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Monarch pilots threatened with pension loss following Greybull acquisition
About 70 Monarch pilots could lose up to £10 million in their pensions as a result of the takeover of the company by Greybull Capital last month Read More
Flybe in new white label agreement with SAS
Flybe has signed a new white label agreement to fly services for SAS Read More
Kent Council withdraws support for Gatwick second runway
Flight path changes and number of night flights are a “massive issue”, says council leader Read More
US unions clamp down on new Norwegian airline transatlantic bid
A powerful union in the US has launched a campaign in a bid to prevent a Norwegian airline from operating a cheaper transatlantic service Read More
'Scrap air tax on children's flights' - new demand from APD lobby group
The Fair Tax on Flying group is hoping for “huge public support” as it unveils a new campaign strand Read More
BA tests prototype ash cloud detection device
“Promising” findings Zeus tech takes its first flight on a commercial aircraft Read More
Jet2 ‘not doing long-haul’ – despite leasing Airbus A330
Jet2 has ruled out entering the long-haul sector despite bringing a wide-body aircraft into its fleet next summer Read More
BA offering 'measured response' to BSP changes
British Airways is positioning itself as “a voice of reason” in the on-going debate over possible changes to the way UK travel agents pay for tickets Read More
Barrhead strikes branding deal with Turkish Airlines
Agreement will see exclusive branding implemented across agency’s Edinburgh stores Read More
EasyJet profit increase more than triples revenue growth
Strong results for low-cost airline as it focuses on “cost and process” Read More
Gatwick boss: UK hubs no longer necessary?
A hub airport in the UK could soon be a thing of the past, Gatwick’s chief executive has claimed Read More
Virgin to hire out Heathrow slots
Virgin Atlantic will lease two pairs of Heathrow take-off and landing slots to rival airlines as it awaits delivery of its new Boeing 787s Read More
Bidders distance themselves from Cyprus Airways deal
Cyprus Airways’ future hangs in the balance after its two potential rescuers reportedly pulled out Read More
Qatar Airways plotting Gatwick return?
Airline thought to be coming back to Gatwick after an absence of four years Read More
BA launches Krakow flights
British Airways is to begin flying to Krakow in May next year, offering timings to suit a long weekend in the city as well as business travellers Read More
Monarch introduces flight-only Atol cover
Airline takes “unusual” step of offering protection for flight-only seats following sale to Greybull Capital. Read More
Flybe swings to loss but looks to brighter future
Flybe has reported a “significantly improved performance in its core UK business” despite revealing a half-year loss Read More
BA will keep domestic routes going
Airline will keep flying to UK airports “as long as customers want them” - despite plans to drop more short-haul routes in favour of long-haul Read More
Davies: businesses may shun UK if airport issue is not soon resolved
The next government will find it harder to “duck” the issue of airport expansion in the south-east, according to the chairman of the Airports Commission Read More
Airports Commission publishes analysis of expansion plans, but has 'not yet taken a view'
New consultation on the three shortlisted proposals runs until February 3 Read More

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Stobart Air to operate two Cityjet routes
The move covers the Cardiff to Edinburgh and Paris services and comes into effect on December 1

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Air Asia X aims to reopen London route
Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian airline's CEO, today revealed he is confident the Kuala Lumpur to Gatwick service will soon restart, almost three years after it was axed

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Qatar Airways to fly twice daily to Manchester
The Gulf carrier will from February 16 use A330-200 aircraft to operate a twice-daily schedule between the two cities

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Supercity to open fourth London property
The serviced apartment provider will redevelop a site in Chancery Lane and will also be opening a property in Watford

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Delta cancels Amsterdam-Mumbai service
The US carrier currently deploys a B767-300ER aircraft on the daily route, which will end on March 28

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Lufthansa auctions premium economy upgrades
Lufthansa passengers travelling in economy can now bid for an upgrade to its new premium economy class

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IHG Rewards unveils online redemption catalogue
The new IHG Rewards Club Global Redemption Catalogue allows 82 million members to add items to a personal wish list and use their points to send gifts to friends and family

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Flybe to launch Belfast-Liverpool service
The regional airline will from February operate three daily frequencies on the route on weekdays, and a daily service at the weekend

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United adds three transatlantic services
The US carrier will next summer launch services from New York to Venice and from Chicago to Dublin and operate a second daily flight between Washington, DC and Paris

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American adds second daily Philadelphia to London flight
From March 29, the new service will be operated by a B757-200 belonging to American's merger partner US Airways

