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!
We are pleased to announce that all of Global Travel Management’s customers are eligible for free Wifi at every Hilton hotel in London.
Hilton have 36 properties in London, with many ideally located at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted & Luton; furthermore, other properties can also be found at Euston and Paddington stations.
More centrally located hotels can be found at Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, theatreland and close to Olympia.
Simply request rate code WYN when booking.
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.
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.
Fly Finnair to the Far East this winter for prices (excluding airport taxes) starting from just £49 (Delhi)! Be quick though, the selling period for this offer ends on the 11th December.
Fly from either London, or Manchester to : Hong Kong SAR, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore or India. Flights are via Helsinki, advertised as the shortcut route between Europe and Asia, due to the Trans-Siberian route flown by Finnair. There are some blackout dates, namely the Christmas holidays, but depending upon your destination, travel to some destinations is permitted right through to 30 June 2013.
Finnair is a One World alliance carrier : http://www.oneworld.com/
Easyjet is to be allowed to operate flights from London to Moscow, in preference to Virgin Atlantic, thanks to a ruling by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The CAA has announced that Easyjet will join British Airways in being entitled to fly on the London-Moscow route under the bilateral agreement between the UK and Russian
governments. Easyjet plans to operate its Moscow service from London Gatwick, while BA will continue offering flights from London Heathrow. Bmi had been the second UK carrier
flying between London and Moscow under the bilateral deal but it has now stopped operating on the route following its takeover by BA.
Virgin had wanted to fly from Heathrow using the former Bmi slots which are being relinquished by BA, as part of its deal with European regulators to allow the purchase
to go ahead.
Easyjet is set to start its Moscow service in spring 2013 and said it would offer two daily flights on the Gatwick-Moscow Domodedovo route and expected to carry 230,000 passengers in its first year of operation.
Singapore Airlines – All A380 From London.
All three of Singapore Airlines’ services from London Heathrow to Singapore are now operated solely by Airbus A380 aircraft; previously one of the three daily services was operated using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
From this October, Singapore Airlines will also add an additional fourth daily rotation between London & Singapore. The new service will be gradually phased in starting from Friday 14th September, before becoming a daily service during week commencing 21st October.
Emirates’ Business Rewards Program.
Business Rewards is a loyalty program open to companies whose employees travel around the world with Emirates.
Customers can enrol online and subsequently earn Business Rewards Miles, which can then be redeemed for flights or upgrades. Individual Skywards frequent flyer members will continue to earn and collect the same number of Skywards Miles as they always have.
SAA To Axe Cape Town Service.
The 15th August 2012 will see South African Airways’ (SAA) last service from London to Cape Town. SAA has blamed its decision (to withdraw the service) on increased competition by both, direct and indirect airlines, reduced demand, increases in the UK’s Air Passenger Duty and the introduction of a £52 visa fee for South Africans travelling to the UK.
New Virgin Atlantic Service To Vancouver.
Virgin Atlantic has launched a new four times weekly service to Vancouver from London Heathrow. Services operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays in both directions.
Construction Work At LAX.
Please note that construction work inside the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), may result in longer walks, or passengers being bussed to/from their aircraft.
The work is scheduled to take approximately 6 months, lasting until the end of November. Because of this many airlines are advising passengers to allow at least 75 minutes for check in, if they have hold luggage, and 60 minutes for those with hand luggage only. This is to allow extra time to clear security and reach the departure gate a minimum of 40 minutes prior to departure.
AA To Go Ten Across.
As widely predicted, American Airlines will adopt a dense ten across layout (3-4-3) for the economy cabin of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which enter service this December.
At present American’s existing fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft are configured 2-5-2, by comparison British Airways fleet of 777’s are configured 3-3-3.
The aircraft with the new economy class layout will enter service between Dallas and Sao Paulo, and is also planned to operate from Dallas to London on December 30th, followed by New York JFK to Heathrow on February 14th 2013.
The move to the new ten across lay out has been made to reduce operating costs so that American can keep its fares as low as possible.
Two New Hotels Open In London.
Two new hotels have recently opened their doors in central London. Firstly, the 5* Bulgari Hotel & Residences, is situated at 171 Knightsbridge.
Secondly, the ME London is located on the Strand, at the southern tip of Covent Garden. With its very central location, the hotel is only a short walk to Fleet Street and EC4, the River Thames, Waterloo Bridge and the theatre district.
British Airways has just announced the details of its latest premium leisure sale, which incorporates travel in First Class, Club World & Club Europe, for this summer.
The selling period is quite short though, it starts today and ends on Thursday 14th June. Dates for travel are : 21st July – 2nd September 2012. For long-haul flights from London Gatwick there is a longer travel period – 21st June – 15th May2013.
Prices have been aggressively discounted, in part due to this summer’s Olympic Games. For example, London New York return for £679 & Los Angeles for just £1,029, both plus airport taxes.
Please note that the Russian Embassy in London will be closed on the following dates in early January 2012.
The dates are the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 9th January. Please be mindful of the date you submit your application, as the standard turnaround time is six working days, however, there is also a next day service too.
Other notable embassy closures are: Angola – the embassy is now closed and won’t re-open until 9th Jan and China (the Visa Application Service Centre) : 24-27th Dec.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas from all at Global Travel Management.