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On 1 January, the emissions trading scheme will begin across Europe as a way of offsetting the amount of carbon dioxide being produced by airlines. The scheme will apply to all airlines land or taking off from airports in the EU. Carriers will have a cap put on the amount of CO2 they are allowed […]

British Airways parent International Airlines Group looks set to increase its dominance at Heathrow Airport after Lufthansa agrees a £172.5 million deal to sell BMI to the airline. The takeover will now be subject to an examination by the competition regulators, but if allowed, the deal will see IAG acquire an additional 56 landing slots […]

As the government announces that Air Passenger Duty will go up by 8 per cent from next April, British Airways has said it will be cutting the number of staff it will be taking on in 2012 from 800 to 400. IAG, the parent company of BA, said that the cuts were a direct result […]

Former British Airways boss, and current CEO of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh, has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of appointing new Transport Secretary Justine Greening as a fireguard against an aviation policy which is detrimental to the British economy. Ms Greening has taken over the top transport position after Philip Hammond filled that vacancy […]

Ministers are considering plans to link Gatwick and Heathrow airports via a high speed railway service. The idea is to create a virtual hub, currently being called Heathwick, which could help to tackle the problem of diminishing capacity at airports in the south east. The trains would travel at up to 180mph meaning the journey […]

British Airways is to look to planemakers Boeing and Airbus for replacements for its fleet of 747 jumbos. The flag carrier has 55 of the older aircraft, the largest number of any airline on the planet. According to Alexander Grant, fleet manager for BA, the carrier will be comparing the merits of the wide-body Airbus […]

German carrier Lufthansa is looking at ways in which it can dispose of struggling subsidiary BMI. The airline has asked investment banks to examine options for breaking up the company or finding a buyer. Lufthansa took control of BMI in 2009, but has been unable to make the carrier profitable. British Airways has said it […]

International Airlines Group boss, Willie Walsh, has expressed an interest in taking over bmi if owners Lufthansa are ready to negotiate. Since moving to the top job at IAG from British Airways after the flag carrier merged with Iberia, Mr Walsh has been on the look out for possible mergers or acquisitions. Speaking in Singapore […]

British Airways passengers will be crossing their fingers that the longest running industrial dispute at the airline could soon be over. Ballot papers will be sent out to the cabin crew along with a letter from the Unite union’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, recommending a yes vote for the latest deal being offered by BA. […]

Following the collapse of merger negotiations in 2008 between British Airways and Australian carrier Qantas, International Airlines Group chief executive, Willie Walsh, has ruled out the possibility that they will be reopened. He said that, at the time, the synergies between the two flag carriers were ideal, but that leaks about the negotiations had scuppered […]

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