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UK air passenger numbers continue to grow
Passenger numbers from UK airports are closing in on their pre-recession peak, according to new data released by the CAA Read More
CAA to create 'aviation ombudsman'
The CAA has revealed it is to create an “aviation ombudsman” to help passengers resolve disputes with airlines Read More
WTTC 2015: O'Leary calls for new runways at three UK airports
Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted should all build extra runways and then let the market decide which one is best, Michael O’Leary has claimed. Read More
Plane forced to land after worker trapped in cargo hold
An Alaska Airlines plane was forced to declare an emergency and make a priority landing in Seattle after the aircraft took off while a worker was trapped in the cargo hold Read More
EasyJet names new chief financial officer
EasyJet has appointed Andrew Findlay as its new chief financial officer Read More
US regulators upgrade Indian aviation safety rating
India’s aviation safety rating has been upgraded by US authorities enabling Indian airlines to boost its number of flights that operate to the country Read More
UK airports confident that passenger growth will continue
More than half of UK airports are confident that passenger number growth will be stronger in 2015, compared with 2014 Read More
EasyJet to rescue stranded school children following French strike
The airline is helping to repatriate passengers who were left stranded following a strike by French air traffic controllers Read More
Bankers drafted in to assess new runway costs
The government has appointed advisors to run the rule over the cost of building a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick Read More
BA ups London City-Dublin frequency
British Airways is to add a sixth daily London City-Dublin flight only six months after launching the route. Read More
Finnair to debut A350 this autumn
Finnair will claim a first in October when it makes the debut commercial flight of a new aircraft type, the Airbus A350, to Heathrow Read More
US carriers move closer to completing merger
American Airlines has moved a step closer to completing its merger with US Airways with the granting of a single operating certificate Read More
Turkish adds more Manchester-Istanbul flights
Turkish Airlines is increasing the number of weekly flights it offers from Manchester to Istanbul to 21 Read More launches new ex-Belfast destinations is meeting its pledge to offer 18 destinations from Belfast International airport for the summer after two new flights last week Read More
UK escapes the worst of French ATC strike
Ryanair and Air France have been hardest hit, with most carriers cancelling only a handful of flights from the UK Read More
SriLankan Airlines faces government investigation
SriLankan Airlines is the subject of a corruption probe by the country’s new government over allegations involving “billions of dollars” Read More
Air India grounds pilots after cockpit 'disagreement'
Air India has reportedly grounded two of its pilots following a cockpit brawl before takeoff Read More
Ryanair bans booze on notorious Glasgow-Ibiza flight
Ryanair has banned passengers from taking duty-free booze onboard its Prestwick-Ibiza flights after a spate of drunken incidents Read More
Flybe expects to break even this year
The regional airline has been boosted by a “return to growth” in the final quarter of its financial year Read More
Wizz Air to launch allocated seating from May
Wizz Air is to introduce allocated seating from May 2015, the budget airline announced today Read More

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Movenpick to open eighth Dubai hotel
The 251-room Movenpick Hotel Dubai Media City will be located next to the "innovation hub" area for technology businesses and entrepreneurs announced by the government last year

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Avis rents out Toyota Yaris Icon hybrid
The small automatic car, which has a hybrid petrol engine, is now available at seven Avis branches in the capital

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BA offers free Club World upgrade to First
The promotion is available on one leg of any eligible route, namely those that have a first class service, and is subject to availability

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United to bring in new economy menu
The carrier will launch the new menu on June 1. It will include larger portions and complimentary beer and wine

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Astor Hotel Saint-Honoré to join Curio
The independent Paris property will become part of Hilton's Curio portfolio in 2016 once a refurbishment has taken place

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Addison Lee buys ninth London rival
The minicab firm has purchased Cyclone VIP Cars & Couriers

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ANA adds Star Wars livery to B787-9
The Japanese carrier unveiled a Dreamliner painted to look like the sci-fi franchise's iconic robot character R2-D2 yesterday

