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Ryanair raises profit forecast after strong Easter
Ryanair is upping its full-year profit guidance after a strong start to the year Read More
Emirates to stop flights over Iraq
Emirates is reportedly to stop flying over Iraq following concerns that rebels in the country could have acquired missile launchers capable of shooting down a passenger plane Read More
Half of Bristol airport up for sale
A 50% stake in Bristol airport is up for sale with a price tag thought to be between £200 million and £250 million. Read More
Monarch looking for outside investors to help airline fly higher
The owners of the Monarch are reportedly considering selling a stake in the business to outside investors Read More
Visit Britain announces new chief executive
Visit Britain has appointed Sally Balcombe as the organisation’s new chief executive. Read More
EasyJet resumes Tel Aviv service
EasyJet has resumed flights to Tel Aviv after suspending them earlier this week. Read More
European airline group joins calls for 'urgent debate on airspace security'
The Association of European Airlines has joined calls for an “urgent international debate about airspace security guidance for airlines” Read More
Norway warns of new 'credible' terrorist threat
Norwegian police are stepping up their presence at airports, stations and border crossings, amid fears of a “credible” new terrorist threat Read More
Wreckage of Air Algerie plane found
The wreckage of the Air Algerie plane which disappeared with 116 people onboard has been found in Mali, officials say Read More
Ryanair ordered to pay back €10m by EU regulators
Ryanair has been ordered to repay some €10 million in illegal state aid which it received from France for operating at three small regional airports Read More
High flying easyJet on course for profit growth
EasyJet expects its annual profit to rise by as much as 19% despite problems in the Middle East and Russia Read More
British fighter jets escort private aircraft to Stansted
Two British fighter jets escorted a private jet from Lagos in an emergency landing last night. Read More
US lifts ban on flights to Israel, but easyJet and Lufthansa extend suspension
The US aviation regulator has lifted its ban on US carriers flying into Tel Aviv, although a number of European airlines have continued to cancel flights into the city Read More
UK investigators to start probing flight data from MH17
UK investigators are set to start examining the flight data recorder from the destroyed Malaysia Airlines plane Read More
TTG Interview: Paul Kehoe, Birmingham airport chief executive
Birmingham airport could, in effect, move 70 miles closer to the capital with the advent of HS2 - indeed, its chief executive says it could be the answer to the UK’s capacity crisis. But don’t call it ‘London Birmingham’ just yet… Read More
Dozens killed in Taiwanese plane crash
As many as 48 people have now been reported to have died as a TransAsia plane in a plane crash in stormy weather. Read More
Safety assessments for risky air routes 'not good enough' says pilots group
Balpa calls for “global leadership” from International Civil Aviation Council Read More
Leaner Flybe makes 'encouraging' start to the year
Airline benefits from capacity reduction, higher load factors and cost cutting Read More
Expert view: Is it ever safe to fly over conflict areas?
TTG speaks to defence and aviation expert Colonel Paul Edwards Read More
Airlines suspend flights to Israel as conflict with Palestine escalates
US and European carriers halt services following FAA advisory Read More

Business Traveller RSS

Grosvenor House opens £1.4m lounge
The Executive Lounge has been moved from the London hotel's seventh floor to the ground floor and, at over 340 sqm, is three times the size

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KLM to fly circular Colombia service
The Dutch airline will fly Amsterdam-Bogota-Cali-Amsterdam three-times weekly next summer

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Hilton launches online room selection
HHonors members can check-in and select their exact room from a digital floor plan of the hotel

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BA extends hand baggage only fares to all London short-haul flights
The airline first introduced the option — which sees fares typically £20 cheaper for a return ticket or £10 less for a single — at London Gatwick last year

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Emirates to stop flying over Iraq
The move follows the Malaysia Airlines disaster over the Ukraine earlier this month

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Qantas A380: What you need to know
The carrier took delivery of its first A380 — which it named Nancy-Bird Walton, after the Australian aviation pioneer — in 2008

