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Willie Walsh slams Heathrow expansion
The boss of British Airways has come out against expansion at Heathrow, arguing that the costs of the project are “outrageous” Read More
EU travel agent body files complaint against Lufthansa over GDS charges
The European body representing travel agent and tour operators’ associations, including Abta, has filed a formal complaint against Lufthansa over its new distribution cost charge Read More
'Very likely' that missing debris is that of MH370
The man heading the search operation for missing flight MH370 has said it is “very likely” that debris found on the island of Reunion is from the lost plane Read More
'The government is moving in the right direction, but more needs to be done'
As Britain goes on its summer holidays, it seems a good time to give a verdict on the government’s approach to two of the UK’s most successful and interlinked sectors: tourism and aviation Read More
IAG sees quarterly profits soar
British Airways owner International Airlines Group has reported a 40% rise in quarterly profits as it closes in on the acquisition of Aer Lingus Read More
Passenger sues airline after being sat next to obese man
A passenger is suing an airline after claiming to have suffered back pain after being sat next to an obese man on a flight Read More
Found aircraft debris could be from missing MH370
Investigators are heading to Reunion Island to see if a washed-up part of Boeing 777 wing belongs to Malaysia Airlines’ missing MH370 Read More
Aer Lingus upbeat despite increased losses
Aer Lingus has seen losses increase by 40% as it prepares to be taken over by International Airlines Group Read More
Wizz Air hails record first quarter
Low-cost airline Wizz Air has raised its profit forecast for the year by as much as €20 million as it looks set to benefit from increased demand over the peak summer period Read More
British Airways launches Valencia service
British Airways is to start flying to the Spanish city of Valencia this November from Gatwick Read More
Lufthansa brings in new fare system
Lufthansa is to introduce a new fare concept for flights within Europe with three different options for economy flights Read More
Ryanair enjoys profit and passenger boost
Ryanair has reported a 25% rise in profits despite average fares falling during its first quarter Read More
UK airports enjoy busy start to 2015
UK airports have enjoyed the best start to the year since 2008 with passenger numbers up 7.5% during the first quarter of 2015 Read More
Aviation sub-committee 'rigged' to Heathrow result
A new Cabinet sub-committee discussing airport expansion but featuring no opponents to a new Heathrow runway has led to accusations that the decision will be “rigged”. Read More
Tui Group's Chris Browne to leave business
Tui Group has announced that Chris Browne is to leave the company at the end of September Read More
EasyJet boosted by fly and flop market
Demand for beach destinations across Europe has helped easyJet to a better-than-expected performance in its third quarter Read More
Manchester Airports Group reports 10% passenger boost
The Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has seen an increase of more than 10% in its visitor numbers matched by a 10% boost in revenue. Read More
Flybe commercial boss to leave for Malaysia Airlines
Paul Simmons, the chief commercial officer of Flybe is quitting the carrier for a job at Malaysia Airlines Read More
Business leaders put pressure on Cameron over Heathrow
More than 270 business leaders have signed a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to support ta third runway Read More
Airbus plans upgraded A380
Airbus is planning an upgraded version of its A380 despite sales of the original model continuing to flag Read More

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Emirates A380: What you need to know
The Gulf carrier has 64 A380 aircraft in its fleet and 76 more on order. Take a virtual tour of one of its superjumbos via Google Street View

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Emirates' third daily Birmingham service commences
New daily service between Dubai and Birmingham operated by a B777-300ER takes Emirates" non-stop flights per week from the UK to Dubai to 119.

