Passengers travelling through all four of the current operational terminals at Heathrow (1, 3, 4, 5) will be able to access complimentary WiFi provided by the airport operator from Saturday 1 June. Access to the complimentary service is limited to 45 minutes a day. However, members of the Heathrow Rewards loyalty programme (formerly known as BAA Worldpoints) will be able to access the service for 90 minutes a day (thus making registration in the scheme worth it for that reason alone).
British Airways has announced it is to upgrade its London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro route from a three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft to a four class Boeing 777-300 aircraft from Sunday 27 October 2013.
British Airways has confirmed further changes to its London Gatwick short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts on 27 October 2013.
International Airlines Group is clearly not satisfied with owning over 90% of Vueling. Although this gives IAG full control of Vueling for all practical and accounting purposes, the airline group is clearly intent on having 100% ownership of Vueling. On Friday, IAG made a further offer for the remaining 9% of Vueling’s shares listed on the stock exchange in Spain.
As stated before, IAG has been coy about its intentions regarding Vueling, save for stating it will remain a separate subsidiary in the IAG group. However, IAG is clearly very keen on pursuing full ownership and control of the airline.
easyJet is to expand further at London Gatwick airport next year as Flybe has today announced it is to sell to easyJet its portfolio of 25 take off and landing slots at the airport for £20m.
The BBC has announced that it is to go behind the scenes at London Heathrow airport next month with “Airport Live”. Over four consecutive nights from Monday 17 June to Thursday 20 June, the BBC will be live from the control tower and airport terminals of London Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic has reported another year of heavy financial losses. The airline has today published its financial results for the year ended 28 February 2013.