GATCOM Newsletter - June

Published: 12 Jun 2020

‘LIVE’ CONSULTATIONS 

CAA: Proposed Criteria for Assessing and Accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan 

Feedback is being sought during a 4 week public engagement period on the criteria that the CAA proposes to use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan into the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. New closing date – 26 June 2020. https://consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/airspace-change-masterplan-criteria

NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE 

Coronavirus guidance for aviation operators and safer air travel guidance for passengers 

DfT Press Release – click here 

Guidance: How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – click here 

Guidance: Safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators – click here

NEWS HEADLINES 

Coronavirus: UK sets guidelines for air travel 

BBC – 11/06/2020 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53014752 

124,000 aviation jobs could go within months unless government provides support, says report 

The Independent – 10/06/2020 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/airline-job-cuts-losses-aviation-flights-cancelled-coronavirus-bailout-a9558931.html 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): requirements to provide public health information to passengers travelling to England 

DfT guidance – 05/06/2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-requirements-to-provide-public-health-information-to-passengers-travelling-to-england 

ABTA demands government ‘roadmap’ to restart international travel 

Travel Weekly – 08/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/374073/abta-demands-government-roadmap-to-restart-international-travel 

New quarantine rules will 'ground aviation industry' warn Tory MPs 

Evening Standard – 03/06/2020 https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/tory-mps-say-priti-patels-new-quarantine-rules-will-ground-industry-a4458911.html

IATA welcomes global guidelines for resuming flights 

Travel Weekly – 02/06/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/373332/iata-welcomes-global-guidelines-for-resuming-flights 

UK Aviation Coalition Calls For The Sector To Be At The Heart Of The Government’s Green Recovery Plan 

Sustainable Aviation – 01/06/2020 https://www.sustainableaviation.co.uk/news/uk-aviation-coalition-calls-for-the-sector-to-be-at-the-heart-of-the-governments-green-recovery-plan/ 

‘Final blow’ to aviation climate plan as EU agrees to weaken rules 

Climate Home News – 09/06/2020 https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/06/09/final-blow-aviation-climate-plan-eu-agrees-weaken-rules/ 

OAG: Global air capacity climbs to one-third of pre-pandemic levels 

BTN – 02/06/2020 https://www.businesstravelnewseurope.com/Air-Travel/OAG-Global-air-capacity-climbs-to-one-third-of-pre-pandemic-levels 

Air travel ‘showing early signs of recovery’ 

Travel Weekly – 04/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/373631/air-travel-showing-early-signs-of-recovery 

GATWICK NEWS 

Gatwick to reopen North Terminal and extend operating hours 

Guardian – 09/06/2020 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/09/gatwick-airport-reopen-north-terminal-extend-operating-hours-coronavirus-safety-measures-mask 

The future of air travel: a look into the 'new' Gatwick Airport 

ITV – 09/06/2020 https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2020-06-09/the-future-of-air-travel-an-exclusive-look-into-the-new-gatwick-airport/

Gatwick Airport introduces new COVID-19 measures and guidance 

International Airport Review 10/06/2020 https://www.internationalairportreview.com/news/118534/gatwick-airport-covid-19-measures-guidance/ 

Southern business region essential to driving post-COVID economic recovery 

Coast to Capital Press Release – 03/06/2020 https://www.coast2capital.org.uk/media-centre/economywatchblog/jobs-at-risk-in-gatwick-diamond-warns-new-study-on-covid-19-impacts.html 

Click here to see Report. 

