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Etihad halts acquisitions and zones in on emerging markets
China and Africa will be “key” markets for Etihad Airways in coming years, said airline president and chief executive James Hogan. Read More
Interview: How Laurie Berryman helped Emirates take off in the UK
In the 1990s, he had to persuade people that Emirates wasn’t an oil company. Now he proudly declares it ‘the best’ Read More
Nats admits it will face 'financial consequences' after computer glitch
National Air Traffic Services has confirmed it will be compensating customers following the flight delays caused by a technical glitch last Friday Read More
Korean Air faces possible sanctions after nut rage fiasco
Korean Air could face sanctions for pressurising employees to lie during a government investigation into the “nut rage” debacle, South Korea’s transport ministry has said Read More
AirAsia X signs $15bn order for 55 new planes
Order for A33neo jets makes the Malaysian carrier the biggest customer for Airbus’s A330 family Read More
Nats chief admits pay could be affected after 'computer glitch'
The chief executive of National Air Traffic Services (Nats) has admitted that his pay is likely to be affected following the technical glitch which led to London airspace being closed on Friday, affecting some 20,000 passengers Read More
Tap staff plan strike as privatisation looms
Trade unions representing staff at Portuguese airline Tap are planning a walkout over the festive period in protest at a possible sale by the government Read More
Passengers to be denied compensation after Nats glitch, but government promises investigation
Airlines insist IT failure was “beyond their control” - meaning they can sidestep regulations Read More
Flights and Eurostar services cancelled as Belgium hit by biggest strike for years
Industrial action is set to ground all flights and halt public transport, including several international train links Read More
Airspace closure causes chaos for London flights
NATS has confimed that the “technical issues” at its traffic control centre have now been resolved, although it has warned that flights are still likely to be delayed as it “takes time for operations across the UK to recover” Read More
BA flight returns to Heathrow after 'technical problem'
A British Airways flight to Dubai from Heathrow was forced to turn back after a resident on its flight path heard “a big bang” Read More
Abta condemns Iata plan to move to fortnightly payments
“We do not believe more frequent remittance is the right solution,” the association says Read More
Monarch group appoints new group chief financial officer
The Monarch Group has announced the appointment of Barry Nightingale as group chief financial officer Read More
Luton airport rebrands ahead of £100m redevelopment
London Luton airport (LLA) has unveiled a new brand identity ahead of a planned redevelopment Read More
Qantas turnaround gathering pace
The troubled airline is expected to report underlying profit before tax of between $300 million and $350 million in its half-year results Read More
Busy summer boosts Manchester Airports Group
Increases in both passenger numbers and commercial revenues have driven up the group’s half-year profits Read More
Aer Lingus boss to join Malaysia Airlines
Aer Lingus boss Christoph Mueller is to become chief executive of Malaysia Airlines Read More
Ryanair to begin UK flights to the Azores
Ryanair is to open an airport base in the Azores from April 2015 including a weekly flight from Stansted Read More
EasyJet’s McCall earns £7.7m in 2014
EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall earned £7.7 million in pay, benefits and bonuses during 2014 Read More
Ryanair promises early refund on APD for children
Ryanair is to refund APD for children six weeks before the tax is due to abolished in the UK Read More

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Skyteam completes Sky Priority roll-out
The facility provides passengers with dedicated check-in desks, priority boarding and baggage collection, and priority at transfer and ticket desks. It is now available at more than 1,000 airports

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Qantas opens first class lounge at LAX
The Qantas First Lounge facility can accommodate more than 200 people and is three-times the size of the Australian airline's previous first class lounge at LAX

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Etihad unveils new A380 and B787-9 aircraft
The Gulf airline will operate the superjumbo three-times daily to London Heathrow by the end of next year

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Aer Lingus rejects IAG takeover bid
British Airways' parent company IAG today confirmed it had made an offer to the Irish airline, but that this has been turned down

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BA opens refurbished Schiphol lounge
Measuring 400 sqm, the facility can accommodate up to 105 guests and has been designed to reflect the style of BA's flagship London Heathrow T5 Galleries lounge

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Regus opens first 'workpods' at Gatwick
Located airside, the pods provide a private workspace with wifi, a desk and seat, plug sockets and mobile device chargers, a computer screen and a telephone

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UK airports staff vote for Christmas strike
Check-in staff and cargo handlers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports have voted to stage a two-day strike on December 23 and 24

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Etihad and Hong Kong Airlines sign codeshare
The Gulf carrier will place its "EY" code on Hong Kong Airlines flights to Bangkok and Okinawa

