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Dufry details $4 billion fundraising plan for WDF buy

By Joshua Franklin and Thomas Atkins ZURICH (Reuters) - Dufry AG has fleshed out plans for its takeover of Italy's World D…

  • Switches, scams, holiday plans? UK pension industry braces for 'Freedom …
    Switches, scams, holiday plans? UK pension industry braces for 'Freedom … Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Some retirees are expected to ditch plans to buy those previously obligatory annuities in favour of more flexible pensions, while others could pay off debts or even splash out on treats such as a luxury cruise, in a huge shake-up for the sector. The shock industry reforms, announced a year ago, mean from April 6, more than six million pension-holders will no longer need to buy a fixed-rate annuity with "defined contribution" pension savings. Speakers and delegates at a National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) conference this week said that "Pension Freedom Day", as it has become known, could herald months of confusion. Financial Conduct Authority Chief Executive Martin Wheatley told the conference the industry was moving into "the great unknown", with the risk of an M25 motorway or Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 moment - large projects which looked good on paper but had disastrous launches. More »

  • World Duty Free meets sales target as Spain offsets Heathrow fall
    World Duty Free meets sales target as Spain offsets Heathrow fall Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Italian travel retailer World Duty Free (WDF) reported on Wednesday a 19.5 percent rise in sales in the first eight weeks of 2015 after a 15.8 percent increase in 2014 to meet its own target of 2.4 billion euros (1.6 billion pounds). The rise last year was fuelled by a recovery of its Spanish business that more than offset a 2.4 percent decline in sales at London's Heathrow airport due to currency volatility and geopolitical tensions. "Heathrow was the most difficult airport in Britain," Chief Executive Eugenio Andrades said in a conference call on results. WDF also runs stores at other British airports. More »

  • British Airways flight turns back to London after technical fault Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    British Airways flight BA49 to Seattle returned to London's Heathrow airport on Friday after a mid-air technical fault, a spokesman for the airline said. It's a precautionary measure," he said. He added that the issue detected on the Boeing 777 aircraft, which landed safely on its return to London, was believed to be minor. More »

  • Heathrow Row Over Exchange Of Currency Firms
    Heathrow Row Over Exchange Of Currency Firms Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Heathrow Airport has become embroiled in a bizarre commercial row over the withdrawal of one of the UK's biggest providers of foreign exchange services. Sky News understands that Moneycorp, which is backed by the private equity firm Bridgepoint, is to leave Heathrow, the UK's busiest travel hub, in June, just 14 months into a five-year deal. Its 28 outlets and staff will be transferred to Moneycorp's larger rival, Travelex, which will become the exclusive provider of currency exchange services at the airport. The termination of Moneycorp's deal to operate at Heathrow prompted recriminations between the two parties. More »

  • MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead Man Walking'
    MI5 Made Emwazi Feel Like 'A Dead Man Walking' Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The Londoner identified as "Jihadi John" told a journalist in 2010 that harassment by British security services had made him fear he was a "dead man walking", it has been revealed. Years before his reign of terror in Islamic State videos began, Mohammed Emwazi emailed a reporter to claim that several run-ins with intelligence officials had left him contemplating suicide. The 26-year-old described coming face-to-face with someone who he suspected was a British spy - months after he graduated from the University of Westminster. He began emailing the CAGE organisation after he was questioned by counter-terrorism officers while attempting to fly from Heathrow to his native Kuwait in 2010 - and claimed the security services were "stopping him from living his new life" abroad, where he had secured a job and was getting married. More »

  • No deal – the government is playing hardball with IAG
    No deal – the government is playing hardball with IAG Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The minister for transport wants a longer guarantee on the airline’s Heathrow slots More »

  • Irish government asks IAG for additional commitments on Aer Lingus
    Irish government asks IAG for additional commitments on Aer Lingus Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Ireland's transport minister said the government was still considering a bid for Aer Lingus by the owner of British Airways, but listed additional concessions that it would need in order to support the bid. Paschal Donohoe said the government would require more information on the implications of the merger on employment and transatlantic growth potential. International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) would also have to extend its commitment to maintaining Irish routes to London's Heathrow airport beyond the current offer of five years, he said. IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh indicated to an Irish parliamentary committee earlier this month that IAG would not improve its proposal, which include guarantees to maintain certain Irish routes. More »

