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Heathrow Airport to Expedite Passport Controls for U.S. Citizens, Others, with Fast Track

Heathrow Airport to Expedite Passport Controls for U.S. Citizens, Others, with Fast Track

The United Kingdom will offer travelers from the United States and “old Commonwealth” countries faster immigration clearance with separate fast-track passport lanes after the Olympic Games.
Damian Green, the country’s immigration minister announced the change, which will also apply to Japan and New Zealand, two other “low-risk countries.”
Green told members of parliament that this will give these visitors “a better experience at Heathrow” and further restated a pledge to have, starting …

London Marriott Hotel Kensington Undergoes Renovations

London Marriott Hotel Kensington Undergoes Renovations

The London Marriott Hotel Kensington is currently undergoing a full renovation of all 216 of its rooms. The renovations include new furniture, lighting, and beds.
The hotel refurbishment started in March, and will be completed by winter 2012. The process is occurring floor by floor so as not to disrupt guests of the hotel.
The London Marriott Hotel Kensington features the Atrium Restaurant, which serves American cuisine, the Nabuco Bar, and a …

British Airways to Launch Las Vegas-Gatwick Route

British Airways to Launch Las Vegas-Gatwick Route

British Airways has announced it will launch a new route between Las Vegas and London Gatwick, beginning October 29.
The carrier will fly the route three times a week aboard a Boeing 777, which offers three classes of service, including a Club World cabin with lie-flat beds.
With the addition of the new route, British Airways will now be operating 10 flights a week to Las Vegas (from Heathrow and Gatwick).
(Pictured: British Airways …

Qatar Airways Unveils New London Heathrow First- and Business-Class Lounge

Qatar Airways Unveils New London Heathrow First- and Business-Class Lounge

Qatar Airways opened a new lounge for its first- and business-class passengers at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 this week.
The lounge, which was designed in the style of a boutique hotel, features amenities including free Wi-Fi, outlets at every seat, showers with heated floors, a Martini bar, the Global Brasserie kitchen and a delicatessen.
The airline hired staff from five-star hotels and restaurants to work in the new lounge.
Starting March 25, Qatar …

Air China to Launch Direct Flights Between London Gatwick and Beijing

Air China to Launch Direct Flights Between London Gatwick and Beijing

Air China, a member of the Star Alliance, will begin direct flights between London Gatwick and the carrier’s Beijing hub starting May 2, 2012.
Air China will operate the flights four times weekly using A330-200 aircraft.  The new flights will be in addition to Air China’s current London Heathrow service.

Heathrow Airport Strike Set For Wednesday; Significant Delays and Cancellations Expected

Heathrow Airport Strike Set For Wednesday; Significant Delays and Cancellations Expected

A one-day strike by unions representing over two million passport-control officers, teachers, and other public sector workers is set for Wednesday.  The officers are employees of the UK Border Agency.  BAA, which operates London’s Heathrow Airport, posted a warning on Friday that travelers should expect mass cancellations of international flights.
BAA, in a letter to all airlines operating at Heathrow, called on the airlines to reduce passenger traffic by 50%.  “Modelling …

Redesigned Radisson Hotel Opens in Covent Garden in London

Redesigned Radisson Hotel Opens in Covent Garden in London

The Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel, located in an area of London’s trendy Covent Garden neighborhood known informally as Seven Dials, has completed a $24 million redesign.
The 137-room boutique hotel, formerly the Radisson Edwardian Mountbatten, features eight new suites and Apple TVs in all rooms allowing connections with iPads, iPhones and iPods. Suites have neighborhood views, large bathrooms with walk-in showers and separate dressing rooms with refrigerators.
The hotel offers mezze-style …