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Iceland issues new red alert on volcanic activity
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Virgin Australia follows Qantas with large loss
Airlines blames “extremely challenging year” for Australian aviation sector 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
Ryanair makes digital appointment
Ryanair has appointed John Hurley as its new chief technology officer Read More
Monarch is going all-scheduled, but don't write off charter airlines just yet
Following its fading presence in the market, Monarch will become entirely scheduled from April. Gary Noakes asks how the move will affect the industry Read More
Airline slammed by regulator over competition prize
The Advertising Standards Authority has reprimanded airline BMI Regional after a competition it ran was found to be in breach of the watchdog’s code Read More
Airlines on alert as Iceland's largest volcano system stirs
Country’s Met Office raises risk level as intense tremors are recorded at Bardarbunga Read More
Runway extension boosts Birmingham’s traffic
Airport reports busiest July in its 75-year history, with 1.5 million passing through Read More

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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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Weekend in... Athens
From provocative art to bohemian bars, Jenny Southan discovers a trendy side to the ancient Greek capital

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What's on
Business Traveller rounds up events happening around the world in September

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Out of the slow lane
While Jakarta is a hotbed for foreign investment, it is determined to do business on its own terms. As part of our series on the MINT economies, Rose Dykins reports on the Indonesian capital

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Make yourself at home
UK serviced apartment providers are on a quest to attract more business travellers, reports Michelle Harbi

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Safety first
There’s a lot more to being a flight attendant than serving drinks, as Jenny Southan discovers on a British Airways cabin crew training day

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Data zone
Helping you make the right travel decisions. This month: top 50 global air hubs, top 10 fastest-growing global hubs, and top 20 destination cities by overnight visitors

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French connections
The sheer size of Paris Charles de Gaulle can be daunting to the uninitiated. Tom Otley provides an introduction

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Etihad to operate A380 flights to Sydney
The Abu Dhabi carrier has also announced that it plans to run three superjumbos on its London Heathrow route

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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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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
Guest Post: Don't let a website upgrade kill your conversions
How to protect your online bookings and conversion rates when you switch to a new website or platform and what to do when things go wrong. Read More
Guest Post: Email tips that will catch you more bookings
On average, companies in travel outspend almost all other sectors when it comes to purchasing website traffic. Spending your budget on SEO, PPC and social media marketing will no doubt have holiday makers flocking to your site, but in a space where comparison shopping is the accepted norm, how valuable is that first touch? Read More
Sabre confirms potential sale of
Sabre has announced a strategic review of options for UK OTA, including the potential sale of the business unit. Read More

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Flight Centre clinches three-year Queensland promo deal
Flight Centre has clinched a commercial partnership to market the Queensland tourism sector to holidaymakers globally over the next three years. Read More
Tourists injured in Canadian bus crash
Dozens of people have been reported injured, six of them critically, when a tour bus on its way back from the Rocky Mountains rolled over on a highway in British Columbia. Read More
Germanwings pilots' strike to affect 15,000 passengers
Around 15,000 passengers will be affected today as strike action by pilots grounds 70% of Germanwings flights. Read More
Preston Holidays poised for relaunch under new owners
Preston Holidays is poised to relaunch in the near future after its assets were bought by direct sell tour operator 3X Travel. Read More
Virgin Australia follows Qantas in reporting deeper losses
Virgin Australia has followed rival Qantas in revealing deeper annual losses. Read More
Southend airport forecasts flat passenger numbers
Passenger numbers using Southend airport may be flat in the next six months, owner Stobart Group revealed in a trading statement today. Read More
Agents unfazed by BA's move to allow direct bookers to hold fares
Consumers booking direct with British Airways can now hold seats for up to 72 hours for a deposit of £5 or £10. BA introduced the service on last week. Read More
Global Travel Group names head of business development
Rhian Herbert has been named as the first head of business development for the Global Travel Group. Read More
Student adventure travel firm collapses
A travel company specialising in worldwide challenges for good causes is reported to have collapsed. Read More
Volcano warning level raised to red
The Icelandic Met Office raised its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began overnight. Read More
MAS expecting further losses following double tragedies
Further losses are expected by Malaysia Airlines in the second half of the year following the two tragedies to hit the airline in recent months. Read More
Big Interview: Ryanair trade strategy takes off
Ryanair rings fresh changes this week, but the woman responsible, Lesley Kane, is leaving. Ian Taylor reports Read More
Ryanair looks to trade to recruit head of corporate travel and groups
Ryanair is seeking a recruit from the travel trade to be head of corporate travel and groups to replace Lesley Kane, who will leave in September. Read More
Smoke in cockpit forces easyJet emergency landing
An easyJet aircfraft with 157 passengers made an emergency landing at Gatwick this morning after smoke was detected in the cockpit. Read More
Agents needed to spread the word about Quantum
Quantum of the Seas "breaks us out of the typical cruise category and we need agents to spread the word", according to Royal Caribbean's vice president international Dominic Paul. Read More

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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

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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