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Etihad ups its stake in Virgin Australia
The Gulf airline has reportedly increased its shareholding in the Australian airline after purchasing an additional 1.7 per cent of shares

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Accor to open two new Scotland hotels
The French company will next year unveil a new Mercure property in Edinburgh and its first Ibis Styles in Glasgow

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Delta to fly Philadelphia to Heathrow
The US carrier will operate a B757 aircraft on the route, which is scheduled to begin on April 7

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Qantas and AA expand codeshare
From November 27, the Flying Kangaroo will codeshare on an additional nine American Airlines services, including four new destinations

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Win an exciting prize package courtesy of McArthurGlen and Hertz
McArthurGlen Designer Outlets is offering a gift card worth £250/€250 and a free weekend car rental in Europe, courtesy of Hertz

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British Airways A380: What you need to know
The national airline has eight superjumbos in its fleet with another four on order and due to be delivered by 2016
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Two AC Hotels by Marriott open
Marriott International has opened new AC Hotels by Marriott properties in Valencia and Istanbul and has a third hotel under construction in Israel

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Win a luxury stay at Fraser Suites Glasgow
The prize includes an overnight stay for two in an Executive Studio Apartment with continental breakfast and dinner at a cosmopolitan city centre restaurant

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Emirates A380: What you need to know
The Gulf carrier has 53 A380 aircraft in its fleet and 90 more on order. Take a virtual tour of one of its superjumbos via Google Street View
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Air France creates Hop Air France for short-haul services
The move brings together staff from both Air France and its regional subsidiary Hop to create Hop Air France

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Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Press release on guidance on fuel for light aircraft Read More
New guidance launched to help UK airports deal with disruption
Press release on the CAA's resilience guidance for airports Read More
Guidance on restoring vintage aircraft issued by CAA
Advice on restoring, or rebuilding, historic and ex-military aircraft has been released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's General Aviation Unit. The guidance has been compiled from a number of existing CAA sources to create a 'one-stop-shop' webpage containing everything a vintage aircraft owner needs to know when starting a restoration project. The information, which only covers aircraft on Permits to Fl Read More
New approval granted for microlight company
For the first time under a new authorisation system, a microlight manufacturer has been given design, production and flight test approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The move will allow the Light Aircraft Company (TLAC) to sell its aircraft as finished 'factory-built' types - previously, the company, based at Little Snoring airfield in Norfolk, could only sell its products as amateur-build kits. The CAA said that the TLAC approval is the latest element in CAA's wider GA Programm Read More
CAA announces delay to full introduction of Standardised European Rules of the Air
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed that the UK implementation of significant elements of the European Union's Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) has been delayed. As a result, there will be no changes to the UK Rules of the Air stemming from SERA that will impact UK pilots. The changes to be introduced on 4 December 2014 resulting from SERA will only be those that replicate existing UK rules. The decision has been prompted by concerns over the impact of the changes Read More
'Proof of concept' rule change could boost UK experimental aircraft design
A proposal to simplify the initial testing process for experimental aircraft in the UK will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers, as well as encouraging the growth of aerospace excellence in new design concepts. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation aimed at reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for Read More
New training techniques to tackle human factors
An initiative to improve 'crew resource management' (CRM) in the aviation industry was launched earlier today with the release of open-access training videos aimed at tackling human factors issues in the cockpit. CRM is the name given to the training techniques used to address potential situations where human error may cause aviation incidents or accidents. The release of the videos [insert link] by the UK Civil Av Read More
CAA announces new members of ATIPAC
Press notice on appointments to ATIPAC Read More
CAA calls on airlines to comply with the law following Supreme Court decisions on flight delay cases
CAA statement on Supreme Court rulings on flight delay compensation cases Read More
Overflight restrictions removed for gyroplanes
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced it will withdraw the 'overflight restriction' from the 'Permit Operating Limitations' of factory-built, type-approved gyroplanes. The move comes after careful consideration of the risks, which the CAA said had left it confident that the appropriate levels of safety could be achieved. Unlike many aircraft currently operating on 'Permits', gyroplanes have not previously been allowed to overfly congested areas at any height. From today Read More

