Government Cash Injection for Newquay Gatwick Link

The Government has injected £2.8 million to support the vital Newquay to Gatwick air link.

As well as the Government support, Cornwall Council has also given £300,000 to support the flights, operated by Flybe.

The route has been marred by trouble, when EasyJet pulled out of the service back in March, with Flybe taking over the landing slots, however they pulled out shortly afterwards.

The route is vital to businesses in Cornwall, as well as supporting essential tourism in the area. It also means local residents have access to high speed transport links to the South East.

Speaking about the funding, Robert Goodwill, Aviation Minister, said, “Keeping our regions connected with London is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. That is why we have worked so hard with Cornwall council to protect the route to Newquay and make sure we do all we can to support the local area.”

The four year funding deal will see flight links between Newquay and Gatwick, flying three times a day each Monday to Friday, and twice a day on the weekends.

Whilst the chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, added, “The air link between Newquay and London is vital for Cornwall’s businesses, tourist industry and residents, so I created the regional air connectivity fund and fought for £2.5m for Newquay to ensure that this crucial service could continue. With a return rate of nearly three pounds for every pound invested, it’s a great deal for the UK taxpayer, as well as for the south-west. I hope this fund will help other remote areas of the UK sustain economically important connections to London too.”

Leeds Bradford to New York Flights Take Off

Aer Lingus Regional has started flying between Leeds Bradford to New York, via Dublin.

The exciting new service is operated by Stobart Air, and provides a valuable link to the US for Yorkshire based passengers to fly from their local airport.

Onward from Dublin customers have the option to connect to the Aer Lingus’s full transatlantic services gateway, as well as New York, to Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.

As well as the major destination, New York, the route via Dublin offers business passengers convenient flight times to carry out business over a full day in the Irish city, returning later the same day.

The Yorkshire airport is important to Aer Lingus, it was the most in demand airport for the airline in October, as demand increases rapidly.

Announced: Newcastle to New York Flights

United Airlines has announced it is to launch a new service out of Newcastle Airport to New York next year.

The airline will fly between Newcastle and Newark, nonstop, from next summer.

The service will operate five times a week (not flying Wednesdays and Thursdays), from 23 May to the 7 September, and offer both economy and business class services.

The flights will depart Newcastle at 9.10am, arriving at Newark at 12am. The return leg of the journey will depart Newark at 7.20pm, arriving back in Newcastle at 730am.

Speaking about the exciting new service, Managing Director for United sales in the UK, Bob Schumacher, said, “We’ll be offering the people of north-east England easy, convenient travel options not only to New York City but also to destinations throughout the Americas. United already offers transatlantic service from more cities in the UK than any other airline and we’ve every reason to be confident that this new service will be a success.”

Flybe Launch London City Flights

Flybe this week launched a major regional flight programme out of London City Airport flying across the UK.

Fares start from just £34.99 each way.

There will be four flights every day between the London airport and Edinburgh, as well as four flights operating between London City and Dublin. And two flights each day between London City and Inverness.

Speaking about the new flights, Flybe’s Chief Executive, Saad Hammad, said, “From today, purple Flybe aircraft will be a regular feature in the skies above the City of London as we begin daily services with six aircraft into/from London City Airport.’’

What’s more, the airline will also launch a London City to Amsterdam on 1st November.

Mr Hammad added, “This can only benefit our brand profile and reach over the longer term as knowledge of Flybe’s role in connecting the UK regions and Ireland with London becomes more widespread.’’

Aberdeen Airport Start New Terminal Building Works

Aberdeen Airport has started the first phase of its new airport terminal building.

The building works are part of the airport’s £15 million transformation project, due for completion by 2018.

The plans, which include having fitted new check-in desks and a new entrance, will see the DHL building, situated next to the main terminal, torn down, making the new terminal 30% bigger, with the aim to improve entire airport experience for passengers.

Improvements and new builds include new immigration and international arrivals facilities, plus a new executive lounge, what’s more, the airport is to increase the size of its departure lounge which will become a generous 70% bigger to offer more facilities and comfort.

Trick Or Tweet for Virgin at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport and Virgin Atlantic have joined forces to celebrate Halloween, with a spooky social medial giveaway, as they trick or ‘tweet’ their customers.

The competition, with a pair of flights to Orlando up for grabs, will ask participants to share their funniest tricks they’ve played on friends and family via the purposely created #TrickOrTweet hashtag.

