Eurostar Operational Update.

Ongoing wintry weather conditions in Northern France and Belgium mean that there are speed restrictions on the high speed line.

Eurostar is operating an amended timetable on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March. Trains may be delayed by up to two hours and a number of services have been cancelled. 

Freezing conditions are forecast to continue on Thursday in Northern France. While no further snowfall is forecast, a considerable amount of snow remains on the ground and we expect speed restrictions to continue on the high speed line.

Unfortunately, this means we (Eurostar) will only be able to operate an amended timetable. Journey times may be up to an hour longer than usual.

Eurostar’s advice is not to travel unless your journey is essential.

Adverse Weather Continuing To Affect Travel In Europe.

The continued wintry weather in northern Europe continues to impact upon travel. Last night a severe snowstorm brought further travel problems to north-western Europe, with the effects continuing into today (Wednesday 13th March).

Hundreds of flights at Europe’s major airports were affected. Rail services, including cross-Channel Eurostar trains, were not spared from the blizzard-like conditions. Eurostar said it would “operate an amended timetable” on Wednesday, while Thalys said travellers
should expect disruption.

France was the worst affected, however, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and England also reported disruptions to travel. Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris cancelled up to a quarter of their scheduled flights. 

Frankfurt Airport in Germany re-opened two runways by late Tuesday after being briefly forced to completely close because of the heavy snow. An airport spokesman said 700 flights had been cancelled and warned of more cancellations and delays on Wednesday. Public transport in Berlin was affected with several regional trains cancelled or delayed. In Belgium, the snowstorm caused massive traffic disruptions because of snowdrifts and ice.

Please ensure we have your mobile/cell phone number and email address on file and always remember to checkin online for your flight or Eurostar service. This will help to avoid wasted journeys.

Roll on the summer!

Important Eurostar Information.

Please note that Eurostar are operating to a revised timetable on their London to Paris route.

From Tuesday 12th March until Saturday 13th April, trains from Paris to London will depart up to 15 mins earlier. Going in the opposite direction, trains from London to Paris will arrive up to 12 mins later from Monday 25th March until Saturday 13th April.

This is due to engineering works which will be taking place between Arsy & Hattencourt on the French section of the high-speed line.

Trains between London, Brussels and Disneyland Paris are unaffected.

Iberia Workers Strike Set To Continue.

Following on from last week’s strike by Iberia cabin crew, ground staff and maintenance workers, a reminder that this series of planned industrial action looks set to continue in the near future.

Further action is planned for 4th – 8th March and 18th – 22nd March.

Important Update – KLM New Checked Baggage Fee.

KLM has become one of the first European airlines (with the exception of the Low-cost Carriers) to implement a new fee for Economy Class passengers, flying within Europe, who wish to check a bag in to the aircraft’s hold.

From April 22nd 2013, passengers travelling in the economy cabin will have the option of flying with just carry-on baggage, or to check in baggage at a fee. Carry-on baggage remains free of charge for one piece up to 12kgs and, in addition, one lap top or handbag may also be taken on too.

The cost of checking one piece of luggage in is 15 Euros, either via KLM’s web site, or through ourselves (this is currently subject to confirmation from our GDS provider Travelport). Should passengers have to pay for their hold luggage at the airport the fee is 30Euros. 

However, please note that there are numerous exceptions to this new rule, some of which are mentioned below, however, should you have any further questions or concerns please contact Paul Baker at pbaker@g-t-m.co.uk. Some of the ways in which you can avoid paying this new checked baggage fee are:

  • Become, if you are not already, a Flying Blue member
  • Enrol your company in Bluebiz
  • Passengers purchasing fully flexible Y & B class fares
  • Infants under 2 years old
  • Marine offshore and NGO passengers. 

Finally, please note that if you are flying via Amsterdam on a long-haul flight in Economy Class, then these new charges do not apply.

 

New Quito International Airport Opens Today!

The New Quito International Airport (NQIA) is on countdown to its official opening today, Wednesday 20th February 2013, at 0900 Ecuador time.  NQIA, which is located in the Tababela district 24 KM’s from Quito city centre, replaces the old airport, but inherits its official name – Mariscal Sucre.

Fog over London area

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London Heathrow & London City (delays and cancellations)

London LHR and London City (LCY) airports are currently reporting delays and cancellations this morning due to fog.
Travellers are advised to check the status of their flight with the airline / operating airport or GTM.

Singapore Airlines – Travel 2Gether For Less!

Singapore Airlines are currently offering for a short time only, companion fares to the Far East & Australasia.

Fares are available for two people travelling together in Economy Class from £619 per person, and in Business Class from £2204 per person (prices do include airport taxes).

Economy Class passengers must book by 7th March 2013 and travel between 1 April and 31 May 2013. Business Class passengers must book by 28th February 2013 and travel between 1 April and 30 April 2013.

Iberia Strike Action.

Please note that Iberia’s Cabin Crew and Ground Staff have voted for strike action from 18 to 22 February 2013.

Iberia are, therefore, offering passengers (with a ticket number starting 075) the choice of changing the date of their flights, or, on a refund on them. We (Global Travel Management Ltd) have already begun the process of contacting those customers who have booked a flight with us, during the aforementioned period, to assist with any changes, however, should you not have heard from us please do get in contact.

British Airways Summer 2013 Updates.

Please find below some important updates from British Airways for their summer (yes, remember the sun?) 2013 schedule.

  • **31 March** – Flights between London Heathrow, Singapore & Sydney will move from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5
  • 29 March – new service from London Gatwick to Tenerife
  • 31 March – new service from London Heathrow to Palma and Gatwick to Lanzarote
  • 27 April – start of a new weekend service London Heathrow – Ibiza
  • 31 March – flights to/from Leeds-Bradford and Zagreb (from London Heathrow) move from Terminal1 to Terminal 5
  • Flights suspensions – Dar Es Salaam & Tblisi.