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Short winter breaks in the UK
Bookdirectrooms.com, featuring over 3000 B&Bs, guesthouses, farm houses, restaurants with rooms, inns and small hotels across the UK, currently has hundreds of great offers for those seeking a short winter break.
Ryanair launches ‘skis fly free’ promotion
Ryanair has announced that the first 10,000 passengers to book a ski flight before midnight Wednesday 11th (24:00hrs) can bring their skis for free – saving up to £80/€80 each.
More choice for holidays in Canada and Alaska
Independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays (prestigeholidays.co.uk) has launched its first brochure to Canada and Alaska featuring a diverse selection of holidays ranging from city breaks and self drive itineraries to wildlife tours, wilderness lodge stays and Alaska cruises.
Cornish Cottages expands portfolio for 2010
Cornish Cottages (formerly Mullion Cottages), the specialist in self-catering coastal and rural properties in south-west Cornwall, has announced substantial expansion in 2010.
Jet2.com named Passenger Airline of the Year 2009
Jet2.com, has been named ‘Passenger Airline of the Year 2009’ by the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). Jet2.com received the prestigious accolade at the Baltic Air Charter Association’s 60th anniversary lunch and awards for excellence at the Guildhall in London last week, which was hosted by TV presenter and sports journalist Clare Balding.
The best things in life are free – if you visit Antigua
You can’t buy love, and now you don’t have to pay to renew your vows either. At Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, the leading all-inclusive resort in Antigua, guests staying 7 nights in a superior room (or higher) are entitled to a free renewal of vows package to celebrate their years of commitment.
Golfing kids play free at Millbrook resort
Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook resort is investing in the future of young golfers throughout New Zealand by introducing a new golf programme this summer.
Take a multi-activity trip this winter and do more for less
Travellers are realising that snow is good for a lot more than just skiing, according to The Adventure Company. The adventure tour operator has seen its winter multi-activity trips rise in popularity this season as travellers look for more varied and unusual ways to embrace the European winter.
Skydivers reach new highs in Nepal
Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, a Nepal based adventure company, organized the highest skydiving event in the Everest region of Nepal on 28th October.
Thomson Airways demonstrates commitment to sustainable causes
Thomson Airways has raised over £100,000 for the charity Pump Aid through the sale of Thirsty Planet water onboard its flights. Since launching Thirsty Planet in November 2007, Thomson Airways has sold in excess of 83,000 cases of this bottled water.
More choice for private villa holidays in Rhodes and Croatia
Vintage Travel – specialising, exclusively, in hand-picked houses with private pools in areas of local tradition and culture – has introduced the Greek island of Rhodes into its 2010 programme as well as significantly expanding its portfolio in Gozo and Croatia.
The ‘Primrose’ makes its debut at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks
Save up to £280 on a 2010 holiday in a brand new luxurious ‘Primrose’ caravan holiday home – complete with central heating and French doors leading onto decking – courtesy of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in North Devon.
Luxury cruising on the Nile
Egyptian holiday specialist, Red Sea Holidays, has added luxury Nile cruises to the portfolio of holidays in its 2009/10 brochure. Red Sea Holidays works exclusively with Grand Cruises which operates nine five-star cruise ships and is one of the Nile’s most modern fleets.
Let it snow, let it snow, let us ski
Ski enthusiasts everywhere will be revelling in the recent reports that the Alps has seen over a metre of snowfall in the last week, supporting predictions that this winter’s ski season will be a snow fest.
Dive into the holiday spirit this winter
Low fares airline, Jet2.com is urging the people to take advantage of its fantastic low fares from its UK bases and visit the popular winter sun destinations of Sharm el Sheikh, Lanzarote and Tenerife. As the evenings get darker and the air turns increasingly chilly, it is time to think about squeezing in some last minute winter sunshine.
Ryanair extends £3 seat sale as it reports €387m profits
Ryanair today (2nd Nov) celebrated half year profits of €387m by extending its £3 seat sale until Thursday (5th November) and releasing an additional one million seats.
Ryanair announces four new routes to Bordeaux
Ryanair, has announced that it will open four new routes to/from Bordeaux starting 17 December 2009 which will offer consumers and visitors to the Bordeaux region competition, choice and low airfares.
Scottish island guest house wins VisitScotland accolade
One of Scotland’s top island guest house retreats has been awarded 5 Gold Stars by VisitScotland, reflecting the outstanding standards of hospitality, service and comfort on offer.
