»

UK urges customers to redeem ATOL vouchers

LONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority is advising holidaymakers issued with refund credit notes during the COVID-19 pandemic to redeem their credit as international travel continues to open up.»

China to ease operational restrictions on Finnair

HELSINKI - In their regular negotiations on 16-17 November 2021, Finland and China agreed that flights from Finland to Shanghai could be increased. The number of weekly routes will be raised from seven to 14.»

American Airlines and British Airways offer free testing

LONDON - American Airlines and British Airways announced a collaboration global COVID-19 testing provider Qured to offer complimentary test kits to support the swift return of international business travel.»

NATS and Heathrow continue partnership

LONDON - NATS and Heathrow have had a long and successful relationship, working together to operate the world’s busiest and most efficient dual runway airport before the impact of the Covid pandemic. The partnership is extended now.»

BA and Virgin take off to New York

LONDON - Formation flight into the new beginning of travel: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic departed London Heathrow Monday for their first flights in the U.S. under relaxed immigration rules.»

Avianca registers in the UK

NEW YORK - Avianca is in final court proceedings to close its Chapter 11 restructuring. The airline will move its legal residence to the UK.»

Emirates to recruit 600 pilots by early 2022

DUBAI - Emirates ramps up hiring to support "accelerated recovery". The six months recruitment drive includes vacancies for 3,000 cabin crew, 1,200 technical staff, 1,200 airport service and ground staff - and 600 pilots.»

IAG names new CFO

LONDON - International Airlines Group (IAG) announces that Steve Gunning has decided to stand down from the role of Chief Financial Officer and leave the group after the release of the company’s full year 2021 results.»

British Airways returns Airbus A380 to active fleet

LONDON - British Airways is returning the Airbus A380 to service. The A380s will be phased-in on the European network from November before first intercontinental flights.»

Jet2 frames deal for additional A321neo aircraft

MANCHESTER - British holiday airline Jet2 adds 15 more Airbus A321neo aircraft to its order tally.»

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