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Posted On June 30, 2017 Posted By Isabella Medalle

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EUROPE RIDS ITSELF OF ROAMING CHARGES FOR DATA, VOICE AND TEXT

Good news for travellers going to Europe. The EU have done away with roaming charges within all EU member countries. Under the 'Connected Continent' agreement, all travellers will be able to pay the same amount for texts, calls and data regardless of which EU member country they are in. This will simplify the traveller experience and make connectivity a less costly venture for all.

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO END USE OF OUTGOING PASSENGER CARDS IN JULY

The Australian Government have announced that Outgoing Passenger Cards (OPC's) will no longer be required for travellers from the 1st of July 2017. The change has come through to streamline the traveller experience, remove manual processes and move onto more advanced technology for data collection. The OPCs will be replaced with new Incoming Passenger Card.

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ETIHAD CUTS BACK ON CHAUFFEUR DRIVE SERVICE FOR PREMIUM TRAVELLERS

Etihad Airways have announced that as of 3 July 2017, they will be cutting back on their free chauffeur drive service for Premium travellers. The cuts will affect all Business and First class passengers in every city other than Etihad's hub city of Abu Dhabi. Those travelling on Etihad's A380 Residence Suites will not be affected by the changes and will still receive these services complimentary. Etihad have announced that tickets issued prior to 3 July won't be affected by these changes and will therefore still receive this complimentary service (where applicable).

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BRITISH AIRWAYS MIXED FLEET CABIN CREW STRIKE FROM JULY 1

A number of British Airways Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew are set to strike from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July 2017 (inclusive). British Airways have already cancelled a number of long-haul flights from Heathrow due to the strike. Customers worried about their flights are advised to speak to their travel providers for updates or visit the British Airways website

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA TO OPEN LOUNGES TO QANTAS FREQUENT FLYERS UNTIL AUGUST

Until the end of August 2017, Qantas Frequent Flyers (Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and paid Qantas Cub Members) will be able to visit Virgin Australia lounges prior to their flights if they are booked in Economy X. For more information on this promotion click here

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AUSTRALIAN FLIGHTS TO THE USA TO FACE ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES

The American Department of Homeland Security have announced that passengers flying from Australia to USA are likely to face enhanced security measures over the coming weeks. These measures will include thorough checks of tablets and laptops, a presence of more bomb-sniffing dogs and increased vetting of passengers prior to boarding.

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AMSTERDAM AIRPORT EXPRESS LANE TRIALS TO BEGIN IN JULY

Travellers who pack light are going to be able to fly through Amsterdam Schiphol’s express lane as of 1 July 2017. The lane will ensure travellers who are carrying no more than a handbag, small backpack or laptop case will be able to bypass slow lanes with passengers with large amounts of carry on. The airport will implement signage saying 'Small Bags Only' at security checkpoints. Staff at these checkpoints will be able to determine if travellers are eligible for the express lane. The lane will be located in departure halls 1,2 and 3.

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QANTAS FACES DELAY TO ITS LONDON HEATHROW LOUNGE OPENING

Qantas have announced that the opening of their new London Heathrow Lounge has been pushed back to late 2017 (with a potential September-October opening) due to construction and contractor issues.

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