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4 OCTOBER 2021
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Jersey gets the welcome right.
Dr Peter Smart comments from Luthermuir
A welcome by Martha Sheridan, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Much respected aviation consultant, and regular contributor to BTN, John Strickland focusses on the IATA AGM, one of the most critical in its 77 years, made even more difficult for prospective attendees by the attitude of the US Administration. Held one month later and all could have attended. John Strickland is Director of JLS Consulting.
A surprise major award winner of the 2021 Skytrax awards was Saudi Arabian Airlines as the World’s Most Improved Airline.
The traffic light system, confusing just about everyone involved in travel, from today has been scrapped by the Department for Transport (DfT) in a major overhaul of Covid restrictions. Your outbound country to England will be either red or green.
The Times on Saturday (2 October) ran a fascinating article on the share price (and ultimate value) of British Airways’ owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG). For brave investors travel shares are an enigma.
The Business Travel Show returned last week at its fine new home, a very busy ExCeL London exhibition centre. Other enterprises were taking place at the same time, including The Meetings Show and the Virgin London Marathon check-in which made the whole place feel vibrant.
Two airlines brought some good news to Gatwick Airport (LGW) last week.
From Monday 1 November, the charge will be £5. Taxi drivers will add the sum to their bill.
In what is an astute vote of confidence for the south-west of the Irish Republic, Ryanair is to restore its Cork operation in 2022 to pre-pandemic levels.
Following President Biden’s mandate that fully vaccinated visitors from the UK will be allowed to enter the country from November, Virgin Atlantic says that it has seen an over 600% increase in bookings last week.
Chris Tarry, BTN’s air transport analyst is also something of a cruise fan. This first report is sent by wi-fi from Regal Princess which left Southampton 30 September on a seven-night trip and is due back 7 October.
With the 2021 UK’s rather unique domestic cruise season coming to an end, and next year to some extent unpredictable, really firm news on the cruising scene is scarce. Booking ahead for 2022 is recommended if you want a certain cabin on certain trip, as all lines offer a money back guarantee.
The Airbus A220 has been welcomed by Air France (AF) at a ceremony held at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Whilst other airlines have gone the other way regarding buying refreshments on board Jet2 has teamed up with café operator Carluccio’s to offer an Italian snack box on its in-flight menu.
Radisson’s Autograph Collection Hotels has announced the opening of The Ivens, in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon.
The Government has seized control of London & South Eastern Railway (Southeastern).
Marriott International has combined two of its brands to open a dual-labelled hotel in the heart of Hamburg’s creative district.
The Heathrow Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at T2 has re-opened.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) held one of its regional test days last week based in the delightful grounds of Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke in Hampshire.
Since the start of the pandemic Southend Airport has arguably suffered the worse of any regional UK airport with the loss of its two major carriers for 2022.
A Piccadilly landmark, where the Queen celebrated her 80th birthday and Maggie Thatcher lived out her days, The Ritz is set to be given planning permission for the largest refurbishment in its 115-year history.