First recession, now ash – staycation anyone?

May 18, 2010

With summer 2010 set to be marked by repeated airspace shutdowns and airline strikes, suddenly that trip to Cornwall in a caravan looks like a winning alternative to spending hours trapped in an airport terminal.

Ryanair has become the champion airline of Europe

July 31, 2009

Ryanair is the best airline in Europe.

Yup, that’s right. The most hated and ridiculed carrier on the entire continent is the best. The uber-loathed, toilet-charging, seat-removing Michael O’Leary leads an airline that carries more passengers, makes more money and is worth more than any other airline in Europe.

BA attempts to talk its way out of trouble

July 14, 2009

British Airways has become a real chatterbox of late.

Chief Executive Willie Walsh is attempting to stage a recovery from a year of record losses and a business-class focus that has proven rather ill-suited to a recession. He has been scaring staff and shareholders rigid with his ‘fight for survival’ rhetoric, but how does he plan to wage this battle?

Branson enjoying rivals’ discomfort… and the spotlight

June 22, 2009

Richard Branson was made for days like this.

He’s not just flying to New York to host his airline Virgin Atlantic‘s 25th birthday party. It’s champagne at breakfast, girls on stilts, and a stroll out onto the wing of a plane carrying supermodel Kate Moss.

BA horror show should quell talk of “green shoots”

May 22, 2009

Willie Walsh likes to tell it as it is.

Recent weeks have seen smatterings of good economic news. Sectors that took the full weight of the recession last year said they were staggering to their feet now spring is here.

Smashing up BAA – an improvement for passengers?

August 20, 2008

baa.jpgWhen the government established the British Airports Authority in 1965, its aim was to make airports more flexible and profitable. Profitable they may have been but flexibility is not something that Britain’s larger airports are renowned for.

Terminal 5 passengers speak out

By Reuters Staff
March 29, 2008

passenger3.JPGPassengers delayed at British Airways’ new Terminal 5 at Heathrow tell Reuters reporter Golnar Motevalli how their travel arrangements were disrupted.