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Accor moves on Australia

Australia is set for a new look to its hospitality sector with the takeover by the French multinational chain AccorHotels of one of the country’s largest hotel and resort operators, Mantra Group.

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Hilton chases Africa growth

A total of $50m has been committed by Hilton over the next five years towards an “Africa Growth Initiative” to support the continued expansion of the hotel group’s sub-Saharan portfolio on the continent. The group is also growing in China.

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More growth for Hong Kong Airlines

A new non-stop service between Hong Kong and San Francisco is being launched by Hong Kong Airlines from 25 March next year, expanding the carrier’s presence in North America following openings to Vancouver and Los Angeles in 2017.

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COMMENT: The people's airport

Somebody, referring to the august profession in which BTN dabbles, once said “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”. It’s usually attributed to Mark Twain, but in the way of these things there is some discussion about that. No matter; it’s the thought that counts and it is a thought called to mind of coverage for the arrival of the first commercial airline flight to deliver passengers at the new airport on the remote island of St Helena.

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Air Canada to London City Airport?

Speaking at a reception to launch his new book London City Airport – 30 Years Serving the CapitalBusiness Travel News editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg speculated that Air Canada could fly into LCY with the controversial Bombardier C Series, and Delta Air Lines too. Both have the plane on order.

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AirportR, Stobart link-up

Fast-expanding travel technology specialist AirPortr has secured a £2m investment from the Stobart Group to expand urban luggage check-in and delivery services over next three years.

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AOA pushes Brexit agenda

Remarks by Chancellor Philip Hammond on the need to ensure agreement is reached with the EU over post-Brexit air traffic services between the UK and Europe have been welcomed by the Airport Operators Association.

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Bombardier row escalates

The trade dispute between Boeing of the US and Bombardier of Canada escalated on Friday after Canada’s environment minister Catherine McKenna said US action in subjecting Bombardier to sanctions was "completely without merit" and "another example of protectionism".

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Crisis for South African Airlines

Government-owned South African Airlines could be wound up or sold, according to Johannesburg’s  BusinessDay, the local and much respected equivalent of London’s  Financial Times.

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Delta adds a sparkle

More competition on the inflight catering front emerged last week with Delta Air Lines claiming every flight could now be a special occasion after the airline introduced Italian sparkling wine in the main cabin in the shape of a glass of prosecco.

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Heathrow woos Scotland

Companies across Scotland are marking their diaries for the country’s second Heathrow Business Summit, taking place on Wednesday (18 October) in Edinburgh as part of the airport’s pledge to create jobs in every corner of the UK.

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Istanbul's high-tech newcomer

Already being hailed as the airport of the future, Istanbul’s new complex at Arnavutköy last week gave details of installations it claimed would make it one of the most technologically advanced too.

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New hotel for South Bank

London’s South Bank gains a new hotel next September with the arrival of the 161-room Bankside, close to the City and many of the capital’s best-known landmarks including Tate Modern, the National Theatre and Borough Market.

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Storm over Air Berlin

Storm clouds were gathering at the weekend over an Air Berlin deal which saw Lufthansa reinforcing its position as Germany’s largest airline on Thursday by agreeing to buy large parts of the insolvent carrier for €210m (£187m, US$249m).

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ON TOUR: St Helena

St Helena – Another scoop for BTN

BTN editor-in-chief Malcolm Ginsberg was on the inaugural scheduled flight into St Helena on Saturday (14 October) and will be reporting back on the island as a business and tourist destination. This ON TOUR is by way of an introduction. More will follow.

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AND FINALLY: Jealousy and envy

My Christian faith suggests that I ought not to suffer from the sins of jealousy, covetousness and envy.

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Confusion and uncertainty over the Monarch Airlines collapse needs to be addressed urgently, ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer told delegates at the association’s annual convention.

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Alitalia gears up for winter

New services to Delhi and Male, an extension of the Rome – Los Angeles flight and frequency increase on the Rome – São Paulo route for the winter season beginning 29 October are among future plans announced last week by Alitalia.

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Cathay's tours bonus

An “extended-stay programme” for visitors travelling on Cathay Pacific Airways to Hong Kong for three nights or more has been launched by the airline in collaboration with its local tourism partners.

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McMillan quits AGS

Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports owner AGS is on the lookout for a new CEO after Amanda McMillan announced her departure following a family decision to relocate to Australia.

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Regional boost for easyJet

Expanded regional operations at Liverpool and Belfast have been announced by easyJet with the introduction of an Airbus A320 at each of the bases, in Liverpool’s case the eighth easyJet aircraft to be installed there.

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Southend seeks more space

Extensions to both ends of the terminal building at Southend Airport are being planned to offer improved facilities for passengers and allow the complex to meet new aviation regulations.

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Vietjet joins forces with Qatar

The first phase of a two-part interline agreement between Vietjet and Qatar Airways has come into effect.

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