British Airways Catering

From 11th January 2017, British Airways has started offering food from Marks and Spencer on all shorthaul flights to and from London Heathrow and Gatwick. Food can be purchased onboard from an extensive bar menu which replaces the complimentary service. Executive Club Members will now have the option to spend their Avios points on board, with all food on the menu priced at under £5.

BA flight to Phoenix

British Airways is planning to increase flights between Heathrow and Phoenix Arizona for a limited period in 2017. The three extra weekly frequencies to Sky Harbour International airport will add to BA’s existing daily service on the route using Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

Air India

Air India has started selling women-only rows of seats. The airline will reserve the third row, making six seats in economy for female passengers travelling alone. The move has been designed to ‘enhance comfort levels’ and the seats will be offered without extra charges.

Qatar Airways to launch Vegas route

Qatar Airways has announced a four times weekly service to Las Vegas. Starting January 2018, the new route will be the airline’s 11th to the United States.

United Arab Emirates travel advice

If you’re a British citizen you can get a visitor’s visa on arrival in the UAE. In the past, this visa has allowed the visitor to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days; the visa has terminated automatically on departure and a new visa has been issued on arrival each time the same visitor returns to the UAE. That approach continues to be applied in most cases. However, in some cases British citizens (and visitors of some other nationalities) who have left the UAE and returned again within the 30 day period of stay granted at the time of the first arrival, haven’t received a new visa; instead their stay has been limited to the initial 30 day period.

Gatwick terminal changes

Gatwick airport has told passengers to check their terminals as three major airlines prepare to switch this year. BA has moved to South Terminal, Virgin Atlantic to North Terminal and easyJet, which currently operates out of both, will be in the North Terminal.

Radisson Blu Hotel opens in Lyon

Radisson has announced the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon. The 245 room hotel also has 11 meeting rooms, located on the 32nd floor.


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