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British Airways mulls partial Heathrow pull-out

British Airways mulls partial Heathrow pull-outLONDON - A steep 50 percent surge in passenger charges at London Heathrow makes British Airways question the size of its future operations at the UK's biggest airport. Heathrow fees are already among the highest in the world and continue to rise, IAG chief executive Luis Gallego told reports Monday in London.»
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Airports

Heathrow Airport starts recruitment drive

Heathrow Airport starts recruitment driveLONDON - Heathrow has begun recruiting for over 600 new frontline roles as the restart of transatlantic travel and easing of international restrictions boosts confidence in the aviation sector’s recovery. The reopening of the US travel markets stimulates demand in the core business of the airport.»
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Wizz Air and airports call for reinstatement of slot rules

Wizz Air and airports call for reinstatement of slot rulesLONDON - A coalition formed of Gatwick, Belfast International, Edinburgh Airports and Wizz Air have written to Transport Secretary urging him to reinstate the "80/20 Use it or Lose It" airport slot rules to ensure "that UK consumers once again benefit from effective choice of destination and airline".»
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British Airways returns A380 to active duty

British Airways returns A380 to active dutyFRANKFURT - After more than a year in storage, British Airways restarts A380 operation with crew familiarization rosters on short trips within its European network. On Monday morning, the A380 G-XLEF went on the BA902/903 rotation from London Heathrow to Frankfurt and back.»
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CAA moves forward with UK airspace revamp

CAA moves forward with UK airspace revampLONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has begun seeking views from members of the public as part of a review into the process it uses to make decisions on proposals to change the design of the UK's airspace, known as "CAP1616", three years into the prepration works for the revamp.»
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Airlines

Flybe hires Dave Pflieger to head its relaunch

Flybe hires Dave Pflieger to head its relaunchLONDON - Flybe is in the final stages to return to European skies by 2022. The revamped airline just hired an experienced manager to its team: Dave Pflieger joins Flybe as new CEO. The airline expects to achieve operational readiness ahead of the summer season 2022, insiders tell aero.uk. »
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Aer Lingus start transatlantic flights out of Manchester

Aer Lingus start transatlantic flights out of ManchesterMANCHESTER - The first Aer Lingus transatlantic service from the UK took to the skies Wednesday with the departure of the airline’s first ever non-stop direct flight from Manchester to Barbados. The IAG airline will expand its Manchester flights with new services to New York and Orlando in December.»
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Airports

Heathrow to raise charges by 50 percent

Heathrow to raise charges by 50 percentLONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) signals its OK for a 50 percent higher threshold of fees at Heathrow Airport. The framework will ultimately set the maximum fees the airport operator can charge its airline customers for using the airport for the next five years at 34.40 GBP per passenger.»
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Air safety

CAA cites post-Brexit progress in FATA agreement

CAA cites post-Brexit progress in FATA agreementLONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) signed a Temporary Arrangement on air safety. The FATA is legally assigned as the Civil Aviation Competent Authority in the Russian Federation and the CAA is legally assigned as the Competent Authority in the UK.»
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Airlines

Qantas to resume London flights through Darwin

Qantas to resume London flights through DarwinSYDNEY - Qantas has confirmed it will operate its flagship direct route from Australia to London via Darwin when international flights resume next month with the reopening of Australia’s border. The Qantas nonstop route from Perth to London is expected to restart in April 2022.»
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British Airways to reenter Gatwick market

British Airways to reenter Gatwick marketLONDON - British Airways will restore its European schedule at London Gatwick Airport in 2022. The airline will challenge Easyjet and Wizz Air with a new Gatwick-based subsidiary for European flights. New contract terms with pilots clear the way for the return to Gatwick next summer.»
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Aer Lingus

Emerald Airlines secures ATR 72-600 fleet

Emerald Airlines secures ATR 72-600 fleetDUBLIN - Emerald Airlines will operate Aer Lingus regional routes by 2023. The new Irish regional airline has committed to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the world’s largest regional aircraft leasing company. Emerald and the planes might enter service as early as 2022.»

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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.»

Logan Air add routes for summer 2022

LONDON - Loganair continues to build its network and UK-wide connectivity as it adds three further routes to its Summer 2022 programme.»

National Express and Stagecoach plan merger

LONDON - Competition between air, rail and road transportation on domestic routes ist heating up as the two largest UK passenger transportation companies are about to merge.»

Ryanair cracks down on British investors

DUBLIN - Ryanair no longer accepts new British shareholders since Brexit. The airline is now cracking down on investors who disregarded the provisions.»

UK puts CAA in charge for noise control

LONDON - The Secretary of State for Transport has announced the Government's intention to wind down the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) at the end of September 2021.»

Corona controls delay flights in July

BRUSSELS - Data from airlines in July shows the average delay per flight on departure was 11 minutes, definitely better than 18 minutes in July 2019. However, not all types of delay are down.»

First A220 for Air France completes production flight

MIRABEL - On Thursday 26 August, the Airbus A220, sporting the Air France colours, made its production flight. »

New Helsinki entrance to open in December

HELSINKI - Finavia will open the entrance to Helsinki Airport and the updated traffic arrangements for passengers on December 1st.»

Helvetic completes the renewal of its Embraer fleet

ZURICH - Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways took delivery of its twelfth latest-generation Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft. »

Jet2 mulls fleet switch to Airbus

MANCHESTER - British leisure airline Jet2 mulls replacing at least part of its Boeing 737-800 fleet by new Airbus A320neo aircraft.»

Court confirms end for PPF cap

LONDON - A legal victory by British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), potentially worth a total of more than 35 million pounds for 170 union members, spells the end for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation cap.»

British holiday bookings to Spain soar

MADRID - British holiday bookings to Spain have increased 400 percent since the government has lifted mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers.»

British Airways 787 landing gear retracts on ground

LONDON - A British Airways Boeing 787-8 aircraft is undergoing repairs after its landing gear retracted on ground. The incident seemed highly avoidable.»

Emerald Airlines speeds launch date for Aer Lingus

DUBLIN - Aer Lingus fills the Stobart Air void: Emerald Airlines is stepping in earlier than expected on regional hub-feed services.»

Flypop confirms Stansted base plans

LONDON - Airline startup Flypop confirm that London Stansted Airport will be its first UK airport base.»

Play starts flight operation with London service

LONDON - Iceland is back on the destination boards at London Stansted as new airline Play launched its first flight from the airport to Reykjavik last week.»

Delta to hire 1,000 new pilots

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines returns to the recruitment market. The airline intends to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer, a Delta memo seen by Reuters said.»

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