Air France-KLM no longer set to acquire a stake in Virgin Atlantic

While the trans-Atlantic joint venture between Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic is set to move forward following its Nov. 21 regulatory approval, Air France-KLM announced on Wednesday that it no longer seeks to acquire a stake in Virgin Atlantic as part of the deal. The Air France-KLM statement clarified that the acquisition […]

Lufthansa Group renews five-airline handling contract with Menzies Aviation at LHR 

Lufthansa Group has renewed its contract with Menzies Aviation, under which the ground handler will provide services to five airlines at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Menzies said this group contract is its largest contract at LHR.  The agreement outlines Menzies Aviation will provide delivery of passenger and ramp services for Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels […]

WestJet upgrades London-Toronto route to 787

Beginning Thursday, Calgary-based airline WestJet has upgauged the aircraft used on its service between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from the 767 to the 787-9. While the carrier could not provide specific data regarding cargo demand on the route, a spokesperson told Air Cargo World, “With this additional capacity, we […]

Menzies Aviation UK ops grow with contract renewals and wins 

Menzies Aviation has won and renewed several contracts for operations in the United Kingdom (U.K.), the company announced today. Contracts awarded and renewed to Menzies Aviation are for its services for a variety of carriers out of four U.K. airports, including Glasgow (GLA), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR)  At GLA, Menzies was awarded […]

Virgin Atlantic, Delta to expand UK-US services in 2020 

Today, Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo jointly announced plans to expand their networks between the United Kingdom and the United States.  As part of the expansion, the carriers will increase trans-Atlantic flights between Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) to destinations in the U.S. beginning next year.  Delta will join Virgin Atlantic at LGW where […]

U.K. tightens drone regulations, revises flight restriction zones

This week, the United Kingdom government published an amendment to the U.K. Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO), making it illegal as of Mar. 13 to fly small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at any time within flight restriction zones (FRZs) around “protected aerodromes” – commercial airports, military airfields and general aviation airports – unless given permission […]

VINCI Airports acquires majority shareholding in LGW

Yesterday, VINCI Airports signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited, the parent company of London Gatwick Airport (LGW). The new agreement grants VINCI Airports, as a subsidiary of French company VINCI Concessions, 50.01 percent from current shareholders, leaving the other 49.99 percent to be managed by U.S.-based Global Infrastructure Partners. […]