News in brief:
HfP shortlisted for 5 awards!
I’m pleased to say that we have been shortlisted in five categories at the 2020 Business Travel Journalism Awards.
Each member of the team has received at least one nomination:
Best Newcomer – Rhys
Editor of the Year – Rob
Editorial Team of the Year – Rhys, Sinead, Anika, Rob
Features Journalist of the Year (Air) – Rob
Scoop of the Year – Rob
Despite a tumultuous year we have nonetheless managed to break some big news stories, including the retirement of the 747 from BA’s fleet, coverage of the BA crew pay negotiations and the only way to get an online refund when BA removed the option online. We were also the first to get a photo of BA’s new First Suite.
We also, of course, launched our brand new site design!
Sadly the awards dinner has been replaced by a virtual event next Tuesday where the winners will be announced.
Last year Rhys was ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category but we are hoping to go one further this year!
Jet2 opens new base at Bristol Airport
Jet2 is hoping for a big post-Covid summer season next year. It will station three aircraft at Bristol Airport in order to serve 33 European destinations.
Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Turkey will all see direct flights from Bristol.
Four routes will be completely new to Bristol Airport: Almeria, Kalamata, Lesvos and Izmir. Click to expand the route map above.
Loganair returns to Teesside
After a three year absence, Loganair is relaunching at Teesside International with routes to five destinations.
It will use an Embraer 145 aircraft to operate Aberdeen and Belfast City from 1st February, whilst Dublin, Jersey and Newquay are set to launch over the summer.
Loganair will go head to head with domestic competitor Eastern Airways, which also plans to operate four of the five new routes. Only Jersey is currently unserved since Flybe pulled out last year.
PS. Manchester also gets Iberia Express flights
Following on from our coverage of the three new Avios redemption opportunities from Newcastle over the Christmas holidays with Iberia Express, Manchester has also received a boost.
Iberia Express will run 16 flights to Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Madrid from the 26th December until 3rd January.