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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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Tour of the week:
A major upgrade at Paris CDG airport is improving passenger experiences across the terminal. The new concept, called ‘Extime’, features better shopping experiences, new lounges and impressive gate seating areas. We went over to Paris to see for ourselves. Photo above.
The latest UK business travel news:
The new Docklands Light Railway rolling stock has been unveiled, which will serve London City Airport from 2024.
The new railway station at Inverness Airport has opened.
Edinburgh will see four new domestic routes from Ryanair this Summer following the APD cut.
The executive lounge at Humberside Airport re-opens today, 13th February.
Fly to 18 destinations in Southern Africa with a new British Airways codeshare deal. With Comair gone, BA has partnered with Airlink.
You can now pay to use the Star Alliance lounge in Amsterdam. It is the latest Star Alliance lounge to accept cash on the door.
The Elizabeth Line will run faster services to Heathrow from May as well as direct services on the Shenfield branch.
British Airways has scheduled widebody services on some European routes.
Aspire has re-opened its second lounge, Aspire South, at Birmingham International.
Accor has launched a Spring hotel sale – and the rooms are fully refundable.
Leeds Bradford has extended its lounge opening hours.
Business travel stories we recommend from other sites
Badr Airlines to launch Khartoum-Gatwick route (Business Traveller)
Border Force to strike again on 15th March (PCS union site)
Aberdeen airport to increase drop-off charge (Business Traveller)
Jumeirah acquires the shuttered Le Richemond hotel in Geneva (Gulf Business)
Administrators of Flybe seek temporary operating licence (FlightGlobal)
Etihad adds a 3rd daily London Heathrow Airbus A380 flight (Simple Flying)
Our latest travel reviews:
Rob reviews the Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4. Image above.
Rhys reviews the new Extime (British Airways) lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2B. This airport-operated lounge has received praise from regular travellers. Image below.
The latest UK travel loyalty news:
Which Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is best for you? You can win 1 million Avios by applying for either – so which one should you get?
How many Avios do you need for redemptions on Qatar Airways?
How to earn and spend Avios on Vueling flights – plus their summer schedule.
How to salvage your Radisson Rewards points with a transfer to Choice Privileges. After gutting the program last year, this is the best way to exit the scheme.
How does Hilton’s ‘guaranteed connecting hotel rooms’ feature work?
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