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Old July 10th, 2009, 03:50 PM   #341
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London City Airport Gets Approval To Increase Annual Flights
9 July 2009

LONDON (Dow Jones)--London City Airport has received the go-ahead to increase the number of flights in and out of the airport to 120,000 from 80,000 a year, a spokeswoman for the airport said Thursday.

London City Airport welcomed the decision, which was made Wednesday by the Development Control Committee of the London Borough of Newham.

"The core proposition of getting people through the airport quickly has not changed in 21 years," the airport said. "This decision recognizes the airport's importance in the community, its significant contribution to the local economy and the regeneration and investment that the airport has attracted to East London."

Air France-KLM (AF.FR) is the biggest carrier operating out of the airport, followed by British Airways PLC (BAY.LN).
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:50 AM   #342
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There's no better time to be a passenger
22 July 2009
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OWNERS OF second homes around Bergerac, long-distance lovers with one partner in Bologna, and Polish physicians with families in Bydgoszcz: all will be alarmed by the apparent 40 per cent cut in the lifeline they have come to depend upon - cheap flights from Stansted. Yesterday Ryanair's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, blamed the "Scottish misers", as he described the Chancellor and Prime Minister, for his decision to re-deploy 16 of the 40 aircraft the airline has based at Stansted this summer. Labour's "tourist tax" - in reality, the Air Passenger Duty introduced by the last Tory chancellor, Ken Clarke - was accused of being jointly responsible for the cut of 40 per cent in flights, along with Spanish-owned BAA, for its refusal to negotiate on charges for using Britain's third-busiest airport.

Over the 14 years since easyJet first took off, British travellers have grown accustomed to the widest range of no-frills flights and some of the lowest air fares in the world. Could the end of the summer mark the end of low-cost flying? After all, Ryanair is technically the world's favourite airline - in terms of international passengers flown, if not on-board cosseting. But as with most announcements from the Irish airline, the plan to cut capacity at its main airport from the winter should be treated that with a pinch of inflight salt, for which no doubt a fee will be payable.

Between late October and Easter, airlines traditionally cut capacity from the UK: on a wet Wednesday in November only the idle rich are willing and able to fly to somewhere in eastern Europe they can neither spell nor pronounce. Ryanair will actually offer around 15 per cent fewer seats from Stansted than last winter - enough to push fares up, and distressing for people using certain airports, but not the end of cheap aviation. London remains the world's aviation capital, and as one airline dips another will grow: Aer Lingus, is expanding Gatwick services. The worst of times for airlines is the best of times for travellers.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 06:29 AM   #343
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Rise in Heathrow passengers signals soft landing for BAA
11 August 2009
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UK's main airport enjoyed its third busiest month on record as performance at BAA's other sites showed strong signs of recovery

Heathrow reported its third-busiest month ever today, as passenger numbers for July indicated that the UK's main airport is recovering from the recession.

The airport's owner BAA said 6.5 million passengers passed through Heathrow last month, nearly 1% more than in July last year. They were carried on fewer flights than last year, though – a result of airline cost cuts – giving Heathrow its highest-ever average number of passengers per plane, at 162. Long-haul traffic, excluding North American flights, was up by 5.5%.

Industry experts warned that the figures did not mean a turnaround was imminent at British Airways, Heathrow's biggest customer. Ticket prices are under pressure as airlines compete for customers. The strong performance at Heathrow reflected significant fare discounts as well as an undiminished appetite for holidays abroad.

"The airports are likely to benefit more than the airlines in the short term. Airlines are trying to fill their planes at almost any price," said John Strickland, an industry consultant. Willie Walsh, BA chief executive, warned recently that the average revenue per passenger is likely to fall over the summer as the airline strives to shore up passenger numbers rather than maintain higher fares.

BA has also been promoting transfer traffic at Heathrow – passengers who use the airport to connect with other flights – by advertising discounted fares outside the UK, including a recent sale in the US.

"BA has been putting good prices into markets away from the UK. It has been working very hard to generate much more transfer traffic in the wake of a weaker point-to-point market. BAA should benefit from that with more long-haul traffic," said Strickland.

Passenger numbers across BAA's seven UK airports – the others are Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – also showed strong signs of recovery in July, although they were still lower than last year. BAA handled 14.5 million travellers in total, a decline of 2.4% on July 2008. However, that was smaller than the falls of 5.9% in June and 7.3% in May. BAA said the data was "further evidence of stabilising passenger figures across the group".

Glasgow was BAA's worst performer, reporting a 13% dip in passengers, due in part to the collapse of holiday airline XL last year. In contrast, traffic through Edinburgh grew by 5.6%, in the airport's fourth consecutive month of growth. Stansted was the worst performing London airport, with a 5.7% fall in passenger numbers.

