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East Midlands Airport power cut disrupts operations
Passengers flying out of East Midlands Airport are being advised to contact their airlines about their flights after a power cut suspended operations. Read More
IAG profits soar as Iberia swings into profit
IAG has reported a 564.2% increase in profit following an 8% boost in revenue as Iberia’s fortunes turn full circle. Read More
EasyJet calls on EU to overhaul of aviation rules
EasyJet has called on the EU, governments and regulators to improve competitiveness in European aviation Read More
Business Travel Show: Heathrow-Philadelphia will be a 'challenge', says Delta boss
Delta has admitted that making a success of its new Heathrow-Philadelphia route will be a challenge Read More
Aer Lingus: Irish government demands 'firm commitments' from IAG
The Irish government has delivered yet another rebuff to the BA parent, but insists it is still “open to considering any improved proposal” Read More
Bristol airport adds new Paris connection
Bristol airport will offer a choice of airlines to Paris from April when bmi regional begins flying to Charles de Gaulle Read More
Aer Lingus reiterates wish for IAG tie-up as it posts €72 million profit
The airline’s chairman has hailed “excellent” 2014 results, and expressed the board’s “strong belief” in a deal with IAG Read More
Turkish Airlines under fire for failing to report runaways
The airline is accused of having carried four unaccompanied schoolgirls to Istanbul since December, without alerting authorities Read More
More than 1,000 flights grounded by US ice storm
An ice storm in Texas and the mid-south is causing widespread disruption, with the worst effects in Atlanta and Dallas Read More
Aer Lingus unions deny softening their stance on IAG bid
Two of Aer Lingus’s biggest unions say they have not altered their stance on IAG’s proposed takeover despite a senior union official appearing to now back the bid Read More
Revenues rise but profits fall at Heathrow
Operating profit is down 10% after the airport took a hit on pension charges and costs relating to the opening of Terminal Two Read More
Is Thomas Cook planning to offload its airline arm?
Weekend reports suggest the operator has sounded out a number of potential buyers, including rival carriers Read More
Emirates rejects Delta apology over 9/11 comments
An appearance on CNN has plunged the US airline’s chief into a major row, and led Emirates to question “his credibility as CEO” Read More
EasyJet to launch Tunisia flight
The low-cost will begin flying to Monastir this summer, with services departing from Stansted twice a week Read More
'Passengers threw coffee at each other': CAA reports steady rise in air rage incidents
Drunken passengers, physical assaults, smoking in toilets and bomb threats in the air have all increased Read More
Suits you! Thomson Airways donates unused uniforms to local charity
After updating its cabin crew uniform, the airline has a stockpile of unused old-style clothing worth more than £100,000 Read More
Garuda inks Flight Centre agreement
Garuda Indonesia and Flight Centre have signed a commercial deal that secures the airline a preferred partner agreement on key routes Read More
Monarch hits the slopes with new ski routes
Monarch has put next season’s ski flights on sale, including its new routes from Gatwick to Geneva and Innsbruck Read More
Transatlantic flights continue despite cancellations in US
British Airways and other carriers will today operate a full schedule of transatlantic flights despite a raft of domestic cancellations by US airlines Read More
BA colours to appear at Cambridge airport - thanks to franchisee's Gothenburg flight
The British Airways brand is to appear at tiny Cambridge airport from March 2 when flights to Gothenburg are launched Read More

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Catch up on Business Traveller's January and February reviews of flights, rail, hotels, restaurants and technology

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Four hours in New York
Take a bite out of the Big Apple with these six must-see attractions writes Clement Huang

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Hilton London Docklands Riverside to rebrand as a Doubletree
The property will become Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands this spring and will be the brand's 11th hotel in the capital

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Win a Silverstone track day with Ginetta
Last chance to enter our Ginetta Cars competition for the chance to test your mettle behind the wheel of a road-legal racing car at the world famous Silverstone Circuit. Ends at 2359 tonight

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Lufthansa first class fitted across Munich fleet
The German carrier has completed installing its new first class cabin onto all its long-haul aircraft based at Munich airport

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Cathay serves Illy to premium passengers
The airline has already started serving the Italian coffee on its flights. During March, it will also have Illy espresso, café latte and cappuccino on-board

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Anantara expands in Dubai
Minor Hotel Group tells Business Traveller about its plans to open the 290-room Anantara Dubai Creek Hotel in the city's Culture Village

