environment
The UN Just Made It Easier for Airlines to Pollute

A United Nations council of 36 countries has agreed on a major change to the main global scheme addressing the climate impact of aviation, a move expected to remove requirements for airlines to offset emissions for several years. Read More >>

apps
EU Says ‘Bugger That’ to Making COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Mandatory for Travel

The idea that the various coronavirus contact tracing apps in development could become mandatory is a legitimate concern, but the EU has shot that idea right out of the water - at least where international travel is concerned. Read More >>

air travel
British Airways Pilots Whose Jobs Have Been Cut Could Join RAF on Secondment

British Airways, along with all of the other airlines, is struggling during lockdown, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for some of its staff who are facing redundancies. Read More >>

air travel
Gatwick Airport Dealing With More Shit as Virgin Atlantic Bids It Adieu

Gatwick is getting well and truly shafted in the midst of this pandemic, as airlines consider discontinuing services at the airport. Virgin Atlantic is one of them and has made the decision to bugger off while laying off round 3,000 staff. Read More >>

air travel
British Airways Tells Staff It Might Not Resume Its Gatwick Service After Lockdown

British Airways has told its Gatwick staff that it doesn't know "when or if" its service at the airport will resume. Read More >>

coronavirus
Airports in the EU Devolve Into Chaos Over Trump’s Inaccurate Covid-19 Address

Travellers at European airports faced chaos, surging prices, and uncertainty as they scrambled to react to Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that severe restrictions would be imposed on travel from the continent to the U.S. – made significantly worse by a series of bullshit claims made by the president during his address. Read More >>

air travel
British Airways is Rolling Out Self-Driving Wheelchairs at Heathrow

FlyBe might have driven itself off a cliff, but good ol' British Airways is doing well enough to be trialling self-driving wheelchairs at London Heathrow airport. Read More >>

boeing
Boeing Finds New Software Problem With Scandal-Plagued 737 Max Plane

Engineers at Boeing have discovered a new software issue with the 737 Max plane, which has been grounded worldwide for almost a year over technical issues. The new problem, first reported by Bloomberg News, involves the trim system, which regulates whether the nose of the aircraft is pointed up or down. A light for the trim system wasn’t going off when it should, according to the company. Read More >>

iran
Everything We Know About the Plane Crash in Iran That Killed 176 People

A Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known, though the Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran was quick to rule out both terrorism and a conventional military attack. Read More >>

air travel
Chilean Plane Carrying 38 Passengers Disappears During Flight to Antarctica

Operators lost contact with a C-130 Hercules military aircraft on Monday at 6:13 pm GMT – almost an hour and a half into a flight carrying 21 passengers and 17 crew members to Antarctica, according to a statement released by the Chilean Air Force. Read More >>

air travel
Air France Hopes to Reduce Delays with Self-Driving Luggage Carts

A multitude of factors can contribute to a flight being delayed, but Air France, who partnered with a handful of other companies, is testing the world’s first self-driving luggage tug in hopes of streamlining airport operations and improving the speed of getting luggage to and from an aircraft. Read More >>

transport
Fraudsters Making False Thomas Cook Refund Claims

As if the Thomas Cook refund process wasn't stressful enough, with the website crashing on its first day, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced they suspect they are being targeted with fraudulent refund claims. Read More >>

drones
19 Climate Change Activists Arrested for Drone Protest Against Heathrow Airport Expansion

Police have now arrested at least 19 environmental activists who threatened to fly drones and disrupt air travel at Heathrow Airport in protest of the planned construction of a third runway at the UK’s main air hub, the Guardian reported on Saturday. Read More >>

air travel
Vueling, Thomas Cook, and Wizz Air Named the Worst Airlines for Delays

After looking at data analysis of departure delays in UK airports, the PA news agency has rounded up the worst offenders, calling out Spanish airline Vueling as the most egregious with delays averaging half an hour. Read More >>

air travel
Walkers is Offering Flights to Worldwide Destinations for the Price of a Bag of Crisps

Taking inspiration from its Sensations range, Walkers is taking pity on millennials who cite lack of cash as a reason for not being able to travel, which seems fairly obvious, but no matter. Read More >>