Cardiff Airport and CityJet celebrate launch of flights to Jersey

Following a social media vote, run in association with Cardiff Airport, the people of Wales have named one of CityJet’s aircrafts after Owain Glyndŵr – the Welsh ruler and last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales.

The newly named aircraft will launch CityJet’s newest route from Cardiff Airport this year. The route to Jersey will start with four weekly flights, followed by five weekly flights from 4 June 2014. Fares are priced from £61 one way and £99 return, including 23kgs of hold luggage and a complimentary snack and drink service.

Christine Ourmières, CityJet’s Chief Executive Officer, said “We are pleased with the response from the poll and are happy to name one of our aircraft after a top Welsh icon in time for the launch of our new route to Jersey.”

CityJet began flying out of Cardiff Airport in January with routes to Paris-Orly and Glasgow, followed by the Edinburgh route which launched on 30 March, operating up to three daily flights.The summer schedule will also see a third daily flight added to the Glasgow route on Thursdays and Fridays, whilst Paris-Orly will be served every day of the week.

The social media poll asked Welsh people to vote for their favourite among six iconic figures: Saint David, Dylan Thomas, Gareth Edwards CBE, Owain Glyndŵr, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE and Simon Weston OBE.

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Route Schedules

Cardiff to Edinburgh
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX300 x x x x x Cardiff 06:15 Edinburgh 07:50
WX300 x Cardiff 08:00 Edinburgh 09:35
WX302 x x Cardiff 09:15 Edinburgh 10:50
WX302 x x x Cardiff 13:30 Edinburgh 15:05
WX304 x x x x x x Cardiff 17:40 Edinburgh 19:15
Edinburgh to Cardiff
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX301 x x x x x Edinburgh 08:20 Cardiff 09:55
WX301 x Edinburgh 10:05 Cardiff 11:40
WX303 x x Edinburgh 11:20 Cardiff 12:55
WX303 x x x Edinburgh 15:35 Cardiff 17:10
WX305 x x x x x x Edinburgh 19:45 Cardiff 21:20
Cardiff to Glasgow
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX132 x x x x x Cardiff 06:40 Glasgow 08:15
WX134 x Cardiff 08:05 Glasgow 09:40
WX134 x x Cardiff 14:10 Glasgow 15:45
WX136 x x x x x x Cardiff 18:20 Glasgow 19:55
Glasgow to Cardiff
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX133 x x x x x Glasgow 08:45 Cardiff 10:20
WX135 x Glasgow 10:10 Cardiff 11:45
WX135 x x Glasgow 16:15 Cardiff 17:50
WX137 x x x x x x Glasgow 20:25 Cardiff 21:55
Cardiff to Jersey
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX310 x x Cardiff 10:50 Jersey 12:00
WX310 x Cardiff 12:15 Jersey 13:25
WX310 x x Cardiff 15:00 Jersey 16:10
Jersey to Cardiff
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX311 x x Jersey 12:30 Cardiff 13:40
WX311 x Jersey 14:00 Cardiff 15:10
WX311 x x Jersey 16:40 Cardiff 17:50
Cardiff to Paris Orly
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX286 x Cardiff 09:10 Paris Orly 11:45
WX286 x Cardiff 12:15 Paris Orly 14:50
WX286 x x x x x Cardiff 12:50 Paris Orly 15:30
Paris Orly to Cardiff
Flight Number Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su From Departs To Arrives
WX287 x Paris Orly 12:25 Cardiff 13:00
WX287 x Paris Orly 15:20 Cardiff 15:50
WX287 x x x x x Paris Orly 16:00 Cardiff 16:35

Decline in premium air travel growth recorded

Ratings agency increases Thomas Cook Group outlook to positive

Harriet Green - Thomas CookFollowing a “detailed” financial review of the group, its rating services has raised the outlook although the overall rating remains unchanged at “B” for the time being.

Thomas Cook group chief executive Harriet Green said: “This is another milestone in the rapid delivery of our strategy of sustainable profitable growth.

“We are very pleased that S&P has recognised the pace and extent of our transformation and we appreciate its confidence in our ability to maintain the momentum.

“As we reported last month, our cost out and profit improvement programme is delivering ahead of schedule and we have reached our target for disposals of non-core interests 18 months early.

