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eVTOL aircraft emerging rapidly The development of eVTOL Electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing is happening rather swiftly.  A number of well-established aerospace manufactures as well as newer companies have rushed to develop their own aircraft. Both industry giants Airbus and Boeing have been intensely involved in the development process. Large airlines have also committed themselves contractually to purchase a high …

THE TRAVEL MASQUERADE

Travel and holidays have become a game-show nowadays. Governments and their sidekick organizations (we all know who these are) treat people like tennis balls in a dog-chase plot. Everyone is confused to say the least, except those who write the rules and who actually don’t know themselves what the rules mean. In my opinion, what we see happening is the …

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ICAO to investigate seeming diversion The apparently diverted flight from Athens to Vilnius has certainly generated a degree of confusion and turbulence. Following Ryanair’s instructed landing, the air transport and travel sectors try to understand the repercussions for international flights over this region.  As a result, the ICAO Council expressed strong concerns regarding this incident. Having convened at a special …

Mental Health Awareness

This week between 10th – 16th May, is dedicated on Mental Health Awareness. Airport Bureau is supporting this campaign and will provide as required any necessary assistance to relevant groups and organizations. As in many other areas and settings, mental health problems are relatively common in the workplace. In fact, it is often the leading cause of sickness absence. In …

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Climate-friendly approach by Munich Airport I read with great interest the airport’s press release on “green kerosene”. From next month, aircraft operating from Munich airport will be able to use this climate-friendly fuel. The company announced that Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will be stored at the airport’s fuel farm. They also believe that the SAF approved tank and refuelling system …

The ‘WFH’ phenomenon

Businesses and individuals find themselves in a – relatively – new reality now. ‘Working from home’, is the popular concept, which has been vividly in-place over the past year. However, is the phenomenon a blessing or an anathema? For both companies and individuals, there are certainly numerous flexible possibilities that come with this practice. Interestingly, as I pointed out in …

2021 Greek Bicentennial Celebrations

Celebrations in Greece are always a very serious business. You only have to look how Greeks revel their ‘Name-Day’ a custom to celebrate their Christian (holy) name even more than birthdays. Similarly, other celebrations like Easter for example in Greece are magnificent and they have not slightly lost their radiance over the years. It is exactly because of the nation’s …

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 …

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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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …