News Clips for Corporate Travel Management: April 2007

1 BAA pledges £40m to cut queues

The UK’s biggest airport operator aims to speed up the journey through its airports by appointing 1,400 new security guards.

BAA has announced that it aims to cut queuing at its seven UK airports to less than five minutes 95 per cent of the time.

To achieve this ambitious target, the company says it will spend an extra £40 million to recruit an extra 1,400 security guards and open 22 new security lanes across Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gatwick, Southampton, Aberdeen and Stansted.

Source: Times Online

2 E-Travel users bonus as AMADEUS reaches E-ticket Milestone

Amadeus has implemented e-ticketing for over 100 airlines serving the UK after signing deals with Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and Scot Airways.

Its customers in the UK are already issuing 80% of all tickets as electronic tickets, bringing Amadeus users closer to meeting IATA’s goal of 100% e-tickets by the end of 2007.

Source: Travelmole Online

3 London Travel & Expense Management Forum

Places are filling up fast for MS-UK’s Spring Forum on Tuesday 24th April 2007 which this year is supported by ACTE-Global.

The four exciting topics that have been chosen for discussion are

  • Cost Containment Strategies - How to Control Travel Budgets
  • Upcoming Changes in Airline / GDS / TMC Relationship
  • Carbon Costs - How do they work?
  • Security & Risk Management

An exciting group of senior executives from the world of commerce and the travel industry together with well respected travel purchasing controllers have already agreed to take part including:

Paul Allan Chairman - Guild of Travel Management Companies

Marcus d'Apice Associate Director of Security - EMEA Control Risks

Richard Boardman Managing Director - Reed & Mackay

Stanislas Berteloot Marketing Director - KDS International

David Brown Managing Director Sales & Services Europe - Galileo

Chris Crowley Head of Sales UK & Ireland - BCD Travel

Bill Doull Supply Manager NPI Europe - Unilever

Jonathan Green Sustainable Travel Manager - DEFRA

Lawrence Hunt CEO - Silverjet

Tony McGetrick Director of Sales & Marketing - Expedia Corporate Travel

John Morgan Vice President Europe - EOS Airlines

Gary Povey Head of Sales and Marketing - Omega World Travel

Jonathan Shopley Chief Executive - The CarbonNeutral Company

Richard Tams Head of UK & Global Sales - British Airways

Kate Wheadon Freelance Security Consultant to Arup & Partners

4 Easter disruption to Heathrow Express and Connect

Engineering work at Heathrow in connection with Terminal 5 spells disruption for train users over the Easter period.

The services affected are those departing from London's Paddington station: namely Heathrow Express and the semi-fast Heathrow Connect.

Easter Sunday is worse affected. There will be no Heathrow trains at all on that day.

Source: BusinessTravellerOnline

5 SWISS enhances London City services

Swiss International Air Lines has added an early morning departure from London City Airport to Zurich.

The 0700 departure starts on April 10 with an additional 20.00 return, giving the airline flights between the two financial centres at roughly two-hour intervals.

SWISS will offer daily UK connections to and from Tokyo via Zurich after increasing its weekly frequencies from six to seven in February.

From mid-July, the carrier will also provide daily services to Los Angeles, Santiago and Johannesburg via Zurich. All these destinations were previously served six times a week.

Source: Travelmole

6 Staying longer with Staybridge

IHG has signed agreements to open two new Staybridge Suites, in Birmingham and Newcastle in 2008.

Staybridge Suites claims to be the first major hotel brand to focus on the extended stay business guest in the UK.

This announcement followed the signing on Thursday 29th March of an agreement between IHG and Trinity Hotels to develop the hotels, which IHG will manage under the Staybridge Suites brand on a 20-year management contract.

Staybridge Suites Aston will be located on Aston Park Way in the Aston Science Park, close to Birmingham city centre, and will offer 120 suites. Subject to planning approval, construction will start in autumn 2007.

