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LETTER OF THE WEEK

Brian Madge ex-British Airways retired.

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Hotel Week London

Following the announcement of Hotel Week London 28 May–6 June (see BTN 19 April) another 10 of the capital’s leading properties have joined the initiative.

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Meliá for Amsterdam

Spain’s largest hotel group, Meliá Hotels International, has opened its very first property in the Netherlands.

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LATEST TRAVEL COVID UPDATES FROM GOVERNMENT

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ON THE SOAPBOX: John Strickland - JLS Consulting

The Airline industry
More challenges ahead
But when will there be a renaissance?

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Aviation Club greets Lundgren

EasyJet boss Johan Lundgren was Guest of Honour at an Aviation Club virtual lunch last week.

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Flybe Ltd – What is it worth?

BTN has reported regularly on the Flybe saga since the airline collapsed in March 2020, with the loss of at least 2,000 jobs and debts up to £789m.

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Heathrow’s war of words

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has rejected a "disproportionate" request for funding from Heathrow which would have increased passenger charges by 10%.

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LCY goes remote + route update

London City Airport (LCY) has become the first major international airport to be fully controlled remotely.

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New BA holiday destinations

British Airways has confirmed four new summer holiday routes from Heathrow, to Wroclaw and Gdansk (Poland), Riga (Latvia) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Also being added is Perugia (Italy), half-way between Florence and Rome. This was due to start in 2020 but was delayed due to the impact of the pandemic.

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Robert Courts MP – You are not safe

You’re not safe until we’re all safe, was the underlying message from aviation minister Robert Courts last week, speaking at the Institute of Travel Management’s (ITM) Virtual ‘Revive’ conference, reports Alison Chambers. 

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Ryanair loses

The High Court has ruled Ryanair must pay compensation to customers affected by a 2018 strike action.  Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed during that summer when pilots and cabin crew walked out.

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Shapps & Transport Committee in row

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that England will use the existing NHS app as a vaccine passport for travel overseas.

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ON TOUR: The Principality of Monaco

BTN’s editor-at-large Jeff Mills explores Monaco’s high life and a touch of low life, too.

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ON TOUR SPECIAL: Napoleon

With the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death on St Helena Wednesday (5 May) Business Travel News recalls here the editor-in-chief's visit to the island 14 October 2017 with a news story and not one but two ON TOUR.  St Helena – Another scoop for BTN  and  put it on your “wish list”.

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MAY CRUISE NEWS

Along with the rest of the travel industry the UK waits for the Government’s final opening up of hospitality scheduled for Monday 17 May. 

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CRUISING "What's On"

BTN offers here a short synopsis of what is likely to be available from May onwards but things can change.  In this issue BTN reports certain countries are now on the ‘red list’.  This may affect staff recruitment.  Passengers and crew will need to be Covid-free and vaccinated twice.

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AND FINALLY: Scotland rewarded with jet.

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T5 Club Aspire Lounge

It will be drinks on the house (as always) for visitors to the Club Aspire Lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 in late May.  It is gearing up to re-open (subject to Government restrictions). 

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Airlines incentivised for Eilat

Israel is reopening its gates to vaccinated tourists starting at the end of May.

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Blue Badge in Europe

This guidance gives an overview of the conditions of use of a parking card for people with disabilities in each EU country.

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Bristol hotel opening

Leonardo Hotels, Israeli-owned and one of the leading and fastest-growing hotel chains in Europe, has chosen 17 May to open its first hotel in Bristol.

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Chaos adds to chaos

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued 630 fines since 11 February to airlines carrying passengers without the right documents. These measures form part of the UK Government’s border measures to protect the UK as the vaccine rollout continues to make progress with more than 42m vaccinations delivered so far.

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Dine at Farnborough

Farnborough Airport has announced the opening of the On Air Café in conjunction with pioneering aircraft caterers On Air Dining.

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Dixons closes its airport shops

Electronics giant Dixons Carphone has announced plans to permanently shut all of its Dixon Travel airport outlets.

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European wi-fi for KLM

KLM has begun installing wi-fi technology on a number of aircraft of its Boeing 737 fleet. The first Boeing 737-800 is now equipped to offer this facility.  This courtesy service allows passengers to send and receive messages via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, etc, free of charge.

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Glasgow Airport comes to life

Domestic services are returning to Glasgow Airport following lifting of travel restrictions and the airport’s World Duty Free store has reopened.

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Self-Driving Vehicles in the UK

Look no hands!

By the end of this year self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads.

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