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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British Airways Announce Staff Training Investment at Heathrow

British Airways have implemented a brand new training scheme, beginning with their customer service personnel at Heathrow T5.

The carrier states that currently its airport hosts have been able to aid customers with only one aspect of their journey, but going forward, the aim is to provide training to enable them to help travellers “across a range of different areas – including ticketing, re-booking, changing reservations, finding delayed luggage and providing up to date flight information”.

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Airport Closure Dates 2018/19

Regular travellers to certain destinations may start to notice changes and disruption to their itineraries in the coming months, as work begins at several major European and short haul airports. The latest list of planned closures and updates can be found below: 

Instanbul Atarturk (29th October 2018)

[Permanent Closure due to New Airport Opening ‘Instanbul New Airport’]

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Important information for ALL visitors to China

Important changes to Chinese Visa applications will come into effect on 1 November 2018.
Fingerprint collection is to be introduced and applicants will be required to book an appointment to process their visa request.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Important Notice on Fingerprints Collection of Visa Application

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