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London protests: Police clear areas of central London as Extinction Rebellion stage Heathrow demonstration

19 Apr: London protests: Police clear areas of central London as Extinction Rebellion stage Heathrow demonstration

Police have cleared climate activists from part of the Oxford Circus demonstration as the Extinction Rebellion protests entered their fifth day. London’s busiest shopping street remained blocked despite although police manage to move the pink boat which had been used to block the junction with Regent Street.   The vessel was attached to a lorry and taken…

Heathrow airport to be hit by Extinction Rebellion protesters as home secretary urges police to use 'full force of the law'

18 Apr: Heathrow airport to be hit by Extinction Rebellion protesters as home secretary urges police to use 'full force of the law'

Climate campaigners taking part in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests are planning to target Heathrow airport on Friday following days of demonstrations in London that have led to nearly 500 arrests. The Metropolitan Police will deploy a “significant number of officers” to the airport and the force said it would take “firm action against any…

Portugal airports running out of fuel as travellers warned of major flight disruptions

16 Apr: Portugal airports running out of fuel as travellers warned of major flight disruptions

Travellers to and from Portugal are being warned that their flights may be disrupted. A nationwide strike involving drivers of hazardous-goods vehicles has led to fuel shortages at Lisbon, Porto and Faro airports.  Lisbon, the busiest airport in Portugal, is warning travellers: “Due to a national strike, [the] aircraft fuel supply was interrupted, so there…

British Airways launches new compensation process

16 Apr: British Airways launches new compensation process

British Airways has launched what it calls “a streamlined compensation process” to help passengers claim for delayed and cancelled flights. Under the European legislation known as EU261, travellers are entitled to cash compensation for long delays or cancellations that are within the airlines’ control.  The sum ranges from €250 (£215) for short flights that arrive three…

Mastercard blocks rip-off 'dynamic currency conversion' – for relatively few travellers

12 Apr: Mastercard blocks rip-off 'dynamic currency conversion' – for relatively few travellers

Prepaid cardholders will avoid being ripped off this summer by merchants abroad using “dynamic currency conversion” (DCC), after Mastercard has made changes to its rules. The DCC scheme is designed to reward the merchant by offering the chance to pay in sterling rather than the local currency at an unfavourable rate of exchange. Shops, restaurants and…

Dubai Airport accidentally breaks Saudi plane with water cannon salute

12 Apr: Dubai Airport accidentally breaks Saudi plane with water cannon salute

A water cannon salute damaged a Saudi plane and injured a passenger after it landed at Dubai International Airport. A ceremonial gesture in the aviation industry, typically performed for a special occasion such as an inaugural flight or a final service, the cannon was honouring Saudi Arabia National Day, according to a report into the incident by the UAE’s General…