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Traffic light system
2 days ago

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.
Jersey flights
5 days ago

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.
Airlines
6 days ago

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.
CAA
Older than 7 days

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.
MAG CEO
Older than 7 days

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.
Cautious outlook
Older than 7 days

IAG posts 1.14 billion euro first quarter loss

IAG posts 1.14 billion euro first quarter lossLONDON -  IAG reported a 1.14 billion euro loss for the first three months of 2021 on 20 percent of normal capacity. The airline group will maintain its tight capacity management until summer budgeting only a small increase to 25 percent for the April-June quarter as travel restrictions hit demand.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

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.
Airports
Older than 7 days

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.
United States
Older than 7 days

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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

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.
Quarantine-free travel
Older than 7 days

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.
Thyme Opco
Older than 7 days

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.
Travel restart
Older than 7 days

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.
BA und Loganair
Older than 7 days

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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

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.
Willie Walsh
Older than 7 days

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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Qatar Airways calls for borders to reopen

Qatar Airways calls for borders to reopenDUBAI - Qatar Airways called for countries to safely reopen borders on Tuesday, with its chief executive warning that more airlines would need state aid this year to avoid going bust. Akbar al-Baker said that Qatar Airways, one of the Gulf's biggest carriers, would emerge from the coronavirus crisis as a top global airline.
UK
Older than 7 days

Airlines hope for May 17 travel restart

Airlines hope for May 17 travel restartLONDON - British Airways and Virgin Atlantic expect international travel from Britain to resume on May 17 despite the government warning it is too soon to say whether holidays can go ahead this year. The UK government has said it will provide more details on restarting foreign travel this week.
UK
Older than 7 days

Easyjet criticises testing requirements in travel restart plan

Easyjet criticises testing requirements in travel restart planLONDON  - The chief executive Easyjet criticised some of the government's plans to restart travel, saying Covid-19 tests should not be required for passengers travelling to low-risk destinations. According to Johan Lundgren, costs of tests in some cases exceed ticket prices of the LCC.
Vaccination progress
Older than 7 days

Johnson to set out travel plans

Johnson to set out travel plansLONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans to reopen the economy and eventually relaunch international travel on Monday when he updates the coronavirus roadmap, aided by one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in the world. Astra and Pfizer shots might fuel airline recovery in the summer.

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