TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE - January 2021

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BA has said goodbye to the last of its Boeing 747s G-CIVB seen leaving Heathrow for its final home at Kemble, Cotswold Airport, as a visitors centre.

Drone delivery by air

A pioneering drone delivery flight has paved the way for a lifeline connection with the Isles of Scilly and opened up the prospect of drone operations between airports across the UK. 

Getting ready for take-off.

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Gulf Cooperation Council

A spat been the Gulf Cooperation Council members (UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) and the State of Qatar has been resolved and once again travellers can fly to Doha (Qatar) on Qatar Airways and connect to its neighbours in the region.  Due to the pandemic the award-winning is restricting its UK operations to only Edinburgh, Heathrow and Manchester.  www.qatarairways.com

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Gatwick and easyJet

EasyJet is expanding its largest base – London Gatwick – by adding new routes including Aberdeen in Scotland, Bilbao in Spain and Cagliari in Italy.  The Aspire lounge, just like easyJet, is based in the North Terminal.

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Madeira for Golf

Madeira is keen to promote itself as a Covid-secure golf destination with three distinctive courses.  It also recently won ‘Europe’s Leading Island Destination’ at the 2020 World Travel Awards for the fifth year in a row.   

Belmond Reid’s Palace in Funchal.

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Aspire Lounge Update

Due to the much reduced passenger numbers at Britain’s’ airports the opening hours at all of the Aspire Lounges is being kept at constant review and vary daily.

www.executivelounges.com/blog/open-aspire-club-aspire-lounges

On the Continent Amsterdam, a popular connecting airport, has two lounges both airside, one called 'Lounge 26', and available for Schengen area travellers (except for Pier M which includes easyJet), and another named ‘Lounge 41’ for international travellers including flights to the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

The Aspire 'Lounge 41' for International travellers at Schiphol.

For ‘Lounge 26’ pass through security and after Departures Hall 1 Passport Control, turn right and go through Security Check, proceed up the stairs and follow the signs to the lounge.  ‘Lounge 41’ is located on the Panorama Deck on the 3rd Floor.

Due to local laws Aspire is unable to supply a smoking area in either lounges.

MAX makes a return

After two fatal crashes the Boeing 737-Max is finally back in airline service, American Airlines leading the way with US domestic flights.    Passengers boarding the ‘plane are unlikely to tell the difference except for the distinctive, huge “double” winglets at the end of the wing.  Without a shadow of doubt, it is the most tested aircraft of all time.  

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