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A SPECIAL SOAPBOX

Clive Wratten, CEO of the Business Travel Association (BTA).

"Thursday's review of the traffic light system is bitterly disappointing.

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Airbus A340 comeback

Lufthansa is bringing some of its fleet of Airbus A340 aircraft back into operation in order to accommodate for increased demand.  But not until summer 2022.

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American Airlines – World’s largest airline

American Airlines has taken the pandemic as an opportunity to re-emerge as the world’s largest airline, a title it has traded back and forth with competitors during the last few years.

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Amsterdam improves

Schiphol Airport has completed a major renovation project in Departure Hall 1 with a new connecting walkway.

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Courts misses Travel Matters

The much-heralded appearance of Aviation Minister Robert Courts failed to materialise at last Tuesday’s ABTA ‘Travel Matters’ conference.

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Finnair and Business Light

The pandemic is not stopping innovation by some airlines.  Finnair last week introduced a totally new Business Light ticket with what it calls “the personalisation of the travel experience!

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Holland-Kaye joins Shapps in Government statement

It was nearly 20:00 when the Department for Transport (DfT) finally updated the travel watch list last Thursday.

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La Compagnie expands

French all Business Class airline La Compagnie, once of Luton, has announced plans to expand its transatlantic flights. 

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National Day of Action

It was promoted as a National Day of Action, and certainly was last Wednesday (23 June).  And the next day the Government listened. 

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New boss for Norwegian

Geir Karlsen has been appointed new CEO of Norwegian Air succeeding Jacob Schram. The appointment is effective immediately.

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Singapore Airlines in-flight shopping

Claimed to the world’s first airline to offer live online shopping the KrisShop e-commerce platform goes live today (28 June).

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Wall Street Journal and Covid-19

California finally opened up on 15 June. Locals can actually set foot inside stores and restaurants without having to wear a mask according to Andy Kessler of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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World2fly

Majorca has a new airline with brand new Airbus A350.

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ON TOUR: The Caribbean Aviation Summit CARIBAVIA

 Alison Chambers is half way through 10 days' isolation at home.

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AND FINALLY: Scottish failure

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Aviation Dispute scheme adds Ryanair

Ryanair has re-joined the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme which helps resolve disputes between passengers and airlines/airports.

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Biltmore Mayfair reopens

After something of a false start last year The Biltmore Mayfair has reopened.

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Cruise ships sail

Over the weekend Marella Explorer and P&O Britannnia both sailed from Southampton on what is best described a short "Seacation".  They were only the third restart since MSC Virtuosa and Viking Venus last month.

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Dover – Calais new operator

Next Tuesday (29 June) sees the Dover – Calais crossing getting even more competitive with the arrival of Irish Ferries and its ferry Isles of Inishmore.

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Flexible rail tickets

New national flexible rail tickets, matching modern working habits and saving passengers hundreds of pounds, go on sale today (28 June).

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Frankfurt Meliá

Meliá Hotels International announced the opening of the Meliá Frankfurt City Hotel located in the new One Forty West tower.

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Prague luxury hotel

NH Hotel Group has opened its second hotel in the Czech capital under its premium NH Collection brand, the NH Collection Prague Carlo IV.

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W Hotels for Rome

Marriott International is gearing up for the entry into Italy this autumn of its W luxury brand into Rome.

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