Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 15 August 2022.
“Sky High Club: Scotland and Beyond”
BBC Scotland goes behind the scenes with the staff of Loganair in a new ten part TV series “Sky High Club: Scotland and Beyond” starting today.
Like similar series there is a focus on human interest stories and a cast of recurring characters. Here’s a precise of tonight’s episode:
Robbie is the youngest pilot to become a captain in the UK. Now 25, he has the dream job, and Kirsten, his dream girl – but there’s one small problem: he lives in Edinburgh and she lives on the remote island of Shetland as part of the customer service team.
Luckily for him, crew members and good pals Shannon and Karolina are on hand to organise a team day out, and offer some solid advice on long-distance relationships.
Moroccan-born Omar has moved from the Canary Islands to start a new life in Scotland. He’s training to become a member of the cabin crew, and having made the big move to Aberdeen for a career with the airline, the pressure’s on to pass gruelling exams or risk having to take off again to another location.
All 10 episodes should “drop” on BBC iPlayer from today. This will be shown across the UK on BBC Three from this Thursday. A full episode guide is available from the BBC.
BA eVoucher Reminder Tool
During the COVID-19 pandemic many passengers exchanged the value of their tickets for eVouchers.
This option is still available for any passengers due to travel with BA up to 30 September 2022.
These must be used for travel by 30 September 2023. Otherwise, they will be forfeited. Though that may not be the last we hear of eVouchers.
Passengers who have eVouchers can now use a reminder tool on ba.com to obtain confirmation of any outstanding voucher balances.
Also of interest this week:
What’s it like to fly as a disabled passenger? A photo essay detailing the risk of injuries, not eating or drinking and general indignity. (New York Times)
Today’s Business Daily looks at subscription business models in the travel industry. (BBC World Service)
easyJet & Spotify team up to offer holiday recommendations – to places easyJet fly to obviously – based on your music streaming habits. (Listen & Book)
News from London Air Travel you may have missed:
BA launches Aruba and Georgetown at Gatwick. (London Air Travel)
BA reinstates winter seasonal short haul routes at Gatwick. (London Air Travel)
BA to move to Orlando Terminal C next month. (London Air Travel)
Late post publication updates:
[Reserved for updates throughout the day]
The bmi Heathrow remedy slots have been advertised for the summer 2023 season, with an application deadline of 25 August. Next summer, there will be 27 weekly slot pairs available. This comprises 3 slots pairs for each weekday, 4 on Saturday only and 2 on Sunday only.
Flights at Aberdeen airport were temporarily suspended on Monday morning due to unscheduled runway maintenance work.
Heathrow has confirmed its cap of 100,000 departing passengers a day will remain until the end of October, unless the airport is satisfied there is a material improvement in airline ground handling resources.
Unite has agreed a new pay deal for thousands of BA staff across a number of departments. The deal is said to be worth 13% on average. It includes a lump sum payment in August and pay increases in September and October.
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