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Old April 25th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #201
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:58 AM   #202
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London Southend Airport Extension Approved

Rochford Council have approved an extension to London Southend's Airport terminal creating over 300 jobs and extending the south-east’s aviation capacity. With the plans to extend Heathrow’s capacity with a third runway fading into the distance for the time being, the new extension at Southend could prove to be a popular solution to the region’s capacity problems.

London Southend Airport opened its new terminal in February this year, boasting a speedy service for departing passengers with a maximum time of four minutes to get through security and arriving passengers with hand-luggage only can expect to disembark the plane and be on a train at the nearby station within 15 minutes.

The airport is keen to ensure that current standards are maintained whilst the terminal grows approximately 90 metres to facilitate the new check-in desks and baggage drop-off points.

The airport authorities are hoping that passenger numbers will grow to an estimated 2 million by 2020. The additional facilities to accommodate the rising passenger numbers means jobs created in retail, security and catering as well as airfield employment in engineering and maintenance. Work is expected to start in the latter part of 2012.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #203
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Old June 8th, 2012, 07:16 AM   #204
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China Southern Airlines Co Ltd began flying between London Heathrow Airport and Guangzhou on Wednesday, the first flight to go from Britain to the capital of Guangdong province.

The company now has three direct flights to Guangzhou leaving from London Heathrow Terminal 4 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays each week.

The new route is expected to boost trade between China and the United Kingdom.

"The launch of the Guangzhou-London air service marks a bold step forward in China Southern's development in the London marketplace," said Si Xianmin, president of China Southern Air Holding Co and chairman of China Southern Airlines.

The direct flights between Guangzhou and London also help passengers who transfer to other planes on their way to places in Europe, Australia or New Zealand.

"This new air service will serve as an air bridge that connects Europe with China and Australasia," Si said.

The company said it plans to have 110 flights a week going to Australian cities by the end of 2015, up from 42 now. China Southern carried about 600,000 passengers to Australia in 2011.

A330-200 aircraft, made by the France-based Airbus SAS, are flying the new London-Guangzhou route, offering first, business, premium economy and economy levels of service.

The new flights are expected to also prove convenient to Chinese sports fans who will fly to London for the Olympic Games this summer.

"It is great news for the UK that China Southern is opening up a new route between Heathrow and Guangzhou," said Colin Matthews, CEO of BAA Airports Ltd, which owns five airports in the UK including London Heathrow.

"We are delighted that China Southern has chosen Heathrow, and we would like to welcome more flights from China Southern and other airlines that could bring jobs and growth to the UK."

The world economy's center of gravity is shifting and Britain should forge more links with China and similar economies, Matthews said.

While Britain adds one new route to China in 2012, other European countries will have planes flying on seven additional routes to China's interior.

Other airlines in emerging economies have expressed a desire to add flights at Heathrow, but have been prevented from reaching that goal by the airport's lack of the departure and landing slots they need.

China Southern Airlines has more than 450 airplanes in its passenger and cargo operations, including US-based Boeing Co 777s, 747s, 757s, 737s and Airbus 380s, 330s, 321s and 320s.

According to company figures, the airline carried 80.7 million passengers in 2011, 5.5 percent more than a year earlier, making it the largest airline in Asia measured by passenger numbers.


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Old June 8th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #205
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China Southern Airlines Co Ltd began flying between London Heathrow Airport and Guangzhou on Wednesday, the first flight to go from Britain to the capital of Guangdong province.

The company now has three direct flights to Guangzhou leaving from London Heathrow Terminal 4 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays each week.

The new route is expected to boost trade between China and the United Kingdom.

"The launch of the Guangzhou-London air service marks a bold step forward in China Southern's development in the London marketplace," said Si Xianmin, president of China Southern Air Holding Co and chairman of China Southern Airlines.

The direct flights between Guangzhou and London also help passengers who transfer to other planes on their way to places in Europe, Australia or New Zealand.

"This new air service will serve as an air bridge that connects Europe with China and Australasia," Si said.

The company said it plans to have 110 flights a week going to Australian cities by the end of 2015, up from 42 now. China Southern carried about 600,000 passengers to Australia in 2011.

A330-200 aircraft, made by the France-based Airbus SAS, are flying the new London-Guangzhou route, offering first, business, premium economy and economy levels of service.

The new flights are expected to also prove convenient to Chinese sports fans who will fly to London for the Olympic Games this summer.

"It is great news for the UK that China Southern is opening up a new route between Heathrow and Guangzhou," said Colin Matthews, CEO of BAA Airports Ltd, which owns five airports in the UK including London Heathrow.

"We are delighted that China Southern has chosen Heathrow, and we would like to welcome more flights from China Southern and other airlines that could bring jobs and growth to the UK."

The world economy's center of gravity is shifting and Britain should forge more links with China and similar economies, Matthews said.

While Britain adds one new route to China in 2012, other European countries will have planes flying on seven additional routes to China's interior.

