January 2021 Blog - Flying under Lockdown

FIRST FLIGHT in lockdown UK. CLICK on video.....

As a flying enthusiast, the GATE8's very own Chief Bag Carrier couldn’t resist the opportunity of taking a flight over the weekend and with the help of his daughters, created a short VLOG of his experience.

Despite all the pre flight checks and extra queuing, he felt safe and enjoyed the trip...checkout the video above.

GATE8 wish everyone within the aviation and travel community the very best during these extraordinary times and we all look forward to getting back traveling again soon.



IATA Calls on EU to Introduce Vaccination Certificate’ to Facilitate Travel

 The initiative to impose a vaccination certificate, which would permit all vaccinated citizens to travel freely within the European countries, without being obliged to undergo COVID-19 testing has also been backed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The launching of a joint digital European COVID-19 document has sparked controversy recently.

While IATA has supported Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis idea to impose such a document in a bid to facilitate the movement within the bloc, the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization Committee (WHO) opposed the idea, stressing that “the impact of vaccines on reducing transmission is not yet known”, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, has urged the EU Member States to coordinate a policy that would help Europe recover from the devastating situation provoked by the Coronavirus situation.



The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are to require passengers to wear medical protective masks on flights

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are to require passengers to wear medical protective masks on flights to and from Germany from 1 February. A surgical mask, FFP2 or KN95/N95 mask will be required on boarding, during the flight and when leaving the aircraft. Everyday masks will no longer be permitted.

A medical exemption from the obligation to wear a mask is only possible if the medical certificate is issued on a form provided by Lufthansa and the passenger provides a negative Covid-19 test result obtained no earlier than 48 hours before the scheduled flight time.

The airline said, “In principle, infection on board is very unlikely. All Lufthansa Group aircraft are equipped with the highest quality air filters, which ensure air quality similar to that in an operating theatre. In addition, the air circulates vertically instead of being dispersed throughout the cabin.”


The cross-Channel high-speed train company Eurostar, which is in great difficulty because of the coronavirus crisis, will get state support, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari told a parliamentary committee on Thursday.

The French government is working on a plan together with the UK government, according to Djebbari.

“We will assist Eurostar to maintain this strategic link between our two countries,” he said, adding that the aid will be “proportional pro-rata to the importance of Eurostar to each.”

The goal is to make Eurostar “sustainable from a financial standpoint,” according to Djebbari, who said that talks have been going on with his UK counterpart Grant Shapps for weeks.

“When the time comes, we will lay down the principles and modalities of support, which will most certainly go through the [French railway company] SNCF,” which is a 55% shareholder in Eurostar, he said.




Heathrow Express launches first fleet refresh in two decades

Heathrow Express has launched a newly refurbished fleet of 12 Class 387 trains, the first refresh since the service launched over 20 years ago.

In keeping with Heathrow Express’ sustainability values, the fleet has been up-cycled from GWR, with upgraded interiors fitted out to a high and exacting standard.

The trains also have regenerative braking which mean trains slow by electric motor rather than brake shoes and discs.

This reduces wear and tear and minimises damage to the train and rails caused by ‘wheel slides’ as well as generating electricity which is fed back into the overhead power grid. 



Reward Air Miles

Avios unveils new loyalty partnership with Nectar

British Airways Executive Club has unveiled a new partnership between its Avios loyalty currency and the Sainsbury’s driven Nectar programme.

From January 25 members will be able to convert 250 Avios into 400 Nectar points, or vice versa. There is also a one-off 500 bonus Avios offer when members convert 1,600 Nectar points into Avios by February 14, and customers will also earn double Nectar points at Sainsbury’s until April 19, 2021.



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If you are intended to Travel (rail, road or air) then take advantage of the GATE8 multi trip Peace of Mind Travel & Work Hygiene kit. 

The kit comes packed in a TSA-approved reusable liquids bag, packed with multiple PPE hygiene items to keep you safe and protected. 

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