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London to Get 24-Hour ‘Night Tube’ Train Service Starting in August

London to Get 24-Hour ‘Night Tube’ Train Service Starting in August

Transport for London announced that the long-awaited Night Tube will commence operations on August 19. The 24-hour weekend service will at first be offered on the Central and Victoria lines. It will be available on the Piccadilly, Jubilee, and Northern lines come autumn.
The start of service will mark the first time in the history of the Tube that Londoners will be able to travel at all hours of the night …

Drone May Have Collided with British Airways Jet at Heathrow

Drone May Have Collided with British Airways Jet at Heathrow

A British Airways pilot believes his aircraft was struck by an errant drone while approaching London Heathrow.
BA Flight 727 from Geneva was at 1,700’ and preparing to land when an object believed to be an unmanned drone struck the front of the plane. The Airbus A320 landed safely with 132 passengers and five crew members on board, said Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the airline.
There was no damage to the …

Virgin Atlantic to Link Manchester with Boston and San Francisco

Virgin Atlantic to Link Manchester with Boston and San Francisco

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced plans to offer service connecting San Francisco and Boston to Manchester in the United Kingdom. The airline will operate these flights as part of its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
The thrice-weekly San Francisco-Manchester service will launch on March 28, 2017 and operate on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, while the twice-weekly Boston-Manchester service will begin operation the following day with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Virgin will …

Heathrow Connect Train Service Temporarily Suspended

Heathrow Connect Train Service Temporarily Suspended

Heathrow Connect services were suspended last week without prior notice, after the cars used by sister service Heathrow Express were recalled due to what the rail operator called a “technical issue.”
Heathrow Connect is a less expensive version of Heathrow Express, and offers service to the airport from Paddington Station in Central London, with stops at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, and Hayes and Harlington.
Heathrow Express, which offers non-stop service …

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 …

London Taxis to Accept Credit Cards and Contactless Payments Next Year

London Taxis to Accept Credit Cards and Contactless Payments Next Year

London’s iconic black cabs will be able to accept credit cards and contactless payments such as Apple Pay starting next fall.
Following a study on the matter earlier this year, Transport for London and London Mayor Boris Johnson announced plans that will require all taxi drivers to accept such payments starting in October 2016. The plan still requires approval by Transport for London’s board, which will review the matter in February.
“This …

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Introduce Salt Lake City-London, JFK-Edinburgh Service

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Introduce Salt Lake City-London, JFK-Edinburgh Service

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced two new routes between the United States and the United Kingdom.  The flights are part of the airlines’ joint business venture and are set to launch next year.
On May 1, 2016, Delta will begin non-stop summer seasonal service between Salt Lake City, Utah and London, England, followed by non-stop service on May 26 between New York City and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Flights will depart …