Gatwick area economy could take a decade to recover from virus 

The Argus – 10/06/2020 https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18507333.coronavirus-gatwick-chief-makes-appeal-ba-virgin/

Crawley the furlough capital of England, new figures reveal, with 20k paid by the state 

The Telegraph – 11/06/2020 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/11/crawley-furlough-capital-england-new-figures-reveal-20k-paid2/

Gatwick Airport urges the Government to open ‘air corridors’ 

Crawley Observer – 11/06/2020 https://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/people/gatwick-airport-urges-government-open-air-corridors-2881331 

Coronavirus: Gatwick chief makes appeal to BA, Virgin 

The Argus - 10/06/2020 https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18507333.coronavirus-gatwick-chief-makes-appeal-ba-virgin/ 

Behind the scenes: Gatwick Airport's £150m station upgrade 

ITV- 04/06/2020 https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2020-06-04/behind-the-scenes-gatwick-airport-150m-station-upgrade/

More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex 

Rail Technology Magazine – 11/06/2020 https://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/more-seats-for-passengers-following-platform-extensions-in-east-and-west-sussex-

'It is so quiet': 21 passengers leave Gatwick in one day as air traffic halts 

Guardian – 02/06/2020 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/02/eerily-quiet-just-21-passengers-at-gatwick-in-one-day-as-air-traffic-plummets-coronavirus 

Pension fund acquires Gatwick Airport Hotel commercial ground rent 

Hospitality and Catering News – 10/06/2020 https://www.hospitalityandcateringnews.com/2020/06/pension-fund-acquires-gatwick-airport-hotel-commercial-ground-rent/ 

The latest from EasyJet, British Airways and TUI as Jet2 push back relaunch 

Kent Live – 10/06/2020 https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/latest-easyjet-british-airways-tui-4208142 

GAL PRESS RELEASES, EVENTS AND UPDATES 

Gatwick introduces COVID-19 protective measures with guidance for passengers and staff to protect each other - as it prepares to reopen its North Terminal to accommodate more flights 

Press Release 09/06/2020 

• Passenger and staff wellbeing and safety remains top priority at Gatwick as everyone travelling through the airport is required to wear a face covering within the terminals 

• Hand sanitiser stations, protective screens, regular deep cleaning and social distancing measures in place throughout the airport 

• From 15 June operating hours will increase to 06:00-22:00 and North Terminal operations resume with easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Belavia, Vueling and Blue Island flights 

See full press release here 

Gatwick Decade of Change 2019 Progress Report 

09/06/2020 

GAL’s Decade of Change sustainability strategy was launched in May 2010 setting out ambitious targets combining environmental management with community programmes to be delivered by 2020. The 2019 Progress Report is available on the airport’s website – see full report here.

OTHER NEWS 

Building Back Better for Aviation: joint NGO briefing 

AEF – 05/06/2020 https://www.aef.org.uk/2020/06/05/building-back-better-for-aviation-joint-ngo-briefing/ 

Full briefing: https://www.aef.org.uk/uploads/2020/06/Building-back-better-aviation-.docx.pdf 

UK Aviation Coalition Calls For The Sector To Be At The Heart Of The Government’s Green Recovery Plan 

Sustainable Aviation – 01/06/2020 https://www.sustainableaviation.co.uk/news/uk-aviation-coalition-calls-for-the-sector-to-be-at-the-heart-of-the-governments-green-recovery-plan/ 

At least 70,000 UK aviation jobs at imminent risk, report says 

London South East – 10/06/2020 https://www.lse.co.uk/news/at-least-70-000-uk-aviation-jobs-at-imminent-risk-report-says-pr1zbx8hqi96vd3.html

Which UK companies are cutting jobs in the coronavirus crisis? 

The Guardian – 09/06/2020 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/09/uk-companies-cutting-jobs-coronavirus-crisis-redundancies 

Union anger at mass airline redundancies despite £2bn coronavirus loans 

Inews – 05/06/2020 https://inews.co.uk/news/union-unite-anger-mass-airline-redundancies-ba-ryanair-coronavirus-loans-434567 

Will coronavirus make flying more expensive? 

