• Tourism industry

TTG, 19 September 2018: Southampton airport eyes new routes and major capacity boost
The airport set out its ambitious expansion drive in a masterplan, detailing its long-term vision for growth through 2037. Key objectives include extending the airport’s runway while adding new taxiways, aircraft stands and more parking spaces. The airport has drawn up a wishlist of an additional 15 European routes with an estimated combined passenger demand of two million a year. These include Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Madrid, Berlin, Copenhagen, Venice and Prague. LINK


Travel Weekly, 19 September 2018: Abta issues ‘no deal’ Brexit guidance

Abta today issued guidance to support members’ contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit. This covers a range of topics such as VAT arrangements, transport – including flights – visas, posting workers abroad and financial protection. The travel association has acted after the EU and UK government issued information on the implications of a no-deal for businesses – while stressing that they still want to agree a Brexit deal. Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Abta is today publishing information to support members’ contingency planning for a no-deal scenario. LINK


Travel Weekly, 19 September 2018: Egypt hotel deaths: Coroner seeks more tests

Inquests into the deaths of a British couple who died while on a Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt have been opened and adjourned. John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada on August 21. Egyptian post-mortem examinations found E. coli was a factor in their deaths. Senior coroner Dr James Adeley said he had ordered further toxicology tests to be carried out. LINK


  • Airlines


TravelMole, 18 September 2018: BA to launch Kos flights from Gatwick

Flights are now on sale for a new route from Gatwick to Kos with British Airways. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 15 through to October 26, 2019. Fares start from £70 one-way in Euro Traveller and £222 in Club Europe. BA is also increasing the number of flights it operates from Gatwick to other city break destinations this winter, with more flights to Palma, Turin, Geneva, Lanzarote and Malaga and a new service to Cologne from November 16. LINK


Daily Star, 20 September 2018: TUI flight passengers left ‘vomiting and CRYING’ as 80mph Storm Ali winds rock plane

TUI flight passengers landing in Glasgow were left “vomiting and crying” as Storm Ali hit the plane with severe turbulence. The jet, which was travelling from Spanish holiday resort Ibiza, hit the storm system just outside of the Scottish city. And passengers were subjected to a 45-minute ordeal as 80mph winds sent the plane in all directions before landing after two attempts. LINK


  • Travel Agents and Tour Operators


TTG, 21 September 2018: Thomas Cook reveals major growth plans for Cook’s Club brand

Thomas Cook says it is hopeful of opening another 10 youth-focused Cook’s Club hotels next year. Cook’s first Cook’s Club hotel opened in Hersonissos, Crete, in June, and has so far delivered occupancy levels of 93%. Prospective new locations include Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, The Gambia and Bulgaria. Cook says eight additional Cook’s Club hotels will launch next year, with “advanced discussions” ongoing over a further two. In total, the 11 Cook’s Club hotels will provide nearly 2,000 rooms.

The brand, says Cook, is designed to appeal to a “new generation of travellers” by bringing “urban cool” to the beach. LINK


  • Competitors


TravelMole, 17 September 2018: Cape Cod beach closed after fatal shark attack

A man has died and a Cape Cod beach was closed after the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in more than 80 years. Arthur Medici, 26, was boogie boarding just a few metres off the beach when the incident occurred. He was rushed to hospital but died of injuries that experts are certain is consistent with a shark attack. LINK


TravelMole, 21 September 2018: Tourists face fines for sitting down or ‘pausing on bridges’ in Venice

Tourists in Venice could be fined for sitting in undesignated areas, pausing on bridges or attaching ‘love locks’ to monuments as part of new measures being discussed to deal with overcrowding. The ideas, proposed by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, will be voted on by the city council next month. The mayor said: «The aim is to create more of a deterrent to people who think they can come to the city of Venice and do what they want, not respecting the city, urban decorum, and public safety.» LINK

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