New International Routes For Cambridge Airport.

Swiss regional carrier, Darwin Airline, is set to start four new services from Cambridge Airport this September.

The airline will operate fifty flights a week, starting 2nd September, to Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan & Paris.

Darwin Airline offers economy and Premium Economy cabins on board their aircraft, plus online check in and in-flight catering.

New easyJet Cabin Bag Guarantee.

Effective 2nd July 2013, easyJet is introducing a new cabin bag guarantee in order to try and alleviate the problem of a lack of cabin space on board their aircraft – and good luck to them!

Provided a passenger has a cabin bag which measures no more than, 50 x 40 x 20 cm, including wheels and handles, easyJet will guarantee that it will always travel on board their aircraft, either in an overhead locker, or under the seat in front of them.

Passengers may still bring one slightly larger cabin bag on board (up to the existing maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25 cm including wheels and handles), however, on busy flights the crew may have to put bags of this size into the aircraft’s hold.

As always, there are some exceptions, easyJet Plus card holders, Flexi Fare and Upfront and Extra Legroom passengers may still bring one piece of cabin baggage up to 56 x 45 x 25. HOWEVER, they must use easyJet Plus Speedy Boarding to board the aircraft first in order to secure an overhead locker!

We (GTM) will be interested to hear from customers about how they get on with this new policy.

Brussels Airport – Industrial Action.

Please note that due to industrial action currently being taken by employees of the airline handling agent Swissport, many airlines and their passengers are experiencing delays in having their hold luggage returned to the carousel/belt within the airport terminal.

For further information, please visit http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/alarm/36274/ or ensure you check in online prior to departure.

GTM Early Closing…

Please note that today, Monday 13th May, we will be switching our phone lines over to our out of hours team a little earlier than usual at 1700.

This is because we have Part II of our company conference this evening, which kicks off at 1715. Our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause, however, our out of hours team have been notified and will be on hand to take your calls.

New BA Leisure Routes.

British Airways is launching two new routes this year to Gran Canaria and Larnaca.

London Gatwick to Larnaca commences Sunday 30th June 2013 and will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesday & Sundays. Please note this new service is in addition to BA’s existing Larnaca service from London Heathrow.

Gran Canaria commences on Saturday 26th October 2013 from London Heathrow Terminal 5. This new service will operate once a week every Saturday until 29th March 2014.

Fast Track With Easyjet.

Passengers purchasing a Flexi fare with easyJet can now beat the queues by using the Fast Track security lanes at twenty of the airports easyJet operates from – see below.

Aberdeen, Athens, Basel, Budapest, Koln-Bonn,  Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Hamburg, London (Gatwick, Southend & Stansted), Lisbon, Liverpool, Munich, Newcastle, Porto, Prague, Tallinn & Venice.

Passengers who purchase a Flexi fare, simply need to show their boarding pass to the security agent (at Fast Track security), or scan the barcode of their online boarding pass at the automatic barrier.

Please note, however, that Fast Track security is only available for Flexi fare passengers with online printed boarding passes.

Early closing.

Please note that we (Global Travel Management) will be closing the office slightly earlier than usual next Tuesday 30th April for a company conference.

Our phone lines will close at 5pm BST and all calls will switch over to our out of hours team.

Busy in Amsterdam…

The investiture of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands takes place on Tuesday 30 April in Amsterdam. The city centre will be exceptionally busy, particularly around the Royal Palace on Dam Square. Expect delays and disruption to transport.

Milan Malpensa Airport – Flight Disruptions Today.

Lufthansa German Airlines is reporting that a strike launched by staff at Milan Malpensa Airport today (19th April) could result in flight disruptions this afternoon.

The strike at Milan’s largest airport is expected to run from 12 pm through 4 pm local time. We (Global Travel Management) strongly recommend, as always, that passengers check in online to receive the very latest information on their flights.

Lufthansa Workers To Strike 22 April.

The German services union Verdi has called for a one-day walkout by Lufthansa staff at German airports on Monday 22nd April in an escalating pay dispute.

“Verdi has called on Lufthansa employees to stage full-day warning strikes at German airports on April 22 after management failed to come up with a negotiable pay offer in the third round of pay talks on April 17,” the union said in a statement. Verdi is calling for a 5.2-percent pay increase for 33,000 Lufthansa ground staff, plus employees of the subsidiaries Lufthansa-Systems, Lufthansa Service Group (LSG), Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo, as well as those cabin crew members who are Verdi members.

The union complained that the offer tabled by management represented an increase 0.4-0.6 percent over a period of 12 months. “For employees that is a sharp reduction in real pay and in no way acceptable,” said Verdi boar d member Christine Behle.

The airports affected will be Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Hannover, Duesseldorf, Cologne and Norderstedt. Walkouts are planned for Berlin from 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) and in the morning in Nuremberg.

Lufthansa was forced to cancel more than 670 European flights last month owing to similar warning strikes.