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Peter Johnson is a passionate writer and an explorer associated with a well-known travel agency – Crystal Travel. This company deals in a varied range of travel products like airline tickets, holiday packages, hotels, car rentals and travel insurance. Johnson currently writes blogs and guest posts on travel. He is also active on social media and his works are available on Quora and other social platforms.
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Edinburgh airport launches new Whisky Bar
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A dram good addition Passengers at Edinburgh Airport will be able to sample some of Scotland’s finest drams after the opening of the all new Usquabae Whisky Bar and Larder. Located in the departures area, the venue features a hand-crafted oak bar and a wide selection of whiskies from celebrated distilleries across Scotland. The bar will also offer a variety of premium beers, wines and spirits as well as light food dishes using ingredients from Scottish producers. The original Usquabae is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, becoming a hugely popular whisky bar since it first...
First UK InMotion digital accessories store opens at Leeds Bradford Airport
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First UK InMotion digital accessories store opens at Leeds Bradford Airport WHSmith is delighted to announce the opening of InMotion at Leeds Bradford Airport, the first InMotion store in the UK. InMotion, the highly successful electronics travel retailer, offers a specialised shopping experience with an extensive and dedicated range of the latest headphones, power and technology accessories for the travelling customer. Acquired by WHSmith in 2018, InMotion is the largest airport-based digital accessories retailer in North America. The launch of the first InMotion store in the UK...
Manchester Airport unveils its new food and beverage offering
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Manchester Airport unveils its new food and beverage offering in its £1bn transformation of Terminal Two More than a dozen (15) exciting and new brands set to tantalise passengers’ taste buds Brands have a distinct Mancunian feel, echoing the roots and heritage of the region the airport serves Five brands making airport debuts Outlets due to open in 2020 as new terminal extension opens For more information on each of the brands log onto www.manchesterairport.co.uk/new-bars-and-restaurants-summer-2020/ Manchester Airport today gave passengers a flavour of the future, as it revealed the...
Edinburgh expands retail offering
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Edinburgh expands retail offering Four new Scottish retailers are setting up shop in Edinburgh Airport this summer, offering passengers from around the world a taste of Scotland. Edinburgh-based Mademoiselle Macaron and COCO Chocolatier, as well as Isle of Skye Candle Company, will open units in the departure lounge. Award-winning Luckie Beans coffee roasters will also be opening a coffee cart at baggage reclaim in International Arrivals 2. Gail Taylor, Director of Retail and Property at Edinburgh Airport said: “We’re extremely excited to be welcoming even more Scottish suppliers to...
Glasgow Airport reveals design images for new £1.6 million Lomond Lounge
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Glasgow Airport reveals first design images for new £1.6 million Lomond Lounge Glasgow Airport has unveiled the first design images of its exclusive new executive lounge. The Lomond Lounge will be based airside in the departures area and is due to open its doors to outbound passengers later this summer. More than £1.6 million is being invested in the plush new facility, which will create 25 new jobs and operate between 5am and 9pm daily. This will be the fourth lounge facility to be based at Glasgow – the most of any Scottish airport – as the number of people looking to enjoy access to...
New restaurant featuring local produce opens in Newcastle Airport departure lounge
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New restaurant featuring local produce opens in Newcastle Airport departure lounge A brand-new restaurant which showcases produce from North East-based suppliers and takes inspiration from regional favourites has opened in Newcastle Airport. Passengers will now be able to enjoy locally-sourced dishes and relax with a regionally-distilled drink at the new ‘Quaystone Bar and Kitchen’ before jetting off on their travels. The Quaystone Bar and Kitchen menu features a variety of traditional dishes, including pizzas, pasta and sharing platters, as well as a selection of dishes that are being...
Fendi opens its first Heathrow Terminal 3 boutique
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FENDI is pleased to announce the opening of it’s first boutique at Heathrow’s Terminal 3. The new boutique will be the second Heathrow retail opening for FENDI, following Terminal 4 in 2018. FENDI is renowned for its tradition, creativity and historically-acclaimed craftsmanship, and these core values are captured in the new boutique’s concept with a contemporary twist. The artistic passion of FENDI is expressed through the boutique’s details and materials, characterised by a luxurious feel. The design concept features the signature style of ivory limestone detailing featuring multiple...
Spuntino lands at Heathrow!
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Soho eatery Spuntino lands at Heathrow Terminal 3 Hidden away in the heart of Soho at No.61 Rupert Street is Spuntino, a restaurant that consists of 27 stools and a popcorn machine. The New York comfort food inspired eatery has developed a cult following with London foodies and has just opened its doors at Heathrow Terminal 3. Spuntino, which means ‘snack’ in Italian, has developed a bespoke airport breakfast and takeaway menu to deliver an ‘all day dining’ and ‘on board’ experience for many of the 18 million passengers who travel through Terminal 3 each year. Spuntino is the brainchild...
Birmingham to host the UK's first airside M&S Food to Go outlet
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SSP and M&S announce first airside M&S SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has today announced it will be opening the UK’s first airside M&S Food to Go in Birmingham Airport. The M&S Food to Go will offer a broad selection of all-day food and drink products including wholesome wraps, freshly made baguettes, sushi, salads, confectionery, smoothies, beers and wines. Hot food, such as bacon rolls, hot sandwiches and soups, will also be available, and customers will be able to enjoy M&S coffee and other hot drinks from specially trained...
Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer
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Quickest ever Transatlantic route launches from Manchester Airport as WestJet flights start this summer Direct flight to Halifax launching in June with WestJet Service takes only six hours so will be the quickest route to North America Four flights per week on Boeing 737-700 with two classes Excellent onward connectivity including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton Route set to benefit more than 1,600 companies in the North West that do business with Canada Manchester Airport today revealed its quickest ever trans-Atlantic route will launch later this year. Direct flights to Halifax, Nova...
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A runway extention for Bristol...?

