Travel Industry News 5 September 2022

New UK rail strikes set for 15th & 17th September

Train drivers at 12 operating companies (TOCs) are set to take part in industrial action later this month, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

The Aslef union said that members would walk out between 0000 and 2359 on Thursday September 15.

TOCs affected by the latest round of walkouts are Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, Cross Country, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railways, Hull, LNER, London Overground, Northern, Southeastern, Transpennine Express and West Midlands Trains.

Meanwhile the RMT union has confirmed that its members will also stage industrial action on September 15 and 17, with over 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 14 train operating companies set to take part in the walkouts. Click here for further details

Elizabeth Line to Heathrow

From Sunday 6 November the lines from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels of the Elizabeth Line – opening new direct journeys across the capital. This means that customers going from Reading and Heathrow will be able to travel east all the way to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington. Customers travelling from Shenfield will be able to go west without changing at Liverpool Street.

Journeys to onward destinations, including to Heathrow Airport or towards Reading, can be made by changing trains on the same platform at any of the central London stations.

Europe doing well

According to the Centre for Aviation (CAPA), now part of Aviation Week (Informa), Europe’s airline seat capacity is now running at nearly 89% of 2019 levels.

Europe remains fourth in the regional ranking, above Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Projected capacity for Q4-2022 has also increased, rising from 86% to 88% over the past two weeks.

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