Bizzy Bulletin May 2016
WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH?
Ensure you stay up to date on all the latest industry news, company updates, and apps and gadgets of the month!
Flybe – New Cabin Baggage Allowance
Flybe has increased its cabin baggage allowance. All Flybe passengers can now carry a second personal item in additional to a standard cabin bag. Passengers can now carry on board:
- One standard item of cabin baggage measuring no more than 55cm x 25cm x 20cm
- Plus, a second smaller item of personal cabin baggage (e.g. hand-bag or laptop)
- Maximum combined weight allowance of both items is 10kgs
The standard item of cabin baggage is to be stowed in the overhead locker and the second personal item must be stowed under the seat in front. These changes apply to Flybe operated services only.
British Airways News
This summer, British Airways (BA) will be flying to Berlin and Hamburg from London City Airport up to three times a day. Together with Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, BA will be flying to Germany over 70 times per week.
On 24 November 2016, BA’s new direct service to Cape Town launches from London Gatwick. The three weekly flights – additional to the twice-daily service from London Heathrow – will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the winter season.
Iberia launches new services from Madrid to Birmingham and Biarriz this summer. The Birmingham route will be operated by Iberia Express four times a week via Madrid, where you can connect to destinations across Iberia’s global network in Spain, Africa and Latin America.
Gatwick opens self-service bag drop zone
IHG’s Holiday Inn brand will bring its “Open Lobby” concept to Manchester this April.
After 18 months of construction, Gatwick Airport has opened it’s self-service bag drop zone in the airport’s North Terminal. It’s claimed the title of ‘the world’s largest self-service bag’ operation and increases Gatwick’s peak check-in capacity from 3,000 to 4,500 passengers per hour.
In January 2017, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic will consolidate all Gatwick services into the North Terminal, and BA will move to the South Terminal. The refurbished arrival area is also due to open this Summer.
Air France and KLM – New Destinations
Air France and KLM, together with partner airlines, offer one of the largest worldwide networks and the coming months will see additional network developments. Air France now operating a daily service from Glasgow to Paris, and KLM has just commenced its own services from Southampton and Inverness.
New Air France destinations coming this year include:
- Tehran: as of 7 April
- New York from Paris-Orly: from 6 June
- Krakow: between 4 July and 28 August
- San José: from 2 November
New KLM destinations coming this year include:
- Genoa: as of 22 April
- Valencia: as of 23 April
- Salt Lake City: as of 5 May
- Dresden: from 16 May
- Alicante: from 4 July
- Miami: from 30 October 2016
Hilton Add Google Maps for Room Selection
Hilton has added a new Google Maps service, allowing guests to view digital floor plans of hotels in relation to the property’s geographical location, when making their room choice. The new functionality is available to Hilton Honors members via the group’s mobile app, and adds to the existing functionality allowing members to choose their room ahead of their stay.
The floor plans now include “detailed geographical information about the hotel’s surroundings”, allowing members to visualise where available rooms are located in relation to “city streets, public transportation, parks, bodies of water and other markers” – so you can really pick a room with a view.
FirstGroup to rival Virgin on East Coast Route
Firstgroup has been granted approval to compete with Virgin Trains on the East Coast mainline between London and Edinburgh. The 10-year track access application approved by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will enable First to operate five trains a day each way from Kings Cross via Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth by 2021.
The rail operator said the average fare will be less than £25 with free wifi on board. There will only be economy class offered on the service
As of last month, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). British passports issued since October 2006 are ePassports and carry an internationally recognised symbol on the front cover. Any traveller carrying a passport issued prior to 2006 will require a visa to enter the U.S.
If you’d like additional information, please contact your travel team for more details.