Global Travel Management Ltd (GTM) acquires Stanmore Travel

Global Travel Management confirms that the acquisition of North West London travel management company, Stanmore Business Travel, has been finalised today, Friday, 12th June.

GTM Managing Director Scott Pawley, welcoming Stanmore Travel’s team of seven, says that it will be business as usual at the Watford office for its staff and their clients.

“I feel very confident that Stanmore Travel’s experienced and dedicated travel team will be a further asset to the GTM family. They use the same software tools that we use, a number of which were developed by GTM for the business travel industry,” says Scott.

The finalisation of the deal comes just weeks after GTM was chosen by airlines and related travel industry suppliers as Corporate Member of the Year, in the annual industry awards presented by Advantage, the largest national consortium of independent travel companies.

Stanmore Travel was established 43 years ago by the parents of the current Director Mark Steed and his fellow Director Steve Williams. “I want to thank the Stanmore Travel team and our clients for their support over the years,” says Mark. “I feel confident that I am putting the business in good hands with GTM,”

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.

Disruption at London Heathrow Today

A number of our flights have been delayed or cancelled this morning due to operational difficulties.
A combination of high winds, thunderstorms and lightening across the south east of England on Thursday 9 October has led to some knock-on delays as a result of short-haul crews and aircraft being out of position around Europe.
The disruption to our services may continue throughout the day as more thunderstorms have been forecast for this afternoon.

Please contact your airline to confirm your flight details before departing for the airport, or contact us for more information.

Italy Milan Airports Baggage Handlers Strike

An Alitalia baggage handlers strike has been confirmed for Friday 30th May. This will affect both Linate and Malpensa airports in Milan. The below flights have been cancelled .

AZ7054 / AZ7055 / AZ238 / AZ7909

If you are affected by the strike or for more information please contact us.

Italy : Train Workers 21 – Hour strike on Thursday 29 May

Reuters in Rome reported on Wednesday that union workers of Trenitalia, the primary train operator in Italy, are planning to strike from midnight to 9:00 pm, local time, Thursday, 29 May.

A spokesperson for Trenitalia said its high-speed trains will travel as scheduled. The strike will instead have an effect on other national trains, such as local and intercity, for which some cancellations and delays are expected.

Essential regional train services will be guaranteed from 6-9 am, and from 6-9 pm on Thursday, the news source indicated.

Il Fatto Quotidiano reported the rail service linking the city of Rome with its largest airport, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, will be replaced by buses during the strike.

Train travellers are advised to confirm all reservations and monitor local updates / news.

Italy Industrial Action 16th May

There will be industrial action at Italian air traffic control today (16th May) Flights to and from Italy are likely to be affected. Please check your flight status before you leave for the airport or contact us for more information.