Travel Industry News 28 November 2022

UK airports set to scrap 100ml limit on liquids in hand luggage

Passengers may no longer be subject to an 100ml limit on liquids in their hand luggage when passing through UK airports in two years’ time.  The Times has reported that major UK airports have been told to replace 2D screening technology with more advanced CT security scanners by the summer of 2024.  According to the newspaper, ministers have been carrying out a review and an announcement is expected before Christmas.

The new scanners generate a high-resolution 3D scan of passengers’ bags, enabling operators to inspect a bag from every angle. It is also expected that laptops will no longer need to be removed from cabin baggage.

Metrorail Silver Line extension opens at Washington Dulles

Washington Dulles airport is finally connected to the city’s Metrorail network, following the opening of phase 2 of the extension of the Silver Line.  A metro station at Dulles has been considered since the late 1960s, but it took until the turn of the century for formal plans to be outlined.

The project has now been completed – albeit four years behind schedule – with travellers no longer needing to take a bus service to / from Wiehle-Reston East Metro station in order to connect onto the Silver Line to downtown Washington. The new metro station at Washington Dulles is connected to the main terminal building by a pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways.

UK rail passengers facing another four weeks of disruption

UK rail passengers are set for more disruption to services after four weeks of new industrial action was announced.  Members of the RMT union are set to take action from mid-December to early January, including a series of four 48-hour strikes, as the dispute over pay, jobs and conditions with Network Rail and 14 train operating companies continues.  The new strikes by around 40,000 rail staff will take place on 13-14 and 16-17 December, as well as 3-4 and 6-7 January. There will also be an overtime ban by the RMT from 18 December to 2 January, which will cause further disruption to services.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Singapore Airlines to increase capacity across Asia and add A380 services to Australia
  • SAS to launch Copenhagen-New York JFK route on 9 Feb 23
  • Stansted airport boss calls for increase in London rail services
  • Eastern Airways to launch Southampton-Belfast International route on 9 Feb 23
  • Neste provides first ‘large volume’ SAF delivery at Los Angeles International
  • British Airways to offer carbon removal credits to passengers
  • Dubai Airports revises annual passenger forecast upwards to 64.3M