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Win a weekend-for-two in Amsterdam with Thalys
Thalys has teamed up with Radisson Blu to offer one reader a first class journey on the high-speed train operator's new Lille to Amsterdam service and a weekend-for-two in the Dutch capital

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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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British Airways A380: What you need to know
The national airline has six superjumbos in its fleet with another six on order and due to be delivered by 2016

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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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Virgin to close Grey Goose Loft at Heathrow
The airline will shut the area on the upper floor of its Terminal 3 Clubhouse for refurbishment in September

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Ryanair adds five new Manchester routes
The Irish carrier will this winter commence services to Shannon, Barcelona, Lisbon, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria

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BA A380 to serve Washington in October
The airline will start its A380 service between Heathrow and Washington Dulles in early October. The route had originally been scheduled to launch in September

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IATA CEO: 'A tragic week for aviation'
Tony Tyler admitted that questions are now being asked about safety in the skies following three air disasters in a week, but maintained "flying is safe"

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Accor to open world's largest Novotel in Madrid
The 790-room Novotel Convención Madrid will be located in the centre of the city in Calle O'Donnell and is due to open in 2016

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ANA to fly first scheduled B787-9 service
The Japanese carrier will from next month operate the stretched Dreamliner on domestic routes

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Emirates cancels Kiev route effective immediately
The Gulf airline was going to drop the route on August 1 anyway but has cancelled it now due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine

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FAA lifts Israel flight ban
The US agency had implemented the ban on Tuesday after a rocket hit an area near Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv

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Flynas axes Manchester route after three months
The low-cost Saudi carrier has since early May operated a thrice-weekly A330 service between Jeddah and Manchester

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Emirates opens Glasgow Airport lounge
The facility is available to Emirates First Class and Business Class passengers as well as Emirates Skywards Premium Gold members

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Intercontinental London Westminster becomes a Conrad
The Conrad London Westminster will open in September in place of what is currently the Intercontinental London Westminster, just two years after that hotel opened its doors

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Flybe replaces BA's LCY to Aberdeen service
The regional airline will operate 12-weekly flights between the two cities from October 27. Earlier this month, BA announced it will axe the same route

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Airlines suspend flights to Israel
Easyjet, Lufthansa, Air France KLM and all US carriers have temporarily suspended flights to Tel Aviv. BA is continuing to fly to the city

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Xiamen Air unveils B787 cabins
The Chinese airline's first Dreamliner is due to be delivered in late August

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Airlines temporarily suspend Israel flights
FAA bans US airlines from flying to Tel Aviv; Some European airlines suspend flights voluntarily

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Attention sun seekers! Have you packed your ATOL certificate?
Press release offering advice about the ATOL certificate Read More
Aviation regulators launch lithium battery safety guides
A series of videos highlighting the potential fire risks to aircraft posed by the improper carriage of lithium batteries, have just been made available for the aviation industry. The videos, produced by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in association with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States, target key airline and airport staff, such as cargo handlers, check-in staff and cabin crew. Read More
ATIPAC calls for financial protection clarity for UK holidaymakers
Press release issued on behalf of ATIPAC re their annual report Read More
UK airports enjoy record flight punctuality for first quarter of 2014
UK airports have landed the best ever first quarter on-time performance with 84% of scheduled flights landing 'on-time' Read More
New emergency breathing system for helicopter passengers approved
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced the approval of a new enhanced emergency breathing system that will deliver improved levels of safety for offshore helicopter passengers. The move follows a series of measures announced in February to increase the safety of offshore helicopter flights. These were the outcomes of a comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations undertaken in conjunction with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency and advised by a Read More
CAA statement in response to the Transport Select Committee report on offshore helicopter safety
CAA statement following Transport Select Committee report on offshore helicopter safety Read More
Temporary Radio Mandatory Zone approved for southend
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today confirmed that a temporary Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) will be put in place around London Southend Airport. The RMZ, which was requested by the airport operator, will go live on 18 July 2014 and will remain in place until a decision is made regarding the airport's application for controlled airspace. The CAA will review the RMZ in spring 2015. In its request to the CAA, the airport suggested the establishment of an RMZ would allow air traffic c Read More
Rebalancing ATOL: CAA consults on changes to financial protection scheme
Press Release announcing consultation to ATOL scheme Read More

