TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE September 2021

Singapore is an inspiring City State as our roaming editor Jeff Mills explains in this piece, but it is also a gateway for much of South-East Asia.  Put it on your ‘wish list’. 

SPECIAL NOTE

Heathrow drop-off charges start in October.

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Norse Atlantic

Gatwick will probably become the UK home for a new low-cost transatlantic airline, Norse Atlantic, preparing to launch in 2022.

It is not Norwegian reincarnated (which continues to fly European sectors) but has a familiar ring about it with former Norwegian Chief Executive, Bjorn Kjos, a 15% shareholder.  Boeing Dreamliners are planned to be used, the financial backing provided by long-established crew management company OSM Aviation.   https://flynorse.com

Aspire openings

With the increase of both domestic and international travel Swissport’s Aspire lounges in the UK are steadily re-opening.

Latest on the list is Edinburgh, the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 winning lounge.  

Besides complimentary breakfast, snacks and beverages it also offers quiet fully equipped Work Booths for those travelling on business, and separately for families a dedicated area to keep your group together.

Also open is the Liverpool Airport Lounge. These two follow Belfast City, Birmingham, Gatwick North, Heathrow T5, Inverness, Luton, Manchester T1 & Newcastle.  www.executivelounges.com/aspire-lounges

Traffic Lights - update

We are all struggling with the latest government dictates regarding safe travel.

As things stand there is not much to choose between 'amber' and 'green' countries, with both you are expected to take a PCR test before leaving for the UK, and a further test two days after arriving back.  For 'red' countries travellers need to stay in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at a cost of £2,285.  Check by going to www.btnews.co.uk

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