  • Heathrow 'Full' As Annual Profits Slip 10%
    Heathrow 'Full' As Annual Profits Slip 10% Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Heathrow has announced a 10% fall in annual operating profits and argued it should be granted expansion because it is "full". The Airports Commission is due to release its recommendations on expansion following the General Election, with Heathrow squaring up to rival Gatwick in the race for investment. Heathrow insists it is best placed to deliver the needs of a modern hub airport. John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow's chief executive, said: "Heathrow performed very well in 2014, with record levels of passenger service and numbers of passengers served. More »

  • Heathrow And Gatwick Bosses Debate Expansion
    Heathrow And Gatwick Bosses Debate Expansion Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The bosses of Heathrow and Gatwick airports have gone head-to-head in a debate on Sky News to argue their case for expansion. Heathrow's John Holland-Kaye appeared alongside Gatwick's Stewart Wingate ahead of the summer decision by the Davies Commission. It happened on the day Heathrow reported a 10% fall in annual profits and said it should be granted expansion because it is "full". Mr Wingate said Gatwick made for a "compelling case" and warned that if Heathrow was the winner for a new runway there would be dithering for a decade before construction commenced. More »

  • Heathrow 2014 passenger figures edge up, hopeful on runway
    Heathrow 2014 passenger figures edge up, hopeful on runway Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - The operator of London's Heathrow Airport is hopeful plans to build a new runway could receive long-awaited backing from a government-appointed commission this year, helping bolster traffic at Britain's busiest airport. Heathrow reported a 1.4 percent increase in 2014 passengers on Monday helped by bigger, fuller airplanes. Future growth would be about 0.5 percent a year, Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said in an interview on Monday. Expansion of Heathrow has long been a political issue. More »

  • British Ebola Nurse Placed Under Investigation
    British Ebola Nurse Placed Under Investigation Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Pauline Cafferkey, the British nurse who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the UK, is facing potential disciplinary action from the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The 39-year-old, along with two colleagues, is being investigated over the screening process she participated in at Heathrow Airport after flying from Sierra Leone. Ms Cafferkey has not been suspended from her duties, but she faces an interim hearing where restrictions could be placed on her ability to practise. A spokesperson for Public Health England said: "During our recent assessment of the screening of some returning healthcare workers at Heathrow on 28 December, information emerged which needed to be passed to the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. More »

  • Woman held in Syria terror probe
    Woman held in Syria terror probe Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A 25-year-old woman has been arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences. More »

  • IAG boss Willie Walsh has offered a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ on Aer Lingus’ Heathrow …
  • Analysis - Election-nervous politicians shout down IAG's Aer Lingus bid
    Analysis - Election-nervous politicians shout down IAG's Aer Lingus bid Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - The owner of British Airways ICAG.L is running out of time to secure Ireland's Aer Lingus AERL.I as questions over its commitment to keep jobs and key Heathrow routes stoke opposition from politicians facing a tough election next year. Aer Lingus' board recommended the 1.36 billion euro (1.01 billion pounds) offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group ICAG.L (IAG) last month, subject to the agreement of the Irish state to sell its 25 percent holding. "If IAG are going to do something they have to do it very quickly if the entrenched positions people have been forced to take are to be unwound," a senior government source told Reuters. Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe, said on Friday Dublin was not yet convinced: Kenny has demanded "cast iron permanent guarantees" on flights to Ireland. More »

  • Woman held in FGM investigation
    Woman held in FGM investigation Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    A 42-year-old woman remains in police custody after being arrested for conspiracy to commit Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) while with an eight-year-old girl at Heathrow Airport. More »

  • IAG’s promises on Aer Lingus regional routes are ‘entirely unacceptable’
    IAG’s promises on Aer Lingus regional routes are ‘entirely unacceptable’ Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Tourism groups want a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ on Heathrow access. More »

