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SPAA President : Ken McLeod

Ken McLeod, of the Advantage Travel Partnership, currently serves as SPAA President. He has a particular interest in licensing and aviation-related matters.

Ken is a keen golfer.

In his role as SPAA President, he writes a weekly column for SPAA Today and the Association's website. To read Ken's weekly columns (and those of Immediate Past President Alan Glen, simply scroll down this archive and click on 'More' ...

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Airline Insolvency Review – Will the airlines take it on?

The Review on Airline Insolvency was finally issued by the Government this morning. The Review was set up after the collapse of Monarch Airlines in early October 2017, at which time…

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Will APD in Scotland Ever Change?

“Kicking the can down the road” seems to be an expression used not only by Westminster, but it’s now doing the rounds in Scottish Government circles. The announcement that APD in Scotland…

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VIRGIN RAIL HITS THE BUFFERS

The news that Virgin Rail may no longer be operating any rail franchise in the future has come as a great surprise, not only to the travel trade, but to Virgin itself. The surprise…

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BOEING’S 737 MAX CHALLENGE + THE IMPLICATIONS

The grounding of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft following the Ethiopian crash has serious implications for Boeing itself and the US in particular. Air travel has never been safer, especially…

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AIRLINE FAILURE IS A GOVERNMENT FAILURE

The demise of Flybmi, unlike the Monarch collapse last year, came as a shock to many. That includes the Department for Transport who had no clue of its impending announcement. And…

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THE CHANGING FORTUNES OF THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY

There seem to be fluctuating fortunes, for airlines in particular at the moment, who are being challenged by a variety of issues. Flybe don’t have their problems to seek; Norwegian…

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AIRPORT INNOVATION ALWAYS GOOD NEWS

This summer Manchester Airport will open a new stand-alone VIP Terminal, which is not really news in itself, however - according to the publicity, the way it operates will be, a dedicated…

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WELCOME TO 2019!

So what is this brand new year going to bring us? 2018 had its fair share of ups and downs, and no doubt this year will have its own challenges, especially where Brexit is concerned.…

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HERE’S TO A POSITIVE 2019!

Just in time for Christmas, the scare stories have started to emerge about problems the travel industry and those who wish to travel will encounter should there be no deal over Brexit…

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OUR BIGGEST CHRISTMAS LUNCH PROVIDES GOOD CHEER FOR CHALLENGES OF 2019

The 6th December saw the SPAA holding our Annual Christmas Network Lunch, which for the first time had a waitlist of guests to attend. With over 130 enthusiastic attendees from near…

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STAR EVENT IN GLASGOW

The latest SPAA STAR event took place in Glasgow earlier this week, with over 50 operators from tour companies, airlines, cruise companies, car rental and rail who set the scene for…

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SPAA STEP UP INFLUENCE WITH THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

Following our all-party Parliamentary event earlier this year in June, this week, representatives from the SPAA Council sat down for dinner in Edinburgh with twenty members of the Conservative…

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