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Accor brings Adagio to Birmingham
The 108-apartment Adagio Birmingham City Centre will open on August 10

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Win two Aeromexico economy return tickets
The airline is offering one lucky reader a pair of economy return tickets to any destination within Mexico

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Iberia eyes international expansion
Following "profitability studies", the Spanish airline will announce new routes to Asia, Africa and Americas later this year

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Willie Walsh slams 'too expensive' Heathrow runway
The chief executive of British Airways' parent company said the costs of building a third runway would be exorbitant. BA is the biggest airline at LHR

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Singapore Airlines reduces A350 order
The airline's A350 backlog now consists of 63 aircraft, down from 70, with purchase options for a further 20

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China Airlines to fly Taipei-Melbourne-Christchurch
From October 25, the carrier will fly the triangle service three-times weekly

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Emirates A380 heading to Kuala Lumpur
The Gulf carrier will replace the B777-300ER that currently operates flights EK342/343 with a two-class superjumbo on January 1

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Norwegian amends loyalty points claim
Norwegian Reward members can now claim their CashPoints up to 30 days after departure

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Aman Resorts to open second property in Japan
Following the opening of Aman Tokyo at the end of last year, Amanemu will open on Honshu island in 2016

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BA cuts fully-flexible economy baggage allowance
The airline is also increasing the charges it levies for excess baggage

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Steigenberger to open Scotland Yard hotel
The German group will operate a luxury hotel in the former police headquarters from 2017

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BA to fly A380 to Vancouver
The daily service will begin in May 2016

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Luxury Reverie Saigon hotel opens in Ho Chi Minh City
The privately-owned, 39-storey property is located on Times Square in District 1

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Emirates adds fourth A380 to Bangkok
The Gulf airline will replace the B777-300ER that currently operates flights EK376/377 with the two-class superjumbo

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BA downsizes carry-on baggage allowance
The airline said the move is as a result of "an increase in customers travelling with hand baggage that exceeds their allowance"

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Malaysia Airlines cuts Australia flights by 40%
The carrier, which is preparing to transfer into a new company on September 1, will reduce its flights to the country from 73 to 43 next month

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LaGuardia airport to be rebuilt
Work at the much-maligned airport, which US Vice President Joe Biden compared to "some Third World country" in 2014, will commence next year

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Qantas expands loyalty shopping hub
The Australian airline has added 16 retailers to its Online Mall, including L'Occitane, Uniqlo and Kurt Geiger

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Be PROUD and keep learning, CAA tell GA pilots
A new scheme to improve the skills levels of private pilots has been launched today by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The initiative aims to encourage GA associations and organisations to provide 'life-long' learning programmes for their members and other pilots to help improve safety The Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development (PROUD) scheme provides a framework for pilot training programmes to meet Read More
New consultation on small experimental aircraft launched
New simple requirements for the initial testing process for experimental aircraft in the UK that will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers moved a step closer today with the launch of a final consultation on the changes by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Record passenger numbers highlights strong demand for air travel
UK airports have seen the strongest start to a year since 2008 - with first quarter passenger numbers now close to levels which were last seen during the pre-recession years. Read More
Drones users must observe rules of the sky, or face prosecution
Drone awareness day press release Read More
ATIPAC annual report: independent committee voices concerns over new Package Travel Directive
The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC) has today warned the Government not to water down the "highly effective" financial protection provided by ATOL when it implements the revised European Package Travel Directive (PTD). Read More
ATIPAC annual report: independent financial protection committee voices concerns over new Package Tr
The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC) has today warned the Government not to water down the "highly effective" financial protection provided by ATOL when it implements the revised European Package Travel Directive (PTD). Read More

