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London Gatwick open with mammoth backlog as drones disappear

London’s Gatwick airport reopened for flights Dec 21 while cautioning that it’s still on the hunt for illegal drones that buzzed the hub for almost 24 hours, disrupting travel for more than 120,000 people.


Thomas Cook to close 50 UK stores as sales move online

Travel firm Thomas Cook said it would close 50 stores in Britain as part of an ongoing review into its shop network, as more and more sales move online.


Mobile travel consultants pose threat to traditional travel agencies

Chances are high that you've booked holiday travel or a business trip using an agent or large online portal. Perhaps you've even booked directly with a certain hotel or airline.


Thomas Cook partners with Expedia for hotel sales

British tour operator Thomas Cook said it had entered into a strategic alliance with Expedia to make the online travel company its preferred provider of hotels for certain holiday sales.


Is there still a place for the traditional travel agency?

Given how easy it is book a holiday online these days, you might think time is up for traditional travel agencies, with their paper catalogues and cardboard stands. But across several recent surveys, travel agencies have proven to be surprisingly resilient.


Intelligent luggage: Suitcases that check themselves in

Besides getting wheels, luggage hasn't seen a lot of innovation over the decades. However, that might be about to change as the "Internet of things" makes its presence felt in the world of the humble suitcase.


Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits

A carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said.


EU probes online sales in electronics, videogames, hotels

EU antitrust regulators opened three investigations on Feb 2 into 15 companies suspected of restricting online sales of electronics, videogames and hotel rooms to deny consumers choice and prevent them from buying at the lowest prices.