News Clips for Corporate Travel Management: April 2005

1 "And the two shall be as One"¯

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2  Check out Prague this Summer

Increased competition on flights to Prague could see fares drop to the city this summer.

National carrier, CSA Czech Airlines will operate a record 96 flights per week between seven UK airports and the Czech capital.


3  Airlines under to pressure over Extra Charges

Easyjet has pledged to include taxes and charges in its advertised online fares.

The no-frills airline says it will introduce fully inclusive pricing this summer so customers are aware of the complete cost of a flight when browsing online. The move follows a report by industry watchdogs, the Air Transport Users Council (AUC), which criticised airlines for advertising fares online that are minus taxes and charges in order to appear more competitive, only to add the extra cost at a late stage of booking.

Although AUC commended Easyjet for bucking the trend by consistently lowering the proportion of an air fare made up of taxes and charges, Easyjet says it will go one step further to make fares transparent online.


4  London to Scotland Trains Upgrade

GNER is upgrading its trains and installing wireless internet across the fleet following a successful bid on the London-Scotland service.

Among the pledges to passengers is the installation of wireless internet on all trains by May 2007. GNER says it also plans to make trains more reliable, more comfortable and more punctual. £25 million will be spent on upgrading the interior of GNER's high-speed diesel trains to the level of comfort offered by its fleet of electric "Mallard" trains.

Source: ExecutivePA.Net

5  Virgin Expand facilities at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has signed an agreement with the airport operator BAA to renew and expand the carrier's facilities at Heathrow's Terminal 3. It will allow the airline to carry nearly twice as many passengers through the terminal.

The new works will be designed by Foster and Partners and will be completed in phases from 2007 to 2021 The first phase will be ready for the arrival of Virgin's first Airbus A.380s in 2008.

The carrier says that Upper Class passengers will be welcomed at a new dedicated "Drive Thru" area, while the new facilities will be so compact that passengers will only have to walk as little as 200 metres from check-in to the gate.


6  City Update

London City Airport announce that the Dusseldorf service will continue with Lufthansa, from 18 April 2005, with two flights daily, Monday to Friday.

VLM is launching a service to Amsterdam 3 times daily from 4 April, which compliments its increased Rotterdam service, now offering 10 flights daily. KLM increased their schedule to Amsterdam, offering a total of 8 flights daily from 27 March and also introduced a service to Rotterdam, offering one flight daily from 27 March. For the more information click link:-

7  easy mid week

easyCar is offering car rentals from just £3 a day mid-week on certain UK locations! This offer includes Heathrow Airport .

International expansion at easyCar continues at pace with facilities now available at 1,400 locations in 32 countries across Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. For further details click here:-

8  UK Airlines match BA Fare Hike

Britain's major full service carriers have increased fuel surcharges blaming record oil prices.

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Bmi have raised charges to £32 on a long-haul return ticket, up from £20. For short-haul flights BA and Bmi have raised charges from £8 to £12 on a return ticket. The charges apply to tickets bought from Monday 28 March.

The price of a barrel of crude oil reached a record $57 a barrel in recent weeks. BA commercial director, Martin George said the carrier's fuel bill next year is expected to be an extra £300 million. He said the increased fuel surcharge was "regrettably unavoidable

Source: Business

9  Approval received

 "TravelpackOnline" the UK self booking and rail ticketing system developed by Harry Weeks Travel exclusively for Corporate travel buyers purposes has now received full approval from the Association of Train Users Council.

 TravelpackOnline allows business users to Book online, issue tickets on-site, gather data and customise the system to reflect Corporate Travel Policy.

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10 Chewton Glen has new Spa (ring) partner

The privately owned Chewton Glen is situated in the heart of the New Forest in Hampshire, the UK's newest and smallest National Park. The hotel has already been voted Best Country House Hotel in the world with its superb Michelin star restaurant. Now the hotel will soon have a chance to win yet another title as a "Leading Spa Hotel" with its new, first-class spa.

Molton Brown already has an enviable track record of excellence in the area of spa design and product development worldwide, including the creation of the exclusive Spa at Hotel Isle de France, St Barths and the award winning Molton Brown Spa in Killarney, Ireland.

The aim at Chewton Glen is to create a space where guests can experience an array of adventurous therapies designed exclusively by Molton Brown within the calm and serene environment of the Spa. Treatments will be healing and therapeutic, restoring the natural state and purifying the mind from the clutter of modern living. The spa environment will provide timeless space to drift away and dream, using elemental ingredients which are both potent and exotic.

Source: Internet Travel News

11 Data on the Move

Last month's edition of TravelPlus Magazine featured the latest Smartphone ( As the article states "the smartphone has been with us for a couple of years now and they're finally beginning to deliver the power to match the term 'smart'.

Now it's T-Mobile's turn to empower users of its network with the suspiciously titled MDA III. Identical to the latest XDA device offering from O2, the MDA has a slide-down QWERTY keypad that makes tapping out large emails, text messages, or even Word documents a cinch. It even has a 1.3 megapixel camera, can record video and has a very useful voice message capability. And, of course, it has all the power you could possibly need from a mobile device.

If you wish to purchase this piece of kit without a contract you can do so by buying the unbranded PDA2K which will set you back around £429.00.

However if you shop around the Internet and you are prepared to sign a contract you can actually acquire one for less than £90 including a Bluetooth handsfree kit!

12 The world at your doorstep

It's now much easier to fly from your local airport rather than going via London and business is booming as a result, so reads the headline in last Wednesday's Electronic Times ( Our consultancy was able to introduce savings of over two million pounds for a national organisation by re-directing their travel in order to use local regional carriers with connections elsewhere.

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