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U.K. Government Form ‘Global Travel Taskforce’ to Recover International Travel

Almost nine months into the global pandemic that has decimated the U.K. tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors, the U.K. government announced on Wednesday the formation of a task force to ‘support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel’. The Global Travel Taskforce will report to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and be co-chaired by Grant Shapps the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock. The U.K. government has…

Japan Airlines Will Begin Using Gender-Neutral Phrases When Addressing Passengers

Japan Airlines has announced new terminology to be used when addressing passengers in airports and on aircraft, and "ladies and gentlemen" is no longer part of the script. Instead, beginning Oct. 1, the airline will use gender-friendly expressions, such as "attention all passengers" and "welcome, everybody." The phrases are already…

Major European Flight School Charging Students $81,000 to Convert Licences

A major flight training school in Europe has issued letters to its students informing them they will need to pay an additional 64,000 pounds ($81,000) on top of their training costs for a pilot's license. L3Harris, which was formerly called CTC Aviation, has informed students studying towards a Multi-Crew Pilots…

EasyJet to Offer Pilots Alternative to Layoffs

In a move that may become increasingly common among airlines seeking to avoid layoffs, EasyJet will be offering pilots an alternative to being made redundant. The plan will offer pilots seasonal contracts, working for parts of the year and taking the rest of the year off. The offer comes as…

London Gatwick Reopens North Terminal as easyJet Restarts Services

After 11 weeks of suspending operations, the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport has been reopened on Jun 15. as the operating hours were extended. Meanwhile, easyJet has launched its first flight at Gatwick since the end of March. In addition, the airline has carried out new measures to prevent…

British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet Take Legal Action Against U.K. Quarantine…

The British government’s new COVID-19 quarantine policy, effective from June 8, has sprung escalating tensions between some of the country's largest airlines and the government itself. British Airlines, specifically, launched legal action in a bid to block the planned 14-day self-isolation plan for arrivals beginning Monday. In addition to a…

EasyJet to Slash up to 4,500 Jobs Following Coronavirus Impact

In a trading statement on capacity, fleet & cost structure plans released on Thursday, European low-cost airline easyJet announced that it will look to reduce at least 30 percent of its 15,000 employees in an attempt to battle the financial challenges caused by coronavirus pandemic. The boss of easyJet, CEO Johan…

easyJet Announce Mid-June Return to European Skies

easyJet announced on Thursday that the airline will resume services from 21 airports in the U.K., France, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain on 15 June. The news is another positive sign of the tentative steps airlines are making to return to operations after the shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior…

easyJet Suffers Cyber Attack Impacting 9 Million Customers

easyJet has admitted to suffering a security breach earlier this year where hackers gained access to personal information of nine million customers, including the credit card information of over 2,000 individuals. The budget carrier reportedly became aware of this in January and begun contacting passengers whose credit card information had…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…