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U.K. Vaccine Rollout Provides Summer Optimism for TUI

TUI Group, owners of TUI Airways, has reported an increase in advance bookings for package holidays from the over-50’s demographic in the U.K. This confidence is being linked by TUI management to increased customer confidence as the Covid-19 vaccine rolls out across the U.K. City A.M. quotes TUI’s operations manager in the U.K. Andrew Flintham advising that, “Since the end of last year, bookings from this group (over 50’s) have accounted for 50% of all our web bookings, as customers…

Ryanair Announce Schedule Cuts and Further Downgrades Annual Forecast

Ryanair has advised financial markets that schedules will be cut and forecasts lowered due to stricter countrywide lockdowns and travel restrictions in the United Kingdom, Ireland and a number of European countries. The Irish airline now forecasts total passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2021 to total just over…

Negative Covid-19 Test Required for Airline Passenger Arrivals into Canada

In a further blow to the aviation industry, the Canadian government has announced that inbound air travelers to the country will need to present a negative Coronavirus test prior to departing for Canada. The requirement for the test will be in addition to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period upon arrival…

U.K. and EU Agreement Awaits Ratification for Post-Brexit Aviation Operations

On Christmas Eve the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.) and the European Union (EU) announced that an agreement had been reached on future trade and cooperation. The agreement is because of the U.K. leaving the EU on Jan. 31 this year and the transition period of…

Multiple European Countries Ban U.K. Flights Following Discovery of New…

Countries across Europe have made the decision to ban all flights arriving from the U.K. after the British government announced a new strain of the coronavirus had been discovered and had begun to spread within the country. Speaking to the country Saturday night, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a…

BA CityFlyer Announces Expansion of U.K. Regional Services

British Airways will be expanding its regional network next summer when the airline’s CityFlyer brand will operate services from Southampton airport to destinations in France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Germany. The announcement will provide a boost to the U.K. south coast airport which has been severely affected by…

Wizz Air Further Expands U.K. Operations with Cardiff Base

Wizz Air continues its U.K. expansion with news that the east European carrier will base an Airbus A321 at Cardiff airport. Reuters reports that the Welsh capital will be added to Wizz Air’s growing list of U.K. bases from late March to coincide with the beginning of the northern summer…

Etihad, El Al Sign MOU As UAE Airline Announces Service…

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with El Al Israel Airlines. The MOU follows the signing in September in Washington D.C. of a historic ‘normalization of relations’ agreement between the two states. Announcing the virtual signing of the MOU Tony Douglas, Group…

Low-Cost Long-Haul Pioneer Norwegian Air Faces Uncertain Future

Norwegian Air Shuttle is facing an uncertain future after the government of Norway this week advised that the airline would not receive any further financial support from the state. In response to the government announcement Norwegian’s chief executive officer, Jacob Schram, expressed disappointment and referenced the imbalance occurring within the…

New Irish Carrier Seeks Aer Lingus Regional Contract

Aer Lingus is seeking tenders for its regional operations in Britain and Ireland and a new carrier has entered the bidding for the contract which will be effective from December 2022. The Irish carrier relies on the regional connections to feed its international route operations which will play a significant…