‘Small and intimate’ holidays in Croatia
With Croatia looking set to be a top favourite destination in 2010, market leader to the country – Holiday Options – has expanded its selection of carefully chosen boutique-style hotels for those seeking small and intimate properties.
Blanket Bay makes it into Conde Nast Traveler Top 100
Glenorchy’s Blanket Bay has been named the third greatest accommodation property in the world and the best hotel in Oceania by readers of the influential American travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. It is the only property in New Zealand to have made the Top 100 List.
Save thousands on last minute luxury in the Maldives
The Hilton Family Maldives has launched a range of fantastic offers for departures to their portfolio of three resorts between now and December, with savings of over £2500 per couple and a wealth of added value including free seaplane transfers and complementary nights.
All inclusive with guaranteed winter sun in the Red Sea
Guaranteed sun less than six hours away, plus all-inclusive value from £369 – that’s the promise from Olympic Holidays beside the Red Sea.
Glenton’s bookings boom sparks recruitment drive
Scottish holiday operator Glenton Holidays has seen bookings over the peak summer months soar by more than 100%, thanks to booming demand for tours in the UK. The Glasgow-based coach tour specialist expects to see bookings for the whole of 2009 rise by at least 35% as holidaymakers defy the recession.
Ryanair’s first London Stansted to Agadir flight takes off today
Ryanair today (Wednesday 28 October) welcomed passengers on board its inaugural flight from London Stansted to Agadir which will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Radisson Edwardian celebrates Da Vinci with a Moaning Lisa
The acclaimed Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel is the official sponsor of the ‘Da Vinci - The Genius’ exhibition at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). The inspirational exhibition, which opens its doors on November 14 2009 will feature the UK Premiere of the Secrets of Mona Lisa.
A star performance from Sheen Falls Lodge
5* Country House Hotel in Kenmare, Sheen Falls Lodge, has been awarded the highest possible accolade of five Red Stars in the essential 2010 AA Hotel Guide, making it one of the very best in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
New eco-lodge and campsite opens in Montserrat
Travellers to Montserrat now have a wider choice of value accommodation with the opening of the island’s first campsite and new eco-lodge.
Sailing on a waves of success
Cruise ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, is celebrating after winning the Oscar of the travel industry for the third successive year – Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator 2009 – at the World Travel Awards.
Thomson Tailormade offers new BA routes
Tour operator Thomson Tailormade is to offer new British Airways routes to 3 fantastic destinations - Las Vegas, the Maldives and Sharm El Sheikh – each with a convenient direct flight from the UK.
Half term travellers risk holiday cash hangover
New research from First Rate Exchange Services has revealed that less than half (48 per cent) of UK holidaymakers calculate how much cash they will need for their for overseas holiday spend, resulting in many paying far more for their holiday money through costly cash withdrawals from ATMs whilst overseas.
Going loco in Portugal
Britain’s leading guided walking holiday specialist, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, has just launched an exciting choice of new holidays to Portugal. They include an unusual 10 day rail and walk holiday which leisurely meanders through some of the country’s most stunning countryside and cities.
Long-haul sunshine at short-haul prices
If you think a long-haul break to enjoy the sunshine this winter is prohibitively expensive, think again, says Premier Holidays. The tour operator is urging travellers to make use of the fabulous long-haul deals available to maximise their enjoyment of the winter sun.
Stress free rail journey planning at your fingertips
Rail travellers who’ve missed their usual train home can avoid the stress of not knowing when the next one is, or even if there is a next one, thanks to the new journey planning iPhone app from thetrainline.com.
Cut the cost your nuptials with a wedding in Greece
What could make your wedding more memorable than hiring your own boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? Ionian Weddings offers couples the opportunity to hire luxurious boutique hotels in the Greek islands on an exclusive basis so they can enjoy the ultimate in privacy and pampering for their wedding day.
Families head to Egypt for cheap sun
UK families in search of sunny bargains this October half term are heading to Egypt according to one of the UK’s largest holiday providers, The Co-operative Travel.
Winter hotspots – Where to go to top up your tan
To coincide with Flight Centre’s October sale, the travel retailer has put together its predictions for the top five destinations for winter 2009 – perfect for Brits who want to experience some sunshine on a budget.
Around the world in 80 fays for Children in Need
The Adventure Company is supporting this year's Children in Need campaign by donating £5 for every one of its adventure tours booked to destinations featured in the new celebrity BBC series Around the World in 80 Days.
