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SPAA President : Ken McLeod

Ken McLeod, of the Advantage Travel Partnership, currently serves as SPAA President. He has a particular interest in licensing and aviation-related matters.

Ken is a keen golfer.

In his role as SPAA President, he writes a weekly column for SPAA Today and the Association's website. To read Ken's weekly columns (and those of Immediate Past President Alan Glen, simply scroll down this archive and click on 'More' ...

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STRIKING NEWS IN THE AIRLINE WORLD

Sometimes it pays to fly from regional airports, despite additional taxes and sometimes higher fares. A summer of discontent is with us, especially in the favourite areas of an unhappy…

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THE SPAA HOSTS SCOTTISH MP’S AT WESTMINSTER

The SPAA recently hosted a number of Scottish MP’s for dinner from across a good part of the political spectrum at the Houses of Parliament. The aim of the evening was to raise the…

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PRESTWICK UP IN THE AIR AGAIN?

The timing of announcements in politics is always a curious thing, because you expect at least some method behind the madness. So the news that Prestwick Airport will shortly be put…

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SPAA comments on strike action at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports (updated 07 June)

Ken McLeod, president of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association, said that today’s (7 June 2019) strike action at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports would do nothing to boost consumer…

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Airline Insolvency Review – Will the airlines take it on?

The Review on Airline Insolvency was finally issued by the Government this morning. The Review was set up after the collapse of Monarch Airlines in early October 2017, at which time…

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Will APD in Scotland Ever Change?

“Kicking the can down the road” seems to be an expression used not only by Westminster, but it’s now doing the rounds in Scottish Government circles. The announcement that APD in Scotland…

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VIRGIN RAIL HITS THE BUFFERS

The news that Virgin Rail may no longer be operating any rail franchise in the future has come as a great surprise, not only to the travel trade, but to Virgin itself. The surprise…

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BOEING’S 737 MAX CHALLENGE + THE IMPLICATIONS

The grounding of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft following the Ethiopian crash has serious implications for Boeing itself and the US in particular. Air travel has never been safer, especially…

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AIRLINE FAILURE IS A GOVERNMENT FAILURE

The demise of Flybmi, unlike the Monarch collapse last year, came as a shock to many. That includes the Department for Transport who had no clue of its impending announcement. And…

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THE CHANGING FORTUNES OF THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY

There seem to be fluctuating fortunes, for airlines in particular at the moment, who are being challenged by a variety of issues. Flybe don’t have their problems to seek; Norwegian…

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AIRPORT INNOVATION ALWAYS GOOD NEWS

This summer Manchester Airport will open a new stand-alone VIP Terminal, which is not really news in itself, however - according to the publicity, the way it operates will be, a dedicated…

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WELCOME TO 2019!

So what is this brand new year going to bring us? 2018 had its fair share of ups and downs, and no doubt this year will have its own challenges, especially where Brexit is concerned.…

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