Traveleads official networking sponsor of the Aberdeen-Abu Dhabi/UAE Gateway

Traveleads was delighted to attend the latest Aberdeen Gateway event aimed at linking the North-east of Scotland with Abu Dhabi and the wider United Arab Emirates.  Aberdeen based company GranitePR has significantly expanded its series of popular Gateway business networking events, the latest of which took place at Macdonald Norwood Hall, Aberdeen.

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Biometrics Becoming Familiar Part Of Travel Experience

According to reports biometric technology is taking off as 77% of airports and 71% of Airlines review digital ID options such as facial recognition to streamline your experience at the airport.

According to SITA, 41% of airports have already implemented some sort of biometric identity system, while almost three quarters plan to deploy similar technology by the end of 2021.

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Gatwick Airport Opens First Ever UK Sensory Room

The new Gatwick sensory room provides a unique space in the North Terminal for travellers requiring special assistance. It is a designated place for passengers with autism, dementia, cognitive impairment or other special needs, and has been designed to help them feel at ease before their flight.

There are two zones:

Chill-Out Zone: This area comes complete with floor cushions, bean bags and digital display panels, which generate vibrant visual wall features

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Lufthansa Confirms $3 Billion Dollar Airbus Order

The board of Lufthansa have approved the purchase of 24 A320neos along with 3 A321neos (Short for New Engine Option). This decision was taken as the group states it is “reacting to the positive market and earnings development and this ensures the necessary fleet size in the coming years.”

The order is scheduled to be delivered in 2023 and 2024 - during which time 10 of these aircrafts are destined for Lufthansa’s subsidiary Swiss.

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Native Glasgow is the Result of Multi-Million-Pound Restoration

Native Group is set to unveil its first Scottish offering in October this year, formerly the historic Edwardian Art Deco Anchor Shipping Line HQ building; this has become the selected property to house the new Native Apartments.

The apartments are located in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, right next to George Square. Both Glasgow Central Station and the Airport are reachable via a 25 minute transfer - providing easy access to the city for business.

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TransPennine Express announce enhanced delay compensation scheme

TransPennine Express in collaboration with Northern, will be extending and enhancing their temporary compensation scheme for any regular travellers (without Season Tickets) that experienced delays and cancellations from 20 May to 30 June. The following routes will be eligible:

• Manchester Airport to Lancaster
• Liverpool to Scarborough
• Liverpool to Newcastle
• Manchester Airport – Middlesbrough
• Manchester Piccadilly – Hull
• Manchester Piccadilly – Leeds

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Traveleads announces partnership with the Welsh Sports Association

Traveleads is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Welsh Sports Association.  The alliance will provide members of the WSA access to a dedicated travel service, complete with expert sports travel consultants, offering the best rates and lowest fares on sports travel.

Already the trusted travel partner of the Sport & Recreation Alliance and the Scottish Sports Association, Traveleads is the largest provider of travel services to governing bodies of sport in the UK.

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Tube Strikes - Wednesday 26th September

A strike on the London Underground line serving Heathrow Airport will go ahead after the latest round of talks collapsed.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Piccadilly Line will launch a 48-hour walkout from 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and a five-hour strike from 8.30pm on Friday. The union says there has been a complete breakdown of industrial relations.
Transport for London warned there will be little or no service, including the Night Tube on Friday.
The two sides met at the conciliation service Acas but talks ended without agreement.

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Airlines Warned of Colossal Ash Cloud from Icelandic Volcano

Katla volcano, a close neighbour to Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted in 2010 causing mass travel disruption worldwide, is showing signs of imminent eruption for the first time since 1918.

Researchers have reported that the very active volcano has started churning out carbon dioxide, which suggests that the magma chambers below are filling up. A research report published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal found that Katla was releasing between 12 and 24 kilotons of carbon dioxide every day, making it “one of the largest volcanic sources of CO2 on the planet”.

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Singapore Airline’s New A350-900ULR Claims Title for the World’s Longest Commercial Flights

The A350-900 Ultra-long-range is the first of its kind capable of flying up to 9,700 nautical miles or over 20 hours non-stop.  Singapore airlines prepare to launch the world’s longest flight between Singapore and New York. This journey will cover a distance of around 9,000 nautical miles in an estimated 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The aircraft has been configured to house a two-class layout, with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy class seats.

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