Travel Industry News 29th September 2023

Ryanair Verification Process:

If you have been asked to verify your identity for your Ryanair flight, this is due to the booking being flagged as having been booked by a third-party travel agent. Although there are no rules against third-party travel agents making bookings with Ryanair, the verification will need to be done before travellers can check if randomly selected for this.

There are two options for verification:
• Express Verification – To complete the process, you will need to have the Ryanair booking reference code, your passport or National Identity Card, and a device (phone, tablet, or laptop) with a camera to hand. You will be asked to pay €/£0.59c. This is a charge from Ryanair. You will have to scan your passport and upload a selfie for verification purposes. Standard Verification involves submitting a picture of a completed and signed Customer Verification Form together with a picture of your passport or national
• identification card (provided it contains your signature). Both signatures on each document will then be compared to ensure they match. This process can take up to 7 days, but we will prioritise bookings with the earliest departure date to ensure you are verified on time for your flight. This service is provided free of charge.

Passengers will not be able to check-in for flights unless the verification has been completed first.

ID requirements for UK domestic travel when flying with British Airways:

Starting from 1st September 2023, it will be necessary for you to carry valid photographic identification when embarking on UK domestic flights. This identification will be requested at specific points during your journey. Failure to provide ID could result in being unable to proceed with your travel plan. While a passport is not mandatory for domestic travel within the UK, it is important to carry a form of photographic ID when flying. Acceptable forms of ID include:

• Valid Passport
• Valid driving license, either provisional or full
• Valid EU national identity card
• Valid armed forces identity card
• Valid police warrant card or badge.

For children under the age of 16, identification is not mandatory when traveling on domestic flights. However, the accompanying adult must possess photographic identification and be able to verify their own identity.

For unaccompanied children aged 14 and 15, identification will be required when traveling on domestic flights.

Find more information on UK Domestic Flight Requirements, visit:…/passports-visas-and-api


Stansted Express to return to four trains per hour throughout the day:

Stansted Express will return to services every 15 minutes throughout the day later this year, in line with recovering customer demand after the pandemic.

In May the firm increased frequencies to four trains per hour during peak morning and afternoon periods, with a half hourly service at other times. Owner Greater Anglia said that it would return to an all day, four trains per hour Stansted Express service, seven days a week from Sunday 10 December.

Greater Anglia added that “Off peak journey times will also be slightly quicker, with most services scheduled for 47 minutes, as Greater Anglia is able to take full advantage of now operating new trains, with improved performance capabilities, on all its services”.


British Airways announces codeshare partnership with Indian airline IndiGo

British Airways has entered into a codeshare partnership with IndiGo, improving connectivity between the United Kingdom and eight destinations in India.

IndiGo is India’s largest and fastest growing airline, operating an extensive domestic and regional network. With its fleet of more than 315 aircraft, the airline operates more than 1900 daily flights to 104 destinations.

The agreement means British Airways customers travelling from or transiting through London will be able to connect to their final destination via New Delhi or Mumbai on a single ticket. Customers can travel on to eight destinations in India, including Goa, Kolkata and Kochi.

The number of British Airways flights from London to India now exceeds pre-pandemic levels, operating 56 flights a week, to five Indian gateways: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderbad.

Codeshare tickets are now available to book for travel from 12 October 2023 onwards.


Travel news as a glance:

    • JetBlue launches Boston-Amsterdam route.

    • Vistara conirms Hong Kong route.

    • Emirates signs interline with SriLankan Airlines

    • Lufthansa to operate 27 US routes next summer.

    • Cathay Pacific to return to Chennai and Colombo.