GATCOM Weekly Newsletter - July 2020

Published: 14 Jul 2020

‘LIVE’ CONSULTATIONS

DfT Consultation: Creating a plan to decarbonise transport: call for ideas The DfT is asking the public about their ideas for: 1.the steps it should take to reduce emissions from transport 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 theclassification of airspace, reflecting the CAA’s airspace functions, government policy and bestpractice 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

Committee on Climate Change Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to

Parliament – 25/06/2020

https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/reducing-uk-emissions-2020-progress-report-to- parliament/

Net Zero Transport Board

DfT 08/07/2020
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this week launched the first meeting of the Net Zero Transport Board to help guide the decarbonisation of UK transport (see consultation above). The board will bring together high-profile leaders from a range of fields to establish a collaborative approach to tackling the issue of transport decarbonisation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

DfT Guidance – 08/07/2020

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

DfT Press Release – 03/07/2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-isolation-lifted-for-lower-risk-countries-in-time- for-holidays-this-summer
(see also Gatwick Airport Limited’s reaction to the guidance in its statement below)

Easing coronavirus health measures at the UK border – statement to Parliament by The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP – 29/06/2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/easing-coronavirus-health-measures-at-the-uk- border

Airports Council Releases COVID-19 Recovery Recommendations and Priorities

Airports Council International – 29/06/2020

https://airportscouncil.org/press_release/airports-council-releases-covid-19-recovery- recommendations-and-priorities/

Airports Council Launches ‘Ready for Every Journey’ Campaign as Travel Resumes

Airports Council International – 30/06/2020

https://airportscouncil.org/press_release/airports-council-launches-ready-for-every-journey- campaign-as-travel-resumes/

ABTA publishes Post Pandemic Recovery guide

Travel Weekly – 25/06/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/376356/abta-publishes-post-pandemic-recovery- guide

AEF briefing on the importance of maintaining Air Passenger Duty as part of a green recovery for the aviation sector
AEF – 02/07/2020
https://www.aef.org.uk/uploads/2020/07/AEF-APD-briefing-July-2020.pdf

ANIMA PROJECT - Webinar on Aviation Noise Perceptions after COVID-19

ANIMA (Aviation Noise Impact Management through novel Approaches) held a webinar on 30 June to discuss aviation noise perceptions after COVID-19. The webinar is now available on- line – click here to see

NEWS HEADLINES

Airport bosses warn that aviation industry may not recover for three years

ITV – 08/07/2020

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-07-07/airport-bosses-warn-that-aviation-industry- may-not-recover-for-three-years

 Coronavirus: Quarantine rules end for dozens of destinations

BBC News – 10/07/2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53358870

Risk-Based Approach The Right Step For Quarantine, But Needs To Be UK-Wide

AOA – 03/07/2020

https://www.aoa.org.uk/risk-based-approach-the-right-step-for-quarantine-but-needs-to-be- uk-wide/

 MPs call for emergency suspension of APD

Travel Weekly – 06/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377565/mps-call-for-emergency-suspension-of-apd

GATWICK NEWS

Gatwick Airport's chief executive breaks his silence over expected government quarantine announcement
Kent Live – 03/07/2020

https://www.kentlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/gatwick-airports-chief-executive- breaks-4288404

BA Moves Gatwick Flights to Heathrow

This Day Live 09/07/2020

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/07/09/ba-moves-gatwick-flights-to-heathrow/

British Airways will resume some long-haul flying from Gatwick in July

The Points Guy – 01/07/2020

https://thepointsguy.co.uk/news/ba-returns-to-lgw-july/

Gatwick Airport gears up for summer getaways

Mid Sussex Times -29/06/2020

https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/business/consumer/gatwick-airport-gears-summer- getaways-2878893

Scientists figure out how to pinpoint malicious drone operators like those who shut down Gatwick
Sky News - 09/07/2020

https://news.sky.com/story/scientists-figure-out-how-to-pinpoint-malicious-drone-operators- like-those-who-shut-down-gatwick-12024720

Aspire to reopen lounges at Heathrow T5 and Gatwick's North Terminal

Business Traveller - 08/07/2020

https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/07/08/aspire-to-reopen-lounges-at- heathrow-t5-and-gatwicks-north-terminal/

GAL PRESS RELEASES, EVENTS AND UPDATES

Gatwick Airport’s reaction to the quarantine announcement from the Government.

Statement issued 03/07/2020

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: “We welcome news that people will soon be able to fly into Gatwick from a range of countries without needing to self-isolate. Alongside changes tothe Government’s official travel advice, this announcement provides a significant boost toconsumer confidence and sends a very clear message that it is now safe to take summer holidays abroad, visit family and friends and take international business trips again.

