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[BCC News] Controlled explosions have been carried out on a van in Gatwick Airport‘s North Terminal car park.

Suspicions were raised about the Renault van as it entered one of Gatwick Airport's car parks

Suspicions were raised about the Renault van as it entered one of Gatwick Airport’s car parks. Picture: Wikipedia.com

Sussex Police said a bomb disposal unit was called after suspicions were raised about a Renault van as it entered the car park at 14:40 BST.

Officers were unable to locate the driver or see inside the van. Police said the bomb disposal unit carried out the controlled explosions and there was no suggestion of “any other threats to the airport”.

Eyewitnesses reported an increase in armed police at the airport and the presence of a bomb disposal robot.

Insp Gary Medland, from Gatwick Police, said: “We are aware that this is likely to cause significant disruption to people arriving or departing North Terminal by car, especially at this time of day.

“However, it is important that we establish whether this vehicle poses any threat and the cordon has been put in place for the safety of everyone visiting and working at the airport.

“There is no suggestion that there are any other threats to the airport and both police and security staff are actively checking all areas.”

They are now looking for two men who entered the car park in the untaxed, uninsured and unregistered van. The men were seen to push up a barrier to gain access to the car park before leaving the van on the ground floor.

Gatwick Airport said the incident has not affected any incoming or outgoing flights.

Read the original story at BBC News…..


BBC News
1st May, 2013


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[BBC] An airline security worker has been suspended after failing to spot a fake bomb as it passed through the X ray machine.

The Department for Transport spokesman said. "The safety of the travelling public is paramount,"

The Department for Transport spokesman said. “The safety of the travelling public is paramount,” Photo: Wikipedia

Manchester Airport said it had launched an investigation into the incident.

The Department for Transport carries out regular dummy runs at UK airports to ensure security is up to scratch. A spokesman for the airport said: “We can confirm a security officer has been suspended but we cannot comment further as there is an ongoing investigation.”

The Department for Transport spokesman said it conducted regular airport tests but could not comment further.

The spokesman said: “The safety of the travelling public is paramount, which is why the UK combines intelligence, technology and other measures to provide one of the strictest regimes for aviation security in the world.

“We have a regular programme of inspections to ensure compliance with this regime, but do not comment on the specifics or outcomes for obvious reasons.”

In July, Manchester Airport suspended a number of airline staff after an 11-year-old boy boarded a plane from Manchester to Rome on his own without a passport, tickets or boarding pass.

The boy mingled with families to get through checks and was found mid-air on the Jet2 plane after passengers became suspicious.

Read the original story at the BBC…..


BBC News
6th Oct, 2012



[Telegraph] Etihad is to open a European headquarters in Man­chester, which could lead to the creation of up 300 new jobs in the city.

Etihad has chosen Manchester because of the opportunity to tap into a well-educated pool of graduates with extensive language skills

Etihad has chosen Manchester because of the opportunity to tap into a well-educated pool of graduates with extensive language skills

According to sources at the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, the airline will first set up a major call centre, which will provide around 160 posts.

As well as serving Europe, the centre will provide out-of-hours service for other parts of the world.

Eventually it is anticipated that back-office jobs will also be moved to Manchester, along with engineering jobs. It is understood Etihad has chosen Manchester because of the opportunity to tap into a well-educated pool of graduates with extensive language skills.

Currently, the airline operates two daily services in and out of Manchester, with many of the passengers flying further afield than Abu Dhabi to destinations such as Australia and Far East. Its operation enables passengers from the north to make long-haul flights without having to change planes at Heathrow.

The company currently operates call centres in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Dublin, as well as Manchester.

Etihad has already made its presence felt by sponsoring Premiership-chasing Manchester City, in a deal which along with the financial backing of Sheikh Mansour has seen the club able to afford some of the highest profile footballers in the world.

The club’s stadium is known as the Etihad and the airline is also creating a £100m state-of-the-art football campus on the 80-acre site.

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By David Millward 
Telegraph



[UKPA] The transport chief tasked with flying 500,000 visitors to Britain for the Olympics has admitted: “It’s quite a challenge.”

Thousands of aircraft will be jetting in and out of the capital for the summer showpiece

Thousands of aircraft will be jetting in and out of the capital for the summer showpiece

The London terminal control general manager for National Air Traffic Services (Nats), Paul Haskins, will be responsible for organising thousands of aircraft jetting in and out of the capital for the summer showpiece – and avoiding a catastrophic mid-air collision.

He has cancelled leave for 360 air traffic controllers as Nats prepares to deal with 4,000 extra flights destined for airports serving the Games.

