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Traveleads Celebrates Another Great Year!

Traveleads was delighted to attend the annual Scottish Passenger Agents Association (SPAA) Awards 2018.
The event held in Glasgow saw some of the biggest names in the travel industry come together to celebrate and recognise the achievements of various partners and providers that have taken place over the last 12 months.
Traveleads is thrilled that after winning the ‘Best Small Business Travel Agent’ award, we were nominated and shortlisted in the  ‘Best Large Business Travel Agent’ category.

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Loganair's Largest Expansion Programme in Edinburgh

Scottish regional carrier Loganair announced that they will add several new routes from Edinburgh as part of its summer schedule. The most significant for Scotland will be the first ever link between the capital and Islay Hebrides as this means easy access to/from Islay for global travellers.

In addition, Loganair will introduce regular year-round services to the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Stavanger and seasonal links between Edinburgh and Guernsey.

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Luton Airport Faces a Week-Long Strike

Mobility assistants at Luton Airport are set to stage a week-long strike, while cleaners employed by Sasse are voting on industrial action in disputes regarding pay. Members of the Unite union employed by Clece Care Services have voted to walk out from 5am on November 8 until 5pm on November 15.

Sasse was awarded the Luton airport contract in April and has offered a deal to increase workers’ pay over the next three years but Unite claims staff will still be earning below the real Living Wage by 2021

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Emirates Skywards Introduces On-Demand Taxi App

The new booking app from Emirates named “Emirates Skywards Cabforce” is the first of its kind in the world. The app acts as a mobile travel companion to offer loyal members affordable and efficient transportation. This service will be available in 27 countries and 117 cities across the world with additional countries set to be added to the list.

Members will have the option to book from a range of private taxis, executive cars and minibuses through the app. In addition, Skywards miles can be earned on every ride booked through the app.  

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Taking prescription and over the counter medicines into the UAE could lead to arrest and prosecution

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) for UAE have issued a revised policy relating to bringing certain drugs into the region – this includes a large number of prescribed and over the counter medicines, that are widely available in the UK.

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UK ePassport Gates to Open to Five New Nationalities

Beginning next summer, travellers from outside the UK will be able to use the speedier electronic passport gates.

Currently only those with a UK, EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss biometric passport who are over the age of 18 can proceed through the gates which utilise facial recognition technology. However, an announcement made by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, as part of this year’s budget, has extended access to those with passports from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan - it is expected to to be in place by summer 2019.

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King’s Cross Welcomes New Shopping and Dining Hub (Coal Drops Yard)

The Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross was originally established in 1850 and handled tonnes of coal each year. On the 26th October, the reinvented area opened its doors to a new shopping and restaurant district in London’s King’s Cross.

The vibrant new shopping district at the centre of King’s Cross will be home to over 50 stores, restaurants and cafes. Alongside that, lower Stable Street has become the new hotspot for pop-ups, live events and experiential stores from a creative collection of established and up-and-coming brands.

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Central Tunis bombing incident

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated their travel advice for Tunisia with an update to the Summary – we are aware of reports of a bombing incident on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in central Tunis on the afternoon of 29 October 2018; the British Embassy is in touch with the local authorities; we advise British nationals to follow the advice of local police and security forces and avoid the immediate vicinity of Avenue Habib Bourguiba; if you’ve been affected by the incident and need consular assistance, call the British Embassy on +216 71 108 700; if you’re in the UK and worried a

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KLM Launches New Cityhopper Business Class Meal Service

The new meal service for Business Class passengers on KLM’s Cityhopper (KLC) flights will commence on the 28th October 2018.

The new meal service ensures that passengers have enhanced flexibility and variety enabling them to determine how they would like to put their meals together. Essentially the meals will include more individual elements in order for passengers to easily customise their meals. The example given by KLM - “granola and jam are now served separately to the yoghurt, and dressing and nuts separately to the salads."

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Air Transat – First Major International Tour Operator to Earn Full Travelife Certification

Transat is one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and is now a holder of a full Travelife certification. This award recognises Transat’s longstanding efforts and leadership in sustainable development.  To hold and maintain a Travelife Certified status, a world-leading certification for tourism companies, Transat must comply with more than 200 criteria covering its workplace practices, product range, business partners, and customers.

The chief operation officer of Transat, Annick  Guérard, stated:

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