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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…

A Look at Peru’s Unusual Repatriation Traffic

Over the last week, governments across the world have been under increased pressure to repatriate their citizens back home as rising travel restrictions around the CODIV-19 global pandemic have been making travel hard for many citizens needing to find a way home. The South American country of Peru has made…

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…

U.S. Travel Ban Extended to the U.K. and Ireland

President Donald Trump confirmed at a news conference on Saturday, March 14, that the current travel ban restricting flights from the European Union will now include the United Kingdom and Ireland. The travel ban now affecting the U.K. and Ireland will take effect from 4:00 a.m. (UK time) on Tuesday,…

European Airlines Cancel Flights to Italy

The United Kingdom flag carrier British Airways has decided to cancel all flights to and from Italy until at least April 4. This follows the decision by the Italian government to implement a country-wide lockdown, affecting all 60 million residents. Italy has seen around 9,000 cases of the COVID-19 with…

British Airways to Waive Change Fees Amid Coronavirus Nerves

British Airways has become the latest airline to encourage nervous travelers to buy tickets by waiving change fees. The move is largely aimed at passengers who are nervous about the impact of the recent COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, which began in China and has since spread to dozens of countries around…

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…

Major Computer Outage Stirs Chaos at London Heathrow Airport

Cancelations and delays marred the travel plans of thousands of passengers last Sunday at Heathrow Airport as an IT glitch affected the airport’s check-in systems at all four terminals. According to British website independent.co.uk, more than 100 flights have been canceled during the day, and it was resident carrier British…

Airlines Continue to Cancel China Flights

Following a change in advice from the United Kingdom's Foreign Office regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus, British Airways has canceled all flights to China. The Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to the country which resulted in BA suspending the daily flights from London to Beijing (PKX) and…

Heathrow Airport Records a Remarkable Year

London’s Heathrow Airport has announced its passenger numbers reached 80.9 million in 2019, marking the ninth consecutive year of growth. However, cargo service dropped by 6.6 percent compared to last year. Heathrow stayed in the top 10 busiest airports and it attributes this to “larger and fuller aircraft.” Also, the…