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3rd consecutive year: This airport has been ranked as worst Airport in UK

“Disastrous” customer service, long queues at passport control and security as well as poor airport facilities meant Luton trailed the pack in the latest Which? airport survey, with a “dismal” 35 per cent satisfaction rating.

London Stansted and Manchester T3 also performed poorly, coming in joint second from bottom with a customer service score of 44 per cent. The main complaint was long queues at security.

Luton for its worst customer service and operational reasons ranked as worst Airport for the third time. However Sheffield Airport ranked first with 87% satisfaction, Southend Airport stood second with 84%, Heathrow was nowhere in top 3. Manchester ranked 6th with 69% customer satisfaction

At the other end of the spectrum was Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which topped the chart with a customer satisfaction score of 87 per cent. Passengers praised short queues, facilities and fast baggage reclaim.

In London, Southend was voted the UK’s second-best airport (and the capital’s best) with an 84 per cent satisfaction score. Efficient bag drop, security and passport control were praised.

Heathrow’s customer satisfaction score depended on the terminal. T5 scored 63 per cent, while T3 was the worst rated with 55 per cent. A limited range of shops and restaurants and queues at passport control were behind the low score.

“With new routes launching all the time, passengers have an increasing choice over not just who they fly with but where they fly from,” says Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel. If you can pick a smaller airport, choose Southend over Luton, and Doncaster Sheffield or Liverpool instead of Manchester to get your holiday off to a better start.”

The survey was based on 11,265 passenger visits to UK airports during April and May 2018, looking at everything from queues at bag drop to the cleanliness of the toilets.

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Sports Direct to prevent sinking UK retail House of Fraser:

It was not unexpected but an other plunge of a retail in recent time and was also predicted moment House of Fraser announced to closed down its flagship store from London, few outlets to shut down and Head office to shift to Scotland from London all these were assumed the signs of either being acquired by some giant or merger could be the possible option hence Sports Direct CEO heads down and announced

House of Fraser has 59 stores across the UK and Ireland, including 31 already earmarked for closure, and employs 17,500 people. The House of Fraser store in Dublin was not included in the deal.

The group announced in June that it was shutting down a raft of stores, putting 6,000 jobs at risk, after the costs of running its store network had become “unsustainable”.

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has bought department store chain House of Fraser, which collapsed into administration on Friday morning.

The discount sports retailer paid £90m in cash to buy the high street department store chain, which includes all its UK stores, the branding and all of its stock.

The group announced in June that it was shutting down a raft of stores, putting 6,000 jobs at risk, after the costs of running its store network had become “unsustainable”.

On Friday, administrators from EY were called in, and reports emerged that the Sports Direct founder, who also owns Newcastle United football club, was close to buying all or part of the retailer. The deal was confirmed hours after House of Fraser collapsed.

Britain’s first Home Secretary Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistan-born bus conductor

Britain’s first ethnic minority Home Secretary today pledged “decency and fairness” for the Windrush generation migrants. Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistan-born bus conductor, gave the promise after he replaced Amber Rudd in one of the toughest jobs in politics.

He was picked by Theresa May to defuse a crisis that was increasingly lapping at the door of No 10. Mr Javid, 48, whose Muslim parents came to Britain in 1961, said they would be “very proud”. But he added that his “most urgent task” would be to reassure  Windrush migrants. His responsibilities include taking charge of the fight against Islamist terrorism as well as immigration policy.

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The whirlwind reshuffle was triggered by Ms Rudd falling on her sword at 10pm last night after documents emerged that appeared to contradict her assurances that she had not been told about Whitehall targets for the removal of illegal migrants. 

Mr Javid said his priorities would be the “heavy responsibility” of keeping the public safe, and to look “carefully” at immigration policy.

“The most urgent task I have is to help those British citizens that came from the Caribbean, the so-called Windrush generation, and make sure that they are treated with the decency and the fairness that they deserve,” he told Sky.

On his policing and security role, he said: “That’s a huge responsibility, something I take very seriously.”

ASDA owned Walmart merging with Sainsbury to give a brawl to UK biggest retail giant

U.K. food retail is set for a massive shake up as J Sainsbury and Asda plan to merge, creating a new giant for the supermarket sector. J Sainsbury and Walmart‘s Asda are joining forces in a deal worth £7.3 billion ($10 billion), they confirmed Monday morning.

