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And Another New Route From BA!

British Airways has announced another new route on its network by starting direct flights to Durban this winter.

The thrice weekly service will launch on October 29 2018, departing Heathrow at 1545 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Durban’s King Shaka International airport at 0535 the following day. The return leg will leave the South African city at 0735 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, landing back into London at 1745.

The new route will be the only direct service between Europe and Durban, and will be served by a B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Tickets start from £599 return in World Traveller, £1,214 in World Traveller Plus, and £3,199 in Club World.

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New British Airways Service To Nashville.

Commencing on Friday 4th May 2018 British Airways started flying a new service between London Heathrow and Nashville.

BA is operating the service five times a week and will be the only airline to fly direct between Europe and the capital of Tennessee.

The route will be operated by a Boeing Dreamliner 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £749, £1196 in World Traveller Plus and £1,849 in Club World.

The flights will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the BA223 departing from Heathrow at 1545 and arriving into Nashville airport at 1850, while the BA222 will leave Nashville at 2020, arriving in London at 1030 the next day.

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Qatar Airways – New Cardiff Service.

Qatar Airways is to showcase its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft when it commences its new service between Cardiff & Doha next month.

The daily Cardiff-Doha route will, ordinarily, be served by a Boeing B787 Dreamliner, configured with 22 business class and 232 economy seats.

However, Qatar Airways has confirmed that its inaugural flight into the Welsh capital will feature the A350, “in recognition of the aircraft’s links to Wales” – the wings of the aircraft are built at Airbus’ factory in Broughton.

The flight schedules for the new Doha-Cardiff route are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Departs Doha at 0725, arrives into Cardiff at 1250
Departs Cardiff at 1555, arrives into Doha at 0045 the following day

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

Departs Doha at 0115, arrives into Cardiff at 0640
Departs Cardiff at 0810, arrives into Doha at 1700

Please note, that until mid-June Qatar Airways will be operating a reduced five times weekly service on the route.

Lastly, the airline is also set to relaunch flights to/from Gatwick airport next month, following a gap of seven years.

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Eurostar Confirms Start of Amsterdam Services.

Eurostar has confirmed the start of services between London St Pancras station and Amsterdam Centraal on 4th April 2018.

Trains departing from St Pancras will take 3 hours 41 minutes, with a morning service departing at 0831 and an early evening service at 1731. However, on the return service passengers will have to take a Thalys train from Amsterdam Centraal to Brussels-Midi/Zuid, in order to go through security, before taking a Eurostar service back to St Pancras.

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The Business Travel Show 2018

The Business Travel Show is the biggest event in Europe for business travel professionals, taking place at Olympia London on 21-22 February 2018. Over 7,500 visitors and 260 suppliers are expected to attend, including all of the world’s major airlines and hotel brands, ground transfer companies, serviced apartment providers and, of course, us – Global Travel Management!

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LOT Polish Airlines – flying the new Boeing 737 MAX-8!

LOT Polish Airlines today welcomed the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 737 MAX-8, which landed this morning at London Heathrow Airport.

Aircraft SPLVA is the first of 6 MAX-8’s on order and will initially operate the London-Warsaw route twice per day with the B737 NG operating the third flight.

Offering greater capacity and enhanced comfort the cabin interior has been styled on our long haul 787 Dreamliner product, with larger overhead lockers improving the on board experience.

LOT is the only airline to offer a 3-cabin service between London and Warsaw with 20 flights a week. Operating the first and last flights to and from both destinations LOT is the best at offering wider choice to both corporate and leisure travellers.

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Lounge Pass – Vancouver.

Lounge Pass, a company offering access to various airline lounges worldwide, has now added the Skyteam lounge at Vancouver International (YVR) airport to its programme.

So, if you’re due to fly from YVR anytime soon, you can now purchase access to the Skyteam lounge from just £22 per person. The Skyteam lounge is open 24 hours a day and is located on departure level 3; please note, however, that this lounge is not accessible to passengers on Canadian domestic or US Trans-border flights.

Please call us to book!

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Plaza Premium Opens Heathrow T5 Lounge.

Plaza Premium Lounge, an airport services company headquartered in Hong Kong, has opened a new lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5.

The new lounge, which is located on Level 2 of the departures area next to gate A7, will be welcome news for those flying economy, or without the required tier status to access BA’s lounges in T5.

The new lounge has a location overlooking the runway, and is open to all travellers for payment of a fee starting from £40 for two hours. The 465m2 lounge is Plaza Premium’s sixth at Heathrow, and offers hot and cold food, a fully serviced bar, high speed Wi-fi, shower facilities and newspapers and magazines. The opening hours are 05:00 – 22:00 daily.

Plaza Premium also intends to open a, 83-bedroom Aerotel hotel in Terminal 3 next year. The group manages over 150 lounges worldwide in 37 locations.

Cut the cost of booking on British Airways

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Global Travel Management can reduce the cost to your business of booking flights with British Airways.

Since 1997, GTM has enjoyed a strong relationship with the United Kingdom’s flag carrier, British Airways. This has meant that we are able to provide the full range of fares across the airline’s extensive global network.  And, combined with our range of tools and technologies, we have always worked hard to ensure clients benefit from the best-priced fare on every trip.

Since the start of November, IAG (British Airways’ parent company) has made some changes to the way its fares are made available.  This has resulted in additional charges being applied by British Airways when its fares are booked.  This can add as much as £16 or more to a return fare, per passenger.

But, as our excellent relationship with British Airways enters its third decade, we are happy to announce that we can book these fares without these additional charges.

Paul Baker, Sales Director of GTM explained, “every time we make a booking for a client, we work hard to ensure that not only is the itinerary perfectly matched to the client’s travel requirements, but that the best possible fare is chosen for the trip.  And we work equally hard to ensure the cost is kept as low as possible.  We can consider many different means of booking flights and can pick the one best suited to your purposes.  This now includes the technology to book British Airways flights without incurring these additional fees”.

“While some travel management companies may simply add the additional fees to their charges, we are able to book all British Airways flights without incurring these otherwise standard costs”.

So, when you book your next flight on British Airways, through GTM, we can ensure that these additional charges are not applied.

If you would like further information on these fees, please contact your GTM Account Manager.