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British Airways Airbus A321neo at London Heathrow. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

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 busiest airport in the country experienced the busiest December as well. More than 6.7 million passengers traveled through the airport. Heathrow benefited from the domestic routes surge, such as Flybe…

Norwegian Awarded Six Weekly Slots at London Heathrow

European low-cost carrier Norwegian has been awarded six weekly slots at London Heathrow out of the 14 requested by the airline beginning in summer 2020. The Oslo-based carrier already operates extensively from London Gatwick airport to 30 destinations throughout Europe, North America and South America. The new slots reported by…

Undisclosed Number of British Airways Flights Disrupted By IT Issue

British Airways was affected on Wednesday night by an undisclosed ‘technical issue’ which resulted in a disruption to the airline’s schedule with flight delays and cancellations. A statement from the airline said: "Our teams are working hard to resolve a technical issue which is affecting some of our flights, and…

Virgin Atlantic Expands A350 Routes for Summer, Doubles Down in…

In preparation for the busy 2020 summer travel season, Virgin Atlantic has announced four new routes for its newest flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Having started service with the airline on the London-New York JFK route, next year will see the aircraft expand to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Johannesburg…

Virgin Atlantic Aims to Bring Style to Israel Travel, Celebrates…

Virgin Atlantic became the latest European airline to enter the Israeli market last month when it launched flights between London and Tel Aviv. Going up against Israeli and British airline giants El Al and British Airways, respectively, the airline began service to the Holy Land on Sept. 25 with once-daily…

Air New Zealand Adds Newark, Ends London to Los Angeles…

Air New Zealand has announced that it will be commencing service from Auckland to Newark, N.J. pending regulatory approval. The flight will be operated three times a week, year-round and will be flown on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft. In creating the new route, the carrier will also be ending…

Virgin Atlantic Strengthens Manchester Services, Boosts Winter Gatwick Frequencies

Virgin Atlantic announced it will enhance its services from Manchester Airport, one of its secondary hubs in Northern England. The airline will increase frequencies on the Manchester-New York route by 65 percent and launch a three times weekly service to Barbados this winter. Nearly 30,000 additional seats will be offered…

Opinion: Should Virgin Atlantic Re-Enter the Domestic U.K. Market?

Virgin Atlantic revealed this week that they would be interested in looking into the U.K. domestic market again should the slot system be reorganized after London Heathrow airport’s coming expansion. Virgin Atlantic says that a new system would “enable the creation of a second flag carrier” as it hopes it…

Virgin Goes Big With Airbus A350-1000 Launch, Talks Expansion at…

Virgin Atlantic Airways entered a new era earlier this month when it launched service on its newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Only the fifth carrier worldwide to operate the type, the addition of the aircraft is the second step in a fleet renewal that will see Virgin Atlantic adopting…

Virgin Atlantic Debuts Airbus A350-1000 on London Heathrow to New…

Virgin Atlantic inaugurated its newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000XWB, on Tuesday, officially becoming the second British operator of the aircraft in revenue service. Flying between London and New York on the airline’s flagship route, the first aircraft, named Red Velvet, departed London’s Heathrow Airport a month and a day after…