Entrants, and the competition is open to everyone, must share their tricks and treats by 31st October.

What’s more, the airport and airline will be handing out on the spot hourly prizes – to win, simply correctly guess if a fact about Manchester Airport, Virgin Atlantic and Halloween is a trick or a treat.

Speaking about the spooky competition, Manchester Airport’s Marketing Director, Jeff Howarth, said “Halloween is the second biggest celebration in the UK after Christmas and we couldn’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than to have a little ghoulish fun alongside Virgin Atlantic.

“The prize to the USA is incredible, where Halloween is done to the maximum. We’re delighted to be working with Virgin Atlantic who is committed to working with us on its long haul destinations, with direct flights to Orlando, Las Vegas and Barbados. Plus from March next year, Virgin will have direct flights to Atlanta, proving just how strong the Manchester market is for them.”

Manchester Airport is the UK’s third largest airport, boasting over 200 destinations, from 65 airlines making it the only International Northern gateway.

Leeds Bradford Aims to Triple Passenger Numbers

Striving to become the North’s second largest airport, Councillors have pledged to support Leeds Bradford Airport’s ambitious growth plans.

The Council are fully behind the airport, as they appreciate the important benefit that Leeds Bradford can bring to the local economy.

Currently, the airport is used by 3.3 million passengers each year; however that could triple to over 9 million by 2050, with a mid-way point of 7.3 million by 2030.

As one of the fastest growing airports in the country, the airport wants to rival Manchester Airport.

In a report to the Council Board, it was cited that “It is one of the UK’s fastest-growing airports, supporting over 2,600 jobs and contributing £98.5m to the city region economy. However, it has the potential to contribute much more.”

As part of the growth plans, the Council appreciate that infrastructure to the airport must be improved, whilst the airport will focus on securing new airlines and offering additional routes and connections.

Prestwick Airport Gets £10 Million Government Support

Struggling airport, Prestwick, will get a £10 million support package from the Scottish Government.

The airport was bought last year for just £1 from its then owners, Infratil, who had announced it would be closing the airport as it was not commercially viable.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said that it was “investing in Glasgow Prestwick Airport to ensure that it can continue to meet all of its current financial obligations”.

A £7 million budget was announced back in June for repairs and improvements; this new support package is in addition to that, totalling £17 million thus far.

The spokesperson added, “Our investment will take the form of loan funding, which will attract a market rate of interest in line with state aid rules and we expect this investment to generate a long-term return for taxpayers’ money. As was clearly stated at the start of this process, Scottish Government investment in Glasgow Prestwick Airport is being undertaken on a commercial basis and will help ensure the continuation of robust competition between airports in Scotland and will not be at the expense of it.”

Airports for Sale – Aberdeen, Glasgow & Southampton

Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited is to sell is 100% interest in three major UK airports.

The airports to be sold are Aberdeen International Airport Limited, Glasgow Airport Limited and Southampton International Airport Limited.

Speaking about the forthcoming sale, Chief Executive of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, said, “Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports and their people have been part of our company for a long time. They are great airports and we are proud of their achievements. We wish the new owners and our airport colleagues every success and are confident the airports will continue to flourish.”

The company is to sell the airports to the consortium group, formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie for £1,048 million in cash and assumed debt, payable in full at closing (subject to EU merger regulation clearance).

Mr Holland-Kaye added, “This sale enables us to focus on improving Heathrow for passengers and winning support for Heathrow expansion. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport, connecting the whole of the UK to the world and bringing economic benefits locally and nationally.”

New Services From Dublin to Addis Ababa and Los Angeles

Ethiopian Airlines are to launch two new services out of Dublin Airport.

The airline will be flying between Dublin and Addis Ababa, along with a service from Dublin to Los Angeles.

The Addis Ababa service will start in June 2015, operating three times a week.

The Dublin to Los Angeles service will also start in June – the only direct service between the two cities – its schedule will be announced later this month.

Both services will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Speaking about the new services, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, said, “I am delighted to welcome these new services to Dublin Airport. The new routes to Los Angeles and Addis Ababa will strengthen Ireland’s connectivity to the west coast of the USA and to Africa, offering additional choice and convenience for passengers. California is a major market for Irish tourism and this new service to Los Angeles will help Ireland continue to grow visitor numbers from the United States over the medium term.”