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Skyscanner to play leading role in price parity ruling challenge with Skoosh as support
Skyscanner is poised to challenge the ruling that supposedly brought to an end a long-running dispute over hotel price parity on the web. Read More
Guest Post: The mobile booking funnel is coming of age
A major shift is occurring among travel marketers as brands are moving beyond asking “How can we increase the rate at which mobile users book a reservation” to also consider “How can we use mobile to create a more compelling experience for our customers?” Read More
Air Berlin turns to Adyen payments tech to hit new Euro direct debit deadline
Air Berlin has chosen payment technology specialist Adyen to help it meet a deadline of August 1 to implement new Single Euro Payments Area Direct Debits (SEPA DD). Read More
Essential Travel parent fined after ‘staggering lapse’ led to data breach
Online services provider Think W3, the parent of Essential Travel, has been fined £150,000 for a breach of data security. Read More
New adaptive search tech to be showcased by Egencia
The corporate travel arm of Expedia Egencia is poised to unveil new adaptive search technology at next week’s GBTA Convention in Los Angeles. Read More
Thomas Cook India strikes partnership with online travel community HolidaysIQ
Thomas Cook India and, an online Indian travel community, have entered into a strategic partnership. Read More
HotelTonight marks second birthday with expansion in Europe
HotelTonight has added 80 new destinations in Europe in the wake of marking its second birthday. Read More
Thomas Cook Airlines reveals new digital identity
Thomas Cook Airlines has unveiled a new name and updated its social media profiles to reflect its growth beyond just flight-only sales. Read More
TripAdvisor agrees to buy Viator for $200 million
TripAdvisor has agreed to buy Viator, the destination activities site for $200 million cash. Read More
Airbnb meets LinkedIn for new travel start-up social networking site
A group of Danish students is on the cusp of launching a business-oriented social networking service for travelling entrepreneurs. Read More
Guest Post: How to personalise to make the most of your peak season
By Matt Pollock, senior business development manager for Qubit’s Travel Team. Read More
Visa chargeback fee to put pressure on travel to counter payment fraud
Visa is poised to impose a €12 (£10) charge on credit card acquirers for some chargebacks associated with fraudulent transactions. Read More
Wi-Fi demand soaring among US air passengers, claims tech firm
US technology company Honeywell Aerospace has reported soaring demand for inflight Wi-Fi among US air passengers. Read More
Carlson Wagonlit Travel to 'gamify' mobile app
Business travel compliancy service Travel Gamification is to be integrated into Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s mobile app. Read More
Hostelworld responds to mobile tech demand
An iPad app is the first in a series of new products being released by budget travel site Hostelworld over the coming months in response to demand for mobile technology. Read More