“S&P has recognised the importance of our continuing transformation, including the delivery of our strategic targets, and I look forward to sharing a full update of our progress at our half year results on May 15.”

A Standard & Poor’s spokesman said: “The operating performance of Thomas Cook Group plc has improved thanks to the ongoing implementation of its turnaround strategy.

“We anticipate that its credit metrics will continue to strengthen as cost-saving initiatives as part of its turnaround strategy lead to Ebitda growth and debt reduction.

“We are therefore revising our outlook on Thomas Cook Group plc to positive from stable, and affirming our “B” long-term corporate credit rating on the company.

“The positive outlook reflects the likelihood of an upgrade within the next 12 months if positive operating trends continue to improve the Group’s profitability and credit measures.”

Sourced by TTG Digital

British Airways backs plan to convert waste into jet fuel

British Airways backs plan to convert waste into jet fuel

British Airways aims to convert landfill waste into jet fuel in a pioneering carbon-saving initiative.

The carrier is supporting the creation of the world’s first facility in Essex to produce sustainable aviation fuel in conjunction with specialist firm Solena Fuels.

About 575,000 tonnes of waste normally destined for landfill or incineration will be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels.

BA has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes a year of the jet fuel produced as part of the ‘GreenSky’ project.

One thousand construction workers will be hired to build the facility which is due to be completed in 2017, creating up to 150 permanent jobs at the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Corringham.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA parent company International Airlines Group, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry.

“The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its 
carbon emissions significantly.

“The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

Solena Fuels president and chief executive Robert Do said: “We are excited to help British Airways achieve its sustainability goals by providing an innovative solution to produce drop-in jet fuel.

“We anticipate starting construction of the site in approximately 12 months after all the requisite permits and agreements have been obtained.

“We are looking forward to successfully building GreenSky London and partnering with British Airways on additional facilities in the UK.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

Thomson Airways’ Browne to take on expanded role in Tui Travel shake-up

Thomson Airways' Browne to take on expanded role in Tui Travel shake-up

Thomson Airways managing director Chris Browne is taking an expanded role as part of a new leadership team across Tui Travel’s five airlines.

She is to become chief operating officer of aviation across the mainstream sector, responsible for common standards across all operational areas.

Browne will have four pan-European operational roles reporting directly to her – engineering & maintenance (Jason Mahoney), flight operations & safety (John Murphy), ground operations & services (Hans van de Velde) and supplier management & procurement (Geert Somers).

Murphy will also become managing director of Thomson Airways.

The changes following a 100-day review of the five carriers to create one ‘virtual’ airline from June 1.

The aim is to provide a platform for further growth of the group’s tour operators, increase the profitability of its airlines and contribute to delivery of a “seamless integrated customer experience”.

As announced in December, Henrik Homann was appointed managing director of aviation across the mainstream sector.

In other changes:

  • Alex Huber will continue his role as managing director of TUIfly Nordic and will also take up the role of strategy & planning director for aviation across the mainstream sector. He will be responsible for ensuring best use of the current infrastructure and planning from a group perspective.
  • Gunther Hofman will continue his role as managing director of Jetairfly and take on the role of operational and process effectiveness director, responsible for ensuring that the five airlines operate together as efficiently as possible, working with regulatory bodies wherever necessary.
  • Tom Chandler will continue in his role as director of aircraft acquisition and finance. His responsibility remains ensuring the lowest acquisition and ownership cost of aircraft, fleet flexibility and efficient fleet deployment.
  • Christophe Todt will head a transition office before becoming the aviation finance director and Isabelle Drolle will become director of aviation IT while continuing in her role as CIO for TUIfly.

Homann said: “This is a very exciting new chapter in Tui Travel’s growth plans. This new way of doing business will increase collaboration and best-practice sharing while delivering operational efficiencies across the whole mainstream sector.

“I believe the collective expertise we have in this team ensures we will deliver these ambitious plans across our airlines. Leveraging our scale and expertise ensures we are greater together than apart.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

Thomas Cook responds to Cuba hotel illness claims

Thomas Cook responds to Cuba hotel illness claims

Thomas Cook has confirmed 29 cases of “mild illness” reported by guests staying at the Hotel Playa Pesquero in Cuba in the first two weeks of April.

