8 NOVEMBER 2021
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There was one theme last week, Air Passenger Duty (APD)!
BTN’s Editor-at-Large, Jeff Mills, takes a nostalgic look at the World Travel Market.
Business Travel News (BTN) is on the short list for the CWT Business Travel Journalism Awards (BTJAs) 2021, now seemingly open to publications from all over the world including the United States and Europe. BTN is a previous winner.
London networking is back in fashion with the air travel industry and three significant events.
From 1 November quarantine was lifted for visitors to the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria.
To become a professional pilot is an aspiration for many. It has always been a difficult goal, some failing at the first hurdle due to medical reasons, others not obtaining the educational qualifications, and others unable to put together the necessary financial package.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson flew back from Glasgow last week to London after appearing at the COP26 conference but still attacked the aviation section in a major speech.
With owner International Airlines Group (IAG) announcing negative results last week British Airways (BA) will today (Monday 8 November) celebrate the literal reopening of the US borders and says bookings over the last week have reached unprecedented levels. By the end of the year the airline will be again flying from Heathrow to 23 US cities many with frequent flights. But no word on Gatwick.
The Cardiff – Anglesey route, flown by Eastern Airways as a Public Service Obligation (PSO) supported by the Welsh government remains closed until at least 23 February. It is said to be “under review” although the contract runs until February 2023.
It likes to call itself “Scotland’s Airline.” Loganair will celebrate its 60th birthday on 1 February 2022.
Sharing a stage at World Travel Market (well nearly) were Michael O’Leary, still in charge of Ryanair after 30 years, and Alex Cruz, involved with air travel nearly as long but best known as a short-lived BA Chief Executive.
Dublin’s favourite airline delivered what can only be described under the circumstances as a robust set of figures for October.
As thoughts turn to remembering the fallen of two world wars and other conflicts, BTN’s Editor-at-Large, Jeff Mills, suggests a trip to Belgium’s Flanders Fields to explore the battlefields and much more.
If you are looking for a quality real people carrier in SUV mode the latest four wheel drive Kia Sorento might just fit the bill. Priced at around £40k it is comprehensively equipped and does not require any extras writes Malcolm Ginsberg.
RCCL Anthem of the Seas and Regal Princess
BTN's Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Ginsberg and Chris Tarry, our aviation analyst, have both been to sea in recent times. Each had reservations regarding the trips and each came away very satisfied. What was obvious with both ships was the obvious pleasure of the crew in welcoming back passengers and looking after them in a very positive way. Well done Royal Caribbean and Princess.
Aspire’s Travel News Update newsletter has been published for November.
A surprise announcement at Glasgow’s COP26 summit last Friday was the resurrection of the out of production BAe 146 airliner in all electric form.
International Airlines Group (IAG) member airlines are doing their bit to help Birmingham Airport as it recovers from the effects of Covid-19.
As empty test trains continue to rumble past London City Airport and its now non-existing railway halt, and for that matter the Custom House/ExCeL station, no date has yet been set for the opening of the Elizabeth line/Crossrail project. Spring 2022 has been suggested.
There is likely to be serious difficulties in reaching London City Airport (LCY) going into the new year, but they can be overcome.
A conference in London last week was told that whilst HS2 interchange for the airports has been planned it is going to come down to intuitive connections between plane and train, BTN railway expert Andrew Sharp reports.
Now in a new era without transatlantic services, Norwegian (it seems to have dropped the official title of Norwegian Air Shuttle) flew one million passengers in October.
British Airways is not the only airline applauding the change in US entry rules. Virgin Atlantic has a new menu in all classes.