New flights put Poland on your doorstep
Poland is now closer than ever before thanks to a new route opening between London Gatwick and Warsaw airports. Irish airline Aer Lingus is behind the new venture which took off on Sunday (25 October).
Ryanair launches 500,000 free seats
Ryanair has announced that from midnight (24:00hrs, 26th October 09) it will release 500,000 free seats for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in late November and early December.
SWISS named “Best Short-Haul Airline” at travel awards
On 16 October 2009 Swiss International Air Lines received the esteemed ‘best short-haul airline’ award at the 23rd Annual Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.
Idyllic honeymoons at The Majlis Hotel, Kenya
Set on the idyllic Manda Island in the romantic Lamu archipelago on Kenya's Northern Coast, The Majlis is a luxury boutique hotel with the ambience, comfort and intimacy of a private home.
Add a dash of colour to your winter weekends
Banish the winter blues with a trip to London staying at Park Plaza County Hall. The four-star deluxe hotel in central London is helping Scottish residents banish Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this January with rooms from only £75 per night including full English breakfast and VAT.
Frightening fun at La Manga Club
There are frights and fun for the whole family to enjoy at La Manga Club this Halloween. On October 31 the luxurious resort is hosting a children’s party in its Piano Bar from 7pm including a special buffet dinner for just €18.
A hidden gem in the Dolomites
High above the valley of Merano – nestling against the sundrenched southern slopes of the mighty Dolomites and commanding the most spectacular sweeping views over one of Europe’s most enchanting landscapes this is the positioning of the Castel Fragsburg, a fine 17th century Hunting Retreat of noble origins, now the smallest luxury hotel in the region.
Gastronomic enjoyment on Cyprus
Cyprus’ finest small luxury hotel, Thalassa Boutique Hotel and Spa, has launched its pioneering ‘a la carte blanche’ dining packages, individually tailored to each guest’s tastes and preferences to create a magical evening of elegance and gastronomic enjoyment.
Cologne hotel scoops a trio of top travel awards
The Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne scooped three of the top awards at this year’s Busche Gala awards held at the Old City Hall in Cologne last night. Including Hotel of the Year, Hotel Manager of the Year and Foreign Restaurant of the Year.
A drink to feel good about
From a cocktail served in a musical jewellery box, to one with a male and female version and another which must be served on a blue leather coaster with a pure silver stirrer. A collection of brand new, never-before-sampled cocktails has been unveiled, courtesy of some of London’s most historic hotels.
A new gourmet offering for South Tenerife
In its continuous quest for offering excellence to customers in all products and services, the Iberostar Grand Collection is now inaugurating “El Cenador”, the new gourmet restaurant of the Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador, a five star hotel situated just by the shore in Costa Adeje, on the south of Tenerife.
Sandals Foundation launches Ocho Rios Marine Sanctuary
This month saw The Sandals Foundation officially launch their Ocho Rios Marine Sanctuary at an official ceremony attended by representatives of various Government Ministries and Sandals executives at Beaches Boscobel Resort, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Thomson Tailormade launches new Worldwide Value Collection
Following the success of last year’s brochure, Thomson Tailormade has just launched their new Worldwide Value brochure offering savings of up to £650 per person.
New direct flights open up Iceland’s next ‘must see’ destination
In Iceland the old idiom ‘it’s grim up north’ does not apply and with the launch of new direct flights next summer to Iceland’s second city, Akureyri, UK visitors can now find out why.
Aruba reports record growth for cruises
The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba is becoming increasingly popular with cruise holidaymakers, with the Aruba Cruise Tourism Authority reporting a record growth in numbers of cruise passengers for the months of July and August.
New website offers a guide to Britain’s finest
Looking for a memorable hotel – perhaps a former Castle complete with battlements? Maybe you need a Dog-friendly inn for a country weekend? Or a romantic retreat with a four poster bed?
Winter sun is just the ticket for credit-crunched Britons
A selection of new winter sun city break destinations – such as Benidorm, Faro and Fuengirola – have been added to city break specialist, Cities Direct’s programme with departures available from the beginning of November through to the end of March.
Holiday hikes hit half term
Parents planning to treat their kids to a last minute family holiday during autumn half term will be hit by massively inflated holiday premiums, according to the latest study from Santander Cards.
The world just got closer thanks to new flights from BA
British Airways takes-off to five new destinations at the end of this month including: Las Vegas, the Maldives, Sharm El Sheikh, Punta Cana (in the Dominican Republic) and Montego Bay. If you are looking to take a break this winter why not take a look at ba.com and check-out some of the great packages on offer.
