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+ Ginsberg accepts industry award.

At a glittering ceremony in the Tower of London’s White Tower Travel News Update's Editor-in-Chief Malcolm Ginsberg (4th from right) accepted a CWT Special Award for Historic Contribution to Business Travel and Meetings for services to the travel industry.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL NEWS UPDATE - DECEMBER 2023

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

ON THE SOAPBOX - Anita Mendiratta

Global Counsellor, Author, and Diplomat in Tourism & Development
Special Advisor to Secretary General UNWTO


LEARNING FROM CRISIS: Part of the Leadership Job Description

COMMENT: All hype - 100% sustainable aviation fuel flight

Sad to say that the much-hyped Virgin Atlantic flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to New York JFK was in truth of little consequence. 

+ Electric aircraft - The future

The race to fully introduce electric aircraft has made an important step forward with SaxonAir, based at Norwich Airport, leading the way. 

+ Gatwick Station - Now a pleasant surprise

Gatwick railway station’s second concourse has finally opened, doubling the space available to the millions of passengers who use the station each year. 

+ Sinclair jumps ship at London City

Struggling London City Airport (LCY) is looking for a new boss.

Airliner window technology

It is a minor detail for making a flight more comfortable but aircraft portholes (hardly windows) are part of the airborne comfort.

Airlines 2023

Sean Doyle of British Airways (BA), and MPs Mike Harper and the lesser known Mike Kane all spoke of the future at Airlines 2023, held once again last month at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Westminster, backed by Airlines UK, BARUK, IATA and Flight Global.

Airportr to offer easyJet clients luggage help

EasyJet is to offer collection, delivery, and door-to-door services, in collaboration with Airportr, the established airport luggage support company. British Airways is amongst the many users of the system.

Amsterdam slots for 2024

The Dutch Government has reversed a proposed Schiphol flight cap reducing movements at one of Europe’s busiest aviation hubs from 500,000 to 460,000 per annum.

British Airways and those hard of hearing

Signcode UK, an organisation dedicated to ensuring equal access to information, products and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community has teamed up with British Airways to make air travel easier. 

Dubai Airshow roundup

It may have been last month but the Dubai Airshow fits TNU’s maxim and is one for the future.  The large number of orders announced, and the turnout from the industry showed international air transport business is clearly in a robust state and marching forward.

EasyJet expands

The winter season has really got under way at easyJet with inaugural flights on three new routes connecting London to Akureyri (Iceland), Cairo (Egypt) and Enfidha (Tunisia).

Etihad for next year

Dubai-based Etihad is adding new destinations in France and Greece to its schedule for summer 2024.

Flights to and from Israel

British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Wizz have at the present time withdrawn flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.

Getting to Amsterdam - Train issues

Struggling London City Airport (LCY) could be a major beneficiary when Eurostar suspends between London St Pancras and Amsterdam next year. 

London bus tours - Electric-powered

It was inevitable.  Bus tours in London are going electric in early 2024.

Luton Airport lounge changes

Make sure you have the right lounge pass at Luton airport on 15 December, always a busy period.  And of course you can pay but booking ahead is advised. There is a lounge changeover.

Manchester to Beijing

At a point of time when Manchester Airport has announced that passenger numbers are surpassing pre-pandemic levels, flights to Beijing are to increase next summer.

St Helena update into 2024

The mid-South Atlantic British Overseas Territory of St Helena has now published flight details for additional services to and from South Africa until April 2025.

UK transport ministers

There is a new Westminster aviation minister following the recent government reshuffle.

Virgin Atlantic flies on cooking fat

The future of flight took off as a Virgin airliner crossed the Atlantic solely powered by sustainable fossil-based jet fuel (SAF) last Tuesday (28 November 2023).

WestJet and Canada

Calgary-based WestJet is expanding flights into the British Isles for next year.

WTM 2024

It may seem a long way off, but World Travel Market will return to Excel 5–7 November 2024. Make your hotel bookings now.

ON TOUR: Bordeaux and wine

A weekend at a top French spa – but there’s plenty of wine, too, says TNU's Editor-at-Large Jeff Mills.

MOTORING DECEMBER: Genesis flagship luxury saloon, the G80.

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DECEMBER CRUISE NEWS

Carnival Corporation with P&O & Carnival, Malcolm Ginsberg on Iona and Chris Tarry with Queen Mary 2 and the Literature Festival at Sea.  

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AND FINALLY: Holiday space flights!

A little old lady chose to spend part of her fortune on a trip into space joining an orbiting capsule.

Asked what she thought of the holiday her answers were blunt.

Boarding flight.  OK.

Passenger company.  OK.

Dining. OK

View.  Better than the usual resort.

Private facilities.  They worked.

Entertainment. OK.

Return trip.  On time.

What did it lack.

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