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airBaltic launches Gatwick-Vilnius flights

airBaltic launches Gatwick-Vilnius flights

Latvia’s national airline, airBaltic, is reintroducing direct flights from London Gatwick to the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on 4 March.

It’s not the first time the airline operates the route; the reopening comes courtesy of the tax policy at Vilnius Airport, which is making the airport more attractive according to airBaltic’s chief commercial officer Tero Taskila. (more…)

To fly or not to fly?

To fly or not to fly?

Recent closures to UK airports have once again left thousands of airline passengers stranded. On Tuesday May 18 further changes were made to the rules governing aircraft flying through volcanic ash clouds. (more…)

Flying car set for take off

Flying car set for take off

The Terrafugia Transition flying car is to go into production after it was given the all clear by the US Federal Air Authority.

The Transition, which was shortlisted in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards, is a two-seater vehicle complete with airbags and roll cage that uses front-wheel drive on roads with its wings folded. (more…)

BA jets to fly on biofuel by 2014

BA jets to fly on biofuel by 2014

British Airways will fly all its jets on biofuel made from London’s rubbish by 2014, the airline revealed this week.

Together with US bio-energy company Solena, the airline is planning to open Europe’s first jet fuel plant, which will convert domestic and industrial rubbish destined for landfill sites into a carbon-neutral energy source. (more…)

Security test compulsory for travellers to USA

Security test compulsory for travellers to USA

All travellers heading to the USA under the country’s visa waiver program must now pass a compulsory security test to be allowed entry.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is now compulsory for all countries that participate in the visa waiver program; a scheme that allows travellers from certain countries – including the UK – to stay in the USA for up to 90 days without a Visa. (more…)

Icelandic volcano sparks tourism hopes

Icelandic volcano sparks tourism hopes

A volcano that has erupted for the first time in 200 years is being used to prompt travellers to take a look at Iceland’s dramatic natural landscape.

While 500 people who live near the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano have been evacuated, many of the country’s tour operators are including a trip to see the still-smoking peak in their itineraries. (more…)

BA ground staff to work as cabin crew during strikes

BA ground staff to work as cabin crew during strikes

British Airlines will retrain scores of baggage handlers and check-in agents to become cabin crew in an attempt to counter further disruption caused by strike action, which is expected to take place from 1 March. (more…)

Network in the air

Network in the air

Travellers who like to talk to the person sitting next to them on a flight may be pleased to learn that it is now possible to choose a neighbour with similar interests to themselves.

The new ‘Meet & Seat’ initiative from Dutch airline KLM allows customers to choose who they sit next to, having studied the Facebook or LinkedIn profiles of fellow passengers before flying. (more…)

UK airports reopen after safety ruling

UK airports reopen after safety ruling

UK airports have reopened as of 10pm Tuesday 20 April. The decision, announced by Transport Secretary Lord Adonis, came after meetings with the Civil Aviation Authority about the risk assessment of aircraft flying through an ash cloud. (more…)

Heathrows first all-business flight

Heathrows first all-business flight

A housing market bubble, new car sales at record highs, and even the danger of George Osborne cracking into a smile. These are some of the indicators of an economic recovery, but another will reveal itself in mid-May when Qatar Airways launches a daily all-business flight from London’s Heathrow airport. (more…)

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