  • British Airways owner offers route pledge to Dublin in Aer Lingus bid
    British Airways owner offers route pledge to Dublin in Aer Lingus bid Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    British Airways's owner committed to serving London to Ireland routes for five years on Monday in a bid to win backing from the Irish government for its takeover of partly state-owned airline Aer Lingus . Aer Lingus's board last month recommended an improved 1.36-billion-euro (1 billion pounds) offer from International Airlines Group subject to the agreement of its two largest shareholders, budget airline Ryanair and the Irish state. Under pressure from Aer Lingus's trade unions and opponents in parliament, resistance is building within the government in Dublin to parting with its 25 percent holding, with worries that a takeover could reduce connectivity between Ireland and London. IAG said in a statement it would offer legally binding commitments to continue using the slots operated by Aer Lingus between London's capacity constrained-Heathrow Airport and Ireland for five years. More »

  • Easyjet says would fly from expanded Heathrow airport
    Easyjet says would fly from expanded Heathrow airport Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    British budget airline easyJet has backed Heathrow in London's runway expansion race and said it would start flying from the capital's largest airport if the government chooses to increase its capacity. A government-commissioned taskforce is assessing whether a new or expanded runway should be built at Heathrow, or Gatwick south of the capital. "We can say with great confidence that easyJet would operate from Heathrow if a new runway is built," the airline said in a report submitted to the taskforce as part of a consultation. Potential easyJet flights from Heathrow would provide 19 new destinations from the airport and lower fares, the airline said, adding that its tickets are typically 40 percent cheaper than those of incumbent operators. More »

  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport
    Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    An aerial view shows planes parked at Dubai international airport, home to the national carrier Emirates Airways, on May 27, 2012 More »

  • Dubai Soars Above Heathrow In Passenger Race
    Dubai Soars Above Heathrow In Passenger Race Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Heathrow Airport has expressed frustration after losing its crown as the world's busiest hub to Dubai International. Dubai's airport operator released figures showing that 70.5 million international passengers streamed through the rapidly expanding airport last year - a 6% rise on the 66.4 million recorded in 2013. The rapid growth puts Dubai - the main hub airport in the Gulf - squarely ahead of Heathrow for the first time. Heathrow reported earlier this month that it handled 73.4 million people in 2014 but just 68.1 million of them were international passengers. More »

  • Dubai airport claims top spot for global passenger traffic in 2014
    Dubai airport claims top spot for global passenger traffic in 2014 Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    By Tom Arnold DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai International Airport was the world's busiest for international passenger traffic last year, it said on Tuesday, taking that title for the first time from London's Heathrow Airport, which has been running into capacity constraints. The Dubai airport's operator said 70.5 million passengers passed through it last year, up 6.1 percent from 2013, as the emirate's trade and tourism industries boomed. Political unrest in the region has pushed more investors and tourists to Dubai, which is seen as a safe haven, while state-owned Emirates airline and budget carrier flydubai are expanding rapidly, steering traffic to the emirate. Heathrow hosted 68.1 million international passengers in 2014, up 1.2 percent, a Heathrow spokeswoman said. More »

  • Aer Lingus Mulls BA Owner's New Approach
    Aer Lingus Mulls BA Owner's New Approach Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Aer Lingus has confirmed it is considering a sweetened takeover offer worth £1bn (€1.36bn) from the owner of British Airways (BA). Sky News revealed on Saturday how International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) had submitted a revised all-cash proposal to the board of Aer Lingus last week - its third approach since December. The statement from the Dublin-based carrier said that the offer from IAG was conditional on the support of major shareholders Ryanair and the Irish Government and it said it investors were "strongly" advised to take no action. The attempt by IAG chief executive Willie Walsh to acquire Aer Lingus is designed to cement its grip on take-off and landing rights at London's Heathrow Airport, while enabling him to improve the Irish carrier's profitability by combining some operations with those of IAG. More »

  • BA-owner returns with 1.3 billion euro offer for Aer Lingus - reports
    BA-owner returns with 1.3 billion euro offer for Aer Lingus - reports Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    The owner of British Airways has made a third takeover approach to Aer Lingus, offering to pay 2.50 euros per share, or around 1.3 billion euros in total for the Irish airline, Sky News reported on Saturday. The Financial Times said Aer Lingus was set to recommend the approach and the two sides could confirm formal talks in the next few days. International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), which also owns Spanish carrier Iberia, has had two offers rejected by Aer Lingus, the last in early January for 2.40 euros per share. Buying Aer Lingus would give British Airways more take-off and landing slots at London Heathrow Airport, its home base and a top European hub for profitable long-haul routes. More »