Staff have undergone special radar training to monitor newly-restricted airspace around London and cope with 700 extra airliners and more than 3,000 executive jets flying in and out of South East airports over three weeks before, during and after the Olympics.

The zone surrounding London from which private planes, hot air balloons and microlights are banned will increase by up to 30 miles in all directions to cut the chance of a mid-air crash between a private plane and a jumbo jet packed with sports fans.

The month-long restrictions, which come into force on July 16, cover as far north as Stansted, south to Weymouth, east to the Thames estuary and west to Oxford.

Military chiefs fear pleasure pilots could accidentally stray across the widened boundaries, leaving air controllers unclear as to whether it is a genuine mistake or a hijacked plane destined for the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London…..

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[Telegraph] Foreign airlines are “voting with their feet” and building networks outside of   the UK due to the Government’s paralysis on aviation policy, ministers will   be warned on Wednesday.

A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK shows that 86pc of airlines would introduce more flights to the UK if a greater number of take-off and landing slots were made available at Heathrow Photo: Getty Images

A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK shows that 86pc of airlines would introduce more flights to the UK if a greater number of take-off and landing slots were made available at Heathrow Photo: Getty Images

BAA boss Colin Matthews will unveil new research at a conference in London,   showing 53pc of airlines are increasing their flights out of other countries   due to the severe capacity restraints at Heathrow.

The airports boss will renew his warning that the UK is losing out on vital   investment and jobs due to the Government’s lack of support for expanding   capacity at Britain’s only hub airport.

A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK – an organisation   that represents 84 global airlines – shows that 86pc would introduce more   flights to the UK if a greater number of take-off and landing slots were   made available at Heathrow.

Publication of the Government’s much-anticipated aviation White Paper, due by   the end of March, has been delayed until the summer, frustrating airline and   airport bosses who warn ministers need to urgently address the crippling   “capacity crunch” in the South East of England.

Speaking at the Transport Times conference in London, Mr Matthews will say:   “These figures show that it is a mistake to believe that flights displaced   from Heathrow will automatically fly to Stansted, Gatwick or Birmingham   instead.

“The message I hear from airlines is clear: if there’s no room at Heathrow   then flights will move out of the UK altogether.

“Instead of Britain taking the lead in forging new links with growing   economies like China, we are handing economic growth to our competitors by   turning away airlines who want to bring jobs, growth and trade to the UK.”

Read the full Daily Telegraphg story…..


By Nathalie Thomas
18 Apr 2012



After a delay of nearly four months, many employees of the embattled Indian airline Kingfisher have been paid.

Chairman Vijay Mallya his employees that ewould pay the missing salaries

Chairman of the crisis-hit carrier, Vijay Mallya, admitted the salaries had been “seriously overdue”, but that the problem had arisen in the first place because the Indian tax authorities had frozen the company’s accounts.

Airline staff had previously written an open letter to Mallya, in it they said that they would stop reporting for duty if the situation wasn’t resolved soon. They also said that they could not give thier full attention to their work during this time due to the financial stress, and that this may lead to it being unsafe for passengers using KingFisher.

Kingfisher has been in financial trouble for some time. At one stage it was India’s largest airline by passenger numbers, but is now weathering money troubles, losing on average $1m (£628,000) per day….

Watch the Video Story at BBC News here….


BBC News, 10th April 2012
Adrienne Murray reporting from Mumbai



KUWAIT: A sandstorm which hit Kuwait Tuesday resulted in an error in the instrument landing system (ILS) at the Kuwait International Airport.

Aviation traffic for arriving planes stopped completely for almost two hours

Aviation traffic for arriving planes stopped completely for almost two hours

The incident forced seven flights to be diverted to Dammam in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, says a report quoting a source with knowledge of the issue.

“Aviation traffic for arriving planes stopped completely for almost two hours during the sandstorms, which caused the ILS to go out of order”, said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) insider who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The system helps planes land in poor weather conditions.

On Tuesday, the sandstorm rendered visibility to 500 meters, a range the source said would still enable planes to land safely if the ILS was working properly.

“The fact that seven planes had to change route is further proof that the system was out of order”, he said. The DGCA Operations Manager, Essam Al-Zamel, confirmed that aviation traffic for arriving planes stopped between 7:25 AM and 9:35 AM on Tuesday, but departing planes flew normally.

Read the full Kuwait Times story here….

 


Source: Al-Qabas
Wednesday 11th April 2012



United Airlines will depart Oakland International Airport in June, ending service to the Bay Area’s second-largest airport after 75 years.