Other airlines in emerging economies have expressed a desire to add flights at Heathrow, but have been prevented from reaching that goal by the airport's lack of the departure and landing slots they need.

China Southern Airlines has more than 450 airplanes in its passenger and cargo operations, including US-based Boeing Co 777s, 747s, 757s, 737s and Airbus 380s, 330s, 321s and 320s.

According to company figures, the airline carried 80.7 million passengers in 2011, 5.5 percent more than a year earlier, making it the largest airline in Asia measured by passenger numbers.


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Old June 11th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #206
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Old June 13th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #207
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I might travel between MNL and LHR next week. Can anyone give me some advice on which is a better airline to LHR between CX and SQ. So far, here are my assessments but more advice or inputs could be useful:

Cathay Pacific
PROs
- total travel time (including stopovers) are shorter
- when my journey is concluded, I will just be 1 500 miles away from MarcoPolo silver (though I doubt that I will make a journey to close the difference later on)
- there is a dedicated lane for MarcoPolo at check-in and boarding
- excited to see the movie and hear the audio line-up (I've done some research on the titles available )
- HKG-LHR appears to be CX's flagship route considering the long history between HK and UK
- my first entirely night-time flight on CX (my flight back from SFO was an entirely daylight flight, except during the final hour)

CONs
- the older 744 is used on one of the flights
- MNL-HKG and HKG-MNL does not feature a full meal service
- IFE does not contain USB interfaces to allow passengers to listen to their personal collections
- the English both at the CX flight and HKG airport of the crew may be a little rusty (except the Filipino crew)
- a 3-seat configuration on the left and right side of Y for most of the journeys

Singapore Airlines
PROs
- the A380 will be used on both the outbound and inbound SIN-LHR flights; i.e. my first A380 flight
- there is an upper-deck that has 2-4-2 configuration in Y; something less common in other A380 configurations of SQ's rivals
- there is a USB that allows you to connect your personal player to the IFE
- departing and arriving out of SIN's T3
- English is quite good among crew

CONs
- no special lane even for KF silver passengers
- we will only get 16 000 miles, which will be close to 9 000 before the next tier upgrade
- flights are somehow longer

I'm not sure if SIN-LHR is SQ's flagship route. I know SQ offers plenty of flights to LHR than any other EU city considering a relatively long history but I just feel that there is something that ignites more sparks about a HKG-LHR flight.

Did I miss anything out? Let me know your opinions as I need to make the booking tomorrow.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #208
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Is price not a consideration? That would be my most important priority. I think your choice should depend on your future flights. If you think you will be flying oneworld carriers in the future, naturally, choosing CX will be nice since you have a chance of getting status. Vice versa with star alliance.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 01:44 AM   #209
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The CX flight is cheaper if you won't get any miles. But I was looking at the lowest fairs of each that are mileage accruable (V and W for CX and SQ respectively). SQ's is (in a rare occassion) around $220 cheaper but the silver status on KF offers even less perks than CX's MarcoPolo.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 09:23 PM   #210
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The CX flight is cheaper if you won't get any miles. But I was looking at the lowest fairs of each that are mileage accruable (V and W for CX and SQ respectively). SQ's is (in a rare occassion) around $220 cheaper but the silver status on KF offers even less perks than CX's MarcoPolo.
Depends what you want to continue flying in the future.

Also, if you are looking at SQ, you don't need to be a member of SQ to enjoy many of the elite SQ benefits. Other *A FFPs such as OZ can get you to a higher OZ*G with lower requirements (OZ*G Diamond starts at 40000 biannually, Aegan is even easier at 20000 first year, and was recently discovered that status does not expire so as long as you keep your account active). Do check the mileage redemption charts to see if they work for you. I wouldn't aim for *S status because the benefits aren't much unless you are in the States, I would hit the *G with the benefits translated to all *A carriers.

This isn't the case with oneworld. Yes, they have certain equivalent benefits between ow carriers, but not everyone follows them. And just obtaining certain ow tiers are too challenging for many.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #211
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No.1 Traveller teams up with Air China
11 June 2012

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No.1 Traveller has joined forced with Air China to offer business class passengers access to its award-winning No.1 Gatwick lounge, situated in Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal.

Passengers will have access to complimentary hot and cold food, a fully-tended bar, unlimited Wi-Fi, complimentary showers and stylish seating with panoramic runway views. The lounge also includes a Travel Spa offering relaxation and beauty treatments as well as a Cinema and Games Room.


The award-winning Business Centre offers private meeting rooms in addition to printing, copying, scanning and faxing capabilities. Additionally, there’s a concierge service in place to assist passengers who need to make last-minute arrangements before their flight.


Howard Ebison, head of commercial at No.1 Traveller, said, “Partnerships such as this demonstrate our continuing ambition within No.1 Traveller to work with the world’s leading airlines. We are looking forward to bringing our world-leading service and award-winning facilities to Air China’s passengers to demonstrate the best of what we have to offer.



