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Apr 14, 2008

UK Business travel increased last year and looks likely to increase again in 2008 - despite analysts[sup.1] pessimistic economic forecasts - according to the Barclaycard Business Travel Survey. Nearly half of respondents (44%) travelled more in 2007 than they did the previous year, and a third planned to travel more in 2008 - with 77% anticipating the same amount or more. Business expansion in the UK and abroad were the main reasons. However, the poll of more than 3,000 business travellers also shows spending is under closer scrutiny, with fewer trips being taken using business class[sup.1] and more on budget airlines. Companies seem to be focusing on managing and minimising costs, with more than 55% of respondents saying they were most likely to fly economy class when travelling for business, compared with 46% in 2006. In 2001, 41% of respondents cited business class as their main mode of air travel. Six years later just 11% said they travel business or first class. Apr 10, 2008

UK Business travellers are increasingly opting for low-cost airlines for their work trips - British Airways (28%) was followed by easyJet (15%) and Ryanair (8%) as the favoured airlines for travel. Both budget carriers more than doubled their share from 2006. In addition, luxury accommodation is also on the decline for corporate stays, with more than half of travellers - 54% - choosing hotels based on value for money, while 49% said cost was the sole factor in their decision. Apr 10, 2008

The open skies agreement between the U.S. and the EU boosted the number of available seats across the Atlantic by 20%. The result is lower fares for travelers, but observers note that soaring fuel prices have forced carriers to add surcharges to fares. Apr 7, 2008

Air One

Air One will increase its presence from Milan Malpensa this summer, using opportunities available as a result of Alitalia's downscaling at the airport. The Italian carrier will operate 138 weekly flights from Milan MXP on a network featuring domestic, European and long-haul routes. Last month, Network, Marketing and Business Development Director Giorgio de Roni said that AP had applied to the US Dept. of Transportation for authority to launch flights to the US. The new transatlantic open skies agreement eliminates the designation requirements but still requires licensing. Alitalia previously announced its intention to hub exclusively in Rome. Apr 7, 2008

Air One

Privately held Air One intends to...

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