Monarch’s newest flights take to the skies
Award winning low fares airline Monarch (monarch.co.uk) is strengthening its network from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports with new routes to the Canary Islands of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria taking to the skies this week.
The K Club named Ireland's leading golf resort
Exclusive Irish golf and spa resort The K Club has retained its position as Ireland’s Leading Golf Resort, after receiving the award at the World Travel Awards 2009. This is the sixth time The K Club has won, making it the record-holder in this category.
Hikers walk to the moon – and back
HF Holidays has calculated that guests on the company’s British walking holidays have been to the moon and back this year! Between them, the 19,000 guests on guided walking holidays at the company’s country houses in the UK have walked 523,494 miles in spectacular countryside as diverse as the Scottish Highlands and the Cornish coast.
Rock the Kasbah this winter
With the nights drawing in and the clocks changing this weekend, head for some heat this Christmas. Journey into the heart of the “real” Morocco for sightseeing with gentle rambling and visit Morocco’s ancient palaces, bustling souks, medinas and Kasbahs.
Enjoy the action, on and off the rugby pitch, in Las Vegas
You’ve heard of the Dubai and Hong Kong Sevens - well new for next year is the first ever Las Vegas Sevens. Famous for glitz, glamour and casinos, the city that never sleeps has now added the IRB Sevens World Series to the list of spectacular events.
Escape the winter blues with a trek through Patagonia
With longer days and a warmer climate, Patagonia offers escapism from the cold of the UK this winter. Journey into the mountains from the southern shores of Lake Argentina to the ‘trekking capital’ El Chalten.
Make a winter discovery in the dolomites
On the edge of the Brenta Dolomites, high above the beautiful Renaissance town of Trento, lies Monte Bondone, an awe inspiring landscape of silver birch forest, rocky peaks and frozen rivers.
Explore the Himalayas this autumn
Get fit this autumn, the perfect time to visit Nepal, with clear, mild days and cool nights. Home to some of the most breathtaking treks in the world, the Annapurna foothills in Nepal lead to Kopra Ridge is an ideal vantage point to explore the Himalayas.
Voluntourism wins out with today’s adventurers
Voluntourism is still one of the major buzzwords when it comes to holidays, but according to Acacia Africa, a softer version where charitable pursuits are juxtaposed with adventure is winning out with today’s travellers.
MSC Cruises offers free spa treatments at Luxury Travel Fair
MSC Cruises is offering visitors at the Luxury Travel Fair, 5-8 November at Olympia London, a free SPA treatment worth £250 for all new bookings made with MSC Yacht Club between the 5-30 November 2009.
Iconic New Zealand hotel launches exclusive package
One of New Zealand’s most iconic hotels has launched an exclusive package for visitors seeking a luxury getaway amidst Queenstown’s stunning scenery and world-class attractions.
Last minute holidaymakers count the cost of delay
With half term just around the corner, over 4.8 million people (10 per cent) are set to go abroad, but many of these will leave the planning and purchasing of holiday essentials until the very last minute according to new research from Post Office Travel Services.
May Fair Hotel to play a starring role during London Film Festival
The May Fair Hotel has been named as the official hotel of The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. As part of a yearlong agreement with the British Film Institute, The May Fair will play host to a 15-day long celebration of cinema during October.
Credit crunch your way to luxury in Cyprus this half term
With so many of us feeling the strain of the Credit Crunch, the looming October half term will have parents wandering how to entertain the kids without breaking the bank.
Eat, drink and be merry in Slovenia
It’s not all gloom and doom on the money front when travelling to eurozone destinations is the message from Slovenia specialist, Holiday Options. Despite the country’s currency being the euro, local costs are considerably cheaper than in the UK and eating out doesn’t cost ‘an arm and a leg’.
UK "summer of love" will return, says Parks Group
With advance bookings for 2010 up by 66 percent on last year's figures, Park Holidays UK has announced a major investment in new accommodation, facilities and jobs at its 25 centres.
2010 ‘early bird’ savings at Woolacombe Bay
Early season holidays reduced by up to £400 – for reservations made by 30 November – is the mega early booking offer for 2010 at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.
The Lovat, Loch Ness makes Good Hotel Guide ‘Top 20’
The Lovat, Loch Ness has bowled over the Good Hotel Guide, featuring as one of the ‘Twenty Best British Hotel Discoveries’ in the latest edition of the reputable Guide.
Special hotel packages are just the ticket for culture lovers
WorldHotels, the group of independent hotels, is launching special Culture Packages just in time for the colder months of the year.
