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Thomas Cook Airlines launches new Premium cabin
Thomas Cook Airlines is launching a new Premium service on its Airbus A330 long haul fleet. Read More
Air France braced for week-long pilots' strike
Air France pilots have begun a week-long strike with more than 50% of normal flights cancelled. Read More
MH17 tragedy could have been avoided if airlines shared info - Emirates CEO
The chief executive of Emirates has suggested that the MH17 tragedy could have been prevented if airlines had shared information regarding weapons in Ukraine Read More
Heathrow's demands for 20-year deal on runway charges
Heathrow is reportedly demanding a 20-year deal on landing charges from the CAA in return for building a third runway at the west London airport Read More
Heathrow deploys extra staff to beat strike
Heathrow said that its operations are “running normally” despite a 24-hour strike being held by some ground handlers Read More
Gatwick sets record for busiest ever month
Gatwick airport has once again renewed its call for a second runway after recording its busiest ever month Read More
Operators voice fears after Virgin cuts routes
Specialist operators have expressed disappointment at Virgin Atlantic’s decision to axe long-haul routes to Cape Town and Tokyo in favour of more capacity to the US Read More
Heathrow calls for expansion after record-breaking month
Heathrow has used a record-setting month to call for the airport to be allowed to expand Read More
Lufthansa cancels flights amid strike action
European and domestic flights from Munich hub are affected but long-haul services will continue Read More
Dubai approves plans for ‘world’s biggest airport’
Ruler green-lights $32 billion project to expand Dubai World Central Read More
Lib Dems rule out airport expansion
Party pledges to “ensure no net increase in runways across the UK” Read More
MH17 was hit by 'numerous objects', report reveals
Dutch investigation finds “no evidence of technical or human error” Read More
Russia makes new threat over airspace
Medvedev threatens retaliation as EU agrees to stronger sanctions over Ukraine conflict Read More
Luton airport open again after suspect package scare
Incident caused delays and cancellations, and forced bomb disposal experts to carry out controlled explosion Read More
Ryanair agrees deal to buy up to 200 Boeing jets
Airline will take at least 100 of the manufacturer’s new 737 Max 200 aircraft Read More
Luton airport evacuated after suspicious package found
Authorities suspend incoming flights and close approach road Read More
Future of Virgin Atlantic's Little Red in doubt?
Reports claim UK regional service is under threat due to low passenger numbers Read More
Air China plane in emergency landing at Gatwick
Flight returns to airport shortly after take-off, forcing brief runway closure Read More
Investigators to return to MH17 crash site
Governments of Malaysia and Australia want to send experts back to Ukraine before winter sets in Read More
Lufthansa pilots announce second strike
Action could see more than 200 flights cancelled Read More

Business Traveller RSS

Transatlantic bonus miles for Mileage Plus and Aeroplan members
Members who fly between London and North America with United Airlines or Air Canada can earn up to 35,000 bonus miles

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Ryanair eyes transatlantic services
Chief executive Michael O'Leary would like Ryanair to start operating low-cost flights to North America within five to ten years

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Lufthansa pilots to strike again
The latest industrial action, the fourth such strike in three weeks, had been scheduled to take place at Frankfurt Airport tomorrow. UPDATE: It has now been called off

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MH17 tragedy 'could have been prevented'
Emirates president Tim Clark claims the disaster could have been avoided if information about missile launches in the Ukraine area had been shared

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Emirates and Jetstar expand codeshare agreement
The deal sees the Gulf carrier's code placed on five more Jetstar routes

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Shangri-La rebrands Traders Hotels as Hotel Jen
The process started today in Singapore with the opening of Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, a property that had originally been earmarked as a Traders hotel

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Air France pilots walk out for a week
The seven-day industrial action, which began this morning, is protesting plans to transfer jobs to the airline's low-cost subsidiary Transavia

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Lufthansa A380 loses to Emirates at Mumbai again
Lufthansa was intending to launch A380 flights to Mumbai from October, while Emirates would "downgrade" its existing A380 service to a B777-300ER. Neither is happening

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Air France A380: What you need to know
The airline has ten superjumbos and currently flies to seven destinations — LA, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Hong Kong

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Win a $500 spending spree
Business Traveller has teamed up with Simon Shopping Destinations to offer one lucky reader a US$500 spending spree in any one of its over 100 upmarket US shopping venues

