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  • A fifth Premier Inn hotel in Manchester city centre has opened its doors. The new 157-bedroom hotel at Princess Street to the south of the city centre offers skyline views of the city.  Located within the £750m Circle Square development and constru…
  • From Katherine Bell, Heysham, Lancashire. Shapps & Transport Committee in row
    Has anyone else wondered what those people who do not have a smartphone will do to travel in the future?
  • Sunday morning (10:00) has been chosen by Travel.Radio for a timely, new programme called “Your Travel Questions”, offering travel tips and advice from travel experts Simon Calder of The Independent and Paul Charles, who runs his own PC agency and…
  • Now that spring is on the way this must be the time to consider an open-top sports car writes Malcolm Ginsberg.

    Vehicles with sunroofs are not the same.  But there is little choice at the lower end of the market.  

    Or is ther…
  • They are a hugely valuable resource says industry group.

    Highlighted in BTN 26 April the Department for Transport’s General Aviation (GA) Roadmap has resulted in a quick response from The General Aviation Awareness Council (GAAC).

  • NO PLAN – AUSTRALIA DUCKS FOR COVER ON COVID

    More than a year after a ‘novel coronavirus’ morphed into a global pandemic, the air transport industry continues to express both frustration and anxiety over continued border closures,…
  • Travellers using the Great Western Railway (GWR) and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) services over next few days should check carefully regarding departure times.

    Travel disruption was caused over the weekend by the discovery of cracks in some …
  • The much-heralded international travel press conference took place last Friday (7 May) hosted by the secretary of state for transport, assisted by Dr Jenny Harries from the UK Health Security Agency, and Paul Lincoln, head of Border Control.  (See COMMENT…
  • IT is quickly overtaking the world of travel, acknowledged by the BBC in its popular television programme The Travel Show.

    With the support of Amadeus the programme recently highlighted what is calls “the future of travel technology” ho…
  • With the first round of English reopenings starting on Monday 17 May this week’s ON TOUR is unusual.

    BTN’s editor-in-chief took a walk last week from Covent Garden, through Chinatown and into Soho.  He was impressed on how much o…
  • Glyn Jones, managing director of Southend Airport, put on a bright face when talking to Sky News last Wednesday, but did not disguise the fact that the airport will have had no scheduled traffic for the first half of this year.

    “We’ve k…
  • British Airways owner IAG reported dreadful results last week, but it was hardly unexpected.

    The Spanish/UK airline Group lost more than €1.135bn in the first three months of the year as much of its fleet remained grounded by Covid-19 travel …
  • With this motoring issue BTN seems justified with a mention for the ‘Festival of the Unexceptional’.

    The Festival celebrates cars that were once a common sight but are now a rarity on UK roads, perhaps cars from your youth, or ones th…
  • An ‘At-Seat Order’ has been rolled out across Avanti West Coast rail network following a successful customer trial.

    Whilst customers in First Class have always enjoyed being served at their seat, this will enable customers in Standard …
  • The former boss of BA owner IAG and now director general of IATA has issued one of the shortest press releases on record in response to the UK Government announcement of countries on the ‘Traffic Light’ scheme! See Green list press conference in th…
  • British Airways has named Lisa Tremble as its new corporate affairs director.  She replaces Louise Evans who was previously with Sainsbury’s.

    Tremble joins British Airways from insurer Direct Line Group, where she had been group corpora…
  • Sunday 16 May will see P&O stealing a march on its competitors in the cruise market.

    With the current regulations allowing for cruise ships to go to sea with passengers from Monday 17 May, and MSC launching the season on the Thursday (20 May), …
  • Opening shortly is the Kempinski Palace Engelberg (Switzerland), a beautiful Belle Epoque-era historic property that has been meticulously reinterpreted for the next generation.

    It all started back in 1889, Engelberg, in a fantastic location for su…
  • Commenting on the announcement by the European Commission that vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the EU this summer, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said:
     
    “This is…
  • American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has made a binding offer to acquire Egencia, Expedia Group’s corporate travel arm.  Expedia would become a shareholder in, and enter a long-term strategic commercial agreement with GBT.

    Whils…
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