News |

British Airways alters carry-on bag policy
British Airways is altering its aircraft carry on bag policy following a rise in people taking luggage on board with them. Read More
Calls for Europe-wide assistance to end Calais migrant crisis
Other EU nations have been urged to help address the root causes of the Calais migrant crisis. Read More
Indian Ocean islands urged to help with MH370 debris search
Other Indian Ocean islands near French-owned Reunion are being asked to look out for more possible debris after a wing part suspected of being from missing flight MH370 came ashore. Read More
Boris Johnson continues third runway criticism
A leading political opponent of expanding Heathrow has hit out at the possibility of a third runway being approved at the west London hub. Read More
Speculation mounts over Audley Travel sale
Luxury operator Audley Travel is expected to be sold for more than £200 million. Read More
Travelport defends US stock market listing
The boss of Travelport has defended its stock exchange listing in the US ahead of the technology company releasing its second-quarter earnings tomorrow (Tuesday). Read More
RCCL sees Q2 profits rise by a quarter
Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited saw second quarter profits rise by 26% and forecast that full year earnings will be almost 40% better than last year. Read More
Concerns over Terminal 5 customs report
Customs desks are reportedly being left unmanned at Heathrow Terminal 5 despite the arrival of “high-risk” flights from around the world. Read More
New regional airline force created
The combined resources of BMI Regional and Loganair are being brought together to create a new UK regional airline force. Read More
IHG 'targeting Fairmont and Movenpick'
InterContinental Hotels Group is reported to be weighing bids for rivals Fairmont and Mövenpick after ruling itself out of a multi-billion-pound merger with Starwood. Read More
Pandaw makes Burma flood appeal
An emergency appeal has been launched by Pandaw River Expeditions following severe flooding in Burma which have left at least 27 people dead. Read More
Cecilia Abert to leave Hurtigruten
Cecilia Abert, UK managing director of Hurtigruten, has resigned after just six months in the role, citing differences over the strategic direction of the company. Read More
Monarch Airlines expands schedule for summer 2016
New routes from Leeds Bradford to Malaga and Manchester to Gran Canaria are part of Monarch Airlines’ expanded schedule for summer 2016. Read More
Etihad goes double-daily to Melbourne
A second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne is being introduced from tomorrow (Saturday) by Etihad Airways. Read More
IAG sees half-year operating profits rise
An improved second quarter helped British Airways owner International Airlines Group to more than double first half profits. Read More

