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  • Gloria Guevara, president & CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), has sent UK prime minister Boris Johnson a strong letter urging him to provide evidence of a clear exit strategy to save the besieged UK Travel & Tourism sector.

  • With the future still uncertain regarding overseas air travel Business Travel News looks at Britain’s regional coastlines with the help of the National Coastal Tourism Academy.  There are some extraordinary outdoor places to see and explore.
  • The Testing Labs Locator, powered by TrustAssure, is for many SkyTeam member airlines the future for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, in the battle to check for Covid-19.

    This new app highlights the growing number of testing locations servici…
  • London rail users can now benefit from a fine new app that clicks to the individual stations and gives live train departure times.

    Users can then check the ongoing schedule, and if they want to know the arrival time, typically Gatwick, that is just…
  • Users of LNER East Coast Main Line should be aware that there will be significant disruption of services between now and June regardless of any consequences of the travel ban. 

    For some weekends both King's Cross and St Pancras stations will …
  • The name ‘Dettol’ may be synonymous with childhood and protection for cuts and bruises but it is a serious hygiene tool and Britain’s biggest selling disinfectant.

    Supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, B…
  • Flight Global reports that US airline executives have met with administration officials at the White House to lobby against a possible coronavirus testing requirement for all domestic air travellers.

    Airlines have been wary of such plans since an o…
  • It may seem a long way off but the aviation charity Aerobility is asking you to put Saturday 13 March at 18:00 (GMT) in your diary for a spectacular video event.

    Hosted by impressionist Jon Culshaw, Armchair Aurora plans to ‘Light Up Lockdown…
  • Essar Oil (UK) has joined forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy facility which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports.

    This innovative bio-refinery will convert several …
  • From today (15 February) all arrivals at English ports will be required to undertake two mandatory Covid-19 tests – on day 2 and day 8 of their 10-day quarantine.

    Those who have been to a ‘red list’ country are now required to pur…
  • John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO, has gone public on a plea to Nigel Blackler, service director – transport and infrastructure at Cornwall Council to decide as soon as possible on reinstating the Newquay – London Public Service Obligation (PSO). T…
  • Aspire has introduced a 10% discount on their UK & Irish lounges this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They currently have lounges on sale up to the end of 2022, so while you might not have any immediate plans to fly, make sure you take advanta…
  • The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a remarkable city with a short heritage.  Its first airfield did not open until 1955, oil was discovered in 1958, and Etihad, the national airline established in 2003.

    It is very much on the&lsqu…
  • Following an initial announcement that it was to introduce drop-off charges Gatwick Airport is to introduce the scheme from Monday 8 March. (see BTN 12 October 2020)  initially at the North Terminal.

    The charge will be £5 for the first 1…
  • BUY PRINTS OR SIGNED COPIES OF ROB MURRAY’S CARTOONS FROM PRINT GALLERY AT TIMESCARTOONS.CO.UK Last week the most aggressive of all airlines in the UK market, Ryanair, launched next winter’s 1921/22 schedule.

    Not only does this place…
  • The first step in the recovery of a WWII seaplane which became stranded on Loch Ness has taken place.

    The Catalina, which is usually based at Duxford in Cambridgeshire, suffered an engine failure meaning it was left stranded on the Loch on 17 Octob…
  • British Airways quickly moved ahead with the very cleverly named VeriFLY app (see last week’s BTN) announcing that from today (15 February) it will trial the scheme for the product across all international flights operating into the UK.

    The e…
  • The long-expected takeover of Air Transat by Air Canada, reported by BTN last October, has been approved by the Canadian Government, in spite of the pandemic.  

    The brand is to stay and also the separate head office in Quebec.  The routes…
  • The grim situation for British Airways, and reflected by all European airlines, is demonstrated by some figures obtained from within the airline by Head for Points, a frequent flyer information source.

    On Sunday 7 February across the whole day, BA …
  • Airports Council International (ACI) has published its traffic figures for the full year.  It is the only air traffic report that includes all types of commercial flights to, from and within Europe (full service, low-cost, regional, charter, full freight …
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