Travel Industry News 30 January 2023

Manchester airport receives £440 million investment for T2 transformation
Manchester airport will begin construction on the final phase of its transformation programme this year, thanks to a £400 million investment from Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

The £1.3 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) was announced in 2015, and the first phase was unveiled in July 2021 with the expansion of Terminal 2, which has welcomed several airlines since its summer debut.

The final phase, set to complete in 2025, will see the existing T2 departure lounge more than double in size, with 27 new shops and F&B outlets.

Eurostar Group reveals new brand
The new brand will be under the Eurostar name, following the merger with Thalys earlier this year, and passengers are promised a single website and booking system, as well as a joint loyalty programme by October 2023.

This is expected to make booking connections across mainland Europe, including German destinations such as Cologne, easier.

Aviation Industry Welcomes Pause on Roll-Out of New Border System for EU
Geneva/Brussels — ACI EUROPE, A4E, ERA and IATA welcome the decision to postpone the implementation of the EU’s new smart border system for non-EU nationals (i.e. Entry Exit System, EES).

The EES system will be a game changer for how the EU’s borders are managed. There are, however, a number of issues which must be resolved to ensure a smooth roll out and operation of the new system so that air passengers do not face disruptions.

The aviation industry is fully behind the roll out of EES and is committed to working with the EU and national authorities for a successful implementation. But it is important the EU and national authorities address industry concerns and provide efficient coordination for an effective implementation.

Travel news as a glance:

British Airways to give away ten prizes of 300,000 Avios.
Qatar Airways will credit Avios points two hours before departures.
Emirates completes ground testing of engine using 100 per cent SAF.
Korean Air to resume routes to Prague, Zurich, Istanbul and Madrid in Mar & Apr 23
Delta joins United with return of business class dessert cart.
Etihad Airways to introduce double daily flights to Jakarta 1 Oct 23