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Old March 5th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #161
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Old March 6th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #162
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Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann are to start a new 3 daily SEN-DUB route using a ATR42 that will be based in SEN. Starting 10 May.

SEN departures: 07.00, 12.55, 17.10
DUB departures: 09.15, 15.10, 19.20

Connections to JFK, ORD, BOS and MCO will be offered.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #163
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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #164
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Heathrow Express enters 'new era'

Heathrow Express, the provider of rail services between Paddington station in central London and Heathrow airport, has announced that it is entering a 'new era' following a £16m investment.

Most of the money has been focused on fleet development, with improvements to the interiors and exteriors of trains with the objective of increasing customer satisfaction.

The operator will also have a new brand, corporate colours and staff uniforms as a result of the investment.

Spanning three years from commission to launch, the project was based on consumer focus group and staff research, as well as Heathrow Express' ambition to 'raise the bar' in terms of service, comfort and innovation.

The rollout of the changes will take place in stages, starting with the launch of new trains on 26 April.

Managing director Keith Greenfield said the company's aim is to offer an 'exemplary' experience to customers and to regularly find new ways to improve.

He added: 'As London takes centre stage in 2012 we are proud to be the front door to the city and will be ready to host our spectators, supporters and the world's media on Heathrow Express.'
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Old March 16th, 2012, 12:47 AM   #165
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BAA traffic boosted by surge in flights to Brazil

Traffic at airports operated by BAA rose by 2.5 percent in February, compared with the same period the previous year, with London’s Heathrow benefiting from a surge in demand for flights to Brazil.

BAA, which is Britain’s main airport operator and majority owned by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial, said on Monday that its airports carried 7.3 million passengers last month. The figure was inflated by an extra day because February was a leap year.

Nearly 4.8 million passengers passed through Heathrow, a rise of 3.8 percent on the year before.

“BAA’s airports have continued to demonstrate their resilience in the weak economic environment we currently face,” said BAA’s Chief Executive Colin Matthews.

At Heathrow, the best performing destination was South America which saw passenger numbers rise 51.5 percent, with Brazil showing an increase of 89 percent.

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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #166
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Virgin relaunches flights to Mumbai

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic is to start flying to the Indian city of Mumbai again. The daily service from Heathrow Airport will start on October 28.

Virgin suspended services to Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in 2009. The carrier will operate Airbus A330 aircraft on the route. Restarting the service will create 100 jobs in India and the UK.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway said: "We are proud to be flying to Mumbai again, linking this wonderful city to our key destinations of London, New York, Boston, Washington and Chicago.

"India's phenomenal growth continues to drive travel to the UK and the USA and we know our passengers are going to love the connections the new flight offers."
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Old March 17th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #167
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Icelandair to launch twice-weekly service to Iceland from Gatwick

GatwickAirport, London’s second largest international airport, announced today that Icelandair - the national flag carrier of Iceland - is to expand its London network by starting twice-weekly flights from Gatwick to Keflavik International Airport - 50 km from the capital Reykjavik. Services will start from 18 October 2012.

The timing of these flights have been carefully selected to allow Gatwick’s passengers to take advantage of an ideal winter weekend city break and experience the popular Northern Lights - one of nature’s most spectacular sights - and also provide the opportunity to tap into Iceland’s extensive route network throughout the United States of America and Canada to popular destinations such as New York, Boston, Seattle and Denver.

Icelandair will depart from Gatwick on Thursday’s and Sunday’s and will operate the Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which flies 189 passengers in a three-class cabin layout.

Guy Stephenson, GatwickAirport’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very excited to be welcoming Icelandair to Gatwick and to be given the opportunity to support them and their plans for growth in London. For passengers living in London and the South East, this move will give them greater choices over how to reach this wonderful country and join connecting flights to key cities across North America.

“We are competing with other London airports to attract major airlines such as Icelandair, and to help them grow and meet rising travel demands. Gatwick currently has more than 20% spare capacity on its single runway, and so we are in a great position to accommodate new airlines and ensure that London remains one of the best connected cities in the world.”

