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Qatar Airways becomes largest shareholder in BA parent
The carrier has taken a 9.99% stake in International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways Read More
Co-pilot was at controls of crashed Air Asia plane
AirAsia flight QZ8501 was under the control of its co-pilot when it crashed, investigators in Indonesia have said Read More
Finnair tops European punctuality chart
Finnair has beaten its European rival airlines to record the best on-time performance Read More
Flight MH370 officially declared an ‘accident’
Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been declared an accident 10 months after the flight disappeared Read More
Irish politicians fail to back Aer Lingus sale
Politicians in Ireland have refused to back the proposed €1.3bn purchase of Aer Lingus by International Airlines Group Read More
Monarch on track to make profit
Monarch Group expects to make a profit this year after hitting its first set of performance targets under its new ownership Read More
Heathrow or Gatwick? Abta wants new runways at both
As the Airports Commission continues to deliberate, Abta has called for both sites to be given permission to expand Read More
Entrepreneurs pledge support for Gatwick expansion
A number of UK entrepreneurs have written to the Airports Commisison pledging their support for expansion at Gatwick airport Read More
Unions push for guarantees over Aer Lingus jobs
The largest union in Aer Lingus has called on the government not to offload its shares in the airline unless there are guarantees over jobs Read More
Virgin Atlantic passengers stranded at JFK after winter storm Juno
Virgin Atlantic passengers were left stranded at JFK airport on Monday night, after winter storm Juno hit the US east coast Read More
Qantas to axe fuel surcharges - but overall fares won't change
The airline is to drop fuel surcharges on its international ticket prices, but will raise base air fares to compensate for the cut Read More
New Thomson Dreamliner to be called... Neil
Instagrammer Neil Langstone has had a Boeing 787 named after him after winning the airline’s photo contest Read More
Recovery of AirAsia QZ8501 suspended
After three days of failed attempts to retrieve the fuselage, officials say they believe there are no further bodies inside Read More
EasyJet says fuel bill could fall by up to £35m in first half of 2015
The airline expects fuel costs to fall throughout the year, and says savings could be passed on to passengers Read More
Aer Lingus board 'willing to recommend' €1.3bn IAG offer
A new statement from the BA parent gives the strongest indication yet that a purchase could go ahead Read More
Flybe sees improvement in UK business
Regional airline Flybe has said it is continuing to make progress with its turnaround plan Read More
Flight cancellations hit 6,500 as Winter Storm Juno heads for US
Around 6,500 flights in and out of US airports have been cancelled as the north-east region braces for Winter Storm Juno Read More
Malaysia Airlines website hacked by 'Lizard Squad'
Malaysia Airlines has insisted that customers’ bookings and data are safe following an attack on its website. Read More
Fuselage of AirAsia plane may be 'too fragile' to raise
The fuselage of the crashed AirAsia plane may be too fragile to be lifted, the Indonesia admiral in charge of operations to recover the aircraft has told the BBC Read More
IAG set to close Aer Lingus deal
The board of the Irish flag carrier is poised to recommend a £1 billion takeover, according to weekend reports Read More

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Easyjet backs Heathrow expansion
Gatwick has responded by accusing the budget carrier of taking a "position based on its own narrow commercial interests"

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SAS to debut new long-haul cabin next month
The carrier is upgrading cabins on-board seven long-haul A330 and A340 aircraft

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Skyteam opens Exclusive Lounge in Sydney
The lounge, which is the airline alliance's third worldwide, has seating space for 140 people

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ANA orders three B787-10s
The Japanese airline has also ordered five next-generation B737-800s

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United backs points for spend trend
United's MD of international sales in the UK and Ireland backs the airline industry's move towards awarding frequent flyer miles based on ticket price rather than distance flown

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Finnair serves up exclusive business menus
The airline has introduced a series of exclusive menus for business class passengers flying long-haul from Helsinki

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IHG opens second London Staybridge hotel
The new-build Staybridge Suites London Vauxhall is part of Albert Embankment's Spring Mews development project

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SAS to launch Stockholm-Hong Kong service
The airline plans to roster A330-300 and A340-300 aircraft onto the five-times weekly route

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Snow forces Manchester airport to suspend flights
The airport closed at 0920 in order to clear snow off both its runways

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Scoot to finally receive B787-9
The low-cost carrier has a total of 20 Dreamliners on order — ten B787-9s and ten of the smaller B787-8 variant

