Kent County Council Withdraw Expansion Support

Gatwick Airport has received a bitter blow this week, as Kent County Council have withdrawn their backing of the airport’s expansion plans.

The decision comes over new flight paths by the airport that have, according to Council Leader, Paul Carter, become ‘intolerable for people living in the Bidborough, Chiddingston and Speldhurst areas’.

Mr Carter said, “What has changed big time is that the National Air Traffic Control have started to implement changes in flight paths.”

And the Kent Councillor isn’t alone. Five MPs from neighbouring regions have also expressed their concerns over new flight paths – MPs in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, whilst also expressing their concerns over the second runway expansion plans at a meeting last weekend hosted by the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign.

Gatwick Airport have responded to such comments, with their Commission Director, Alastair McDermid, saying that the airport had changed flight paths to decrease the amount of homes affected. Adding that those houses affected by noise from a second runway would be compensated with £1,000, along with receiving insulation grants.

Mr Carter added, “This has brought to our attention the concentration in flight paths but also that the number of night flights at Gatwick is about three and a half times the number at Heathrow, which is a massive issue.”

New Flight Between Liverpool and Belfast

A new flight service, by Flybe, has been announced. The new service will fly between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport.

The new flight will start in the New Year, on 2nd February, flying all year round.

The service will operate three times a day, Monday to Friday, with one service on a Saturday and a Sunday.

Prices start from just £24.99 one way, inclusive of taxes and charges.

Estimates by Liverpool John Lennon Airport predict that the service will generate an additional 50,000 passengers each year as the route appeals to both business and leisure passengers.

Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Development for Liverpool John Lennon Airport spoke about the new service, saying, “Flybe have been operating from Liverpool for a number of years and we’re delighted that they are committed to expand their business from here.? ?We know that demand for this service to Belfast City is strong and we will also continue to look at further opportunities for Flybe to serve the Liverpool City Region, at what is an exciting time for both the airline and ourselves.”

Luton Airport Sponsors Prince’s Trust Flying Start Programme

Luton Airport has sponsored the Flying Start Award at The Prince’s Trust regional ‘Celebrate Success’ Event.

The honourable Prince’s Trust programme recognises those young persons who, having faced substantial obstacles in life, are in sustainable employment as a result of the Trust.

The evening’s winner of the airport sponsored Flying Start Award was Michael Tyler from Dunstable, having overcome huge setbacks in his young life and achieving full time employment and genuine career prospects.

The airport also took the opportunity to showcase its award winning “Get into Airports” programme.

The programme is a four week course to help unemployed young people aged 18-25 find employment. The first two weeks are dedicated to training and preparation for the world of work, and the second two are spent on a work placement with airport business partners, including Select Service Partner, OCS, TUI, The Restaurant Group and Dixons Travel.

21 young persons this year alone have successfully secured jobs at the Luton Airport after completing this course.

Southend Terminal is an Environmental ‘BREEAM’

Dreams are made of this… the new terminal at Southend Airport has achieved a Very Good rating by BREEAM, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology.

The airport was granted planning permission, however, there was a stipulation attached to the permission that the building must achieve BREEAM accreditation. So, the pressure was on, however the airport succeeded by achieving an overall score of 57.9%!

A BREEAM accreditation gives credit to those buildings taking into account low carbon and low impact designs and building practices, as well as minimise energy demands and maximising energy efficiency.

Commenting on how London Southend Airport earned its Very Good certificate, Operations Director Jason Ivey said: “We looked to introduce a number of features into the terminal extension that reflected both Councils’ wishes and those of the general public. 10% of the building’s energy is sourced by renewables. We achieve this via the (solar) PV panels on the terminal’s roof and air source heat pumps which absorb heat from the outside air and then use it to warm the interior of the building. Even if the temperature is as low as -15° C outside, these remarkable devices can create heat from natural resources. We have also constructed a cycle shelter and created a wildflower meadow to increase the biodiversity around the site and raise the overall ecological value of the airport’s perimeter.”

Government Loan Offered to Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport has been offered up to £13 million by the Welsh Government.

The loan comes following the purchase of the airport by the Welsh Government 18 months ago for £52 million.
The money is to be used to attract new airlines.

In the first instance, the airport is to take £3.5 million. This will be to attract new airlines, focussing on long haul destinations, whereby the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said the future of the airport lies.

