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Ryanair and Major Airport Owners Take U.K. Government to Court over Travel Restrictions

Ryanair and the owner of their largest UK airport base have begun legal proceedings to challenge the UK government’s ‘traffic light system’ of international travel. The Irish-based carrier and Manchester Airports Group (MAG), owners of London Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester airports are seeking clarity on how the UK government is categorizing countries into the ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ lists. The ‘traffic light’ system was adopted on 17 May as a means of reopening international travel to UK citizens and…

Northern English Airports Call for Government Support

Leaders from six North of England airports have signed a letter to the government asking for more support to help the travel sector recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The airports joined forces to urge the U.K. Government to back the sector in next week's budget. The group also requested a…

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…

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…

Manchester Airport Prepares for Summer Season Ramp Up

Manchester Airport has set out its plans to prepare for a ramp-up in passenger travel over the summer season despite the coronavirus outbreak. The news comes as the U.K. government announced over 50 countries which it deems safe for non-essential travel, allowing for travellers to visit without having to self-isolate on…

IranAir Expands European Footprint Following Brief Flight Ban

IranAir is planning to add an additional route to Europe next month when it begins flying between Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport and Manchester Airport in central England. The new service will operate every week on Sundays, with the inaugural flight scheduled for July 4. The new flight will be operated…

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…

Inside Manchester Airport’s New VIP Terminal

Manchester Airport's new private terminal PremiAir had its official opening ceremony on January 29, and AirlineGeeks went along to check it out. PremiAir was announced on January 28, 2019, and opened towards the end of last year. It aims to provide a premium experience for passengers flying to and from…

WestJet Adds Nonstop Flight Between Manchester, U.K. and Halifax

WestJet on Thursday announced its upcoming nonstop flights between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Manchester, U.K. The flights will be operated as a summer seasonal service four times per week using the airline's fleet of Boeing 737s. The new route marks WestJet's sixth European destination and third in the U.K. following…

Juneyao Airlines to Make U.K. Debut with New Manchester Route

China's Juneyao Airlines will be making its debut in the U.K. with new service between Manchester and Shanghai. the Manchester service. The new landmark route was announced by Manchester Airport earlier this week and will see the first connection between the gateway to U.K.'s North Country and China's largest city.…