British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol.

British Airways has opened the latest of its refurbished lounges at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The new lounge, which has been designed by international interiors group Graven, reflects the style and elegance of the airline’s flagship Galleries lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5. There is a deli area for light dining and a stylish bar with complimentary wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Power points are available at most of the seats around the lounge to enable customers to work from their own personal devices. They will also have the ability to print wirelessly to a printer in the lounge.

The move is part of the major transformation to the airports central security area. This also means that there is a temporary walk way to the lounge making the lounge to gate journey roughly a 15-20 minute walk. The lounge has views over the run-way so customers can watch the planes come and go at this busy airport.

This is the latest British Airways lounge to be refurbished with other recent refurbishments at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cape Town and Washington airports.


Gatwick Airport Update.

Gatwick Airport is open and operating normally today (Tuesday 30th December), however, there are some knock-on delays and cancellations due to yesterday’s incident involving the Virgin Atlantic flight to Las Vegas. Please ensure that you check in online for your flight for the latest news and updates.

Important Message – UK Airspace Capacity Restrictions.

National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS) have confirmed that a technical problem this afternoon, Friday 12th December, has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre.

UK airspace has not been closed, but airspace capacity has been restricted in order to manage the situation. NATS apologise for any delays and their incident response team has been mobilised.

Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Your British Airways News For December & 2015!

Height Cuisine.

British Airways First, Club World & World Traveller Plus customers can now guarantee their first choice of main course from the on-board á la carte menu up to 30 days before their flight. The option to pre-order their meal through the Manage My Booking tool on enables the delivery of a more tailored, individual service. The new service is available between London Heathrow and Las Vegas, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Dallas and Seattle with new routes to be added in early 2015.

New Routes For 2015.

A new direct service between London Heathrow and Krakow will launch in May 2015, in addition to the recently announced new double daily service to Bilbao in March. Also announced is the launch of our Airbus A380 service to Miami in October, the seventh destination served by the aircraft along with Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Washington, Singapore and San Francisco. Miami will be one of several British Airways destinations moving to a new Heathrow terminal in 2015 as a result of the closure of Terminal 1. We are taking the opportunity to consolidate our London Heathrow operations into two terminals – Terminal 3 and Terminal 5, with all moves completed by October 2015.

Planes, Trains…

British Airways is working with First Great Western Trains and Heathrow Express to introduce a new proposition available via it’s travel agency partners. From 5 December we (GTM) can now make integrated bookings to include both, a British Airways flight/s and a connecting train journey on selected First Great Western services, via the Heathrow Express from Paddington.

As well as giving you the convenience of being able to book a complete itinerary in one simple transaction, customers will have peace of mind that their onward journey is protected in case their train or flight are delayed.

Italy: General Strike For 12th December Confirmed.

A General Strike Has Been Confirmed In Italy For The 12th December. This Will Affect All Services Including Air Travel. We Would Advise Anyone With Planned Travel To Or From Italy On Friday The 12th December To Contact Their Airline Before Going To The Airport. Please Contact Us For More Infomation.

GTM Christmas Card Charity Donations.

This year we have made two donations, one to Cancer Research and the other to Woking Hospice, in lieu of sending out Christmas cards to our corporate clients.

We hope you will understand our reasons for doing so and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2015, from all at Global Travel Management Limited.

Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike.

The pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced a strike for all Lufthansa short-haul and continental (Europe) flights departing between 12.00 CEST on December 1st to 23.59 CEST on December 2nd, and for all intercontinental flights departing between 03:00 CEST to 23:59 CEST on December 2nd.

During the strike period disruptions of Lufthansa flights are expected. Lufthansa is currently working intensely on a special timetable for the strike period. All flights operated by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, SWISS and Air Dolomiti (operated by OS, SN, 4U, LX, EN) will not be affected.

Please contact us (GTM) if you are due to travel during the aforementioned times and we will assist you with re-booking.

Weather related flight cancellations at some UK airports.

Much of the UK and Northern Europe will experience high winds and heavy rain today, Tuesday 21st October, as a result of the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo.

British Airways has agreed with a request from Heathrow Airport and National Air Traffic Services (NATS) to reduce its schedule at Heathrow as there will be a lower number of aircraft allowed to land each hour for safety reasons.

Other airports around the UK have also reduced the number of aircraft they are able to handle. Please remember to check in online for your flight and ensure that we (Global Travel Management) have your contact details.

We will also be in contact with you directly if your flight is one of those affected/cancelled.

Lufthansa Strike 20th October

Lufthansa pilots have called a strike for Monday, triggering a new wave of flight cancellations. The walkout at Europe’s largest airline comes just as Germany recovers from a major train strike over the weekend
In their latest battle to keep early retirement benefits, Lufthansa pilots have announced a 35-hour strike beginning early Monday afternoon, the eighth such work stoppage to hit Europe’s largest airline in less than half a year. The walkout, called by the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time on Monday and last until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. Lufthansa has cancelled 1,450 short and medium-haul flights, grounding more than 130,000 passengers.

Travelers should visit Lufthansa’s website to check whether their flight has been cancelled. Passengers facing a flight cancellation can book an alternative connection free of charge or exchange their ticket to travel by train. Lufthansa has asked all travellers to check their flight status prior to departure.

Long-haul services affected by the industrial action include all Lufthansa flights on Airbus A380, A340 and A330 planes, as well as any national flights on Boeing 747s, the union said.
The short- and medium-haul flights on the Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 and Embraer-made planes will be cancelled during the strike.
The strike will not affect Lufthansa’s international subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian Airlines.

Please check before departing for the airport as if you are booked on a Lufthansa flight then it is highly likely to be affected. Please contact us for more information.

Ebola Screening Starts At Heathrow.

Ebola screening will start at Heathrow Airport today, with Gatwick Airport and Eurostar terminals following next week.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said passengers from at-risk countries will have their temperature taken, complete a risk questionnaire and have contact details recorded.

The Chief Medical Officer said the risk to the UK is low, but expects a ‘handful’ of cases. However, the screening is expected to cause disruption to all passengers. Dr Ron Behrens, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the benefit of airport screening would be “very small”, while there would be disruption to “large numbers of people”.

“It appears not to be a scientific decision but a political one,” he said to the Telegraph.
Screening at Heathrow Terminal 1 will begin today before being extended to other terminals. The Department of Health estimates that 85% of all arrivals to the UK from affected countries will come through Heathrow.

Border Force officers will identify passengers to be screened. Nurses and consultants from Public Health England will carry out the testing. Passengers deemed at high-risk due to contact with Ebola patients, but with no symptoms, will be contacted daily by Public Health England.

‘Highly visible information’ will be in place at all entry points to the UK, Mr Hunt insisted.
A Heathrow spokesperson said: “The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is always our main priority and we are working with Government to support the implementation of the screening measures as announced by the Health Secretary today.

“We would like to reassure passengers that the Government assesses the risk of a traveller contracting Ebola to be low. We would encourage anybody with individual questions or concerns to refer to guidance from Public Health England and the Foreign Office.”