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Traffic light system
2 days ago

Ryanair and MAG challenge British travel rules

BildLONDON - 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

BildLONDON - 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

BildDUBLIN - 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.
Zero emissions air travel in the UK
Older than 7 days

Virgin Atlantic partners with Vertical Aerospace

BildLONDON - Virgin Atlantic partners with eVTOL manufacturer Vertical Aerospace: The partnership includes an option for Virgin Atlantic to purchase up to 150 eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft and exploration of a UK Joint Venture with Vertical Aerospace, to deliver a Virgin Atlantic branded short haul eVTOL network.
Fleets
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Ryanair 737 MAX deliveries may slip to September

LONDON - Ryanair mulls to defer introduction of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from summer to autumn 2021.
CAA
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Pandemic halted UK passenger traffic in early 2021

BildLONDON - 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

BildLONDON - 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.
Joan MacNaughton
Older than 7 days

Heathrow appoints sustainability expert to its board

LONDON - Heathrow Airport has appointed Joan MacNaughton to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.
Airlines
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Aeromexico receives its first Boeing 737 MAX 9

MEXICO CITY - As part of their fleet plan, Aeromexico has received new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The first two aircraft landed in Mexico City in the early hours of May 29.
"Unique opportunity"
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Eurocontrol and EASA to boost the Single European Sky

BildBRUSSELS - Eurocontrol and EASA, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, propose five pillars that, according to them, would allow the European air traffic management (ATM) system to contribute to the EU’s climate-neutrality ambition by enabling aircraft and airspace users to further reduce their carbon footprint.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

United heads pre-pandemic levels

CHICAGO - United Airlines adds more than 400 daily flights to its July schedule and increases service to reopened European destinations.
Airports
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London City controlled by remote digital tower

BildLONDON - London City Airport has become the first major international airport in the world to be fully controlled by a remote digital air traffic control tower, following intensive testing and live trials of the revolutionary technology during lockdown, marking a "step change" in global air traffic management.
TIP
Older than 7 days

EU and UK frame post-Brexit aerospace rules

BildLONDON - "New type of relationship": UK Civil Aviation Authority CAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency EASA have concluded negotiations on Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) for the post-Brexit aerospace sector. The framework gives OEMs like Airbus and their suppliers regulatory clarity.
Isles of Scilly
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Royal Mail trials drone parcel deliveries

BildLONDON - Royal Mail and partners have delivered two more UK firsts. Royal Mail becomes the first UK parcel carrier to deliver mail to a UK island in a 70 mile out-of-sight, autonomous flight to the Scilly Isles. Royal Mail has also trialled the first inter-island drone flights with a smaller vertical take-off and landing drone.
Cautious outlook
Older than 7 days

IAG posts 1.14 billion euro first quarter loss

BildLONDON -  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.
CAA
Older than 7 days

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.
Airlines
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Virgin Atlantic posts dire 2020 results

BildLONDON - 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
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CAA rejects Heathrow fee application

BildLONDON - 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

BildLONDON - 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.
Covid-19
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UK to suspend flights from India

BildLONDON - 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.
Airports
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Heathrow reports low March volumes

LONDON - Heathrow Airport passenger numbers were down 83% in March year over year as passenger travel remained mostly idle.
Airlines
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Ryanair: business travel segment not dead

BildLONDON - 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.
Airlines
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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.
Airlines
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JetBlue Airways secures CAA approval

LONDON - JetBlue Airways is cleared to start operations from the United States to the UK.
Balpa
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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.
Quarantine-free travel
Older than 7 days

Qantas and Air New Zealand add flights

BildSYDNEY - 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

BildLONDON - 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.
CAA
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Pilots can hold both UK and EASA license

BildLONDON - 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.
Airlines
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Qantas expects Sunrise freeze by 2022

SYDNEY - Qantas expects to freeze its strategy for Sydney - London nonstop flights "within the next 12 months".
Travel restart
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Jet2 cancels all holiday operations through June

BildMANCHESTER - 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
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London City to restore key regional routes

BildLONDON - 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.
Minister
Older than 7 days

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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

United admits 100 students to its flight school in 2021

BildCHICAGO - 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

BildLONDON - 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

BildDUBAI - 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

BildLONDON - 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

BildLONDON  - 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.
Airlines
Older than 7 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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Kenya Airways suspends UK flights

NAIROBI  - Kenya Airways will suspend flights to the United Kingdom effective April 9, the airline said in a statement.
Travel resumption
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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.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

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.
Vaccination progress
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Johnson to set out travel plans

BildLONDON - 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.
EU
Older than 7 days

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.
Iran
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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.
China
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Boeing urges Biden to separate trade and human rights

BildSEATTLE - Boeing urged the United States on Wednesday to keep human rights and other disputes separate from trade relations with Beijing, and warned European rival Airbus would gain if the U.S. planemaker were locked out of China. The 737 MAX review by China remains pending.
Swiss tecnology
Older than 7 days

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.
With tiny Palau
Older than 7 days

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.
Ryanair
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FAA approves design of 737 MAX 8200 variant

BildWASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it had approved the design for the Boeing 737-8200, part of the Boeing 737 MAX series, a necessary step before the U.S. planemaker can begin delivering the higher-capacity airplanes to Ryanair.
Airlines
Older than 7 days

Delta to stop blocking middle seats

BildATLANTA - Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday it will stop blocking middle seats as of May 1, a move that will allow it to start selling more tickets on each flight at a time when travel demand is picking up as more Americans receive Covid-19 vaccines. The airline got in hot water in its home state.
Flight SJ182
Older than 7 days

Indonesia recovers cockpit voice recorder of Sriwijaya Air jet

BildJAKARTA - Indonesia has recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in January, and the air accident investigator said on Wednesday it could take up to a week to be able to listen to the recording.

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