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Aviation warning lowered after Iceland volcano scare
Iceland has lowered the warning level about Bardarbunga volcano following an eruption scare over the weekend Read More
Malaysia pledges to continue double daily flights to London
Malaysia Airlines has pledged to continue its two daily flights to London despite warning of major changes to come in the aftermath of two tragedies. Read More
Johnson to continue push for 'Boris Island' airport
London Mayor says he will “fight on” if Davies Commission rejects proposal Read More
Ryanair may look to Airbus for new US venture
Ryanair could potentially move away from its exclusive arrangement with Boeing for the launch of its new transatlantic business Read More
Airlines to provide more passenger information in new anti-terrorism plan
Move follows increase of terror alert level to “severe” Read More
Virgin Australia follows Qantas with large loss
Airlines blames “extremely challenging year” for Australian aviation sector Read More
Iceland issues new red alert on volcanic activity
Aviation warning level returns to maximum following fresh eruption Read More
Qantas makes biggest-ever loss, but UK schedule stays intact
Qantas has left its UK flight schedule intact despite doubling losses on international routes to £280 million last year, part of an overall loss of £1.58 billion, the biggest in its history Read More
Air Berlin’s turnaround plan pays off
Airline returns to profit in second quarter despite “difficult operating environment” Read More
Etihad to operate A380 on all Heathrow flights
Etihad Airways is planning to operate an all-superjumbo service on its Heathrow to Abu Dhabi route from next May Read More
Ryanair launches business traveller package
Fare includes ticket change flexibility, 20kg baggage allowance, priority boarding and premium seats Read More
Air New Zealand profits from alliances
Air New Zealand is planning to “significantly grow” capacity in the next year after increasing profits by 40% Read More
New ash cloud would cause less disruption than in 2010
Aviation experts point to improved tech, new working groups and a clearer picture of liability Read More
BA patent points to a Club World redesign
British Airways could be set to ditch its Club World cabin design after patenting a new herringbone layout. Read More
Qantas and Virgin Australia allow phone use
Passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia will be able to use smartphones and electronic devices during flights from Tuesday following a change in policy. Read More
Jet2 launches Tunisia as new destination
Airline unveils Tunisia as a new destination for summer 2015 with routes from five of its UK bases. Read More
British Airways introduces hold option
Airline is to allow customers to hold flight bookings for up to 72 hours by paying a deposit Read More
Germanwings adds new London route
Germanwings has launched a new route from Dusseldorf to London Stansted airport. Read More
Ryanair to discuss Cyprus Airways takeover
Ryanair is to hold talks with the government of Cyprus about a possible takeover of troubled carrier Cyprus Airways Read More
Smaller airports offer better passenger service
Regional UK airports give passengers a better experience than the country’s biggest airports Read More

Business Traveller RSS

Boris Island airport proposal to be 'thrown out'
The decision leaves three remaining options — a third runway at Heathrow, extending an existing runway at Heathrow, or a second runway at Gatwick

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Schiphol rolls out free wifi
The Amsterdam airport is from today offering all passengers complimentary unlimited wifi access

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Bonus Etihad Guest miles for Marriott Rewards members
The promotion is eligible for bookings made before October 31 for stays at participating hotels taken by the same date

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Triple HHonors points for weekend stays
Hilton Worldwide is offering its loyalty programme members triple points for weekend stays and double points for weekday stays taken before October 31

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Xiamen Air receives its first B787
The airline intends to use the Dreamliner on its planned long-haul routes to Europe, North America and Australia

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Lufthansa to launch A380 service to India
The German carrier will start operating non-stop superjumbo flights from Frankfurt to Mumbai and Delhi in October

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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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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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Emirates A380: What you need to know
The Gulf carrier has 50 A380 aircraft in its fleet and 90 more on order. Take a virtual tour of one of its superjumbos via Google Street View

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Win a stay at a Saco London property
Saco is offering one Business Traveller reader a weekend stay at one of its London serviced apartments and afternoon tea at The Wallace Collection

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Edinburgh Airport triples car drop-off fee
From Monday, car drivers who take between five and ten minutes to drop off passengers face being charged £3, compared to the current £1

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Ryanair to launch Edinburgh and Glasgow routes to Stansted
The budget carrier has announced its summer 2015 schedules from both Scottish cities

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Hilton opens tenth London Doubletree
The company has entered into a franchise agreement with Jurys Inn to open Doubletree by Hilton London - Islington

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MAS to axe 6,000 jobs and long-haul routes
The cutbacks are part of a recovery plan after the airline was hit by back-to-back disasters this year

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Strike forces Germanwings to cancel 70% of flights
Lufthansa's budget carrier has warned that 15,000 passengers will be affected by a planned pilots' strike scheduled to go ahead on Friday morning

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The big picture: Qatar's A350 XWB in full livery
The carrier has 80 of the widebody Aibus aircraft on order and is scheduled to receive the first one before the end of this year

