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'Smoke smell' forces flights to land at UK airports

A number of flights to UK airports have been forced to land or divert following reports of “smoke smells”. Precautionary landings been reported from flights travelling to Dublin, Manchester, Liverpool and Jersey. Liverpool John Lennon Airport said the smells appeared to be connected with “atmospheric conditions”. Airlines British Airways, Easyjet and Auringy have all confirmed that the reports of smells on their flights have been linked to weather conditions. A spokesman for John Lennon Airport said there were three similar “precautionary landings”, following reports of smells in the cockpit of…

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St Helena: Flights to remote Atlantic island begin at last

The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic is to land shortly. A plane from South Africa is expected to touch down in the new airport, ending the island’s reliance on a ship once every three weeks. It is hoped the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient. But British media have dubbed it “the most useless airport in the world”. Built with £285m ($ 380m) of funding from the UK Department…

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News: Etihad to launch flights to Baku, Azerbaijan, in spring 2018

Etihad Airways has announced plans to launch scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan, effective March 2018. The new route is being introduced to capitalise on the strong and growing demand for flights between the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan. The service will be operated three times a week using a 136-seat Airbus A320, configured with 16 seats in business class and 120 in economy. Azerbaijan introduced a visa waiver programme for UAE nationals in…

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News: airberlin to cease flights on October 28th

airberlin will cancel all flights from October 28th “at the latest” as it formally declares bankruptcy. The German carrier began insolvency proceedings in August, seeking protection from its creditors. A temporary solution was found when airberlin was bailed out by a £137 million loan from the German government, which has kept planes flying until now. However, these funds have now been exhausted. The final crisis began when Etihad, which holds a 29 per cent stake in the German company, finally lost patience with the loss-making airline and withdrew its funding….

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News: Israel invites tenders to operate Eilat flights

Following Monarch Airlines’ entry into administration, the Israel ministry of tourism is inviting flight operators to tender in operating direct flights from the UK to Eilat, Israel. The ministry is offering to reimburse the successful operator for every passenger flying to Ovda Airport, the nearest airport to Eilat, on flights approved to the sum of €45. The reimbursement for flights of a single operator from one city will be limited to 75 rotations during the year. Eilat enjoys warm temperatures all-year-round, making it the ideal destination for tourists looking for…

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Monarch rescue flights 'to cost £60m'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Flights returning 110,000 holidaymakers from overseas after Monarch’s collapse will cost about £60m, according to the airline regulator. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has called the flights the UK’s biggest repatriation exercise in peacetime. Monarch Airlines ceased trading on Monday and all its future flights and holidays have been cancelled. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes that about 12,000 customers will be flown home by the end of the day. The government is set to pick up the tab for the UK’s biggest ever…

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Monarch flights cancelled as airline ceases trading

Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and all of its future bookings have been cancelled, the Civil Aviation Authority has said. Around 110,000 customers are currently overseas and the government has asked the CAA to charter more than 30 aircraft to bring them back to the UK. Monarch is the UK’s fifth biggest airline and the country’s largest ever to go into administration. Customers due to fly from the UK have been told not to go to the airport. Monarch had been in last-ditch talks with the CAA about renewing its…

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