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A British Airways 747-400 at London's Heathrow Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Gatwick and Heathrow Limit Operations Due to Reduced Demand

Traffic movements at London’s main airports have significantly reduced as a result of the worldwide downturn in air passenger traffic. Last week London City airport located near the financial center of London catering predominantly to premium traffic is temporarily closed to all flights. Earlier this week Gatwick Airport announced its single runway would be in operation between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. only with the consolidation of all flight arrivals and departures to its South Terminal. The south London airport…

U.K. Airlines Await Decision on Possible Government Bailout Packages

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has discounted reports made earlier this week that the U.K. Chancellor (the U.K. Government’s chief financial minister) would only include airlines in any industry bailouts under consideration “as a last resort." BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said: “It is unhelpful that correspondence is leaked…

British Airways Awaits Government Response to Airlines

Following last week’s memo to employees entitled “The Survival of British Airways”, the U.K. carrier continues to implement strategies to deal with the continuously changing environment. BA has announced capacity cuts of 75% for their April and May schedules which will have a significant impact on the resources needed to…

Airlines Slash Capacity, Ground Aircraft As Crisis Continues

The continued uncertainty and unprecedented disruption to the aviation industry due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will result in significant losses for airlines. Schedules are being constantly amended as governments seek to contain the spread of the virus by limiting passenger movement. In addition to the U.S. travel ban for…

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG to Over 25 Percent

Qatar Airways has increased its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 21.4 percent to 25.1 percent with a $600m buy-up. The move comes a little over a week after Air Italy which Qatar Airways had a 49 percent stake in ceased operations. In announcing the increased shareholding Qatar Airways…

Qantas Puts Pressure on Pilots To Close ‘Project Sunrise’ Deal

Qantas has reportedly advised its pilots that it will create a "new employment entity" to crew its planned ultra-long-haul flights from the east coast of Australia to London if it fails to reach an agreement with the pilots union in the next few weeks. The airline and the Australian and…

Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic Launch New Partnership

What is being billed as the ‘World’s Leading Partnership’ was launched this week by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France. The joint venture (JV) by the four airlines expands on existing JVs between the U.S. carrier and the U.K. and European carriers. Delta CEO Ed Bastian stated:…

Airbus to Add A321 Production Capacity in Toulouse

In a move that will be welcomed by a number of its airline partners, Airbus announced this week that the company will increase the production capacity of its popular A321 at its Toulouse facility.  Airbus Chief Operating Officer Michael Schoellhorn said: “We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our…

Flybe Deal with U.K. Government Criticized by Competitors

The U.K. government’s decision this week to defer a reported £100m ($130m) in Air Passenger Duty (APD) payments from Europe’s largest regional carrier Flybe has been met with celebration and criticism. The deal has given the airline, which is owned by a consortium including Virgin Atlantic's parent company, the opportunity…

IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh to Retire in June

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced Thursday that chief executive officer Willie Walsh will step down from his current role and the board of IAG on March 26 and will formally retire on June 30. The chairman of IAG Antonio Vázquez praised Walsh’s achievements at the multi-national airline holding company which…