Concorde: The Master of Commercial Flight

January 2021 was a special point in aviation’s history as it marked the 45th anniversary of Concorde’s first commercial flight. To be precise, on 21st January 1976, two Concorde jets took off at the same time on two different routes. These were the first scheduled supersonic passenger services. British Airways flying on the London – Bahrain route while Air France …

Film tourism is an ideal travel experience

Film tourism is a relatively recent phenomenon that started emerging in the 1990s and many industry professionals refer to the segment as film-induced tourism. As we know, the various types of tourism result mainly from people’s different motivations to travel. With this point in mind, it is clear that ‘film tourism’ is a specific segment of the market that reflects …

Preparing for the passengers of the future

As the air transport sector wrestles to survive from the battle with the pandemic disaster, I cannot help thinking about ‘normality’ in the future. I do not want to generalise but in the current climate, it is fair to say that everyone wishes for a speedy return to normal life. Indeed, during the transition we will come across many hurdles …

Aerodrome Safeguarding is Heart of Operations

Aerodrome Safeguarding is the most important process in ensuring the safety of aircraft operations! Some readers may find this to be an amazing opening statement to this article. However, I stand by this view with great conviction. After many years front-line service, I have no doubt in my mind that aircraft operations are adequately sheltered only when safeguarding is properly …

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How enjoyable are long haul flights?

When travelling on long haul flights most of us experience the occasion in different ways. Irrespective if we fly regularly or from time to time, we all think either of long distance journeys to be an inevitable chapter or as the exhilarating stage of the trip. Whichever way, I want to share with you a few tips that will make …

Take advantage of Duty Free shopping

Following the UK’s departure from the EU those travelling between the UK and EU countries have the opportunity to do duty free shopping. This will be a similar approach to the EU in line with the rest of the world. For British travellers, will enjoy up to 50% off high street prices on a range of products.  Last September, the …

Employability in aviation after the pandemic

I was invited to take part in an online roundtable discussion last week, on the subject of Employability in Aviation after the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with other industry experts and professionals from diverse backgrounds, we analysed the employment situation within the aviation sector following events and experiences over the past year.  The workshop organized by T-C-Alliance in a collaborative effort …

Worrying traffic figures

For anyone who understands the aviation industry, the traffic figures published today by Heathrow Airport are rather worrying. On an article titled Restart Aviation for Global Britain, the company listed generic traffic figures for 2020 as well as a description of all traffic specifically for the month of last December. Last year’s traffic figures show the damaging effects that lockdowns, …

Anything you can do, I can do better

In light of all the striking announcements and proposed developments by London’s major airports, now I am even more intrigued regarding the future of aviation in the south of England. For me, the contest between the major players – Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stanstead and Luton Airports – to attract business and customers is getting more serious month by month. …

UK Points-Based Immigration System

Following the full exit of the UK from the EU the free movement of people ended on 1 January 2021. In order to manage the new arrangement effectively, the UK introduced a points-based immigration system. In the new system, both the EU and non-EU citizens receive equal treatment concerning people wishing to enter the country for employment. Employers who wish …

Where Will You Go?

OK everyone, hands up those who at this moment dream about their next leisure trip! Personally speaking, I have arms, hands and fingers stretched high above my head. In fact, I had them raised before finished asking you the question. Such is my desire to travel again soon that I cannot wait any longer for that moment to come. I …

The Joys οf Leisure Flying

Despite the many nuisances that come with it, I have always contended that leisure air travel is one of the most charming activities. Leisure flying presents convenience, speed and fulfilment to us and this is the main reason we can never have enough of it. Yet, on occasions, it can be uncomfortable – especially in economy class – and bumpy, …

Come Fly With Us . . . If You Are Allowed

We are now in the middle of winter, start of January 2021. Along with many other industries, businesses and markets the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the air travel sector gravely. Successively, the shutdown of the flying segment dispersed many undesirable effects onto other domains like hospitality, retail, transport and tourism touching them mercilessly with devastating effects. In a way, circumstances …

Air Travel For Persons With Disabilities

One of the principles shared with a convincing belief among those who work within aviation is to support the rights of people with disabilities. Likewise, in all the years that I have served in the industry, I have yet to come across any organization or agency who did not believe that everyone should have equal access to air travel. I …

Will Air Travel Bubbles Ever Burst?

For all the years I have been working in aviation, I cannot recall another time when the industry introduced similar methods to those like the “air transport bubbles” in order to keep the sector alive. Some way along the corona episode, this tactic was a response to the pandemic. It was an attempt to restart commercial passenger services after the …

A Fascination with Aerodrome Projects

Substantial aerodrome development projects and airside infrastructure works have always captivated my attention. I find the complexity, challenge and scale of such ventures to be very intriguing. Unlike other engineering arrangements of a similar proportion – for instance constructing a multi-storey car park or building a road bridge – to transform airfield characteristics or to expand the aerodrome configuration requires …

Recovery of the Sleeping Beauties

What will airport terminals look like after the pandemic crisis is over? One day when the authorities and scientists will tell us it is safe to return fully to normality, I wonder what the new ‘normal’ will be like for passenger terminal buildings. I have always viewed these structures as exceptional arenas where emotions, sentiments, anxieties, fears, joys and thrills …