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Wizz Air-CEO Jozsef Varadi

"There is no worse owner than the state"

SEATTLE - His airline could be grounded for three years and still have financial resources for a restart: Wizz Air-CEO Jozsef Varadi shows confidence in his position as European air travel starts to recover. Wizz Air will will keep focusing on short haul cost travellers - and expects more capacity this summer than two years ago.»
4 days ago
BALPA

British aviation "hardest hit" by travel restrictions

British aviation LONDON - UK aviation industry is the "hardest hit" in Europe by restrictions on international travel, an analysis of official European air traffic data for June 2021 by The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has revealed. The pilots call for a quick opening of international air travel to spur recovery.»
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Traffic light system

Ryanair and MAG challenge British travel rules

Ryanair and MAG challenge British travel rulesLONDON - Ryanair and airport operator MAG are suing the UK Government over "unacceptable" travel restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's traffic light system continues to choke off air travel recovery, Ryanair said. To prevent further spreading of a new Covid-19 string, Downing Street so far rejects any adjustments to its policy.»
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Jersey flights

Wizz Air launches its first ever UK domestic routes

Wizz Air launches its first ever UK domestic routesLONDON - Wizz Air announced its first ever UK domestic services with flights from Cardiff and Sheffield to Jersey. Starting July 9th the new routes focus on holiday demand and will be operated Mondays and Fridays. Wizz Air UK will open a base in Cardiff - the latest in its network - this week.»
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Airlines

Stobart Air faces liquidation

Stobart Air faces liquidationDUBLIN - Hit hard by the Corona crisis, Irish regional airline Stobart Air ceased all its flight operations Friday. The airline will enter liquidation proceedings, its owner Esken said in a statement. A sale attempt had recently failed. The airline with 480 employees operated wet-lease flights for Aer Lingus.»
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Zero emissions air travel in the UK

Virgin Atlantic partners with Vertical Aerospace

Virgin Atlantic partners with Vertical AerospaceLONDON - Virgin Atlantic partners with eVTOL manufacturer Vertical Aerospace: The partnership includes an option for Virgin Atlantic to purchase up to 150 eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft and exploration of a UK Joint Venture with Vertical Aerospace, to deliver a Virgin Atlantic branded short haul eVTOL network.»
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CAA

Pandemic halted UK passenger traffic in early 2021

Pandemic halted UK passenger traffic in early 2021LONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2021. Overall, 3.4 million passengers flew in and out of the UK between January and March this year, across 80,625 flights. This represents a 94 percent fall in passenger numbers compared to the same period in 2019.»
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MAG CEO

Traffic light system leaves travel industry frustrated

Traffic light system leaves travel industry frustratedLONDON - The British traffic light system faces an industry wide backlash. Airlines, airports and tour operators feel "stuck with a system not fit for purpose" that cannot be scrutinized or challenged. While British tourists were forced to end their summer vacations early, other countries continue to reopen travel.»
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"Unique opportunity"

Eurocontrol and EASA to boost the Single European Sky

Eurocontrol and EASA to boost the Single European SkyBRUSSELS - Eurocontrol and EASA, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, propose five pillars that, according to them, would allow the European air traffic management (ATM) system to contribute to the EU’s climate-neutrality ambition by enabling aircraft and airspace users to further reduce their carbon footprint.»
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Airports

London City controlled by remote digital tower

London City controlled by remote digital towerLONDON - London City Airport has become the first major international airport in the world to be fully controlled by a remote digital air traffic control tower, following intensive testing and live trials of the revolutionary technology during lockdown, marking a "step change" in global air traffic management.»
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TIP

EU and UK frame post-Brexit aerospace rules

EU and UK frame post-Brexit aerospace rulesLONDON - "New type of relationship": UK Civil Aviation Authority CAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency EASA have concluded negotiations on Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) for the post-Brexit aerospace sector. The framework gives OEMs like Airbus and their suppliers regulatory clarity. »
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Isles of Scilly

Royal Mail trials drone parcel deliveries

Royal Mail trials drone parcel deliveriesLONDON - Royal Mail and partners have delivered two more UK firsts. Royal Mail becomes the first UK parcel carrier to deliver mail to a UK island in a 70 mile out-of-sight, autonomous flight to the Scilly Isles. Royal Mail has also trialled the first inter-island drone flights with a smaller vertical take-off and landing drone.»

Short News

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.»

