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Thomson enhances Dreamliner and hotel range in battle for long-haul
Thomson Airways plans to rival scheduled airline competitors British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Read More
Transaero Airlines extends Little Red codeshare
Russia’s Transaero Airlines has extended its codeshare with Virgin Atlantic to include Virgin’s Little Red domestic flights. Read More
Scottish Labour joins SNP in APD promise
Party pledges to halve Air Passenger Duty at Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association debate Read More
BA to use landfill waste for jet fuel
British Airways is partnering Solena Fuels to build the first facility in the world capable of turning landfill waste into jet fuel. Read More
Thomson Airways in management reshuffle
Thomson Airways will get a new boss in a management reshuffle that sees current managing director Chris Browne step up. Read More
Leeds Bradford launches flights app
Leeds Bradford airport has launched a new app which sends live flight information to passengers via Twitter Read More
Stelios invests more money in Fastjet
EasyJet founder ploughs more cash into African no-frills airline Read More
Gatwick chaos should be 'wake-up call' for airports
UK airports must improve contingency planning to prevent repeat of Christmas Eve disruption Read More
Jet Airways suspended pilots after radio silence scare
Flight from Heathrow to Mumbai went silent for 30 minutes just days after Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared Read More
London City airport hits back at call for closure
London City Airport has slammed a report from a think tank suggesting it should be closed Read More
Tour operating growth helps Air Partner take off
Aircraft charter specialist Air Partner, which will be ferrying the World Cup around 90 countries before the tournament, has seen a rise in pre-tax profits Read More
Cathay to launch Manchester - Hong Kong route
Carrier will begin four-times-weekly direct flight on December 8 Read More
BA hit with $225k fine for tarmac delays
British Airways has been fined $225,000 for twice breaching US rules on tarmac delays Read More
Hiking aviation taxes will not 'dissuade the majority from flying'
Increasing aviation tax would have only limited success in reducing the amount of air travel, delegates at RTD8 heard. Read More
Manston set for last scheduled flight
What could be the last scheduled flight to leave Kent’s Manston airport is set to depart this morning Read More
BA starts Qatar Airways codeshare
Deal covers four routes from Doha to Pakistan, plus Dhaka and three African capitals Read More
No reprieve for Mexicana
Plans to revive Mexicana, one of the world’s oldest airlines, have faltered after a judge ruled that the bankrupt carrier had no credible new investors Read More
BA adds ski routes
British Airways will introduce new ski routes to Grenoble and Friedrichshafen next winter, cutting transfer times to some key resorts Read More
Tobago confident despite Virgin Atlantic pulling route
Tobago says it will not see a drop in the number of tourists following a decision by Virgin Atlantic to cease flying there Read More
EU to investigate foreign holdings in five airlines
Virgin Atlantic is among ‘at least five’ airlines under investigation by the European Commission Read More

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Airbus A350 XWB: The lowdown
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Third LHR runway 'could reduce fares by £300'
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Cathay Pacific and Qatar sign new codeshare
The deal covers services from Hong Kong to Europe, Africa and the Gulf, and from Doha to Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan






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Northern Ireland passengers at Dublin Airport number 570,000
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Oakwood opens City of London property
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Etihad to up services to Athens and Larnaca
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Lufthansa introduces long-haul seat fees
From April 28, economy class passengers wanting to reserve a specific seat at the time of booking will have to pay a 25 euro fee






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Qatar to fly B787 daily to Bali
The airline will initially operate the service, which begins on July 21, with an A330-300, but will change this to a Dreamliner in October






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Bmi Regional and Brussels Airlines announce second codeshare
The new agreement covers the route between East Midlands and Brussels airports






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Second Sydney airport given go-ahead
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Dubai Airports confirms 80-day runways closure
Passengers travelling to or through Dubai International between May 31 and July 20 should prepare for disruption caused by engineering work






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Easyjet brings in unrestricted handheld device use
The budget airline has been given the go-ahead to allow the use of handheld devices during taxiing, take-off and landing, as long as "flight mode" is switched on






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Lufthansa launches self-service baggage tag
"Home Tag" allows customers on selected flights to print out their own tags for checked-in luggage at home






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Holiday Inn to open in central Manchester
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Qatar to increase Moscow services
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BA adds fish and chips to inflight menu
The traditional meal will this week be trialled on a number of short-haul services departing Heathrow






