Travel Industry News 15 August 2022

Heathrow says passenger experience improving since capacity cap Heathrow has published an update on passenger traffic, with over six million customers travelling through the airport in July. Earlier this month Heathrow said it expected 13 million people to travel through the airport between July and September – this figure has now been revised upwards to 16 million.  But a capacity …

Travel Industry News 8 August 2022

EU delays introduction of ETIAS system to November 2023 The introduction of the European Union’s new ETIAS travel system for non-EU visitors has been pushed back by six months and is now due to launch in November 2023.  The European Travel Information and Authorisation System was previously scheduled to start from May 2023. But the European Commission has confirmed on …

Travel Industry News 1 August 2022

Stansted airport completes international departure lounge upgrade London Stansted airport has completed a £12 million upgrade of its international departure lounge, just in time for the peak summer holiday period.  The airport is expecting to welcome more than five million passengers during July and August, who will find additional seating in the central area of the lounge. Tube strike planned …

Travel Industry News 25 July 2022

TfL trials new “cooling solution” on London Underground Transport for London has begun trials of a new cooling panel which could be used to reduce platform and tunnel temperatures at deep stations on the Tube network.  The technology – which is currently being trialled on a disused platform at Holborn station – involves circulating cold water around pipework within a …

Travel Industry News 18 July 2022

A380 – what happens next? With Lufthansa bringing aircraft back into service and Qantas breaking them up, what is the future for the Toulouse Jumbo?. Lufthansa is typical of the airlines in a quandary of ‘what to do’. The company has 14 Airbus A380s, which are currently parked in Spain and France for long-term so-called “deep storage”. Six of these …

Travel Industry News 11 July 2022

British Airways Heathrow strike averted Forthcoming industrial action by British Airways check-in staff at Heathrow airport has been suspended, following an agreement on pay between the carrier and the Unite union. Workers had looked set to stage a walkout in late July, but Unite confirmed industrial action had been averted after BA made “a vastly improved pay offer” Aviation security …

Travel Industry News 4 July 2022

London City seeking to extend Saturday operations London City airport has begun a ten-week consultation on potential changes to its operational hours, including the extension of Saturday operations.  Noise restrictions mean LCY currently has to close between 1300 on Saturday and 1230 on Sunday, but the airport is seeking “additional flexibility to operate on a Saturday afternoon and evening, as …

Travel Industry News 27 June 2022

Oman Air to join oneworld Alliance Oman Air has officially announced that it will join the oneworld Alliance.  The news was announced at IATA’s 78th Annual General Meeting in Doha, with oneworld member Qatar Airways acting as a sponsor for the carrier’s entry into the alliance. Oman Air said that Qatar Airways will provide “guidance and support as the airline …

Travel Industry News 20 June 2022

US ends pre-departure testing requirement The US CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) order from 2 December 2021, requiring persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, was rescinded, effective 12 June 2022.  This means that air passengers will not need …

Travel Industry News 13 June 2022

US to drop COVID testing requirement for international flyers from Sunday 12 June The rule change comes more than a year after the country started requiring a negative test for entry and more than two years since the pandemic began. The requirement will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. ET, according to a senior administration official. The decision came, according to …