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A British Airways 747-400 at London's Heathrow Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Gatwick and Heathrow Limit Operations Due to Reduced Demand

Traffic movements at London’s main airports have significantly reduced as a result of the worldwide downturn in air passenger traffic. Last week London City airport located near the financial center of London catering predominantly to premium traffic is temporarily closed to all flights. Earlier this week Gatwick Airport announced its single runway would be in operation between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. only with the consolidation of all flight arrivals and departures to its South Terminal. The south London airport…

U.K. Airlines Await Decision on Possible Government Bailout Packages

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has discounted reports made earlier this week that the U.K. Chancellor (the U.K. Government’s chief financial minister) would only include airlines in any industry bailouts under consideration “as a last resort." BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said: “It is unhelpful that correspondence is leaked…

Qantas Puts Pressure on Pilots To Close ‘Project Sunrise’ Deal

Qantas has reportedly advised its pilots that it will create a "new employment entity" to crew its planned ultra-long-haul flights from the east coast of Australia to London if it fails to reach an agreement with the pilots union in the next few weeks. The airline and the Australian and…

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…

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…