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AN INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2023

Travel News Update (TNU) is unique.  We forecast the news! 

ON THE SOAPBOX: Tim Alderslade

Achieving net zero aviation is a national mission

With Airlines 2023 looming up 20 November TNU welcomes back Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK.

COMMENT: Chaos in the air - Travel News Update explains

With the breakdown of NATS’ services on 6 September (these things are quickly forgotten) this piece by Jim Scott, Managing Director/Founder and Owner of Artemis Aerospace, looks at the crucial work of air traffic controllers and how they keep aircraft moving and skies safe.

+ European airline restructuring for 2024?

With the announcement in October that Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is to be integrated into the Air France-KLM Group it is increasingly inevitable that the European long-haul scene during 2024 will consolidate into just three major groups.

+ Global Airlines - Still on course for next year.

When Global Airlines was announced in July of this year TNU noted that starting a new airline was a very complex business and one way around the legal and technical problems was to piggyback off an existing licensed carrier. 

Air travel guidance

The government has refreshed its official travel guidance to help passengers navigate their protections and rights when flying.

Airlines UK

The countdown is on for Monday 20 November when the great and good of the UK airline and aviation sector assemble in Westminster for Airlines 2023 one-day summit of the industry.

Airport facial recognition

Airline IT provider SITA and Frankfurt Airport have joined together to allow all passengers to jointly use face biometrics as identification from check-in to boarding the aircraft.

All change at Heathrow

After nearly a decade in charge CEO John Holland-Kaye has handed over to Thomas Woldbye, formerly holding the same position at Copenhagen Airport.

BA lounges in Heathrow T5

British Airways has completed the final refresh of its sometimes forlorn/forgotten Galleries lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5B, introducing a new servery area, deli station, updated furniture and a quiet zone.

Be safe in London - TfL and defibrillators

In a major move concerning Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that all London Underground and Overground stations, and Dial-a-Ride vehicles, now have life-saving public access defibrillators available to be used if a passenger suffers cardiac arrest.

CAA boss at the Aviation Club

Heathrow security experiment

Over the next few months Heathrow is to trial a security pre-booking slot in Terminal 3 to give passengers extra peace of mind when travelling.

Isle of Man - Jersey trial flights

November and December will see Blue Islands airline trialling direct flights between Jersey and the Isle of Man.  Flown by a 68-seat ATR 72 the sector length at 1hr 45mins is the longest non-stop flight within the British Isles.

JetBlue transatlantic expansion

Now well established as an important North Atlantic carrier JetBlue is to add two more European destinations.

London aviation night in November

If you are into historical aviation films this one might be for you.

Luton Airport fire - DART & parking

At around 21:00 on Tuesday 10 October fire broke out in Car Park 2 at Luton Airport, and over 1,400 vehicles were destroyed.  Fortunately there was no loss of life.

Paris Olympic flight build up

The 2024 Summer Olympics, officially the games of the XXXIII Olympiad, runs from 26 July to 11 August.  If you are into sport blank out the fortnight in your diary.

Pro- or anti-Brexit - Border problems

The European Union has confirmed that the launch of the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) border controls for non-EU visitors has been further delayed until spring 2025.

RAC awards highlights motor racing intrigue

The winner of the tenth anniversary Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Award is 'DRIVEN TO CRIME  - True stories of wrongdoing in motor racing' by Crispian Besley.

Vilnius - The place to go in 2024

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, which celebrated its 700th anniversary this year, is thriving. But it wants more.  It could be the place to be in 2024.

Where not to go next summer?

This headline is somewhat tongue-in-cheek with the Mediterranean undoubtedly one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing millions of visitors each year to its sandy beaches and historical attractions.

World Travel Market looms up

World Travel Market opens on Monday 6 November and runs until Wednesday 8 November. 

ON TOUR: Viva Las Vegas as NBAA arrives

The business aviation industry’s biggest gathering, NBAA-BACE, returned to Las Vegas during 17−19 October.  Alison Chambers of Emerald Media reports.

MOTORING NOVEMBER: Kia Picanto 2

George Loveridge - Driving Around for Travel News Update

CRUISE NEWS NOVEMBER

Readers who might have expected a review of P&O’s Arvia will find that TNU is to report on her sister ship Iona in the December issue.  All will be explained at the time.  The Editor-in Chief was unable to test the Starlink wi-fi system on Iona, hence the delay in reporting.  Please see www.travelnewsupdate.co.uk/article/415 

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AND FINALLY: Pigs do fly

AND FINALLY EXTRA: Dalek for BA

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