Bizzy Bulletin October 2016
WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH?
Ensure you stay up to date on all the latest industry news, company updates, apps and gadgets of the month!
We’ve been shortlisted for an award!
We’re delighted to announce that for the second year running, Business Travel Direct is a finalist for the ‘Best Travel Management Company’ award in our category.
This award is in recognition of the continuously high levels of customer service and support provided by our dedicated staff; strong industry partnerships, and industry-leading technology. Thank you to all of our customers and suppliers for their continued support over the last year.
Flybe have added a brand new service between London City and Dusseldorf. Flying four times a week, the new route gives business travellers a direct service between the cities in under an hour and half.
Flybe and Avios have recently announced a new partnership that will enable travellers to part pay for their flights using their accrued Avios points. Flybe passengers have been able to collect Avios for two years, and now they can offset the cost of a flight with as few as 1,500 Avios (equating to £7.50 off) and up to 4,500 Avios (equating to £22.50) off the price of a one way flight. Passengers will still collect Avios on their flight pre-discount.
Virgin Trains new Anglo-Scot fare
We’ve teamed up with Virgin Trains to offer our clients an exclusive fare on one of their most popular routes. You can now travel between London Euston and Glasgow Central on Virgin Trains West Coast Mainline services (exclusively) for £96 and enjoy all the benefits of First Class. To access this fare, you have to book through Business Travel Direct so please give the Business Travel Direct rail team a call.
Heathrow Expansion – What happens next?
The government has finally given the green light for Heathrow to build a third runway but there is still a long way to go before it becomes a reality. Here are the next steps in the process according to the government’s own timetable:
- Early 2017: Government will publish a draft National Policy Statement, setting out its policy for developing a new Heathrow runway by 2030, which will be followed by a 16 week consultation period.
- Spring 2017-summer 2017: Select committees in parliament will have the opportunity to scrutinise the draft policy statement.
- Summer 2017-autumn 2017: Government will analyse responses from the public consultation and select committees before finalising.
- Late 2017-early 2018: Final NPS will be debated in parliament followed by a formal vote.
- 2018-2021/22: Once approved, Heathrow can start the process of applying for planning permission for the third runway, including consultation with local communities.
- 2025 onwards: Third runway comes into operation if planning permission is secured and construction process runs in line with current timetable.
Ryanair Policy change
Available from 1st November, free seating allocation will now only be available from 4 days to 2 hours before departure. Check-in opening times vary depending on your type of booking.
- Customers who purchase seats can check-in between 30 days and up to 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure time.
- Customers who don’t purchase seats can check-in between 7 days and up to 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure time currently, however this will change from 01st November 2016 when free allocated seats will be available between 4 days and 2 hours before each booked flight.
- Business Plus customers can check-in at the airport free of charge.
Read our latest TravelSMART Magazine – Edition 5!
Edition #5 of our in-house company magazine, Travel SMART, is out and available for you to read here, alongside all of our past editions. In this issue, you’ll find an interview with Steve Reynolds, CEO of TRIPBAM; a guest article from Paul Wait on the ROI of business travel; the importance of pre-trip risk management, and other interesting articles on a variety of industry topics. We hope you enjoy it!