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Asia: Nurturing by nature
Relaxing is easy when you’re surrounded by the natural beauty of Malaysia – as Karl Cushing discovers on a trip to Langkawi and Ipoh Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . "Yeeees, it’s great, thanks,” I bravely lied through gritted teeth as the diminutive masseuse at The Danna Langkawi hotel enquired about the monumental pressure she was somehow applying during my deep-tissue massage. But once my hour-long treatment was complete, it ... Read More
Aviation: Class acts
Premium cabins are undergoing a radical shift, says Martin Ferguson Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . Picture this: you’re on an aircraft, sitting in an ultra wide seat, in front of a 48cm HD TV that’s wired into a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system; there’s a Giorgio Armani washbag, and you’re offered caviar on demand and champagne on tap. Sounds like luxury? Qatar Airways seems to think so, though it took a while to be ... Read More
Asia: China in the sand
Joanna Booth explores Hainan, China’s tropical island paradise Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . Paddle, paddle, paddle. An ungainly pop-up. A moment’s wobbly surfing, before toppling into the water. In many ways, it was pretty similar to the other surf lessons I’ve had in my life. But this time, I wasn’t in Queensland or California, but China. In a destination more associated with walls, pandas and warriors made of clay, a visit to ... Read More
Aviation: Route to success
Airlines will be taking off to a host of new destinations in 2015, giving agent earnings a lift, writes Martin Ferguson Read More
Mauritius: Exclusively yours
Mauritius hosted agents on a tour of its top-end hotels. Tamara Hinson lapped up the luxury. Read More
India & The Indian Ocean: An easy 'chelle
Rupert Murray joins agents on a fam trip to the beautiful Seychelles. Read More
Canada: West-coast wonder
Vancouver resident Nikki Bayley builds the best two-day itinerary in town Read More
Canada: The bears of summer
Churchill’s polar bears can come out to play in July and August, as Nikki Bayley discovered Read More
Paw-fect Places
Four legs are just as good as two when it comes to UK stays, says Joanna Booth. Read More
UK & Ireland: Highland games
It’s time to see your Scottish sales grow, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Escorted Tours: A tour for all seasons
There’s a perfect tour for every time of year, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
Glasgow bliss: 48 hours in Glasgow
Scotland’s biggest city packs a punch as a short-break destination, says David Whitley Read More
Escorted tours: The numbers game
Which escorted tours would suit solo travellers or those going as a group? Katie McGonagle finds out Read More
Access all areas
Unsure of how hotel groups work with agents? Katie McGonagle finds out. Read More
WTM Preview: World at one
Stay on top of the action at this year’s World Travel Market with Katie McGonagle’s guide. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Uber heading for $40bn valuation following latest funding round
Reports suggest Uber Technologies, makers of the rideshare mobile app, is close to raising a round of funding which would value the company at close to $40 billion. T. Rowe Price Group is said to be in discussions to become a new investor in the company, according to reports from Bloomberg Business.
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News: Shah takes up Hyatt expansion role in Africa
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has selected Tejas Shah as the first ever director of development in Africa. In this role, Shah will be responsible for driving growth and brand awareness for Hyatt throughout the continent.
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News: Jumeirah Golf Estates to launch London sale with Fine & Country Golf
European Tour Destination Jumeirah Golf Estates is holding its first property exhibition in association with Fine & Country Golf on December 11th-12th of 2014 at Fine & Country’s Park Lane showroom in Mayfair, London. The exhibition will showcase a portfolio of elite properties for sale within Jumeirah Golf Estates, including the launch of Redwood, a new collection of premium townhouses and villas located in the centre of the community.
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News: Mantis Collection appoints de Klerk to head UK sales
Mantis Collection is proud to announce that Michelle de Klerk will be serving their trade, press and direct clients in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, with immediate effect. Having joined Mantis five years ago as marketing director of their international portfolio of properties, de Klerk successfully expanded their networks of affluent travellers and high net worth individuals and established strategic partnerships with brands, wealth management firms and private banks.
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News: Roller Coaster Restaurant opens at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi
ROGO’S roller coaster-inspired restaurant to turn capital’s casual dining scene upside down with menu of international comfort food delivered at speed. Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage concept development and investment company, The Roller Coaster Restaurant, part of Group JWA, has opened its first UAE outlet with the launch of ROGO’S, a roller coaster inspired casual dining venue located in the capital’s latest retail hotspot, Yas Mall.
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News: United Airlines expands trans-Atlantic route network
United Airlines has announced new trans-Atlantic summer-season service between New York and Venice, Italy, along with new service between Chicago and Dublin, both subject to government approval. In addition, the airline will offer a second daily non-stop flight between Washington Dulles and Paris for the summer season.
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News: IHG signs for Crowne Plaza in Medellin, Colombia