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Free international roaming data with Globalgig
Sign up to the Business Traveller Plus members' club, and you'll get a free SIM and up to 300MB of free international roaming data

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Singapore Airlines A380: What you need to know
The launch customer of the Airbus A380, SIA currently has 19 superjumbos in its fleet with five more on order

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Get free Platinum GHA Discovery membership
Find out how you can get free Platinum membership of the Global Hotel Alliance Discovery programme, offering benefits including upgrades, late check-outs and complimentary internet access

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Air New Zealand makes final B747 flight
The carrier's last in-service B747-400 flew from San Francisco to Auckland today

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Accor to have 300 hotels in UK by 2018
Thomas Dubaere, managing director of Accor UK & Ireland, told Business Traveller that the majority of the new openings will be Ibis Styles and Mercure hotels

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Heathrow 'running normally' despite strike
A spokesperson for the London airport said contingency plans have been put into place to cope with today's ground handler strike

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Vistara launch delayed by 'couple of months'
A collaboration between the Indian conglomerate Tata and Singapore Airlines, the new airline was scheduled to start operating in October

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Air New Zealand increases capacity to Los Angeles
The airline will add three weekly services onto its Auckland to LAX route next summer

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Accor to open two London hotels
The French company has announced it will open an Ibis Styles in Piccadilly Circus and a MGallery in Leicester Square

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Flybe and Finnair sign codeshare agreement
From September 15, Flybe will offer flights from its Manchester hub to Finnair destinations in Scandinavia and 15 Asian destinations

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BA to up flights to Miami and Cape Town
The carrier will next summer increase its number of services to the two cities

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Miles & More bonus miles for Accor stays
Members of Lufthansa's frequent flyer programme who complete a qualifying stay at an Accor hotel before December 31 can earn 3,000 bonus miles

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Etihad Regional competes with Swiss on Lugano-Zurich route
The Gulf airline's subsidiary plans to compete with home carrier Swiss on the important route linking Lugano in Swiss Ticino with Zurich

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Mondrian London to open this month
Morgans Hotel Group will open the 359-room Mondrian London at Sea Containers on September 30

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Qantas cancels some Dubai to London flights
The Australian airline is cancelling five round-trip services between Dubai and London Heathrow in October and November

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

CAA announces replacement of Class F airspace
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the UK's Class F airspace is to change. This follows the recommendations of an ICAO audit, changes to European legislation under the Single European Rules of the Air and a subsequent review of national airspace arrangements, which included a consultation with the aviation community. Class F airspace has been established for many years in the UK Flight Information Regions (FIR) in the form of Advisory Routes (ADRs). These ADRs will be rep Read More
Online test launched for infringing pilots
To increase the options it has available to tackle airspace infringements, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) may, from today, ask pilots who do infringe controlled or restricted airspace to sit a short online test to assess their airmanship skills. The test will only be accessible with a secure password, sent by the CAA to the infringing pilot. Failure to successfully complete the test within one month could result in further licensing action being Read More
CAA steps in to protect holidaymakers affected by travel company collapse
Press release on the collapse of two UK-based travel companies. Includes advice for affected consumers. Read More
Pilot controlled lighting switched on for GA pilots
Licensed aerodromes will be free to introduce pilot controlled lighting systems, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. Until now, pilot controlled lighting at licensed aerodromes was reserved solely for the emergency services. Unlicensed aerodromes have been using pilot controlled lighting technology for a number of years. Details of the CAA's policy change will be made available during this weekend's LAA Rally at Sywell Aerodrome (29-31 Aug). The change follows a consultation Read More

