Bits: the dead are unhappy IAG bought Aer Lingus, Airportr JV with Gatwick Express, Apple News

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The dead are unhappy that IAG bought Aer Lingus

There were many objections when IAG, the parent of British Airways, acquired Aer Lingus last year but one group who failed to speak up were the dead.

This was unfortunate, because they now reportedly find themselves in difficulty.  As you can imagine, there are many thousands of Irish citizens in the UK who want to be buried or cremated in Ireland.  The previous co-operative approach taken by Aer Lingus towards the UK Irish community has apparently changed for the worse under IAG ownership.  You can read the full story here.

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Airportr teams up with Gatwick Express

I have written about Airportr, the luggage courier service operating at Gatwick, Heathrow and City, before – I covered them in detail here.

The company has now teamed up with Gatwick Express to offer train customers a discount of £5 each way if they choose to let Airportr take the strain of getting their luggage from their home or office to the terminal, or vice versa.

You can find out more on the Gatwick Express website here.

I hope to be running a competition with Airportr in the next few days to give two readers a chance to try out their service for free.

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Head for Points on Apple News now working again

For reasons I don’t fully understand, the HFP Apple News channel stopped working for a few days last week.  It is now fixed and stories are flowing through again.

You can sign up for the HFP channel here and for the Shopper Points channel here.

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  1. Apparently the dead are more unhappy with Micheal O’Leary but that comes as no surprise.

  2. Train to Gatwick, if you are using southern or Gatwick express the please make sure you leave plenty of time as there are a large number of cancellations. Two ongoing industrial disputes with drivers on Gatwick Express and conductors on Southern. Staff sickness on Southern is currently at an all time high on Southern.

    The Southern Conductors disoute as got very nasty as they went on strike (nothing to do with pay) and Govia Thameslink Railway removed thier car parking passes and free travel passes.

    Govia Thameslink Railway which includes Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink is the worst performing train firm in the UK in terms of punctuality. The latest Network Rail reporting period show they are performing around 10 to 15% than other train operators in the South East.

    Currently I would much rather use Heathrow and City than Gatwick due to the very poor train service to Gatwick at present.

    • Aeronaut says:

      Good point re problems on the line to Gatwick. The dispute seems pretty acrimonious and it’s possible things might get worse before they get better.

      One suggestion I read was that the government is willing to use this particular dispute to try to temper the power of the rail unions across the whole industry. Rail franchisees are relatively short lived and so have generally been willing to avoid extended disputes, but the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise is different as it’s a management contract with the DfT (I think the reason being the big disruptions to train services whilst the London Bridge rebuild takes place), so the DfT/government can have more of a say.

  3. Imbruce says:

    We gave up taking the train to Gatwick years ago, too much hassle.
    It’s chepaper and easier for us to park in the Long Stay car park and get a bus to the terminal
    than it is to take the train.
    Also you vpcan get Avios on your parking.

  4. British airlines have unlawfully pocketed nearly £300m in taxes paid by passengers who have cancelled or missed their flights, barristers say, as they prepare to take legal action to help millions of passengers get their money back.

    For years, carriers including British Airways, Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2 and Virgin have effectively denied passengers air passenger duty (APD) refunds where they are rightfully owed by charging them “excessive” fees to reclaim it.

    In many cases these so-called “administration fees” far exceed the value of the tax being refunded, making a genuine reclaim impossible.

    For example Jet2 charges £40 for reclaiming APD worth £13 for a short-haul economy flight, while BA charges up to £30 for the service.

    Airlines claim these fees are to cover the cost of processing refunds.

    • It is still totally up in the air over whether we will get our review flight or not. Proving trickier than the first Qatar review flight I did and that’s saying something :-)

    • Genghis says:

      Agreed. I’m actually quite keen on trying them.

  5. Three attendants for seventy-four seats!
    I’m not sure what Club World is overall but on 747 upper deck it is two for twenty.
    That may explain some comments about La Compagnie service feeling slightly skimpy, but if pre-plating etc is what enables them to keep the cost down, then it may be a good idea.