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October 2017 - United Kingdom: Monarch has been placed into administration.

Monarch airlines and related companies file for insolvency so that all holidays and flights provided by these firms have been canceled as from October 2, 2017. That leaves 110,000 travelers stuck overseas. The Civil Aviation Authorities has just launched UK's biggest peacetime repatriation program. 300,000 future bookings have been canceled. For more information, see the web site monarch.caa.co.uk.

September 2017 -Transatlantic flights: Easyjet’s partnership with Norwegian and Westjet.

The British low-cost airline Easyjet has entered into partnership agreements with Norwegian and Westjet to enable their passengers to combine a low–cost short or medium-haul flight (e.g. in Europe) of an airline with a long-haul flight (e.g. transatlantic) low-cost flight of the partner airline. Easyjet outpaces thus Ryanair which also aims to conclude such agreements.

See the exciting story of the current low-cost transatlantic flights.

June 2017 - Airfares: Extra charge when booking a flight from a travel agency.

The IAG group, that includes British Airways and Iberia, has announced that, as from November 1, 2017, a GDS surcharge of € 9.50 (£ 8) will be levied on any reservation of an air ticket through a third party (online or physical travel agency) using a GDS system. Only flights sold directly from the web site of the airline are exempted from the extra charge. A GDS system makes it possible to compare flights and book the best deal.

IAG follows the example of Lufthansa and its subsidiaries (Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines) which have applied an extra charge of € 16 on any air ticket booked through a third party since September 2015. Since April 13, 2017, Ukraine International Airlines has also levied an extra charge of € 8.4 on sales completed through a travel agency.

August 4, 2016: United Kingdom - The highest observation tower in the world at Brighton.

i360 British Airways, a moving observation tower, opens the doors this Thursday on the seafront of Brighton. It is the slenderest tall tower in the world. A glass pod in the shape of a 180 m² large saucer accommodating 200 passengers moves up along a 160 m (525 feet) high mast which is only four meters in diameter. It offers 360° views on the seaside and the Channel up to 40 km (26 mi). It contains a restaurant and shops. i360 has been designed by Architects Marks Barfield, the designer of the famous London Eye.

July 2016: United Kingdom
- London Night Tube.

Announced already in 2015, the Night Tube will finally enter into service in London on August 19, 2016. The Victoria and Central lines will offer a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays. Other lines (Jubilee, Piccadilly and, for the most part, Northern line) will do so as from November 2016.

July 2016: United Kingdom - Gatwick airport security area.

The security area of the North Terminal of Gatwick Airport has been modernized in order to halve the duration of the security controls. Now, 5,000 passengers per hour can be controlled at the Northern Terminal of the airport.

June 16, 2016: United Kingdom - New wing of Tate Modern London.

A new wing, the Switch House, has been added to the famous Tate Modern Museum of London. It is an irregularly shaped tower of 10 storeys. The first floor houses cafes and shops. Floors 2, 3 and 4 are new exhibition rooms. Floors 5 and 6 are dedicated to projects of artists or are places for exchanges and debates. Floors 7, 8 and 9 are reserved to administration and a new restaurant. The tenth floor offers breathtaking views of London. A bridge connects the old and the new building.

In addition to the important (+ 60%) increase of exhibition areas, the presentation of the works has changed significantly. Artists from outside of Europe and North America as well as female artists have taken a much larger share. In total, you find 800 works by 300 artists from 50 countries at Tate Modern. With more than 5 million visitors per year, London Tate Modern is the most visited museum of modern art in the world.

May 17, 2016: United Kingdom - World’s largest self-service bag drop zone at London Gatwick Airport.

Today, the largest self-service bag drop zone in the world comes into service at the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport. Travelers who checked in online may print their luggage tag at Gatwick Airport, apply it to their bag, and then directly deposit the baggage at one of the 48 self-service bag drop units of the airport. The zone extends over 5.000 m² and is designed to reduce queues. The project that started last October enables passengers of EasyJet to check-in and drop off their bag in less than two minutes. For other airlines, the change will take place next January. 

February 15, 2016: United Kingdom - Promotional campaign of the Tourist Office. 

The British tourist board VisitBritain office launches a promotional campaign to highlight the diversity of unique experiences tourists can enjoy when visiting attractions across the United Kingdom. For example, traversing England from one side to the other along Hadrian's wall (84 mi / 135 km trek), skateboarding on the Isle of Skye (the fourth best island in the world according to National Geographic) in Scotland, having a drink at Sherlock Holmes pub in London, or attending the Cambrian Rally (one of the hardest of its kind) in Wales. 

The campaign is specifically aimed at tourists from the United States (3 million to the United Kingdom in 2014), France (4.1 million), Germany (3.2 million) and Brazil (about 300,000). On the multilingual web site (en.omgb.com) of the campaign, you can enter a contest to win a trip to Edinburgh.


 

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