Gatwick Wizz's

Wizz Air has restarted flights from Gatwick North with tickets on 11 routes now available on its website.

Athens and Malta are already operating.  The popular Spanish hotspots of Lanzarote and Malaga begin from 7 June. Wizz will also be flying to Budapest, Bucharest, Fuerteventura, Gdansk, Krakow, Malaga Sofia and Tenerife South.

Passengers can book tickets with the airline’s travel insurance package which includes Covid-19 cover and Wizz Flex. With Wizz Flex, travellers can cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any fee and receive 100% of the fare immediately reimbursed in airline credit. https://wizzair.com

The Aspire Road Test

A car for all seasons. The Fiat 500 convertible. 

Now that summer appears to have arrived is this the time to consider an open-top sports car?  And from just £15,925.

Vehicles with sunroofs are not the same.  The Fiat 500 has proved to be a hugely popular town car and perfectly at home on a motorway. The convertible version is proving fashionable too.

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Melić for Amsterdam

Spain’s largest hotel group, Meliã Hotels International, has opened its very first property in the Netherlands.

Called the INNSiDE Amsterdam it is also Meliã’s first hotel in the Benelux Region. Located in the Zuidas district; a hub of finance, tech and creative in the Metropolitan city, the 328-bedroom hotel offers a contemporary design full of smart and sustainable touches.  There is a skybar and restaurant, flexible meeting spaces and some breath-taking views across the city.

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Railway news

If you are a regular train user, or a railway buff, a recent report to the Transport Minister by Keith Williams, former CEO British Airways, makes good reading.  He wants much more government control and a simplified booking system.  BRITISH RAIL 'A privatisation too far'.  The quote is of Margaret Thatcher.  If you have time in the lounge, or later, read what our railway expert has to say.

Smartwings for Heathrow

The largest airline in the Czech Republic, and the 98% owner of Czech Airlines, Smartwings (QS) has arrived at Heathrow.  It operates from Prague on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.  Passengers can go to the airline website and book a variety of meals up to 48hr prior to travel.

The airline, founded in 1997, currently operates 35 aircraft, mainly Boeing 737 variants, including in service seven Boeing MAX with another 11 due.  www.smartwings.com/en

UK only sea holidays

Britain went to sea towards the end of May, coining the term 'seacations'.  Italian line MSC was first off with the brand new Virtuosa, from Southampton, followed a few days later by Viking Venus out of rival Solent port Portsmouth.   They were the first UK cruise departures for 14 months.

Both ships are being joined over the coming months by offerings from amongst others Celebrity, P&O, Saga, Disney, and Fred Olsen, in that order.  Over the summer 14 cruise lines will be operating from UK ports with trips from two nights to 14.  Under the present guidelines only a maximum of 1,000 passengers are allowed per ship.  Or 50% capacity whichever is the greater.  P&O’s new Iona can take up to 6,000 souls, including children.  No rush to find a seat on deck!  

Sister publication Business Travel News has a full listing of cruise lines. 

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