Business Travel Show Europe Kick Off, 23 February,
Global Travel Risk Summit Europe, May 2023,
3rd Annual Sustainable Business Travel Summit
Bmi announced its biggest ever route expansion with a range of 17 new destinations in the Middle East, Asia and West Africa.The new flights will start out of London Heathrow at the end of October.The expansion is a result bmi's full integration of British Mediterranean (BMED) which it bought from BA in February.The airline, the second largest carrier at Heathrow, is also altering its timetable to improve take off times for business travellers and "enhancing" its in-flight product.Among the new destinations are Baku, Tehran, Beirut, Amman, Almaty and Yerevan. The expansion sees bmi grow from a mainly domestic and short haul carrier to a medium-haul airline. It also comes within weeks of bmi's decision to postpone the start of transatlantic routes from Heathrow.The airline cited the frequent delays at Heathrow as the reason for not starting the new flights which had been expected to begin when the new US-EU Open Skies agreement comes into force next March.Nigel Turner, chief executive of bmi group, said: "These new routes represent the single largest expansion of the bmi brand in the history of the airline and mark our continuing transition into a truly global airline."From the end of October, more than half of our destinations from Heathrow will be in the mid-haul and long-haul markets."Mr Turner said the airline was also "eyeing" other destinations from Heathrow including Kiev, Minsk, Kuwait City, Lahore, Tel Aviv, Dammam and Sana'a.Peter Spencer, bmi's new managing director of mainline operations, said: “This is just the start of our strategy to develop a comprehensive network of mid-haul services from London Heathrow.
Expedia launches new reporting and hotel tools
New reporting and hotel tools were launched this week by online agency Expedia Corporate Travel (ECT).The agency described the reporting tool as the industry's "first fully integrated global consolidated reporting" capability.The new tool will "travel managers to create and run customized travel reports that aggregate travel data across countries and subsidiaries."It covers booking made both on- and offline and the reports can appear in languages and currencies of choice.Jean-Pierre Remy, president of ECT, said it was a product that travel managers needed.He added: "We have worked closely with our global customers to ensure that consolidated reporting not only brings them the information they need, but makes that information easy to get."ECT also launched "substantial enhancements" to its hotel search and booking platform.It said the upgrade would let travel managers "search, sort and book hotels with more speed and ease than ever before."The new facility will be available from mid-September in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy.
* see new jobs on BTE's recruitment site www.businesstraveljobs.com as well as new sections on how to write the Winning CV and conduct the Perfect Interview.