News Clips for Corporate Travel Management: September 2010

  1. Ryanair axes Belfast flights

    Rynanair is to axe flights between the UK and Belfast at the end of October.

    The airline took the decision to pull out of Belfast City after the airport confirmed that a public inquiry into a proposed runway extension would be further delayed.

    Ryanair currently operates flights to Belfast City from Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow and Liverpool. Opportunities for other flights are limited due to the airport's short runway.

    A runway extension, which would have allowed Ryanair to operate flights from Belfast City to other European destinations, was original scheduled for 2008 but it will not now go ahead until 2012 at the earliest, said Ryanair.

    From early November, Ryanair will switch its one Belfast City-based aircraft to another European airport.

    Source: Travelmole - full report by Linsey McNeill

  2. ACTE membership boost from AirPlus International

    AirPlus International offering a select number of free membership to ACTE (for one year- 12 consecutive months) to any corporate travel manager (buyer) around the globe.

    AirPlus also has an unlimited number of special discounts -75% off the membership available to corporate travel managers (buyers), once the free registrations have been given away.

    Contact AirPlus via Facebook at and leave a comment reading: Free ACTE Membership from AirPlus, I'm interested! Or Tweet the message on twitter to

  3. Manchester gets "Wide Load"

    Dubai-based airline Emirates started flights from Manchester using an Airbus A380 on Wednesday September 1.

    One of the twice-daily flights will now be operated using the superjumbo.

    Last Wednesday's flight marked the first time an A380 has been used for a scheduled service out of a regional airport in the UK.

    Emirates also broke the record for the number of passengers flown on a scheduled flight from Manchester airport.

    Source: ABTN - full story by Sara Turner

  4. Go mobile

    The technology for mobile boarding passes is maturing fast.

    The smartphone has become an item we would be lost without now that we rely on its multifarious functions to organise our lives. When it comes to travel, many airlines now offer an iPhone app or the ability to check in online through a mobile site, as well as to consult timetables, book flights or manage loyalty scheme points.

    Relatively few yet offer the ability to download a boarding pass, but according to a report published earlier this year by mobile telecoms analyst Juniper Research, this feature is bound to catch on soon. It predicts that by 2014, nearly 15 billion tickets will have been delivered to mobile devices around the world.

    Source: Business Traveller - full report by Jenny Southan and learn which carriers actually offer the facility of Mobile Boarding Passes

  5. Autumn 2010 Forum update

    The Good news for us is that our Corporate Travel and Expense Management Forum which we are holding in London on Tuesday 14th September is now completely Sold Out - but as individuals circumstances continuously change please Register your interest if you would like to attend and we will advise you as we receive cancellations - click here

    If you have missed out on this event you will be able to read articles of the event in the bi-weekly Air & Business Travel News or the next edition of Buying Business Travel.

    You might like to make a diary note to ensure that you don't miss our 2011 events which are already pencilled in for Thursday 12th May and Thursday 22nd September, two dates which we hope you will be able to take advantage of.

  6. Mövenpick to expand its wings in the Middle East

    Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts is contemplating to open 21 hotels and resorts in the Middle East region, including 17 in the next three years.

    The existing Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach - a contemporary upscale five-star hotel with 294 rooms and suites is a marvel in itself. Located over 19 floors with three restaurants including 'The Talk', which offers international cuisine, a built in Sushi Bar and a poolside lounge complete with cabanas and DJ station, as well as The West Beach Bistro, a casual gastro bar atmosphere - Hotel Jumeirah Beach simply rocks.

    Mövenpick Hotel Deira as the name suggests is in the heart of the old Dubai. This 216-room hotel opening in October has a rooftop pool, gym and three restaurants.

    The plans include other openings which include properties in Dubai including apartments, four new hotels in Abu Dhabi and a resort in Ajman, as well as slated openings in India, Ghana, Turkey and Singapore.

    Source: Hotel Resort Insider - full story

  7. Delta grabs London Heathrow slots from British Airways

    Competition on two of the busiest transatlantic routes is set to intensify with Delta Airines applying to run services from London's Heathrow airport to Boston and Miami.

    The US carrier's move follows the regulators' decision to allow British Airways (BA) and American Airlines to operate a joint business across the Atlantic.

    Delta in turn is now seeking permission from both the European Commission and the US Department of Transportation to run twice-daily flights on the Boston and Miami routes.

    As a condition of being granted regulatory approval by the EU and the US, BA and American Airlines were required to surrender up to four slots to competitor airlines that were unable to secure them elsewhere.