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The first jumbo jet. Jenny Southan recalls the unveiling of Boeing’s B747 in 1968

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Super computers
Tablets might get all the attention these days, but a trusty laptop is still a traveller"s best friend. Steve Dinneen test-drives ten of the best

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Calling time
How many is too many? If you feel that drinking is affecting your productivity, Sally Brown suggests strategies for cutting down

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Four hours in... Melbourne
Christopher Beanland discovers intriguing art, indigenous wildlife and Ned Kelly"s death mask in the Australian city

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Work of beauty
Michelle Harbi discovers why the charming north-west coast of Mallorca has been inspiring artists for decades

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Buy and fly
On sale now tax-free at the airport

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What's on
Business Traveller rounds up events happening around the world in February

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In with the new
Eurostar"s new fleet of e320 trains will allow it to expand its network and start to reach its potential, says Alex McWhirter

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Bigger is better
Graham Smith reports on how Germany"s busiest airport is gearing up to boost capacity with a third terminal

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Destination next
Only 3 per cent of the world"s surface is urban – but cities are growing fast, and most of us want to live in them. Jenny Southan reveals the business destinations of tomorrow

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

CAA approves controlled airspace for Southend
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today confirmed its approval of a request from London Southend Airport to establish controlled airspace (CAS) around the airport. However, the extent of the CAS original requested has been reduced following assessment work carried out by the CAA. Southend's new airspace will be Class D, allowing access on request to transiting general aviation aircraft. It will feature a control zone (CTR) around the airport itself from surface up to 3,500ft, and a l Read More
CAA reports on progress to improve safety of offshore helicopter operations
. safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is our absolute priority . significant safety improvements made but more to do Substantial progress has been made on measures to improve offshore helicopter safety but there is still more to do, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today as it published a progress report on the recommendations and actions from its comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations from February 2014. Read More
Collapse of travel company provides timely reminder to check for ATOL protection
Airliner Ltd collapse Read More
CAA confirms permanent 'listening out squawk' for Glasgow
Following their successful implementation in other parts of the country, a 'listening out squawk' covering Glasgow Airport is to be implemented, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed today. The squawk will become permanent on 2 April 2015 and will become the twelfth such code in operation in the UK. Listening out squawks, officially known as Frequency Monitoring Codes, have played a vital role in reducing infringements of controlled airspace by enabling air traffic controllers to Read More
CAA publishes decisions on economic regulation of NATS' en route air navigation charges
Press release on economic regulation of NATS' en route service Read More
CAA announces four new members of ATIPAC
News story on appointments to the ATIPAC committee Read More
Flight punctuality at UK airports falls in third quarter of 2014
Flight punctuality at UK airports falls in third quarter of 2014 Read More
CAA publishes 60 day update on General Aviation work
Significant progress has been made in 2014 to make regulation of the UK's General Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today. Read More

News |

Fred Olsen makes 'difficult decision' to cancel cruise and fly passengers home
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has been forced to cut short an 18-night cruise following an engine room fire on the ship Boudicca. Read More
Carnival UK brands unite at UK Cruise Awards
Carnival Corporation's six UK brands united last night (Thursday) to honour top trade partners and strong sales teams. Read More
Manufacturing exporters back Heathrow expansion
Expansion of Heathrow expansion has won the backing of the bosses of the UK’s manufacturing exporters. Read More
Big Interview: 'This government gets tourism'
In an exclusive interview with Travel Weekly, tourism minister Helen Grant looks back on her 16 months in the role. Read More
Greek tourism minister vows no action against all-inclusives
An assurance has been given that no action will be taken against all inclusive resorts in Greece. Read More
No 'crazy' summer prices yet but airline consolidation 'inevitable'
Airline restraint in adding capacity this summer means the UK holiday industry has yet to see “crazy discounting” for the season. Read More
Monarch on course for 'double-digit' profit this year
Monarch Group hit its targets on revenue and cost cutting in its first 100 days under new ownership and will turn a double-digit operating profit this year, according to chief executive Andrew Swaffield. Read More
Russian military aircraft 'disrupt civil aviation'
Russian military aircraft flying near UK airspace caused "disruption to civil aviation" on Wednesday, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Read More
EasyJet shares flying high after Barclays endorsement
Shares in easyJet gained a boost on the London Stock Exchange as Barclays backed the airline’s strategy. Read More
MH370 loss officially designated as an accident
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been officially declared as an accident with no survivors. Read More
Qatar Airways takes stake in British Airways owner IAG
Qatar Airways has taken a 9.99% stake in British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group. Read More
Protest over British Airways frequent flyer scheme restructure
Consumers are threatening to switch away from British Airways to rival airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and easyJet due to changes to its frequent flyer scheme. Read More
Gatwick station secures extra funding for redevelopment
Details of Gatwick’s new railway station have emerged as an additional £10 million of funding was announced to secure the redevelopment of the transport hub. Read More
Executive pay bucks falling travel salaries trend
Executive pay in the travel industry rose by almost 5% while salaries for standard roles suffered a small fall, latest figures show. Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruises brands 'performing at strongest levels ever'
Royal Caribbean Cruises has reported a “good but typical” wave peak season booking period as it projected a further hike in profits this year. Read More