If approved by regulators, it will surpass Tesco which is the largest retailer in the U.K. with 25 percent of market share. The two companies merging are the second and the third largest retailers, currently. Given the size of the two companies, regulators will have to assess whether their merger would not create market disruptions.

ASDA owned by Walmart merging with Sainsbury to give a hard brawl to UK biggest retail chain TESCO 

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Kevin O’Byrne, the chief financial officer of Sainsbury’s, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe”: “We think this is a great combination, creating a very dynamic player in the retail market.”

“The market has changed beyond recognition in the last 10 years and even in the last three years, the discounters have doubled their share, we’ve got new entrance coming into the market that just couldn’t exist a few years ago,” O’Byrne told CNBC Monday morning.

The merger will keep both the Sainsbury’s and Asda brands. The firms said in a statement that Walmart, which owns Asda, will have 42 percent of the issued share capital of the combined business and will not hold more than 29.9 percent of the total voting rights.

They also said that the combined business will generate at least £500 million ($688.62 million) in cost savings and lead to a reduction in prices of about 10 percent. Shares of J Sainsbury jumped 20 percent as markets opened in Europe Monday morning.

According to Bruno Monteyne, European food retail analyst at Bernstein, “scale remains the most important factor in food retail profitability.”

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No commercial flight stays in air for that long:

There aren’t many commercial flights that stay in the air for this long, but if you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to actually experience such a trip, now you can find out. Just pull up a comfy chair, grab a few snacks, and settle in for the virtual journey of a lifetime.

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The first-ever non-stop commercial flight from Australia to the U.K. took place at the end of March. For the inaugural journey back to Perth, Australia, which departed later the same day, flying enthusiast Noel Marsh-Giddings took his camera on board Qantas flight QF10 and filmed not just the take-off and landing, but also the entire 16-plus hours in between.

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“Once airborne, we proceed over Europe, towards Romania, the Black Sea and Turkey,” Noel writes in the video’s notes. The sun sets as they fly through Turkish airspace, and a while later they pass over the Iranian city of Shiraz, with the lights of Dubai and Abu Dhabi shimmering in the far distance.

New direct service from London to Amsterdam will cost you just?

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There will initially be two trains per day from London’s St Pancras station, each taking three hours and 41 minutes to reach Amsterdam Centraal.Tickets go on sale on 20 February and start at £35 one way.

Return journeys will require a change in Brussels, a temporary measure until the UK and Dutch governments reach an agreement on passport procedures.

Until then, passengers will need to go through security and get their passports checked in the Belgian capital. But Eurostar said that, with up to 10 trains a day from Brussels to London, the connection “should be quick and smooth” Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, said: “The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in international high-speed rail. “With direct services from the UK to the Netherlands, France, and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.

“Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high-speed rail on both sides of the Channel.”

At two hours and 15 minutes, the London to Paris journey is much quicker than the London to Amsterdam route. Passengers traveling in one direction, from Amsterdam to London, will also have to disembark at Brussels for passport and security checks.

But by 2019 the return journey should become truly direct as Eurostar said that the British and Dutch governments would put in place an agreement to allow those checks to take place on departure in the Netherlands

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“Bad embassy deal” is not the only reason Trump cancelled visit to London in Feb

Donald Trump has canceled his visit to the UK in February as a result of fears that his trip will be met with wide-scale protests. However, the U.S. President claimed that the reason he pulled his visit was his unhappiness with the sale and relocation of the Embassy in London.

“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration has sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” the full tweet reads.

There was an outburst on social media after the visit was announced last year when protesters vowed to turn out in great numbers to let the US President know that he was not welcome in the UK.

 

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan — who has been criticised by Mr. Trump in tweets — said the US President appeared to have “got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance”.

      

Donald Trump has confirmed he will not travel to the UK in February amid fears he would not be made welcome.

The United States announced plans to move from its current embassy building in Mayfair in 2008 and the new building will open on January 16. On the embassy web page about the project, it said: ‘The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other US Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds.’

We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square,” then-Ambassador Robert Tuttle said. “In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility.” The ground was broken at the new site, in Nine Elms, in November 2013. Philadelphia-based architects KieranTimberlake won the tender to design the new building, according to the US embassy website. The existing complex in Grosvenor Square has been sold to Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which will convert it into a hotel