  • BAng: British Airways Plane Hits Hangar
    BAng: British Airways Plane Hits Hangar Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    A British Airways plane has hit a hangar at Heathrow airport. More »

  • Heathrow And Gatwick Land Passenger Records
    Heathrow And Gatwick Land Passenger Records Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Heathrow and Gatwick airports have reported a record year for passenger numbers as the pair slug it out for controversial expansion plans to be given the green light. More »

  • Morgan will drive England's new mindset, says Moores Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain last month followed a dire 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka and Moores believes the change of skipper will help change the mindset. "We'd got to a position where it felt like it was the right thing to do. It was a braver decision to change it," Moores told a news conference at Heathrow airport. ... More »

  • Cricket-Morgan will drive England's new mindset, says Moores Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to sack Alastair Cook as one-day captain last month followed a dire 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka and Moores believes the change of skipper will help change the mindset. "We'd got to a position where it felt like it was the right thing to do. It was a braver decision to change it," Moores told a news conference at Heathrow ... More »

  • Britain says has strengthened Ebola screening after first case
    Britain says has strengthened Ebola screening after first case Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has tightened steps for dealing with possible Ebola patients, its health minister said on Monday, after screening at London's Heathrow airport failed to detect the disease in a nurse who is now critically ill. Over the past year, the world's worst ever outbreak of Ebola, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever, has killed over 7,900 people, with more than 20,000 cases recorded mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The virus is still spreading in West Africa, especially in Sierra Leone. ... More »

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  • Scottish Health Care Worker Diagnosed With Ebola
    Scottish Health Care Worker Diagnosed With Ebola Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    A health care worker in Scotland has been diagnosed with Ebola, shortly after returning from treating patients with the disease in Sierra Leone, according to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom. The patient is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United Kingdom since an outbreak of the disease began in West Africa earlier this year. Yesterday (Dec. 28), the patient flew from Sierra Leone to Casablanca, Morocco, then to London Heathrow Airport, and finally to Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight, arriving in Scotland around 11:30 p.m., the NHS said. “Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared," Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, said in a statement. More »

  • Healthcare worker in Scotland diagnosed with Ebola
    Healthcare worker in Scotland diagnosed with Ebola Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - A healthcare worker has been diagnosed with Ebola a day after flying home to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, the Scottish government said on Monday. The patient is being treated in isolation at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital, having flown back to Scotland's largest city late on Sunday on a British Airways flight via Casablanca in Morocco and London's Heathrow. "All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored," the Scottish government said in a statement. ... More »

  • Tara Palmer-Tomkinson Arrested At Heathrow
    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson Arrested At Heathrow Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has blamed a panic attack for a meltdown at Heathrow Airport which led to her being arrested by armed officers. More »

  • Aer Lingus rejects takeover approach from British Airways owner
    Aer Lingus rejects takeover approach from British Airways owner Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    By Sarah Young and Conor Humphries LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover approach from the owner of British Airways , which is keen to gain control of the Irish airline's slots at London's Heathrow Airport. Shares in Aer Lingus surged as much as 20 percent on Thursday after the Financial Times reported that British Airways-owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) was considering a takeover bid. IAG later confirmed its approach, but gave no details. "There can be no certainty that any further proposal or offer will be forthcoming," it said in a statement. ... More »

  • U.S.-bound United Airlines lands back in London after 'maintenance issu … Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S.-bound United Airlines flight with 240 people aboard has returned to London's Heathrow airport, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24, after an unspecified maintenance issue forced it to circle for hours above the English Channel on Wednesday. Flight UA28 to Newark, New Jersey, operated by a Boeing 767 aircraft, had been circling off the south coast of England for more than four hours before it landed at Heathrow at about 1546 GMT. Earlier, United said in a statement: "United Airlines flight UA28 ... ... More »

  • Police took 'Syria-bound girl' off plane on London runway
    Police took 'Syria-bound girl' off plane on London runway Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    London police stopped a plane on the runway at Heathrow Airport to remove a 15-year-old girl intent on joining Islamist fighters in Syria, a report said Wednesday. More »