“This represents just 1.5% of the overall hotel population of 1,800,” the operator said.

“The 29 cases were a mixture of Thomas Cook customers and other tour operators; the Thomas Cook customers were offered every assistance by our dedicated resort team.

“All were treated on site, with two receiving attention at the hotel clinic for dehydration.”

The operator disputed allegations made by holiday illness compensation specialists Your Holiday Claims that 80% of holidaymakers had fallen ill due to an outbreak of salmonella at the hotel.

Cook said the cause of the outbreak is under investigation.

Your Holiday Claims alleged that many British holidaymakers had been taken to hospital during their stay. Many were believed to be on saline drips for severe dehydration after being violently ill, the law firm said.

Cook responded by saying: “We are aware that a statement was recently issued by a no-win, no-fee lawyer.

“This repeated as yet unsubstantiated allegations and we consider this to be deeply irresponsible.

“We ask any customers who may have concerns relating to their holiday to contact us directly and as quickly as possible so that we can deal with them personally in an open, honest and fair manner.

“We are confident that those customers due to travel to the resort in the future will experience the excellent levels of quality and standards they would expect from a Thomas Cook property. Accordingly, normal booking conditions apply.”

Cook added that it was working closely with management at the Hotel Playa Pesquero to ensure that internationally recognised Prevention of Spread of Infection (POSI) procedures are in place.

“We will continue to follow the rigorous processes to establish the cause of the illness reported to our staff as this investigation continues,” the company said.

Cook said that its legal team has yet to receive any correspondence from customers or their legal representatives regarding alleged illness at the hotel.

Anne Thomson, head of travel law at Your Holiday Claims, said: “We are already instructed by a number of clients who suffered similar gastric illnesses during their holidays at this hotel in 2013.

“Holidaymakers who have returned from their stay at the hotel who have been diagnosed with salmonella food poisoning or any other type of gastric illness should report this to their tour operator and contact us for help to make a successful compensation claim straight away.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

London City defends itself against calls for closure

London City defends itself against calls for closure

London City airport plans to push ahead with development plans in the face of calls for it to be shut.

The airport was accused last week of creating little value and it would be better off closed to make more efficient use of valuable land, according to a report from the New Economics Foundation think-tank.

But London City, which carried 3.3 million passengers last year and ranks as Britain’s 15th largest airport, slammed the report and pointed to expansion plans that are being driven through by shareholders, the Financial Times reported.

The Docklands airport says that these developments will double the number of passengers to 6 million by the end of the decade.

The airport – owned by US infrastructure fund Global Infrastructure Partners, which also owns Gatwick and Edinburgh airports – markets itself as providing a fast route to the capital’s business, financial and political centres. At present, these are the end destination for half its passengers.

Two-thirds of its travellers are on business, a higher proportion than at Heathrow, it adds.

The terminal has been granted permission to increase the number of flight movements from 70,000 to 120,000 a year – but it is waiting for planning permission to extend the terminal as well as construct a new taxiway, aircraft stands and arrivals building.

That would let it fly more flights and cater to wider-winged, next-generation jets such as the Bombardier C Series and Embraer E2, which could carry about 135-145 passengers, as opposed to those that fly fewer than 100 at present.

The addition of larger aircraft could open up other destinations, such as the Gulf, the Middle East, Russia, north Africa and the East Coast of the US. At present, British Airways business-class only flights to the US must stop in Ireland to refuel.

The planning decision is expected in July. Until then, London City is relying on creating a better customer service for existing passengers and has become the first terminal to test the ‘Internet of Things’ – whereby machines and objects are connected together via the internet.

Airport chief executive Declan Collier told the FT: “When you look at London’s aspirations to maintain and grow its position among global cities, connectivity is vital and we believe we play an absolutely vital part of that.”

Alan Haughton, of opposition group Stop City Airport Masterplan, said it had urged Newham Council to oppose the planning application.

The group argues that more flights would hinder the development of surrounding land, including a Chinese business park plan, because the law stipulates a “crash zone” must be left undeveloped around the site.

It claims that construction has already been affected, such as the Pinnacle tower in the City being forced to lower its height after a request from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Sourced from Travel Weekly


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