Destinations |

Canada: Aroma therapy
Canada for wine tourism? I’ll drink to that, says Nikki Bayley Read More
Canada: Prince of tides
Nikki Bayley savours the maritime flavours of Prince Edward Island Read More
Turkey: Match fixing
Pair up your clients with their ideal itinerary, says Katie McGonagle Read More
Turkey: Time travel
Some things never change in the small Turkish village of Selimiye, finds Katie McGonagle Read More
Croatia & The Balkans: On the up
Mary Novakovich is won over by Croatia’s capital Read More
The US: Strong flavours
From farmers’ markets to valleys of vineyards, Anna Hart tastes the best of Washington State Read More
Croatia & The Balkans: Coastal votes
Recommend Croatia’s best coastal resorts for different clients with Mary Novakovich’s guide Read More
The US: Spies-R-Us
Joanna Booth goes undercover to investigate the history of espionage in the Capital Region Read More
Spain & Portugal: Par for the course
Katie McGonagle tees up some top-notch golf breaks across Spain and Portugal. Read More
Spain: Wild thing
Fuerteventura is one of the least developed of the Canary Islands, Meera Dattani discovers. Read More
Spain: Make the most of Malaga
The city is so much more than a gateway to the Costa del Sol, finds Meera Dattani. Read More
Cruise: The allure of the Oasis
With Allure of the Seas sailing from Barcelona for the first time this summer, Hollie-Rae Merrick checked out sister-ship Oasis to see what’s in store. Read More
Cruise: Indian wonders
Jane Archer takes a look at cruising in the Indian Ocean. Read More
Mix it up: 10 of the best cruise & stay breaks
Keep all your customers happy with Jane Archer’s guide to the best cruise-and-stay combos. Read More
Cruise: Floating fun in fifteen
Fill your diary with Jane Archer’s guide to this year’s cruising highlights. Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Helen Johnson
Four years ago, Helen Johnson decided to put her experience to good use and open her own travel agency on the high street. Read More
Readers' Lives: Kit Williams
Kit Williams had intended to spend her retirement travelling the world. Read More
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
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Google: The biggest threat in mobile to hotels and airlines?
According to the App Overlap Report Series published by the Strategy Analytics - Travel Analytics - service, only 20% of those that use airline applications also use hotel applications leading to bifurcated trip planning.
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News: 10th ITB Hospitality Day: IT is driving the industry forward
Cyber attacks, the sharing economy, luxury, lifestyle, budget hotels, digitisation and internet distribution are the topics at the 10th ITB Hospitality Day – admission is free for visitors to ITB Berlin
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News: Barriers of year-round cruising discussed in depth at Seatrade 2015
After two days of high level and informative discussions, the 3rd Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum came to a close in Cartagena, Spain, last week.
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News: IHG expands its Staybridge Suites portfolio in London’s Vauxhall
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies today announces the opening of Staybridge Suites® London Vauxhall in Spring Mews, just off the Albert Embankment and minutes from Vauxhall tube, bus and rail links.
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News: More East Midlands Trains passengers satisfied in latest national survey
Customer satisfaction with train services on the East Midlands Trains network has risen to 88%, according to the latest data issued today (27 January 2015) by independent watchdog Passenger Focus.
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News: American Airlines announce six new routes
American Airlines will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, further strengthening its position in these key markets.
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Focus: Visiting a Unique Country on Vacations
Are you planning your next vacations? Are you thinking and thinking about what is the next destination you want to visit? Well, maybe this can help you a little to make that decision.  How does it sound to visit two of the Unique Lodges of the World by National Geographic while you discover one of the most incredible destinations in Central America? Not so bad, right?
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News: Norwegian Cruise Line opens sales office Brazil
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the expansion of its sales presence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the establishment of a sales, marketing and reservations centre to support the growing demand for cruise travel in the region. The company’s three lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have all experienced growth in the number of Brazilian guests that have chosen to take a cruise vacation, particularly in Europe, Alaska and Caribbean itineraries.
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News: The Champagne Nail Parlour welcomes guests to Dormy House
For the best groomed nails in the Cotswolds, head to The Champagne Nail Parlour at Dormy House, near Broadway. The nail bar offers a range of express services as well as proper pampering for the hands and feet; and all while sipping a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The blissful, contemporary surroundings within House Spa provide the perfect place to relax while highly skilled nail technicians set to work on top nail etiquette and hot trends.
