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Flybe adds routes to winter 2014-15 schedule
Flybe has added a number of new routes to its winter 2014-15 schedule as it bids to strengthen regional UK connectivity Read More
Tom Daley's fear after emergency landing in Russia
Olympian Tom Daley tweeted of his fear after the Virgin Atlantic plane he was travelling on was forced to make an emergency landing in Siberia Read More
Black boxes from MH17 given to Malaysian experts
Two flight-data recorders from the destroyed MH17 plane have been handed over to Malaysian experts Read More
Game of Thrones star takes to Twitter after BA bars her from lounge
No entry for unaccompanied passengers under 18 - even if they play Arya Stark Read More
What now for the aviation industry - and Malaysia Airlines?
Aviation safety expert Norman Shanks looks at the impact of the MH17 tragedy, and what it will mean for the airline Read More
Malaysia Airlines shares plunge as questions raised over its future
Shares fell 11% on Friday following the latest tragedy to befall the carrier Read More
Why were airlines allowed to fly over Ukraine?
Malaysia Airlines has insisted that the route which MH17 took above Ukraine was safe, but why did some airlines decide not to take this route, and can a route above a certified war zone ever truly be declared safe? Read More
Malaysia Airlines offers refunds to passengers
Malaysia Airlines has said it will offer refunds to passengers who are too scared to fly on any of its planes Read More
European flight body closes airspace over Ukraine after MH17 crash
Eurocontrol imposes ban on area where Malaysia jet was shot down Read More
Mueller to leave Aer Lingus
Chief executive will step down in 2015 Read More
EasyJet to create new base at Amsterdam
Carrier will station three aircraft at Schiphol from spring 2015 Read More
World waits for answers after jet ‘shot out of the sky’
At least nine Britons are believed to have been on board the Malaysia Airlines aeroplane that was ‘shot down’ in eastern Ukraine Read More
BA returns to Fuerteventura after decade-long absence
Twice-weekly service to Canary island begins on December 13 Read More
AOA welcomes government's Airports Commission update
The Air Operators Association (AOA) has welcomed the government’s update on the Airports Commission Interim Report, which was released yesterday. Read More
Stansted keen to move into longhaul
Stansted is eyeing up a slice of the lucrative long-haul market as it gears up for the next stage in its development under its new owners. Read More
Virgin Atlantic to introduce new regional flights
Virgin Atlantic is to expand its offering to holidaymakers in Scotland and Northern Ireland with the addition of two new seasonal routes next year Read More
Thomas Cook adds capacity at Birmingham Airport
Additional 47,000 seats and four new destinations coming in summer 2015 Read More
Flybe and Bombardier agree new deal
Manufacturer’s Q400 turboprop confirmed as carrier’s “aircraft of choice” in UK Read More
BA earmarks 20 new aircraft but IAG warns these could be 'reallocated' over financial concerns
British Airways has earmarked an order of 20 new Airbus aircraft for its short-haul fleet, amid warnings from its parent company they could be reallocated if BA’s short-haul arm does not make “a profitable return” Read More
Comment: How aviation can grow and still deliver on sustainability
Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association and council member of Sustainable Aviation Council, on how the industry can develop in line with its green ambitions Read More

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IHG unveils new UK Holiday Inn Express hotels
Two of the properties will be located in Greater Manchester and one in London

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Ryanair serves up Lavazza coffee
The Irish airline has teamed up with Lavazza to offer its passengers premium coffee through a new filter cup design

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Flybe to launch two new winter routes
The regional carrier will fly five-times weekly between Birmingham and Berlin Tegel and on weekdays between East Midlands and Aberdeen

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Asiana moves forward long-haul A380 service
The South Korean carrier will now operate its inaugural long-haul superjumbo service to Los Angeles from August 20

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Flight MH17: Emirates calls for airline summit
Tim Clark, the Gulf carrier's president, has called for an international airline conference to discuss how best to respond to last week's Malaysia Airlines disaster

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Thai Airways to reduce its Heathrow service
The carrier will operate 12 weekly flights on its Bangkok to London Heathrow route in September and October

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Travelodge to open ten Scotland hotels
The locations will include the brand's fifth property in Aberdeen

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Emirates rules out stake in Qantas
The news follows last week's decision by the Australian government to relax foreign ownership restrictions on its national airline

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MAS offers refund to all passengers
Malaysia Airlines has offered any passenger booked on one of its flights this year the option of a full refund in the wake of last week's MH17 disaster

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Choice Hotels opens its first Turkey property
The 135-room Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli, which includes 45 long-stay suites, is located in between the city's Levent and Taksim business districts

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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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IHG to open Brisbane's first Holiday Inn Express
The 226-room Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Spring Hill is located in the Australian city's central business district and is easily accessible from Brisbane Airport

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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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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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Eurostar to launch Marseille route
The cross-Channel operator is planning to run a London-Lille-Lyon-Marseille service from next spring

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Easyjet opens Schiphol base
The move will "bring more choice for Dutch passengers and lower fares", the airline claims

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SAA to launch premium economy
South African Airways has told Business Traveller it will announce the arrival of premium economy this autumn, ahead of its move to London Heathrow T2

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Eastern Ukraine airspace closed 'until further notice'
Air traffic regulator Eurocontrol said all flight plans that use routes over the east Ukraine area are being rejected following yesterday's Malaysia Airlines crash

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Emirates to add fourth daily flight to Johannesburg
The move means the Gulf airline will from October 26 operate seven daily flights to South Africa

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Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashes in Ukraine
The jet was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. MAS has confirmed that it lost contact with the aircraft

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Eurostar sees 6% rise in business travellers
The cross-Channel operator today posted "strong levels" of business passengers compared to the same period last year

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Finnair and US Airways launch codeshare
The transatlantic deal between the two airlines starts next week

