British Airways Closes Amsterdam Lounge

The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.

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British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Image Credit: British Airways)

The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.

The lounge has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst all other BA lounges worldwide have reopened or have been confirmed as closed, this lounge has remained as “temporarily closed”.

Eligible BA passengers at Amsterdam can continue to use the Aspire lounge.

The BA lounge was part of the Priority Pass lounge access scheme. It is likely that another operator will take over the lounge.

This leaves BA with just three of its own branded lounges in mainland Europe at Geneva, Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino.

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British Airways Suspends London Heathrow – Bangkok

BA has suspended passenger flights between London Heathrow and Bangkok.

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has suspended its route from London Heathrow to Bangkok.

Passenger flights to Bangkok have been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of cargo flights have operated.

The route was due to return on a winter seasonal basis from Sunday 30 October 2022. It is now suspended. This was expected as flights had been taken off sale in advance of the route being cancelled.

This brings to an end almost 85 years of passenger flights to Bangkok, dating back to BA’s predecessor airline Imperial Airways.

Whilst there is strong cargo demand from Bangkok, it is seen as a low yield passenger route. There is a lot of competition from airlines flying non-stop and via rival hubs in the Middle East.

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Airportr Expands BA Luggage Collection Service To Geneva

Passengers flying with British Airways from Geneva can use Airportr to have their luggage collected in advance of travelling to the airport.

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British Airways & Airportr Partnership (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has, for many years, partnered with the luggage collection service Airportr.

Airportr offers passengers the option to have their luggage collected from their home, office or hotel at pre-arranged time up to 24 hours before departure.

Luggage is then checked-in with BA on their behalf. This leaves passengers free to travel to the airport without their luggage in tow and to collect their bags at their final destination.

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London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing – 18 July 2022

Welcome to London Air Travel’s weekly briefing on air travel around the world, as published every Monday at 06:00 BST.

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Aerial view of BA CityFlyer Embraer E170 Aircraft G-LCYD on the runway at London City airport.
Aerial view of BA CityFlyer Embraer E170 Aircraft G-LCYD at London City airport (Image Credit: London City Airport)

Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 18 July 2022.

The impact of extreme heat in the UK this week on public health and infrastructure is likely to dominate the news over the coming days.

The Gatwick Express is suspended today and tomorrow. Other rail services are running at a reduced frequency and at revised times due to speed restrictions with strong advice not to travel.

The War Of Words Continues

The claim and counter-claim by airlines and Heathrow over travel disruption continues.

Last week Heathrow imposed a short notice cap on departing passenger numbers at the airport until 11 September. Ostensibly, Heathrow claimed it wanted to wait and see which airlines took advantage of the slot amnesty before issuing its demand.

The CAA and Department for Transport ordered Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye to provide an immediate explanation.

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UK Government Publishes “Aviation Passenger Charter”

The “Aviation Passenger Charter” sets out passengers’ rights when flights are delayed or cancelled.

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)
London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

The UK government has today, Sunday 17 July 2022, published a new “Aviation Passenger Charter”.

The charter sets out, at length, what passengers should expect when booking flights with airlines and your rights when things go wrong.

It has been developed by the government in conjunction with consumer bodies and the travel industry.

What Does The Charter Do?

The charter does not confer any new rights on airline passengers. It is also not a legally enforceable document.

It merely sets out in plain English the government’s position on passenger rights.

In the event of any omissions or discrepancies between the charter and the law, it is the law that will prevail.

The charter also does not carry any endorsements by any airline or airport.

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BA Adds Flexibility For All Heathrow Passengers

Any passengers due to fly with British Airways from London Heathrow up to 25 July 2022 can rebook to an alternative flight.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has introduced additional flexibility for all passengers due to fly from London Heathrow in the coming weeks.

There are well publicised issues with congestion at Heathrow terminals. This has resulted in Heathrow imposing a cap on departing passenger numbers.

Any passengers due to travel from Heathrow up to Monday 25 July 2022 can rebook to an alternative BA operated flight to the same destination within 12 months of the date of travel. This includes flights from other London airports.

Alternatively passengers who do not wish to travel can request a voucher for travel up to 30 September 2023. Full refunds are only possible if allowed under the original fare rules.

BA has periodically introduced this policy for short haul flights, particularly at weekends.

It now applies to both short and long haul flights at Heathrow until 25 July.

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Virgin Atlantic Unveils Airbus A330neo Cabins

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled images of its new cabins on Airbus A330neo aircraft.

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Air to air CGI image of Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330NEO aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330NEO Aircraft Exterior (Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic)

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled images of the interiors of its new Airbus A330neo aircraft.

Virgin ordered up to 16 Airbus A330neo aircraft in 2019. The first aircraft will arrive in September this year. As is common for new aircraft at Virgin it will first operate to Boston, one of its relatively shorter routes, from October.

Three aircraft are expected to arrive this year. The remaining aircraft will be delivered between 2023 and 2026.

At the time of the order it was intended they would operate across Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester. Much of course has changed since then.

Virgin has not indicated this aircraft will have separate configurations for relatively business and leisure heavy routes, like the Airbus A350.

There is only so much you can discern from images and cabin mock-ups. The real test is when the aircraft is flying with passengers, but here are the details released by Virgin.

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Heathrow Imposes Cap On Daily Passenger Numbers

Heathrow has imposed a daily cap of 100,000 departing passengers at the airport with immediate effect.

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Heathrow Airport At Night
Heathrow Airport At Night (Image Credit: Heathrow)

London Heathrow has imposed a cap on daily passenger numbers across the airport with immediate effect.

Heathrow considers that the airport, its airlines and ground handlers do not have the capacity to handle more than 100,000 departing passengers a day.

Passenger numbers will be capped at this number with immediate effect until Sunday 11 September 2022.

Heathrow has also asked airlines to stop selling tickets for this period.

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How Many Flights Have Airlines Cancelled This Summer?

More than 32,000 flights are cancelled across London City, Gatwick & Heathrow airports from July to October.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5A, May 2020
London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

Summer flight cancellations by airlines continue to dominate the news agenda.

Various numbers have been put on the number of cancellations.

A few weeks ago the UK government announced a “slot amnesty” to allow airlines to cancel up to 30% of their flights without forfeiting slots.

This now takes effect until October.

We also have numbers from Airport Coordination Ltd on the scale of cancellations under the amnesty by airline and airport.

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British Airways Suspends London Gatwick – Manchester

BA has suspended its daily flight between Gatwick and Manchester from 30 October 2022.

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Manchester Airport Terminal 3 (Image Credit: Manchester Airport)

British Airways has suspended its route from London Gatwick to Manchester.

The daily connection between Gatwick and Manchester is suspended from Sunday 30 October 2022.

The route which is operated by Heathrow based aircraft & crews as a “W pattern” has a troubled history. It was originally due to start in March 2021. It was delayed by a year. It is now suspended entirely.

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