25 JULY 2016
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Important business destinations are included in Ryanair’s newly-announced summer 2017 schedules, which include the airline’s biggest commitment yet to Newcastle and Leeds airports.
Cementing its relationship with the north of England, Singapore Airlines is to launch its first transatlantic flights from the UK to the US with a Manchester – Houston service from 30 October.
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Following the success of its inaugural 2015 event (Carolyn McCall easyJet), the British Air Transport Association (BATA) has announced that British Airways chairman and chief executive officer Alex Cruz will deliver this year’s annual lecture. The event will be held in central London on 12 October. Further details are due to be issued nearer the date.
Booming business to the US has led Dublin Airport to open a new passenger facility after US Pre-clearance in Terminal 2. The new lounge, known as 51st & Green to reflect the theme of connecting Ireland and the US, is available to transatlantic passengers only travelling with Aer Lingus, Delta, United and American Airlines in Business Class or with airline club cards.
A “strong financial performance” in the first half of 2016 with revenue up by 1% to £1,320m and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) up by 4.4% to £781m was reported by Heathrow last week. The airport said the EBITDA figure reflected “lower costs and better value”.
Responding to demand from business travellers, Qatar Airways is providing UK-based passengers with more capacity to Muscat from 1 August with the addition of an extra flight to its existing schedule.
Travellers to Shanghai have a new Hyatt Regency to explore with the opening by the hotel group of a property in the city’s business zone at Hopson International Centre in the trendy Wujiaochang sub-district.
Low-cost airline Norwegian (DY) has taken another significant step in its huge investment programme by opening a British headquarters by Gatwick Airport which is at the heart of the airline’s UK operation.
Norwegian’s office is the airline’s first permanent workspace outside Norway and home to Norwegian staff based in Britain. Key staff in flight operations, training, technical, safety and compliance, communications, marketing and sales in the UK are now based at the headquarters.
One of the big prizes in US aviation is set to be handed out this autumn with the announcement on Wednesday that Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United have won tentative approval to launch daytime flights serving Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Hilton Worldwide says it will be serving each of the Baltic countries by 2018 after it unveiled plans to take its Hilton Garden Inn brand to Lithuania and Latvia. The company opened its first hotel in the region, the Hilton Tallinn Park in Estonia, last month.
A first meetings and conference property in Ireland for Macdonald Hotels has opened with the arrival of the Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa, overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, near Cork.
Officials at Malaysia Airlines are bracing themselves for a backlash from relatives of passengers who were on board the missing flight MH370 after it was announced the search for traces of the aircraft may be suspended soon.
One of London’s showpiece hotels, the Park Lane, which dates from 1927, is being redesignated by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts as the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, marking the completion of a multi-million-pound renovation.
Airline sales veterans John Hepworth (Scot Airways, Aurigny, SkyWork Airlines) and Brian Brett (Dan-Air, bmi, SkyWork) are setting off on a sponsored walk next Sunday (31 July) across Morecambe Bay to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.