Ryanair 737 MAX deliveries may slip to September

LONDON - Ryanair mulls to defer introduction of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from summer to autumn 2021.»

Heathrow appoints sustainability expert to its board

LONDON - Heathrow Airport has appointed Joan MacNaughton to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.»

Aeromexico receives its first Boeing 737 MAX 9

MEXICO CITY - As part of their fleet plan, Aeromexico has received new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The first two aircraft landed in Mexico City in the early hours of May 29.»

United heads pre-pandemic levels

CHICAGO - United Airlines adds more than 400 daily flights to its July schedule and increases service to reopened European destinations. »

Stansted becomes Covid-secure airport

LONDON - London Stansted has become one of the first airports in the UK to receive CAA recognition for the measures implemented across the airport to make it Covid-secure as it prepares for the return of passengers in the coming weeks.»

Heathrow reports low March volumes

LONDON - Heathrow Airport passenger numbers were down 83% in March year over year as passenger travel remained mostly idle.»

Virgin Atlantic to fly all planes by November

LONDON - Virgin Atlantic will return its full fleet back to service before the end of the year.»

JetBlue Airways secures CAA approval

LONDON - JetBlue Airways is cleared to start operations from the United States to the UK.»

Pilots wary of British travel plan

LONDON - British airline pilots are worried that a lack of concrete opening dates, the cost of required Covid tests means that not enough people will want to travel this summer to help the industry recover.»

Qantas expects Sunrise freeze by 2022

SYDNEY - Qantas expects to freeze its strategy for Sydney - London nonstop flights "within the next 12 months".»

More EU countries to be added to Ireland's hotel quarantine list

DUBLIN - Travellers to Ireland from more European Union countries will be subjected to mandatory hotel quarantine in the coming days.»

Air France-KLM wins EU okay for recapitalisation

BRUSSELS - The European Commission approved on Tuesday a French proposal to grant up to 4 billion euros ($4.72 billion) to recapitalise virus-hit Air France KLM in return for giving up to 18 slots per day at Paris Orly airport to a rival carrier.»

Kenya Airways suspends UK flights

NAIROBI  - Kenya Airways will suspend flights to the United Kingdom effective April 9, the airline said in a statement.»

UK will give airlines "as much notice as it can"

LONDON - British PM Boris Johnson said on Monday his government wanted to get the aviation industry flying again and would offer airlines "as much notice" as it could so they can prepare for the resumption of non-essential foreign travel.»

France and Brussels agree on Air France-KLM refinancing

PARIS - The French government has reached the outline of a deal with the European Commission on a state-backed refinancing package to help strengthen Air France-KLM's balance sheet, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.»

Air Canada concessions insufficient for Transat buy

BRUSSELS - Air Canada offered insufficient concessions to address competition concerns about its planned acquisition of Montreal-based tour operator Transat, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.»

Lufthansa to resume flights to Tehran

FRANKFURT - German airline Lufthansa said on Friday that it would resume flights from Frankfurt to Tehran from April 16.»

Robots use UV light to zap viruses aboard passenger planes

ZURICH - A robot armed with virus-killing ultraviolet light is being tested on Swiss airplanes, yet another idea aiming to restore passenger confidence and spare the travel industry more pandemic pain. »

Taiwan opens first travel bubble

TAOYUAN - Taiwan opened its first travel bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, with the small, tourism-dependent Pacific state of Palau.»

IATA says travel pass app to launch on Apple mid-April

DUBAI - Global airline industry body IATA said on Wednesday a digital travel pass for COVID-19 test results and vaccine certificates would be launched on the Apple platform in mid-April.»

Spain says digital vaccine certificates to be ready in June

MADRID - Spain expects digital vaccine certificates that would ease travels within the European Union would be ready in June at the latest, foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Wednesday in a radio interview.»

Seats filled for first all-civilian spaceflight crew

A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year billed as the first all-civilian spaceflight in history. The two latest citizen astronauts were introduced at a news briefing at the Kennedy Space Center. »

JetBlue mulls Heathrow flights by August

LONDON - JetBlue Airways is turning the Airbus A321LR into an "A321LHR" - the airline secured slot ar London Heathrow Airport.»

Alaska Air to order 23 additional 737 MAX

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group said on Tuesday it would buy an additional 23 737 MAX 9 jets, in a move that highlights growing confidence in Boeing Co’s aircraft following a 20-month safety ban triggered by two fatal crashes.»

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