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Virgin Atlantic posts dire 2020 results

Virgin Atlantic posts dire 2020 resultsLONDON - The crisis erased a third of the revenue of Virgin Atlantic. The airline takes steep restructuring steps after posting a loss of 911 million pounds for 2020. Virgin Atlantic hopes to have all its fleet back up in the air by October or November this year, chief executive Shai Weiss said.»
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Airports

CAA rejects Heathrow fee application

CAA rejects Heathrow fee applicationLONDON - Heathrow Airport tried to pass on its pandemic losses to airlines - the controversial request to increase charges by up to ten percent to recover 2.6 billion pounds over the next few year was rejected by British aviation regulator CAA Tuesday. Yet, neither the airport nor airlines are happy with the decision.»
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United States

British Airways expects restriction-free travel by summer

British Airways expects restriction-free travel by summerLONDON - British Airways sees "room for optimism" that transatlantic flights might open up in the coming weeks. Chief executive Sean Doyle expects demand for flights between the UK and United States return quickly as soon as Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted on both sides of the pond.»
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Covid-19

UK to suspend flights from India

UK to suspend flights from IndiaLONDON - Explosively rising Covid-19 infection rates and a double mutation in India cause Canada and Great Britain to suspend passenger air traffic with the country for the time being. Heathrow Airport rejected airline requests for additional flight shortly before the red list suspension took effect this Friday.»
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Airlines

Ryanair: business travel segment not dead

Ryanair: business travel segment not deadLONDON - Ryanair expects to break even this year followed by a dynamic recovery in 2022. The airline already sees demand returning with an upswing in bookings through April. In an interview with the "Financial Times" Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary showed confidence in the business travel segment after the crisis.»
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Quarantine-free travel

Qantas and Air New Zealand add flights

Qantas and Air New Zealand add flightsSYDNEY - The opening of a quarantine-free travel zone between Australia and New Zealand spurred instant demand for flights Monday. Hundreds of passengers crowded terminals to catch a Qantas or Air New Zealand flight marking and end to months of travel restrictions between the countries.»
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Thyme Opco

Flybe to resume operations as new company

Flybe to resume operations as new companyLONDON - Flybe returns to British skies this summer under new ownership. Thyme Opco - a shell company of former Flybe investor Cyrus Capital - snapped the assets of the regional airline that filed for bankruptcy and grounded its fleet in March 2020. According to administrator EY the sale has been completed Wednesday.»
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CAA

Pilots can hold both UK and EASA license

Pilots can hold both UK and EASA licenseLONDON - Return path to a British license: the UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a "simplified process" to allow pilots who transferred their licence and medical certificate to an EU member state in preparation for the end of the transition period to get their UK licence back.»
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Travel restart

Jet2 cancels all holiday operations through June

Jet2 cancels all holiday operations through JuneMANCHESTER - Jet2 cancels holidays until June 24 citing planning uncertainties as the British travel restart plan fails to convince airlines and tour operators. Easyjet and Jet2 see a financial burden for families as mandatory PCR tests after holidays might inflate travel costs.»
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BA und Loganair

London City to restore key regional routes

London City to restore key regional routesLONDON - London City Airport (LCY) has welcomed the restoration of key regional routes, with flights to resume shortly to Edinburgh, Glasgow - both with British Airways -and Dundee with Loganair, re-establishing important domestic connectivity and tourism links between Scotland and the heart of London.»
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Airlines

United admits 100 students to its flight school in 2021

United admits 100 students to its flight school in 2021CHICAGO - United Airlines started to accept applications for its "Aviate" flight school program after a Covid-19 delay this week. The airline embarks on an ambitious plan to train 5,000 new pilots for its cockpits by the year 2030 and will enroll the first 100 students in 2021.»
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Willie Walsh

Airline leader blasts monopoly fee hikes

Airline leader blasts monopoly fee hikesLONDON - Airlines will fight attempts by suppliers and airports, including Heathrow Airport, to cover pandemic losses by raising charges, the new head of industry body IATA Willie Walsh said on Wednesday, as he promised "strong and aggressive" resistance to such moves.»

Short News

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.»

American Airlines readies jets to meet rising demand

DALLAS - American Airlines said on Monday it expects to fly most of its fleet in the coming months thanks to strong domestic and short-haul international bookings as infection rates and hospitalizations decline and more people receive vaccines.»

Portugal extends Britain, Brazil flights suspension

LISBON - Portugal on Monday extended a suspension of flights to and from Britain and Brazil until April 15, with only humanitarian and repatriation flights allowed, the interior ministry said in a statement.»

Malaysia's AirAsia Group posts record quarterly loss

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's budget airline AirAsia Group Bhd reported a record quarterly loss on Monday, as depreciation and impairments added to the impact of domestic lockdowns.»

Virgin Atlantic starts digital health pass trials

LONDON - UK-based carrier Virgin Atlantic said it had started digital health pass trials in a bid to show governments around the world that apps displaying Covid-19 test results and vaccine certificates can launch a travel recovery.»

Air crews, seafarers should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccines

GENEVA - Seafarers and air crew should be prioritised for vaccination as "essential workers", the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.»

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