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Aegean orders seven A320s
The Star Alliance member will start receiving the Airbus jets next June, with all due to be delivered by early 2016

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Etihad reveals its first six B787-9 routes
Between December and June, the Gulf airline will start flying the Dreamliner to Dusseldorf, Doha, Washington DC, Mumbai, Brisbane and Moscow

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Qantas rules out selling loyalty programme
The news comes as Qantas today announced a net loss of A$2.8 billion for the 12 months to June, the worst results in the carrier's history

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Royal Jordanian receives its first B787
The Middle East carrier's Dreamliner comes in a two-class configuration with 24 seats in business class and 246 in economy

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Jenny Southan looks back at yesterday"s travel. This month, it's the opening of the Savoy in 1889

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Cut the cord
Bluetooth, wifi, NFC and inductive charging all spell the end of plugs and cables. Steve Dinneen picks out essential wire-free gadgets

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Buy and fly
New products available now at the airport

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Four hours in... Guangzhou
Reggie Ho checks out the Chinese city"s new central business district of Pearl River New Town

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Golfing around... Paris
Adam Ruck tees off at some of the finest courses close to the French capital

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Online test launched for infringing pilots
To increase the options it has available to tackle airspace infringements, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) may, from today, ask pilots who do infringe controlled or restricted airspace to sit a short online test to assess their airmanship skills. The test will only be accessible with a secure password, sent by the CAA to the infringing pilot. Failure to successfully complete the test within one month could result in further licensing action being Read More
CAA steps in to protect holidaymakers affected by travel company collapse
Press release on the collapse of two UK-based travel companies. Includes advice for affected consumers. Read More
Pilot controlled lighting switched on for GA pilots
Licensed aerodromes will be free to introduce pilot controlled lighting systems, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. Until now, pilot controlled lighting at licensed aerodromes was reserved solely for the emergency services. Unlicensed aerodromes have been using pilot controlled lighting technology for a number of years. Details of the CAA's policy change will be made available during this weekend's LAA Rally at Sywell Aerodrome (29-31 Aug). The change follows a consultation Read More
South Wales airspace restriction in place for NATO summit
A temporary airspace restriction will be put in place around a forthcoming NATO Summit in Newport, South Wales, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. The restriction, in place from 3 - 5 September 2014, will cover a broad area from Bristol in the east, to Bridgend in the west, and from Crickhowell in the north, to the Somerset coast in the south. The restricted area will extend from surface up to flight level 105 (around 10,000ft). The temporary airspace restriction, or RA( Read More

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Syntec partners with Worldpay for secure phone payments solution
Payment processing firm Worldpay has agreed a deal to allow consumers to pay by card over the phone through their keypad, so the call operator does not receive any of their card details. Read More
Ex-Travelport commercial director joins CodeGen
Former Travelport UK and Ireland commercial director Tim Wright is taking up the newly-created role of commercial director at TravelBox technology developer CodeGen. Read More
Orbitz deal sees American fares return to the OTA
American Airlines has resumed the sale of tickets via Orbitz Worldwide websites following the end of a row over fees. Read More
Guest Post: Who needs big data?
The promise is timely access to essential business insight; the reality is a massive dent in the CFO’s budget. So why are organisations still investing in big data projects? Read More
Updated Ryanair app offers Business Plus corporate fare
Budget airline Ryanair has unveiled the latest version of its mobile app offering its new Business Plus fare as well as improved booking functionality. Read More
Ryanair closing in on second GDS deal
Ryanair rings fresh changes this week, but the woman responsible, Lesley Kane, is leaving. Ian Taylor reports. Read More
GeniusFlight partners with Skyscanner for price-led search tool
GeniusFlight, a price-focused flight search tool powered by Skyscanner, has been launched by the GeniusTravel group. Read More
Monarch app reaches 10,000 downloads milestone
Monarch Airlines' personal in-flight entertainment service, MPlayer, has reached a total of 10,000 downloads. Read More
Royal Caribbean takes top place in cruise site survey
Royal Caribbean International has taken first place for overall effectiveness in a survey of cruise booking sites. Read More
Expedia teams up with national newspapers for Philippines campaign
Nine national newspapers are offering free advertising today in support of a campaign by to encourage tourism to the Philippines following the destruction caused by last year's Typhoon Haiyan. Read More
Dolphin Dynamics strikes JacTravel deal
Dolphin Dynamics has extended the range of suppliers bookable via its point of sale and online booking modules in a deal with leading accommodation specialist JacTravel. Read More
Sunvil and Ski Weekends sign up for Multicom virtual card payments solution
Sunvil and Ski Weekends are the latest operators to sign up to a virtual card payment system from travel software specialists Multicom. Read More
Guest Post: Put content at the heart of leisure travel and hospitality
By Sarah Hughes, co-founder of global place content platform Fiz. Read More
Rare premium domain to be auctioned at WTM – one of the world’s rarest premium domain names – is to be auctioned at World Travel Market this autumn. Read More
Jumio-United deal opens up airline sector for secure smartphone camera check-in
A first deal in the airline sector for developer of visual payment and identification software developer Jumio is likely to be the first of many, the Palo Alto-based firm believes. Read More

