The summer season is well and truly upon us and that can only mean one thing: jam packed airports. To prove the point, Birmingham Airport recently reported its best June ever for passenger numbers. Meanwhile, there are further developments on the laptop ban and British Airways staff are striking throughout August. For more on what went on in the world of travel in July, read on:
Laptop ban relaxed on US-bound flights
The ban on laptops and large electronic devices which was brought in in March has been relaxed on flights to the USA. While it’s still in place in the UK, the ban, which affected flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia, has been replace with stricter security checks. This situation is subject to change though, as both Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines have announced that laptops are now allowed on their UK-bound flights.
British Airways mixed fleet staff agree on August strike action
British Airways’ mixed fleet staff have agreed to strike from 2 to 30 August as part of an on-going dispute over pay. Luckily, few passengers should be affected, with the most likely exception being those on the London Gatwick to New York JFK flight, which may be rerouted via Heathrow. Passengers will be notified in advance.
Australian airports increase security
Australian airports have tightened their security checks after a foiled aircraft terror plot in Sydney. This has led to long delays, so passengers are advised to head to the airport earlier than usual.
Virgin Atlantic expands partnership
Virgin Atlantic announced plans for a 15-year partnership with the Air France-KLM Group and Delta Airlines, allowing them to improve their route network. Passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic will have a wider choice of flights and fares and will be able to collect frequent flyer points for all airlines in the partnership.
Record passenger numbers pass through Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport’s passenger numbers continue to increase, as numbers show that 1.3 million people travelled through the airport in June 2017, a 16.4% increase on June 2016. The number of short-haul flights to and from the airport has increased 17.8% since this time last year, with numbers expected to rise as the summer season gets into full swing.
Singapore Airlines launches SME frequent flyer programme
Good news for SMEs, as Singapore Airlines launch a new frequent flyer programme aimed specifically at corporate travellers. Travellers will not only earn points for themselves but for their company too, and to top it off, the programme will be easy to self-manage online.
Accor Hotels to open hotel in Leicester Square
West end theatre fans are in for a treat as the Accor Hotels group announced the opening of their 86-room MGallery by Sofitel hotel in Leicester Square. Just steps from some of London’s best nightlife, the hotel opens in August 2017.