With the opening up of Portugal by virtue of the Government’s ‘Traffic Lights' scheme now seems a fine opportunity to highlight Britain’s oldest ally once again.   BTN's Editor-at-Large Jeff Mills takes a look at the city and beyond.

British Motor Show

Best known to aviation enthusiasts for its bi-annual air show Farnborough International will play host to the UK motor trade 19-22 August. FORD will be promoting its 14-strong range of electrified cars.  If you want to learn about the future of motoring it’s the place to go.


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BA food selection

British Airways has unveiled its new inflight digital ordering platform, giving customers travelling in Euro Traveller the option to order additional snacks and drinks mid-flight, directly to their seat.

The digital ordering platform will not be available on what is termed “express routes” to and from Heathrow, due to the extremely short flight times. This includes Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Jersey, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay & Paris (CDG & ORY).

The new inflight ordering system will complement the airline’s current ‘Buy Before You Fly’ offering.

Aspire lounge openings

Inverness is the latest Aspire executive lounge to reopen.  Others are expected to follow in August but join up to receive the Aspire newsletter to be kept up to date. 


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Cruising returns

The latest government announcement has lifted the embargo on international cruising from British ports, but it will not affect seaborne holidays immediately. You can’t change a ships itinerary just like that. For the next couple of months there are going to be some real bargains available. If you’ve never cruised before do try. Trips are available from three nights. 

Visit your local travel agent, contact a specialist, or view the cruise lines in Business Travel News

Heathrow drop-off charge

An early warning, and no date given, but Heathrow will introduce a £5 fee for all terminals in October.

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