"It's certainly physically possible to extend the runway at the eastern end of the airfield although any type of extension would require the A38 to be dropped into a 150-metre long tunnel, and it's likely that even the most modest option would impact in some way on Felton Common which is beyond the A38. In its current master plan, pubished in 2006, the airport set out a number of options for extending the runway, all at the eastern end of the airfield - the land beyond the western end of the runway falls away significantly and any extension there would require major civil engineering. Although the promised new master plan has not materialised despite public consultations that began two years ago the airport has already said that a runway extension is not being considered. Presumably the reasons it gave in 2006 for maintaining the status quo are still in place.".....

A degree of certainty with Ryanair from Cardiff?

"The one thing that is always certain about Ryanair announcements is that if they happen, they're almost impossible to second guess! If there is an imminent announcement incoming, I'd make my guess, in decreasing likelihood...
1. Lauda route to PMI.
2. Ryanair route to bucket and spade destination.
3. Ryanair Dublin route.
4. Other Ryanair route.
5. Malta Air route - FCO.
6. Buzz route. 1. This one has been rumoured to be on its way for a little while now. PMI is usually CWL's best seasonal route, so it seems logical this would be high up the pecking order for expansion. Since Lauda have recently announced Bournemouth- PMI, CWL would be on par with this. Announcement of Lauda on this route would be a heavy duty nail into Vueling's coffin at Cardiff. 2. As mentioned above by Jerry above, a highly likely route would be Alicante, which is another route similar to FR's offering at CWL already. This again, would be problematic for Vueling. 3. This may seem like an unlikely option given Flybe's up to 3x daily schedule, however this route does have its merits. The type of customers a Ryanair route would attract, and did when it operated, are high volume mutual tourism between the two cities, something the Welsh Gov is keen to increase. Flybe's route is more attractive to business and connecting passengers for Aer Lingus to America. Following Mrs Bowen-Rees's recent comments on CWL's targeting of a transatlantic route, I don't know how much value the airport would place on a Dublin connection diluting these passengers anyway, especially when KLM from AMS is in this market too. From FR's perspective, an early DUB arrival could easily operate their entire current CWL schedule with a later return to DUB. This could continue the successful TFS route as well without the cost of basing at CWL."......