“We are looking forward to welcoming passengers back to Gatwick in larger numbers.Gatwick has a range of measures in place to protect the wellbeing and safety of both passengers and staff. This includes asking passengers to bring and wear their own face covering throughout the airport and also to check our latest health guidance before leaving home.

“We look forward to publication later today of what we hope will be an extensive list of countries that will be exempt from the need to self-isolate on return to the UK and we welcome the fact this will be kept under close review. The aviation industry has a long way to go to in its recovery from this pandemic however today’s news will hopefully mark the start of a turning point.”

OTHER NEWS

British Airways: ‘Strip Airline Of Heathrow Slots,’ Says Union Poll

Independent – 06/07/2020

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/coronavirus-british-airways- heathrow-airport-slots-staff-sacked-crew-a9602861.html

Aviation industry hails 'turning point' as quarantine scrapped for 60 countries

City AM – 03/07/2020

https://www.cityam.com/aviation-industry-hails-turning-point-as-quarantine-scrapped-for- 60-countries/

Government urged to publish single list of countries Brits can travel to

TravelMole – 06/07/2020

https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2043384&c=setreg&region=2

Which? calls government’s lifting of travel restrictions ‘a complete mess’

Travel Weekly – 04/06/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377509/which-calls-governments-lifting-of-travel- restrictions-a-complete-mess

Explained: the Covid crisis facing UK aviation

Politics Home – 03/07/2020

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/flight-risk-the-covid-crisis-facing-uk-aviation

UK and Singapore partner to boost aviation staff safety

Airport Technology – 07/07/2020

https://www.airport-technology.com/news/uk-and-singapore-partner-to-boost-aviation-staff- safety/

Strategic support for airlines must mean long-term value for taxpayers

Politics Home – 07/07/2020

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/strategic-support-for-airlines-must-mean- longterm-value-for-taxpayers

Covid-19 crisis ‘could pave way for new airline entrants’

Travel Weekly – 07/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377666/covid-19-crisis-could-pave-way-for-new- airline-entrants

Richard Branson to pump £200m into Virgin Atlantic as part of rescue package

Guardian – 01/07/2020

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jul/01/richard-branson-to-pump-200m-into- virgin-atlantic-as-part-of-rescue-package

Comment: New airfare could solve empty middle seat issue

Travel Weekly – 03/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377291/comment-new-airfare-could-solve-empty- middle-seat-issue

Video: Jet2holidays launches ‘three-step pledge’ for holiday return

Travel Weekly – 06/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377672/video-jet2holidays-launches-three-step- pledge-for-holiday-return

A new normal: will you stop flying? In our video series A new normal, we ask Guardian readers what they want a future shaped by Covid-19 to look like. Our next episode will look at air travel and its environmental impact. How to take part:https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/06/a-new-normal-will-you-stop-flying

‘There is an issue of consumer confidence, not just to do with quarantine’ -

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer speaks to Ian Taylor

Travel Weekly – 06/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377604/there-is-an-issue-of-consumer-confidence- not-just-to-do-with-quarantine

ABTA chief executive warns recovery ‘won’t be rapid’

Travel Weekly – 08/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377840/abta-chief-executive-warns-recovery-wont- be-rapid

ABTA boss defends approach to government lobbying

Travel Weekly – 07/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377687/abta-boss-defends-approach-to- government-lobbying

Governments ‘must pay’ for travel health measures

Travel Weekly – 03/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377408/governments-must-pay-for-travel-health- measures

Bank of England COVID Bailouts for Airlines the ‘Antithesis’ of a Green Recovery

Desmog – 02/07/2020

https://www.desmog.co.uk/2020/07/01/bank-england-covid-bailouts-airlines-antithesis- green-recovery-report

ICAO slammed for changing baseline for airline offset scheme

Travel Weekly – 03/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/377418/icao-slammed-for-changing-baseline-for- airline-offset-scheme

Electric flying not feasible for larger planes or longer distances

Airport Watch – 03/07/2020

https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2020/07/electric-flying-not-feasible-for-larger-planes-or- longer-distances/

Budget airlines criticised for pre-empting relaxation of Foreign Office travel ban

Travel Weekly – 01/07/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/376958/budget-airlines-criticised-for-pre-empting- relaxation-of-foreign-office-travel-ban

EasyJet considering cutting more than 700 pilot jobs and closing three bases

Belfast Telegraph – 30/06/2020

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/easyjet-considering-cutting-more-than-700- pilot-jobs-and-closing-three-bases-39328501.html

Terror attacks of 9/11 ‘a doddle’ compared to impact of Covid-19

Travel Weekly – 28/06/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/376693/terror-attacks-of-911-a-doddle-compared- to-impact-of-covid-19

Passenger confidence in flying ‘critical’, says IATA

Travel Weekly – 26/06/2020

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/376610/passenger-confidence-in-flying-critical-says- iata

 

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