There was plenty of news and events to catch up on over the past week in the travel industry: a new Flybe connection between London City Airport and Dusseldorf, Delta Air lines moving to terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport and Starwood launching the luxury collection in Singapore. Here’s a roundup of other travel news for the week ending 16th September.
AccorHotels has officially opened its new ibis Cambridge hotel.
The first AccorHotels property in Cambridge has been opened in the prime location of Station Square. It is the largest hotel in the city and its surrounding areas. Cambridge welcomed 430,000 visitors from overseas alone last year, collectively staying over 3.5 million nights and spending £350 million. This made it the 10thmost visited UK town by overseas visitors.
Flybe announces London City-Dusseldorf route
A new Flybe connection between London City airport and Dusseldorf will run as a codeshare with Air Berlin.
The service is being made available to book by both airlines with the German carrier attaching its flight numbers to the 34 flights a week which start on October 30.
£5 airport passport control plan
UK airports are to start charging passengers at least £5 if they want to avoid lengthy queues at passport control.
Under a new scheme reportedly due to be rolled out by the government, fees ranging from £5 to £20 could be introduced in airports across the country to allow people to skip long waits, if a similar scheme at Edinburgh Airport is successful.
Starwood’s The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio to debut in Singapore
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed two new hotels in Singapore, which will represent the debut of The Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands in the Lion City.The group has partnered with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha to bring two properties – The Duxton Club and Hotel Vagabond – into its Luxury Collection and Tribute Portfolio brands respectively.
Worldhotels adds first Ivory Coast establishment
Worldhotels has added seven new establishments to its portfolio, including four in Asia, one in the US, one in Sweden, and the first ever Worldhotels establishment in the Ivory Coast. The Ivory Coast addition is the Azalaï Hotel Abidjan, located in the economic hub of Abidjan and set to open later in 2016.The Azalaï Hotel Abidjan is the most recent creation of the first native West African hotel chain, Azalaï Hotel Group, which has previously achieved recognition from Worldhotels at six other establishments.
KLM to stop flying to Cairo
Dutch airline KLM will no longer fly the once busy route between Amsterdam and Cairo effective January 2017. It is unclear when KLM might restart the route.The breaking news appears on Dutch aviation website luchtvaartnieuws.nl. The website reports that KLM’s final flight to Cairo will operate on January 6 with a return to Amsterdam on January 7.
Delta moves into Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport
Delta has completed its move between Heathrow Terminals today, moving all remaining flights into Terminal 3. As a result it is fully co-located with its joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic at the terminal. The move sees flights to New York JFK, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia all departing from and arriving at London Heathrow Terminal 3.