Birkir Holm Gudnason, Icelandair’s CEO said: “Operating from Gatwick will give our UK customers greater choice. Over the past few years we have seen a surge in demand for winter travel to Iceland due to the popularity of the Northern Lights, year-round whale watching and events like Iceland Airwaves. Gatwick will also give us the option of further growth in London and provide a link to our many partners with connecting flights to destinations throughout Europe and more remote destinations in Asia.”

Icelandair is one of a number of airlines that Gatwick has attracted recently. Vietnam Airlines launched flights from Gatwick to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City last December and Hong Kong Airlines launched a unique all-Club class service to Hong Kong in March. Korean Air will be launching a London-Seoul service this April, and Air China a London-Beijing service this May. Other new airlines to join Gatwick include Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #168
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Could someone tell me more about the night-curfew at LHR?
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Old March 18th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #169
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Yea I dont quite get it neither. If you dont like airplane noises, why live near the airport? Was Heathrow not there before 1960s or something?
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Old March 18th, 2012, 09:41 PM   #170
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Heathrow was built just after WWII before the jet age and before aviation became affordable to the masses. Most of the housing in the flightpath pre-dates the airport. If you look on google earth you can see that the airport was being constructed in 1945 and had 6 runways in a star of david pattern and the land used for housing remains pretty much the same as it does today. At the time it was built, the low volume of traffic, slow piston engined aircraft and planes taking off and landing in one of 12 different paths meant that it would not have too bad an impact on local residents.

With the Jet age came much noisier planes which required longer runways which resulted in only the 2 that remain today. With Heathrow running at near capacity that means a constant stream of aircraft all day long for residents so the only respite they get is at night. The prevailing winds mean that landing aircraft need to fly over central London when coming in to land the majority of the time so it's really in a place that is far from ideal.

In short Heathrow was an appropriate site for the time it was planned but is far from ideal today and no longer has room to grow. I see a third runway there (if it ever gets the go ahead) as being a short term measure to buy time to build a properly sited 4 runway airport which will see Heathrow downgraded or closed.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 05:01 AM   #171
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I doubt BA will let Heathrow close down after investing so much money for T5. Perhaps they can build better rail connections between the 3 key airports and expand Stansted and Gatwick?
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 12:56 AM   #172
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David Cameron says Britain needs bigger airport for London

The Prime Minister said he had "an open mind" about all possible proposals, even though the Coalition has previously ruled out building a third runway at Heathrow. In particular, ministers will carefully consider the proposal by Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, to build a completely new airport in the Thames estuary.

However, Mr Cameron said there were still "a range of options and possibilities", raising speculation an expansion of Heathrow could come back on to the table in the next parliament.

"I'm not blind to the need to increase airport capacity, particularly in the south-east," he said. ""We need to retain our status as a key global hub for air travel, not just a feeder route to bigger airports elsewhere, in Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Dubai.

"Yes, this will be controversial. We will need to take decisions for the long-term - and we will be bringing forward options in our aviation strategy which will include an examination of the pros and cons of a new airport in the Thames estuary."

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 08:03 PM   #173
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Old March 24th, 2012, 03:06 AM   #174
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I don't really understand why the talk is up about the Thames airport. What is there to stop them from expanding LGW, LTN or even STN? Sure it would be expensive and some buildings would need to come down. I know LHR has its legacy but it's way too hemmed in. If one of the other airports was expanded with some degree of intelligence and (here's the key) given a high-speed rail link into the city then couldn't that work better then a new airport?
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Old March 25th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #175
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Luton airport plans for 33% passenger increase

Luton airport’s operator has unveiled expansion plans that would increase passenger numbers by a third and which entrench it in a battle with Luton borough council over the extent to which the facility can – and should – grow.

The battle at Luton comes as a wider debate heats up in the UK on the best way to cope with rising demand for airport slots in the congested south-east.

Abertis, the Spanish infrastructure group that runs the airport under a 30-year contract that started in 1998, believes it can drive annual passenger numbers from just under 10m last year to 15m-16m by 2028. But the borough council, which owns Luton airport, published more aggressive proposals last month, seeking to increase passengers to 18m a year by 2020. It also threatened a split with Abertis unless the company embraced that target.

