ASPIRE ROAD TEST

Kia Sorento

Editor Malcolm Ginsberg, a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, writes a car review every month in Business Travel News.   www.btnews.co.uk

Kia, South Korean, is a success story in the UK, and not just because of its seven year/100,000-mile warranty.  It makes some fine products, cleverly adapted to UK roads and offering great value.   

The subject of this road test competes with the Range Rover Discovery and a whole series of continental SUVs mostly priced far higher.  Read the full report here.

Lufthansa snacks

In what could be a trend-setter Lufthansa is about to charge passengers in long-haul Economy and Premium Economy cabins for snacks and spirits from 1 December.
 
Passengers already receive a main meal and drinks free-of-charge, but will soon be given the option of purchasing additional snacks and spirits.
 
Earlier this year the airline launched a buy-on-board service for Economy class passengers on short- and medium-haul flights.
 
The menu includes items such as Baumkuchen from Dallmayr (€7), kettle chips made from organic potatoes (€3), and the Share organic nut bar (€3.50).  The drinks menu includes Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée (€15 for 200ml), Mionetto il Spriz (€6 for 200ml) and a variety of spirits including Baileys Irish Cream, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Grey Goose Vodka (€6-7 for 50ml). www.lufthansa.com

Canadian flights

Now back flying three times weekly between Gatwick and Toronto, Air Transat is set to increase its Canadian destinations from London next summer.
 
Flights to Montreal are due to resume in May, with daily services from June to September. New for 2022 is an exclusive weekly flight to Quebec City which will operate every Thursday from May to September.
 
Toronto from Manchester recommenced on 20 October and will restart from Glasgow on 16 December. At the height of summer, four weekly flights will be offered from both Glasgow and Manchester as well as Gatwick to Toronto daily. www.airtransat.com

Lockdown in Europe

In a move that is likely to be replicated by other river cruise companies, and in general by European travel operators, Scenic has suspended its year-end programme.

The decision comes after Austria announced a full national lockdown and the Bavarian region of Germany cancelled its Christmas markets.

Six Scenic and four Emerald river cruises have been cancelled, all of which were due to visit Europe’s Christmas markets.
www.scenic.co.uk/river-cruises  
www.emeraldcruises.co.uk

READ THE NEWSPAPERS

Newspapers and magazines cannot be easily sanitised and cleaned in-between use, and have been withdrawn in the UK & Ireland Aspire Lounges.

Visitors can now log into PressReader free of charge and download via the lounge wi-fi.

By clicking guests have access to 7,000 newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in over 60 languages. Readers can instantly translate articles in up to 18 languages.

Download as many titles as you would like to read later, on the plane, on your holiday or whenever you choose. www.pressreader.com

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Flybe comeback

Just a few days before the pandemic overtook air travel Britain’s third largest airline collapsed.  Flybe disappeared overnight making over 2,000 jobless.  In its heyday it was carrying eight million passengers annually.

The airline refused to die, new backers have been found and by the end of next March it will be flying again, with this time Birmingham Airport as its headquarters, rather than Exeter.  Running the operation is Dave Pflieger, an American with a long background in turning around regional airlines. 
www.flybe.com

SEASONAL GREETINGS

All the best from the team at Aspire and BTN for a happy and healthy holiday time and a prosperous 2022.

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