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Ryanair, Optimistic for Summer, Adds UK Flights

Ryanair has announced that it is expanding its U.K. flight network in summer 2021 with optimism for foreign travel to return in force for the peak season. The announcement comes almost a year after the U.K. first imposed restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The low-cost airline is adding three new routes to Greece from London's Stansted Airport, including two weekly flights each to Preveza, Zakynthos and Santorini. In addition to the new routes, Ryanair is also adding additional flights…

Aviation Industry Lobby U.K. Government For ‘Pathway to Re-opening’

Aviation industry executives and advocacy groups in the U.K. are vigorously lobbying the U.K. government ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'Roadmap to Recovery’ speech on 22 February. Mr. Johnson’s scheduled announcement on Monday is expected to include details on how the U.K. will plan to emerge from a series…

New U.K. Restrictions Force Airlines to Reschedule and Cancel Flights

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Monday that his country was entering a new lockdown this week. Forced by the dramatic health situation due to the new COVID-19 strain, the British government ordered its citizens to stay at home unless very exceptional circumstances required. This situation will last, at…

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…

American Airlines Offering $129 At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Domestic Travel

On Tuesday, American Airlines announced in a statement it will begin offering at-home COVID-19 tests to help passengers avoid domestic quarantine requirements. The $129 test is provided by New York-based testing provider LetsGetChecked and will be available for purchase via the company’s website on Wednesday for flights beginning on Saturday. The…

easyJet to Offer Discounted COVID-19 Home Tests

On Monday Nov 30, easyJet announced it would begin offering discounted COVID-19 tests through its' partner Confirm Testing. According to TheTop10News, the £75 ($100) "Fit to Fly" test can be purchased using the unique code 'eJh2020' on Confirm Testing's website, and if the test is negative, passengers will only have…

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…

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…