TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE - February 2021

With the new Berlin airport finally open in spite of the Pandemic (but 8 years late) Jeff Mills took a look at the German capital for Business Travel News, something for your bucket list.

Qatar into The Gulf

A spat between 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 airline is restricting its UK operations to only Edinburgh, Heathrow and Manchester airports.


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Sadly TNU has to report that Norwegian has pulled all its long-haul services from Gatwick and gives no dates for the return of the European flights. 

At the time of writing it is only operating limited regional services within Scandinavia. 

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Saga vaccinates

Holiday and cruise ship operator Saga has said that all clients must produce proof of Covid-19 vaccination before taking a trip. 

Saga, which specialises in holidays for the over-50s, said it wanted to protect customers' health and safety.

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Aspire Update

Helsinki Airport Aspire Lounge

(Open daily 06:00-18:00 Sunday-Friday).

With Helsinki seen as an important European gateway to and from the Far East the Helsinki Airport Aspire Lounge has been extensively developed since 2012. 

Situated in the Schengen Area of Terminal 2, opposite gates 27-28 on the 3rd floor, overlooking the runway, you will know where you are, having a very distinct Scandinavian look about it.  It also offers shower facilities (€10 charge).

Also open at this time (daily)

Geneva Swissport Lounge: 08:00-19:00.
Amsterdam (both lounges): 06:00-18:00.
Larnaca Aphrodite: 08:00-22:00.

Getting to Heathrow

The debate goes on.  Which is the quickest way to get to and from Heathrow (in non-pandemic times)?

Three factors play an important part. 

Are you with or without luggage?  What time of day are you travelling?  Do you want exclusive or public transport?  

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