Entries by Barry

Drunk air passenger arrests up 50 per cent in the UK

A Panorama investigation has revealed that arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports and on flights have risen by 50 per cent in a year. A total of 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017 – up from 255 the previous year. Meanwhile more than half of cabin crew […]

Jet2.com post impressive financial results

Jet2.com have posted their financial results for the year ending 31st March 2017. A summary of the chairman’s report is here: Profit before taxation reduced by 14% to £90.1m (2016: £104.2m). This result includes considerable investment to launch our two new Jet2.com operating bases at Birmingham and London Stansted Airports and also includes a £10.9m […]

Swiss debuts Bombardier CS100 into London City Airport 

Swiss has begun flying Bombardier CS100 aircraft from London City Airport. The aircraft, which seats 125 passengers in a two-class configuration of economy and business, is the largest aircraft using London City and received clearance for the “steep approach” – 5.5 degrees required for London City instead of the more normal three degrees, in July 2017. The approval […]

Struggling Singapore Airlines offers crew unpaid leave 

Singapore Airlines has said today that it is offering cabin crew unpaid leave in a cost-cutting measure as it struggles to keep up in an increasingly tough market. The city-state’s flag carrier has been battling strong competition from Asian low-cost carriers and Middle Eastern airlines, which now boast modern fleets and top-quality inflight services. The […]

Air Canada near-miss was worse than first thought 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released preliminary findings on the July 7 near-miss incident at San Francisco Airport. An Air Canada aircraft from Toronto was just metres from the ground when the pilot aborted the landing, federal investigators said. The jet, which was lined up over a crowded taxiway in error rather than the runway, had already passed […]

European Aviation tourists warned to expect even longer queues 

 British Airways and easyJet have started texting passengers to warn them to expect long queues as European airports prepare for their busiest days of the summer. Thousands of tourists have been told to expect delays of up to four hours in passport queues at airports after new rules were introduced following the recent terror attacks. The European […]

South African Airways ‘is on verge of bankruptcy’ 

South African Airways has run out of money and is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, according to information given to the country’s parliament. It is thought the national carrier may soon be unable to pay salaries. It says that matters may improve if it gets a £45m bailout from the government by September. The airline has lost money in […]