A3/OA: Meger Denied

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines - both of Greece have had their request to merge blocked by the European Commision. The orignal proposal was annouced in 2010 when Aegean was joining Star Alliance, but has now been refused on the grounds it would (create a)"quasi-monopoly on the Greek air transport market"and"would have led to higher fares for four out of six million Greek … [Read more...]

Rail: Wrexham & Shropshire – London direct route to close (Other routes remain open)

A tiny bit of what some might see inconsequential news today is that Wrexham and Shropshire Trains - who operate a route from Wrexham, through Chester, Shrewsbury, Telford and through to London are to cease operations in the near future.Services will cease on 28th January. Forward booking tickets will be accepted on on Virgin, Arriva Trains Wales, London Midland and Chiltern … [Read more...]

Rail: Wrexham & Shropshire – London direct route to close (Other routes remain open)

A tiny bit of what some might see inconsequential news today is that Wrexham and Shropshire Trains - who operate a route from Wrexham, through Chester, Shrewsbury, Telford and through to London are to cease operations in the near future.Services will cease on 28th January. Forward booking tickets will be accepted on on Virgin, Arriva Trains Wales, London Midland and Chiltern … [Read more...]

Heads up: US North and East Coast Snow expected – Except disruption.

British Airways are reporting that Snow and Winter Storms are expected today on the East Coast of the USA.Expect flights TO and FROM the following to be disrupted:New York - JFKNewark - EWRPhiladelphia - PHL Washington - IAD With cancellactions being annouced already. If BA has annouced their services are hit, you can bet your bottom dollar that other carriers will be hit too. … [Read more...]

AS: Alaska Airlines order 13 737-900ER’s, goes for growth

Alaska Airlines have been busy on the quiet, and has annouced it's buying a new fleet of Boeing 737-900ER's to deploy on it's routes.The order of 2 737-800's (due 2012) and 13 737-900ER's (due 2013-2014) will be deployed on it's current routes, targeting denser runs for trans-continental and mid-continental routes (US East Coast and Midwest from it's Seattle hub in the West … [Read more...]

Fallout: DME Incident

Time to examine the fallout of Mondays disaterous incident at Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Airport.What has emerged is that the leadership wants to tighten security and have it's pound of flesh over the incident. Proposals have been made to introduce an Israeli-style airport security system Dmitry Medvedev has said, whilst blaming airport officials for security breaches - with a … [Read more...]

UK Identiy Cards Dead – Not valid for Travel any longer

(Apolgies for the lack of posts - things at Kevin Towers are slightly bonkers at the moment - I hope to drag the blog back on track over the next day or so) In "Well that went well Ideas" from the last UK Administration, the UK Identity card scheme has formally ended has now ceased.This means that if you were foolish enough to pay the £35, and have your data collected by IPS, … [Read more...]

** BREAKING ** Explosion at DME (Moscow Domodedovo) arrivals

Breaking news from Moscow, where a blast has occured that has killed at least 10 people.BBC News reports that dozens more are thought to have been injured in the blast, and some reports are suggesting this may have been the work of a suicide bomber.Emergency services are on the scene and tending to the wounded.Early reports suggested the blast may have hit the baggage reclaim … [Read more...]

Trip Report: Gold Run 2 – Blame Canada – It’s only a mileage run anyway! (To Vancouver with EI, BD, AC and CO)

Gold Run 2: Blame Canada! It’s only a mileage run anyway!* - Locking in Gold for another year (with BMI, Air Canada, Continental and Aer Lingus) - BHX-DUB, DUB-LHR-YVR-IAH-LHR(*I blame South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut for that)Previous reports are at the back end of this trip report.WARNING: This trip report does contain potty mouth words. It's one of the few times I'm … [Read more...]