Heathrow Airport (LHR) Open

Hi all,

Follwoing on from our Gatwick Closure blog I thought I’d updat you on Heathrow’s Status.

Thursday 2 December

Heathrow is open and most flights are operating. Some airlines are experiencing cancellations or delays today due to snow disruption at other airports. For information about a specific flight

Friday 3 December

Heathrow is open and most flights are operating. Some airlines are experiencing cancellations or delays today due to snow disruption at other airports.

Will keep this updated as news comes in.



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Car Hire Models Collected By Our Customers In October 2010

Hi all,

Following the popularity of my last blog regarding car hire makes and models being collected I thought I’d update you with a selection that were collected in  October this year.

Mr J Manson booked an Intermediate SUV for collection from Union Square, San Francisco on the 05/10/10 with Alamo Rent A Car and got this (looks like a free upgrade).

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Mr Gary Emerson collected a convertible from Sanford International Airport on the 04/10/10 with Budget Rent A Car and got this.

Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford Mustang Convertible

Miss S Walton collected an Intermediate 4 door from Miami International Airport on the 03/10/10 with Dollar Rent A Car and got this.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

Mr J Davidson collected a 7 seater minivan from Boston International Airport on the 06/10/10 with Alamo Rent A Car and got this.

Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

Mr A Taylor-Gregg collected a luxury vehicle from Union Square, San Francisco on the 04/10/10 with Alamo Rent A Car and got this.

Cadillac DTS

Cadillac DTS


What vehicle types have you collected?



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A Guide To Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Orlando International Airport



Orlando International Airport is the closest airport to the business district ofmcoOrlando approximately 6 miles away. Its it also the closest to the World famous Orlando attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

It is Florida’s 2nd busiest airport just behind Miami International Airport (MIA), and welcomes more than 36 million passengers a year through its terminals.

Originally called McCoy Air Force Base due to its past life as a strategic air command  location, Orlando International Airport takes its airport code from its original roots, MCO, the name McCoy relates to Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy.


The Orlando International Airport consists of a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and four airside concourses accessible via monorail or treadmills.

The main terminal building is divided into two terminals; Terminal A and Terminal B. Passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities can be found on both the building’s north side (A), and on the building’s south side (B). Both terminals share two security checkpoints, one in the West Hall leading to Airsides 1 and 2, and another in the East Atrium, leading to Airsides 3 and 4.

Airside 4 currently serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse; however Airside 1 also handles some international arrivals. Arriving international passengers who require immigration and/or customs clearance are processed through those checkpoints in the airside terminal where they arrive. After clearing US immigration, passengers collect their baggage and clear US customs. After clearing customs, international passengers must ride the people mover to the main terminal. Airside 4 provides escalator access directly from the customs hall to the people mover platform. This has eliminated the requirement for arriving international passengers to go through a security inspection between the customs area and the people mover, and as a result they now have the option of bringing their checked baggage with them on the people mover. Alternatively, passengers also have the option of placing their baggage on a transfer belt in the customs hall for transport to the main terminal’s baggage claim. Only those passengers, who are connecting to a flight in Airside 4 and airport employees, will need to go through security upon exiting customs.

The airport features a unique on-site Hyatt Regency hotel within the main terminal structure. The hotel is located on the East Atrium side of the terminal with a fourth floor lobby level and guest rooms beginning on level five and above. The airport features an expansive lobby area for guests awaiting flights, convention space, several bars, and two restaurants including a signature restaurant on the top level of the terminal building overlooking the airport facility and runways below.

Terminal A

Major carriers based in Terminal A include Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, and several international carriers including Air Canada, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Martinair, GOL, Volaris, Interjet, and Copa Airlines. However, the majority of international arrivals at Orlando International Airport are processed by Airside 4.

Airside 1

Gates 1-17 and 20-28

Secondary International Arrivals Concourse

Part of original terminal, Opened in 1981

Airside 2

Gates 101-106, 110-112 and 120-126

Hub Concourse for Southwest Airlines and Jetblue Airways (except for International Flights, which depart from Airside 4)

Terminal B

Major carriers based in Terminal B include AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and major international carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic. Airside 4 serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse.