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HHonors launches double points/miles promo
The offer covers stays completed between March 1 and May 31 and is valid at any participating Hilton Worldwide hotel

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Business travellers 'not getting best hotel deals'
Hotel booking specialist HRS has released advice on how travel buyers can secure the most appropriate deals

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Bmi Regional cancels Manchester-Aberdeen services
The carrier currently operates an Embraer ERJ145 16-times weekly on the route

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BA launches first and business class sale
Over 90 routes out of Heathrow, Gatwick and London City are included in the sale, with seats discounted by up to 65 per cent

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Qatar Airways and Bangkok Airways expand codeshare
The agreement now includes a further ten routes

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Starwood opens Element Vancouver Metrotown
The 169-room hotel is the brand's second property in Canada

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Hilton acquires Wyndham Union Square hotel
The property will now be renamed Parc 55 San Francisco a Hilton Hotel

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Good vibrations
Steve Dinneen road-tests the best headphones and speakers for your travels

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

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21 short-cuts to health
From micro-workouts to power poses, Sally Brown reveals insider tips and tricks for self-improvement with minimal effort

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A vintage year
Which airlines served the best wines last year? Rose Dykins reports from our annual awards

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Four hours in... Delhi
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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Periodic weight checks for microlights to be scrapped
The requirement for microlights to be re-weighed every five years is to be removed, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed. The decision forms part of the CAA's GA Change Programme and follows a joint proposal from the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). The periodic re-weighing of microlights was introduced in the mid 1990s following mutual agreement with the then Popular Flying Association and the BMAA. The CAA has recently s Read More
CAA outlines future plans for its Medical Dept
Following a public consultation , the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed it is committed to exploring options for the way it currently provides medical services to the aviation industry. One of the options could see the outsourcing of its AeroMedical Centre to a suitable private sector provider. No timetable has yet been set for any changes, however. In the consultation the CAA h Read More
Gyros set for new airworthiness rules
A proposal to introduce Certificates of Airworthiness (C of A) for some gyroplanes has been put forward by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The move would see type-certified, factory-built gyros qualify for C of As, rather than Permits to Fly, as at present. This would allow the aircraft to be used for commercial operations. The CAA today launched a formal consultation on its proposal, calling on all inte Read More
CAA responds to Red Tape Challenge by changing aircraft instrument requirements
The UK CAA has brought forward a European change by six months and relaxed the need for GA aircraft to carry certain equipment when flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Read More
Update on introduction of Standardised European Rules of the Air
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today gave an update on the UK's implementation of the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) and said that it is working with the European Commission, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and UK Department for Transport (DfT) to conclude the work. The UK's exemption from SERA allowing existing arrangements for flying clear of cloud within controlled airspace has been extended. An exemption from certain Special VFR requirements contained within S Read More
CAA: "Facing up to aviation's environmental challenges is the key to building new runway"
Press release on CAA response to Airports Commission consultation. Read More
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

News |

Amadeus hails 5% rise in agency bookings and 10% revenue jump
Amadeus has reported a 10% rise in revenue and near 10% increase in operating profit year on year for 2014. Read More
HM the Queen to name new P&O Cruises ship
P&O Cruises has confirmed that The Queen will officially name the line’s new ship Britannia on Tuesday, March 10. Read More
SPAA president takes swipe at online discounts and voucher incentives
The president of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association has renewed his criticism of operators prioritising direct sales, insisting business through agents could earn suppliers more money. Read More
CityJet chief executive quits following refinancing
The boss of Dublin-based CityJet has stepped down just over a month after the carrier completed a refinancing. Read More
Royal Caribbean pledges aid to Scottish agents
Royal Caribbean is to make a pot of money available to Scottish agents to help them get on the first rung of the ladder of selling cruise. Read More
Air Asia posts first quarterly loss in two years
Low cost carrier AirAsia has recorded its first net loss in two years, citing currency exchange losses and higher taxes. Read More
Cairo suffers series of bomb attacks
One person was killed and others injured in a series of explosions in Cairo in the early hours of yesterday morning. Read More
IAG profits soar as Iberia moves into black
British Airways parent International Airlines Group (IAG) saw operating profits soar by more than 80% last year as Iberia moved into the black. Read More
Big Interview: Speakman not scared to cut out operators
Travel Counsellors' chairman David Speakman says taking on suppliers is 'the way forward'. Hollie-Rae Merrick reports from a Travel Weekly Business Breakfast. Read More
Visit Wales issues fraud warning
Visit Wales has issued an urgent message via email, alerting Welsh tourism businesses about a possible fraud. Read More
Comment: Tech it or leave it but technology is the key
You’d have to have been living in a cave for the past 20 years to have not realised that technology has the power to transform the travel sector. Read More
Court rules airlines cannot delay compensation payments
Five airlines have been told they cannot postpone giving compensation payments to passengers whose flights have been delayed by technical problems. Read More
Cordoba in Spain to host Aito's 2015 June conference
Cordoba in Spain has been announced as the location for the Association of Independent Tour Operators' conference in June this year. Read More
EasyJet calls for major European aviation rule changes
Tougher airport charging rules, a revamped single European sky, more competition in ground handling and freedom to allow airlines to trade take off and landing slots form part of a manifesto for change presented by easyJet. Read More
Thomson opens new concept store in Gateshead
Thomson has opened its Holiday Design Store in the Metrocentre in Gateshead. Read More