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EU clears Air Astana to expand into Europe
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Waldorf Astoria lands in LA
The Beverly Hills property will have iconic Art Deco design and is set for a 2017 opening
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Majority 'welcome mobile use in-flight'
British and German fliers are keen on connectivity above the clouds, according to a poll
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Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Easter holiday bookers reminded to check for ATOL protection as London-based travel company ceases t
Press release reminding UK holidaymakers to check for ATOL protection Read More
UK Flights' punctuality improves in the last quarter of 2013
UK airport flight punctuality, last quarter of 2013 Read More
CAA launches review of its medical services
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a review of the medical services it provides. The study will look at all aspects of the work of the CAA's Medical Department to ensure UK pilots and air traffic controllers are receiving the most suitable and efficient service possible. The review will seek the opinions of key stakeholder groups with a full formal public consultation to follow later in the year on any proposals that eme Read More
First conviction for illegal use of an unmanned aircraft
A man from Cumbria has become the first person in the UK to be successfully prosecuted for the dangerous and illegal flying of an unmanned aircraft. Robert Knowles was found to have flown the device in restricted airspace over a nuclear submarine facility, as well as allowing the device to fly too close to a vehicle bridge. Both offences breached the UK's Air Navigation Order. Mr Knowles, of Barrow-in-Furness, was found guilty on Tuesday 1 April 2014 and fined £800 at Furness and District Magist Read More
Major change for general aviation regulation as new unit opens for business
The Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) new General Aviation Unit opens for business today. The Unit is the latest demonstration of the CAA's determination to being a better regulator, reducing and improving our regulation of this key part of aviation in the UK. The unit will be dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages a dynamic GA sector. It will make a key contribution to fulfilling the Government's aspiration for the general aviation sector to enjoy a safety regulation s Read More
Commonwealth Games airspace restrictions, local pilots invited to briefing event
Following the Government's announcement that this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be subject to airspace security restrictions, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has organised a major briefing session for the pilots likely to be affected. The event, which is taking place at the Universities of Glasgow & Strathclyde Air Squadron, 12 Park Circus, Glasgow, on the evening of 23 Ap Read More
Passenger and cargo services at Stansted Airport to be free from economic regulation
Press release regarding CAA's final decision for economic regulation at Stansted Read More

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Guest Post: Travel industry still behind in mobile
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Sunshine.co.uk acquires holiday review website
Independent online travel agency sunshine.co.uk has acquired holiday review website Realholidayreports.com for an undisclosed fee. Read More
Momondo Group reports strong first quarter
The Momondo Group has reported 29% year-on-year growth across its brands for the first quarter of 2014. Read More
Travelport renews deal with Iraqi tech firm
Travelport has renewed a deal with Iraqi technology company Rawat-Al Hajer. Read More
Vertical Systems' Russell to join Comtec
Vertical Systems chief executive Mike Russell is leaving to lead rival travel technology firm Comtec Group at the end of May. Read More
SilverRail announces funding boost
Rail technology provider SilverRail has raised £24 million in Series C funding, the company announced today. Read More
Amadeus and Netuitive sign software agreement
Amadeus has signed a software licensing agreement with predictive analytics specialist Netuitive. Read More
Former OHG MD joins On The Beach as supply director
The former managing director of failed On Holiday Group (OHG), Bill Allen, has landed the role of supply director at On the Beach. Read More
KLM introduces 'Meet & Seat' tech for social flight seating
Dutch airline KLM is introducing new technology to allow social media users to see find people on their flight who have similar interests. Read More
'Digital travel buddies' to threaten agencies, says Skyscanner's Filipov
In a decade’s time the travel agency business could be under threat by “digital travel buddies” according to a senior travel technology figure. Read More
Sabre partners with TripAdvisor to launch travel app
Travel technology company Sabre has partnered with TripAdvisor to create an app that gives travel agents access to aircraft seat and in-flight amenity information at the point of sale. Read More
Spanish OTA banks on app potential
Spanish online travel agency Logitravel has launched its first app. Read More
Travelport's Aggregated Shopping bookings growing by 60% a month
Bookings made by agents using Travelport's Aggregated Shopping product are growing at an average rate of 60% every month, according to the technology firm. Read More
Travel Republic boss Paul Furner leaves company
Travel Republic’s chief executive Paul Furner has left the company to "explore new opportunities". Read More
Thomson plans next-gen Gateshead store
Thomson is to open a fourth next generation store in Gateshead this summer. Read More

