Travel news roundup June 2018

Third runaway at Heathrow is finally approved, fire at the Mandarin Oriental Knightsbridge and London comes up top as the best destination for business. After an eventful May, June doesn’t seem to have slowed down in the world of business travel news. Catch up with all that happened in our travel news roundup.

United Airlines opens Polaris lounge in Newark

From the 4th June passengers who are travelling with United Airlines’ Polaris class will now have access to a new lounge at Newark Liberty International airport. The lounge boasts ten private daybeds and shower suites as well as personal valet services and bistro buffet.

Accorhotels shows an interest in Air France - KLM

With Air France under financial strain from foregoing strikes and the resignation of chairman and CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac, Accorhotels has confirmed that is exploring its options for acquiring a stake in Air France KLM.

Third runway at Heathrow approved

26th June: MP’s voted in favour to what some are calling a controversial plan to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport, plans won the key vote by 415 to 119. Although the plans have now been approved it has still proved unpopular with groups who are opposed to the idea. 

Fire breaks out Mandarin Oriental Knightsbridge

On Wednesday 5th June approximately 120 firefighters were called to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge as a fire had broken out. The cause of the fire is still unknown but it’s believed the fire was spread quickly across a façade for plants and vegetation into several floors of the hotel.  

Business travellers believe AI makes trips safer

More than half of business travellers believe artificial intelligence (AI) can make their trips safer. With many believing it could decrease the risk involved in travel with technology such as predictive risk alerts around natural disasters. Read more

London ‘top destination’ for business travel

A survey of business travellers from the UK placed the country as their go-to destination for business, with over 50% of respondents stating London was one of the top three cities they visited the most frequently, followed by Manchester and Liverpool. London also came on top for friendliness, with meetings with clients being the overall reason to visiting London.

British travellers face Brexit EU visa requirement

Plans have been reportedly drawn up by the European Commission that British travellers will have to now apply for a visa to enter the EU after Brexit. Although this has not yet been confirmed leaked documents have shown a visa requirement for Brits travelling to the European Union may come into effect. Read more

Airline quick catch up:

  • Virgin Atlantic to stop London Heathrow to Dubai flight from 31st March 2019
  • Air New Zealand and Qantas announce plans for a codeshare
  • Cobalt Air signs interline agreement with Etihad
  • Air Astana launches new Russia flights
  • Ryanair signs agreement with Unite the Union to protect UK cabin crew