Destinations |

Mamma Maldives
It may be more famous for honeymooning, but the Maldives also has resorts that are fantastic for families, writes Adrian Neville Read More
Oceans of Savings
The Indian Ocean doesn’t have a reputation for value but there are bargains to bag, finds Joanna Booth Read More
Abu Dhabi three ways: Save, spend, splurge
David Whitley checks in to check out the emirate’s hotel selection Read More
Middle East: A nose for adventure
Tamara Hinson reports rom a Faremine fam trip to Dubai Read More
Eastern Europe: King of the castle
Forget fairytales, eastern Europe’s castles are the real deal, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Bulgaria: Sunny side up
Get the lowdown on Bulgaria’s most popular resort from Katie McGonagle Read More
Asia: From Lombok with love
Meera Dattani falls for Indonesia’s most idyllic island Read More
Asia: Singapore swing
Flora Ioannou joined a Gold Medal Mega Fam in Singapore Read More
Latin America: Marooned in Maranhao
Get off the beaten track in northern Brazil, writes Joanna Booth Read More
Latin America: 5 best self drives
Joanna Booth recommends road trips in South and Central America Read More
Family Holidays: Room to breathe
Finding the right room type is key to a squabble-free family holiday, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Family Holidays: Child's play
Make sure you’re maximising your family bookings with a guide to avoiding some of the pitfalls Read More
Family Holidays: Spring breaks
Stuck for ideas for an Easter getaway? Katie McGonagle has the answer Read More
Advertisement feature: Sofia - A capital with many faces
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All-Inclusive Holidays: All in the family
Take the hassle out of family holidays by staying in an all-inclusive, writes Katie McGonagle Read More

