Newsletter - March 2008

  1. Manchester to Iberia via Bmibaby

    Low-cost carrier Bmibaby has announced three new routes from Manchester to Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona.

    The twice-weekly Lisbon flight starts on June 17 - no other carrier currently serves this route, as is the case for the forthcoming Manchester-Madrid service.

    Meanwhile, Bmibaby will also compete with the incumbent Monarch Airlines on the Manchester-Barcelona route from this September.

    Source: Business; full report by Mark Caswell

  2. Amazing isn't it?

    Heathrow Express, the non-stop rail link between the airport and London Paddington has extended its advertising campaign "Amazing isn't it?" on its taxi share scheme with the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association.

    The scheme enables people to depart more quickly at a reduced fare to central London destinations during morning peak periods, when vehicle availability is scarce.

    The taxi share scheme operates from Paddington Station between 08h30 and 10h30 Monday to Friday (peak hours). Fares are as follows: W1 (N) £4.50, W1(S) £5, WC1 £6, WC2 £6, SW £6, City (N) £8, City(S) £8.

    Source: ABTN; full story

  3. Ryanair goes Scotttish

    Ryanair is to open 17 new routes from Edinburgh by creating its second Scottish base after Prestwick.

    A new route opening next month will be to Alicante, followed in April by Bremen, Frankfurt, Marseille and Pisa.

    The bulk of the new destinations will start being served in September when Berlin, Billund, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Krakow, Lodz, Malaga, Palma, Poznan, Stockholm and Wroclow are introduced.

    The domestic route between Edinburgh and Bournemouth will be served with 13 flights a week, while the other points receive between two and four flights a week.

    The budget carrier will base two aircraft at Edinburgh airport from September to handle the majority of the new services.

    Source: Travelmole; full story by Phil Davies.

  4. MS-UK Spring Forum Plans

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  5. Southwest gets the Business

    Business travellers flying with Air Southwest can take advantage of a new package of benefits from the 26th February.

    The Plymouth and Newquay-based airline has introduced its Business Plus service, allowing passengers full flexibility as well as extra bonuses.

    Business Plus passengers will be able to change any flight up to two hours before departure at no charge, while also being able to use Fast Track security channels and most business lounges at Air Southwest airports.

    Air Southwest operates four times daily from Plymouth and Newquay to London Gatwick, as well other scheduled services to Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Bristol, Cork, Dublin and Jersey .

    Source: ABTN; full story

  6. New hospitality venue docks in

    Harmony II, a privately owned mega-yacht, has set down her anchor at the prestigious west India Quay at London's Docklands.

    Taking over six years to re-build from a wreck the yacht has been designed as an exclusive corporate hospitality venue, situated adjacent Canary Wharf and the O2 arena.

    Source: Executive PA; full story

  7. Which Business Class is Best?

    Airlines are spending millions on upgrading their business cabins - but which are the best?

    Mark Frary, the Times Business Travel Correspondent has produced his Top 10 business class seats.

    The air has never been a more comfortable place for passengers in business class. Flat bed seats are now obligatory while spacious layouts are also becoming the norm.

    Click here to learn his top ten in the air today, from the Times Online

  8. How deep is the industry's concern over the Environment?

    Two events took place in London over the past week which threw up conflicting signals about industry's attitude to climate change.

    Both events indicated industry's concerns about the effects of global warming. But what remains a mystery is just how much collectively it is prepared to do about it.

    The first event was a one day seminar set up by Omega, an organisation concerned about the sustainability of aviation, and the Institute of Travel Management's (ITM) Icarus Project.

    That about 70 buyers and suppliers were prepared to spend a day listening to presentations on the need for action was encouraging even if much of the message was not.

    The second was the launch of a survey, sponsored by bmi and conducted for the UK Institute of Directors (IoD).

    Source: Business Travel Europe; article by Stanley Slaughter

  9. New UAE link for the UK and China

    Beijing will be Etihad's eighth destination in its rapidly expanding flight network in the Asia Pacific region which already includes services to Brisbane, Sydney, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok.

    Etihad's flights to Beijing will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with EY888 departing from Abu Dhabi at 11.45pm and arriving in the Chinese capital at 11.30am the next day.

    The flight times connect conveniently with many of Etihad's other services from the Middle East and Europe including London Heathrow, Dublin and Manchester allowing customers to fly long-haul to Beijing via Abu Dhabi.

    Etihad will operate a two class Airbus A330-200 configured to carry 262 passengers with 22 in business class and 240 in economy class.

    Source: Airline Travel News full details

  10. Irish group open in Liverpool

    The Dublin-based hotel group Jurys Inn will open its next UK hotel in Liverpool city centre on 18 April.

    All 310 guestrooms will feature high-speed internet access, multi-channel flat screen televisions and automatic air-conditioning, and amenities for business guests include a suite of ten dedicated meeting rooms, with capacity of up to 100 guests.

    There is a restaurant and bar, and a wide-screen TV will show news broadcasts at breakfast and key sporting events in the evenings.

    The property will follow the Jurys Inn formula of superior budget accommodation in the heart of Liverpool, and is part of the Kings Waterfront development which incorporates the new 10,600 capacity Liverpool Echo Arena and 1,350-seater Convention Centre.

    This is adjacent to the famous Albert Dock, where there are cafes, bars, nightclubs, shops and the Tate Liverpool.

    Room rates start at £59 ($115).

    Source: ABTN; full story

  11. Qatar adds to Doha service

    Qatar Airways have announced that effective March 30 they will introducing of a fourth daily non-stop flight between Doha and London Heathrow taking the airline's capacity between Qatar and the UK up to 42 services a week.

    The flight will be operated with an Airbus A330 aircraft in a three-class configuration of up to 12 seats in First, 24 in Business and 223 in Economy.

    Passengers from London can take advantage of the first morning departure from London Heathrow and connect onto a choice of many flights to exciting destinations in Doha.

    Every passenger in all cabins will be able to utilise the airline's fully interactive in-flight entertainment system in each seat offering a multitude of audio and video options to choose from. Furthermore, there is a live television option enabling passengers to choose from a variety of live TV programming.

    Further information

  12. Providing secure Meet and Greet Facility at Heathrow

    Probably the most exciting new product to provide secure meeting for business travellers around the world was quietly launched at this year's Business Travel Show.

    Every day, tens of thousands of passengers are met around the globe at airports by chauffeurs, taxi drivers, friends, relatives and colleagues. Often arrivals lounges are busy, congested and confusing and frequently passengers are left stranded in a foreign country.

    To date the global solution to this everyday challenge has been to hold up a sign identifying the name of the traveller and more often his or her employer - this allows potential criminals to easily identify possible victims.

    A new British solution to this universal problem is MeetMe a simple and quick, yet sure and secure, system for bringing passengers and their meeters together at an airport.

    Further details

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