Travel Industry News 22nd June 2023

Trainline: low carbon travel has become a priority for UK business travellers

UK business travellers are increasingly concerned about sustainability when it comes to transport options, according to the latest research by Trainline Partner Solutions – the business travel arm of Trainline.

The research was carried out by Censuswide in April 2023, with respondents comprising 1,002 UK business travellers who plan to travel for work in the next 12 months. The majority of business travellers (91 per cent) deem sustainability a priority when booking business travel, with 72 per cent stating that their interest in lower carbon ways to travel has grown since the pandemic.

Data demonstrates the desire for lower carbon travel is a cross-generational trend and business travellers of all ages identify sustainability as a priority, this is not just confined to Gen Z.


 U.K. to Charge £10 for New Electronic Travel Authorisation
The U.K.’s new Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme will cost visitors to the country £10 when it starts being phased in later this year. The ETA, which will operate in a similar way to the existing ESTA system for non-visa travelers to the U.S., will launch in October for visitors from Qatar.

The U.K. system then will be extended to the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Jordan in February 2024 before a worldwide expansion throughout 2024, which will include travelers from the U.S. and EU countries, except for Ireland.


London City Airport new aircraft
British Airways CityFlyer confirms an interest in either Airbus A220 or Embraer E-190 ER to replace its ageing fleet of earlier Embraers. Will British Airways CityFlyer announce its future aircraft needs at the Paris Air Show? The choice will be interesting, both the potential aircraft offering around 10% more capacity, quieter, and extended range by making the use of runway upgrades.

The airport is monitoring carefully its planning application, not offering more flights, but allowing airlines flexibility at the weekends with its proposal to extend operating hours on Saturdays. No date has yet been announced by the local council for a decision.


Travel news as a glance:

Finnair to increase frequencies to Edinburgh, Manchester, and Dublin for summer 2024.

Etihad to increase frequency of flights to Rome.

Air Canada to launch Singapore route.

Emirates to introduce premium economy on Mumbai, Bengaluru routes.

Emirates and Kenya Airways agree interline partnership.