The best-performing market across all the airports was long-haul destinations excluding the US and Canada, which saw a 4.8% increase in travellers. However, the highly profitable North American route remained very weak: passenger numbers were down 8% overall, although Heathrow fared better than the average, reporting a 2.1% decline in North American traffic. BAA's biggest market by passenger numbers, European scheduled flights, rose by 1.2% to 6.4 million travellers.

One week after the transport secretary, Lord Adonis, called for the demise of domestic air travel, BAA confirmed an ongoing decline in such flights. UK-only air travel at its airports fell 4.8%, with 109,000 fewer travellers.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM   #344
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Gordon Brown Chooses Virgin Atlantic over BA

August 19th, 2009
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British Airways has suffered another setback this week after Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose to fly Virgin Atlantic to the G20 summit in the US next month.

Under the contract, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic will ferry the Prime Minister and his entourage to the G20 summit next month hosted by US President Obama, and will attract huge media attention.

Virgin Atlantic managed to undercut British Airway’s price by about 30 percent. The airline, the national carrier, has been flying Prime Ministers since the 1980s from Margaret Thatcher who privatized the airline. This will be the first time Mr Brown has flown Virgin since becoming Prime Minister.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “Decisions relating to the Prime Minister’s travel, including the choice of aeroplane for international visits, are taken to deliver maximum value for money for the taxpayer as well as ensuring the most efficient and effective use of the Prime Minister’s time.”

Virgin Atlantic said: “We are clearly delighted that the Prime Minister has chosen to fly with us. We hope it will be the first of many similar trips.

The move comes as a blow for BA only weeks after the company asked 40,000 staff to work without pay to make up for losses, and chief executive Willie Walsh announced that he would not accept his salary in July.

The privatization of the airline allowed BA to come one of the most profitable airlines, claiming to be “The World’s Favourite Airline”, while many others struggled. However the airline has been struggling lately due to the recession and downturn in the travel industry, with plans to cut 3,700 of the airline’s 40,000 staff, as passenger numbers fall.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #345
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Wonder if they will switch back once the economy recovers and the British debt goes down ...
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Old August 20th, 2009, 09:15 AM   #346
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Gordon Brown Chooses Virgin Atlantic over BA

August 19th, 2009
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British Airways has suffered another setback this week after Prime Minister Gordon Brown chose to fly Virgin Atlantic to the G20 summit in the US next month.

Under the contract, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic will ferry the Prime Minister and his entourage to the G20 summit next month hosted by US President Obama, and will attract huge media attention.

Virgin Atlantic managed to undercut British Airway’s price by about 30 percent. The airline, the national carrier, has been flying Prime Ministers since the 1980s from Margaret Thatcher who privatized the airline. This will be the first time Mr Brown has flown Virgin since becoming Prime Minister.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “Decisions relating to the Prime Minister’s travel, including the choice of aeroplane for international visits, are taken to deliver maximum value for money for the taxpayer as well as ensuring the most efficient and effective use of the Prime Minister’s time.”

Virgin Atlantic said: “We are clearly delighted that the Prime Minister has chosen to fly with us. We hope it will be the first of many similar trips.

The move comes as a blow for BA only weeks after the company asked 40,000 staff to work without pay to make up for losses, and chief executive Willie Walsh announced that he would not accept his salary in July.

The privatization of the airline allowed BA to come one of the most profitable airlines, claiming to be “The World’s Favourite Airline”, while many others struggled. However the airline has been struggling lately due to the recession and downturn in the travel industry, with plans to cut 3,700 of the airline’s 40,000 staff, as passenger numbers fall.
I want to see the Prime Minister fly on BMI British Midland or EasyJet.
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It is my pleasure to announce that through my thorough search and review, I have reopened this thread to cover everything British aviation related. You can also relay discussions here on airports covering:

- Scotland
- Northern Ireland
- Guernsey and Jersey
- Isle of Man

aside from the rest of England.
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It is my pleasure to announce that through my thorough search and review, I have reopened this thread to cover everything British aviation related. You can also relay discussions here on airports covering:

- Scotland
- Northern Ireland
- Guernsey and Jersey
- Isle of Man

aside from the rest of England.

Well done fod !
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Old August 10th, 2015, 09:37 PM   #349
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It is my pleasure to announce that through my thorough search and review, I have reopened this thread to cover everything British aviation related. You can also relay discussions here on airports covering:

- Scotland
- Northern Ireland
- Guernsey and Jersey
- Isle of Man

aside from the rest of England.


Also Wales
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Old August 11th, 2015, 06:12 AM   #350
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Oh yeah. That too.

By the way, just a quick question for a start: is there any airport in the United Kingdom that desperately needs replacing soon?
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