UK Visitor Numbers Hit July Record

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Published: September 27, 2016

September 26, 2016 Inbound visitor numbers to the United Kingdom rose 2 percent in July, setting a new record for the month. Britain had 3.8 million inbound visits in July and 21.1 million for the January to July period. Both numbers were up 2 percent from the same period a year ago. Total spend by […]

Oman Air Drops 'Persian Gulf' Maps

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Published: September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016 National carrier Oman Air has disabled a map display on some of its aircraft that referred to the Persian Gulf, calling them “inaccurate translations”. Social media posts were critical of the airline, saying the label should be changed. The airline responded by turning off the maps. The inflight entertainment system maps on […]

TUIfly Denies Plans For easyJet Link Up

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Published: September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016 German airline TUIfly has denied reports that it may link up with UK airline easyJet. Reports have suggested that easyJet may buy a stake in TUIfly to maintain an EU operating certificate allowing freedom to operate anywhere in the bloc, after the UK’s Brexit vote. TUIfly did not comment on supervisory board […]

Monarch ‘Operating Normally’ Despite Speculation

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Published: September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016 UK airline Monarch has denied speculation it is in trouble and said it was operating normally. Monarch said in a statement it was “trading well”, but it was a “difficult period for the holiday industry due to terrorist incidents, Brexit and the resulting devaluation of sterling”. It said it expects to announce […]

Samsung Phone Catches Fire On India Flight

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Published: September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 A Samsung Note 2 smartphone caught fire in an overhead luggage bin on an IndiGo flight on Friday. The fire happened on a Singapore to Chennai flight just before 8 on Friday morning. Cabin crew used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. India’s civil aviation authority said there was no […]

Lufthansa Pilots’ Union Rejects Latest Offer

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Published: September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has rejected the airline’s latest offer on pay and pensions. VC said it had rejected the offer Lufthansa made on Wednesday to try to restart talks that were abandoned at the end of last week. Lufthansa had offered a one-off payment and a 4.4 percent pay rise, […]

TUI Considering TUIfly Sale To easyJet

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Published: September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 European travel company TUI airline TUIfly could be up for sale soon with Britain’s easyJet a front runner to buy a stake. TUI is looking at easyJet and another European airline as potential suitors as it contemplates scaling down its airline operations. easyJet could go for TUIfly to maintain an EU operating […]

Jetstar Flight Diverts After Smoke In Cabin

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Published: September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 An Australian Jetstar flight was forced to divert to Brisbane on Friday after the cabin filled with smoke. The Jetstar Airbus A320 was on a flight from Sydney to Cairns when it diverted after passengers heard a noise and the cabin started filling with smoke. ABC Australia reported one passenger as saying […]

LaGuardia Terminal Reopens After Evacuation

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Published: September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 New York’s LaGuardia Airport Terminal B has reopened after an abandoned vehicle was cleared. The terminal was evacuated at around 11.30 pm Thursday night after the vehicle was found abandoned near the terminal. Media reports say the car’s doors were open. Police bomb squad officers checked the vehicle and it was removed […]

IATA Seeks US Antitrust Immunity On Venezuela Funds

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Published: September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016 IATA has filed a request for antitrust immunity with the US Department of Transportation to allow airlines to discuss options to maintain connectivity to Venezuela. The request comes as a result of the Venezuelan government’s continued refusal to release airline funds. IATA says the total amount of blocked funds is now USD$ […]

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