Travel News Update May 2021

From very limited services 20 years ago Nice Airport, just down the road from Monaco, will have up to 18 flights a day in the peak summer months.  Jeff Mills reviews the tiny Principality, less than a mile square.   Click here.

New BA holiday spots

British Airways has confirmed four new summer holiday routes from Heathrow, to Wroclaw and Gdansk (Poland), Riga (Latvia) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Also being added is Perugia (Italy), half-way between Florence and Rome. This was due to start in 2020 but was delayed due to the impact of the pandemic.

The flights complement an already strong British Airways network to most of these countries with regular flights scheduled to Krakow and Warsaw (Poland) and Bucharest (Romania).

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JetBlue to arrive

Coming soon to Heathrow is JetBlue, America’s most progressive airline, famous for its quality product using single aisle Airbus A321 aircraft with just 114 seats (easyJet has 189 seats with virtually the same aircraft).   It is pretty aggressive on prices too.

The 22 fully enclosed Mint suites offer aisle access and a door for added privacy.  At the back-end travellers have unlimited high-speed wi-fi, USB-C and AC power connections, 10.1inch HD seatback touchscreen TV, free on-demand shows, movies and 3D flight map and live CNN International, BBC, CNBC, Sky News and Sport24.  

JetBlue’s transatlantic flights will feature its newest innovation – a build-your-own meal designed by the New York-based restaurant group, Dig. In addition to the complimentary meal service, jetBlue's customers will be delighted by the same spacious seating the airline has become known for in the US, Caribbean & Latin America.

Club Aspire Gatwick North reopens

The Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick North will re-open Friday (21 May) followed by Heathrow T5 the next Tuesday (25 May).

The facility at Gatwick North can be pre-booked directly to guarantee access and is also accessible through cardholder schemes Priority Pass, Dragonpass and Diners Club.

At the present time all flights from Gatwick operate from the North Terminal, with a well signposted road access (drop off and collection is now charged) and take the inter-terminal shuttle. Allow 15min.  Once airside turn left and follow signs for 'Lounges'. Go past Duty Free on your left and continue walking. Turn right into the lounge pavilion. Take the lift or stairs to level 1.

The Club Aspire lounge at Gatwick North offers a Business Zone for guests who can work as an office away from the office.  Wi-fi and tableside charging facilities are also available for portable devices.

A full hot breakfast is available up until 11:00 with a large selection of cooked and cold dishes until closing time.  There is a bar service including a full alcohol range, but Champagne is an extra.  The lounge is operating with a table service whilst restrictions are ongoing.

Hub by Premier Inn

Looking for inexpensive but quality accommodation in the very centre of London.  Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality business, has just opened the 110-room ‘hub by Premier Inn’ London Soho in the vibrant area half-way between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road Tube stations and within walking distance of Piccadilly Circus.

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