CORPORATE BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWSLETTER Q2 2016

We hope that you all enjoyed the EASTER BREAK and now we can look forward to the longer and lighter days ahead, as a result of the clocks springing forward!

We had hoped to be moving to new office premises but regrettably the proposed arrangement with a local Hertford builder has fallen through, so for now until further notice, we will remain here @ 4 MILL BRIDGE.

BRITISH AIRWAYS:

They have recently announced new route to BIARRITZ from London Heathrow and to BERGERAC from London City airports, both commencing from 01 May 2016 until September 2016. There will be 2 weekly flights to BIARITTZ and up to 4 to BERGERAC starting from £40.00 one way.

BA SHORT-HAUL:

The airline has decided to offer more perks to economy passengers who pay to check a bag on to its short-haul flights. The changes are still yet to be confirmed but they are expected to be implemented from mid – April 2016 to bring them more in-line with Easyjet, making it easier for passengers who buy the bag inclusive fares to change tickets without paying an extra fee, currently set at £60.00 plus any fare difference. Under the new fare rules, if you want to change days beforehand on your outbound travel, no charge and on the day of travel, you simply pay the fare difference (if any) and no penalty to change your inbound flight. With this new fare ruling passengers will also be able to select their seats for free 48 hours prior to departure instead of the current 24 hours on line. Hand baggage fare will remain at 24 hours prior to scheduled flight departures.

FLYBE:

Southampton airport has received funding to operate a new route to LYON with Flybe. The government will provide £7million through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund to support new routes thus creating and stimulating new jobs.

EUROSTAR:

The high speed train operator has unveiled its very own GIN on the eve of its 21st birthday and this has been designed by Business Premier Culinary Director RAYMOND BLANC OBE in partnership with artisan producers Silent Pool Distributors. It will be named TOUJOURS 21 and this bespoke GIN will encapsulate Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures.

INTER-CONTINENTAL LONDON @ THE 02:

This latest 5* deluxe property which has recently opened, has 453 rooms and is directly adjacent to the 02 Arena. It has a purpose built conference centre with 3,000 square metres of pillar free ballroom space which can accommodate up to 2,500 delegates in banquet style. Rates for this property start from as little as £156.00 per night room only ( advance purchase required )

HEIGHTENED SECURITY:

Due to the recent incidents at Brussels Zaventum Airport, we strongly recommend that all passengers travelling in all cabins ensure that they adhere to the minimum check-in times as it highly likely that bigger queues are likely to be encountered as security checks have become more stringent at all international airports. PLEASE ENSURE YOU NOTIFY YOUR REGULAR TRAVELLERS TO REPORT /CHECK-IN WELL WITHIN THE MINIMUM REPORTING TIMES.

In the meantime, we wish all of you safe and onward travel throughout the summer and remaining months of 2016!