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JetBlue and British Airways cleared for codeshare flights

JetBlue and British Airways cleared for codeshare flightsWASHINGTON - The United States Department of Transport (DOT) has cleared an extensive codeshare between JetBlue Airways and British Airways. The airlines will connect their networks to numerous destinations in the United States and Great Britain through reciprocal codeshare arrangements.»
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Flight SQ321

Severe turbulence leaves one person dead

Severe turbulence leaves one person deadLONDON - Severe turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight from London-Heathrow to Singapore left one person dead and 30 other injured. Singapore Airlines confirmed the May 21st incident, which is under investigation, and its tragic outcome.»
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PCS

Border force officers go on strike at Heathrow Airport

Border force officers go on strike at Heathrow AirportLONDON - International passengers are set to face long queues at the immigration lanes at Heathrow Airport this week. An unsolved dispute on duty rosters between the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the UK Government escalates to a strike of border force officers at Britain's largest international airport.»
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Airports

Vinci takes controlling stake in Edinburgh Airport

Vinci takes controlling stake in Edinburgh AirportEDINBURGH - French infrastructure operator Vinci adds another UK airport to its portfolio. Vinci Airports an agreement to acquire an effective 50.01% stake in Edinburgh Airport Limited  the company that owns Edinburgh Airport - for around 1.27 billion GBP, the company disclosed in a statement.»
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Rapid Exit Taxiway

Gatwick opens fast lane for arriving aircraft

Gatwick opens fast lane for arriving aircraftLONDON - London Gatwick airport has completed an infrastructure project to help reduce delays and go-arounds. The new Rapid Exit Taxiway (RET) enables arriving aircraft to leave the main runway "at a more optimal location" after landing. The project has been completed after being put on hold through the pandemic.»
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Airports

Stansted sets new February traffic record

Stansted sets new February traffic recordLONDON - "Really strong start to the year": London Stansted shrugged off the cold and damp of a leap-year February to toast another record-breaking month for passengers. More than 1.92 million passengers passed through the terminal during February, beating a previous record set in February 2020 by almost 50,000.»
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ATC meltdown

Ryanair wants NATS CEO Rolfe replaced

Ryanair wants NATS CEO Rolfe replacedLONDON - An interim report into the air traffic control meltdown on 28 August 2023 has been published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Heavily impacted Ryanair calls for management changes at NATS as a consequence of the broad ATC collapse over the busy bank holiday weekend.»
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Summer 2024

Gatwick Airport secures additional Asia routes

Gatwick Airport secures additional Asia routesLONDON - London Gatwick Airport increases its connectivity to mainland China: Air China will begin operating daily flights from London Gatwick to Beijing Capital Airport on A330-300 aircraft on 1 June , before China Southern launches its three-per-week service to Guangzhou on 20 June, on Boeing 787-8 aircraft.»
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Fleet

British Airways takes final A350-1000 delivery

British Airways takes final A350-1000 deliveryLONDON - British Airways operates Airbus A350-1000 aircraft in its international network since 2019. The airline just received its 18th A350-1000 from Airbus marking the final delivery from the original order. The fleet renewal at British Airways will continue with additional Boeing 787-10 aircraft.»
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Summer 2024

British Airways returns to Stansted Airport

British Airways returns to Stansted AirportLONDON - British Airways has announced the launch of various long-haul and short-haul routes from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Edinburgh airport for the 2024 schedule. In addition, the national flag carrier is returning to London Stansted for the first time since the pandemic.»
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Passenger rights

Regulator takes enforcement action against Wizz Air

Regulator takes enforcement action against Wizz AirLONDON - "High volume of complaints": Wizz Air UK stalled passenger refund requests. Eventual enforcement action against Wizz Air has now led to 1.24 million GBP being refunded to passengers, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Wizz Air will also review its refund processes.»
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UK regulator updates rules for airspace changes

UK regulator updates rules for airspace changesLONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has finalised a package of improvements designed to clarify the airspace change process for airports, air navigation service providers and those affected by airspace change.»

Short News

Brussels Airlines starts MPL scheme for future pilots

ANTWERP - Brussels Airlines opens a cadet pilot programme of its own for the first time. The Lufthansa airline is looking to attract 20 to 30 future pilots per year into a "partially sponsored" MPL scheme.»

Easyjet suspends Tel Aviv flights

TEL AVIV - Easyjet suspends its Tel Aviv route through October. According to insiders, the route does not support point to point traffic for the time being.»

British Airways: 100 fully sponsored places at pilot academy

LONDON - British Airways is opening the application window for the second year of its fully funded Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet scheme on April 16 2024 citing "unprecedented response" for the programme in 2023.»

Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern offer codeshare flights

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern announced a new codeshare agreement, strengthening vital business and leisure connections to East Asia and providing greater access to more destinations throughout China.»

British Airways resumes Bangkok flights

LONDON - British Airways flights from London to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are set to return this winter season.»

Wizz Air flags Luton expansion

LUTON - More than 70 million passengers have now travelled with Wizz Air from London Luton Airport. The airline will increase its presence at the airport even further.»

Stansted shy of 28 million passengers in 2023

LONDON - London Stansted rounded off a strong passenger performance in 2023 by welcoming more than two million passengers in December.»

Sinclair to leave London City Airport

LONDON - Robert Sinclair will be stepping down as CEO of London City Airport, following six years leading the airport.»

Stansted records busiest October

LONDON - London Stansted recorded its busiest ever October as nearly 2.6 million passengers passed through its terminal, surpassing the previous record set in 2018.»

Stansted Express restores capacity

LONDON - Rail operator Greater Anglia is boosting Stansted Express rail services as a result of the strong recovery of the airport from the pandemic.»

Air China returnes to daily Gatwick flights

LONDON - Air China resumed flights between Beijing and London Gatwick Airport this months with four flights per week and just upgraded the service.»

London City upgrades to CT scanners

LONDON - London City has made its strongest start to a year since the pandemic. In January, 217,000 passengers used the airport and 225,000 did so in February.»

UK to speed up space regulation

LONDON - A OneWeb launch sees 36 more UK-licenced OneWeb satellites put into orbit as the major constellation programme is completed.»

Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic will become a SkyTeam member by March 2 as the only UK outpost of the alliance.»

Ryanair to pay compensation for 2018 strike

LONDON - A 2018 strike affected thousands of Ryanair passangers. After fighting a legal battle the airline will finally pay out compensation.»

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.»

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