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easyJet launches two new domestic routes and more seats from Birmingham Airport

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easyJet launches two new domestic routes and more seats from Birmingham Airport

 

  • easyJet has put two new domestic routes on sale from Birmingham Airport today with fares starting from £22.99* available to book now on easyJet.com
  • The airline will launch operations from Birmingham with new flights to Jersey and Newquay
  • The airline has also added thousands of additional seats on its existing route Birmingham to Belfast International Airport, and operates more seats on domestic flights than any other UK operator 
  • easyJet is providing more flexibility for flights than ever before through its Protection Promise, including fee-free flight changes to any date or destination up to two hours before departure

easyJet has put two new domestic flights and more seats from Birmingham on sale today to serve demand for domestic travel. The flights will provide customers in the Midlands with more opportunity to reconnect with friends and family across the country or book a long-awaited break and explore more of the UK this summer.

The airline has also put thousands of additional seats on sale on its existing route from Birmingham to Belfast International from 3 July, operating six times a week.

Flights are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares available from just £22.99.*

  Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented:

We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or have more opportunity to explore the UK so the new routes from Birmingham should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice. 

“We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK government to add more countries to the Green list – which can be done safely – to make this possible.

“We continue to have some of the most flexible policies currently in place so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to, making travel as easy as possible this summer.”

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said:

“It is great news that easyJet is offering twice weekly flights to Jersey and Newquay from Birmingham Airport for summer 2021.  Newquay and Jersey do not fall under the government traffic light system as they are both classed as domestic within the common travel area, giving ease and flexibility for those needing to holiday or travel for business.  These domestic summer sun routes complement the existing Belfast International, Edinburgh and Glasgow services that easyJet currently offers from Birmingham and we’re pleased that this valued airline customer is expanding its operation for Midlanders.”

All customers booking flights with easyJet benefit from industry leading flexible booking policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ which means that customers can book now with confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking.

All easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher providing even more last-minute flexibility. Unlike other airlines, there are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022.

The safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew remains easyJet’s highest priority and the airline continues to have a number of biological safety measures in place onboard in line with guidance from the relevant authorities. This includes daily enhanced cabin disinfection effective in protecting against coronavirus for at least 24 hours and mandatory mask wearing for customers and crew. All easyJet aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, similar to those used in hospitals, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.

For more information and to book visit easyJet.com.

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Netcompany and CPH form IT company to digitise airports worldwide

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Netcompany and CPH form IT company to digitise airports worldwide

CPH and Netcompany are forming a new company, Smarter Airports A/S, to develop a new, market-leading digital platform for efficient and sustainable operation of the airports of the future. Once the solution has been implemented at Copenhagen Airport, the plan is to sell the system to airports worldwide.

Copenhagen Airport has been named the most efficient airport in Europe fifteen out of seventeen times – most recently in 2019. Based on this position of strength, the airport has partnered up with Netcompany to develop a new market-leading digital platform for efficient operation of the airports of the future.

Netcompany and CPH are prepared to invest up to DKK 200 million combined to the company, Smarter Airports A/S. The company plans to finalise the development of the new digital, data-driven platform over the next 12 months.

“Notwithstanding the deep crisis currently facing the aviation industry, we need to replace the soon to be outdated IT system currently used to control traffic flows and support the passenger experience. This partnership enables us to combine our know-how and Netcompany’s competencies for the purpose of developing an innovative IT system able to meet the requirements of tomorrow for efficient and sustainable airport operations,” says Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports.

“Combining the best of the two Danish companies and sharing development costs, we have the chance to subsequently turn the system into a genuine export success by selling it to major airports worldwide. This is not only a good idea, it’s also good business, and on top of that, the project is in line with one of the airport’s strategic focus areas: To identify new revenue streams based on our existing strengths so we can continue the sustainable transition of the airport,” Woldbye adds.

By means of data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, the future digital platform will provide all new opportunities for mapping and integrating huge amounts of data on traffic handling, flight times, check-in and security. In other words, by means of data, the solution will add significant value by optimising all processes relating to airport operations for the benefit of passengers, airlines and all businesses operating in and around the airport.

Thomas Woldbye points out that the new company will also present opportunities for upgrading the data skills of the employees and for developing new jobs in the aviation industry, which is extremely hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Digitalisation to drive the future

André Rogaczewski, Netcompany’s CEO, sees great perspectives in the partnership with Copenhagen Airport:

“Today, having a strong and flexible digital platform at the heart of any business is vital. In the case of Copenhagen Airports, this platform will not only guarantee stable, safe and transparent operations, but also be instrumental in optimising the airport based on insights into events and data and be key to handling the green transition. Our ambition with Smarter Airports is clear,” says Rogaczewski and adds:

“Based on our respective positions of strength, we aim to build a new Danish export adventure and make the new, innovative digital platform the preferred solution of major airports across the world. Being able today, together with Copenhagen Airport, to present Smarter Airports that will develop the intelligent communication system of the future for state-of-the-art and sustainable airport operations, this is a big day for us,” he says.

Netcompany and CPH are already working full speed to develop the new digital, data-driven core system, but are now transferring these activities to a new joint venture.

“Data is a fundamental part of the solution and will be a valuable tool in building a more sustainable and efficient airport operating on the basis of intelligent data analysis. We’re confident that the successful airport of the future is a data-driven airport,” says Rogaczewski.

Confidence in the future

At Copenhagen Airport, CEO Thomas Woldbye emphasises that it is a forward-looking partnership.

“We believe in a sustainable post-pandemic future for aviation, and the new digital platform will play a crucial role in that future. The partnership with Netcompany enables us to make a technological quantum leap and take the digital lead with a system that can be rolled out across the world. This could give us a competitive edge when passengers return and we’re faced with fierce competition from other European regions and airports in restoring routes and networks,” says Woldbye.

The new joint venture is subject to the approval of relevant competition authorities.

Facts about SMARTER AIRPORTS

  • Up to DKK 200 million will be invested to establishing Smarter Airports.
  • The company is owned 50/50 by the parties.
  • The system is expected to be ready for parallel operation at CPH in late spring 2021 and to be in full operation at CPH by end-2021.
  • The system will subsequently be sold globally as a licence-based model.
  • Regulatory approval is expected by end-2020, following which partner airports will be recruited to participate in the development.

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Brussels Airport obtains Airport Health Accreditation in compliance with the recommendations by ICAO and the protocol issued by EASA/ECDC

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Brussels Airport obtains Airport Health Accreditation in compliance with the recommendations by ICAO and the protocol issued by EASA/ECDC

 

Brussels Airport makes every effort to ensure that the airport’s facilities are hygienic and safe to welcome passengers. The combination of the various health safety measures has indeed allowed us to meet the highest standards, which earned Brussels Airport the Airport Health Accreditation from ACI World (Airport Council International). The Health Accreditation Programme was set up to restore confidence in travellers about the safety of airport facilities and the effectiveness of the precautionary measuresimplemented to prevent any risk to their health.

This accreditation shows that the airport offers a safe airport experience to all passengers, in compliance with the recommendations by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and with the COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety protocol issued by EASA/ECDC (European Union Aviation Safety Agency/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control). In a personal message ACI complimented Brussels Airport for the team efforts: “The physical distancing measures at Brussels Airport, the protection of staff, the cleaning regime, the measures implemented within Food & Beverage as well the communication strategy are all at the top of the industry.” “This accreditation is a recognition of all the COVID measures that have been implemented at Brussels Airport since June.’, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company. ‘It is both gratifying and encouraging to see that the efforts made by our staff and partners are recognised internationally.”

The accreditation is valid for the next 12 months.

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