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Qantas brings in loyalty programme changes
The Australian airline now awards points and status credits based on fare price rather than distance travelled

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Dubai International runways to reopen 'on time'
The maintenance work is now undergoing certification by the General Civil Aviation Authority and the airport should be back to full capacity from Monday

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BA to fly year-round to Fuerteventura
From December, the route will be operated by A319 and A320 aircraft, both of which will feature the carrier's new short-haul cabin product

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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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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
Next-gen Amadeus platform rolled out in 20 markets
Next-generation online booking platform Amadeus Selling Platform Connect has now been introduced in more than 20 markets worldwide. Read More
Multicom completes first website project in Gulf region
Development of a new website for Dubai-based SouthTravels has been completed by Multicom - its first major contract since launching a drive to grow its business presence in the Gulf region. Read More
Momondo statement amid reports of deal valuing it at £150m
Cheapflights parent Momondo Group has confirmed it has appointed a financial advisor to look at strategic options for the firm amid reports that it in talks about a sale of a stake in the business. Read More
Financial safeguards demanded for UK consumers buying from overseas firms
Safeguards are needed to ensure consumers buying holidays from non-Atol travel companies based abroad understand what financial protection is provided. Read More
Superbreak launches rail and flight package system for agents
SuperBreak has introduced a new booking system on its website for agents booking rail trips. Read More
Connections Luxury to showcase wearable tech and hear from former Apple exec
Applications for Google Glass and other next generation wearable technology in the luxury travel sector will be showcased at the first Connections event. Read More
Destinology pioneers virtual tours of popular hotels using Google technology
Upmarket tour operator Destinology has launched virtual tours of the inside some of its most popular hotels following two months of filming. Read More
Bright On Travel conference returns and this year it’s getting personal
This year’s Brighton Digital Festival will once again feature a key travel-themed event with the second annual Bright On Travel half-day conference. Read More
ENett moves EMEA headquarters to new London offices
Travel industry payment solutions firm eNett International has moved its EMEA headquarters into specially-designed new London offices. Read More
Guest Post: The app is becoming a critical component
Recent research from comScore has revealed that apps' internet traffic (47%) overtook desktop usage (45%) in the US for the first time, while Gartner predicts that worldwide revenues from in-app purchases will grow from $4,589m in 2013 to $36,881m by 2017, an increase of over 700%. Read More
Guest Post: Voice is changing the face of travel marketing
We all want to acquire new customers and gain the loyalty of existing ones - but what is really the key to achieving this? Read More
Airbnb rebrand prompts warning over standards from British Hospitality Association
A warning to home exchange websites operating in the UK to improve their safety requirements has been issued by hospitality chiefs. Read More
Lonely Planet partners with Skyscanner
A flights comparison engine is being hosted for the first time by travel media company Lonely Planet. Read More

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US and European carriers halt Israel flights
Several airlines have suspended flights into Tel Aviv in Israel after a rocket landed one mile away from Ben Gurion airport. Read More
Travellers urged to apply for EHIC following survey findings
One in three British holidaymakers could be turned away from hospitals in Europe because they don't have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), a study claims. Read More
Flybe adds five winter routes
Five routes are being added to Flybe’s winter schedule, including two new services. Read More
Virgin flight carrying Olympian Tom Daley makes emergency landing
A Virgin Atlantic aircraft carrying champion diver Tom Daley had to made an emergency landing in Russia after "a technical issue". Read More
Condor to add services while ferry repairs continue
A Condor ferry which struck the seabed off Guernsey last week is expected to be out of service until August 26, the company confirmed yesterday. Read More
Eurotunnel to appeal MyFerryLink competition ruling
Eurotunnel today reinforced support for its wholly-owned MyFerryLink operation by confirming it will appeal against a ruling by the UK competition watchdog that it should close by the end of the year. Read More
Gatwick gears up for 'family friendly' summer
Gatwick is expecting to handle more than 5.7 million passengers this summer. Read More
Big Interview: Edie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Crystal Cruises
Since joining Crystal Cruises last year from Azamara Club Cruises, Edie Rodriguez has been on a mission to meet as many agents and passengers as possible - and order new ships. Hollie-Rae Merrick reports. Read More
Fred Olsen parent blames weak UK cruise market for losses
Losses at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines deepened in the second quarter of the year, figures from Norwegian holding company Bonheur show. Read More
Hogg Robinson Group issues profit warning
A profit warning was issued today by Hogg Robinson Group amid increased competition, lower transaction fees and increased levels of self-booking of business travel across Europe. Read More
Airlines call for new safety protocols after MH17 downing
Airlines are demanding a review of international security protocols that determine which air space is safe for passenger aircraft in the wake of the MH17 tragedy. Read More
Travelopo welcomes lifting of Villa Parade injunction
Holiday rentals agency Travelopo has said it was right to speak out about rival operator Villa Parade after a High Court injunction against was lifted. Read More
Malaysia Airlines offers refunds until Thursday
Applications for refunds or changes on flights with Malaysia Airlines must be made by this Thursday, July 24. Read More
Ecuador launches webinar series for agents
A new series of webinars designed to educate agents on Ecuador will be held monthly for the rest of the year. Read More
Hogg Robinson Group to open Norfolk office
Hogg Robinson Group is to create an unspecified number of new jobs by opening a travel office in Great Yarmouth in September. Read More

Destinations |

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
10 of the best beach breaks
Spend a day at the seaside with Katie McGonagle's guide to top coastal spots. Read More
Seasoned travellers
Cater for older clients with hassle-free domestic holidays, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Africa: Get the green light
The wet season doesn't necessarily mean taking a rain check on a safari, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Navigate New England
Just a short hop across the pond takes clients to road-trip paradise, writes Jo Cooke. 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