The statement comes after figures for September showed that passenger numbers have fallen by 7%. And that wasn’t the only bad news for the airport, German airline, Germanwings, announced it was axing its service between Cardiff and Dusseldorf next year. However, Ryanair, has recently returned to the airport, flying weekly to Tenerife, following an eight year absence from the airport.

Since the Government took ownership approximately £10 million has been spent on improving the terminal building.

Passenger Numbers Up at Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport is celebrating after seeing a growth in passenger numbers during October.

The airport saw a staggering 165,188 passengers pass through its doors last month.

This is an increase on last year, up by 13.3%, which equates to an extra 19,375 passengers in just one month.

Growth was seen across both domestic and international passengers.

What’s more, the airport has seen popular routes extend as well as launching new transatlantic connections through Flybe and Aer Lingus next summer.

Speaking about the passenger growth, Director of Marketing & Communications, Jan Halliday, said, “We have had strong passenger growth in 2014 so far and are delighted to see this continue into the autumn, including the popular half term week. We are now starting to get ready for the ski season which starts in December, with a wide range of ski resort options in the Alps & Pyrenees.”

Passengers flying out of Southampton this winter can enjoy an extended choice of ski destinations as from December flights will be available to Andorra, Grenoble Innsbruck, Chambery, Salzburg and Geneva.

New East Midlands to Aberdeen Sunday Service

Eastern Airways is to add a new Sunday service between East Midlands Airport and Aberdeen.

The new Sunday service will start flying from 23rd November, and is in addition to the airline’s three times a day weekday service.

It will offer a late departure from East Midlands at 7.20pm, which will arrive in Aberdeen at 8.45pm, whilst a service will depart Aberdeen at 5.30pm, arriving at East Midlands Airport at 6.55pm.

The service is expected to prove extremely popular with off-shore workers and business travellers, as well as leisure travellers enjoying weekend city breaks.

ePassport Gates Introduced at London City Airport

London City Airport has installed ePassport gates in its immigration hall.

The airport has fitted five of the automated ePassport gates.

Speaking about the London City ePassport gates, the airport’s Chief Operating Officer, Darren Grover, said “We are almost doubling the number of immigration lanes at London City so that passengers can get through as quickly as possible on arrival.”

The gates have been hugely successful across the UK, with 109 now in operation across 18 UK airports, whereby over one million passengers pass through them each and every month.

Mr Grover added, “We are determined to ensure that we maintain our high level of service and outstanding passenger experience and the introduction of e-gates will help us to do exactly that.”

Eastern Airways Launch Brittany France Service

Eastern Airways has launched a new service to Lorient in Brittany, France from Southampton Airport.

The special summer service will fly on selected dates throughout next summer, over a two month period.

The beautiful French region of Brittany boasts dramatic coast lines and stunning landscapes, as Lorient, which is Brittany’s fourth largest city and sea port, offers a picturesque backdrop for the perfect summer holiday.

The flights will operate during July and August, flying on Mondays and Fridays out of Southampton. The service will commence on Friday 10th July. The flights then continue to operate on the following day – Monday 13 July, Friday 7 August, Monday 10 August, Friday 14 August and Monday 17 August 2015.

Offering convenient flight times, the Friday service will depart Southampton at 1205, arriving at Lorient at 1420 local time, whilst the Monday service will depart at 1505, arriving in Lorient at 1720 local time.

Eight New Routes From Luton

As Luton Airport is on track to see 2014 become its busiest in its 75 year history, the airport has proudly launched eight new routes in just 14 days.

Airlines such as easyJet and Wizz Air continue to invest in new destinations at the popular airport, helping the airport with its ambitious growth plans.

easyJet has started flying to Rome and Naples, which commenced in October, and Copenhagen, Basel, Lyon and Munich which commenced last week. Whilst Wizz Air have started flying to Poprad in Slovakia and Szczecin in Poland at the end of October.

The airport has just boasted an 8.7% rise in passenger numbers for September and has received planning consent for a massive £100 million redevelopment of the airport as it looks to increase passenger numbers by 6 million, to 18 million each year, by 2026; the plans of which will create over 5,000 new jobs.

Speaking about the new routes and redevelopment, the airport’s Business Development Manager, Simon Harley, said, “The new routes mean we’re giving more choice to more passengers than ever before and cements our position as a leading airport serving passengers from London to the East Midlands. Our strategy to drive passenger numbers through new routes and new carriers is paying off and gives us a great platform from which to launch our ambitious redevelopment programme.”