The Seanad Brexit Committee has called for EU financial rules to be relaxed in order to allow the Government to support businesses and industries that will be worst affected by Brexit.
Included in the report published with over 100 recommendations on how to address Brexit problems, was a warning that flights could be cancelled, meaning millions of euro would be lost. The aim is to create and negotiate a new Open Skies aviation deal next year.
Committee chairman Senator Neale Richmond said that if no firm decisions are made for them quickly, it would be “a disaster for the airline industry, flights would be cancelled, millions would be lost, we need to get this agreement sorted as a priority”.
Qatar Airways has become the fourth airline in the Middle East to announce that it would be exempt from a ban on electronic devices being brought in to the cabin on U.S. bound flights. I’ts announcement follows statements from Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airlines declaring that the U.S. had lifted restrictions on passengers carrying such devices.
The ban was introduced in March and prohibited laptops on flights to Qatar, Egypt, Morocco the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Jordan. The CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are pleased to announce that the electronics ban has been lifted from Qatar Airways flights departing to all destinations in the U.S. Safety and security are always our highest priority.”
Airbus has commenced hot-weather testing of its A350-1000 aircraft in the United Arab Emirates following the arrival of one of three flight-test airframes. The aircraft arrived at Al Ain this week from Toulouse and although Airbus has not said how long it will spend at the airport, hot-weather testing tends to last for several days.
The aircraft will undergo flight-performance tests and is also likely to have behavioural checks of its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines and cooling systems carried out.
Al Ain is currently experiencing temperatures of around 46C, according to meteorological data.
Low-cost carrier Norwegian is set to add two more long-haul routes to its current list as part of its expansion plans. It will soon create two more links from London Gatwick to the US and another two from Paris Charles de Gaulle. There will be four flights per week from Gatwick to Chicago, Illinois, and three flights per week from the same airport to Austin, Texas, both from March 2018.
This will take Norwegian to a total of 13 direct long-haul routes from Gatwick, making it the London Airport’s second largest long-haul operator.
Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “… Norwegian has shown there is huge demand for more affordable long-haul travel.”