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Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Welcome to 'check-in'

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Welcome to the Spring 15' edition of 'check-in', the magazine for all our corporate clients within the Good Travel Management Group.

This month we are delighted to feature many more updates from the world of corporate travel including more services from Birmingham Airport, how Premium Economy is becoming more popular amongst airlines and why average air fares are expected to drop 5% in 2015.

Also in this edition, we have an update on our successful apprentice programme and a round-up of our trip to Dubai by a group of Good Travel Management employees recently - in partnership with Emirates Airlines.

On behalf of everyone at Good Travel Management we hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Kind regards,
Kevin Harrison
Managing Director

Turkish Airlines announces more services from Birmingham

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Turkish Airlines has announced that it will increase services between Birmingham and Istanbul from ten flights a week to twelve from the 29th March 2015, providing even more domestic and international connections to passengers from the Midlands. 

Selim Ozturk, General Manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines, said, “Outside of London, Birmingham is the UK's third largest airport, handling more than 9.5 million passengers a year and serving 140 direct destinations worldwide.

Over the summer months, these numbers are expected to soar as residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas embark on their summer vacations alongside our regular business travel passengers to Turkey and destinations around the world.

Good Travel Management visit to Dubai in partnership with Emirates Airlines

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A team from Good Travel Management recently experienced a weekend in Dubai courtesy of one of our preferred airline partners, Emirates.

Accompanied by Julie Dunning, Senior Sales Executive for Emirates Airlines and Good Travel Management MD, Kevin Harrison, 7 of the team sampled the services of Emirates in both business and economy class, toured the airport in Dubai, visited the airport lounges, as well as spending time in Dubai city itself.

The team enjoyed a city tour, visited Hotels and had a great time on a dune safari in the Dessert. One of the highlights was to sample the A380 aircraft and experience the business class service complete with on board bar and lounge.

As one of our key business partners, Emirates offer a superb product, service and fares and Good Travel Management have access to the lowest fares in all classes to destinations around the world. Contact your consultant for your next Emirates itinerary or email sales@good-travel.co.uk

On board the Emirates A380
Left to Right - Sara Jenkinson, Rachael Weston, Emily Forde, Lauren Stockdale, Sarah Walton, Sammie Brown, Julie Ornsby, Kevin Harrison (All Good Travel Management), Julie Dunning (Emirates).

Winner of SAS Promotion – John Lewis Hamper

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In our last edition we ran a competition, sponsored by Scandinavian Airlines, to win a luxury John Lewis Christmas Hamper. The winner of this was Liz Nicholson from SGS correctly answered the following question:

“Are SAS Plus tickets changeable free of charge?”

To which the Liz correctly answered ‘Yes’. Her hamper was delivered just in time for Christmas...

...Congratulations again Liz!

Birmingham Airport welcomes Norwegian and trio of Spanish routes

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Birmingham Airport and Europe’s third largest low-fare airline, Norwegian, have announced that flights will commence to Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga from Birmingham next summer.

Norwegian will offer regular services to the trio of Spanish routes, with Madrid becoming a brand new destination from Birmingham. Madrid will commence on 31 March and will operate each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. 

Malaga will commence on 30 March and will operate every Monday, Friday and Saturday, and Barcelona will start on the 1 June and fly each Monday and Friday.

SAS Punctuality

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TIME IS MONEY - World class punctuality with SAS.

SAS employees, both on the ground and in the air, do their utmost every day to ensure that every flight meets their customers’ expectations offering them the most value for time and money.

That’s why they are in the top 3 of Europe’s most punctual airlines for 2014.

Not only that, but if you compare SAS to many other airlines punctuality records for 2014, you could save time and ultimately money.

Sample of 2014 Punctuality record (courtesy of FlightStats)

  • Scandinavian Airlines: 88%
  • Lufthansa: 86%
  • Emirates: 77%
  • British Airways: 75%

Always with SAS: Free 23kg baggage, free choice of seat, EuroBonus points

IATA: Fares to Drop 5% in 2015

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Air fares are expected to drop next year as falling oil prices and strong worldwide GDP growth help airlines post record profits, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The Geneva-based trade body is predicting return air fares (excluding taxes and surcharges) will fall 5.1 percent on 2014 levels, as consumers benefit from strong industry performance and lower costs. IATA said due to the “highly competitive” nature of the airline business, savings made will be passed on to travellers.

It comes as an IATA outlook report shows profits for the global airline industry will reach US$25 billion in 2015, which equates to a 3.2 per cent profit margin. On a per-passenger basis, airlines will make a net profit of US$7.08 in 2015. That is up on the US$6.02 earned in 2014 and more than double the US$3.38 earnings per passenger achieved in 2013.

GTM apprentices pass with flying colours

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You will have read before about our successful pioneering business travel apprenticeship scheme in partnership with Hull College and we are very proud to announce that this March each apprentice completed their studies and have been appointed as full time business travel consultants.

I am sure many of you are already working with Chelsea, Chloe, Jack and Molly. The apprentices completed their coursework, which means they are qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Leisure and Business Travel, and our thanks to Claire Davison of Hull College and Sara Jenkinson and Julie Ornsby of Good Travel Management who led and co-ordinated the programme.

Well done to everyone and good luck in your future careers with Good Travel Management.

From left to right: Clare Davison (Hull College), Chloe Hanlon, Molly Glazebrook, Jack Lloyd, Chelsea Gill, Julie Ornsby (All Good Travel Management)

Premium Economy

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Over recent years there has been a rise in the number of airlines adding premium economy cabins to their fleet to meet the growing demand of travellers wishing to improve their travelling experience whilst balancing this against any difference in fare. Or when some companies have decided that he cost of business class travel may be prohibitive and look for a more cost effective solution.

Premium economy started in the 1990’s introduced by Taiwan-based Eva Air, growing in popularity in the UK when Virgin and British Airways introduced a separate mid-class cabin. The 38-inch pitch in premium economy has become an industry standard. Services vary but generally include a dedicated check-in area, extra frequent flier miles, welcome drink and an enhanced meal service.

The latest airline to add premium economy to their list of cabins is Lufthansa. The carrier plans to have premium economy on all 106 long-haul aircraft by the end of summer 2015.

If you’re looking to upgrade to premium economy, contact our consultants to discuss your travel arrangements and compare costs on 01482 325 780 or email sales@good-travel.co.uk

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