    Source: Daily Telegraph - full story by David Millward, Transport Editor

  8. Chinese rail interest in Africa

    China's largest construction company has confirmed it is in talks about building South Africa's first high-speed rail line. China Railway Group said it had had "early stage contact" with a group of South African companies about plans to create the first high-speed link in sub-Saharan Africa.

    South Africa's Standard Bank, which is 20 per cent owned by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, told the Financial Times that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with China Railway to finance projects in the country.

    According to the South African press, ahead of President Jacob Zuma's visit to China, an agreement to build a $30bn high-speed line between Johannesburg and Durban could be one of the deals signed.

    A high-speed rail line connecting Johannesburg and Durban could ease road congestion between the two cities, as well as reduce the reliance of the dozens of daily flights linking the economic hubs.

    The first phase of South Africa's only existing fast passenger line, the Gautrain project linking central Johannesburg to Pretoria and the region's airport, opened in June and has already proved a big success. The project is due to be completed next year.

    Source: Breaking Travel News - full story

  9. Mining expenses

    Global mining giant Rio Tinto hopes to cut costs and boost compliance by using internet-based management system software to manage expenses filed by 20,000 staff.

    The system, which will be hosted online, is designed to simplify expense processing and enhance reporting. Business travel spend, which reaches $300 million (£195 million) worldwide, will be the initial focus.

    Scott Singer, global head of procurement at Rio Tinto, said existing tools needed improvement. "Disparate systems, labour-intensive processes and limited visibility of consolidated spend were having an impact at local and global levels," he said.

    The technology, from software firm Spendvision, will help the company analyse global data to identify ways to optimise spend and reduce costs, he added.

    Source: Supply Management - full story by Lindsay Clark

  10. Deadline Approaching - Book Your Hotel Room

    Be sure to reserve your hotel accommodations at the InterContinental Berlin and guarantee easy access to the conference meeting space. Book by 15 September and save through ACTE's discounted rate! Visit this link to the conference hotel information page for more information!

    The Association of Corporate Travel Executives conference opens on an event unique to Berlin and renowned worldwide - Unity Day. Celebrating the country's reunification in 1990, the national day of Germany is an event that promotes peace, understanding, and bringing people together.

    ACTE could not have asked for a better day to kick off its conference, an event that year after year brings hundreds of people from dozens of countries together to work in harmony to promote even further cultural interactions through business travel.

    The association's president, Chris Crowley, described a setting "in which delegates will participate in small, intimate group sessions and work to openly tackle the most challenging issues facing the industry -- locally, regional and globally."

    The ACTE Global Education Conference will convene at the InterContinental Berlin in Berlin (3 - 5 October). Book now

  11. Tomorrow's World lives!

    Last Monday, the Gadget show on Channel Five showed two presenters bringing an old style hotel smack up to date and whilst some of the ideas were a bit futuristic one idea has already "been done".

    The Ariba CityCenter in Las Vegas has installed a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) guest room locking system, which enables guests to unlock the door by flashing their key over a lock reader.

    CityCenter collaborated with Control4 Corporation to develop personalized guest automation.

    When a guest first opens the guest-room door, Saflok sends a message via a Zigbee mesh wireless network to the Control4 in-room controller, which activates a "welcome theme" if it is the guest's first time in the room. Lights come up; curtains automatically part to showcase the spectacular mountain and city views, and the TV displays controls for guests to personalize.

    Since CityCenter's guest rooms and RFID door locks communicate over the property's online network, guests can change rooms without requiring a new key. The front desk can remotely program any door to accept a guest's existing key. This makes it possible for CityCenter's properties to pre-key groups and even issue keys to early arrivals which may be activated when their room is ready.

    Source: Business Travel Executive and Channel Five - read this and other stories on BTE

  12. Aberdeen gains new city centre hotel

    Rezidor has opened its 101st Park Inn hotel and the 27th in the UK, the 185-room Park Inn Aberdeen.

    Facilities at the new-build hotel include eight meeting rooms, a fitness room and a signature RBG restaurant. The hotel also offers complimentary wireless internet access throughout, to both residents and non-residents alike.

    It is located in the centre of 'The Granite City' on Justice Mill Lane, which runs parallel to the city's main thoroughfare of Union Street. The new Park Inn by Radisson includes a ballroom which is divisible by three accommodating up to 200 delegates theatre style and 160 guests for a dinner.

    Source: AERBT - view articles

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