Advice |

Readers’ Lives: Rita Hunter
There’s no stopping Rita Hunter. After more than 30 years in travel, she has ambitious expansion plans that could take her homeworking business to a new level. Read More
Advice: Know your local laws and customs
Advice from John Heppenstall, head of consular campaigns at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Read More
Advice: What you need to know about pensions law changes
Advice from Charles Counsell, The Pensions Regulator's executive director of automatic enrolment. Read More
Readers' Lives: Jule (Molly) McIntyre
When Julie McIntyre was eight, she told her mum she wanted to work on a cruise ship like the one featured on the TV show The Love Boat or a hotel like the one in Hotel. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Jennie Watson
Ask Jennie Watson about Boston and the chances are the first thing she will tell you is about Catie Copley at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. Read More
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
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Starwood strengthens Dubai prortfolio
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is planning to debut the Aloft and Element brands in Dubai. Scheduled to open in 2018, Aloft Dubai Raffa and Element Dubai Raffa will bolster Starwood’s presence in Dubai.
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News: Emirates boosts services to Nairobi
Emirates will connect more people with Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, when it switches from the current Airbus A330-200 aircraft used on one of the two daily services to a larger Boeing 777-300 ER from 1 May.
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News: Expedia increases ownership in AirAsia-Expedia joint venture
Expedia has entered into an agreement with AirAsia Berhad to purchase an additional 25% equity interest of AAE Travel, the joint venture formed between the two companies in 2011, for cash consideration of $86.3 million.
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News: Jetblue adds Florida service from Baltimore
JetBlue Airways intends to expand at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, with twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new non-stop route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood will launch in November and seats will go out for sale with the upcoming November schedule release.
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News: Six Senses to open in Bali
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will develop a resort in the southwest of Bali at Uluwatu, a 35-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort is set atop a rugged cliff, sharing the spectacular ocean views with the island’s famed Uluwatu Temple.
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News: Hyatt Place Tijuana opens in Mexico
Hyatt Hotels Corporation is opening the Hyatt Place Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico. Hyatt Place Tijuana is the fourth Hyatt Place hotel to open in Mexico, and continues Hyatt’s growth strategy in the country.
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News: Etihad Airways sign MOU with UAE Armed Forces
Etihad Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters to provide commercial aviation training to a number of pilots, cabin attendants, loadmasters and flight despatchers in the UAE Armed Forces.
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News: Sabre unveils three data-driven solutions
Sabre Corporation is launching three new, powerful data-driven, personalization solutions which source insights on customers from multiple touch points and then use that data to create personalized, meaningful engagements with travelers.
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News: Etihad Airways appoints general manager for SA
Etihad Airways has appointmented John Friel as its new General Manager in South Africa. Based at the airline’s offices in Johannesburg, John is responsible for leading Etihad Airways’ commercial operations in South Africa as it continues to grow its presence and operations across the region.
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News: Ryanair inks deal with Vodaphone Ireland
Ryanair has signed a partnership with Vodafone Ireland under which Vodafone will support Ryanair’s communications and IT needs across Europe, including its ticketing, check-in, ground crew, inflight crew and pilot systems.
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News: Lufthansa first class rolled out accross Munich fleet
Lufthansa has completed fitting its new first class cabin onto all its long-haul aircraft based at Munich airport.
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News: Cathay Pacific to serve Illy to premium passengers
Cathay Pacific Airways has partnered with illy to serve premium coffee to First and Business Class passengers. Freshly brewed coffee from the renowned Italian coffee roasting company is already being served on flights, while illy’s espresso, café latte and cappuccino will be gradually introduced onboard beginning from March 2015.
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News: Amadeus reports rise in revenue
Amadeus has reported a 10% rise in revenue and near 10% increase in operating profit year on year for 2014.
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News: Priceline names new CEO
Paul J. Hennessy has been named Chief Executive Officer of, an operating business of The Priceline Group, effective April 1, 2015.  Mr. Hennessy will report into Darren Huston, President & CEO of The Priceline Group.  Current CEO Chris Soder has been named Chairman of the Norwalk, CT-based business.
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News: Royal Caribbean prepares for Harmony of the Seas launch in April
Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, is set to launch in April 2016. The third in the Oasis class of ships – currently the largest cruise ships in the world – will continue the award-winning cruise line’s innovation and imagination to offer a unique experience for holidaymakers.
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News: Lufthansa brings Boeing 747-8 to New York-Frankfurt route
Newark Liberty International Airport just celebrated the beginning of Lufthansa’s daily scheduled Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental service between Newark and the airline’s home base in Frankfurt. As the largest operator of the new Queen of the Skies, Lufthansa now serves the New York metropolitan area with one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world and is the first carrier to bring the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to Newark.
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News: World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony launched at ANATO 2015
World Travel Awards has officially begun the countdown to the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 during a launch event at the Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015 in Bogotá. Bogotá will host the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony in October this year. The largest tourism showcase in Latin America, ANATO welcomes thousands of industry leaders from across the region to the Colombian capital each year.
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News: Her Majesty The Queen to officially launch P&O Cruises’ Britannia
P&O Cruises has announced Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will official launch the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia. The naming ceremony will take place at Ocean Terminal, Southampton on Tuesday March 10th.
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News: Watson takes helm at Trails of Indochina
Leading specialist tour operator Trails of Indochina have announced the appointment of industry veteran John Watson to the role of chief executive.  Founder and owner of Trails of Indochina, John Tue Nguyen, said: “I am delighted that John is joining us. His background in general management and sales and marketing in leisure travel, plus his extensive network in the industry, will strengthen our company.”
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News: Minor Hotel Group signs with Dubai Properties for new hotel
Minor Hotel Group has announced a partnership with Dubai Properties to develop a new Anantara to open in Dubai in early 2018. Anantara Dubai Creek Hotel will be located in Culture Village, a new world-class destination being developed by Dubai Properties Group in the east of the city facing Dubai Creek.
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