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News: Ascott moves into Turkey with Somerset Maslak Istanbul
The Ascott has secured a contract to manage its first serviced residence in Turkey, Somerset Maslak Istanbul. Ascott’s entry into Turkey will expand the footprint of the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator to 90 cities across 25 countries. Slated to open in 2016, the 159-unit Somerset Maslak Istanbul has a prime location in one of Istanbul’s main business and leisure districts.
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News: Kayak launches Hotel for Tonight tool with new app
Analysis put together by has shown that half of hotel bookings on its app are booked within 48 hours of the hotel stay, compared to just 15 per cent on a tablet device globally. London is the most searched destination by British travellers on the APP for last minute hotels booking. Change in consumer activity has led Kayak to extend their app to include a tool called ‘Hotel for Tonight’, available on Android app version 8.0 and will be available for iOS in March 2015.
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News: Wischhoff takes up key development role with Accor
Accor has appointed Jason Wischhoff as vice president development, Accor UK & Ireland. The appointment comes at an important time for Accor UK, 2014 saw acceleration in the successful completion of new franchise and management contracts and 2015 will be another year of significant development as Accor has committed to enhancing its portfolio by pursuing a clear strategy for future development.
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News: UK government backs Gatwick Airport rail development
Gatwick Airport has released new images of its new rail station, on the day that government minister, Penny Mordaunt, announced £10 million of funding to secure the redevelopment of the transport hub. The £120 million redesign will transform the station and passenger experience, with work scheduled to start in 2017 and complete in 2020. The £10 million announced today by the department for communities and local government minister was funding that the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership will put toward the station’s redevelopment.
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News: Record year for Vienna tourism as figures spike
Vienna’s tourism industry has just experienced its best ever year, recoding 13.5 million visitor overnights. This is some 6.3 per cent higher than in 2013, and represents a new all-time high. A total of 6,211,000 arrivals were recorded, an increase of 6.4 per cent.
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News: Europcar ramps up InterRent global expansion
InterRent has revealed a planned acceleration of its international expansion, with a goal of having operations in 40 countries by the end of 2015. Europcar’s low-cost brand is already successfully operating in over 27 countries just two years after its creation. InterRent, designed in 2013 as the low-cost complementary offer to the Europcar core brand, has now been successfully launched in over 27 countries on four continents, with 119 stations in main airports and train stations, and an average fleet of 4,800 vehicles in 2014.
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News: Registration opens ahead of WTM Latin America 2015
Visitors can now register for the third edition of WTM Latin America, which takes place between the April 22nd-24th at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo. The business-to-business trade show, that last year generated US$314 million of business, will open its doors to receive industry professionals, travel agents, worldwide tour operators and journalists giving professionals the opportunity to meet destinations and discover tourism products and services.
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News: Qatar Airways takes stake in International Airlines Group
Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99 per cent stake in International Airlines Group, owners of British Airways, Iberia and Veuling. In a statement the Qatari flag-carrier said the deal was part of its efforts to enhance operations and strengthen existing commercial ties initiated through codeshare agreements with IAG, as well as its membership of the oneworld alliance.
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News: Travelport invests further in its offering to corporations
Travelport announced today the appointment of Maria Chevalier as Global Vice President of Corporate Incubation, a newly created role to help develop Travelport’s corporate and commercial offering.
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News: Avis opens 12th location in Singapore
Avis Car Rental strengthened its presence in Singapore with the opening of its 12th station.
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News: IT&CM China 2015 reveals new players
Bolstered by untiring efforts from the IT&CM China organisers on several fronts including strong educational sessions and industry partnerships, more than 600 international and domestic buyers can be expected at the 2015 show.
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