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Bits: Cathay boosts Gatwick and Manchester, BA schedule changes, MOXY Aberdeen opens

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News in brief:

Cathay Pacific boosts Gatwick and Manchester

Cathay Pacific has announced a further boost to its UK operation following the successful launch of its Gatwick service this year.

The Gatwick flight will increase to a seven day service from 1st June.  It currently operates four times per week.  In the same week, the Manchester route will move from four to five flights per week and will gain a brand new Airbus A350.

Cathay A350-900

British Airways announces Summer schedule tweaks

British Airways has announced some minor tweaks to its Summer 2017 schedules.

The main reason for mentioning this is that – irrespective of how tough it is to find Avios redemption seats on existing flights – all of these new services will have been loaded into with at least two Club Europe and four Euro Traveller seats available.

This is what is new:

Mykonos – additional Heathrow Thursday flight in June, July and August

Malaga – additional Heathrow Saturday flight in June, July and August

These are offset by cancellations to Athens, Bucharest and Rome.

Additional ‘shoulder season’ flights (26th March to 14th May, 10th September to 22nd October) added to Pisa (Saturday), Copenhagen (Tuesday), Basle (Sunday), Venice (Monday and Thursday), Porto (Wednesday), Edinburgh (Saturday), Hamburg (Tuesday), Munich (Tuesday) 

The new services are already bookable at

Moxy Aberdeen Airport opens

Finally, the first UK outpost of Marriott’s new ‘funky’ chain, Moxy, has opened at Aberdeen Airport. 

Moxy, which is a joint venture with IKEA of all people, is decribed as “a budget hotel with the soul of a boutique hotel.”  The photos of the public areas do look impressive, see above.

Aberdeen is proving to be a hotel graveyard at the moment.  When oil prices were at their peak and hotel rates were through the roof, every major hotel chain decided that it needed a project in Aberdeen.  These are now starting to hit the market but – with the oil industry in a downturn – it is virtually impossible to see all these beds being filled.

The Moxy Aberdeen Airport website is here if you want to find out more.

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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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  • mark2 says:


    Alaska Airlines have no officially merged with Virgin America see here

  • flyforfun says:

    Excellent news re Cathay going 7x from Gatwick. Just flew out from there a few days ago. Very nice seat in Y spoilt by lack of lavs. Didn’t help that one of the 2 loos on my side was out of action. To access the other side you had to walk all the way to the back, through the galley to the other side.

    This will make choosing flights easier as the A350 is 9 abreast while the 777 will be moving to 10 abreast at some point in the future. I’ll take the A350 thanks! Just a shame Gatwick is still in the midst of perpetual renovations.

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