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British Airways eyes Club World changes
The airline is working with designers on a new business class seat which it will "probably" introduce on its A350 in 2017

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American offers bonus miles for premium travel
The promotion will see AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles members earn miles based on a combination of distance flown, the fare purchased and elite status level

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Plaza Premium opens Heathrow T2 arrivals lounge
The facility is the first independent arrivals lounge in the terminal and is open to all travellers, for a fee, regardless of their airline or class of travel

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Easyjet launches first Belfast to Reykjavik service
The budget carrier is operating an A319 on the route, which runs twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays

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BA rules out in-flight phone calls
British Airways will not allow passengers to make in-flight mobile phone calls, the airline's chief commercial officer tells Business Traveller

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Turkish Airlines to increase flights to Manchester
From May 25, flights from Istanbul to Mancheter will be rise from four to 18 per week, then from June up to 21 per week

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IHG buys Kimpton boutique hotels in $430m deal
The company now plans to launch the Kimpton brand internationally and to grow it within the US

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Emirates to roster A380 onto Perth route
The Gulf carrier will begin operating a superjumbo to the Australian city on May 1

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

New look Pack Peace of Mind campaign focuses on the family
2015 Pack Peace of Mind Campaign launch Read More
Independent inquiry into air traffic control failure announced
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and NATS have agreed to the establishment of an independent inquiry following the disruption caused by the failure in air traffic management systems on the afternoon of Friday 12th December 2014. Read More
Independent inquiry into air traffic control failure announced
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and NATS have agreed to the establishment of an independent inquiry following the disruption caused by the failure in air traffic management systems on the afternoon of Friday 12th December 2014. Read More
Online course launched to improve industry compliance with ATOL regulations
New online course for ATOL holders Read More
New CAA powers strengthen rights of air passengers with disability or reduced mobility
New CAA Powers strengthen PRM rights Read More
CAA publishes GA policy framework
Following a wide consultation the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published its finalised policy framework for General Aviation (GA) regulation. Read More
Guidance on fuel for light aircraft
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

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Special Report: Monarch bets on new finance chief
Monarch heads into the new year with a new owner and a new chief financial officer. Barry Nightingale spoke to Ian Taylor. Read More
Kuoni launches biggest turn-of-year campaign to date
Kuoni’s biggest ever turn-of-year campaign hopes to establish the operator as a ‘premium’ holiday brand. Read More
Thomson Airways adds winter 2015-16 routes from Bristol
New routes to Sal in Cape Verde, Hurghada in Egypt and Paphos in Cyprus are to be introduced by Thomson and First Choice from Bristol airport for winter 2015-16. Read More
Aer Lingus shareholder 'would welcome fresh bid from IAG'
The biggest institutional shareholder in Aer Lingus has backed the Irish carrier’s rejection of International Airline Group’s €1.1 billion takeover bid but said it would welcome a higher second offer. Read More
Qatar Airways set to receive first A350 today
Qatar Airways is set to receive its first Airbus A350XWB aircraft from the European manufacturer in a ceremony in Toulouse today. Read More
BBC reveals details of fraud attack
Stolen personal data was used to con thousands of customers of hotel booking website, a whistle-blower has revealed. Read More
Scott Dunn 'close to £70m takeover' by On the Beach private equity owner
Luxury travel group Scott Dunn is reportedly close to a £70 million takeover by a private equity investor. Read More
Stakes raised again in Club Med bidding war
Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang raised his bid for Club Med at the last minute on Friday in an effort to fight off a rival offer from Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi in France’s longest-running takeover battle. Read More
EasyJet faces Christmas strike action in France
EasyJet faces the prospect of having to cancel about half its flights in France on Boxing Day due to a strike by flight attendants in a dispute over pay and working conditions. Read More
Measures to clamp down on rowdy holidaymakers in Magaluf outlined
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is backing a clampdown on anti-social behaviour by rowdy holidaymakers in the infamous party resort of Magaluf in Majorca. Read More
Flybe clinches deal to maintain new RAF aircraft
Flybe’s aviation services arm has clinched an eight-and-a-half year contract to maintain, repair and overhaul new Airbus military aircraft flown by the RAF. Read More
Dense fog delays Delhi flights
At least 36 flights are reported to have been delayed as dense fog enveloped Delhi and parts of northern India. Read More
Carnival Corporation reports higher-than-expected profit in Q4
Carnival Corporation has reported a higher than expected profit for the fourth quarter. Read More
Carnival Corporation orders two more ships
Carnival Corporation has placed an order for two new ships to be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Read More
Oil price drop prompts government call to cut airline ticket costs
Chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander has written to major UK airlines calling for them to pass on fuel price savings to consumers by cutting fuel surcharges or reducing ticket prices. Read More