News |

Gershon to replace Allen at Wexas
Former Thomas Cook multimedia director Katherine Gershon has been appointed as the new managing director of Wexas. Read More
Tui Travel joins anti-corruption organisation forum
Tui Travel claims to have become the first company in the travel industry to be accepted into the business integrity forum of anti-corruption organisation Transparency International UK as a corporate member. Read More
Kew Green Holdings acquires 19 Holiday Inns
Kew Green Holdings has expanded its portfolio to more than 50 hotels by acquiring 19 Holiday Inns across the UK for an undisclosed sum. Read More
Clia expects 300 delegates to attend River Cruise Convention
Clia UK & Ireland is expecting a big turnout of agents for its River Cruise Convention in Amsterdam as more Britons than ever take a holiday on Europe’s waterways. Read More
One&Only to open resort in Bahrain
A new One&Only resort is to be developed and operated by Kerzner International Holdings in Seef, Bahrain. Read More
Princess Cruises launches 'most lucrative' incentive for agents
Princess Cruises is launching its “most lucrative” incentive as it looks to help encourage agents to book holidays across more destinations. Read More
Soft launch for new MSC Cruises' booking platform
Five cruise specialist agents – Barrhead Travel,, Cruise 1st, Iglu and Cruise Nation – will be the first to gain access to MSC Crusies’ new trade booking platform MSC Book. Read More
CMV revises voyage due to Ebola outbreak
Cruise & Maritime Voyages is re-routing a voyage from Australia to the UK to avoid West Africa due to the Ebola virus outbreak. Read More
Fastjet adds Uganda route
African low-cost airline Fastjet is expanding its international network from Tanzania with a new route to Uganda. Read More
Comment: Sharing economy is here to stay
Regulators are beginning to notice companies such as Airbnb and Housetrip, but they still pose a challenge to your business, says Noel Josephides, chairman of Sunvil and Abta. Read More
Etoa hits out at Rome hotels tax hike
Hotel tax in Rome is due to double from today (Monday) after operators were given just five weeks notice of the change. Read More
Birmingham airport owners reap £82 million dividend
The owners of Birmingham airport gained £82 million in dividends last year - equivalent to almost £9 for every passenger - after piling on debt, the Sunday Times reported. Read More
Turkey and Cyprus specialist operator collapses
Turkey and Northern Cyprus operator Lorenz Voyager Travel, trading as Green Island City Breaks, Green Island Holidays and Lorenz Voyager, was the second travel firm to collapse last week. Read More
Address UK air capacity 'ticking time bomb', says CBI
UK business leaders today called for a single UK airport hub with work to start by 2020 – with a second new runway by 2050. Read More
Norwegian in talks to buy Oceania and Regent parent
Norwegian Cruise Line was last night reported to be in “advanced talks” to take over the parent company of luxury lines Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises for around $3 billion. Read More

Destinations |

Add-ons: Doing it for the kids
Accommodation is just the start - tailor the whole holiday to tots with smart add-ons, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Disneyland Paris: Bonjour Remy
Flora Ioannou scurried to Paris to get a taste of Disney's new rodent ride. Read More
Walt Disney World: Seventh Heaven
Katie McGonagle finds her inner Snow White on Walt Disney World's newest ride. Read More
Bewitched: Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley
Tom Irwin was one of the first muggles to check out Universal Orlando's newest attraction. Read More
Vietnam and Laos: Indochina in your hand
Karl Cushing joined six agents in Vietnam and Laos on a Travel Indochina fam trip. Read More
Thailand: Thai tots
Lee Hayhurst discovers that Thailand still delights with three kids in tow. Read More
Responsible tourism: Soothe your conscience
Travelling sustainably needn't take effort, Joanna Booth discovers. Read More
Go farther for Christmas
Lucy Huxley flew to Finland so the kids could see Santa. Read More
Teenage dreams
Tailor a trip to suit teenagers and the whole family will be happy, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
10 of the best half-term holidays
Book in a week of family fun with Katie McGonagle’s guide to half-term hotspots. Read More
North Africa: Lead the way
Pick an escorted tour tailored to your client's interests, says Katie McGonagle. Read More
The Nile: Ebb and flow
Clients can experience the Nile without the crowds, says Jeannine Williamson. Read More
10 of the best Adventure-moons
Send newlyweds on the adventure of a lifetime, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Size matters: Weddings and honeymoons
From couples-only ceremonies to big wedding parties, Joanna Booth suggests a venue to fit Read More
10 of the best dive spots
Dive right in to some of the world's most exciting underwater experiences, says Katie McGonagle. Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Claire Horne
A crime novel is not the obvious place to see your travel agency business mentioned, but that’s exactly what happened to Claire Horne. Read More
Readers' Lives: Hazel Bryant
A year ago, Hazel Bryant was having trouble sleeping. Read More
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