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GATCOM NEWSLETTER
24 July 2020

Please note the next edition of the News will be on Friday 21 August

‘LIVE’ CONSULTATIONS

DfT Consultation: Creating a plan to decarbonise transport: call for ideas
The DfT is asking the public about their ideas for:

  1. 1.the steps it should take to reduce emissions from transport
  2. 2.creating a plan to ensure the UK transport is net zero in emissions by 2050

This consultation and plan builds from the information in ‘Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge’ document released in March 2020. Closing date for responses is 31 August 2020.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/creating-a-plan-to-decarbonise-transport-call-for-ideas

CAA: Reviewing airspace classification
The CAA is seeking views on the procedure it proposes to adopt for amending the classification of airspace, reflecting the CAA’s airspace functions, government policy and best practice decision-making. Closing date for responses is 17 September 2020.
https://consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/draft-procedure-to-review-airspace-classification/?mc_cid=c2da5f3bf1&mc_eid=f9727b8f0d


NEW PUBLICATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

AIRSPACE MODERNISATION:


A REVIEW OF AVIATION NOISE METRICS AND MEASUREMENT
ICCAN – 16/07/20

https://iccan.gov.uk/iccan-review-aviation-noise-metrics-measurements/

What’s all the noise about metrics?
ICCAN Blog – 17/07/20
https://iccan.gov.uk/iccan-commissioner-simon-kahn-blog-aviation-noise-metrics-review/

HOW EU LEGISLATION CAN DRIVE AN UPTAKE OF SUSTAINABLE ADVANCED FUELS IN AVIATION
Transport & Environment – 16/07/20
https://www.transportenvironment.org/publications/how-eu-legislation-can-drive-uptake-sustainable-advanced-fuels-aviation

TRANSPORT STRATEGY FOR THE SOUTH EAST – PUBLISHED PLAN
https://transportforthesoutheast.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/TfSE-transport-strategy.pdf

COVID-19 UPDATES:

GATCOM MEETING – 16 JULY
Key messages from meeting - http://www.gatcom.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Keymessages_FinalV-2.pdf


NEWS HEADLINES

Aviation Industry Demands Tax Break As UK Airports Begin Busiest Week Since March
The Independent – 20/07/20
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/airlines-tax-breaks-uk-airports-travel-return-busy-palma-alicante-malaga-a9628266.html

British Airways scrapping entire 747 fleet amid coronavirus downturn
Sky News – 17/07/20
https://news.sky.com/story/british-airways-scrapping-entire-747-fleet-amid-coronavirus-downturn-12030266

British Airways Boeing 747s Will Never Fly Passengers Again
The Independent – 18/07/20
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/british-airways-boeing-747-fly-passengers-coronavirus-a9623826.html

UK Travellers To EU Face Higher Costs And Tangle Of Red Tape
Independent – 13/07/2020
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/brexit-uk-travellers-eu-passport-insurance-pets-a9615276.html

Airlines call for testing scheme to reopen US-EU travel
BTN Europe -22/07/20
https://www.businesstravelnewseurope.com/Air-Travel/Airlines-call-for-testing-scheme-to-reopen-US-EU-travel?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eltrbtneurope

European airports see smaller traffic increases than anticipated
BTN Europe – 20/07/20
https://www.businesstravelnewseurope.com/Air-Travel/European-airports-see-smaller-traffic-increases-than-anticipated?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eltrbtneurope

GATWICK NEWS

Further connecting Gatwick Airport with public transport
International Airport Review – 15/07/20
https://www.internationalairportreview.com/article/120263/gatwick-airport-railway-station-development/

Gatwick is back! 14 airlines flying to 42 destinations in 23 countries as holidays get underway
Crawley News – 21/07/20
https://www.crawleynews24.co.uk/gatwick-is-back-14-airlines-flying-to-42-destinations-in-23-countries-as-holidays-get-underway/

Gatwick Airport appoints Jonathan Pollard as Chief Commercial Officer
ADS Advance 17/07/20
https://www.adsadvance.co.uk/gatwick-airport-appoints-jonathan-pollard-as-chief-commercial-officer.html

Air Transat to set to resume from Gatwick Airport
UK Aviation News 22/07/20
https://ukaviation.news/air-transat-to-set-to-resume-from-gatwick-airport/

British Airways Expands London Gatwick Caribbean Flights
Simple Flying 22/07/20
https://simpleflying.com/british-airways-expands-london-gatwick-caribbean-flights/

Getting the West Sussex economy moving
WSCC press release 22/07/20
https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/getting-the-west-sussex-economy-moving/

Drone got so close to hitting plane its cabin crew could see what make it was
Metro – 21/07/20
https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/21/drone-got-close-hitting-plane-carrying-455-passengers-cabin-crew-see-what-make-was-13016964/?ito=cbshare

13 fascinating Gatwick Airport facts you probably never knew about
Surrey Live – 10/07/2020
https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/gatwick-airport-secret-fascinating-facts-18565610

GAL PRESS RELEASES, EVENTS AND UPDATES

Press Release – 22/07/20

Fourteen airlines flying from Gatwick to 42 destinations in 23 countries as the school summer holidays get underway

  • Increasing choice of summer holiday destination following the lifting of quarantine restrictions for many returning passengers
  • British Airways resumes long haul flights from Gatwick last week (17 July) with long haul services to Canada restarting on 24 July
  • “Aviation industry still has a long way to go to in its recovery from this pandemic”: Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO

The lifting of quarantine restrictions for inbound passengers means that airlines can now fly to over 75% of the destinations Gatwick served before the COVID19 crisis.