Airside 3

Gates 30-48 and 50-59

United Airlines Red Carpet Club

Part of original terminal, opened in 1981

Airside 4

Gates 60, 70-78, 80-87 and 90-97

Primary International Arrivals Concourse

Delta Air Lines Sky Club

Hub Concourse for AirTran Airways

Airlines  Destinations Airside
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aeroméxico Mexico City 4
Air Canada Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle [begins June 7] 4
AirTran Airways Akron/Canton, Allentown, Aruba, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Bloomington/Normal, Branson (MO), Buffalo, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chicago-Midway, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Key West, Knoxville, Lexington, Milwaukee, Moline/Quad Cities, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-LaGuardia, Newport News/Williamsburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, San Juan, Washington-Dulles, Washington-Reagan, White Plains
Seasonal: Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Antonio, Wichita
Air Transat Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson 1
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 1
Allegiant Air Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntington (WV), Knoxville, Lexington (KY), Springfield (MO), Tri-Cities (TN), Youngstown (OH) 1
American Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK 1
Bahamasair Nassau 3
British Airways London-Gatwick 4
CanJet Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Quebec City
Continental Airlines Cleveland, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark 3
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington-Reagan [begins October 31]
Seasonal: Cancùn
Delta Connection operated by Comair Raleigh/Durham [begins November 1] 4
Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Grand Rapids [seasonal] 4
Frontier Airlines Denver, Milwaukee 3
Frontier Airlines operated byRepublic Airlines Seasonal: Omaha 3
Interjet Seasonal: Monterrey, Merida 1
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Austin, Boston, Bogotá, Buffalo, Burlington, Cancún, Hartford [begins November 17], Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Ponce, Portland (ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY)[ends November 30], San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Syracuse, Washington-Dulles, Washington-Reagan [begins November 1], White Plains 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 4
Martinair Amsterdam [ends January 15] 1
Southwest Airlines Albany, Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Denver, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Hartford, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Panama City (FL), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio 2
Spirit Airlines Atlantic City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan 3
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Lansing [begins December 22]
Sunwing Airlines Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau
TACA Airlines San Salvador
Seasonal: Guatemala City
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 4
United Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles 3
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington-Reagan 3
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Washington-Reagan 3
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco 2
Virgin Atlantic Airways London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
Volaris Seasonal: Monterrey 1
WestJet Calgary, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Edmonton [begins December 18] Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Winnipeg

Rental Car Quick Turnaround Facility

The Rental Car Quick Turnaround Facility at OIA will allow rental carcar rental quick turnaroundcompanies to house 96 percent of their fleet on property so passengers will no longer need to catch shuttle buses to off airport locations.


While the car renting public may never set foot in the new rental car quick-turnaround area (QTA), they will notice an immediate difference in enhanced customer service. The 41 million dollar construction project designed to bring 96 percent of rental car activities back onto airport property is more than half way complete. The “A” terminal portion, the larger of the two, is still under construction while the “B” side began limited operations before the holidays. The project expands the QTA where rental car companies will be capable of storing hundreds of vehicles while also processing dozens of cars simultaneously including interior cleaning, washing, fuelling and light maintenance.

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Dollar Thrifty Politely Decline Avis Budget Offer

Hi all,

I reported last week about the Budget Avis Group making a counter offer for Dollar Thrifty, the offer they made was more than the orginal offer made by Hertz. However last night the offer was rejected by Dollar Thrifty in favour of the lesser Hertz offer.dollarrentacar

The reason behind this from the Hertz point of view is that they believe their offer will have less objections from regulators due to the fact that their presence on airport is less than Avis Budget.

However from what I understand Dollar Thrifty are concerned that Avis Budget are not willing to enter in to a “reverse termination fee” where if Avis Budget were unable to or pulled out of the deal, Dollar Thrifty would be compensated. Hertz have agreed to this clause.

From what I have read, if Avis Budget agree to this addition the deal could be on.

I wait for the next instalment of the latest car hire soap opera.



U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

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Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Opens

A new airport in north-west Florida will open up the region to international tourists, according to the state’s tourism authority.

Northwest Florida Beaches international airport opened last Sunday, meaning a Gatwick connection to north-west Florida is now anoption with Delta Airlines via Atlanta.

Visit Florida chief executive Chris Thompson said the new airport would improve access to the Emerald Coast. This is a less well-known part of Florida, historically visited only by Americans because of the poor air access.

“Of Florida’s visitors, 95% have been before, so we are trying to market areas that people don’t know much about,” he said. “The airport will help visitors discover a hidden treasure.”

Southwest Airlines is providing the new airport with eight daily flights from Orlando,Nashville, Baltimore and Houston.

The new flights will allow Brits to combine the theme parks with the beach attractions of Panama City, Destin and Fort Walton Beach in one holiday.

Local tourist boards hope the improved access will convince British operators to include the area in their programmes.

Direct flights from the UK are a long-term goal for the airport, which has a 10,000ft runway and seven gates.

Susan Estler, vice-president of marketing for the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, said: “We will make continued efforts to get other carriers into the airport. Virgin Atlantic flights would be wonderful.”

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