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  • Latvian airline airBaltic announces that starting on 4 June it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Riga and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. AirBaltic has planned to connect both cities with two weekly flights.

    Martin Gauss, chief executi…
  • A summer destination to Nice has been added by Air France from Heathrow operating out of Terminal 2.

    This will be a seasonal route starting from 28 June, operating for 10 weeks until the 5 September. The service will be flown four times per week, o…
  • Our veteran contributor, John Burke, who is a financial journalist as well as a travel writer, assesses the outlook for aviation and hospitality shares on stock markets.

    There is surprising optimism about travel stocks in spite of the continuing pa…
  • The World Aviation Festival (WAF) goes ahead next Monday (via Zoom) and lasts all week.

    A very distinguished list of 50 speakers has been lined up including Willie Walsh, director general, IATA; Ben Smith, chief executive officer, Air France/KLM; T…
  • Controversial plans to extend the runway at Southampton Airport have been agreed following a 19-hour debate at a full meeting of Eastleigh Borough Council.

    Airport bosses want to extend the runway by 164m (538ft) to allow operations by the latest A…
  • Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is anticipating a sharp surge in applications once travel restrictions are lifted, due to 3m applications that were not made last year.

    Despite holidays abroad being illegal for at least another six weeks…
  • “Seacations” all the rage.

    Once it gets going, hopefully from mid-May, the cruise industry will be very competitive with up to 12 lines competing for British waters only trips.

    Quickly announcing its on-board entertainment pr…
  • Thursday 29 April will find easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren guest of honour at the latest video lunch of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom.

    Given his views on the Global Travel Taskforce Report (see in this week's BTN) and the Government internati…
  • The travel industry’s response to the Global Travel Taskforce report is perhaps what you would expect with Willie Walsh of IATA leading the way.  Read the outpourings.  
  • Published several days earlier than predicted the report of the Global Travel Taskforce to the Department for Transport certainly did not have universal approval and was challenged by heavyweights in the industry.

    It did not confirm internationa…
  • According to OAG an eighth consecutive week of capacity growth to 63.2m seats worldwide, the highest point for over a year, is an indication of a slow but steady recovery in capacity in many markets around the world.

    But OAG also points out that n…
  • FlixBus, the world’s largest intercity coach travel provider, is launching domestic connections in the UK.  The German company, established in 2013, does not own coaches or employ drivers. The business model is based on a collaboration with local sm…
  • Following BTN’s monthly cruise review Monday 5 April we learn that Celebrity, Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages have confirmed start-up dates for UK-based "seacations".

    Setting sail from Southampton from Saturday, 3 July, the remodelled …
  • Gatwick, Heathrow or Stansted – which will be first for jetBlue, if and when it introduces its much-heralded London services?

    JetBlue is giving nothing away with airport or date details but is publishing tempting details on its website.
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in February 2021, both compared to pre-Covid levels (February 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (January 2020).

    International passenger demand i…
  • There will be a charge for vehicles using Gatwick’s South Terminal forecourt introduced from today Monday (12 April), following its introduction at the North terminal last month.

    The charge will be £5 for 10min, and £1 for each ad…
  • And Bristol – South Wales too.

    Longer trains and some additional train services are to be provided from today to help people returning to rail travel as part of the Government’s lockdown easing roadmap to do so safely and with confidence…
  • Perhaps the longest running car distinctly recognisable from it first roll-out, the Caterham (ex-Lotus) Seven line has been acquired by Japan-headquartered automotive group VT Holdings from Air Asia and QPR owner Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun, a Malaysi…
  • One of Ireland’s great hotels, Carton House, is set to reopen shortly after an extensive two-year multi-million pound complete refurbishment.

    Situated less than 25 miles from Dublin Airport the stunning property, once the ancestral home of th…
  • Manchester’s newest luxury accommodation, Hotel Brooklyn, opened on 14 February 2020, only to close a few weeks later due to the pandemic.  It must have set an unwelcome record for a hotel opening and closing.

    The good news is that the p…
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