Heathrow’s third runway

R3 “not needed at the moment”

The words of Sir Howard Davies, whose Airports Commission recommended the airport expansion with its report published in 2015.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a collapse in passenger numbers travelling for business or leisure.

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World’s largest airline

It currently flies into Heathrow T5 from nine major US gateways, with reduced schedules. It has around 890 aircraft.  Pre-Covid it operated an extensive international and domestic network with almost 6,800 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

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Aspire Road Test

Two times Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz has been around a long, long time and has been continuously updated and is now in hybrid form.  Business Travel News has been taking a look at two variants of the latest model, the EX and Crosstar. One car won. Read on in BTN. 

Amsterdam improves

Aspire has two lounges at Amsterdam Airport.  Lounge 26 for Schengen flights and Lounge 41 for non-Schengen flights.  

Never an airport to stand still even in these pandemic times 'Schiphol'  has completed a major renovation project in Departure Hall 1 with a new connecting walkway.

As part of the revamp, the airport has made several additions including a mezzanine floor to offer more space at security, check-in and waiting areas.

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JetBlue for London

America’s quality low-cost airline is about to arrive at both Heathrow starting 11 August and Gatwick from 29 September.  Boston will be introduced for summer 2022.

Founded at New York in 2000, with JFK as its main base, JetBlue quickly made a name for itself flying the single aisle Airbus 320 series offering in-flight entertainment, TV at every seat, and courtesy wi-fi. For the North Atlantic the Airbus A321LR are being used with 138 seats, compared with around 220 passengers with some airlines in a high density European arrangement.

Seats on both routes are now on sale with outbound fares for UK-based travellers starting at £329 for ‘Core’ (Economy) and £999 for Mint (Business Class).

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Flexible rail tickets

New national flexible rail tickets, matching modern working habits and saving passengers hundreds of pounds, are on sale.

The launch of flexible season tickets is the first step in the reform of the railways, as part of the recently launched Plan for Rail by Transport Minister Grant Shapps and former British Airways CEO Keith Williams.

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