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London Luton Airport to Introduce Express Train from St. Pancras

London Luton Airport to Introduce Express Train from St. Pancras

London Luton Airport announced plans to introduce the Luton Airport Express, a new train service to the airport.
The airport, working with the Dutch transport company Abellio, which is owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the Dutch national rail operator, will introduce the service by the end of 2020. Abellio, which will operate the East Midlands Railway for the next eight years, will invest over £600 million in improvements to rail service across the …

British Airways Recovers from Major Systems Outage

British Airways Recovers from Major Systems Outage

British Airways, which experienced a major computer systems failure that grounded the airline Sunday evening, said early Monday that its operations are “recovering” and all of its systems were back up shortly after midnight.
“We have resolved yesterday’s temporary systems issue, which affected a number of our flights,“ the airline said on its website.
In total, the airline cancelled 143 flights and 506 were delayed, the majority at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The outage, which …

British Airways Computer Outage Delays Hundreds of Flights, Many Cancelled

British Airways Computer Outage Delays Hundreds of Flights, Many Cancelled

A computer outage at British Airways on Wednesday left thousands of passengers departing from London airports stranded.  The airline has cancelled over 100 flights and posted delays for several hundred more.
“We are experiencing some systems problems this morning which are affecting check-in and flight departures,“ the airline said on its website earlier in the day.
The problem, the airline said, is not a global one: only departures at airports it operates …

Union Suspends Tuesday’s Strike at London’s Heathrow Airport

Union Suspends Tuesday’s Strike at London’s Heathrow Airport

The planned strike scheduled to take place Tuesday has been cancelled, the union representing over 4,000 workers including security officers, firefighters, and engineers at London’s Heathrow Airport announced.
“Tuesday’s #HeathrowStrike suspended as workers vote on improved pay offer,” the union said in a tweet.
The workers had planed to walk out on both Monday and Tuesday in a dispute over wages, but the union said that it has reached an improved salary …

Heathrow Strike on Monday ‘Suspended’ as Talks Continue

Heathrow Strike on Monday ‘Suspended’ as Talks Continue

The union representing workers at Heathrow Airport announced that the planned strike scheduled to take place Monday has been suspended.
The move came in order to allow for further talks between airport management and union officials.
“Tomorrow’s strike by Unite members working for Heathrow Airport has been suspended to allow for further talks at Acas tomorrow,” Unite officials said in a brief statement.
The strike, which is still scheduled for Tuesday, would include …

British Airways Pilots Vote in Favor of Strike

British Airways Pilots Vote in Favor of Strike

The British Airline Pilots’ Association said Monday afternoon that 93% of its members had voted in favor of a strike.
The dispute is over pay and the pilots union has already rejected an 11.5% increase over three years, which the airline termed “fair and generous.”
“This strong result demonstrates the resolve of BA pilots, and shows BA that it must table a sensible improved offer if a strike is to be averted,” …

WestJet to Increase Frequency on Over 24 Routes

WestJet to Increase Frequency on Over 24 Routes

WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, announced its new winter schedule on Monday.
The airline plans to increase the frequency of over two dozen flights including flights from its Calgary hub to Paris, London Gatwick, Fort Lauderdale, and Honolulu, as well as flights from Toronto to Kingston, London Gatwick, and Aruba.
Other routes that will see an increase in frequency include Ottawa to Fort Myers and Edmonton to Saskatoon.
In addition, the carrier …