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4 OCTOBER 2021


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Jersey gets the welcome right.

Dr Peter Smart comments from Luthermuir

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GB goes Blue Badge stays

British motorists driving outside the UK must now remove old-style GB stickers or cover them up, and replace them with UK stickers.

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IATA Thank you for coming to Boston

A welcome by Martha Sheridan, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

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COMMENT: AGM Meets to Focus on Critical Issues

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.

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Skytrax Awards *

A surprise major award winner of the 2021 Skytrax awards was Saudi Arabian Airlines as the World’s Most Improved Airline.

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Travel The rules change today *

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.

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British Airways share value

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.

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Business Travel Show *

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.

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Gatwick good news

Two airlines brought some good news to Gatwick Airport (LGW) last week.

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Heathrow drop-off cost *

From Monday 1 November, the charge will be £5.  Taxi drivers will add the sum to their bill.

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Ryanair backs Cork

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.

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Virgin Boost

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.

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ON TOUR: Regal Princess

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.

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CRUISE NEWS: October 2021

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.

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Ocean and River Cruise Companies

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AND FINALLY: Noah was first

This is the BTN "Cruise" edition.

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Air France and the A220 *

The Airbus A220 has been welcomed by Air France (AF) at a ceremony held at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Jet2 in-flight offerings

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.

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Lisbon luxury hotel

Radisson’s Autograph Collection Hotels has announced the opening of The Ivens, in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon.

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London & South Eastern Railway

The Government has seized control of London & South Eastern Railway (Southeastern).

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Marriott in Hamburg

Marriott International has combined two of its brands to open a dual-labelled hotel in the heart of Hamburg’s creative district.

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Singapore Airlines re-opens lounge

The Heathrow Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at T2 has re-opened.

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SMMT Test Day

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.

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Southend Airport invests

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.

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Swissport and AirPortr

Baggage handling moves on.

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The Ritz pampered

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.

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Turkey reopens

Airlines easyJet, Pegasus, Ryanair and TUI are the beneficiaries following the Turkish Government’s announcement that double vaccinated holidaymakers from the UK no longer need to undertake a PCR test before travelling.  Children under 12 are exempt.

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