Newsletter - November 2007

  1. Hand baggage restrictions 'to be lifted'

    British Airways predict that limits on the amount of hand luggage taken on flights are to be lifted soon,

    This will go a long way to relieving the hassle factor of the 'one bag limit'.

    The airline continues to staff up to record levels and has improved its baggage performance despite a 15% increase in hold luggage. Source: Travelmole

  2. Car Park goes High Tech

    Terminal 5’s car parks will have a number of high-tech services when they open next year. The terminal will offer more than 7,000 spaces, designed to “take the guesswork out of parking at the airport”.

    Source: BusinessTraveller Online

    For more information on services at T5, visit www.terminal5.ba.com

  3. EasyJet to further target business travellers

    EasyJet plans to introduce technology next year giving parts of the business travel community access to its inventory.

    Until now the low-cost airline has dealt almost exclusively direct with customers on the web forcing other travel players to screen-scrape its site.

    Source: Travelmole

  4. Luton going East

    Two destinations Brastislava and Prague in Slovakia, have been added to destinations served from Luton airport.

    SkyEurope Airlines has launched double daily flights to Bratislava, a daily service to Prague and three flights a week to Kosice and Poprad in eastern Slovakia.

    The airline expects to carry about 400.000 passengers via Luton in the first 12 months.

    SkyEurope runs a fleet of 14 Boeing 737-700s, expanding soon to 32 and has been listed on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges since September 2005.

    Source: Travelmole

  5. All Change at St Pancras

    Not only will Eurostar be operational from St Pancras International on the 14th November but shortly after that First Capital Connect will start operating from St Pancras on Sunday 9th December 2007. The last FCC train arriving at Kings Cross Thameslink station will be on Saturday 8th December at 2359 from Haywards Heath. The first train arriving at St Pancras International will be on Sunday 9th December from Luton. All of the FCC timetables will be revised in advance of this change, and closer to the time FCC will provide further detailed help and assistance to all customers to ensure a smooth and troublefree transition to the new modern station.

    St Pancras International will be served by six Underground lines – Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan – offering superb connections in and around the capital.

    Following an £800 million restoration and extension, the new station will be an experience in itself and, for many, a destination in it’s own right

    A truly grand retail and hospitality destination, St Pancras International will feature an unbelievable choice of shops and entertainment outlets.

    Find out more about this amazing new station, and to view a map, visit www.stpancras.com

  6. ACTE & MS-UK Autumn Forum Postscript

    "There are so many of these types of events that you can attend, so I am very careful and selective about the subject matter to ensure I get the most out of being out of the office. The day you organised was truly excellent in it's format, structure and content."

    Monday 10th March 2008 is the date we have selected for our next Spring Forum so please enter the date in your 2008 planner now.

  7. National launches new product for SME Market

    National Car Rental has launched a new international travel product designed specifically for small businesses.

    More4less provides access to car rentals across National's global network of 3,800 locations in over 80 countries, giving small businesses the choice of vehicles at rates guaranteed to be lower than those available online.

    More4less rates include unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver, theft liability waiver, airport charges and taxes. Small businesses also get free membership in National's Emerald Club, which enables travelers to bypass lines at the airport.

    Source: Redline News from Business Travel Executive

  8. Through fares via Eurostar

    Eurostar and ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) last week announced new through-ticketing arrangements with East Midlands Trains, First Capital Connect, GNER and Virgin trains.

    Return fares to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Disneyland Resort Paris and 75 connecting destinations will be available from 14 November. Fares from France and any station in Belgium will also be available.

    Eurostar has also announced a similar deal with Chiltern Railways and London Midland, an operator of the new West Midlands rail franchise.

    Passengers travelling from major cities such as Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Nottingham will pay between £67 ($137) and £92 ($189 ) for standard class returns.

    There will be up to 17 connecting rail services a day to Paris and up to 10 a day to Brussels.

    Source: ABTN

  9. Easyjet expands from Liverpool

    EasyJet launched flights from Liverpool to Lisbon last week.

    The four times weekly (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) service to Lisbon will cost from £38.98 return, including taxes.

    The airline expects to carry 43,000 passengers during the first 12 months of operation.

    EasyJet also launches flights from Liverpool to Innsbruck on January 8.

    Source: Travelmole

  10. Got visitors coming to London? - If so this will be of interest

    Travelling from and to the airport got easier and cheaper from 1 November 2007, thanks to the National Express Group's new innovative airport transfer service, Dot2Dot, operating between Heathrow / Gatwick and central London hotels.

    The new Dot2Dot fleet of 64 purpose-built vehicles is operated by the National Express Group, the UK's leading transport provider. This is the UK 's first large-scale airport shuttle service. With a maximum of four stops on any journey and from £17.50 per person, the service aims to take the stress out of getting to and from the airport at an affordable price.

    The new shuttles hold up to 16 passengers and have been specially configured for Dot2Dot to give passengers extra space and legroom. They will also have state of the art satellite navigation equipment, congestion tracking systems and fully trained and experienced drivers.

    Travellers can book a Dot2Dot shuttle at www.dot2.com, through travel agents and hotel concierges. The Dot2Dot fleet will expand to 76 vehicles by the end of the year.

  11. New Rezidor Openings

    On the 1st November Hotel Group Rezidor opened two new hotels: The Radisson SAS Waterfront Hotel in Jersey, Channel Islands and Park Inn Sheffield, UK.

    Radisson SAS in Jersey is located to the east of the centre of St. Helier in the financial district with a shopping centre about five minutes walk away.

    The hotel has 195 guest rooms, five meeting rooms, brasserie and a bar overlooking the marina.

    Park Inn Sheffield is the 15th Park Inn hotel in the UK and the second in Yorkshire. Used for business and leisure travellers, the hotel is located in the Quay-side quarter of the city, just a few minutes walk from the centre.

    The hotel has 111 guest rooms. All the rooms come with standard amenities including internet access and satellite channels.

    Source: ABTN

  12. Silverjet to Dubai

    Silverjet says that burgeoning ex-pat links between the UK and Dubai have fuelled its decision to launch London Luton services to the Emirate from 18 November.

    Dubai and the UK have traditionally enjoyed a strong relationship, but the emergence of the City State as one of the world’s tourist hot spots, as well as a solid business base, have convinced the business class only airline to set up its new operation.

    In line with its Luton policy, passengers leaving Dubai will also be able to use a dedicated Silverjet terminal, as well as take advantage of the airline’s limousine service.

    The carrier says that it will become the first airline to use the 5,000 sq ft (470 sq m) executive terminal at Dubai. The airline also offers private lounges at Luton and Newark. Silverjet operates Boeing 767 aircraft offering 100 seats in a 2+2+2 configuration; with passengers able to have a 30min check-in time and a 6’3” (195cm) inclined flat bed.

    On the Dubai route a Halal menu and Arabic menu will be on offer, as well as a ladies only toilet. A private chauffeur service and valet parking service is also available at both airports.

    Source: ABTN

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