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The first British Airways Boeing 787-10 arriving at London Heathrow Airport (Photo: Graham Dinsdale)

What You Need to Know About Traveling to the U.K. Right Now

Restrictions are beginning to ease across the world after the pandemic left many countries closing their borders to overseas visitors. This saw many holidaymakers having to put their plans on hold, as well as family members continuing to be separated from their loved ones during this challenging time.  However, in spite of local restrictions easing, this doesn’t mean that the airline industry is back to how it was pre-pandemic.  London is a central hub for businesses throughout the world and…

UK Aviation Industry Awaits Government Announcement on Travel Restart

With the next stage of the U.K. government’s expected easing of restrictions due to come into effect on 17 May, the commercial airline industry is anticipating the recommencement of international travel for U.K. citizens and residents. A recently announced ‘traffic light (signal)’ system of various levels of requirements upon return…

Aviation Industry Lobby U.K. Government For ‘Pathway to Re-opening’

Aviation industry executives and advocacy groups in the U.K. are vigorously lobbying the U.K. government ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'Roadmap to Recovery’ speech on 22 February. Mr. Johnson’s scheduled announcement on Monday is expected to include details on how the U.K. will plan to emerge from a series…

Ryanair Announce Schedule Cuts and Further Downgrades Annual Forecast

Ryanair has advised financial markets that schedules will be cut and forecasts lowered due to stricter countrywide lockdowns and travel restrictions in the United Kingdom, Ireland and a number of European countries. The Irish airline now forecasts total passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2021 to total just over…

BA CityFlyer Announces Expansion of U.K. Regional Services

British Airways will be expanding its regional network next summer when the airline’s CityFlyer brand will operate services from Southampton airport to destinations in France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Germany. The announcement will provide a boost to the U.K. south coast airport which has been severely affected by…

Wizz Air Further Expands U.K. Operations with Cardiff Base

Wizz Air continues its U.K. expansion with news that the east European carrier will base an Airbus A321 at Cardiff airport. Reuters reports that the Welsh capital will be added to Wizz Air’s growing list of U.K. bases from late March to coincide with the beginning of the northern summer…

Emirates to Deploy A380s in Response to Increased Travel Demand…

Emirates will be operating its Airbus A380 aircraft four times a day to London's Heathrow Airport from Nov. 27 in addition to six times per week to Manchester beginning Dec. 2. The Dubai-based carrier will also deploy additional A380 services to Moscow, increasing the frequency from the current twice weekly,…

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…

Ryanair to Open Paris Base and Stimulates Demand with 2-4-1…

In a positive strategic move, Ryanair announced that the airline’s fourth base in France would open at Paris Beauvais (BVA), from 3rd December 2020. The Irish carrier already has bases in Toulouse, Marseille Provence and Bordeaux. François Rubichon, BVA’s Chairman of the board, said, “(BVA) is the first base announced…