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2008-10-06 21:00:22

The carrier's load factor of 86.9 per cent was almost two percentage points higher than the same month a year earlier and better than the 84.1% seen for the last year.Passenger numbers rose 22.1 per cent on a year ago as Luton-based easyJet benefited from its acquisition of GB Airways from British Airways, as well as promotions and sales.EasyJet carried out heavy promotional activity in June and July with up to 20 per cent off two million seats - a strategy aimed at boosting traffic in the...

2008-10-05 03:00:17

By Anonymous Heathrow Airport's flagship terminal, hailed as the gateway to the 2012 London Olympics, will not be ready for the event, it has emerged. Airport operator BAA admitted that at best only part of Heathrow East - which will replace Terminals and 2 - will be open in time for the games. Last month, the Competition Commission called for BAA to end its monopoly over London's airports, advocating the sale of Stansted and Gatwick. A BAA spokeswoman said: "The delay in the transfer...

2008-09-25 12:00:29

By PETER WOODMAN Budget airline Ryanair announced substantial cutbacks in its number of flights from a leading holiday airport next winter. The Irish no-frills carrier said it would making a 14% reduction in the number of weekly flights for winter 2008/09 at Stansted. The number of weekly flights will be cut from more than 1,850 to under 1,600 this winter and the airline reckons it will carry 900,000 fewer passengers than last winter. Ryanair has 36 planes at Stansted but this will drop...

2008-09-25 12:00:29

By LAURA NOONAN RYANAIR is axing 150 weekly Dublin flights this winter, ending the dramatic Dublin expansion kicked off by the airline three years ago. The move comes as the world's airlines batten down the hatches amid soaring fuel prices and weakening economic conditions. The airline warned that up to 500 jobs at the airport could be lost as a result of its decision, although the actual losses are likely to be significantly less. It will also slash its Stansted winter schedule...

2008-09-25 03:00:21

By Shiel, Vicki The government has failed to take on board expert recommendations in its research on the impact of Heathrow Airport's expansion, a key adviser has warned. Government air quality expert group chairman Mike Pilling argued that the extent of modelling work to assess future concentrations of nitrogen dioxide around Heathrow has not been as thorough as was recommended. Pilling, who is professor of physical chemistry at the University of Leeds and helped the DfT devise ways of...

2008-09-24 18:00:27

ICELAND Express has become the first budget carrier to offer in- flight entertainment Passengers can watch movies, TV shows, listen to music and play computer games while in the air. The Bluebox lite unit or 'Airplay' will be available on all Iceland Express routes from Reykjavik including Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Copenhagen, Berlin and London Stansted. The unit has a six hour battery and the rental costs approximately pounds 6. (c) 2008 Evening Mail; Birmingham (UK). Provided...

2008-09-24 03:00:20

By Anonymous Opponents of a second runway at Stansted Airport have welcomed a Competition Commission recommendation that BAA sell two of its three London airports. BAA said it has "no intention" to sell Heathrow, which the Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) group believes will fuel its fight to block the Essex airport's expansion. An SSE spokeswoman said it is looking forward to working with Stansted's new owners. "This will not in itself remove the threat of a second runway but we think that...

2008-09-24 00:00:20

Business News In Brief AVIATION Ryanair plans to ground part of its fleet at Stansted this winter to offset the impact of rising fuel costs and falling demand. The Irish carrier, which has 36 aircraft at the Essex airport, said it intended to reduce passenger capacity by 14 per cent, suggesting that five or six aircraft could be mothballed after seven were decommissioned last year. In July, Ryanair warned that rising fuel costs and lower ticket prices had left it on course to make its...

2008-09-19 12:00:24

By JEZ DAVISON THE owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport is considering a joint bid for Gatwick Airport, which was put up for sale by BAA yesterday. Peel Airports Group has been invited to form a consortium to bid for the pounds 1.8bn-valued London gateway, which became available following the Competition Commission's plans to break BAA's monopoly of the UK aviation market. Last month the regulator said BAA may have to sell three of its seven UK airports because of market dominance...

2008-09-18 15:00:25

By GORDON THOMSON GATWICK Airport was today put up for sale, leaving major question marks over the ownership of Glasgow Airport. Under-fire airports operator BAA has announced plans to sell Gatwick "immediately" - just weeks after the Competition Commission claimed the company faced "significant competition problems" because it also owns London's Heathrow and Stansted. CC chiefs recommended that two of the airports should be sold and today BAA chief executive Colin Matthews announced...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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