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.
Rail passengers hit by three UK strikes
Strikes have begun on three separate UK rail franchises in disputes over the use of driver-only-operated trains.
RMT members at Southern and Arriva Rail North, which operates the Northern franchise, and Merseyrail are all staging a 24-hour walkout on Friday (September 1).
Houston airports returning to full service
Houston’s airports are expected to return to “full service” by the end of Monday (September 4) following the disruption caused by Hurricane Harvey.
George Bush Intercontinental and William P Hobby airports in Houston have been undergoing a “phased return to service” over the last few days after being closed last week following massive flooding.
New BA routes for Gatwick
Two new transatlantic routes are joining the British Airways schedule at Gatwick next summer, with Toronto taking to the air from 1 May with three flights a week and Las Vegas returning with three flights a week from 27 March.
The Toronto service will be the airline’s first flight to Canada from Gatwick and follows the recent introduction of new long-haul routes to the US cities of Oakland in California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Liverpool unveils improvements
The latest phase of development work aimed at further improving the customer experience for departing passengers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has been completed.
The airport has seen new retail brands begin operating, new shops, bars and restaurants open up and the refurbishment and upgrade of some 2,000sq m of the upper floor of the airport departure lounge.
BA to launch new transfer service at Heathrow
British Airways is launching a transfer service for premium customers designed to eliminate missed connections at Heathrow.
The Premium Transfer Drive service offers eligible customers a car transfer from their domestic flight to an onward BA short or long-haul service, where there is a risk of them missing the connection without the transfer.
Easyjet to offer ‘hands-free’ baggage option
Easyjet has launched a new “hands free” service allowing customers to check in their hand luggage at the bag drop desk so they do not have to take it through security and on to the aircraft.
The new option – which is available at all airports where the carrier operates apart from Gatwick – costs £4 per person or £10 for “a group bundle per flight”.