London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing – 29 August 2022

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British Airways Airbus A380 at London Heathrow at sunset
British Airways Airbus A380 at London Heathrow at sunset (Image Credit: Heathrow)

Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing on this August Bank Holiday for the week beginning 29 August 2022.

The Summer Comes To An End

It’s a public holiday today in England, Wales and Northern Ireland marking the end of summer.

A number of BA summer seasonal routes are now ending for the year.

At Heathrow, Newquay ends this Sunday, 4 September. Of BA’s two routes to The Azores, flights to Terceira Island have ended. Flights to Ponta Delgada end this Saturday, 3 September. Newquay and Terceira Island are not on sale in 2023.

Elsewhere, Pristina ends this Saturday.

Over at London City, a large number of seasonal routes come to an end this weekend. These include Faro, Guernsey, Jersey, Mahon, Quimper, San Sebastián, Santorini, Skiathos, Split and Thessaloniki. These routes resume between May and July next year.

BA’s franchise partner SUN-AIR restarts scheduled flights to Billund for the first time since COVID-19 next Monday, 5 September.

Back to Heathrow, yesterday BA ran a large number of short haul cancellations for November and December.

July Passenger Data

Staying with routes, the CAA has published domestic and international passenger data for July 2022.

You can see why Flybe has suspended Heathrow – Leeds Bradford. Just 973 passengers travelled the route in both directions. This is, by some measure, the poorest performing domestic route at Heathrow.

Returning to BA’s new routes to The Azores, 463 passengers travelled to & from Terceira Island, an average of 58 passengers per flight. 1,089 passengers travelled between to & from Ponta Delgada, an average of 109 passengers per flight.

999 passengers travelled between London City & San Sebastián, an average of 71 passengers per flight.

Iberia Express Cabin Crew Strike

Iberia Express flights are disrupted by cabin crew strike action until 6 September.

Iberia Express flights between Gatwick and Madrid are covered by a Minimum Service set by Spain’s Ministry of Transport and should not be affected.

Iberia has had relatively stable industrial relations in recent years. On Friday, Iberia confirmed it will start negotiations with trade unions for new collective bargaining agreements for workgroups across the airline in mid September.

Also of interest this week:

Air France suspends two pilots who had a physical altercation on the flight deck on a flight between Paris and Geneva in June. (Bloomberg)

“Is Alan Joyce on his final flight?” Another long read on the Qantas CEO. (ABC News)

A profile of Boom founder Blake Scholl. (The Observer)

News from London Air Travel you may have missed:

BA launches Gatwick – Vancouver. (London Air Travel)

BA modifies Overnight Bag Drop hours at Heathrow. (London Air Travel)

Flybe launches London Heathrow – Newquay. (London Air Travel)

Late post publication updates:

[Reserved for updates throughout the day]

Finnair has launched a new strategic partnership with Qatar Airways. It will add daily flights from Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Stockholm to Doha this winter, codeshared with Qatar Airways. These appear to replace existing Qatar operated flights.

Finnair will also suspend long haul flights from Stockholm Arlanda to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Bangkok and Phuket from the start of the winter season. The airline will also suspend Krabi and Chicago O’Hare from Helsinki.

Air Europa, now 20% owned by IAG, has agreed to lease 5 Boeing 787-9 & 10 Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft from AerCap. These will be delivered from 2024 to 2026.

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