19 JULY 2021


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More Euro Money for Alitalia

Italy gets another gift.

Covid-19 problems is the reason given by the European Commission for the €39.7m in further assistance now given by the Italian Government.

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COMMENT: Tourism Recovery Plan

If you are confused by the latest travel rules, and not just international, please do not call Business Travel News.  We are just as baffled.

Whenever the Government makes an announcement BTN is always inundated by groups and commercial interests making their point,  and individuals seeking publicity.  Do carry on.

The “Save Future Travel Coalition” is the most representative of all the alliances and their most recent letter to government is reproduced here.

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PCR racket

Business Travel News is not the first to highlight the exorbitant prices being charged for the PCR test by some so-called professionals.

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Air travel and face coverings

From tomorrow (19 July), in line with government guidance and international requirements, passengers will still be required to wear a face mask at UK airports and onboard aircraft.

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Around the World in 44 days

A youngster from Ibstone, in Buckinghamshire, has set a new world record for a solo trip around the world.

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ATOL warning

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Air Travel Organiser's Licence agency (ATOL) are warning consumers to check that they are financially protected when booking a holiday.

While ATOL protected package holidays provide the best level of protection possible, there are other ways of booking trips.  What the CAA is saying is that if not on ATOL package make sure that each segment of the holiday is covered.

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Birmingham Airport and easyJet

EasyJet has launched new domestic routes from Birmingham to Newquay and Jersey. Both are summer only.

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JetBlue test flight to London

Last Wednesday (14 July) saw the arrival of JetBlue into Europe with a non-stop proving flight from New York JFK to Heathrow with its first long-range Airbus A321.

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Manchester Airport T2

The first passengers travelled through Manchester Airport’s new terminal extension marking a major milestone in the northern gateway’s 83-year history.

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Ryanair wants pilots

With the arrival of its first Boeing MAX, Ryanair has started a recruitment drive for the 2,000 new pilots it will need over the next three years as it recovers and rebuilds from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Scillies by Helicopter

In May 1964 British European Airways inaugurated the world’s first scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and St Marys on the Isles of Scilly.

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Walsh and France

Following the late Friday evening announcement that France was now on Britain’s ‘Red’ list banning arrivals International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General was quick to condemn it.

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ON TOUR: Dublin

Our Editor-at-Large, Jeff Mills, reminisces regarding Dublin.

Ireland is part of the ‘Common Travel Zone’ and as things stand adults who are double vaccinated can come and go at their will. If your prospective UK destination is fully booked up Dublin is ready to welcome you.

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AND FINALLY: An old joke but not used by BTN previously.

And since we are hopefully all now back flying it might be pertinent.  We don’t know who to credit. 

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AirPortr and British Airways

British Airways has teamed up with AirPortr, the airport luggage support company, to create new convenient fast bag drop areas before heading to the departure concourse at British Airways’ London flagship Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport.

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Genesis at SMMT

Following the strategy of Tesla, Genesis – the high-end arm of Hyundai and Kia – has arrived in the UK, but without any showrooms.

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Heathrow Express update

The fast non-stop service from Paddington has confirmed future Covid arrangements.  It stays with the London standard.

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No Jaguar at test day

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) annual press day for journalists took place at the Millbrook proving grounds last week.  The 2020 event was cancelled and this time there was a reduced format.

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Norwich takes off

Loganair has introduced an air service between Norwich and Exeter. At around 300 miles it is marginally England’s longest non-stop air route, Heathrow – Newcastle being a few miles shorter. Both road routes have to use the notorious stretch of the M25 between Junction 12 and Junction 20.

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Southend Airport terminal tours

In an initiative that might catch on, at least with the smaller airports, Southend Airport is to introduce Terminal Tours as part of its ‘Connecting Communities Commitment’.

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US travel

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel visiting the United States officially for the last time before she steps down some progress seems to have been made regarding the ongoing transatlantic travel ban.

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Venice bans cruise ships

Italy has finally decided to ban cruise liners from the Venice lagoon.

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