29 AUGUST 2016

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Bmi regional route shuffle

Flight times on the busy Southampton – Munich route will be amended by bmi regional from 31 October to allow business travellers easier access to the network of 200 global destinations available to them via the airline’s Lufthansa code-share agreement.

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Delta to join Virgin in T3

In a move which it says will enhance seamless service for customers flying between the UK and the US, Delta Air Lines is to operate exclusively from Heathrow’s Terminal 3 from 14 September.

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COMMENT: Donít be scared of flying

Almost two million Brits jet off on a trip abroad over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has no axe to grind and has issued a fine document to pacify those who find defeating gravity in a jet plane unnerving.

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ABTA travel law seminar

Registration is open now for the ABTA-organised seminar Beginner's Guide to Travel Law being held in central Manchester on 17 November.

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Canada debut for Andaz hotels

Hyatt Hotel’s Andaz brand has made its official entry into Canada with the opening of the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market. It is the 13th in the portfolio, which is concentrated on world gateway cities and resort destinations.

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China Ė UK aviation symposium

Hainan Airlines president Jianfeng Sun, his counterpart at Spring Airlines, Stephen Wang, and China Southern senior-vice-president Guoxiang Wu are among top-level speakers appearing at a UK symposium on China-Europe air transport next month.

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Double-whammy on charges

Passengers faced a double-whammy over airline charges last week. Korean Air said it would introduce no-show fees for long-haul flights as well as domestic, while new rules in the UK mean it could cost £25 to complain against carriers.

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EasyJet takes on 'aerophobia'

Ten new Fearless Flyer courses aimed at helping potential passengers nervous of boarding an aircraft to overcome their fears have been announced for this autumn by easyJet in time for the October half-term and Christmas getaways.

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Finnair boosts Helsinki route

More capacity for summer 2017 between the UK, Ireland and Helsinki “due to high demand” was announced last week by Finnair.

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IHG on the move in Germany

Continued expansion in Germany was announced last week by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), with five new Holiday Inn and Holiday Express hotels being added to its portfolio.

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MH370 search winds down

The search for Malaysia flight MH370 is expected to finish by the end of the year, the agency coordinating the search has announced.

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Music to fly by at London City

Ed Sheeran’s music is proving the star attraction in an initiative which has seen London City Airport (LCY) become the first in the UK to play tunes to passengers during security screening.

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Tanzania's Bombardiers on the way

The first of two Bombardier Q400NG aircraft ordered by the Tanzanian government for national airline Air Tanzania is being painted with the carrier’s livery and will be followed shortly by a second aircraft which is due to be delivered in a few weeks.

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ON TOUR: Duxford

Editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg takes a day out.

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AND FINALLY: A sting in the tale

Melissophobic guests at Edinburgh’s iconic Rocco Forte hotel, the Balmoral, might want to rethink their next reservation. The property is now home to more than 50,000 honey bees.

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ANZ, Qantas flying high

Strong demand for inbound travel to Australasia has led to a change in fortune for national carriers Air New Zealand and Qantas, with both announcing record net profits for the financial year to 30 June. Staff at both airlines will receive bonuses.

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East Midlands runway refurb

A full-length runway refurbishment is taking place at East Midlands Airport during November and December, with officials saying work will be completed over seven consecutive weekends, a UK first for such projects.

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Heathrow to work with Alzheimer's Society

A commitment to becoming the world’s first dementia-friendly airport was announced last week by Heathrow, which has begun working with the Alzheimer's Society to change global attitudes towards the illness.

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High-flying footie

The new Premier League season is under way, but increasingly-ambitious and ever-more-complicated pre-season preparations mean European football’s top teams have been turning to private aircraft charters as they showcase their clubs to global audiences.

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Japan in pre-clearance plan

In an effort to speed up immigration procedures, Japan is planning to introduce a pre-clearance system at airports in South Korea and Taiwan.

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Next lands at Gatwick

The biggest Next store at an airport is opening next month in Gatwick’s South Terminal, stocking men’s and women’s ranges, with a focus on summer wear.

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Plymouth in airport campaign

The government is being urged by both Labour and Conservative politicians in Plymouth to publish its long-awaited report into the future of the local airport.

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Trinity Square Four Seasons

Four Seasons has now confirmed the opening of Ten Trinity Square, in the City of London, on 18 December 2016. Once the home of the Port of London Authority, in 1946 the building hosted the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations. 

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