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Flybe Deal with U.K. Government Criticized by Competitors

The U.K. government’s decision this week to defer a reported £100m ($130m) in Air Passenger Duty (APD) payments from Europe’s largest regional carrier Flybe has been met with celebration and criticism. The deal has given the airline, which is owned by a consortium including Virgin Atlantic's parent company, the opportunity to continue trading and thrown a lifeline to Flybe’s employees. Brian Strutton, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association union said: "This is good news for 2,400 Flybe staff…

Future of Europe’s Largest Regional Airline Flybe in Jeopardy

After years of uncertainty surrounding the future of regional carrier Flybe, the end of 2019 was supposed to bring closure to what had been a turbulent decade. The airline is moving into the new year with a new owner as well as a new name, or so it seems. It…

Heathrow Reveals Business Plan, Lays Out Investment Options for Next…

Heathrow has created an initial business plan to submit to the CAA showing how it will deliver its expansion and connect the entire U.K. to global growth. The plan — which Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye says "ticks all the boxes" — has been created using data gathered from engagement with…

U.K. Government Looks to Change Repatriation Rules

The collapse of an airline in the United Kingdom can create multiple headaches for the U.K.’s government. Not only does the country face potentially thousands of newly unemployed citizens, the stranded passengers will need to find a way home. Under current laws in the U.K., the government will rescue stranded…

London Stansted Aims For Long-Haul Expansion Despite Uncertain Future

While the future of the country and London Stansted's expansion schemes remain unclear, the airport is optimistic for its future. The UK and European Union (EU) have not reached a Brexit agreement at the moment and Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted the country will leave the EU by the end…

London Stansted Aims For Long-Haul Expansion Despite Uncertain Future

While the future of the country and London Stansted's expansion schemes remain unclear, the airport is optimistic for its future. The UK and European Union (EU) have not reached a Brexit agreement at the moment and Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted the country will leave the EU by the end…

Ryanair Faces Disruptions Due to Potential U.K. Strike Action and…

Another week marks another announcement of the possibility of strike action affecting airline passengers traveling to and from the U.K., further adding to the uncertainty facing the U.K. aviation industry this summer. Following notices of potential industrial action by various aviation employee groups affecting operations at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted…

Historic UK Airport May Accommodate Passengers Again From 2022

The congested airports in the south-east region of the United Kingdom may see some relief from 2022 with the announcement this week that Manston Airport in Kent is planned to reopen for cargo and commercial passenger operations. RiverOak Strategic Partners Limited (RSP) advised on Wednesday that it has exchanged contracts…

Unite and Conquer: Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus

When WWII was coming to an end, the aeronautical industry had one certainty: It would be easier for the U.S. to convert its production capability into civilian products. Long range bombers were quickly transformed into airliners and that posed a threat to European builders that had been mostly focused on…

Brexit Uncertainty Hits European Aviation as easyJet Reports Record Loss…

U.K. low-cost carrier easyJet has announced a record $352 million headline loss before tax for the first six months of its financial year. According to the airline’s chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren, the half-yearly result is “in line with expectations” as the reporting period encompasses the traditionally off-peak northern winter…