RyanAir – 07-08 Nov: Important Customer Information – Reservation System Upgrade

 

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Due to an essential reservation system upgrade the below services on www.ryanair.com and app will be unavailable on the 07th November 2018 17.00 (GMT) to 08th November 05:00 (GMT). Ryanair strongly recommends that customers travelling on Wednesday 07th November and Thursday 08th November ensure that they have checked in online and printed their boarding passes by Tuesday 06th November 2018.

Online Check-in – Not available from 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Customers should check-in online before or after the above closure times. Online check-in is available up to 2 hours prior to the flight departure time (except during the closure period).

New Bookings cannot be made on Ryanair.com/Ryanair App between 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Flight Changes (date/time/route) / name changes cannot be made between 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Review Existing Booking – This service is unavailable between 17.00 (GMT) on Wednesday 07th November 2018 until 05:00 (GMT) on Thursday 08th November 2018.

Airport Check In /Bag Drop – The Airport Check In/Bag Drop desks open two hours prior to the scheduled departure and early check-in of baggage is highly recommended. The Bag Drop desks close strictly 40 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

All passengers travelling with checked baggage are recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure time.
Please contact your GTM Account Manager or Team for further information.

Workers on Arriva Rail North to stage fresh 24-hour strikes on 17, 24 November, 1, 8, 15 December

Workers on Arriva Rail North are to stage five fresh strikes on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas in the long-running dispute over guards.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out for 24 hours on November 17 and 24, and on December 1, 8 and 15.

The new action will take the number of strikes against the company to 41 since the bitter row over the role of guards on trains flared.

Strikes had already been announced for the next two Saturdays, leading to huge disruption to services.

Speak to your GTM account manager or one of our reservations team for more information.

Istanbul Opens Mega-Airport!

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially opened Istanbul’s new airport on Monday this week to coincide with the 95th anniversary of modern Turkey’s foundation, and the associated public holiday, Republic Day.

Istanbul Airport will be capable of handling up to 90 million passengers by 2021, with further expansion leading to a total capacity of up to 200 million. That would be almost double the capacity of the world’s busiest airport last year, Atlanta.

But the opening was largely symbolic, as only a handful of flights will begin to operate in its first week. Istanbul’s existing Ataturk Airport will continue to operate as normal until the end of this year, when it will transfer its IATA airport code (IST) as its replacement begins to ramp up its capacity.

Turkish authorities plan to move all operations from one airport (Ataturk) to Istanbul New Airport in the space of a day – currently scheduled for the end of December. After that point, Ataturk airport will be closed to passenger traffic, but continue as a private airfield until its current lease expires in 2021.

Istanbul’s other, smaller airport, Sabiha Gokcen, is expected to remain operational into the foreseeable future. Lastly, a few facts and figures about Istanbul New Airport:

  • 6 runways
  • 16 taxiways
  • 150 million annual passenger capacity – expandable to 200 million
  • 1,500,000 m2 (16,000,000 sq ft) indoor area
  • 165 aircraft jet bridges
  • 4 terminal buildings, with rail access between terminals

UAE – Important Revised Drug/Medication Policy.

Please note that the Ministry of Health of the UAE has issued a revised policy relating to which prescription drugs and medication can legally be taken in to the country.

A large number of prescribed and over the counter medicines that are widely available in the UK are considered to be controlled substances in the Emirates.

In order to help our corporate travellers avoid the potential pitfalls please click here for more information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.

 

South Western Railway plans to operate around half of its normal service on 3 November because of strike.

With further planned strikes by the RMT union this Saturday, South Western Railway (SWR) has said around half of its normal service will be running.

 

For services which are disrupted on November 3, there will be rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have also been organised where possible.

 

Please contact the GTM Team for more details.

Making business travel more Rewarding

Making business travel more rewarding.

Business travellers often tell me that one of the things they find most frustrating is being unable to redeem their frequent flyer miles.

Typically, someone taking long-haul flights on the best airline for their business trips, often finds it difficult to redeem an airline’s miles for their personal leisure travel/flights, often with that same airline.

Your regular business destination might not be a great location to take your family on vacation. Or you simply might want to go somewhere completely different when you travel for leisure.

So it’s great to find that some airlines have struck deals that allow you to accrue rewards on one and redeem them for flights on the other.

A great example of is Emirates and easyJet. Emirates Skywards members can use Skywards Miles to pay for their easyJet flights, inclusive of taxes, charges and airport fees, as well as for optional extras such as sports equipment.

For example, a business class return trip from London to Dubai on Emirates can earn you 11,400 Skywards Miles. Make that trip four times and you could earn more than 45,000 Skywards Miles.

With easyJet flying on over 600 routes to more than 30 countries, it’s simple to find a great leisure destinations to spend your Skywards Miles on. And with redemptions for easyJet flights starting from just 7,500 Skywards Miles for a one way trip, you could be arranging holiday flights very soon.

Talk to your GTM Account Manager next time you take an Emirates flight to check the Skywards Miles you can earn. You might find it very rewarding.

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Lufthansa Companion Fare Offer – Fantastic Offer!

Lufthansa Group are now selling, for a limited period, companion fares for customers who buy either a First, or Business Class, ticket.

Valid from the UK to the following cities: Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Delhi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Shanghai.

Fares are on sale now and until 3rd September 2018, and valid for travel between 15th September 2018 & 30th June 2019.

The discounts on offer are considerable, for example, a fare for one person to Hong Kong starts from £1950, but for two people the equivalent fare is just £1250pp.

Early booking is advisable though due to restricted capacity.

Spain – taxi drivers strike 31st July

If you’re visiting Spain in the coming days, be aware that taxi drivers have called an indefinite strike in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Bilbao. Other destinations may be affected at short notice. The strikes are causing some disruption in city centres, as well as access to and from airports. If you’re intending to make an important journey by taxi, consider planning your journey in advance, checking alternative travel options and allowing extra time to complete your journey.

At present, the strike is still ongoing according to our (GTM’s) latest news sources.

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It’s Back! Complimentary Upgrade to First With BA.

Effective immediately, book an eligible Club World return fare and receive a complimentary upgrade to First with British Airways.

You can upgrade to First, one-way on either the outbound, or the inbound part of the journey; simply purchase an eligible published semi-flexible R, D, or C class, or a fully flexible J class, Club World fare by 7 October 2018.

This offer is available on as many flights as you like when outbound travel is by 23 October 2018.

Upgrades are subject to availability on selected flights.

What’s more, you can also upgrade to First on some American Airlines operated flights to the US, Canada and Mexico too (when booked with a British Airways codeshare flight number).

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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.