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A British Airways A380 approaches Heathrow. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Heathrow Threatens Workers Over Pay Cuts

The busiest airport in Europe has threatened workers they might face the sack if they do not accept "voluntary" pay cuts, following a drop in passengers passing through the airport. According to Sky News, the airport's human resources chief informed thousands of staff that should anyone not accept a 15 percent pay reduction then "dismissal and reinstatement might be the final step." The statement, from Paula Stannett, said: "We are looking for everyone to play their part and are not expecting…

Secondary Airports Threatened By ‘Minimum Service’ Rule In CARES Act

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc for air traffic around the world, airport companies are quickly adjusting to adapt to this new situation with significantly fewer passengers closing down terminals, consolidating traffic to their main facilities and, in some extreme cases, closing down secondary airports in metro areas…

San Francisco Temporarily Closes International Concourse A Gates

Although San Francisco International Airport (SFO) remains open and operational during the Bay Area's "shelter in place" lockdown, the airport is closing one of two concourses at the International Terminal after a major drop in travel due to the coronavirus. SFO officials say international flights have dropped almost 52 percent…

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…

Scottish Government Sets Restrictions on Airports Amid Coronavirus Threat

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish government introduced a so-called “rate relief” to Scottish airports for a year.  The UK's Airport Operators Association (AOA) welcomed the new policies and urged England's government to carry out a similar measure to help the airports in the country. The airports in…

London City Airport Shuts Down Until May

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to engulf the United Kingdom, London City airport has announced that it will close to commercial and private traffic until at least May.  “We have made the decision to temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights from the airport,” the airport said in a statement.…

Manchester Airport Becomes First in U.K. to Close Terminals

Manchester Airport announced the decision Friday to close two terminals and transfer all commercial traffic to the remaining terminal, following the drop in passengers flying in and out of the northern U.K. airport. On Wednesday, March 25, Terminals Two and Three will close and any flights still operating in and…

Americans Must Travel Through One of 13 Airports When Returning…

Following President Trump's March 11, 2020, proclamation suspending entry to the United States for certain foreign nationals who have been in certain COVID-19 restricted countries. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their families returning from COVID-19 restricted countries must travel through one…

EU Commission Relaxes ’80/20′ Rule after Falling Passenger Numbers

The European Commission has announced it will temporarily halt rules enforcing airlines to use their take-off and landing slots for at least 80% of the time, as Coronavirus concerns have significantly cut travel around the world. The move comes after the Commission reviewed the impact of legislation on airline operations…

Heathrow Airport’s Third Runway Expansion Blocked by Court

A Court in the United Kingdom has ruled plans for a third runway at London Heathrow to be illegal based on environmental grounds. At a time where the conversation about climate change has grown over the past year, questions are now being asked if Heathrow will ever expand its' airport…