News | travelweekly.co.uk

Lastminute.com UK boss to leave the company
Lastminute.com UK and Ireland has revealed that managing director Mark Maddock is to leave the company. Read More
Etihad launches Manchester social media contest
Etihad Airways is teaming up with Manchester airport and Manchester City for a social media treasure hunt across the city. Read More
Decline in premium air travel growth recorded
Growth in global premium air travel dropped off in February against the level seen the previous month. Read More
Hilfiger buys art deco Miami hotel
Designer Tommy Hilfiger’s luxury hospitality arm Raleigh Group has bought an art deco hotel in Miami. Read More
Quantum of the Seas to sail from China
Royal Caribbean International is to raise capacity from China by 66% with the deployment of its newest ship Quantum of the Seas in Asia next summer. Read More
Cathay and Qatar agree new codeshare deal
Oneworld alliance partners Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways have agreed a codeshare deal to expand their respective route networks. Read More
EasyJet predicts record carryings for Good Friday
EasyJet is preparing for the busiest day in its history tomorrow (Good Friday) when more than 1,400 flights will be operated for the first time. Read More
Tui AG to reduce stake in Hapag-Lloyd
German travel giant Tui AG's stake in container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will drop to 13.9% following a tie-up with Chilean firm Compania SudAmericana de Vapores. Read More
Heathrow claims third runway would bring fares down
Heathrow today stepped up its battle for expansion by claiming fares would drop if it had a third runway. Read More
S&P boosts Thomas Cook credit rating
Leading credit rating agency Standard & Poor's today increased its outlook on Thomas Cook after a detailed financial review of the group's progress in implementing its transformation strategy. Read More
Comment: Is Ryanair's villain status behind it?
Ryanair will need to tackle deep-rooted perceptions if its professed desire to improve its image is to succeed, writes Steve Dunne, executive chairman of Brighter Group. Read More
Bolsover Cruise Club opens first retail store
Call centre agency Bolsover Cruise Club is looking to attract more new-to-cruise customers as it prepares to open its first retail store. Read More
STA Travel may trial 'roaming' agency
STA Travel may introduce a roaming agency to travel around the UK following the success of its Boxpark container unit store in central London. Read More
Comment: Think global when it comes to growth
I am writing this week’s column from Sydney, where I am visiting my sister for an Easter holiday with my family. Read More
New chairman named at Foreign Airlines Association
Air Europa UK general manager Colin Stewart is to take over as chairman of the Foreign Airlines Association UK. Read More

Destinations | travelweekly.co.uk

Jerusalem: Save, spend, splurge
Ben Lerwill finds hotels in the Holy City to suit all budgets. Read More
Israel: Pause and play
Jeannine Williamson discovers how to float off and how to get active in Israel. Read More
A question of sport
Stay and play with a sporty family holiday, suggests Katie McGonagle Read More
Small packages
Take the stress out of booking baby and toddler breaks with Katie McGonagle’s guide Read More
Turkey: Expert witnesses
Need some inspiration for your Turkish bookings? Karl Cushing gets some tips from those who know it best. Read More
Turkey: Family fortunates
With family-friendly Turkish boltholes in high demand this summer, Karl Cushing checks out 10 of the best. Read More
Overland tours: Living off the land
Uncover the unexpected on an overland adventure, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Central Europe escorted tours: Heart of gold
Central Europe's cultural treasures make it fertile escorted touring territory. Joanna Booth explores the options. Read More
Escorted tours: Tours of duty
This year's anniversaries are boosting demand for battlefield tours, reporst Joanna Booth. Read More
Latin America: Body and soul
Flex your mental or physical muscles - or better yet, both - in Latin America, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
Brazil: Fever pitch
Kick-start your Brazil World Cup bookings, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
Australia: An alternative angle
Joanna Booth discovers the tours that will allow travellers to see cities from a different perspective. Read More
Western Australia: Go west to go wild
Western Australia's northern reaches are among the wildest places on Earth. Time to explore, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Croatia and Montenegro: A slav affair
Joanna Booth takes a look at twinning Croatia with Montenegro and its other neighbours. Read More
Croatia without crowds
It's easy to find peace and quiet in this popular destination, discovers Joanna Booth. Read More

Advice | travelweekly.co.uk

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
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Anne-Marie Kirke
When Anne-Marie Kirke found out she had won a place on Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip to California last November, her biggest challenge was telling her husband and daughter. Read More
Readers' Lives: Wayne Dennett
When Applebys Coach Holidays failed at the end of 2012, Wayne Dennett had to work out how to retain loyal clients who booked UK coach breaks through their local Lincolnshire Co-operative Travel shop. Read More
How to set up a mentoring scheme
Advice from Debbee Dale, managing director of Debbee Dale Development. Read More
Readers' Lives: Phil Evans
As an eight-year-old boy, Phil Evans told his mum he was going to own a travel company after he spotted a young Richard Branson in a newspaper. Read More
Readers' Lives: Tom Thompson
Tom helps shape sustainability trips in Thailand. Read More
Advice: Finding your first job in travel
The travel industry offers many opportunities , but how do you get a foot in the door? Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Kelly Norris
There is one thing in particular Travel Weekly cover star Kelly Norris wanted to see on her trip to California. Read More
Advice: How to book the right family holiday in Orlando
Advice from Nandita Patel, product administration executive at Funway Holidays. Read More
Readers' Lives: Wendy Plant
Matching families’ expectations with the reality of what is available at what price remains the hardest challenge, according to travel agent Wendy Plant. Read More