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UK Airport Shops Found to Collect VAT from Exempt Travelers

UK Airport Shops Found to Collect VAT from Exempt Travelers

The British government plans to take steps to ensure that shops at airports in the country are passing along savings in value-added tax due to shoppers flying to destinations outside the European Union.
In a statement released Thursday, George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, said that some shops are keeping as much as 50% of the VAT savings instead of passing it on to their customers.
“This is simply unacceptable,” he …

Norwegian to Launch San Francisco Oakland-London Gatwick Flights Later This Year

Norwegian to Launch San Francisco Oakland-London Gatwick Flights Later This Year

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced plans to introduce service linking London with the San Francisco Bay Area starting May 12, 2016.
The flights will depart London’s Gatwick Airport at 1 p.m. local time and arrive at Oakland International Airport at 4 p.m. Flights will leave Oakland at 7:55 p.m. and arrive in London at 2 p.m. the following day.
The airline will operate the flight three times a week using Boeing 787 Dreamliner …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2016

A 747 taking off from Los Angeles International Airport

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
On January 1, 1888, …

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at Duchess Theatre – Review

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“Never have so many laughed so hard for so long,” was my takeaway after practically hyperventilating during a recent performance of “The Play That Goes Wrong.”
What we have here is a play that advertises that “no one famous” will be appearing. Upon approaching the box office, I spotted a poster in front of the theater announcing that “Tom Cruise will not be appearing at this performance.” Worthy of mention is that …

Kuwait Airways Cancels New York-London Service Following Discrimination Claims

Kuwait Airways Cancels New York-London Service Following Discrimination Claims

Kuwait Airways announced the immediate cancellation of its New York-London service after it decided that its country’s laws on discrimination were incompatible with those of the United States.
The move followed a case in which an Israeli passenger was denied boarding on that flight by the airline in 2013. At the time, the U.S. Department of Transportation said that the airline was engaging in discrimination, to which the airline replied that …

Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed

Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed

The battle over plans to expand London’s airports continues. The British government last week said it was postponing a decision on where it will expand airport capacity in the London area until the middle of 2016 and asked for additional studies that would look at air quality, noise, and other environmental concerns.
Earlier this year, the Airports Commission had recommended that the government approve a third runway at Heathrow, declining to …

Delta Air Lines Arrivals Lounge London Heathrow – Review

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Delta now offers passengers arriving in London an arrivals lounge befitting the level of service it offers in Delta One. With the relocation of multiple U.S.-origin flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 as part of its partnership with Virgin Atlantic (which also uses Terminal 3 and has its Upper Class Clubhouse – which Jonathan Spira reviewed in April 2014 – for outbound passengers) Delta opted to open its own …