Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) January 02, 2013
In its weekly video blog, Business Travel Management’s Managing Director, Jake Hower, goes over recent news in travel and gives his insider perspective on the recent updates. This week’s news roundup includes news from Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Etihad, and Korean Airlines.
Passengers may now buy access to Air New Zealand’s Koru Lounges. Domestic Koru Lounges will charge $40 per visit, and international Koru Lounges will charge $55 per visit.
“If you have a long stretch of time to kill while waiting for your international flight, its well worth it. They’ve got a nice pool table in the Melbourne lounge. The food’s good there and it’s certainly a lot more quiet and comfortable than sitting in the departure lounge,” said Jake Hower.
Virgin Australia and Etihad have both announced an increase in their check-in baggage allowance in Economy Class. Both airlines will now allow up to 30 kilos per passenger.
“I’m sure Qantas and Emirates will retaliate. Watch this space, I’ll keep you updated in the progression of this battle and we’ll certainly see who wins,” said Mr. Hower.
Etihad is updating its First Class suites for aircrafts that service Sydney.
“Right now, Etihad’s got a great deal. They are offering First Class flights to Europe for under $10,000. That First Class fare is very close to the Business Class fares, but we’ll have to be quick to get that particular deal,” said Mr. Hower.
Korean Airlines has announced that they are withdrawing their Melbourne – Seoul direct service beginning in March 2013.
“It shouldn’t affect too many people, but certainly if you were one of those travellers that used to fly directly to Seoul from Melbourne, now you’ll have to fly via one of the other Asian cities or via Sydney to get to Seoul,” said Mr. Hower.
Frequent travellers who want more insider travel tips and news can visit the blog at Business Travel Management.
About Business Travel Management
Business Travel Management is a division of Pan Australian Travel Pty Ltd, which has been in operation since the late 1950s. It is 100% owned and operated by two Australian directors, Chris Daniels and Jake Hower.
Chris and Jake came up with the idea for Business Travel Management after they realized that existing travel companies did not cater well to small and medium enterprises. Meanwhile, Pan Australian Travel was already servicing an existing “core” of SME clients, so it already had deep expertise in this market segment.
Therefore, Chris and Jake formed Business Travel Management in 2012 to cater to SME business travelers.
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