Corporate Travel News – July 2019

Industry News.



Virgin Atlantic joins bluebiz

Virgin Atlantic is now a member of bluebiz, the corporate loyalty programme of Air France, KLM and several airline partners. This announcement comes as a renewed and refreshed bluebiz programme is launched globally. The launch is more than just a new look & feel but also additional features and benefits for its members who can take advantage of immediate savings when their employees travel on partner airline flights in selected markets.


BA additional domestic flightsBritish Airways boosts domestic from LHR

From 27 October, British Airways will boost domestic services from London Heathrow. The airline has announced three additional weekly flights to Edinburgh, five additional flights to Glasgow and three to Aberdeen, bringing the weekly totals up to 69, 63 and 50 respectively.


AA stand up to cancerAmerican Airlines to Stand Up to Cancer campaign

American Airlines will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add a loved one’s name to one of our planes in honor of those who are cancer survivors, current cancer fighters and those who lost their battle with cancer. Anyone who makes a donation of $25 or more to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) during the month of July can add the name of a person they stand up for on one of our Airbus A321s. Read more.


VS A350 Upper ClassVirgin’s new A350 between New York and London

Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350 will debut on the New York-London route from 10 September 2019, featuring the upgraded suite-like Upper Class business class seats. The 44-person cabin offers 82-inch flat beds and a new social lounge area called The Loft.


VA and VSSeamless travel London-Australia with Virgin

Virgin has received approval to improve its UK and Australia connection with more competitive pricing and scheduling between Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia flights. This ‘unique Virgin experience’ will encourage passengers to continue their entire journey with VA and VS, with a stopover at either Los Angeles or Hong Kong, meaning business travellers will get access to standardised baggage entitlements, meals and seat selection.


Finnair Helsinki LoungeFinnair’s new Platinum Wing Lounge at Helsinki Airport

Finnair’s premium customers can now enjoy more space and comfort when relaxing before their flight in the airline’s exclusive new Platinum Wing lounge at Helsinki Airport. The luxurious Nordic-themed lounge has been designed to feature different zones for working and relaxing, offering upgraded dining options, fine wines and an exclusive sauna for travellers looking to unwind. As well as offering a more private space and an enhanced experience for eligible customers, the new lounge is for exclusive use by Finnair Plus Platinum Lumo and Platinum members, as well as oneworld Emerald cardholders.


EasyjetEasyJet Get Home early campaign

A new work life balance initiative from EasyJet, will allow corporate customers to re-schedule their return flights to earlier times at no extra costs. Get Home Early helps business travellers who have finished their meetings ahead of time, fly home early rather than wait until their later booked flight. T&Cs apply.


Stansted ParkingStansted unveils multi-storey parking space

Stansted Airport has boosted its parking space with the opening of a new multi-storey, 2,700 parking facility. Spanning across six floors, the space brings the total number of short-term parking spaces to over 7,000.


London City Airport Public ConsultationLondon City Airport launches public consultation

A public consultation process has begun for London City Airport, as it looks ahead to its growth plan for the next 15 years. With passenger number expected to reach 11 million by 2035, the airport seeks to relax current flight restrictions and gain greater flexibility in its operations in the first and last 30 minutes of weekdays. Work has already begun on £500 million worth of expansion projects due to complete in 2021.


Manchester Terminal 2Progress announced on Manchester’s new terminal

Manchester Airport has announced 15 of the food and drink outlets set to open in its newly renovated and expanded Terminal 2 next year. Two Manchester-based coffee shops, Pot Kettle Black and Grindsmith, will serve brunch and hot drinks, with a variety of other local brands and well-known chains.


TPE Nova 1Nova trains project marks major milestone

This month marked a major milestone for rail customers across the North and Scotland as TransPennine Express (TPE) officially welcomed the first of its brand-new Nova 1 trains following formal acceptance from the Office of Rail and Road. Built by Hitachi Rail and financed by Angel Trains, the bullet-style Nova 1 trains will mean more carriages and extra seats for customers and the on-board experience will be completely transformed.


SkyTeam LoungeNew SkyTeam airport lounge for Istanbul

The new Istanbul Airport will host the next Skyteam airport lounge, which is expected to open later this year. While little details about the lounge have been released, Skyteam has announced regional cuisine, local beer and wine and a business area have been included in the plans.


London top meetings destinationLondon most popular meetings and events destination

With 1,012 meeting hotels and 109,357 guest rooms, London has topped the list as the most popular destination in Europe for meetings and events. See the top 25 destinations, click here.



Voco Saudi ArabiaIHG new Voco hotel for Saudi Arabia

Scheduled to open in early 2020, InterContinental Hotels Group has announced plans for a 4,200-room Voco property in Saudi Arabia. The Voco Makkah in Mecca will offer 20,000 sqm of dining and meeting facilities, becoming the biggest property under the luxury Voco brand.