Newsletter - June 2007

1 Flex ebilling form AirPlus

AirPlus International, the leading global travel payment solutions provider announced on the 29th May 2007 the launch of a new flexible invoice format for its clients.

Electronic invoice formats can be configured using FlexEbill via the AirPlus Portal on the www.airplus.com website.

A demo version of FlexEbill can be accessed by clicking here.

2 London City expands

Carillion lands a contract worth £19m ($37.7m) for the construction of additional aircraft parking stands at London City Airport.

This contract is the largest to be let since the airport was originally built and represents the first major capital programme under new owners AIG and GIP, who took control in December 2006.

In another move, the airport has confirmed that Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) will introduce a new double-daily weekday service non stop to Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday 28 August, with limited flights at the weekend.

The new route will be operated by SAS Braathens, the Norwegian arm of the SAS Group, using an 82-seater Avro RJ70, 4 jet engine aircraft, with a flight time of 2h20m.

The additional flights mean that SAS now serves all three Scandinavian capital cities from LCY, with double daily services to Stockholm and three daily services to Copenhagen.

Source: Air & Business Travel News

3 New base for Ryanair in Bristol

Ryanair is creating a new base in Bristol with two dedicated B737-800s. It will open 16 new routes starting in November.

Travellers in the West Country will find it much easier to reach destinations in Central and Eastern Europe amongst others this winter.

In addition there will be new flights going to Derry (daily), Dinard (three a week), Knock (four a week), Milan Bergamo (daily), Riga (three weekly), Salzburg (two weekly from December).

Source: Business Traveller

4 Dubai runway ready for October

Construction of the first runway of Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) is on target for completion in October 2007.

"Over 70% of JXB's first four and a half kilometre CAT III runway is complete with the target month for completion set for October 2007," said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central (DWC), Government of Dubai.

JXB is at the core of the massive 140 square kilometre Dubai World Central (DWC) urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali just 40 kilometres from Dubai city centre.

Source: Airline Travel News

5. Higher fares for the South West</p>

Huge price increases for off-peak fares on the new summer timetable could force passengers off trains and into cars, says a rail watchdog lobby group.

South West Trains’ (SWT) decision to hike its cheap day return tickets to London by 20%.

But it is not only those travelling during off-peak periods who will be hit. SWT has also significantly increased its First Class Day and First Class Season Ticket fares by between 15% and 20%.

Source: Air & Business Travel News

6 Emirates increases Jo'burg flights

Emirates has introduced a further four flights per week from Dubai to Johannesburg, adding to its existing double-daily service.

The third daily flight will be added every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Source: TravelMole


7 ACTE & MS-UK prepare our Autumn Forum

The 13th Corporate Travel & Expense Management Forum is currently being planned to be held in London on the 11th of October 2007. The event will be organised by Management Solutions (UK) Ltd. in cooperation with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE Global) and sponsored by Buying Business Travel

The four items as recommended by our delegates to be discussed on the day’s Agenda will be as follows:-

1) Meetings Management made easy

2) How open are our Skies?

3) Client measurement of TMC’s - how or what is the true tool?

4) Employee Safety and Corporate Manslaughter

Register now if you wish to ensure your place at the event which was declared to be “highly informative and the most enjoyable event of it’s kind” by one of our delegates. Just click on your reply button and type REGISTER in the subject and we will get back to you..

The exact location is under review as we go to press but it will be at a central location in London.

The price, as always, will be inclusive of all refreshments and lunch and is likely to be around £100/120. More information will be posted on our respective websites www.acte.org and www.ms-uk.com

8 Tube trouble for Heathrow

On Saturday and Sunday and again on June 16 and 17 there will be no through Underground trains linking central London with Heathrow.

Services over a section the busy Piccadilly line are being suspended to allow engineering work to take place. It means passengers bound for Heathrow will be faced with time consuming train and bus transfers over the Hammersmith to Acton Town section.

But during these periods London Underground (LU) passengers will be able to use the fast trains from Paddington to Heathrow (such as Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect) free of charge. The only limitation is that the LU tickets must be valid for travel covering zones 1 to 6.

For more information go to www.tfl.gov.uk

Source: Business Traveller Online

9 Stars for Apartments

In conjunction with Visit Britain and Quality in Tourism (QIT), the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has won its campaign for a separate quality grading system in the serviced apartment industry – a first of its kind, not only in Europe but worldwide.

All member companies of the ASAP have agreed to be assessed within the year, including BridgeStreet Worldwide, City Apartments, Oakwood Worldwide, Clarendon and Executive Roomspace, among others.

Previously, there were no regulated standards for serviced apartments, meaning companies could choose to call themselves five-star properties, based on similar standards set for hotels, without an official grading.

If a company wished to be approved by the tourist board, they had to be assessed under the self catering accommodation quality standard. The new regulations allow serviced apartment providers to sign up for assessment.

Source: Air & Business Travel News

10 Airport restrictions on liquids standardised

International regulations concerning the carriage of liquids in hand luggage have today been standardised around the world.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has issued regulations which will see countries around the world regularise what can and cannot be taken on board.

The change will mean little changes for passengers leaving the UK since the new global rules are the same as those already put in place at airports around the European Union. However, they will mean that travellers will now know exactly what they can take on board when flying back to the UK. The existing Department for Transport (DfT) regulations can be seen here.

Last month, the DfT introduced new security guidelines for UK airports which means that travellers are now subject to random testing of liquids they are carrying in their hand luggage. Around 1 in 100 travellers is currently being stopped and subject to the tests.

Source: Business Travel World

11 Centralwings to launch Dublin flights

Polish low-cost airline Centralwings will start daily flights from Dublin to Warsaw on October 16.

Centralwings already operates scheduled flights to Warsaw from Shannon, Cork, Edinburgh, London Gatwick and London Stansted, and other European cities.

Tickets for the new route go on sale from Monday (June 4) and cost from €14.89 each way, excluding taxes and charges.

Source: TravelMole

12 Etihad names new Ireland manager and new service

Etihad Airways has appointed Beatrice Cosgrove as its Dublin-based country manager in Ireland.

She will be responsible for launching the airline's entry into the Irish market.

Etihad's Dublin service to Abu Dhabi will launch on July 2, flying four times a week between Ireland and the UAE.

Many of Cosgrove's newly established team in Dublin have joined from Gulf Air after it announced its withdrawal from Ireland.

Source: Travelmole

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