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U.K. Implements Quarantine For Arriving ‘Red List’ Passengers From February 15

The U.K. government has announced that commencing 15 February airline passengers arriving from ‘red list’ countries will be required to undertake a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine at the passenger’s expense. The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been under continuing pressure over their handling of the CoVid-19 pandemic and the partial closing of borders is seen by some as ‘too little, too late’. The U.K. opposition Labour party shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: "It is beyond comprehension that…

Heathrow Airport Considers Vehicle Charge for COVID Losses

Heathrow Airport has announced that it is considering charging vehicles to access its terminal forecourts to recover losses made by COVID. The plan, which would be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2021, would bring Britain's busiest airport in line with many others across the United Kingdom. The Forecourt Access…

English Travel Industry Calls for Support Amid Second Lockdown

Last Thursday, England entered into its second national lockdown in response to the coronavirus. The move banned non-essential travel, leading one of the pandemic's worst-hit sectors – the travel industry – back into a state of despair. 2020 has been a difficult year for aviation. In England, the seven months…

Romanian LCC Blue Air Moves London Flights from Luton to…

Romanian low-cost carrier (LCC), Blue Air, is transferring its flights to London Heathrow Airport from London Luton Airport beginning Dec. 1. According to the carrier's schedules for next year, Blue Air will first offer five flights per week during the winter season before increasing to 11 flights per week in…

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…

Virgin Atlantic Resumes Flying

Virgin Atlantic resumed passenger flights on July 20, ending a three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The first flight was London's Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong. The first service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aptly named Leading Lady, had special measures implemented to ensure that passengers can fly safely. These…

British Airways and the Boeing 747 — A Look Back…

The warning signs were there in March when the coronavirus stopped the aviation industry dead in its tracks. The knock-on effects from the global downturn of passenger traffic were already being calculated by airlines across the world, with decisions being made for what life would look like for airlines post-COVID.…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Resumption of Additional Routes, Grows Caribbean Network

As demand slowly returns from the dramatic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines are beginning to announce the recommencement of services. European airlines were particularly hard hit as restrictions went up across the continent and around the world. Virgin Atlantic chose to suspend passenger operations in April to focus…

British Airways May Cease Gatwick Operations Permanently

British Airways may permanently withdraw all operations from London's Gatwick Airport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. BBC News cited a memo to staff from the airline’s head of operations at Gatwick which stated: "As you know, we suspended our Gatwick flying schedule at the start of April and…

British Airways Announces Potential 30 Percent Workforce Cut

British Airways has announced that it might cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 45,000 employee workforce, as the global coronavirus pandemic is having unprecedented consequences for airlines as the skies are emptied out for a prolonged period of time. The airline had previously agreed to furlough 22,000 jobs, taking…