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 for 19 August

The RMT union has announced that London’s tube workers also plan to strike next month.  The strike is currently set to take place on 19 August due to an ongoing dispute over pensions and jobs.  The union said that the planned strike has been “prompted by TfL’s refusal to share the details of a draft government proposal they received regarding funding of the transport system in the capital, in secret and without any discussion with their recognised trade unions.”

It has given TfL until 2 August to provide set assurances.  An additional rail strike is also set to take place on 18 and 20 August.

Heathrow blames disruption on lack of airline baggage handlers

Heathrow airport says that the reasons for disruption at the airport this summer is because of a lack of airline ground handling.  In its quarterly trading update, it said that it had been raising its concerns over the lack of handlers for nine months because the number of people employed in ground handling fell sharply over the last two years, as airlines cut costs during the pandemic.

It estimates that airline ground handlers “have no more than 70 per cent of pre-pandemic resource, and there has been no increase in numbers since January.”  The blame game for what is going wrong at airports is likely to continue.

LNER trials technology enabling access to shows from ITV Hub

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has partnered with Netskrt to enable people to stream shows from ITV Hub.  The trial service is now available on three electric Azuma trains running between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh.  Rail users will be able to stream over 6,000 episodes in ultra-high definition from ITV Hub “without eating into personal data or the train’s wi-fi bandwidth”.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Air France to restart Paris CDG-Newark route after ten-year hiatus
  • Jetblue reaches agreement for US$3.8 bn acquisition of Spirit Airlines
  • British Airways to return to double-daily on Heathrow-Singapore route from October 2022
  • IAG returns to profit in second quarter
  • Trainline signs agreement with Italian train operator Italo