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a new-build, 199-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Medellin, Colombia. The Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the world, with nearly 400 hotels open across more than 60 countries. The hotel will be located in Medellin’s upscale El Poblado neighbourhood, occupying one of two towers in the Palmanova luxury, mixed-use development and connected to the Palma Real Multiplaza.
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News: Orlando Ashford to take up role as president of Holland America Line
Holland America Line has announced that Orlando Ashford will join the company as president to lead the award-winning cruise line from December 1st. He joins the company from Mercer, the global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, where he was president of the Talent Business Segment.
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News: Etihad Airways boosts stake in Virgin Australia
Etihad Airways – considered the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards has upped its stake in Virgin Australia to the maximum allowed by the Foreign Investment Review Board in Australia. The Abu Dhabi based carrier now holds a 22.9 per cent stake after spending another AU$28.34 million last week.
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News: Thomas Cook reveals shock departure of chief executive Green
Thomas Cook has announced the shock departure of its chief executive, Harriet Green. Green has stepped down from the business with immediate affect and will be replaced by chief operating officer, Peter Fankhauser. Green said her “work was complete”.
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News: Swiss-Belhotel International appoints Global Destinations in India
Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Global Destinations as its sales representative for the booming India outbound market. As the leading hospitality management chain in the region the brand is seeking to attract visitors from the sub-continent to its range of hotels and resorts.
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Focus: Phil Blizzard Discovers the culture of the United Arab Emirates at the JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai.
Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard explores the Emirati Cultural Village at the JA Ocean View Hotel as the Emirates get ready for the UAE’s 43rd National Day on December 2nd.
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News: North American ski season begins at Bear Mountain
It’s that time of the year again - time to break out the winter gear and hit the slopes. Snow Summit is scheduled to open on tomorrow and Bear Mountain will follow with opening day celebrations on Friday, November 28th. The 2014/2015 winter season is finally here in North America. 
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News: Chinese travellers turn their eyes toward British tourism
As new research paper has revealed aspirations to visit Britain in China are stronger than ever before. The news comes as VisitBritain holds its biggest Destination China tourism mission to date in Guangzhou and Hong Kong this week. In the 2014 Anholt GfK Nations Brand Index study, China ranked Britain second out of fifty nations for ‘Tourism’ - its highest ranking to date for this attribute and one place higher than in 2013.
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News: Emirates to launch third daily flight to Malé, Maldives
Emirates has announced a third daily service to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Commencing Monday, December 1st, Emirates flight EK656 will depart Dubai International Airport at 02:10, and arrive in Malé at 07:15, adding seven more inbound flights a week to the Maldives, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by a third.
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News: Bhutan on track for record tourism year
The Tourism Council of Bhutan has announced an increase in visitor numbers to the country between January and September 2014, which compared to the same period last year. Visitor numbers rose to 88,138 from 75,771 people, becoming one of the most successful tourism years for the Himalayan Kingdom.
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News: Myanmar takes step out of the cold with Garuda Indonesia deal
Garuda Indonesia and Myanmar Airways International have concluded a codeshare agreement. The signing of the agreement was carried out by Garuda Indonesia executive vice president, sales and marketing, Erik Meijer and Myanmar Airways International managing director Si Thu. Under the agreement, Garuda Indonesia will place its GA marketing code on Myanmar Airways International’s flights between Bangkok-Yangon and Singapore-Yangon.
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News: Carnival brings Fincantieri along on Chinese adventure
Carnival Corporation has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fincantieri, the world’s largest cruise ship building company, to explore the possibility of a shipbuilding joint venture aimed at accelerating development and growth of the cruise industry in China. The deal between Carnival Corporation and Italy-based Fincantieri outlines the framework for evaluating and exploring a potential shipbuilding joint venture for constructing cruise ships for the Chinese market.
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News: Germanwings signs partnership with
Germanwings has announced a joint partnership with hotel broker In the next three years, Germanwings guests will be able to access’s entire product range, including, apartments, guest houses, resorts, B&Bs and hostels. Boomerang Club members will also be able to collect miles on the Germanwings bonus scheme.
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News: Norwegian urges United States to approve transatlantic air carrier permit
Norwegian chief Bjørn Kjos has called on the United States department of transportation to once and for all approve the application for a foreign air carrier permit for the company’s Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International. “We are doing exactly what the Obama administration wants: create American jobs, bring tourists to the United States and offer Americans cheap flights,” he said.
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