Qatar row, GDS charges and Privatised ATC in our Business Travel News round-up

June 12, 2017 - Business Travel, Corporate Travel, Industry news, supertravelbooker / the new news
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Want to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of business travel? Here’s our quick round-up of the latest business travel news from around the web.

Trump plans to privatise Air Traffic Control

US president Donald Trump has outlined plans to privatise the US air traffic control system to modernise and lower costs.

Trump claimed in a letter to the US Congress that air-traffic controllers are “using 1960s technology and operating in outdated facilities” that limit the system’s efficiency.

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IATA calls for ‘alternatives’ to laptop ban

Airlines organisation IATA has called for a rethink by governments on the current laptop ban being applied onboard some flights to the UK and US.

Larger mobile devices, including laptops and tablets, have been banned onboard some flights from the Middle East and North Africa to the UK and US since March due to security fears.

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British Airways and Iberia adopting GDS booking surcharge

British Airways and Iberia will implement a $10 surcharge per “fare component” on bookings through the GDS, beginning Nov. 1.

The carriers, both owned by International Airline Group (IAG), announced the policy in a letter to U.K. travel agents.

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Lufthansa baggage fees: price rise plus new GDS charge

Lufthansa is increasing short-haul hold luggage fees, plus adding a £4 charge on bags booked via GDS.

Passengers flying with Lufthansa, Austrian and Swiss airlines on an ‘Economy Light’ ticket do not have free baggage allowance included in their fare.

If passengers want to check-in a bag, the so called ‘first bag’ can be purchased. As of June 13 the price for all three airlines will increase by £9, from £12 to £21.

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Qatar’s diplomatic row with neighbouring countries escalates

The diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbours has escalated with Saudi Arabia closing its airspace to Qatar Airways.

Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have all broken off diplomatic ties with Qatar over alleged links to terrorist activities – claims that have been denied by the Qatari government.

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Flybe tackles capacity issues after £20m loss

Flybe has posted a pre-tax loss of £19.9 million as overambitious plans for expansion in the past increased costs.

The regional airline saw revenues for the year to March 31 increase by 13.4 per cent to £707.4 million, but its near £20 million loss is down from a £2.7 million profit the previous year.

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