Election politics, Laptop ban and corporate travel boost in Our Business Travel News round-up

May 15, 2017 - Business Travel, Corporate Travel, Industry news, supertravelbooker /

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.

Labour plans to renationalise UK railways

The Labour party wants to renationalise the UK’s railways according to a draft manifesto leaked to national newspapers.

Taking the current rail franchises back into public ownership is one of the key policies in the 43-page document. The official manifesto is due to be launched next week.

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US ‘likely’ to impose laptop ban on UK flights

US authorities could be set to extend a ban on larger mobile devices being taken onboard aircraft.

Reports in the US say that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is “likely” to extend this ban to inbound flights from the UK and Europe due to continued security fears.

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Air Asia to launch low-cost airline in China

Air Asia has signed a joint venture to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC) in China.

Based in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province in central China, the airline has agreed the deal with state-owned conglomerate Everbright.

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US airlines meet Homeland Security officials over laptop ban

Three major US carriers have met with national security officials to discuss a possible expansion of the ban on taking laptops onboard aircraft flying to the US.

Delta, United and American Airlines, plus trade group Airlines for America, are reported to have held talks with US security officials in Washington DC on Thursday (May 11).

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Eurostar boosted by surge in UK business travellers

Eurostar has benefited from a nine per cent rise in UK business travellers during the first three months of 2017.

This increase in corporate business helped the train operator to raise sales revenue by 15 per cent to £232 million, compared with the same quarter in 2016. Over the same period, passengers rose by two per cent to 2.27 million.

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Aviation and the election

Calling an election may make sense politically to the parties concerned but it has the unwelcome side effect of diverting attention from certain matters that really should be in the process of being dealt with.

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