EasyJet posted a loss of 275 million pounds (about €314,000,000) for its first half of the financial year. The company blames economic uncertainty in Europe that’s caused by Brexit and the December drone disruption at Gatwick.
Airlines for Europe, organization among whose members are British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, is criticizing the air traffic control organizations of Europe for bad management and strikes. AFE claims that the incidents of flight disruption due to ATC actions jumped by 7% in comparison to last year.
Speaking of ATC issues, an aircraft flying from Los Angeles to Taiwan narrowly missed a mountain because of erroneous input by the traffic controller. He had assigned a left turn to the pilot instead of a right one, putting the plane perilously close to a mountain that’s topped by a communications antennae.
In sillier news, British Airways has stopped including tea into its “Afternoon Tea.” The new menu item only lists food items you get to eat with your tea – which you have to pay for separately.
“Settled status,” the mechanism to grant EU citizens and their families who have spent five years in the UK the same rights to healthcare and such as British citizens post Brexit, is already causing issues. British Airways banned a couple after a huge incident that started with the airline refusing to allow them to board a flight from Istanbul over the settled status documents and evolved to involve calls to British MPs.
The Boeing 737 MAX debacle continues! It was recently revealed that the American FAA may have not reviewed the new safety features that have caused the plane crashes.