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English councils make money from parking charges

December 8th, 2017

According to a study from the RAC Foundation, English councils have seen an increase of 10 percent in the revenue they gain from car parking charges bringing the total to approximately £819 million. This represents a 10% increase from last year and 40% increase from the income between 2012-13 when £594 profit was generated from […]

Driverless technology gets a £500 million boost

November 25th, 2017
Waymo driverless vehicle Firefly 1

In this week’s budget, Philip Hammond, UK Chancellor has announced a £500 boost for electric and driverless cars and plans to slash red tape for tech firms testing driverless vehicles on UK roads by 2021. More than a million people will need to be retrained due to the advent of driverless cars, said the Chancellor. […]

Purple Parking calls in administrators

November 4th, 2017
purple parking celebratin 25 years

Purple Parking, the longest running and largest off-airport car parking company at Heathrow has sadly had to call in the administrators after amassing debts of £2 million. The company was setup 25 years ago and since expanded its operation from the Heathrow base to 26 airports across the UK. Travellers returning to the UK faced […]

Ryanair flight cancellations – Any compensation?

September 19th, 2017

If you are one of Ryanair’s customers with a cancelled flight you might be wondering  what rights you have and entitlements to compensation. Firstly, you need to know whether or not you have been affected by the unprecedented level of flight cancellations. Ryanair have published a list of all flights to be cancelled up to […]

Virgin Atlantic to install WIFI on all planes

September 6th, 2017

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Europe to install wifi across all its 39 aircraft plus those operated by its partner Delta. The service isn’t free wifi. There are a number of options of which the most popular is bound to be the £2.99 messaging service on board Virgin’s A330, A340 and 747 […]

Could you be jailed for making a false sickness claim?

August 30th, 2017

Holidaymakers are being warned that they could be prosecuted for making false sickness claims against Tour Operators. ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and travel industry partners have launched a campaign entitled “Stop Sickness Scams” after a big rise in claims from customers reporting sickness while on holiday. ABTA and travel industry partners launch #StopSicknessScams […]

Cars stolen from Manchester meet & greet company

August 25th, 2017

Four cars and more than 130 keys have been stolen from a Manchester meet and greet company in Hale called Car Park Manchester as reported by the BBC and the Manchester Evening News (MEN). Car Park Manchester are not affiliated to Manchester Airport or Car Park Manchester reported the burglary on 18 August. Police have said […]

Robots to help at check in

August 23rd, 2017

Air New Zealand has been trialling the use of Chip the robot to help with check in at Sydney Airport. The black and white robot called Chip has two eyes, two ears, two arms but no mouth. He communicates via a touch screen on his chest to help customers at check in. Chip was introduced […]

How to avoid a boozey flight?

August 17th, 2017

According to a BBC Panorama investigation, arrests of UK passengers on planes and at airports has risen by 50% a year from 255 to 387 between February 2016-17. Also, a survey by the UNITE union of 19,000 of its cabin crew members found that more than 50% had experienced some form of drunken behaviour at […]

Two week breaks in decline

August 14th, 2017

Traditionally the mass market package holiday that became popular in the 1950s was a two week affair in sunny climates like the south of France, Spain, Portugal and Greece. A combination of a post war boom in travel abroad, and amendments to the convention on International Civil Aviation that allowed for a surge in tourism […]