News |

Wizz Air introduces London to Poprad route
Wizz Air is to introduce a new route between London Luton and Poprad, Slovakia from October. Read More
More chefs could host masterclasses on P&O's Britannia, reveals James Martin
At least 10 more celebrity chefs could host masterclasses on P&O Cruises’ new ship Britannia. Read More
Costa Concordia returns to Genoa
The wreck of the Costa Concordia has returned to Genoa where it was launched nine years ago. Read More
Airlines expected to follow Emirates lead in ditching Iraq route
Airlines could stop flying over Iraq amid fears that Islamic extremists operating in the country have missiles that could down a commercial airliner. Read More
Monarch seeking to land investor, claims report
Speculation over Monarch Group’s finances continued at the weekend with the Sunday Times that reporting the firm is looking to attract outside investment. Read More
Passport Office workers strike over pay
Thousands of passport office workers have gone on strike today over staff numbers and issues with pay. Read More
Malaysia Airlines begins strategic review following tragedies
Malaysia Airlines could change its name as part of a brand overhaul after a missile struck one of its planes as it was flying over Ukraine. Read More
Gatwick apologises after 'resourcing issues' cause lengthy baggage delays
Gatwick Airport has apologised to hundreds of passengers after some were forced to wait for up to five hours for their luggage. Read More
Luton airport owner reportedly considering stock market flotation
The owner of Luton Airport could become Europe’s biggest stock market listing this year as it gears up to become a listed public company. Read More
Ryanair raises full-year profit forecast after Q1 surge
Budget airline Ryanair saw profits rise 152% in the first quarter of 2014. Read More
Australian bank tipped to sell Bristol airport stake
Australian bank Macquarie Group is believed to be looking to sell its 50% stake in Bristol airport. Read More
Tui launches sustainability-friendly excursion collection
Thomson and First Choice passengers can now book a range of sustainability-friendly excursions online and in store before travelling. Read More
EasyJet to resume Tel Aviv flights
EasyJet is resuming flights to and from Tel Aviv after a ban on airlines flying to the city’s main international airport was lifted by US and European aviation regulators. Read More
Travel 2 invests £200,000 in fam school
Travel 2 has created a new agent training scheme and pledged to take 200 agents to 15 countries this year. Read More
Customers advised to contact credit card firms as coach operator collapses
Specialist coach and holiday tour operator Hatts Coaches has ceased trading. Read More

Destinations |

10 of the best dive spots
Dive right in to some of the world's most exciting underwater experiences, says Katie McGonagle. Read More
Active & adventure holidays: Leap of faith
Katie McGonagle seeks out South Africa's biggest thrills along the famous Garden Route. Read More
48 hours in Thessaloniki
Forget Athens. For a city break steeped in history, Thessaloniki is a sure thing, says Ian Taylor. Read More
Rhodes, Greece: Save, spend or splurge
Jane Dunford discovers there's a Rhodes hotel right up any client's street. Read More
To shop or not to shop
It's a difficult question, so why not choose a destination that offers both, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Shopping USA
In the Land of the Free, opportunity knocks for those looking to bag a bargain, writes Jo Cooke. Read More
10 of the best New Zealand cultural sites
David Whitley finds that there's more to New Zealand than its magnificent landscapes. Read More
Australia's Northern Territory: Biting back
Katie McGonagle discovers big crocs, even bigger rocks and whole lot of roll on a fam trip to the Northern Territory. Read More
Colombia: Ready for take-off
With extra airlift and a host of new hotels, Colombia is a country on the up, reports Katie McGonagle. Read More
Ecuador: Journey to the centre of the Earth
Joanna Booth gets a warm welcome in equatorial Ecuador. Read More
All-inclusive holidays: Sense of adventure
Offer the best of both worlds by pairing up adventures with an all-inclusive stay, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
All-inclusive holidays: More in Mauritius
Tap into the trend towards all-inclusive stays on this high-end isle, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Turkey: In-Side story
With the charm of a small resort and the facilities of a larger one, clients may find mid-size Side just right, says Karl Cushing. Read More
Towering Turkey
Turkey's true masterpiece lies far away from its stunning coastline, Karl Cushing discovers. Read More
3 of the best bush and beach breaks
Safari and beach make perfect partners. Joanna Booth looks at three smart choices. Read More

Advice |

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
Readers' Lives: Roger Hawke
Roger Hawke knows how to tap into his company’s mature customer base in Cornwall – by offering convenient holidays from their doorstep. Read More
How to hire an apprentice
Advice from John Burroughs, managing director of Uniglobe Preferred Travel. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Laura Featonby
Within two months of going on Travel Weekly's Cover Stars trip, Laura Featonby had booked a family of four to California to stay in some of the hotels she had visited. Read More
Readers' Lives: Peter Bruno
The famous motto ‘there’s no I in team’ is clearly one that Peter Bruno subscribes to as a travel agency manager of 23 staff. Read More