Destinations |

2015 trends: Forward thinking
Make your January sales soar by getting ahead of the game, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
Safari three ways: Land, water, air
A game drive is only one of many ways to see the wildlife on safari, writes Joanna Booth. Read More
Greece & Cyprus: Broaden your horizons
Paphos is more than just sun and sea, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
Rwanda: Gorilla thriller
Joanna Booth encounters a family of Rwanda’s rare primates. Read More
Greece & Cyprus: Southern soul
Meera Dattani explores the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. Read More
Latin America: Inca Sales
The trek to Machu Picchu is on many travellers’ wishlists. Ben Lerwill helps you find the right version for your client. Read More
Dominican Republic: Save, spend, splurge
No matter how much cash they have to splash, customers can get their money’s worth when visiting this Caribbean nation, writes Jo Cooke. Read More
Latin America: Picture Perfect
Guatemala leaves a lasting impression on David Whitley. Read More
The Caribbean: Looking after number one
Clients can have a fabulous time in the West Indies, even if they aren’t loved up, writes Jo Cooke. Read More
North Africa: Just the two of us
Send your coupled-up clients to their ideal romatic retreat in North Africa, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
North Africa & The Red Sea: Come back to Cairo
A combination of Egypt’s renewed stability and fewer crowds make this the perfect time to see the Pyramids, says Joanna Booth Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . "Everything was turned upside down,” says Hussain, gesticulating with excitement.If you’re thinking that our guide from Your Egypt Tours is talking about the revolution of 2011, you’d be wrong.He’s talking about a tooth. A 3,500-year-old broken tooth, found in a box in a ... Read More
The US: A green and pleasant land
Meera Dattani tours verdant Vermont. Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . It’s not hard to see why the von Trapps – yes, the real-life ones depicted in the movie The Sound of Music – settled in Vermont. From the balcony of the Trapp Family Lodge, still run by the family, the serene views over the Green Mountains have more than a whiff of Alpine Austria. Verdant sums up Vermont – even the name originates from the French les vert monts ... Read More
The US: Can you Philly it?
There’s an uplifting energy and a sense of fun in this US metropolis, writes Jo Cooke. Read More
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

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Lisa Barnes
When Lisa Barnes joined forces with Claire Milby to set up an independent travel agency in a furniture store with one other part-time member of staff, it was with a sense of trepidation. Read More
Readers' Lives: Karen Simmonds
When it comes to fundraising for worthy causes, travel agency owner Karen Simmonds has probably done more than her fair share. Read More
Readers' Lives: Chris Bailey
Baileys Travel in Leighton Buzzard has become so upmarket after refurbishing as a Kuoni partner store, even boss Chris Bailey jokes he needs to change into smarter clothes every time he visits the branch. Read More
Readers' Lives: Danny Akhtar
After more than 20 years’ experience organising travel for celebrities, sports stars and other well-known faces, Danny Akhtar has set up on his own. Read More
Readers' Lives: Stella Sharples (née Kenyon)
Stella Sharples may only snatch five hours sleep a night, but she reaps the rewards for working hard. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Gemma Eckersley
Hays agent and music fan now plans to spend honeymoon in California Read More
Readers' Lives: Hannah Vincent
Before Hannah Vincent first started to work for Select World Travel, she hadn’t heard of the agency. Based in an affluent area in a parade of businesses, rather than on the high street, there was no reason why she should have known the agency was there. Read More
Readers' Lives: Karen Pocock
When Karen decided to celebrate a milestone birthday in style, it wasn’t long before the idea cropped up to go on holiday with her hubby Jim. Read More
Readers' Lives: Hollie Brown
As soon as Hollie Brown was upgraded to an upperclass seat on Virgin Atlantic, she knew the Cover Stars experience was going to be one of the most memorable trips she had ever experienced. Read More
Readers' Lives: Paul Smith
Paul Smith doesn’t do things by halves. When he decided to refurbish his York travel agency on its 10th anniversary, he wasn’t just thinking of a lick of paint. Read More
Readers' Lives: Andy Cassidy
Andy Cassidy has what many travel agents might consider an enviable job. Read More
Readers' Lives: Anna Davies
If you’d asked Anna in the past whether she fancied swimming with stingrays or zip‑lining in a rainforest, she would have given you a look which said ‘no chance’. Read More
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
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

