Cotswold Airport partners with World Fuel Services

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World Fuel Services, which is headquartered in Miami, has won the tender to supply fuel and equipment to Cotswold Airport near Kemble in Gloucestershire, UK.

The former RAF Red Arrows base and home to the Cotswold Airport Revival Festival which takes place in September, the airport is now home to a growing general and business aviation network.

Mark Amor, VP, World Fuel Services stated that as well as “supporting the site’s growth, our new relationship will also see us sponsoring the airport’s Aviation Scholarship which gives 10 young people the chance to experience all aspects of careers in aviation. This is another great example of how we can craft unique, innovative solutions that positively impact an airport’s long-term future.”

World Fuel Services now supplies both jet fuel and Avgas at the airport and is assisting with technical developments for purpose refuelling and storage equipment. The agreement also includes extensive support for repair and maintenance.

Customers landing at the airport can use their Avcard to request and pay for fuel, which will simplify fuel and services purchases.

Commenting on the new partnership, Christian Ackroyd, airport manager at Cotswold Airport said: “We are pleased to be welcoming the World Fuel Services to the site and increasing the fuel and equipment we have on offer for our customers. World Fuel Services has a competitive offering and has developed a proposal which addresses the needs of our growing customer base.”


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Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s masterplan met with overwhelming support

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has revealed overwhelming public support for development plans following the launch of its draft masterplan and subsequent public consultation.

The masterplan is part of the airport’s ambitious plan to become the major international gateway for the East side of the UK. The public consultation took place over a 10-week period with over 1,600 responses received from the public, stakeholders and private and public sector organisations taking part.

“Our airport is already seeing success in terms of new routes, rising passenger numbers and increased demand for cargo facilities,” said Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield City region. “But there is immense further potential which the draft Masterplan sets out a sensible path to deliver. Seeing this level of public support for it only hardens my desire to do our/ my bit to deliver it,” he added.

Over 90% of respondents expressed strong support for the objectives set out in the masterplan including an East Coast Mainline station at the airport site. Enhanced surface access through the delivery of a station at the site will help boost passenger growth to 11.8 million by 2050. The station could be operational as early as 2024. Adding a main line railway station will “put the region’s airport firmly on the map for people all the way from London to Edinburgh, making it a first choice for business and leisure travellers nationwide,” reiterated Jarvis.

Other standout highlights included 97% support for expansion of the terminal building services and 96% support for proposals to deliver new employment developments which are expected to create up to 13,000 new jobs at the airport.

When fully realised the proposed developments are forecast to deliver £3.7 billion to the local economy by 2037, including £900 million construction investment and £159 million to the region’s tourism economy.

Commenting on the support so far for the airport’s masterplan, Robert Hough, chairman of Peel Airports Group, which owns DSA, as well as Durham Tees Valley and Liverpool John Lennon airports, said:

We are humbled by the level of engagement we have seen in this public consultation for our draft masterplan. It is more than a plan for the airport, given the economic prize it is a plan for the economic future of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire which clearly people are keen to take an active role in shaping, to which we are most grateful.

With 90% of respondents expressing their strong support for our plans, this is exactly the clear and positive signal that you could wish for, as we pursue more routes, cargo, new housing, highly skilled jobs, tourism, inward investment and rail connectivity. With the right support we can deliver all of this here at DSA.

The positive support for development plans coincided with an announcement this week that Wizz Air will offer a new three weekly service to Budapest Airport. This means the low-fare carrier will offer five flights per week and almost 100,000 seats to Hungary, from DSA, making it the best connected airport to the Hungarian region from Yorkshire and the North of England.

 


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Regional airports preferred choice for over 50s

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New research by Saga has revealed that half (49%) of members prefer to fly from regional airports, ranking Doncaster, Exeter and Newcastle as the top three UK airports.

The company which provides services for people aged over 50, also found that members surveyed would be willing to pay more (48%) or choose an alternative airline (53%) in order to fly from their preferred regional airport.

More than 9,500 travellers were surveyed for the report, which also found that those who choose to depart from a regional airport do so because they live closer to the airport (89%), and because local airports are generally less busy (72%) compared to larger international airports.

Respondents were asked to rate the services provided by UK airports, with Doncaster Sheffield airport achieving the highest scores in every category except range of food and shops available.

Exeter and Newcastle airports also scored well, in the top three for many categories including staff helpfulness and the availability of flight information.

On the other hand the 16% of Saga members who said they preferred not to fly from regional airports said this is because larger airports offer a wider variety of flight destinations (51%), better transport links (49%), or had better facilities (45%) in comparison to smaller regional airports.

Maria Whiteman, managing director of Saga Holidays commented: “It is clear that people love the convenience of travelling from their closest airport and the benefits of regional airports do not stop there.”

She highlighted that passengers find they queue less at smaller airports and find staff “more helpful”.

Sheltair begins construction on new hangar facility at Fort Lauderdale

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Construction is underway on a new US$30 million hangar complex at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). Aviation services company, Sheltair Aviation will build, lease and manage the new 20-acre facility while fixed-base operator (FBO) services will be offered by Banyan Air Service.

