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Rail transformation could double passenger numbers at Luton Airport

Rail transformation could double passenger numbers at Luton Airport

London Luton Airport has recorded a 18.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers in October compared to the same period last year. Over 1.3 million passengers chose to travel through the airport last month. This high demand reinforces LLA’s call on government to improve rail access to Luton Airport Parkway station.

Ryanair adds new route to Dusseldorf Weeze

Ryanair adds new route to Dusseldorf Weeze

Ryanair has further expanded its London Luton summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Dusseldorf Weeze, starting in March, in addition to a new Faro route. Ryanair’s summer 2017 schedule will deliver two new routes to Dusseldorf-Weeze, operating twice weekly, and Faro, five times weekly, or 19 routes in total.

Air Canada Rouge to add European services next summer

Air Canada Rouge to add European services next summer

Air Canada Rouge has announced it is further boosting international flights at its Vancouver hub next summer with three times weekly seasonal flights from London Gatwick to Vancouver. Flights begin June 8th, 2017 and tickets are now available for purchase. In addition to this new summer service, Air Canada is introducing daily seasonal flights from Frankfurt to Vancouver beginning June 2nd, 2017.

Tianjin Airlines to launch new UK services

Tianjin Airlines to launch new UK services

Expanding Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines has announce several exciting new routes and increased services for 2017. The carrier is introducing two brand new A330-200s to it fleet in November 2016 with further wide body aircraft next year. From December 2016, Tianjin Airlines will launch new flights from Tianjin, China, to Auckland, New Zealand, via Chongqing.

Viceland takes to the skies with British Airways

Viceland takes to the skies with British Airways

British Airways is the first airline in the world to broadcast shows from the new lifestyle and culture TV network Viceland during their flights. The partnership with VICE Media follows the successful premiere of its critically acclaimed channel launched earlier this year on SKY for UK audiences and its launch in the US and Canada, and brings its award-winning programming to a truly international audience.

Qantas redesigns business class pyjamas

Qantas redesigns business class pyjamas

Qantas has redesigned the Business class pyjamas for customers travelling on international flights, following the update of the airline’s livery and flying kangaroo logo. The cotton rich long-sleeved pyjamas have been redesigned by Qantas to feature a new raglan-style top with a seam from the underarm to the collar bone and draw-string pant in a more relaxed fit.

Virgin Atlantic offline as IT upgrade begins

Virgin Atlantic offline as IT upgrade begins

Virgin Atlantic will implement an upgrade of its IT systems over the weekend, designed to further improve the airline’s travel experience for its customers, providing them with more choice and better service. The upgrade will mean that, for a short window, customers will not be able to purchase flights or change any reservations on virginatlantic.com, the mobile app, via travel agents or through the airline’s customer service centre.

bmi regional inks distribution deal with Sabre

bmi regional inks distribution deal with Sabre

British carrier bmi regional has implemented technology from Sabre Corporation that will enable its branded fares to be sold by travel agencies using Sabre. The new technology is integrated into the Sabre Red retailing platform and equips Sabre travel agency subscribers to personalise the travel experience for customers.

Emirates moves to all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

Emirates moves to all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

In line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.

Echave takes up chief financial officer role with Heathrow

Echave takes up chief financial officer role with Heathrow

Javier Echave has been confirmed in the role of chief financial officer with immediate effect, having acted in the role on an interim basis. Echave is a highly experienced finance director having held senior roles in the UK and Europe, ranging from strategic corporate finance, planning, investment appraisal and financing.

New airlift connects Maldives to New Delhi, India

New airlift connects Maldives to New Delhi, India

Travelling to Maldives from Delhi has become even easier. Mega Maldives Airlines has announced its non-stop flights to Male from New Delhi which will start from November 15th, 2016. The brand new Boeing 737 Aircraft, has two seating configuration of 150 Economy and 12 Business class seats.

Garuda Indonesia signs partnership with British Embassy in Jakarta

Garuda Indonesia signs partnership with British Embassy in Jakarta

The national carrier Garuda Indonesia and the British Embassy in Jakarta have launched a new, joint campaign to promote tourism and education in both Indonesia and the UK. The campaign is aimed to encourage Indonesians to visit the UK to experience the world's best football and shopping or to study at the UK's world class universities, and to fly there in style and comfort on Garuda Indonesia's route to Heathrow, as well as to promote tourist visits to Indonesia.