London Heathrow

U.K. to Open ePassport Gates to U.S. Citizens

U.K. to Open ePassport Gates to U.S. Citizens

The United Kingdom announced plans to allow travelers from seven countries, including the United States and Canada, to use ePassport gates, or e-gates, when arriving at the country’s airports starting in June of this year.
The list of countries whose citizens will be eligible to use the e-gates, also includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
The United Kingdom won’t require these travelers to fill out a landing card either.
“The …

IHG Opens Staybridge Suites Hotel Near London Heathrow

IHG Opens Staybridge Suites Hotel Near London Heathrow

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Staybridge Suites London-Heathrow Bath Road hotel.
The new residential-style property features 145 apartment-style studio rooms and 45 one-bedroom suites with a neutral décor in teal and vintage mustard colors. All are equipped with a full kitchen in charcoal.
Evening socials are held Tuesdays through Thursdays offering guests complimentary snacks and beverages.
The hotel offers one meeting space, the Den, which accommodates up to …

Drone Sighting at London Heathrow Halts Flights

Drone Sighting at London Heathrow Halts Flights

London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was temporarily closed on Tuesday after a drone was sighted in the vicinity.
The incident comes after several such occurrences at nearby Gatwick Airport last month, where flights were repeatedly halted, in one case for over a day.
“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow,” the airport said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologize to …

Major Strike Planned for London Underground Next Week

Major Strike Planned for London Underground Next Week

A major strike is set to cause significant disruptions for commuters and travelers who use the London Underground next week, with three of the Tube lines expected to be affected.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, as well as the drivers’ union Aslef, said that they plan to stage a walkout on November 7.
The 24-hour walkout by union members will shut down the Central and Waterloo & City lines, …

Virgin Atlantic to Begin Flights to Las Vegas, Add Extra Flight to Boston

Virgin Atlantic to Begin Flights to Las Vegas, Add Extra Flight to Boston

Virgin Atlantic announced that it will begin new and additional flights from London Heathrow.
The carrier will launch a new London-Las Vegas route on March 31, which will be operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The airline will also add a second daily flight to its London-Boston route on this date. The service will be operated using Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
In addition, Virgin will bring back its seasonal London Heathrow-Barbados route, which will …

Delta, Virgin Announce Updated Summer Schedule for Flights to London, Manchester, Glasgow

Delta, Virgin Announce Updated Summer Schedule for Flights to London, Manchester, Glasgow

Delta Air Lines announced the release of it joint summer schedule with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Delta will resume its non-stop flights from Portland and Salt Lake City to London Heathrow on April 1 and May 3, respectively.
Virgin Atlantic will add a sixth daily flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and London Heathrow, while Delta will switch to Airbus A330 aircraft, for their larger capacity, on that …

Hainan Airlines to Launch Changsha-London Flights

Hainan Airlines to Launch Changsha-London Flights

Hainan Airlines announced that it will launch new service between London and Changsha, China, on March 23. The carrier will operate the route using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Flights will depart London Heathrow at 10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and arrive at Changsha Huanghua International Airport at 4:25 p.m. the next day. Return flights are scheduled to depart at 11:20 a.m. and arrive at 4:30 p.m.
Aircraft cabins are equipped …