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Dubai airport passenger traffic may fall 70% this year

Dubai airport passenger traffic may fall 70% this yearDUBAI - Dubai airport, the world's busiest for international travel before the coronavirus crisis, could see passenger traffic fall by as much 70% this year. A wave of new infections ahead of the typically busy Christmas and year-end travel season has brought further uncertainty to an industry already decimated by the pandemic.
Covid-19
2 days ago

Paris airports cut traffic outlook on second wave

Paris airports cut traffic outlook on second wavePARIS  - Aeroports de Paris, operator of the French capital's main airports, cut its full-year passenger traffic outlook on Friday as a second wave of Covid-19 infections gathers pace. The airport group will be increasing testing capacities at its airports but will not provide any guidance on future passenger target.
Airlines
6 days ago

Easyjet to open third base in Portugal

Easyjet to open third base in PortugalLISBON - British airline Easyjet confirmend plans to open a new base in Faro, the main city in Portugal's popular Algarve tourist region, which has been hammered by the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline hopes 2021 will be its "first year of recovery" from a steep 2020 loss.
Covid-19
7 days ago

Outbound testing launched at Heathrow to unlock routes

Outbound testing launched at Heathrow to unlock routesLONDON - Rapid outbound Covid-19 testing for passengers has been launched at London's Heathrow Airport, designed to return results in an hour, in an effort to re-open restricted routes and boost traffic for beleaguered airlines. Inbound testing is pending government approval.
TSA
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Over 1 million airline passengers at American airports

Over 1 million airline passengers at American airportsWASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 1 million airline passengers on Sunday for the first time since March. The number, 1.03 million, is still about 60% lower than the same day last year, but marks a dramatic rise from air travel collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Airports
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Heathrow eyes additional cost cuts as talks falter

Heathrow eyes additional cost cuts as talks falterLONDON - Britain’s Heathrow Airport said it raised 1.4 billion pounds ($1.82 billion) from the bond markets to strenghten its financial position as the pandemic continues to suppress travel demand, and warned it could need to cut costs further than offered by unions. Recent talks faltered.
Oxford
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Rapid Covid-19 test available early 2021

Rapid Covid-19 test available early 2021LONDON - Scientists from Britain's University of Oxford have developed a rapid Covid-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said on Thursday, adding the new technology could be used in mass testing at airport arrival and departure gates and other businesses.
Grant Shapps
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New UK travel testing plan will boost flying

New UK travel testing plan will boost flyingLONDON - Britain's transport minister said on Wednesday that his coronavirus testing plans would get more people flying in the months ahead, sounding an optimistic note at a time when travel companies are struggling to survive. The Government is working to finalize an aviation recovery strategy.
Airlines
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Norwegian Air considers Gatwick lay-offs

Norwegian Air considers Gatwick lay-offsLONDON - Norwegian Air is considering laying off staff at its base at Gatwick Airport, a spokesman said, as the struggling budget airline steps up its cost-cutting drive to survive the industry’s worst crisis. The move could affect 259 cabin crew and pilots, just under a quarter of the 1,142 staff.
Covid-19
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Ireland planning airport testing to enable travel

Ireland planning airport testing to enable travel DUBLIN - Change of strategy: Ireland plans to introduce coronavirus testing at airports as part of a possible alternative to quarantine for some arriving passengers, although it is not clear when the capacity will be ready, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said on Sunday.
Airlines
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Virgin Atlantic starts Covid-19 tests on crews

Virgin Atlantic starts Covid-19 tests on crews LONDON - Virgin Atlantic has started testing cabin crew and pilots for Covid-19 on some flights, as industry hopes grow the British government is close to allowing more widespread airport testing that could help the country's travel sector recover - a move airlines and airports alike lobbied for.
"Laughing stock"
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No opening party for much-delayed new Berlin airport

No opening party for much-delayed new Berlin airportBERLIN - Berlin will not hold a party when it opens its new BER airport on Oct. 31 because it is so embarrassed about how long it took to build, but it will mark the closure of the Tegel airport it replaces, the boss of the German capital's airports, Engelbert Luetke-Daldrup, said on Tuesday.
Summer 2020
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Stansted and East Midlands report cargo growth

Stansted and East Midlands report cargo growthLONDON - An increasing reliance of private households and businesses on ecommerce during the pandemic, coupled with a reduction in passenger flights, has driven significant growth in air cargo at the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) owned East Midlands and London Stansted airports over the summer period.
Travel restrictions
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Airlines suggest London-New York passenger testing trial

Airlines suggest London-New York passenger testing trialWASHINGTON - Major airlines want the U.S. and British governments to launch a passenger testing trial for the coronavirus for flights between London and New York to pave the way for a resumption of more international travel. The group pushes more testing of passengers as the "most effectice frontline defense".
Crisis
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Heathrow unions brace for job losses

Heathrow unions brace for job lossesLONDON - London's Heathrow Airport said it is consulting with unions about redundancies as a result of a downturn in the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which could see 1,000 frontline roles go. The airport has informed union officials that it was triggering a 45-day consultation period about proposals.
Airports
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Gatwick to shed 600 jobs

Gatwick to shed 600 jobsLONDON - Gatwick Airport, Britain's no.2 airport to the south of London, said it needed to axe up to 600 jobs, nearly a quarter of its workforce, because of the travel slump caused by COVID-19. The travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic - Gatwick is currently operating at only one fifth of its acutal capacity.
Expansion
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Wizz Airport to base an Airbus A321 at Gatwick

Wizz Airport to base an Airbus A321 at GatwickLONDON - Wizz Air will open a new base at Gatwick Airport, which will be the third base for Wizz Air UK, the group’s UK-registered airline, alongside London Luton and the recently announced Doncaster Sheffield. The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the South London hub and launch four new routes.
Covid-19
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Gatwick keeps South Terminal closed

Gatwick keeps South Terminal closedLONDON - Gatwick airport expects its South Terminal to be kept out of operation through mid 2021. While key user British Airways is looking to restore some European flights out of Gatwick in the upcoming winter season, airport management expects overall demand from airlines to remain idle.
Airlines
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Easyjet confirms UK base closures

Easyjet confirms UK base closuresLONDON - British airline Easyjet confirmed on Monday it would close three of its bases in the United Kingdom resulting in the loss of up to 670 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to squeeze the travel industry. Meanwhile, Ryanair adapts to new travel restrictions with a reduction of capacity.
Covid-19
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London City airport puts expansion plans on hold

London City airport puts expansion plans on holdLONDON - London City provided an update on its Development Programme (CADP), including a decision to temporarily pause the development at the end of this year upon completion of new aircraft stands, a full-length parallel taxiway and new passenger facilities.

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