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  • Saga has been in the cruise business since 1997 steadily building up a fine reputation as a leader in the market for the over 50s, a very profitable sister operation to its land-based holiday products. 

    Saga floated on the London Stock Excha…
  • Please self-update on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel guidance for cruise ships shown below.
    www.gov.uk/guidance/cruise-ship-travel

    The doyen of the British cruising industry Edwina Lonsdale, Munday Travel, has chosen Busi…
  • Edwina Lonsdale is the owner and Managing Director of Mundy Cruising, the UK’s oldest cruise-only retailer, specialising in luxury holidays afloat and celebrating its 50th year in October.

    A ‘lifer’ in the cruise industry, Edwina …
  • Here is a list of sea and river cruise lines offering a service for UK customers.

    For up-to-date information please click on the company’s website.

    Actual operators are welcome to add their web address free of charge to the listing…
  • Spain has joined Portugal in requiring a 14-day isolation for holiday makers returning to the UK from holiday following Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain based on the current assessment of Covid-19 …
  • First announced in February Alaska Airlines has formally been invited to join the oneworld alliance becoming its 14th member airline.  Completion of all the procedures is expected by the end of the year.

    The carrier’s hub in Seattle is i…
  • The House of Commons Transport Select Committee interviewed London Mayor Sadiq Khan; Simon Kilonback, Chief Financial Officer, Transport for London (TfL); and Gareth Powell, Managing Director Surface Transport, TfL, for 2 ½ hours last Wednesday.
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  • Transport for London now says that the full Elizabeth Line, which will run from Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in the east to Heathrow and Reading in the west, will not be operational until the early part of the 2023/24 financial year.

    In Augus…
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined ministers and senior representatives of the air transport industry last Wednesday for the first meeting of the Government’s Jet Zero Council. 

    Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps and Secreta…
  • All guests staying at Marriott and Hyatt hotels in the US are now required to wear a face covering in public spaces.

    Both companies made the announcement after the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) outlined a “Safe Stay Guest Ch…
  • With British Airways CityFlyer (BACF) pulling out of the Santorini (JTR) route for this summer easyJet has quickly jumped in. The Luton-based airline has announced a three times weekly service to the Greek Island this summer beginning 6 August operating Tuesd…
  • With the airlines beginning to make a comeback, so are the incentives.

    Emirates has been very quick off the mark and has come up with an arrangement to cover medical expenses of up to €150,000 and quarantine costs of €100 per day for 14 d…
  • SpiceJet, the Indian low-cost airline has been awarded designated carrier status by the Indian government to serve the US and the UK, a first step towards launching to the two countries.

    The introduction of flights would seem a long way off with th…
  • Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional routes, is to base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

    Services to Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds Bradford and Manchester, will begin on a phased basis in line with pass…
  • Last week the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – North Riverside opened, the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe.

    Located virtually opposite the Central Railway Station, it is just a short free ferry ride from Amsterdam city centre. 
  • The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading platform for the world’s meetings and events community, has welcomed the news that business meetings, conferences and events can resume in October as it unveils further plans for the 2020 hybrid show. 
  • Oneworld carriers American Airlines, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways are joining British Airways and Iberia in T5.  Aer Lingus remains in T2.  CHECK YOUR FLIGHT BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT.  Only arrive at the airport two hours before a Euro…
  • Heathrow boss calls on government to do its bit!

    And it is holiday time.

    John Holland-Kaye is well known to BTN readers, Heathrow Chief Executive Officer since July 2014, having joined in 2009 and since then holding a number of position…
  • Last week saw the re-introduction of Virgin Atlantic flights to Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York JFK. Flights for the time being are out of Heathrow Terminal 2.  From 1 August Upper Class, Gold Flying Club members and eligible partners will be made we…
  • Key route functions again.      Southampton Airport is celebrating the return of KLM, as noted in last week’s BTN, with a once a day service operated by an Embraer 175.  Timings are critical and whilst it offers 44 two-way connection…
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