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Budget UK introduces new luxury car hire service

Budget UK has confirmed the launch of its new luxury car hire service called Budget Premier.

With Budget Premier, customers can select from one of three different luxury categories to suit their personal needs and requirements. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and come with automatic transmission and the option to add an additional driver at no extra cost.

Once a customer selects a vehicle, they will receive their chosen model or a similar alternative upon collection, enabling them to hire a premium product without the premium price tag. These vehicles are available to hire at Central London, Heathrow Airport, Central Manchester, Manchester Airport and Scotland.

Kaye Ceille, managing director, Budget UK commented: “At Budget, we’re committed to providing our customers with a great choice of vehicles at even better prices.

“Budget Premier is a brilliant new service for those wanting to drive away in style without paying a premium, offering the very best in affordable luxury.”

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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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Heathrow is expected to set a new record for passenger numbers as it welcomes athletes to the London 2012 Games.

Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!16 July marks the start of the busy period for Olympic arrivals and Britain’s biggest peacetime transport challenge. 236,955 passengers are expected to travel through the airport on Monday, breaking the previous record of 233,562 set on 31 July 2011. Throughout the day, Olympians will arrive from more than 50 countries. To ensure that all passengers have a smooth journey and a great welcome to the Games extra staff and volunteers are working across the airport. The full details are:

• Passengers. 236,955 passengers (121,239 arrivals and 115,716 departures) are expected to pass through the airport today compared to 190,000 on an average day.

• Athletes. 335 athletes are expected today as part of 1,027 Games Family arrivals. The busiest day for arriving athletes is expected to be 24 July when 1,262 athletes and coaches are expected as part of 3,008 Games Family arrivals.

• Volunteers. More than 500 Heathrow and Locog volunteers, speaking more than 20 languages between them, will welcome groups of Olympic athletes and officials from their planes today.

• Olympic accreditation. London 2012 accreditation desks are operational in each terminal allowing Games family members to collect their accreditation for the Olympic Village as soon as they arrive.

• Immigration. Additional Border Force officers are staffing immigration desks for the peak arrivals period, helping to ensure that all passengers have a smooth journey. Border waiting times have been within the targets set by the Home Office, which is responsible for immigration, since new resources were put in place yesterday.

• Baggage. Additional staff are on duty in the baggage hall to quickly reunite Olympic teams with their baggage and equipment. Athletes travel with around twice the number of bags as regular passengers (an average of nearly three items per athlete). Approximately 15% of baggage on peak days will be large pieces of sporting equipment such as canoes, pole vaults, bikes and javelins and around 1,000 guns and associated ammunition will be arriving with competitors over the coming days.

• Onward travel. London 2012 coaches will be operating from airport forecourts for the first time today to transport athletes to the Olympic Village. Accredited media will be using the Heathrow Express as the quickest and most convenient way to access central London.

Nick Cole, Head of Olympic and Paralympic Planning at BAA, said:

“Today heralds the start of Britain’s biggest peacetime transport challenge and Heathrow’s busiest ever period. We are expecting more passengers to travel through Heathrow today than on any day in the airport’s history. We have spent seven years preparing for the Games’ challenge. Now we are putting that planning into action with thousands of extra staff and volunteers on hand to welcome the world to London.”

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a marathon, not a sprint, for Heathrow. The airport has some major challenges ahead, including unprecedented numbers of departing Olympics passengers and bags on 13 August and Paralympic arrivals and departures in August and September.”


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