Abertis argues it is constricted by the 245 hectares on which Luton sits – compared with closer to 1,000 hectares at Stansted, which processes 18m passengers a year – as well as future demand. “What we’re absolutely not going to do is overinvest, force up the costs [for airlines and passengers] and thereby reduce the demand,” said Glyn Jones, the airport’s managing director.

Under the plans published on Wednesday, Abertis would spend £60m-£70m expanding aircraft taxiways, adding stands and building a new “passenger pier” that would allow more people to board flights directly, rather than being bused from the terminal.

It would also expand the terminal slightly and develop access roads to and from the airport into dual carriageways. However, it would not extend the runway. The disagreement could lead the council to taking advantage of a break clause in the contract in 2014, although Abertis warns it would be owed compensation “in the hundreds of millions of pounds” should that happen.

This is not the first time Luton airport has weighed aggressive expansion. In 2005, Abertis proposed pushing passenger numbers to 30m by 2030 by building a new runway and second terminal, but abandoned the plan two years later, saying it would not benefit shareholders.

The wider debate on demand for airport slots in the south-east has centred on hub capacity But Mr Jones pointed out that more than two-thirds of UK passengers need not travel through a hub, given that they fly point-to-point: “What Luton offers is the ability to satisfy some of the demand which will come through in London in years to come, and which frankly won’t be satisfied in Newcastle or Birmingham.”

He added that he wanted to position Luton as “London’s local airport”, and said part of the appeal was the speed with which passengers moved from entrance to gate.

Any proposal is likely to face opposition from neighbours fearful of increased noise and pollution from an airport that has already tripled passenger numbers in just 12 years. But Andrew Lambourne, who helped found the group Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion to fight the plans put forward by the council, said Abertis’s more modest targets were “a step in the right direction”.
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I'm surprised that nobody obviously seems to consider a massive expansion of Stansted.

There is enough land around it to expand it to a six runway airport.

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Stansted's too far.
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Stansted's too far.
Not at all. It's only about 50km northeast of London. That's about the same distance as the international airports of Kuala Lumpur and Stockholm are away from the city centers. However unlike Stansted they both have highspeed connections to the city centers, so that's something that obviously needs to change in Stansted.

Right now the Stansted 'Express' needs 1 hour to Liverpool Street station. They would obviously need to upgrade this line if they expanded Stansted so that the airport could be reached in something like 25 minutes from the city center.
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Osborne weighs airport capacity options

George Osborne, the chancellor, seems keen to show he has the “political balls” to tackle the contentious airport capacity crunch in the south-east of England. With that pugnacious language, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways, last month challenged ministers to have the political bravery to reconsider their opposition to a third runway at Heathrow airport.

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Heathrow braced for Easter getaway

Britain's biggest airport will be handling 3.4 million passengers over the Easter school holidays, it has been revealed. The busiest day for Heathrow will be this Friday, when 220,000 people will pass through the west London airport.

Between then and Good Friday, April 6, Heathrow will handle more than 1.6 million passengers, with the total for March 30 to Sunday April 15 being 3.4 million.

Sunday April 15 - the day before the school term begins - will see the most arrivals at Heathrow, with the airport's Terminal 5 alone receiving 46,000 passengers. Heathrow is laying on additional staff over the Easter period and there will be pre-flight play areas for children.

Rail travellers will once again have to contend with engineering work over Easter, with nearly every train company having to bring in buses to replace services on some routes.

But the Association of Train Operating Companies and Network Rail have said the vast majority of passengers will be unaffected by the Easter work. The two companies added that the number of replacement buses had dropped 34% compared with Easter 2011.

Among the spots where engineering work will take place is at Waterloo station in London, with South West Trains services affected. Passengers travelling with First Great Western will have to take buses on some routes in Berkshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire, with Reading one of the stations affected.

Greater Anglia services in and out of Liverpool Street station in London will be subject to disruption, with early-morning services between Ipswich and Stowmarket/Bury St Edmunds being replaced by buses. Southeastern will be running buses instead of trains due to seven lots of weekend engineering work.

Passengers heading for Gatwick Airport in West Sussex will have to contend with a half-hourly service, as fewer lines and platforms are available through East Croydon in south London.

Six separate pieces of engineering work will mean disruption to trains run by the Northern train company, with Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street among the stations from which buses will run instead of trains on some routes.
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