Our Gatwick North lounge offers an all-round experience for both business and leisure travellers and we are confident our surroundings will set the perfect tone for Air China’s Business Class passengers before they board their flight.”


Mr Wu, general manager UK & Ireland for Air China, added, "Air China is delighted to partner with the No.1 Lounge at London Gatwick, especially as it won such a prestigious award from Priority Pass recently. This will give Air China business class passengers the opportunity to relax and freshen up, or simply catch up with work or email prior to boarding their flight, which is so important in the world of international air travel."
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #212
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Once Heathrow's Terminal 5 and east terminal complexes are fully built-out, can we see how effectively the airport operates before the new estuary airport is approved and then constructed?
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #213
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LGW second runway proposal:
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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #214
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Airlines add flights to London
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China's major airlines are grabbing their own share of the expected influx to London for the Olympic Games, adding new routes to the UK capital in the run up to the event.
But travel experts are warning that demand for tickets is huge, and prices are already increasing rapidly as the opening ceremony approaches.


The third London Olympics starts on July 27 and runs until Aug 12, bringing thousands of competitors and visitors to the city.


With 30 days to go, a recent survey of more than 365,000 taxi passengers in China's five biggest cities, by the Chinese taxi media company Touchmedia, revealed that 12 percent of the respondents said they plan to fly to London for the Games.


Other statistics from Forward Data SL, the tourist industry data specialist, showed an expected 13 percent rise in the number of arrivals to London during the event, comparing with the same period last year.


The greatest number of visitors will arrive on the day before the opening ceremony, with a 72 percent increase comparing with the previous year, and according to the figures, Asia will be the third largest source of visitors.


Wu Xiaoming, general manager for Air China Ltd in the UK, said that it had added a new route between Beijing and London Gatwick Airport, the UK's second-largest airport, to meet the added demand, on top of the 11 flights it already operates weekly to the city's Heathrow Airport.

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd has just added its first route from Guangzhou to London from June 6, to coincide with the Olympic rush.
It reports flights to the UK capital since have been 90 percent full, against a normal average of 80 percent to the UK.

Both Air China and China Southern use A330-200 aircraft on their new routes, which can carry more than 200 passengers, and the former already says it is considering putting larger aircraft on its London routes between July 27 and Aug. 12, if demand continues at current high levels.

Chinese passengers have several route choices to London, including the three main Chinese airlines and some European airlines, if they want to fly direct. But passengers are being warned that prices will rise as the event nears, as well as this being a peak period anyway for traveling to Europe.


Ticket prices from Beijing to London in July are reported to be 43 percent higher than in May, and from other major cities including Shanghai and Guangzhou as much as 50 percent higher, according to Ctrip.com International Ltd, the travel information website.


Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, has confirmed that his airlines doesn't offer any discounts during the annual peak summer season, but added that unlike Chinese airlines, British Airways does not expect to earn more money throughout the Olympics, because it doesn't plan to open any new routes during the period.


BA's rival Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, also based in the UK, which runs a route between Shanghai and London, is also refusing to add any flights during the Olympics.


Julie Southern, its chief commercial officer, told the Sydney Morning Herald, that in fact the airlines expects to lose money, with more British people choosing to stay at home this summer.

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Old August 9th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #215
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the Heathrow East project seems to have gone a bit quiet...anyone got any latest pics or updates on the project?
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Old August 9th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #216
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I read an article in ATW about the major problems with congestion in Europe. Other continents are expanding the number of airports as well as airport sizes in a rapid pace whereas European countries won´t. Even though FRA, MUC, BER and others do develop their facilities, it will not be enough to offset the rise in traffic. I wonder when the wakeup call will hit UK authorities.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 04:27 AM   #217
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Airport Traffic Falls As Brits Stay Home for Olympics - BAA
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BAA, owned by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial, on Tuesday said 9.6 million passengers passed through its five UK airports last month, compared to about 9.2 million in July 2011. London Heathrow -- Europe's busiest airport -- handled 6.6 million passengers, down 4.4pc year-on-year.

"The drop was more pronounced in the second half of the month and it is likely that the Olympics played a part, with UK passengers staying at home as well as non-Olympic visitors from overseas choosing to defer their journeys," said BAA's chief executive Colin Matthews.

BAA, which has been criticised in the past for its handling of snow and volcanic ash related disruptions, said years of planning helped it cope well with the influx of passengers flying into London for the Games.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #218
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Will Heathrow Expansion Affect Office Rental

Hi there.

I am aware that the government is considering a Heathrow expansion. There are many arguments for and against this development, but the one that interests me most is that many people think that the expansion will not have any direct effect on businesses in the area. Does anybody have an opinion on this? I would have thought that a larger airport would bolster business activity? The reason I ask is because I am an office management specialist, who sources London to Edinburgh office space. I am trying to foresee whether office rental prices will increase in the area should a Heathrow develop take place.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #219
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London Stansted underused??

Interesting discussion going on here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo....main/5587472/
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Do we have any updated images of LHR Terminal 2...?

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