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LETTER OF THE WEEK

From Katherine Bell, Heysham, Lancashire.

Shapps & Transport Committee in row
Has anyone else wondered what those people who do not have a smartphone will do to travel in the future?

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SOAPBOX SPECIAL: Oz

NO PLAN – AUSTRALIA DUCKS FOR COVER ON COVID

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COMMENT: Willie Walsh & Grant Shapps

The former boss of BA owner IAG and now director general of IATA has issued one of the shortest press releases on record in response to the UK Government announcement of countries on the ‘Traffic Light’ scheme! See Green list press conference in this week's BTN. 

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ANAs hands-free loo doors

Japanese airline ANA is installing a new lavatory door in its latest ‘Care Promise’ initiative to overcome Covid-19 challenges.

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BAs new PR chief

British Airways has named Lisa Tremble as its new corporate affairs director.  She replaces Louise Evans who was previously with Sainsbury’s.

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Cardiff gets two Aer Lingus routes

Stobart Air has added two new Aer Lingus Regional routes from Dublin and Belfast to Cardiff.

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EU and vaccination

Commenting on the announcement by the European Commission that vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the EU this summer, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said:

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General Aviation airports

They are a hugely valuable resource says industry group.

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Green List Press Conference

The much-heralded international travel press conference took place last Friday (7 May) hosted by the secretary of state for transport, assisted by Dr Jenny Harries from the UK Health Security Agency, and Paul Lincoln, head of Border Control.  (See COMMENT in this week's BTN)

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Hebridean Air

Not to be confused with the small ship cruise line with a similar name, but also based at Oban, Hebridean Air has continued to fly essential services during the pandemic.

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IAG financial results

British Airways owner IAG reported dreadful results last week, but it was hardly unexpected.

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Rail cracks

Travellers using the Great Western Railway (GWR) and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) services over next few days should check carefully regarding departure times.

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Take Five Premier Inn Manchester

A fifth Premier Inn hotel in Manchester city centre has opened its doors.

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Travel.Radio launches 'Travel Questions'

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ON TOUR: London opens up

With the first round of English reopenings starting on Monday 17 May this week’s ON TOUR is unusual.

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MAY ROAD TEST: Fiat 500 convertible

Now that spring is on the way this must be the time to consider an open-top sports car writes Malcolm Ginsberg.

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AND FINALLY: The UKs busiest air routes April 2021

With thanks to OAG.

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Avanti West Coast

An ‘At-Seat Order’ has been rolled out across Avanti West Coast rail network following a successful customer trial.

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BBC Travel Show and tech

IT is quickly overtaking the world of travel, acknowledged by the BBC in its popular television programme The Travel Show.

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Egencia purchased by AMEX

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has made a binding offer to acquire Egencia, Expedia Group’s corporate travel arm.  Expedia would become a shareholder in, and enter a long-term strategic commercial agreement with GBT.

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Festival of the Unexceptional

With this motoring issue BTN seems justified with a mention for the ‘Festival of the Unexceptional’.

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Kempinski Palace Engelberg

Opening shortly is the Kempinski Palace Engelberg (Switzerland), a beautiful Belle Epoque-era historic property that has been meticulously reinterpreted for the next generation.

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Northolt Airport opening hours

Increased hours for executive aircraft users.

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P&O beats the lockdown

Sunday 16 May will see P&O stealing a march on its competitors in the cruise market.

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Southend Airport statistics

Glyn Jones, managing director of Southend Airport, put on a bright face when talking to Sky News last Wednesday, but did not disguise the fact that the airport will have had no scheduled traffic for the first half of this year.

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Travelodge expands

The last 15 months of tumult has been quickly put behind by Travelodge who last week announced it expects to open 17 new hotels across the UK in 2021.

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