Describing the project as “extremely exciting”, Sheltair’s CEO and founder Jerry Holland said: “We are partnering with Banyan Air Service to create the type of facility that complements our respective firms; Sheltair building and managing a new state-of-the-art multi-million dollar aviation facility and Banyan’s top-of-the-line red carpet FBO services and support to a discerning customer. It represents the mutual respect two aviation services companies have for each other and a shared commitment to excellence.”

FXE serves as a gateway for executive and private aircraft travelling to and from the Caribbean, South America, and other international airports. It handles more than 1,050 aircraft and handles nearly 170,000 takeoffs and landings per year. In addition to a 180,000 square foot hangar complex consisting of eight large cabin-class-sized hangars, the airport’s new facility will include an additional 30,000 square feet of office and shop space. It will also serve as the home of Banyan’s Northside FBO terminal.

Commenting on the new complex, Banyan Air Service president Don Campion said: “Working with Sheltair on this project was an easy decision. On occasion, we may be proud competitors, but at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport we’ve aligned our interest with one another for almost 40 years. Once again we will expand our operations and Sheltair will grow their footprint through this exciting expansion of the north side of Executive Airport. This co-operative effort enhances the airport, and most importantly, better serves our customers.”

As the FBO, Banyan will have a dedicated terminal building open 24/7 to provide FBO and line service for the tenants, which in turn, will allow customers to take advantage of the airport’s 24/7 tower and security operations.

Describing the project as a “credit to Sheltair’s ability to bring development to a city that builds value, creates jobs and continues to drive economic growth,” Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean J. Trantalis added: “This significant investment reflects the strength of our economy and the enormous confidence Sheltair and Banyan have in Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.”

According to Todd Anderson, Sheltair’s senior VP for real estate and development, the new facility has already garnered considerable interest from flight departments and aircraft owners in need of more hangar space.

 


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Lombok Airport remains open following earthquake

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Airport operations at Lombok International Airport in Indonesia are running as normal following a powerful earthquake, which struck the popular tourist island on Sunday 5 August, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighbouring Bali. Recording a magnitude of 7.0 on the richter scale, it was the second earthquake to have struck the island in a week.

The death toll is likely to rise and thousands of homes have been destroyed, while foreign and Indonesian tourists are being evacuated from the island.

Lombok International Airport suffered minor damage, but authorities said the airport operations had resumed following a blackout and brief evacuation on Sunday and that the damage was being immediately repaired.

“Airport operations at Lombok International Airport remain as normal. We encourage passengers not to panic during the aftershocks and immediately to move to safer places via emergency exits,” Lombok International Airport’s general manager, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, said in a statement.

Ceiling tiles at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport were also shaken loose during the quake, although the main facilities, including the runway, taxiway and apron remained intact and operations continued as normal.

The earthquake follows news that Indonesia is committed to developing low-cost airport terminals, specifically catering to low-fare carriers, as part of the country’s efforts to lower travel costs and boost tourism. Taking its cue from neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore, both of which operate low-fare terminals and have seen a rise in foreign tourist arrivals, Angkasa Pura II, the country’s largest airport operator, announced plans to transform two terminals at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport into the country’s first low-cost terminals.

Offering minimal services, the terminals will offer only basic amenities allowing airlines to make significant cost savings. Airlines will be able to offer cheaper tickets with the aim of attracting more passengers.

Angkasa Pura II president, Muhammad Awaluddin, said Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s low-cost terminals would further benefit budget airlines currently operating from there, including the country’s largest, Lion Air and Citilink.


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Brisbane extends technology partnership with SITA

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As part of its continued growth and transformation plans, Brisbane Airport, has once again selected SITA as its technology partner for passenger, baggage and airport services.

The five-year agreement demonstrates the airport’s long-standing relationship with SITA, which has been in place for more than 20 years.

“Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited (BAC) has chosen SITA as an ongoing partner because they share our values around collaboration, innovation and a focus on the customer. This focus will help with our overarching gateway strategy and help us to continually improve as we focus on becoming a world class airport,” said Stephen Goodwin, general manager operations, BAC.

Accommodating 32 airlines, serving 81 domestic and international destinations, Brisbane Airport is the premier gateway to Queensland and the surrounding region. It is a premier hub for a number of regional and low-fare carriers serving destinations across Australia.

In recent years Brisbane has introduced ground-breaking technology to transform the passenger experience, including the first self-service bag drop and the introduction of biometric technology.

Sumesh Patel, SITA president, APAC, said: “We are proud to extend our partnership with Brisbane Airport, which has spanned more than two decades. Brisbane Airport is an innovator, leading with services from bag drop to biometrics. We are looking forward to continue to address the airport’s challenges and meet its evolving needs as it continues its AUS$3.4 billion transformation over the next few years.”

 


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Wizz Air adds ninth aircraft to London Luton

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Wizz Air is expanding further at its London Luton base with the allocation of a ninth A321 Airbus aircraft and the launch of two new routes to the Portugese capital of Lisbon and Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv.

The newly allocated aircraft will enable the airline to increase the flight frequency of three existing London Luton routes. Flights to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, will increase from three to five a week; flights to the Albanian capital of Tirana will increase from three to four a week; and flights to Satu Mare in Romania from two to three a week.