Focus: 5 Festive, Winter Travel Events In The UK That You Need To Visit
Are you stuck with too many holidays under your cap this Christmas and nothing to do with them? The UK has a wealth of events every festive season - most of them annual, unique traditions that have been celebrated for centuries. If you needed more of a reason to travel the country this year and try out some heartwarming, new experiences, we have a selection of fantastic events for you to consider… some a little on the unconventional side.
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News: Etihad Airways celebrates new service to San Francisco
Etihad Airways has strengthened its commitment to the US with the launch of a new daily service between San Francisco and Abu Dhabi. The carrier hosted a cocktail reception at the San Francisco City Hall to celebrate the new service, bringing together over 300 guests from across the business, travel trade, government and diplomatic community.
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News: Shangri La appoints chief marketing officer
Steven Taylor will join Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as chief marketing officer on January 5, 2015. Reporting to Shangri-La president and CEO Greg Dogan, Steven will oversee all functions across Shangri-La’s sales and marketing division.
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News: New Sheraton hotel planned for Croatia
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is planning to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubrovnik. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will mark Starwood’s entry into Dubrovnik and the company’s fourth hotel in Croatia.
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News: New appointment for Sabre
Global technology provider Sabre has appointed Clinton Anderson senior vice president of strategy and business development. In this role, Anderson will be focused on identifying and evaluating organic and inorganic growth opportunities across Sabre, as well as leading the corporate strategy team. 
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News: airberlin begins codeshare deal with Bulgaria Air
Starting on 14 January 2015, airberlin and Bulgaria Air, the Bulgarian Republic’s national airline, are offering codeshare flights on selected European routes.
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News: Emirates announces A380 service to Perth
Emirates will be giving travellers heading to Perth, Australia the opportunity to experience the Emirates Airbus A380 on the route for the first time, commencing 1st May 2015.
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News: Air Canada adds service to Rio de Janeiro
Air Canada has inaugurated new non-stop service between Toronto Pearson and Rio de Janeiro - Galeão International Airport with the departure of flight AC098. The three-times-weekly service is being operated with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 24 International Business Class and 187 Economy seats.
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News: Qatar Airways steps up flights to Salalah
The second largest Omani city Salalah will see Qatar Airways adding four new services by next February. The airline is offering three additional flights per week, and from 3 February 2015, another additional flight per week.
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News: Starwood expands footprint in Colombia
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is strengthening its presence in Colombia with the openings of Four Points Bogota and Four Points Barranquilla. Both hotels are operated by GHL Hotels under franchise agreements.
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News: Management reshuffle at Priceline Group
The Priceline Group has revealed a series of changes today to the management teams of two of its operating businesses as part of an ongoing commitment to align top talent with operating priorities.
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News: Air Canada inaugurates flights between Toronto Pearson and Mont-Tremblant
Air Canada has operated its first non-stop flight between Toronto Pearson and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Service to Mont-Tremblant will be operated four times per week until March 30, 2015 by Air Canada Express with a 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
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News: DoubleTree by Hilton expands portfolio in Spain
DoubleTree by Hilton has opened the doors to its latest upscale property in Spain with a hotel situated in the heart of charming Girona.
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News: Hyatt plans two hotels in Brazil
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and FSA Group have entered into agreements to purchase two sites in Brazil to develop Hyatt Place Sorocaba and Hyatt Place Macaé.
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News: Radisson Blu opens in Western China
The Radisson Blu Kashgar has opened its latest doors in the historic city of Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region in Western China, also known as the Pearl of the Silk Road.
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News: EgyptAir inks deal with Sabre
African carrier EgyptAir, has signed an agreement with global technology company Sabre to help develop and implement a transformation program for EgyptAir Airlines and Express.
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News: Minor Hotels adds resort in Zanzibar
Minor Hotel Group has added a resort on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Currently operating as Essque Zalu Zanzibar, MHG has recently taken over the management contract and the property will be transformed into a Per AQUUM resort by the end of 2015.
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News: airberlin adds flights to Bucharest
As of 30 March 2015 airberlin will be doubling the number of flights from Berlin to Bucharest. The airline will then have two daily non-stop flights to the Romanian capital, offering 13 new connecting destinations to and from Bucharest.
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News: UK carrier Flybe to go paperless
UK-based Flybe has achieved paperless operational authorization from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The carrier has integrated Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad as their electronic flight bag solution fleet-wide.
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News: Travelport enhances agency desktop technology
Travelport has added new features its desktop technology Travelport Smartpoint, with enhanced hotel and car content. including pictures, comparisons and maps.
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