In response, from this Friday, fourteen airlines will fly from Gatwick to 42 destinations in 23 countries, including popular short haul summer holiday destinations in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

Airlines flying to these destinations from Gatwick include easyJet, TUI, Air Europa, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.

Regular short haul services are also flying to Ireland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by airlines including Ryanair, Norwegian, Air Baltic and Wizz Air.

British Airways also resumed long haul flights from Gatwick last Friday (17 July) with services to Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and St Lucia, with Air Transat starting flights to Canada on 24 July, followed by WestJet from in August.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO, said: “The introduction of travel corridors is very welcome and means that we could now fly to over 75% of our pre COVID-19 destinations without passengers having to quarantine on their return. Passengers should feel confident about booking summer holidays abroad to these destinations and visiting family and friends.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and everyone who works at Gatwick remains a priority and - in partnership with our airlines – a range of new measures are in place across the airport. We are determined to play our part in keeping the spread of COVID-19 down.

“While we hope that the introduction of travel corridors marks a turning point, the aviation industry still has a long way to go to in its recovery from this pandemic however and we call on Government to introduce specific measures to further help the sector.

“Even though we are starting to see the beginning of small green shoots of recovery demand is still down considerably and we want to preserve jobs alongside offering a first rate passenger experience in this new COVID-19 world. We hope consumer confidence will continue to grow over the summer.”

OTHER NEWS

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton: Why London has so many airports
MyLondon News – 20/07/20
https://www.mylondon.news/lifestyle/travel/heathrow-gatwick-stansted-luton-london-18631593

The new rules at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted including face coverings as Heathrow hires robots
MyLondon News – 15/07/20
https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/new-rules-heathrow-gatwick-stansted-18599800

International aviation and shipping likely to be added to UK carbon budgets – but not in time for the 6th budget?
Airport Watch – 09/07/2020
https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/07/international-aviation-and-shipping-likely-to-be-added-to-uk-carbon-budgets-but-not-in-time-for-the-6th-budget/

UK aerospace sector to benefit from £400 million funding to go green
DfT – 20/07/20
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-aerospace-sector-to-benefit-from-400-million-funding-to-go-green

Greener aviation set for end-of-year lift
Euractiv – 17/07/20
https://www.euractiv.com/section/aviation/news/green-aviation-set-for-end-of-year-lift/

How Will Aircraft Fuel Tanks Accommodate The Switch To Hydrogen Power?
Aviation Week – 13/07/20
https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/aircraft-propulsion/how-will-aircraft-fuel-tanks-accommodate-switch-hydrogen-power?elq2=25828a49b5824c1b9e5305e9dd134402

Sussex all on board with plans for ‘green transport revolution’
West Sussex County Times 23/07/20
https://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/politics/sussex-all-board-plans-green-transport-revolution-2922578

ICCAN produces review and 6 recommendations about aviation noise metrics and their measurement
Airport Watch – 19/07/20
https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/07/iccan-produces-review-and-6-recommendations-about-aviation-noise-metrics-and-their-measurement/

Airports demand rates relief with thousands of jobs at risk
Travel Weekly – 13/07/2020
https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/378522/airports-demand-rates-relief-with-thousands-of-jobs-at-risk

The Future of Flight: The spread of coronavirus is posing serious challenges for the aviation industry, but could the pandemic help reshape it?
Engineering & Technology – 15/07/2020
https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/07/the-future-of-flight/

Coronavirus: Planes Are ‘Relatively Safe’ Due To Powerful Air Filters, Says WHO Expert
Independent – 13/07/2020
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/plane-safety-coronavirus-ventilation-air-filter-flight-risk-who-david-nabarro-a9612861.html

Airports Call For Urgent Business Rates Relief Following Collapse In Passenger Numbers
AOA Press Release – 13/07/20
https://www.aoa.org.uk/airports-call-for-urgent-business-rates-relief-following-collapse-in-passenger-numbers/

Airport cities can help future proof airports – new report
Airport World – 20/07/20
https://airport-world.com/airport-cities-can-help-future-proof-airports-new-report/

UK sees health and financial assurances key in restoring air travel confidence
Flight Global – 20/07/20
https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2020/uk-sees-health-and-financial-assurances-key-in-restoring-air-travel-confidence/139378.article

ACI World data demonstrates economic and social power of aviation
Airport World – 20/07/20
https://airport-world.com/aci-world-data-demonstrates-economic-and-social-power-of-aviation/

Business air travel likely to remain at lower levels, for years – big impact on airline finances
Airport Watch – 21/07/20
https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/07/business-air-travel-likely-to-remain-at-lower-levels-for-years-big-impact-on-airline-finances/

 

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Last edited: 28/07/2020

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