TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 2021

Looking for somewhere to take the kids over the extended Christmas holidays?  Sister publication Business Travel News has published a suggested list which to which we must add the RAF’s Museums at Cosford and Hendon, both free of charge.

All arrivals into England

The UK Government continues to revise its 'red list'.  Do check on the Business Travel News website below.  All travellers to England from anywhere must complete a passenger locator form and take a PCR test within two days of arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.  Lateral flow tests will not be accepted.  A further update is expected to be published before the end of the year. www.btnews.co.uk

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BA back to Gatwick

The good news is that British Airways is returning to Gatwick in a big way.  Only one problem.  If all goes well it will not happen until the end of March next year when the South Terminal reopens.  In the meantime the airline’s winter Caribbean series of flights are taking place as normal and the airline is also now flying non-stop to Doha, the capital of Qatar. www.ba.com

Heathrow holiday problems

If you are using Heathrow over the Christmas weekend be very careful regarding travel to and from the airport. 

Christmas Day is a Saturday, with Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (26, 27, 28 December) official Bank Holidays.

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Guernsey travel policies

The Bailiwick of Guernsey, cautious with its Covid-19 restrictions but also conscious of the tourist industry has again brought in its own entry rules.

All travellers from the Common Travel Area (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man), regardless of vaccination, now need to purchase and complete a course of lateral flow tests.  There are no other restrictions for these travellers.  Arrivals will have to pay £25 per travelling adult for a pack of five lateral flow tests that they will receive in the terminal.

It is also strongly recommended that those who are not local residents arrange to take a pre-travel test (either PCR or lateral flow).

https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/travel

United flies sustainable fuel

On Wednesday 1 December Chicago-based United Airlines became the first commercial air carrier to fly an aircraft full of passengers using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The demonstration flight, with more than 100 passengers on board, routed from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Washington, DC's Reagan National Airport.  Flown by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 the aircraft used 500 gallons of SAF in one engine and the same amount of conventional jet fuel in the other engine.

United’s CEO Scott Kirby was on board, having earlier in the day, via a video link, participated at the World Aviation Festival in London.  He was enthusiastic.

“Today's SAF flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase alternative fuels, we're demonstrating the scalable and impactful way companies can join together and play a role in addressing the biggest challenge of our lifetimes."

The flight was organised by a partnership of Boeing, CFM International, Virent and World Energy. www.united.com

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