Destinations |

Morocco: Pause & play
Set the right pace for a balanced break Read More
North Africa: Rooftop venues
Get a legal high with North Africa’s best open-air spots Read More
Canada: Frozen Moment
Get a fresh perspective on Niagara Falls by visiting in winter Read More
Canada: Bear Facts
Nikki Bayley shows how to line up encounters with three different species of Canada’s iconic predators Read More
Latin America: The other side of Mexico
Cancun may get the lion’s share of UK visitors, but don’t forget Mexico’s beautiful Pacific Coast. Clare Walsh explores the Riviera Nayarit Read More
Tech Hotels: Tomorrow’s World
Travel through time with the latest hotel innovations Read More
Scandinavia: Living clean
Keep it cool with a Scandinavian spa break Read More
Advertorial: Bulgaria - Traces of Eternity
We offer you a trip to Bulgaria – at the crossroads of two continents – a small country that has managed to preserve its identity and history. Read More
Greece: The Rhodes less travelled
Meera Dattani explores the beaches and beyond of this Greek favourite Read More
Australia: 48 hours in Melbourne
David Whitley takes the time to fall for Melbourne’s charms Read More
Samoa: Dive in to paradise
Samoa’s worth the long journey, says Nick Redmayne Read More
Turkey, Istanbul: Top of the stops
Don’t let clients fly via Istanbul without seeing the delights of Turkey’s biggest city Read More
Sri Lanka: Golden Moment
Sri Lanka’s luxury sector is beginning to boom Read More
Maldives 3 ways: Save, spend, splurge
Adrian Neville looks at where you can cut costs or bust the budget in the Maldives Read More
Turkey: 10 of the best luxury hotels
The destination is moving rapidly upmarket Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Helen Burgess
Gold Medal ‘Golden Opportunity’ competition winner The Adeona Travel partner, a former director of Worldchoice, Triton and The Travel Network Group, won £5,000 to market Dubai in a competition run by Gold Medal, in partnership with Travel Weekly and Dubai Tourism, plus a holiday for two to the emirate. We asked her about the trip and her marketing plans Q. Why did you enter the Golden Opportunity competition? A. I thought it would be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and ... Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Stacie Guiel
Visiting Massachusetts on Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip was the perfect way for Thomson assistant retail manager Stacie Guiel to experience the US for the first time. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cassy Cullen
Cassy Cullen was one of the first agents to visit the new BH Mallorca hotel, formerly Mallorca Rocks, after its revamp and rebrand. Read More
Readers' Lives: Bridget Keevil
At the end of August, travel agency owner Bridget Keevil will give up her job for 11 months to take on the biggest challenge of her life – participating in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race to raise £5,000 for Abta LifeLine Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Wilby
Travel agent by day, songstress by night – that’s Kinloss-based Emma Wilby’s life. Read More
Advice: How to decide whether to move job
Are you really ready for a career move? The travel industry is recruiting in abundance, and therefore it is important when considering a career move you take the time to really understand your own motivations. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Leila Jover
When colleagues suggested Leila Jover apply to go on Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip, she wasn’t convinced. Read More
Advice: How to upsell to a premium escorted tour
Advice from Paul Melinis, UK sales director, Insight Vacations Read More
Readers' Lives: Jill Oddy
Just as Jill Oddy was desperately trying to find an escorted tour of Japan for clients with a very specific timespan, the answer came through the door as if by magic in the form of Trafalgar sales representative Aaron Candler. Read More
Readers' Lives: Helen Tustin
When Helen Tustin’s shop managers approached her with the idea of entering the Take the Clia Cruise Challenge, there was no question of not applying. Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Harewood
She has dressed up as Batman and as a cowboy for charity, but Emma Harewood’s latest challenge takes her fundraising efforts to a new level. Read More
Advice: How cruise specialists can use content marketing
Advice from Dan Miles business director, Melt Content Read More
Readers' Lives: Richard Slater
Richard Slater has become one of an elite band of just 20 Disney specialist homeworkers in the UK. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Yvonne Powell
A year before the Cover Stars Massachusetts trip, Holidaysplease homeworker Yvonne Powell would not even have considered a fam trip to the US. Read More
Readers' Lives: Rebbeca Kingston
Good friends Rebbeca Kingston and Lindsay Everett came up with an idea to set up a combined boutique and travel agency selling wedding dresses and honeymoons following their own experiences. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Dolphin Dynamics partners with Viator
Dolphin Dynamics has partnered with Viator to integrate travel activities across the company’s selling platforms. Through the new integration, clients of Dolphin Dynamics will have the ability to provide their customers with access to Viator’s selection of thousands of tours, activities, attractions, events and shore excursions in more than 1,500 destinations worldwide.
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News: Two Jumeirah hotels join AMEX programme
Jumeirah Group has revealed that two more properties have been selected to join the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) programme in 2016.
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News: Carlson Rezidor opens first hotel in Slovenia
Carlson Rezidor are opening their first hotel in Slovenia – the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana. The 236-rooms hotel is the conversion of an existing hotel and will be re-branded in late 2015.
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News: Qatar Airways signs codeshare deal with Royal Jordanian
Qatar Airways has further enhanced its ties with oneworld partner Royal Jordanian, through the launch of a new code-share agreement, which is set to further expand travel opportunities for both airlines’ customers.
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News: Hyatt Place Los Cabos reopens in Mexico
