Monday, 11 July 2011

Busiest June on record for Heathrow Airport

There has been good news for Heathrow Airport as the super-hub recorded it's busiest June on record.
Numbers were up 6.3% on June 2010 and this is partly due to the industrial action at British Airways and this is said to account for 3.5% of the low passenger numbers in June 2010. The increased figures are attributed to increased long-haul traffic with much heading towards North America and an improvement in its performance as a stop over destination.
BAA's Scottish Airports saw the biggest percentage increase with Aberdeen up 10.1%, Edinburgh 7.6% and Glasgow 2.6%.

All these figures are dwarfed by Brazil which saw a rise of 65.4% in passengers since June 2010!

Qantas pilots poised to strike

Qantas Airlines long-haul pilots have voted in favour of industrial action for the first time since 1966.Over 90% of the pilots 1429 pilots who voted were in favour of the action and the mutiny stems from the airline outsourcing and off shoring of pilot jobs at the airline. In short, keeping Qantas pilots for Qantas flights.

However, a spokesman for Qantas sees the action differently: “The pilots’ union is demanding pay increases, free flights on top of already heavily discounted airfares and a requirement that pilots on all Qantas airlines, including Jetstar, are paid the same high rates as Qantas pilots."

Businessman invents luggage carrying jacket

A British businessman has designed on overcoat which aims to save passengers a fortune in baggage fees by allowing the luggage to be  stored inside the jacket.

Andrew Gaule's jacket allows up to 10kg of luggage to be stored including laptops or bottles of wine.
Budget airlines also allow 10 kgs of luggage for free which means that passengers wearing a Rufus Roo jacket could carry up to 20kgs of luggage at no cost.

The jackets are now on sale for £29.95 each. Hmmmmm.