The additional A321 Airbus at the London Luton base will bring Wizz Air’s total investment in its UK operations this year to almost $1 billion (at list prices) and will create additional jobs at Luton.

By the end of the year, Wizz Air’s local team in London Luton will have grown to more than 350 aviation professionals, supporting over 5,300 jobs in associated industries on a yearly basis.

The new services bring the total number of new UK routes for 2018 to 19, and the number of new routes from London Luton to 13.

“New opportunities for Wizz Air’s UK customers to travel to more and more exciting destinations just keep on coming,” said Wizz Air chief corporate officer, Owain Jones.

“Our ninth brand new Airbus A321 aircraft will arrive at London Luton at the end of 2018, allowing us to launch two new routes from London Luton to Lisbon and Kharkiv as well as increase frequencies on some of our most in-demand flights to Pristina, Tirana and Satu Mare.

Jones added that Wizz Air’s “continued investment in the United Kingdom” not only brings more destinations but “also creates more local jobs for passionate and dedicated aviation professionals to develop their career with one of Europe’s fastest growing airline groups.


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Southend launches new service to Bordeaux

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London Southend has slipped into the peak summer season by launching four new routes with low-fare carrier, easyJet.

Bordeaux in South West France, was the first of the new routes to be launched. The inaugural flight took off on Wednesday 25 July and the link will be serviced three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Flights to Prague in the Czech Republic, as well as Pula and Dubrovnik in Croatia will also launch this summer.

Commenting on the new services, Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport said: “Our successful partnership with easyJet continues to go from strength to strength, and the addition of a new aircraft at London Southend will bring four exciting new routes and further choice to passengers using our airport.”

He added that as London’s fastest growing airport, it is “great to see that easyJet expect to carry over one million passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year.”

To cater for the new routes easyJet has added a fourth aircraft to the London base. Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s director of UK Market, said: “Having been at London Southend Airport for over six years, the addition of another aircraft this summer will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the airport.”

UK drone legislation comes into effect

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The new laws in the UK to restrict drones from flying above 400 feet or within one kilometre of airport boundaries has now come into effect from 30 July.

The UK Government legislation aims to help achieve safer flying across the country, and new research from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suggests that the legislation has been met with approval from UK citizens, finding that 77% felt that more drone regulation was needed. Meanwhile, within the community of drone users, 75% were also in agreement.

More than 2,000 UK adults, and over 350 UK drone users were surveyed for the study, with 93% of the public and 96% of drone users calling it ‘vital’ that drone flyers adhere to the rules and guidelines of the CAA’s Dronecode – a set of rules designed to promote safe and responsible use.

The study also revealed that awareness within the drone community of the CAA’s Dronecode has risen from just over half (54%) in 2016 to nearly three-quarters (71%) in 2018.

Jonathan Nicholson, assistant director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said: “As recreational drone use becomes increasingly widespread across the UK it is heartening to see that awareness of the Dronecode has also continued to rise – a clear sign that most drone users take their responsibility seriously and are a credit to the community.

“Drones are here to stay, not only as a recreational pastime, but as a vital tool in many industries – from agriculture to blue-light services – so increasing public trust through safe drone flying is crucial.”

The research also found that mobile apps which provide information on airspace and safety alerts are seen by drone users as ‘crucial’ for regulating the sector and providing a platform for future communication and safety campaigns.

Further to these July legislation changes, the Government has confirmed that there will be more to come, with operators of drones weighing 250g or more being required to register with the CAA and for drone pilots to take an online safety test. These requirements will be enforced from 30 November 2019.


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AOA highlights needs for long-term border plan

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The Airport Operators Association has highlighted the need for resources and a long-term delivery plan for Border Force to ensure secure and welcoming borders.

Responding to a report by think-tank Policy Exchange, Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) said: “Policy Exchange’s report is a welcome addition to the debate on how the UK can create a secure border that also demonstrates we are open for business.

‘The Border Audit’ report published by Policy Exchange found that the border is in “better shape” than 10 years ago, but made several recommendations including: “The Government should abandon the aim of breaking even in the border function and aim to increase not decrease spending on the border as a proportion of all public spending (currently just 0.3%).”

Dee continued: “Airports stand ready to play their part in improving the border and have been calling on Government to create a long-term plan with industry on how to meet the fast-growing passenger numbers and their demands for shorter queues.”

“To deliver the shorter queues passengers expect but also deliver the secure but welcoming border that is vital for the success of the Government’s Global Britain ambitions, Border Force must have the resources and the long-term delivery plan it needs.”

Dee referred to the AOA’s recent report ‘Towards a Smooth and Improved Border’ which highlighted that spending on the border has been cut, while the flow of passengers and goods across the border has risen.

While 2016/17 saw 25% more passengers passing through UK airports than in 2012/2013, “Yet Border Force’s budget had fallen by nearly 10% over that same period, with more efficient use of technology only partly making up for that,” she added.

“The result is what passengers see almost every day at UK airports this summer: long queues, particularly for non-EEA arriving passengers,” Dee continued.


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