Monthly Archives: April 2020

London Stansted pays tribute to NHS workers

London Stansted has created its own special tribute to the heroes of the NHS with a giant ‘thank you’ message on its airfield. A ten-by-seven metre logo now adorns one of the airport’s main taxiways adjacent to the runway and was the brainchild of Ross Barker from the airfield operations team. The accolade was created […]

Heathrow cuts operations to two terminals

Heathrow Airport has temporarily closed two of its terminals as passenger demand falls in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In March passenger numbers shrunk by 52 per cent compared to the same time last year, as the UK entered lockdown. Many of the three million journeys that were made last month were repatriations, following […]

Birds eye view of Stansted shows a different picture during COVID-19 outbreak

London Stansted has released unique drone footage showing how it is managing the challenge of finding parking spaces for almost 100 aircraft which have been grounded following the Covid-19 pandemic. The reduced operation at what is usually the UK’s fourth busiest airport meant an Essex Police drone, based at Stansted, was able to safely launch […]

Gatwick to become coronavirus testing centre

Gatwick Airport is to be partially utilised as a drive-through testing centre for coronavirus cases in the UK. Initially for use by NHS staff and invited key workers, the site will open on today and be available between 09:00-17:00 daily, on an appointment-only basis. Stewart Wingate, chief executive, Gatwick Airport, said: “We are pleased to […]

IATA warns 25 million jobs could be lost in aviation collapse

The International Air Transport Association has released new analysis showing that some 25 million jobs are at risk of disappearing with plummeting demand for air travel amid the Covid-19 crisis. Globally, the livelihoods of some 65.5 million people are dependent on the aviation industry, including sectors such as travel and tourism. Among these are 2.7 […]

Heathrow housing the homeless

One of the world’s busiest airports has become a temporary home for dozens of homeless people as the closure of gyms, libraries and other facilities leaves them with few options for shelter.   Heathrow has long worked with the homeless and employs outreach workers to walk around the terminals to identify people who are sleeping rough.  Taking […]

Etihad Airways to test airport technology for Covid detection

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travelers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of COVID-19.  Etihad will be the first airline to trial the technology, which can monitor the temperature, heart rate […]

Schiphol goes smoke-free

As of April 1, 2020, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s entire terminal will be smoke-free, following the closure of its post-security designated smoking areas. Schiphol had already closed its pre-security smoking areas. Both closures were driven by a September 2019 ruling of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands that all smoking areas in Dutch catering outlets must […]

Istanbul Airport – one year since the Big Move – 6 April 2019-6 April 2020

  Istanbul Airport The world is your home, welcome to Istanbul Airport Newsletter: April 2020 Istanbul Airport says ‘Thank You in these challenging times!’ The world is experiencing difficult times at the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the economy, society and everyday life rapidly, leaving large parts of the world in unprecedented shock. The […]