1 AUGUST 2022
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Business Travel News this week is produced by Jeff Mills, our Editor-at-Large, and former Editor of Travel Weekly.
“Concerns over the British outbound market”.
Premier Inn has started construction on what it is billing as its first ‘all-electric’ hotel.
Pilots’ union Balpa is reportedly preparing to threaten industrial action against British Airways after ballots secured pay rises for check-in and baggage staff.
Gatwick airport is urging passengers to prepare for security before reaching the screening area, as it struggles to cope with the ongoing queues during the summer period.
UAE-based carrier Emirates (EK) plans to add a second daily flight on its Dubai to Tel Aviv route starting 30 October.
Luton-based easyJet has insisted that almost three-quarters of passengers affected by a raft of flight cancellations were moved with alternative departures within 24 hours.
The head of the Civil Aviation Authority has reinforced a plea for the regulator to be granted stronger powers to support consumers.
In its quarterly trading update, Heathrow says that it had been raising its concerns over the lack of handlers for nine months because the number of people employed in ground handling fell sharply over the last two years, as airlines cut costs during the pandemic.
Norse has partnered with easyJet, Norwegian and Spirit airlines to provide over 600 weekly connections across European and US hubs.
JetBlue Airways has reached a $3.8bn deal to buy Spirit Airlines in a takeover that would create the fifth-largest airline in the US and remove a fast-growing budget carrier from the market.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has introduced its first B737-800 NG aircraft featuring new seating in both Business Class and Economy.
The government doesn’t know whether almost £500m spent on traffic-light travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic worked, according to MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which also questioned whether the cost of the system was worth the disruption caused.
It’s not all plain sailing for the cruise lines.
The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, best known for its property in Singapore, has opened its first hotel in Hong Kong and fourth worldwide.
Ministers from several government departments have met senior police and Border Force officials in an attempt to tackle problems at ports and airports which have caused disruption to holidaymakers and hauliers.
Following last week’s rail strike (27 July), the RMT union has announced that London’s tube workers also plan to strike on 19 August, due to an ongoing dispute over pensions and jobs.
EasyJet has confirmed an order for 56 additional A320 neo Family aircraft, with deliveries due between FY 2026 and FY 2029
The trend for aircraft manufacturers to squeeze in more economy seats into planes continues.
Marriott International has opened its long-anticipated Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad property in Manhattan.
A major refurbishment of Stansted Airport’s international departure lounge has been completed for the big summer getaway, with an investment of £12m invested by the airport and its retail partners to improve the customer experience as it prepares to welcome more than five million passengers during July and August.
Canada has resumed its mandatory arrival testing for air travellers fully vaccinated against Covid-19.