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Two tier immigration checks at UK airports on the cards


In a move certain to anger equality campaigners, the UK Border Agency has told parliament it is working on plans to allow “high-value” travellers preferential treatment at airports.

Passengers viewed as valuable to either airlines or the UK economy could be offered the service, which is already available to business class travellers.

Brian Moore, the departing head of the UK Border Force, said the distinction could be made at immigration control under the plans. It would be an extension of a priority queueing system tried out this year at London Heathrow Airport, under.

Under that system passengers from Australia, Canada, the US, New Zealand and other mainly old Commonwealth countries who do not need a visa to enter Britain were fast-tracked.

Moore told the Commons home affairs select committee earlier: “It is an idea that officials are discussing with port operators.

“It will then go back to ministers for them to consider whether and how it is going to be progressed. It is an idea that is being pursued.”

However, the idea has already been criticised in some quarters for perceived damage to UK equality, with poorer passengers suffering at the expense of those willing to pay.Compare Car Hire UK Airports

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Gulf Air adds seven more flights to Bahrain


Compare Car HireEncouraged by the strong passenger growth witnessed across the network during the summer ‘12 season, Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air today announced seven additional flights between Kuwait and Bahrain in its winter timetable that has been brought forward effective 10 September 2012.

Flights to Kuwait have been increased from 42 to 49 per week with the addition of a daily morning flight departing Kuwait at 0735 hours. This new flight connects passengers arriving from London, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Istanbul and Delhi within one hour to travel to Kuwait. It allows convenient connections to Sana’a, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Beirut, Khartoum and Kabul and is a great advantage for corporate travellers, who prefer to return to their destinations the same day.

Gulf Air’s new pre-winter timetable comes with a range of new features that include more frequencies between Bahrain and key GCC, MENA and Asian destinations and upgraded fleet to certain destinations providing greater capacity.

Announcing the winter schedule, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr Karim Makhlouf said, “Following the encouraging passenger growth we witnessed during the summer, we foresee the demand to continue through to the winter. Kuwait particularly has seen excellent growth with high seat factors; therefore we have decided to add more frequencies for this route and bring forward our winter schedule that usually begins in late October to facilitate our customers with better and convenient travel options.”

He continued, “Our leadership position in the Middle East is further strengthened in this schedule with additional frequencies while our ever popular Asian sector is also being bolstered with more capacity and additional frequencies.

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