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Qantas to restart Perth-Singapore service
The Australian airline will operate a five-times weekly B737 service between the two cities from June 26

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Starwood unveils tenth brand Tribute Portfolio
The new offering, which will focus on four-star "upper upscale" properties, joins the Luxury Collection as Starwood's second independent hotel brand

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United pulls Priority Pass lounge access
From May 15, Priority Pass members will no longer have access to United Club lounges

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First independent lounge coming to Heathrow T5
"Aspire, the Lounge and Spa" will be located near Gate 18 and is available to anyone passing through the terminal, regardless of their class of travel

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Emirates starts second Gatwick A380 service
The Gulf carrier was scheduled to roster the superjumbo on flights EK015/016 from June 1, but has done so immediately due to "passenger demand"

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Delta axes Moscow service as part of international cutbacks
The US carrier will also introduce a 15 per cent reduction in flights to Brazil and a 15 to 20 per cent in services to Japan, Africa, India and the Middle East

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Maritim to open Amsterdam's tallest hotel
The 34-storey Maritim Hotel Amsterdam will be the brand's first hotel in Holland and is scheduled to open in 2018

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Swiss and Lufthansa add new codeshares
The expanded agreement will see Swiss add Lufthansa's LX flight code to six of its routes within Europe

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Turkish Airlines adds new daily Heathrow service
The flights, which will be operated by an A321 aircraft, launch in late October

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Starwood debuts St Regis in Istanbul
The 118-room St Regis Istanbul is located next to Macka Park in the Nisantasi neighbourhood on the European side of the city

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Easyjet adds Gatwick reminders update to app
"Mobile Host" uses live data from the airport's information systems and Google indoor maps

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Airbus offers three economy class 'choices'
The manufacturer has today unveiled a choice of three different economy class concepts — Premium, Comfort and Budget. It also exhibited its 11-across seating

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Delta moves to Shanghai Pudong Terminal 1
The transfer from Terminal 2 allows the US carrier to work more closely with its Skyteam codeshare partners China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines

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Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Retailers reminded of dangerous goods rules following conviction
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today urged retailers to carefully follow existing safety procedures when delivering restricted goods to customers by air. It follows the successful prosecution of an online discount retailer for shipping an acid-based drain cleaner by air as a routine postal item, in breach of the 'dangerous goods' regulations. The package split open, releasing the liquid and injuring two Jersey Post postal workers. Brooks Discount Limited, trading as Top Brand Disco Read More
Passengers at UK airports increase for the fourth year in a row
New data published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority shows passenger demand at the country's airports is now just shy of the pre-recession boom years. The latest figures show 238 million passengers passed through UK airports during 2014; an increase of 4.4 per cent (10m) on 2013. Read More
CAA confirms plans for creation of "aviation ombudsman"
CAA press release on policy statement regarding alternative dispute resolution. Read More
CAA announces more positive news for GA at Duxford event
Building on a year of positive change for UK General Aviation (GA), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced further updates at a major briefing for the GA community today. The announcements are part of the CAA's work to make regulation of the UK's GA sector more proportionate and evidence-based. Announced at the event was a new exemption from existing rules that will, allow paid recurrent flight training or testing in aircraft that have a Permit to Fly airworthiness certification. Also Read More
Consultation on General Aviation rules and regulations launched
A root and branch review of many of the national rules and regulations that affect UK General Aviation (GA) is underway through a consultation on the elements in the Air Navigation Order (ANO) that affect GA. The review follows a commitment made by the CAA, in response to the Government's Red Tape Challenge, to reform the regulatory regime for the UK's GA sector. Pilot licensing, operations and airworthiness rules are covered in the consultation with a view to deregulating or delegating w Read More
CAA launches legal action: regulator acts against three major airlines to protect UK passengers
Press release on CAA action against three airlines Read More

