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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.»
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Gatwick to curb summer capacity

Gatwick to curb summer capacityLONDON - Following a further review of its operation Gatwick is temporarily moderating its rate of growth for July and August by putting in place a gradually increasing capacity level at the airport, which aligns its growth trajectory with airlines and ground handler’s resource capabilities. »
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"Flightpath to the future"

UK frames aviation growth initiative

UK frames aviation growth initiativeLONDON - Jobs and innovation are at the heart of a government and industry initiative for developing the UK aviation sector after the pandemic. A peer council of airlines, airports, industry experts and government officials will work together to implement the conceptual 10-point framework.»
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IAG commits to 737 MAX order

IAG commits to 737 MAX orderLONDON - British Airways owner IAG commits to 50 Boeing 737 MAX aicraft. The order is split in 25 737-8200s - a high-density version with additional doors that Boeing developed for low-cost airlines - and 25 737 MAX 10s, which is still pending regulatory approval. Deliveries are scheduled between 2023 and 2027.»
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Ambitious fleet plans

Royal Mail to open 50 postal drone routes

Royal Mail to open 50 postal drone routesLONDON - Royal Mail firms up plans to scale up its use of drone technology and create more than 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years, subject to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval, as part of a new partnership with Windracers, a leading logistics drone company.»
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Teesside Airport

Loganair discontinues Heathrow link

Loganair discontinues Heathrow linkTEESSIDE - Loganair suspends its flights from Teesside to London-Heathrow and Southampton citing "cost of aviation fuel" and recent fee increases at the London hub. The Heathrow route suffered from a sluggish return of business travel while leisure traffic spearheads recovery of British aviation.»

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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