Hyatt Place Los Cabos in Baja California Sur, Mexico has reopened in Los Cabos after suffering extensive damage following last year’s passage of Hurricane Odile.  The 157-room hotel underwent a $7.6 million reconstruction, including a redesigned lobby and new terrace with unobstructed views of the ocean.
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News: Emirates launches second daily service to Lisbon
Emirates will start operating a second daily service to Lisbon, Portugal from 1st January 2016. The second daily wide-bodied flight will offer passengers the highest standards of passenger comfort, with luxurious private suites in First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats.
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News: Hyatt Place set to debut in Australia
The Hyatt Place hotel in Melbourne is set to open in 2017 opening, marking the brand’s debut in Australia. The eight-story, upscale select service hotel will offer the brand’s signature spacious rooms, which will each feature a Cozy Corner, a 42” flat screen TV, and a comfortable bed.
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News: Hilton expands Caribbean portfolio
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is opening the 355-room Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, a 15-acre beachfront oasis in Palm Beach, Aruba.  With a privileged location on picturesque white sand beaches, this upscale resort in Aruba welcomes travelers to one of the Caribbean’s most desired destinations.
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News: Radisson Blu expands in Latin America
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is expanding the Radisson Blu brand in Latin America with three hotels; Radisson Blu Santiago, La Dehesa in Chile as well as Radisson Blu San Andrés Resort & Spa and Radisson Blu ar Santa Marta Resort & Spa in Colombia.
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News: Courtyard by Marriott makes Chilean debut
Marriott International is opening the new 205-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Santiago, Chile. The 205-room hotel is situated immediately adjacent to the existing 280-room Santiago Marriott in the Las Condes business district.
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News: Viceroy Group to manage The Prescott in San Francisco
Viceroy Hotel Group has taken over management of The Prescott in San Francisco, California located at 545 Post Street. The hotel is owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.
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News: New appointment for Sabre
Sabre Corporation has named Zul Sidi as vice president of Enterprise Data and Analytics, a strategic area within the company’s Product and Technology organization.
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News: Barbados reports record visitors
During the first six months of 2015 Barbados recorded an all time high of 303,592 long stay visitors. This also represents a 14.3 percent increase or 37,945 more passenger arrivals over the comparative period in 2014.
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News: Travelport inks deal with UNISTER Travel
Travelport has signed a new agreement with German online travel services provider UNISTER Travel. Under the new agreement, UNISTER Travel’s customers will now be able to access Travelport’s unrivalled travel content from, for example, the world’s leading national and low cost carriers.
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News: Beijing selected to host Winter Olympics 2022
Beijing has been selected to host the Winter Olympics in 2022 – becoming the first city to host both the summer and winter games. The Chinese capital was selected ahead of a rival bid from Kazakhstan’s Almaty. Beijing and Almaty were considered outsiders when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago.
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News: Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Botswana joins Legend Hospitality Group
Legend Hospitality Group has extended its portfolio to the southern border of the Central Kalahari Game Park in Botswana and has now taken on a second property north from Maun in the Okavango Delta circumference in Botswana, namely Mogotlho Safari Lodge. On the banks of the River Khwai in the Okavango Delta circumference, Mogotlho Safari Lodge is perfectly situated to view the very best of African Wildlife and its close proximity by road from Maun.
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News: Europcar partners with UK Sport ahead of Rio 2016
Europcar has been chosen as the Official Car Hire Supplier to UK Sport. The partnership with the nation’s high performance sports agency will see Europcar providing world class transport solutions for UK Sport and its associated National Governing Bodies. UK Sport strategically invests National Lottery and Exchequer funds, enabling Britain’s best sports and athletes to achieve medal success on the world stage.
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News: Amadeus capitalises on travel rebound to post strong profits
Amadeus IT Holding has repowered adjusted profit grew 10.3 per cent, to €419.6 million, in the first half of financial 2015. This was driven by an increase in revenue of 14.2 per cent, to €1,977 million, and EBITDA growth of 10.8 per cent, to €779 million.
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News: Etihad launches second daily Melbourne flight from Abu Dhabi
The launch this weekend of Etihad Airways’ second daily non-stop service will connect Melbourne with more of the world’s great cities and create new opportunities for international commerce and trade. The new service will be operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with eight seats in First Class, 40 in Business Class and 280 in Economy Class. It complements the airline’s existing daily non-stop B777 flight between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi.
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News: Advance Worldwide launches new tour to showcase Colombia
Travel specialists Advance Worldwide have announced the launch of an exciting new Colombian tour created especially for UK holiday-makers interested in well-being and ethical travel. The first nine day trip is scheduled for November and is set to include the city of Medellin, Nuqui at the Pacific Coast and Colombia’s Coffee Region.
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