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Transport news continued...EurosTarBusiness passengers on the Eurostar have risen by 6% this year as the rail operator looks to expand with new destinations. Overall passenger numbers are up by 3% year on year for 2014 and revenues are up by 2% to £211 million.In December, tickets will go on sale for Eurostar’s new all year-round service direct from London to Provence stopping at Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, which starts in May 2015.It will be followed in 2016 by the launch of a direct service from London to the heart of Amsterdam with stops in Ant- werp, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal.The UK government is looking for buyers for its 40% stake in train operator Euro- star to help boost the public finances.EasyJET TickET scanThe paperless airline gets nearer and nearer with easyJet introducing new scanning technology enabling passen- gers to scan their passport using a phone camera, the airline claims to be the first in Europe to use such a feature.James Millett, easyJet’s Head of Digital, said “We’ve developed the new function in partnership with credentials manage- ment service Jumio to ensure details can be scanned in easily, safely and securely. Combined with our mobile boarding pass- es customers can now check-in on theirmobiles up to two hours before flights in 110 of the airports easyJet fly to across Europe.”The mobile app is now available to download and was recently awarded ‘Best Mobile Booking Solution’ at the Mobile Travel and Tourism Awards 2014, and ‘Best B2C App’ at the Marketing on Mobile Award last year. www.easyjet.comLondon nigHT TuBETFL (Transport for London) has announced that the long anticipated will launch in London on 12 September 2015. However not all London Underground lines will be involved in the scheme.The participating lines include; the Northern line, Jubilee line, Central line, Piccadilly line and the Victoria line - al- though certain branches of all lines will not run. The night tubes will run on Fri- day and Saturday nights with six to eight tubes running each hour.LufTHansa - onLinE TravEL guidEsLufthansa has recently published a digital travel guide to more than 100 Lufthansa destinations at guide, by the end of this year available for its 200 current destinations. Passen- gers can use the travel guides online for free, both on a computer at home and on mobile devices when travelling. All the recommendations, tips and articles are available in German and English, and have been specially researched by their travel editors.Useful details about the local airport and the rest of the country help to plan the trip. Additionally it offers a‘door-to-door planner’, a detailed itinerary that combines the flight connections and more than600 other transport options of different providers (train, car, public transport) to describe the journey from home to global destinations in minute detail. www.travelguide.lufthansa.commancHEsTEr airporT Tram LinkMetrolink’s new line to Manchester Airport has opened to passengers over 12 months ahead of schedule. Trams start at the Corn- brook interchange, just off Bridgewater Way (A56) operating every 12 minutes. Trams from the airport run as far as Cornbrook until Metrolink’s transformational Second City Crossing opens in 2017 and unlocks extratrack capacity through the city centre.Journeys from the airport to Cornbrook, where passengers can connect with frequent services to stops across the network, take around 45 minutes and will effectively double the number of trams running between St Werburgh’s Road and Cornbrook.A 300-space park and ride facility- free for Metrolink passengers to use has opened at the Sale Water Park tre/Pages/default.aspxo’LEary HErE To sTayIn a statement, Ryanair confirmed that O’Leary has switched from a 12-month rolling contract to a five-year agreement “which commits him to the company until September 2019.”Under O’Leary’s leadership, Ryanair has grown from carrying 3 million annual passengers to over 80 million passengers per year. Over the next five years, it is aiming to grow by another 50% to carry more than 120 million annual passen- gers by 2019Ryanair added: “Mr. O’Leary has been granted options over five million ordinary shares, payable at current market prices. However, these options will only vest if the airline delivers exceptional perfor- mance targets over the next five years, which have been set by the remuneration committee.” www.ryanair.comryanair and amadEusThe low cost carrier and global travel distribution system has announce a breakthrough new agreement that will bring a wide range of the carrier’s fares and full ancillary services content to Amadeus subscribers for the first timein over a decade, via Amadeus’ light ticketing technology. The airline’s ancil- lary services content will also be made available.The agreement also means that Ryanair’s new Business Plus fares will be made available to Amadeus subscribers, offer- ing business and corporate travellers a tailored package, including flexible ticket changes, a 20kg baggage allowance, fast-track at airports, priority board-ing and premium seating. Amadeus subscribers will not be subject to any surcharge when booking Ryanair and the fares displayed via Amadeus will have parity with Ryanair’s other distribution channels, including its website.wHEn To Book a cHEap fLigHTSkyscanner has revealed when to get the best deals on flights to six key winter city destinations. The results are based on thousands of searches from the UK.It found the best times to book are:Bangkok - 3 weeks before departureGeneva - 3 weeks before departureBerlin - 5 weeks before departureMiami - 5 weeks before departureSydney - 6 weeks before departureHong Kong - 8 weeks before depar- tureThe six destinations were chosen as they see their popularity soar in the winter,with the biggest increase in searches be- tween August and December of all global cities. However the study also highlighted that it depends on the destinationTHai – BaggagE aLLowancE incrEasEThai Airways International announces its new baggage allowance policy for all classes of travel. An additional 10 kilo- grams of checked baggage for all classes of travel on all THAI flights, except on flights to and from the USA.Royal First Class passengers may now check-in 50 kilograms of baggage, from 40 kilograms previously. Royal Silk Class passengers are now allowed 40 kilograms, from 30 kilograms; while Economy Class passengers are allowed 30 kilograms, from 20 kilograms previ- ously. Royal Orchid Plus members are also entitled additional baggage allowance based on their respective member status.On the Road issue 217Page 7Ryanair’s Michael O’LearyMobile check-in

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