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UK air passenger tax to rise above inflation

‘Disastrous’: UK air passenger tax to rise above inflation, prompting industry backlash

In the UK government's Spring Budget last week, chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced a further increase in air passenger duty, prompting criticism from industry leaders. Air passenger duty (APD) is a tax that passengers aged 16 and over will have to pay when they fly from most UK airports. It will...

UK government appoints aviation ambassadors to encourage next generation into industry

UK government appoints new ‘Aviation Ambassadors’ to encourage next generation into industry

The UK government has announced the appointment of new 'Aviation Ambassadors' in the hope of encouraging more young people into the industry. Today the aviation minister, Anthony Browne, appointed 10 new industry champions to serve as mentors and advocates, attending schools, mentoring events and...

British businesses to benefit from landmark South American aerospace partnership

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has signed an agreement with Embraer which is expected to increase the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s spend on UK suppliers. The export credit agency issued a first, £89 million financing guarantee to Embraer in 2022 to support contracts with UK exporters. This new ag...

UK travel industry calls on Rishi Sunak to strengthen aviation regulator’s powers

Leading travel businesses have joined Which? in calling on the UK government to give the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) greater powers to fine airlines that flout flight cancellation, delay and refund rules. In a letter to the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, signatories urge him to show his support ...

WTTC calls upon the UK government to remove the ‘amber-guity’ of the traffic light system

WTTC calls upon the UK government to remove the ‘amber-guity’ of the traffic light system

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon the UK government to abandon the confusing and damaging traffic light system and replace it with a simpler and easier to understand list of green and red countries. WTTC, which represents the global private Travel & Tourism sector,...

Ryanair Calls On UK Government To Remove Travel Restrictions On Vaccinated Citizens

Ryanair Calls On UK Government To Remove Travel Restrictions On Vaccinated Citizens

Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline, today (Wed 16th June) criticized Boris Johnson’s mismanagement of the Covid pandemic, and the reopening of the UK economy following the UK’s successful vaccine rollout programme – especially when these vaccines are effective against the Delta variant. In...

Ryanair condemns UK government moving Portugal from green to amber list

Ryanair condemns UK government moving Portugal from green to amber list

Ryanair today (04th June) condemned the decision by the UK Government of Boris Johnson to move Portugal to the Amber Travel List (from Green), since this decision "has no basis in public health or medical science". This decision now requires vaccinated UK citizens returning from Portugal to quara...

G7 business groups highlight importance of restarting travel

Commenting on the communique from the B7 [the business federations of the G7 countries, including the UK’s CBI], Airport Operators Association Chief Executive Karen Dee said: “The business federations of the G7 countries have today made clear the importance of the G7 governments working toget...

Slots waiver extended in boost to UK airlines

Slots waiver extended in boost to UK airlines

The UK government has today (26 February) introduced legislation to extend the airports slot allocation waiver, further supporting the aviation industry through the upcoming summer months.   Acting on calls for relief from the aviation sector, the legislation will support the industry through a...

Heathrow to launch rapid testing pilot for colleagues in partnership with UK Government

Heathrow is working with NHS Test & Trace on a Government-led colleague testing pilot. The pilot will use rapid lateral flow tests to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the airport. This pilot is designed to support measures already in place to keep the airport COVID-secure, help stop the spread ...

UK airlines to save millions as navigation charges deferred

UK airlines to save millions as navigation charges deferred

Airlines will be able to temporarily defer the payment of air navigation charges, saving them tens of millions of pounds, following action from the UK government. This measure should provide financial relief to airlines struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines will be ab...

MAG continues to grow but warns of impact of Brexit uncertainty

MAG continues to grow but warns of impact of Brexit uncertainty

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has reported that passenger numbers, revenue and earnings all increased in the last financial year from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 but warned of the impact of the ongoing Brexit uncertainty. Passenger numbers across Manchester Airport, London Stansted Airport (...

SAS renews Swissport ground handling contract at London Heathrow T2

SAS renews Swissport ground handling contract at London Heathrow T2

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has renewed a ground handling contract with Swissport at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2. The new agreement will see Swissport continue to provide passenger services (premium check-in, gate and ticketing functions) as well as full ramp handling including aircraft ...

UK contract wins and renewals for Menzies Aviation

UK contract wins and renewals for Menzies Aviation

Menzies Aviation has secured a number of ground handling contract wins and renewals at airports across its UK business. At London Heathrow Airport, EgyptAir, a long-standing customer of 18 years, has renewed its contract with Menzies World Cargo for a three-year term. Operating a daily Boeing ...

Airlines UK calls for action over APD after flybmi collapse

Airlines UK calls for action over APD after flybmi collapse

Airlines UK - which represents 13 carriers - says the demise of flybmi shows why action is needed by the UK Government to cut air passenger duty (APD). The industry association adds the collapse demonstrates why Government must act "urgently to grasp the nettle" and finally address the UK’s "sk...

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