The 120-suite Newcastle hotel will occupy a prime city centre site in Melbourne Street, ideally located for the city's main business district. Construction of Staybridge Suites Newcastle will commence in July 2007.

Source: Hotel Travel News Online

7 ACTE To Offset Conferences' CO2 Emissions

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives, in partnership with British Airways, says it will offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated by delegate travel to and from its Miami conference on May 7-8, along with those generated through the conference venue and accommodation.

The same programme will be followed for the ACTE global conference to be held in Munich on Oct. 21-23.

ACTE employed a carbon offset program for the first time last fall at its global education conference in Barcelona. British Airways sponsored the Barcelona offset, which was purchased and implemented through the Climate Warehouse.

Source: Business Travel Executive Redline News

8 Go online to Air Berlin

Air Berlin made the news last week following its takeover of German competitor LTU. But of greater interest to travellers right now is the fact that Air Berlin will shortly launch a corporate website.

Believed to be one of the very first of its type, the new website will allow companies to log in and make bookings with Air Berlin at special corporate rates.

The site is aimed mainly at small to medium-sized firms who will have access to Air Berlin corporate rates without having to have an Air Berlin contract. The prices may not always be lower but passengers might find they can make changes to their itinerary free of charge.

The website address is airberlin-corporate.com but bear in mind that access is password protected. Readers wishing to register can contact the airline at corporate@airberlin.com. For more information go to www.airberlin.com.

Source: BusinessTraveller Online

9 Emirate hops to Oz

Later this year passengers flying the Kangaroo Route between Europe and Australia will experience more choice and keener prices. A new aviation treaty signed last week between the UAE, Qatar and Australia has granted the Gulf airlines a huge increase in flights.

Qatar Airways has finally being allowed to serve Australia from Doha. It can fly to Melbourne and can add a second city, probably Sydney, next year. Flights are expected to start this autumn.

Etihad can operate a further 21 flights a week to Australia. The Abu-Dhabi based airline flew to Sydney for the first time this week. It can add the extra services between now and 2010.

But the deal which Emirates has secured is the most astonishing. Dubai's national airline can hike its current 49 flights to 84 flights a week by 2011 - a 71 per cent increase.

Currently Emirates fields 49 flights a week to four cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. It's expected the extra services will operate to all these four cities although Emirates might also add Adelaide in the future.

All the Gulf airlines provide good connections from Europe so what it means is that Singapore Airlines' (SIA) kangaroo route leadership is being challenged.

Source: Business Traveller Online

10 Government launches green business travel network

Some of the biggest companies in the UK have signed up to a new business travel network launched by the government at the end of February.

BT, HBOS, Boots, Sainsburys and Vodafone are among 30 companies to have joined the National Business Travel Network, a new forum set up by the Department for Transport for employers to promote best practice and share ideas on sustainable travel options for employees travelling in the course of business and when commuting to work.

Source: Business Travel World

11 Icarus available

The Institute of Travel Management (ITM) launched its Environmental Impact Reduction Toolkit, which is part of its Project ICARUS, at its 2007 conference in Edinburgh.

The toolkit is designed to help and advise corporate travel managers identify how to measure carbon emissions and achieve carbon emission reduction goals.

More information on the programme can be found on this link

12 Open skies agreement unlikely to bring down prices

Predictions of falling fares to the US following a deal on open skies are wildly exaggerated and only business travellers may benefit, say senior industry figures.

The deal between the European Union and the US, ratified by EU ministers last week, will de-regulate transatlantic flying from the end of March 2008. It will permit any EU or US airline to fly from anywhere in Europe to any city in the US and open Heathrow to any carrier with landing slots.

The European Commission suggested EU-wide savings on fares would total £7.7 billion by 2013, and BMI claimed UK travellers “could save up to £250 million a year”.

However, the impact on economy fares is likely to be minimal, since carriers subsidise their cheap fares through profits made on business class.

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said prices were unlikely to fall. “The current business model of British Airways or Virgin Atlantic is probably as efficient as it gets.”

Source: TravelWeeklyOnline

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