"The financial performance of the flights has made the losses too great to allow us to continue the service,"

"The financial performance of the flights has made the losses too great to allow us to continue the service,"

United Airlines will depart Oakland International Airport in June, ending service to the Bay Area’s second-largest airport after 75 years.

Christen David, a United spokeswoman, said the airline’s final flights will depart and arrive in Oakland on June 3. The airline flies just one route – 11 flights a week to and from Denver – and not enough passengers are flying United.

“The financial performance of the flights has made the losses too great to allow us to continue the service,” she said.

While David would not discuss specifics, federal aviation statistics show that United’s flights out of Oakland were 86 percent full, said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

“United’s been our partner for such a long time,” she said. “While they’re a small percentage of our service, they are a global brand, and we’re disappointed to lose them as a partner.”

Passengers who have already booked flights on United will be contacted by the airline and rebooked out of San Francisco or San Jose, which continue to offer direct Denver flights, or given refunds, David said. Passengers will still be able to reach Denver from Oakland, Barnes said, since Southwest Airlines offers 28 weekly flights.

While Oakland is losing United service, Barnes said, it is gaining service on other airlines. Alaska Airlines will add daily service to a fourth Hawaiian destination – Honolulu – on Tuesday, and Allegiant Air, which serves three cities from Oakland, will add seven domestic destinations at the end of the month. In June, ArkeFly, a Dutch airline, will begin twice-weekly flights between Oakland and Amsterdam.

 

Read the original story at AviationPros.com


Michael Cabanatuan
Source:The San Francisco Chronicle



The FINANCIAL — JetBlue Airways, New York’s Official Hometown Airline opened its new corporate headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

The move, announced in 2010, keeps nearly 1,000 jobs in New York

The move, announced in 2010, keeps nearly 1,000 jobs in New York

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Senator Charles E. Schumer and other top government leaders joined JetBlue’s President and CEO Dave Barger in cutting the ribbon on the airline’s innovative new home, the latest addition to the vibrant Long Island City community.

The decision to keep its headquarters in New York City was announced in 2010, setting JetBlue on a journey to combine into one main corporate support center its former Forest Hills, Queens office where more than 900 crewmembers and business partners worked, with its Darien, Conn. office where approximately 70 crewmembers worked.

JetBlue’s crewmembers from Darien, who provide transactional financial support for the airline, now work alongside colleagues in Long Island City, bringing 70 jobs to the Empire State.
“Since our start up in New York in 1998 and our first flight from JFK in 2000, JetBlue’s home, heart and soul have always remained in New York,” said Mr. Barger.

“Now in our second decade, we are growing jobs with this new office, serving seven Empire State destinations with more daily seats between New York City and upstate than any other airline, and growing the regional economy with competitive fares. JetBlue is proud to stay here in New York, grow here in New York and continue being New York’s hometown airline.”

See the full story at The FINANCIAL….


http://finchannel.com
09/04/2012



British Airways’ parent firm has reaffirmed its interest in Portugal’s TAP airline if the country’s government sells the airline.

IAG CEO Walsh confirmed interest in buying TAP in IAG’s annual report which was published last week

IAG CEO Walsh confirmed interest in buying TAP in IAG’s annual report which was published last week

IAG, which also owns Iberia, is due to complete its purchase of Bmi from Lufthansa later this month which will increase its number of slots at Heathrow to more than 50%.

Chief executive Willie Walsh admitted IAG’s interest in buying TAP last yearas part of the company’s drive to further consolidate the European airline market and he reconfirmed this position in IAG’s annual report which was published last week.

“The only other airline we have expressed interest in is TAP Portugal, which may soon be privatised,” said Walsh in his report to shareholders.

“TAP has an extensive network into Brazil and Africa, two strategically important markets for IAG. If privatisation goes ahead we would want to look more closely, but there’s no guarantee we would bid.”

Another goal for Walsh is finding a domestic partner in China for the Oneworld alliance, which left it at a disadvantage to its major competitors – Skyteam and Star Alliance which already have Chinese member airlines.

“Continuing to develop the Oneworld alliance also remains key,” added Walsh. “One weakness we need to address is the fact that, unlike our two rival alliances, we lack a domestic partner in mainland China which we think is a necessity.

“Consolidation is not just about takeovers and mergers. It’s also about forming the right partnerships for the new realities we face as an industry.”

IAG has also been linked with taking potential stakes in fellow Oneworld members American Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL).

Read the full story at Air & Business Travel News….


Posted Monday, 9 April, 2012 – 09:00
By Rob Gill