It happened again – the spectre of strike looms over travellers. Passengers flying to or via London Airport (LHR) will probably face major disruptions on Wednesday November 30, 2011 when even as much as 2.6 million public sector employees are due to walk out in protest over pension changes.
The problem for travellers is that among them are UK Border Agency employees. The British authorities are taking measures in order to minimize the impact of the strike by training volunteers and fetching help from other departments.
Aviation news, bmi, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Europe, London Heathrow, News by Continent, Virgin Atlantic
Trick or treat! Or to be more specific – just treats, no tricks! The British-based airline bmi launched a sale in the spirit of the forthcoming Halloween celebration. Well, not quite in the Halloween spirit as there are no tricks involved. Instead, there are airfares starting at £49 for round-trip.
Remember though – you have time until midnight. So have a glance at these delicious offers and book without further ado.
Airfare Deals, Airlines, bmi
Hi aviation enthusiasts. Let us start off the week with with a dose of news about new routes and services from both low-cost airlines and traditional carriers.
We begin with the flag carrier of France. Air France has extended its offer of flights from Marseilles Airport. Now travellers from this airport may fly directly on two news routes: Marseilles – Prague and Marseilles – Eindhoven.
Air France, Airlines, bmi, Hawaiian Airlines, Ryanair
History likes to repeat itself. It did not take long after the dust has settled down after the eruption of Eyafjallajökull, before yet another Icelandic volcano woke up and rumbled. Grímsvötn erupted on Saturday and by now the cloud ash has reached Norway and Scotland causing small disruptions there.
The current situation is very unclear and changing. The ash cloud is believed to reach Sweden by Tuesday but the forecast are not always precise – e.g. the Norwegian aviation authorities did not expect the cloud to reach Norway so quickly.
Airlines, bmi, British Airways, Europe, Iceland Express, KLM, Natural disasters, News by Continent, SAS
Hi there. We start off this week with quite a number of new routes in an attempt to keep YOU updated. We will look into the new services very briefly as the sheer quantity does not allow us to go into the details.
One year ago Allegiant moved 10 of its routes from Orlando Sanford International Airport to Orlando International Airport but now announced the homecoming of all ten routes in a bid to consolidate its all Orlando flights. The routes in question are e.g. Orlando Sanford – Allentown, Orlando Sanford – Des Moines or Orlando Sanford – Lexington. By now the return of all the routes should be accomplished.
While Allegiant is reshuffling the existing routes, Skyways is growing big time. Following the merger with Avia Express and a shift in ownership, this Swedish-based low-cost airline is adding six new international destinations and one domestic destination to its route network. The carriers new base becomes Airport Jönköping. The change will be marked by the opening of new services from Jönköping to Brussels and from Jönköping to Berlin Tegel. Both services will be in operation as of March 28, 2011.
Aer Arann, Airlines, AirTran, Allegiant Air, bmi, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Skyways, Tiger Airways
British airline bmi announced that it would launch a new daily service from London Heathrow to Tripoli. The service will be operated from December 1, 2010 with Airbus A319.
According to Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, chief executive of bmi, bmi’s new route to Tripoli expands existing services to and from cities of influence across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Connections from New York, Boston, Washington, Houston, Chicago and Toronto are available with Star Alliance and code-share partners – Continental Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and United and Air Canada. More details and timetable can be found at the website of the carrier.
Africa, Airlines, bmi, New Routes, North America, Virgin Atlantic
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published figures that show that easyJet is the UK’s largest airline, measured by the number of passengers flown for the second year in a row. In 2009 over 28 million passengers flew with easyJet through UK airports, which is significantly more than any other airline.
In just 15 years easyJet has grown from a small two aircraft operation to become the UK’s largest airline, operating out of 16 airports across the UK from Inverness down to Bristol. In addition the airline is making significant headway in Europe. easyJet is now the leading airline at many major European airports such as Milan Malpensa, and is the second largest airline in France and Switzerland. easyJet currently offers over 500 routes across 29 countries with a fleet of nearly 200 aircraft.
Airlines, bmi, British Airways, easyJet, Europe, Flybe, Other, Ryanair
British Midland International commonly known as bmi announced yesterday new codeshare agreement with Swiss International Air lines. bmi will codeshare with Swiss, also part of the Lufthansa group, on all UK to Switzerland routes including Zurich, Geneva and Basel. bmi will be now able to offer also fares from Zurich, Geneva and Basel to London Heathrow, London City, Manchester, Birmingham International and Edinburgh and improve connections between Switzerland and the wider bmi network.
The developing partnership will offer even greater flexibility to customers of both carriers and in particular will connect Scottish and Northern England passengers to Swiss’ network of 76 destinations worldwide in total.
Airlines, bmi, Europe, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines
SWISS will be further expanding its range of services between London and Geneva on January 10, 2010. An additional aircraft will be stationed in Geneva to operate the new flights. SWISS and its sister Lufthansa Group airline British Midland (bmi) also plan to collaborate more closely on their services between Switzerland and the UK.
SWISS is steadily expanding its services to and from Geneva, despite the continuing economic crisis. From January 10, 2010 onwards, SWISS will offer six new daily services between Geneva and London Heathrow. Together with a modified service of four daily flights to London City (compared to the present six), SWISS will be doubling the number of seats it offers to and from the important London market, and further strengthening its position at and around Geneva.
Airlines, bmi, Europe, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines