Posted: October 21, 2014 Filed under: Airline & Route News, European & World Tourism, European Aviation News, Tour Operator News, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, World Aviation News | Tags: business plan, Monarch Travel Group
20 October 2014 at 16.00 GMT
The number of job cuts required at Monarch Travel Group as part of a financial turnaround plan has been reduced by 200.
The original estimate of 900 job losses has been reduced to 700 during staff consultation.
This has been achieved with some employees changing their terms and conditions, with others moving from full-time to part-time working.
Two-thirds of the 700 are voluntary redundancies from the group’s 3,300-strong workforce.
Monarch has been able to meet the efficiencies required on 700 rather than 900 job losses within the staffing element of the company’s new business plan, Travel Weekly understands.
As previously reported, talks are continuing between London investment fund Greybull Capital to buy the group from Switzerland’s Mantegazza family in a deal worth £75 million.
Efforts are being made by all parties to ensure a deal can be concluded before Friday when the group’s licence to sell holidays is due to expire.
Sources have voiced confidence that the rescue agreement can be completed this week.
Sourced from Travel Weekly
Posted: October 21, 2014 Filed under: Airline & Route News, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, World Aviation News | Tags: British Airways, domestic flights, Hurricane Gonzalo, National Air Traffic Services
21 October 2014 at 07.38 GMT
Image via Shutterstock
Air passengers are being urged to check if their flights are operating today as gales from the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK.
About 10% of all flights at Heathrow have been grounded as strong winds are expected, with the 20 biggest carriers affected.
British Airways cancelled flights ahead of the expected severe weather.
The remains of the hurricane are predicted to bring heavy rain and gusts of up to 80 miles per hour in some areas, causing disruption to rush-hour travel.
BA said: “Much of the UK and Northern Europe will experience high winds and heavy rain on Tuesday as a result of the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo.
“British Airways has agreed with a request from Heathrow airport and National Air Traffic Services to reduce its schedule at Heathrow as there will be a lower number of aircraft allowed to land each hour for safety reasons.
“Other airports have also reduced the number of aircraft they are able to handle.
“We are sorry that a number of short-haul and domestic flights have been cancelled and others may experience delays as a result of the poor weather. We are working as hard as we can to mitigate any disruption.”
The bad weather compounds trouble for passengers with Lufthansa cancelling a raft of flights due to the latest strike by pilots.
Heathrow said: “Strong winds are forecast for Tuesday and some flights may be subject to delays and cancellations. Please check your flight status with your airline before coming to the airport and leave extra time for your journey to and from the airport.”
P&O Ferries suspended all sailings on the Larne-Cainryan route across the Irish Sea due to severe weather however Dover-Calais services were operating to schedule.
The Met Office, which issued a “yellow” weather warning, said the strongest winds were expected “after the rain clears and winds veer north-westerly through Tuesday morning”.
Gonzalo caused widespread damage and a power blackout when it hit Bermuda last week, with winds of up to 110 miles per hour. The island’s airport re-opened on Sunday afternoon and cruise ship visits are due to resume tomorrow (Wednesday) with a call by Celebrity Infinity.
Sourced from Travel Weekly
Posted: October 21, 2014 Filed under: Airline & Route News, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European & World Tourism, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, Tour Operator News, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News, World Aviation News | Tags: Airline passengers, British Airways, Compensation, Court Case, easyjet
21 October 2014 at 09.29 GMT
Airline passengers affected by long delays are being forced to wait up to a year to find out if they will receive compensation, leaving thousands out of pocket.
A number of airlines, including British Airways and easyJet, are refusing to pay customers who were delayed because of technical faults until the outcome of an ongoing court case is decided, the Telegraph reported.
Passengers can claim £100-£480 per person for delays of three hours or more, or for cancelled flights, when the airline is at fault under EU rules.
But passengers can’t claim for delays caused by “extraordinary circumstances” such as extreme weather.
The Court of Appeal ruled in June that technical problems must not be considered “extraordinary circumstances”, meaning compensation was still due.
Jet2, the airline involved in the case, appealed to the Supreme Court.
The court is due to decide next month whether to grant the appeal, in which case a full hearing will take place next year. It could take until the end of 2015 to reach a decision.
An easyJet spokesman said it had put all claims on hold until it was clearer whether the case would be heard by the Supreme Court.
Sourced from Travel Weekly
Posted: October 20, 2014 Filed under: Airline & Route News, European & World Tourism, European Aviation News, Passenger Advice, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, World Aviation News | Tags: Lufthansa, Lufthansa pilots, Strike Action
A Lufthansa pilots’ strike on Monday affecting mostly European flights has been expanded to include long-haul destinations on Tuesday.
Pilots on short-haul routes are due to strike from midday Monday for 35 hours, causing the cancellation of 1,450 flights and hitting 200,000 travellers.
Pilots are protesting against plans to alter retirement and pension terms.
German rail travellers also faced cancellations and delays over the weekend as strikes hit the railways
Only about a third of inter-city trains were running. The two strikes are over unrelated issues.
Monday’s Lufthansa strike will be the eighth this year. The union’s decision to also target long-haul services on Tuesday marks a deepening of the dispute.
Last week, the pilot’s union, Vereinigung Cockpit, called out its members at Lufthansa’s budget airline, Germanwings, for a 12-hour stoppage.
“Regrettably Lufthansa has not acted on the compromise proposals of VC after seven strikes now since April this year and is stonewalling,” the union said in a statement.
The union, which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, is calling on the airline to reconsider its decision to raise the age that they can retire from 55.
The company has offered to retain the scheme for existing members but not to extend it to new recruits.
Monday’s strike is expected to affect affect mostly services in Europe. Lufthansa said it hoped to be able to operate a third of its flights.
Germany’s government is expected to produce a draft law later this year aimed at stopping small numbers of employees paralysing large parts of the country’s infrastructure through strike action.
The train drivers’ strike was over demands by the GDL for a 5% pay for 20,000 drivers and a shorter working week.
Deutsche Bahn has promised normal services will resume on Monday.
The head of the GDL union, Claus Weselsky, said there would be a week-long break before any further strikes.
Sourced from BBC News