29 AUGUST 2022


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Our railway expert has come up with a very good point regarding cycles.  He should pedal over to his near neighour Grant Shapps MP and explain.


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Today being the Summer Bank Holiday Monday, and with many people away, the announcement regarding the future of Business Travel News has been postponed for a week.  

We have also changed the page layout. Is reading the publication easier in one string to stroll down, or in our traditional manner?

Any comments welcome to malcolm@ginsberg.co.uk

On Monday 5 September all will be revealed.

See BTN Monday 8 August www.btnews.co.uk/article/19438

Malcolm Ginsberg

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ON THE SOAPBOX: Neal Jones, Marriott International

Loyalty programmes are clearly the way forward for the hotel industry as it follows the airlines in finding ways to attract and retain clientele.

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BA cancels more flights

British Airways is trimming the winter schedule by 8% until the end of March and more than 600 flights will be cancelled up to late October.

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Best Premium Economy *

Which is the winner?

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CAA at the Aviation Club *

It could be one of the most interesting Aviation Club lunches for a very long time.

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport *

What happens next?

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Elizabeth Line to Heathrow

The date has been set for a direct train service from Heathrow T2, T3 and T4 to central London, with the Bond Street station opening yet to be announced.

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Ethiopian Manchester to Geneva

Manchester to Geneva on Ethiopian may seem an odd choice of flight but it is one way of getting to the ski slopes (and on a wide-bodied long-haul aircraft too).

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Europe doing well

According to the Centre for Aviation (CAPA), now part of Aviation Week (Informa), Europe’s airline seat capacity is now running at nearly 89% of 2019 levels.

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Flybe at Heathrow *

Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY) is again to be linked to Heathrow (LHR), nearly 30 years after Brymon Airways introduced a similar De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft on the route.  At the same time an airport slot expert has queried the airline’s presence at the major airport.

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Gatwick figures

Predicting 32.8m passengers for 2022 as against 46.5m in 2019, Gatwick is in a bullish mood.  In the first six months of the year the airport made a profit after tax of £50.6m.

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Kent loses Eurostar *

Eurostar has not been stopping at Ashford and Ebbsfleet since the start of the pandemic.

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Norwegian Airlines profit

Another airline seemingly out of the mire is Norwegian after going through a very sticky patch.

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Positive news from TAP

TAP Air Portugal has shown a positive recovery from the pandemic in its second quarter financial report (Q2).

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Ryanair press conference

Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair, is holding a press conference at the Andaz London Liverpool Street, 14:00 on Tuesday 30 August.

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Salon Prive approaches

Wednesday (31 August) will see the preview day of what has become the world’s most prestigious motoring concours event.

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Sri Lanka

On Saturday (27 August) the UK Foreign Office lifted its advice against travel to Sri Lanka with a state of emergency in the country coming to an end.

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Star Alliance charity run

To cap off its 25th anniversary celebrations, Star Alliance will host a charity run in Singapore on 9 October in support of healthcare workers responding to Covid-19.

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Travel Aware Campaign

The Business Travel Association (BTA) has joined the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)’s Travel Aware campaign, a joint venture between the FCDO and the travel industry to help make sure British travellers are better prepared when they go overseas.

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Uber car rental

The ubiquitous taxi service still wants you to get from A to B but in a new way.

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Wizz Air Malta

The ever-expanding portfolio of Wizz Air continues in spite of the fracas caused by its seemingly overnight disappearance from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the about face regarding Moscow.

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ON TOUR: The longest air routes

If you are travelling between New York City and Singapore, bring a book. A very long book says London-based aviation analyst Cirium.

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AND FINALLY: Delta is not an airline

Travellers may be confused!

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