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Spain tops destination list for 2014 as UK air passenger numbers reaches 238m
Spain was the top country visited by UK airline passengers last year as the total number using British airports rose by 4.4% or 10 million over 2013. Read More
Cosmos acts to resolve issues with new trade website
Cosmos Holidays says it has addressed issues experienced by travel agents using its trade website. Read More
Star Wars buzz hits new heights with R2-D2 Dreamliner livery
A new All Nippon Airways aircraft will carry Star Wars livery featuring R2-D2. Read More
Business travel line-up announced for Advantage conference
Details have been unveiled for the business travel section of the Advantage conference in Turkey next month. Read More
French air traffic control strikes cancelled
The threat of further travel chaos has been lifted with French air traffic controllers withdrawing a strike threat. Read More
Andrea Kendal to leave Hays for Affordable Car Hire
Hays Travel commercial director Andrea Kendal is to leave the group to become managing director of Affordable Car Hire. Read More
Former Silversea head of sales joins Oceania
Former Silversea Cruises head of sales Priti Mehta has joined rival luxury line Oceania Cruises in the same role. Read More
Southampton airport reports double-digit growth
Southampton airport is gearing up for an expanded summer schedule after recording double-digit passenger growth in March. Read More
Event Preview: Selling Cruise Conference 2015
Clia boss Andy Harmer reveals what agents can expect from this year's Selling Cruise Conference next month. Report by Hollie-Rae Merrick. Read More
Pure Destinations reports major sales hike following Kuoni partnership
Travel agency Pure Destinations has reported a marked increase in sales since becoming a Kuoni partner store. Read More
Ryanair's Aer Lingus stake ruling upheld
Ryanair still faces having to sell down its stake in Aer Lingus, the Competition and Markets Authority provisionally ruled today. Read More
Accor reports strong trading after Q1 profits rise
First quarter revenue at French hotel giant Accor rose by 5.6% year-on-year to €1.2 billion. Read More
Long-serving Tui director Simmonds to leave
Long-serving Tui Group HR director Jacky Simmonds is standing down following the merger with Hanover-based Tui AG. Read More
Azamara pioneers virtual reality cruise experience
Azamara Club Cruises has become the first cruise line to use virtual reality to allow guests to experience life on board. Read More
IAG quits Brussels trade body over Gulf airlines row
International Airlines Group has quit the Association of European Airlines amid a row over the threat posed by fast-expanding Gulf carriers. Read More
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Breaking Travel News