BBC – 29/05/2020 https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200528-will-the-price-of-flights-increase-due-to-coronavirus?ocid=global_worklife_rss 

Flights in and out of Britain major factor in coronavirus spread, new report shows 

Evening Standard – 10/03/2020 https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/coronavirus-cases-highly-correlated-with-the-extent-of-air-travel-study-shows-a4464486.html

Aviation sector expecting ‘chaos’ as quarantine rules come into force 

Travel Weekly – 06/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/374018/aviation-sector-expecting-chaos-as-quarantine-rules-come-into-force 

How long can No. 10’s quarantine policy survive? 

The Spectator – 08/06/2020 https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-government-s-quarantine-policy-is-on-borrowed-time 

Lobby group says air bridges could be in place from end of June 

TravelMole – 09/06/2020 https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2043007&c=setreg&region=2 

Boris Johnson ‘deeply engaged’ in creating air bridges 

Travel Weekly – 10/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/374443/boris-johnson-deeply-engaged-in-creating-air-bridges

Analysis: How air corridors will end quarantine 

Travel Weekly – 08/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/374099/analysis-how-air-corridors-will-end-quarantine 

Comment: Face masks on public transport will increase confidence to fly 

Travel Weekly – 10/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/374477/comment-face-masks-on-public-transport-will-increase-confidence-to-fly 

EasyJet launches 'Europe with Confidence Pledge' 

TravelMole – 01/06/2020 https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2042896&c=setreg&region=2 

We're restarting some flights from 15 June 2020. We have put a number of biosecurity measures in place to protect you, our aircrew and our ground crew. Watch the video to find out more. Video - https://twitter.com/easyJet/status/1265167703125483521 

Privacy Rights Group Urges Caution over Airport Thermal Imaging Scanners 

Digit – 04/06/2020 https://digit.fyi/privacy-rights-group-hits-out-at-airport-thermal-imaging-scanners/ 

Airports no longer looking like a great investment – crazily high prices were paid in the past 

Airport Watch – 07/06/2020 https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/06/airports-no-longer-looking-like-a-great-investment-crazily-high-prices-were-paid-in-the-past/ 

Virgin Atlantic to resume passenger flights from UK in July 

Guardian – 04/06/2020 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/04/virgin-atlantic-to-resume-passenger-flights-from-uk-in-july

Jet2 delays resumption of flights and holidays 

TravelMole – 08/06/2020 https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2042997&c=setreg&region=2 

Transport & Environment says UK should count international flights from UK in CO2 emissions targets 

Airport Watch – 05/06/2020 https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/06/transport-environment-says-uk-should-count-international-flights-in-uk-in-co2-emissions-targets/ 

UK aviation flying into the future - Unite’s blueprint for the aviation industry in a post-COVID19 world https://unitetheunion.org/media/3082/9086_ukaviation_booklet_a4_final-4.pdf 

UK airports face multimillion-pound business rates bills – money that should be paid to councils 

Airport Watch – 03/06/2020 https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/06/uk-airports-face-multimillion-pound-business-rates-bills-money-that-should-be-paid-to-councils/ 

Aviation groups call for APD suspension 

Travel Weekly – 30/05/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/373135/aviation-groups-call-for-apd-suspension

Charity launched to support aviation workers affected by Covid-19 

Travel Weekly – 03/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/373550/charity-launched-to-support-aviation-workers-affected-by-covid-19 

Will coronavirus make flying more expensive? 

BBC – 29/05/2020 https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200528-will-the-price-of-flights-increase-due-to-coronavirus?ocid=global_worklife_rss 

OAG: Global air capacity climbs to one-third of pre-pandemic levels 

BTN – 02/06/2020 https://www.businesstravelnewseurope.com/Air-Travel/OAG-Global-air-capacity-climbs-to-one-third-of-pre-pandemic-levels 

Air travel ‘showing early signs of recovery’ 

Travel Weekly – 04/06/2020 https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/373631/air-travel-showing-early-signs-of-recovery 

Open letter to ICAO – the CORSIA scheme should not be weakened, just because of Covid 

Airport Watch – 30/05/2020 https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/05/open-letter-to-icao-the-corsia-scheme-should-not-be-weakened-just-because-of-covid/

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