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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.»
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Airlines

Virgin Atlantic preps for "world-first" transatlantic SAF flight

Virgin Atlantic preps for LONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a permit to Virgin Atlantic to fly a world-first transatlantic 100 percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) flight. Virgin Atlantic plans to fly across the Atlantic from London Heathrow to New York JFK on 28 November 2023 to test and showcase the feasibility of flying on all SAF.»
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Airports

Heathrow to raise 2023 passenger forecast

Heathrow to raise 2023 passenger forecastLONDON - Heathrow airport raised its passenger forecast for the remainder of 2023. The British Airways hub expects 79.3 million passengers by year-end now, compared to an earlier forecast within an 70 to 78 million passengers range. The airport also curbed its losses in the first nine months of 2023.»
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Airports

Transatlantic demand spurs traffic rebound at Heathrow

Transatlantic demand spurs traffic rebound at HeathrowLONDON - Summer holidays spur passenger demand across the UK. Heathrow Airport reports a 38.1 percent increase in passenger numbers for July. Holiday and intercontinental travel is showing robust signs of improvement - with one particular destination in the US proving extremely popular among Brits this summer.»
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Airports

Heathrow confirms Thomas Woldbye as new CEO

Heathrow confirms Thomas Woldbye as new CEOLONDON - Heathrow Airport has confirmed the appointment of Thomas Woldbye, currently the boss of Copenhagen Airport, as the person to replace John Holland-Kaye when he steps down as CEO of the British Airways hub later this year after nearly 10 years in post. »
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New Routes

Virgin Atlantic to extend its network

Virgin Atlantic to extend its networkLONDON - Virgin Atlantic announced the launch of new routes across three continents. Network growth comes as the airline capitalises on "sustained demand for international travel" and will add "more than 250,000 total seats" across Virgin Atlantic’s network, compared to 2019 while accepting new aircraft.»
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Start-up

Global Airlines to source pre-owned A380 aircraft

Global Airlines to source pre-owned A380 aircraftLONDON - Holiday Swap sources Airbus A380 aircraft from Doric Aviation to venture into aviation: Global Airlines, a Holiday Swap company, is working towards transatlantic flights from spring 2024 with a fleet that will eventually include four pre-owned A380s in the 471 seat configuration of a previous operator.»
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Training

NATS resumes student controller scheme

NATS resumes student controller schemeLONDON - For the first time since before the pandemic, people can apply to join the NATS student controller scheme, with basic training based at one of their two training facilities in Hampshire and Gloucester. The British air navigation service provider is looking to attract more female talent to it control facilities.»
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Arrangement

UK and Israel strenghen aviation ties

UK and Israel strenghen aviation tiesLONDON - The UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Israel have signed a working arrangement, which will lead to closer collaboration and boosts international trade. The framework will lead to less complexity in validation and acceptance of aviation certificates.»
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Unite

Heathrow passengers face strike disruptions

Heathrow passengers face strike disruptionsLONDON - Union unite unleashed ten days of strikes involving over 1,400 security officers at Heathrow Airport as "last-ditch talks failed to resolve the current pay dispute". The airport is trying to mitigate the fallout of labor action on passengers as London-Heathrow braces for Easter traffic.»

Short News

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.»

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.»

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