News: Mövenpick reveals 2017 Dubai Media City debut
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to open its first property in Dubai Media City in 2017, a move that will capitalise on the vibrant business district’s fast-paced expansion. The 251-key Mövenpick Hotel Dubai Media City will stand adjacent to the AED 4.5 billion “innovation hub” announced by the Dubai Government last year.
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News: Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah appoints general manager
Viceroy Hotel Group is appointing Mikael Svensson as General Manager of Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, ahead of the property’s opening in 2016. A dynamic leader in the international luxury hotel industry, Svensson is well placed to oversee the launch of the USD$1 billion property, Viceroy Hotel Group’s first venture into Dubai.
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News: Six Senses rolls out Organic Pharmacy products
A selection of treatments using products from The Organic Pharmacy are being rolled out at Six Senses Spas. Skincare by The Organic Pharmacy is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine with the principles that the quality of the ingredients and the purity of the formulation are paramount as well as dosage.
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News: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority launches ad campaign
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority have launched an advertising campaign, in conjunction with 19 hotels and 19 tour operators, to promote ease of access and affordability to the twin-island destination. The campaign runs over two of the biggest sporting events of the year for the island - the end of West Indies vs. England cricket Test and the inaugural Antigua Sailing Week.
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News: Qantas resumes Perth-Singapore service
Qantas is returning to the Perth-Singapore route as part of a number of improvements for West Australian travellers. From 26 June Qantas will operate five return Boeing 737 Perth-Singapore services each week –  a total of almost 1700 seats.
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News: Ryanair in social media focus
Ryanair has joined Instagram, offering behind the scenes images of life inside the low cost carrier, snapshots of its 190 destinations and the chance for customers to share their favourite Ryanair photos and experiences through the @Ryanair account.
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Focus: Ottoman Indulgence - at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai
Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard discovers a ‘day of indulgence’  at the Ottoman inspired resort on Palm Jumeirah.
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News: British Airways introduces mindfulness practices to promote healthy flying
British Airways today introduced its Mindfulness for Travel series to provide fliers with meditation techniques for a relaxed and positive state of mind. The initiative was developed for the launch of British Airways’ new Airbus A380 service between San Francisco and London.
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News: Routes Europe heads to Kraków in 2016
Europe’s leading route development forum will return to Poland next year when Routes Europe 2016 will take place in Kraków on 24-26 April, 2016.
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News: Passengers reminded to check before they travel through Moorfields station
Work has begun this week at Moorfields station as part of an £8m investment which will transform it into a modern station serving Liverpool’s business district.
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News: Fox Rent-A-Car announces new corporate location in Myrtle Beach
Fox Rent-A-Car continues the expansion of our US business with the addition of the brand new Myrtle Beach, South Carolina location on May 1, 2015. This latest addition to the Fox corporate location roster will be open soon for reservations.
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News: Scottish Tourism Alliance welcomes support from tennents
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the voice of the Scottish tourism industry, is welcoming support from Tennents Caledonian Brewery as a brand new sponsorship deal is announced.
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News: Crystal Cruises offers guests more opportunities to give back In 2015
Luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises continues its commitment to enriching the lives of its guests and the destinations to which its award-winning ships sail with an expanded number of the popular “You Care, We Care” shore excursions in 2015.
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News: Rolls-Royce wins largest ever order from Emirates
Rolls-Royce has won its largest ever order, worth $9.2 billion, to provide Trent 900 engines and TotalCare service support to Emirates. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380 aircraft that will enter service from 2016. The decision confirms the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380.
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News: Starwood launches new Tribute Portfolio
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has introduced Tribute Portfolio, the company’s tenth brand and second collection of independent hotels. Promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest members and guests the ability to ‘Stay Independent,’ the Tribute Portfolio brand will be comprised of outstanding independent hotels and resorts. With a firm focus on four star, upper upscale hotels, Tribute Portfolio will complement Starwood’s The Luxury Collection brand and further solidify Starwood as the world’s most global high-end hotel company.
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News: Saxon Hotel welcomes first Johnnie Walker bar to Africa
This month sees the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa welcome a new addition to their exclusive offerings - the eagerly awaited Johnnie Walker whisky bar, Eighteen05. Dedicated to providing guests with an unprecedented, luxury whisky experience, this intimate hotel bar offers ambience and tastings one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
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News: All Nippon Airways takes Star Wars livery into the skies
All Nippon Airways will introduce a Star Wars livery, with the iconic R2-D2, on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner to mark the beginning of a five-year agreement with Walt Disney. This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft.
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News: Israel offers cash incentives for airlines flying to Eilat
The Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced a new tourism directive to encourage airline operators to fly to Israel’s Red Sea resort, Eilat. From October 6th the ministry will reimburse airline operators €45 for every passenger flying to Eilat’s Ovda Airport, up to a total of €1 million per annum per airline. The incentive will remain in place until April 22nd, 2016.
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News: Royal Caribbean to take Ovation of the Seas to Australia
Australia will welcome its very own brand new cruise ship for the first time when Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas homeports in Sydney for winter 2016-17. Currently under construction in Germany, Ovation of the Seas will not only claim the title of the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home but also the most technologically advanced in the region.
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News: WTTC Global Summit 2015: Dallas selected to host Global Summit 2016
Officials at the World Travel & Tourism Council have revealed Dallas, Texas, will host the WTTC Global Summit, in April 2016. The location of the 2016 Global Summit was announced at the close of the 15th WTTC Global Summit in Madrid, Spain, with Phillip Jones, chief executive, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sean Donohue, chief executive, Dallas Fort Worth Airport.
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