TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 2021

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Boston is the shortest flight from the United Kingdom to the USA.  It is also a most welcoming city, and mostly flat.  With the relaxation by the United States on the entry rules it is well worth considering for a week’s break, but make it before the end of the year.  January and February are very cold.  Editor at Large Jeff Mills wrote this piece in Business Travel News for the IATA (International Air Transport Association) conference.

WestJet for Scotland

Scots will be able to fly seven days a week to Toronto from next summer. Canadian airline WestJet is to operate from both Scottish airports, Edinburgh on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; Glasgow on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  All flights will be on environmentally friendly single-aisle Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The Canadian carrier will also reinstate the popular Halifax route from Glasgow four times weekly in May.  Through Pearson International Airport, Toronto, it serves over 30 Canadian airports. www.westjet.com

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New London hotels

September has seen the opening of two 5-star London hotels.

In Leicester Square the £300m The Londoner sits next to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, part of the UK’s largest family-owned hotel group. With 350 guest rooms spread across 16 storeys the new property is impressive.  It features a range of rooms, suites, penthouses, two private screening rooms, an exclusive 24-hour residents’ space, one entire floor dedicated to wellness, huge ballroom, private art gallery, wealth of meeting places, and a mix of concept eateries. www.thelondoner.com

The Pan Pacific at Liverpool Street claims to be “catering to discerning well-heeled travellers who seek to find a balance in life”.  The hotel, with 237 rooms and suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg, has an underground ballroom and an indoor lap pool.  It has an Asian flavour to it. www.panpacific.com

Bristol re-opens

Swissport is continuing with its rollout of airport lounge reopenings with Bristol Airport the latest Aspire introduction. 

It follows Edinburgh, the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 winning lounge, Belfast City, Birmingham,  Heathrow T5, Inverness, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester T1 and Newcastle.  

The lounge is open to both adults and families and is located on the Mezzanine floor of the airside departure area.  As with all the Aspire facilities it offers complimentary wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks as well as teas and coffees. Visitors can also enjoy hot snacks, typically soup with a warm crusty roll, freshly made bacon rolls, and a range of tempting treats including crisps, nuts, cakes, biscuits and English cream tea.

Entry is available to Aspire members, participating lounge schemes and eligible flyers, plus pay on access travellers.  Users are advised to check opening times as Bristol, for the time being, does have restricted hours. www.executivelounges.com/aspire

BA drops Gatwick

British Airways will not be returning to Gatwick.

In a statement BA said: “After many years of losing money on European flights from the airport, we were clear that coming out of the pandemic, we needed a plan to make Gatwick profitable and competitive.

“With regret, we will now suspend our short-haul operations at Gatwick, with the exception of a small number of domestic services connecting to our long-haul operation, and will pursue alternative uses for the Gatwick short-haul slots." www.ba.com

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