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Welcome to your weekly trade round-up of UK business travel and travel loyalty news as well as our latest reviews and features.

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Robert Sinclair City Airport

Interview of the week:

Could transatlantic flights return to London City Airport?  We chat to City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair about current trading and how it plans to almost double in the next ten years.

The latest UK business travel news:

Accor launches its 44th hotel brand. Handwritten Collection aims to attract midscale independent hotels.

Wizz-Air is pushing into Turkey, with new flights from Gatwick and Luton to three Turkish cities.

American Airlines has launched an expanded Heathrow schedule for Summer 2023 with 26 daily flights.

Emirates is ramping up its UK services from Glasgow, Birmingham and Stansted.

Qatar Airways is to replace Emirates in F1 sponsorship.

Lufthansa has submitted a binding offer to acquire Italian airline ITA.

The Bristol Airport lounge is closing for refurbishment at the end of March and may be banning Priority Pass when it reopens.

Emirates is offering tickets for three top Dubai attractions to anyone who books a flight (direct or stopping over) this week.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Former Finnair UK, Ireland and Benelux manager Andrew Fish joins Air Astana (Travel Weekly)

easyJet adds 11 new UK routes for Summer 2023 (Business Traveller)

Korean Air is resuming four European routes in March / April (Simple Flying)

easyJet boosts Southend Airport with new Amsterdam route (Southend Echo)

Virgin Hotels and Virgin Limited Edition to merge (TTG)

Industry events:

We’ll be attending the Airport Operators Association annual conference at Park Plaza London Riverbank on Tuesday 31st January. Please say Hi and let us have any feedback on the newsletter.

Tickets are now on sale for the first Aviation Club lunch of 2023 on Tuesday 7th February. Jonathan Hinkles, CEO of Loganair, is the speaker.

Luxair flight London City to Antwerp

Our latest travel reviews:

Luxair launches direct flights from London City Airport to Antwerp. We were on the first flight – here’s what you can expect.

Back in London, we review the JW Marriott Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, together with afternoon tea.

Grosvenor House hotel review

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

How does the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher work?

Here’s where you can fly on Iberia using your BA companion voucher. This is a full list of all Iberia long haul routes.

IHG has launched a ‘5-4-4’ offer across its luxury brands, only bookable via agents who are part of its ‘Luxury and Lifestyle’ programmes – like our partner.

Get 100% bonus when buying Hilton Honors points. 

Wide open points availability at Hilton’s Conrad Maldives Rangali resort. 

Thank you for reading

Thank you for reading. Please drop me a note at rob@headforpoints.com with any feedback.

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