Eurostar has signed an e-ticketing deal with Virgin Atlantic that allows consumers to buy train tickets at the same time as they book their flights. The move is designed to open up bookings of the high-speed train operator to more overseas travellers to the UK.
Emirates plans to fight a legal investigation launched by the Australian competition authorities over cargo price-fixing allegations. It becomes the ninth airline accused of price-fixing in Australia, where BA, Qantas and Air France have already received mulit-million dollar fines.
Ryanair is starting eight new routes from Edinburgh to mainland Europe plus the Canaries for its winter season – bringing its services from the Scottish capital from 19 to 26 routes, a 42% increase. The airline is also extending its summer routes to/from Malta and Rome (Ciampino).
Ryanair is closing nine of its ten routes at Manchester Airport on 1 October and switch them to East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool. The low-cost carrier says the shift will result in the loss of 44 weekly Manchester flights, 600,000 passengers annually and up to 600 local jobs.
British Airways has become the first major European scheduled airline to sell advertising space on its boarding passes as it seeks new revenue to stem record losses. Jaguar has become the first company to advertise on its website, whilst advertising on boarding passes will start in October.
Ryanair is declaring another victory in its battle against screen scrapers after four German websites signed declarations to stop scraping from the low-cost carrier’s site or selling its tickets. Travelgreen.de, titanic.de, flycall.de and atr24.de have conceded to the terms, and are the latest in a line of European companies that have backed down from the low-cost carrier.
Passengers whose holidays are blighted by downpours could be in for a financial silver lining after Lufthansa began offering compensation for rainy days to 36 destinations including Rome, New York and Barcelona.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has joined the groundswell opposing changes in UK Airport Departure Tax, arguing the hikes will discourage long-haul travel, reduce UK spending in emerging markets, as well as hinder the potential of travel & tourism to kick-start the economic recovery.
The host of BBC Question Time, David Dimbleby, was among hundreds of travellers who missed their flights from Stansted yesterday after Ryanair failed to open enough check-in desks, calling into question the airline’s policy of encouraging passengers to check in online.
British Airways is axing free meals on thousands of short-haul flights as part of inflight service cuts that it estimates will save £22m annually.
Customer complaints about the airline industry have risen by 11% year-on-year, according to new figures released by The Air Transport Users Council (AUC).
TripAdvisor has announced the results of its second annual in-flight amenities survey of more than 1,400 travellers worldwide.