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22 JANUARY 2018
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Steve Martin, bestselling author, British Airways Business Life columnist and CEO of the behavioural change consultancy, Influence at Work, has been revealed as the keynote speaker at the Business Travel Show in February.
Steve will deliver his defining speech from 10:00-11:00 on the 22 February.
Your editor-in-chief, with a clean driving licence, broke the law last June by driving at 45mph on the downhill dual carriageway that leads from Luton Airport towards the M1. No excuse, except that the road could easily be 50mph and quite frankly this speed limit appears to be nothing to do with safety but a money-making exercise by the local council.
Whilst it was His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates, who last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for up to 36 Airbus A380 with John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer customers, it clearly had the airline’s president Sir Tim Clark’s fingerprints all over it.
A proposal to double the number of passengers using Luton Airport will be decided by national inspectors and not the town council, ministers have vowed, as some local MPs attacked the scheme as “unsustainable” reports the London Evening Standard.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is the Guest of Honour on Wednesday (24 January) at Airlines UK annual dinner.
The long-awaited high-speed train service between Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Singapore looks like it is finally on.
Former Liverpool soccer stars Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler were the special guests of Malaysia Airlines at a Heathrow reception to launch their new Kuala Lumpur A350 service last week. (see also BTN 15 January - Malaysia invests in Australia)
Arora Hotels and Accor have announced the completion of a multi-million pound refurbishment to convert Arora Hotels’ Stansted property to the Novotel brand.
Ryanair confirmed last week that all 15 of its UK pilot bases – including Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have now voted in a secret ballot to accept pay increases of ‘up to’ 20%. The Dublin base has not agreed.
The travel industry faces major regulatory changes this year.
Bradley International Airport, Hartford Connecticut, midway between New York and Boston is to lose its twice weekly Edinburgh, Scotland, air service launched last June.
Antwerp is to gain VLM air services to both Birmingham and Munich from 12 February. On the same day the carrier will introduce Munich to Maribor (Slovenia).
2017 was a good year for Southend Airport (SEN) with 1,095,915 passengers passing through, a 25% growth on the 874,549 of 2016. 2018 should see further double digit growth percentage-wise with leading resident airline easyJet adding a fourth A320 series base aircraft. Easyjet will serve 21 destinations in the coming summer. Airport Director Glynn Jones says Southend is well on its way to a target oF 2m customers by 2020.
A ten-week public consultation has opened to shape Heathrow’s future and how it will serve local communities and the UK economy. It comes ahead of a Parliamentary vote in the first half of 2018 on a National Policy Statement regarding Heathrow.
Heathrow is backing the 3rd British-Irish EXPO which takes place at London Olympia 12-13 June.
Air France is to serve Cork from Paris for summer 2018 with a daily flight.
On Monday 15 January, Norwegian flight DY7014 from New York JFK to Gatwick completed the full duration of the flight in 5hr 13min – the fastest transatlantic flight recorded on a subsonic commercial aircraft. The flight carrying 284 passengers departed New York at 11:44 and arrived at London at 21:57 – 53 minutes early.
Following last week’s Heathrow announcement (See BTN 15 January) of a multi-million pound package of investments and tools to improve the travel experience of passengers with disabilities and mobility restrictions distinctive blue lanyards special assistance are being introduced initially in T3. This replicates the United Nations new symbol of accessibility.
With RAF Northolt due for closure this year for remedial work Stobart Aviation, part of the Stobart Group, has timely launched a major new executive jet fixed based operation (FBO) at Southend Airport.
With the opening of new properties at Brent Cross and Harrow, Travelodge has topped the 70 mark with London hotels. The UK total is over 530.