Cardiff Qatar Doha stats breakdown...

"In what was a relatively easy exercise thanks to Jerry's monthly breakdowns in the CAA stats thread, I thought I'd have a quick add up and see what the rolling total for the past year has been on the Doha route. Just out of curiosity.
Nov 2018 - 5221
Dec 2018 - 6449
Jan 2019 - 6641
Feb 2019 - 5435
March 2019 - 6106
April 2019 - 7884
May 2019 - 4997
June 2019 - 6077
July 2019 - 10558
August 2019 - 11714
September 2019 - 9030
October 2019 - 7387
That would give a rolling year total on the route to the end of October of 87,472. Hopefully by the two year anniversary of the route we will be looking at a total comfortably into the 90's. It's strange how poorly May has performed for both years it has been in operation.".....

Leeds Consultative Committee Summary

"Today was the December meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee, so for what it is worth, here is my somewhat brief summary. The meeting included a very informative presentation by the CEO, Hywell Rees, who having been at LBA 6 months has now had time to assess the task and who is now getting down to the job. He:- Made the point that LBA was under-loved and had been subjected to significant under investment by previous owners. Don't we know it? Advised us that he has authorised significant investment (in the £ Millions) over this winter to resolve some of the main problems with airport infrastructure - notably a 7 figure sum to replace the Jet2 check in (Hall B) baggage belt equipment which broke down frequently last summer. Also additional security scanning equipment with additional lanes. Also additional works (where feasible) within the terminal area and outside, to enhance not only the customer experience but also rectify issues experienced by air crew. Also enhanced snow clearing capability and snow clearing plan and action to resolve an issue with icing up of the South Side apron outside the Multiflight hangars, which (on some days) has caused Jet2 difficulties in getting aircraft out of or into the hangars. These works will commence in January, and I am not sure if it is relevant or not but there is a crane on the apron today which appears to have reduced parking capacity, as a Ryanair arrival this afternoon ended up parked on the Eastern Apron among the many inactive Jet2 aircraft"......

Downloadable copy of the BHX winter timetable 2019-2020

"Find attached my compiled timetable for Winter 2019-20. all subject to change, missing charter flights not included are TUI to Sharm El Sheikh, Titan santa flights to Ivalo, Freebird Sunday charters to Dubrovnik, and as of yet no schedule for the expected return of Turkmenistan. enjoy!"......

Cardiff airport public transport options...?

"With the T5 running at a 200k+ loss, would there be any possibility of the Welsh gov coming to some sort of agreement with Megabus? Stagecoach, who own Megabus, run the BRS flyer and that has been an unmitigated success. London Victoria to Cardiff runs regularly, via Bristol, UWE frenchay, Cardiff university and Cardiff... a 15 mile extension to that route would link the airport with some of its most crucial markets as well as London itself. The Welsh Gov owns the busses for the T5, which could be deployed elsewhere on Traws cymru's cross country routes. The Megabus website is a force in of itself and at least two or three full time jobs in a coach seat booking stand in arrivals could also be created. I only think of this because of my recent visit on a trip to Edinburgh using the T5 to Cardiff. Every time I've used the service there seems to be some sort of embarrassment or issue. I've seen drivers talking to tourists who can't speak English by just raising their voices and repeating themselves slowly in something fresh out of a dodgy 70's comedy. Nearly every time, my last visit included, the bus pulls up with a line of passengers waiting... And the driver just gets out, lights up a cigarette and leaves the queue standing blowing smoke across the waiting passengers. ".....

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