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  • Inverness is the latest Aspire executive lounge expected to reopen with next Friday (30 July) the target date.

    Not the largest of the 19 lounges in the UK what it does offer is floor to ceiling windows overlooking the apron, and very easy access t…
  • After completing her second three-year term as Chair of Airlines UK Jane Middleton is to step down on 1 August, replaced by Lord (Patrick) McLoughlin, a figure well known in aviation circles and former Secretary of State for Transport between 2012 and 2016.
  • ABTA has announced the date for this year’s travel trade annual Convention, but nothing more, in a move to ensure it is in people’s diary.

    This year’s Convention will take place on 13 October and will be the first-ever blended tra…
  • Its name may be synonymous with Billy Bishop Toronto Airport but Porter Airlines is about to tackle Air Canada head on with its premium product.

    In a surprise move the airline, responsible for the revitalisation of Toronto’s downtown airport…
  • Following the success of Hungarian airline Wizz Air, Blue Air (a Romanian airline) has taken steps for a listing on the London Stock Exchange.

    Ridgecrest, an AIM shell company based in Surrey, has announced plans to engineer a “reverse takeov…
  • # British Airways has unveiled its new inflight digital ordering platform, giving customers travelling in Euro Traveller the option to order additional snacks and drinks mid-flight, directly to their seat. The digital ordering platform will not be available o…
  • Following the late Friday evening announcement that France was now on Britain’s ‘Red’ list banning arrivals International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General was quick to condemn it.

    “The UK has no coherent p…
  • A youngster from Ibstone, in Buckinghamshire, has set a new world record for a solo trip around the world.

    Travis Ludlow, aged 18 and 149 days completed the 24,450 flight in a Cessna 172R after some pretty scary moments, including being caught in a…
  • Our Editor-at-Large, Jeff Mills, reminisces regarding Dublin.

    Ireland is part of the ‘Common Travel Zone’ and as things stand adults who are double vaccinated can come and go at their will. If your prospective UK destination is fully bo…
  • From tomorrow (19 July), in line with government guidance and international requirements, passengers will still be required to wear a face mask at UK airports and onboard aircraft. Airports and airlines continue to take every measure possible to ensure health…
  • With German Chancellor Angela Merkel visiting the United States officially for the last time before she steps down some progress seems to have been made regarding the ongoing transatlantic travel ban.

    President Joe Biden struck a courteously optimi…
  • In an initiative that might catch on, at least with the smaller airports, Southend Airport is to introduce Terminal Tours as part of its ‘Connecting Communities Commitment’.

    The airport ran a trial day to gather feedback as part of its …
  • The fast non-stop service from Paddington has confirmed future Covid arrangements.  It stays with the London standard.

    “To help keep our passengers and colleagues safe, and to rebuild passenger confidence in travel, face coverings will c…
  • Italy gets another gift.

    Covid-19 problems is the reason given by the European Commission for the €39.7m in further assistance now given by the Italian Government.

    The measure is said to compensate for losses sustained on certain r…
  • In May 1964 British European Airways inaugurated the world’s first scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and St Marys on the Isles of Scilly.
    Today its successor, Penzance Helicopters Ltd, post pandemic, is very much in business, flown by…
  • Business Travel News is not the first to highlight the exorbitant prices being charged for the PCR test by some so-called professionals.

    Celebrity Cruises requires all passengers to visit a facility and pass a PCR test taken in the last three days …
  • Last Wednesday (14 July) saw the arrival of JetBlue into Europe with a non-stop proving flight from New York JFK to Heathrow with its first long-range Airbus A321. Often airlines operate proving or training flights in advance of a route launch. This is not on…
  • The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Air Travel Organiser's Licence agency (ATOL) are warning consumers to check that they are financially protected when booking a holiday.
    While ATOL protected package holidays provide the best level of protection …
  • British Airways has teamed up with AirPortr, the airport luggage support company, to create new convenient fast bag drop areas before heading to the departure concourse at British Airways’ London flagship Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. With the first p…
  • If you are confused by the latest travel rules, and not just international, please do not call Business Travel News.  We are just as baffled.

    Whenever the Government makes an announcement BTN is always inundated by groups and commercial interes…
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