Travolution Articles RSS feed

Former Tui boss Blastland brought in to advise OTA Loveholidays
Former Tui Travel managing director Dermot Blastland is to join online travel agent Loveholidays as non-executive director. Read More
Guest Post: Travel sites must keep up with rising customer expectations
Pioneering travel operators made their first tentative steps into the brave new world of the internet over a decade ago. Looking back to the first travel and hotel websites, we can appreciate just how far technology has since come. Read More
Guest Post: Are travel bloggers undermining spirit of social media
The latest blogging trends are a corruption of what the form started out as, says Steve Dunne, executive chairman of Brighter Group. Read More
BrightOnTravel: Travel's leaders 'too old' to grasp next gen technology
Attitudes towards social media and more sophisticated data-driven systems will modernise when a generational shift among senior bosses takes place in the travel industry. Read More
BrightOnTravel: ‘Don’t blow funds on PPC, spend on social to build a brand’
Firms should stop blowing funds on increasingly expensive PPC campaigns and instead invest in building brands on social media, the second BrightOnTravel conference was told. Read More
Sabre takes over hospitality tech firm
Privately-owned hospitality technology company Genares has been taken over by Sabre for an undisclosed sum to strengthen its position as a leading technology partner to hoteliers worldwide. Read More
Youtravel vows to unveil new tech platform as it announces restructure
Trade bed bank Youtravel has announced a restructuring that will see its purchasing and products departments centralised with parent company Meeting Point in Dubai. Read More
BrightOnTravel: Social and location signals will make travel marketing more personal
Consumers' social identity and activity on email is going to overtake traditional web browser cookies as marketing campaigns exploit the wealth of data available to be more personal. Read More
Directflights unveils data-driven flight quality scoring system
Travellers are being given the ability to compare flight prices and schedules together with value-added flight amenities on meta search site Read More
Bloggers urged to apply for WTM speed networking session
A call has gone out for travel bloggers to apply for a new speed networking session at World Travel Market. Read More
Travelport confirms multi-million dollar stock market flotation
The anticipated multi-million dollar stock market flotation of Travelport Worldwide was confirmed today. Read More
Travelport renews full content deal with Alitalia
Additional services will be available to agents through a renewed full content distribution deal struck between Alitalia and Travelport. Read More
Traveltek-powered Flexicruise to launch offering easy booking process
New UK cruise retailer Flexicruise will officially launch in time for this month’s National Cruise Week, claiming to offer a simple four step booking process. Read More
Travolution Awards’ super six start-ups revealed
The six finalists in the Travolution Award for Start-up of the year have been announced ahead of the ceremony this December. Read More
Expedia founder Breakwell tops the bill at Travolution Summit 2014
This year the Travolution Summit has a new venue right in the heart of what’s sure to become London’s next major technology hub. Read More

News |

Thomas Cook profit expectations and transformation 'on track'
Thomas Cook claims its “transformation remains on track” as it revealed it expects its full-year earnings would be in the range of £315 million and £350 million. Read More
Travel Counsellors launches business travel sub-brand
Travel Counsellors has revealed a new business travel sub-brand and website for its agents. Read More
Armed robber who targeted agents faces jail
An armed robber who targeted travel agents around the country is facing jail after being found guilty of four offences. Read More
Ryanair to fly transatlantic 'within 10 years'
Budget airline Ryanair could offer transatlantic flights within the next five to ten years. Read More
Murder investigation launched after deaths of British tourists in Thailand
Police say they are looking for a number of suspects linked to the double murder of two British tourists on a beach in Thailand. Read More
MPs slam £30 fast track charge amid passport office chaos
MPs claim some passport applicants who paid for a fast track service only to face delays earlier in the year were exploited. Read More
Air France warns disruption will get worse
Air France has warned that disruption will get worse due to a week-long strike by its pilots. Read More
Consumer awareness of Abta holds strong
Consumer awareness of Abta is holding strong with a 75% public recognition factor, up 1% on last year. Read More
City Insider: The Google threat to OTAs
David Stevenson examines the likely next moves in travel by Google, in the second of a two-part series Read More
Thomas Cook introduces premium long haul service
New economy and premium in-flight services will feature on Thomas Cook Airlines’ Airbus A330 long haul fleet in time for next summer. Read More
Malmaison frontrunner in bid for Great Scotland Yard hotel
Malmaison has emerged as the front runner to buy the original Scotland Yard headquarters, which is being transformed into a luxury hotel. Read More
Global cruise industry 'worth $117 bn' new figures show
The global cruise industry generates $117 billion in total economic contributions, supporting 891,009 full-time jobs with total wages of $38.47 billion, according to new data. Read More
British tourists found dead on Thai beach
The naked bodies of two British tourists who had apparently been attacked with a hoe have been found on a beach in Thailand. Read More
SNP vows to scrap APD if it wins independence vote
The Scottish National Party will scrap Air Passenger Duty should the party form an independent Scottish government after a "yes" vote in Thursday’s referendum. Read More
City Insider: Is travel unwillingly coming under Google's control?
David Stevenson explains the background to Google's intentions in travel in the first of a two-part expose Read More

