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  • Brexit

BBC, 11 April 2019: Theresa May defends 31 October delay to MPs

Theresa May has told MPs it remains her “priority” to deliver Brexit, defending the decision to delay the UK’s exit from the EU. The new deadline of 31 October means the UK is likely to have to hold European Parliament elections in May. The prime minister said that if the deal agreed with the EU was passed, the UK could leave the EU “as soon as possible”. Link

BBC, 11 April 2019: The EU’s latest Brexit message
Brexit’s been given a “flexible extension” until 31 October 2019.That gives the UK an extra six months to find a way of leaving the EU. President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, asked the UK to “not waste this time” but what else did he say and what does it actually mean? Link

Travel Weekly, 12 April 2019: Trade hopes for Easter bookings bounce
Abta has seized on a potential Brexit-free summer to reassure consumers that they should have no worries about booking holidays. The association took the opportunity to highlight the certainty yesterday’s development gives travellers for this summer, indicating that Easter could see a bookings bounce. Link

TTG, 12 April 2019: Brexit extension gives hope of Easter bookings boost – Abta
EU leaders agreed a further extension to Article 50 this week, pushing the UK’s EU departure date back to 31 October. Abta has welcomed the news, stating it would provide “certainty” for travellers and those looking to book. “Abta expects [the] announcement to provide a boost to holiday bookings as it provides certainty that people will be able to continue to travel to the European Union exactly as they do today, at least until the end of October 2019,” said the association. Chief executive Mark Tanzer said pricing would likely be “really competitive” over the Easter period given the fresh certainty afforded by the extension. “The Brexit extension provides certainty for people’s travel plans going into the summer, meaning they can continue to book and travel without the uncertainties that come with a no-deal Brexit,” said Tanzer. Link

  • Tourism industry

Travel Weekly, 12 April 2019: Europe’s air passenger numbers rise 5%
Air passenger traffic in Europe grew by almost 5% in the first two months of this year. European airport association ACI Europe reported a 5% increase in passenger traffic year on year in February following a 4.2% rise in January. The EU led passenger growth with an average increase in passengers of 5.5% across all EU airports. Link

Travel Weekly, 12 April 2019: Boeing boss pledges to rebuild public confidence
The boss of Boeing pledged yesterday to rebuild public trust in the company following the worldwide grounded of 737 Maxs in the wake of two fatal crashes. Chief executive Dennis Muilenburg revealed that the company hosted more than 200 regulators and airline officials for an “informational session” in Seattle last month as it works on a key software fix. Link

TTG, 11 April 2019: Obama urges businesses to ‘listen to the younger generation’
Barack Obama didn’t mince his words about the future of travel when he took to the stage to be quizzed by Hilton chief executive Chris Nassetta at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit.  Obama warned the audience against tightening borders at a time when technology allows us to move freely. He added: “If we try to reassert these very hard, fixed borders at a time when technology and information are borderless, not only will we fail but we’ll see greater conflict and clashes between people.” Link

Travel Weekly, 10 April 2019: UK package holiday capacity soars
The UK’s top-10 Atol-holders have increased their authorised capacity for this summer by almost 15% despite uncertainty about Brexit putting pressure on sales. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published details of the leading Atol-holders on Monday following the March renewals, showing the 10 largest licence holders authorised to carry almost 18.8 million passengers, up from 16.4 million a year ago. Link

TTG, 9 April 2019: Gatwick to welcome 10 new routes for summer 2019
New connections span Spain, the US, Croatia, Italy, Brazil, Poland, Moldova and Romania. Certain established routes will also gain frequency over the coming months. These include Algeria, Bilbao, Jerez and Alicante in Spain, as well as Antalya, Kos and Budapest. In total, nearly 17 million passengers will depart the UK from Gatwick this summer. Link

  • Airlines

Travel Weekly, 11 April 2019: EasyJet puts 2019-20 winter fares on sale
EasyJet today put more than 19 million seats for next winter on sale to and from the UK. Selected lead in fares include Mancheter to Bilbao and Agadir; Belfast-Faro and Southend-Alicante at £22.99. Slaven said: “We’re really pleased to be putting our flights for Winter 2019/20 on sale today. Passengers can look forward to even more low fares to Europe’s best ski and city destinations. Link

TTG, 9 April 2019: Pegasus Airlines announces Manchester-Istanbul route
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