Destinations |

Berlin: Wall stories
As Berlin marks 25 years since the fall of the wall, Katie McGonagle finds out what's changed. Read More
Quebec, Canada: French connection
Katie McGonagle has a whale of a time in Quebec's maritime region. Read More
Alberta, Canada: Walking in the air
Joanna Booth tests her head for heights in Alberta. Read More
Get more in Malta
Up-sell a stay to make it extra-special, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Malta: It's party time
Malta’s festivals are the perfect excuse for a short break, says Katie McGonagle. Read More
Add-ons: Doing it for the kids
Accommodation is just the start - tailor the whole holiday to tots with smart add-ons, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Disneyland Paris: Bonjour Remy
Flora Ioannou scurried to Paris to get a taste of Disney's new rodent ride. Read More
Walt Disney World: Seventh Heaven
Katie McGonagle finds her inner Snow White on Walt Disney World's newest ride. Read More
Bewitched: Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley
Tom Irwin was one of the first muggles to check out Universal Orlando's newest attraction. Read More
Vietnam and Laos: Indochina in your hand
Karl Cushing joined six agents in Vietnam and Laos on a Travel Indochina fam trip. Read More
Thailand: Thai tots
Lee Hayhurst discovers that Thailand still delights with three kids in tow. Read More
Responsible tourism: Soothe your conscience
Travelling sustainably needn't take effort, Joanna Booth discovers. Read More
Go farther for Christmas
Lucy Huxley flew to Finland so the kids could see Santa. Read More
Teenage dreams
Tailor a trip to suit teenagers and the whole family will be happy, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
10 of the best half-term holidays
Book in a week of family fun with Katie McGonagle’s guide to half-term hotspots. Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Robin Quarrelle
Robin Quarrelle had not planned to get a job in the travel industry, but a couple of winters spent working in ski resorts had him hooked. Read More
Readers' Lives: Joanne Dooey
After 26 years in the travel industry, Joanne Dooey has taken the plunge to go it alone. Read More
Readers' Lives: Claire Horne
A crime novel is not the obvious place to see your travel agency business mentioned, but that’s exactly what happened to Claire Horne. Read More
Readers' Lives: Hazel Bryant
A year ago, Hazel Bryant was having trouble sleeping. Read More
Readers' Lives: Ben Murtagh
Every time the chance to travel comes Ben Murtagh’s way, he grabs it. As a result, the Virgin Holidays senior sales consultant manages seven overseas trips a year on average. Read More
Readers' Lives: Tina Luke
Mining town manager loves being at travel coalface. Read More
Readers' Lives: Michelle Halsey
Michelle Halsey had an inkling she was on to something when she sold 12 seats on a dinner train trip – escorted by herself – with Belmond in just a week. Read More
Readers' Lives: Amanda Eulenkamp
Amanda Eulenkamp knows a thing or two about turning a crisis into a positive experience. Two of Travel Solutions’ five branches have flooded in the past six months. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Ashleigh Bourne
As the long-haul coordinator in a branch where none of the staff had visited California, Ashleigh Bourne was the perfect candidate for Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip. Read More
Readers' Lives: Paul Nadin
Ever since Paul Nadin’s mother died from multiple sclerosis when he was 23 he has had a desire to help others in the disabled community. Read More
Readers' Lives: Jo Farrell
Jo Farrell has a lot to thank her husband Chris for. It was he who gave her the encouragement, confidence and support to set up her travel agency Holidaze nine years ago on her own. Read More
Advice: How to sell animal attractions
Advice from Simon Pickup, sustainable tourism manager, Abta Read More
Readers' Lives: Lee Hunt
Lee Hunt is not usually a risk-taker. But after a five-year break from the travel industry and waiting years for a shop lease to become available in his town, the former Thomas Cook manager knew he had to get some money quickly to make his dream of running his own travel agency come true. Read More
Readers' Lives: Tina Nason
When Tina Nason was offered a trainee role at Carrick Travel 31 years ago, she nearly didn’t get the job – because her dad wanted her to finish her studies. Read More
Advice: How to upsell
Travel agents can increase sales and commission earnings by upselling to clients on simple extras, from accommodation or flight upgrades to excursions and sightseeing tours. Read More