UK travelers rely on travel experts when choosing a hotel
For a perfect holiday it is essential to have the perfect accommodation. Many different factors play a role when selecting the ideal hotel. The hotel price comparison site trivago.co.uk asked over 4,000 travellers the factors that affected their choice of accommodation this year. The results show that 45 percent of the Brits relied on the opinion of a travel expert to select their hotel in 2009.
Turkey set to sizzle with Brit tourists this half-term holiday
Turkey - one of the most popular destinations for Brits in 2008 - was a firm favourite again this summer. The Turkish lira was the third most popular selling currency in Q2 and Q3 behind the Euro and US dollar, according to the M&S Q3 Travel Money Report.
The Croatian villa collection from Holiday Options
A wide choice of luxury villas in Croatia – sleeping between four and 12 and situated in a choice of locations throughout the country – is on offer in 2010 from specialist operator, Holiday Options.
Enjoy a hotel break in Wicklow with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the opportunity to enjoy a mid-week hotel break in Wicklow from only £67* per person, per night (minimum 2 nights) which includes return travel, accommodation and the kids go free.
Jet2.com offers ‘no cost luggage’ to Tel Aviv
Friendly low fares airline, Jet2.com, is giving travellers ever more reasons to travel this winter period by offering a free bag and fast track through security when they book a flight to Tel Aviv from Manchester Airport.
Dog-sledding, gastronomy or gauchos – the choice is yours
Learn how to be a husky musher in Finland or a gaucho in Argentina on one of the 13 new trips launched by The Adventure Company.
Enjoy more Asia for less with Qantas Holidays
Qantas Holidays has launched its second Asia dedicated brochure offering a whole host of new tours, cruising options and great value for money holidays.
On your bike for a colourful tour of the Scottish Borders
This autumn take in the changing colours of the landscape on two wheels by enjoying a cycling break in the Scottish Borders. As well as the long distance routes of Border Loop, Tweed Cycle Way and The Four Abbeys Cycle Route there are also some little known shorter routes which are available on visitscotland.com/autumnborders.
British Holidays are here to ‘stay-cation’
2009 has undoubtedly been an outstanding year for UK holidays, but it isn’t going to be a flash-in-the-pan according to Hoseasons, the UK’s leading self-catering operator, as they announce advanced bookings for 2010 are already up by 61%.
‘There’s still time to book a half term break’ say Haven
Whatever the weather Haven’s 35 family holiday parks offer plenty to do so it’s worth making the most of the last school holiday break before Christmas. Facilities include heated indoor leisure pools, indoor sports, play areas and kid’s clubs with arts and crafts, music and dancing, games and competitions.
Bournemouth is number one for ‘staycations’
Bournemouth is celebrating winning top spot for ‘staycationers’ as the UK’s most holiday-friendly destination. Beating 65 other popular getaways Bournemouth triumphed in a survey, undertaken by Virgin Money Travel Insurance, aimed at finding the best places to holiday in the UK.
Sandals extend amazing autumn offers
Sandals have just announced an extension on the outstanding deals that they are offering on travel dates up until June 2010, along with the great value flight upgrades and free regional departures. These offers will be available for Antigua, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Bahamas and Turks & Caicos for a booking window of now until 21st October 2009.
Saddle up for a horseback safari in Zululand
With panoramic views from its perch on Pakamisa Mountain, in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the exclusive Pakamisa boutique lodge is perfectly placed for game viewing over the malaria-free private game reserve below.
Four reasons to escape to Puglia this autumn
Autumn in Britain brings darker nights combined with dropping temperatures. In Southern Italy however, the sun continues to shine and 25ºC is a regular occurrence.
Head to the Sahara this half term for the adventure of a lifetime
You can have an adventure of a lifetime this October half term by taking a 4x4 trip across the Sahara desert with Small Families, the UK’s leading operator for single parent holidays, and visit the location of one of the most famous films ever made.
Get green and active in Lancashire this half term
Families can enjoy a range of active and environmentally friendly days out in rural Lancashire this October half term. The newly opened, purpose-built mountain bike trails at Gisburn Forest, near Clitheroe are a must for any mountain bike enthusiast, whatever their ability.
Wicked witch is nation’s top leading lady
Elphaba, the green-skinned witch from hit musical Wicked, has been voted the nation’s favourite leading lady in a poll from leading London theatre breaks website Show-and-Stay.co.uk.
Travel Indochina goes back to the future
Leading Asia specialist, Travel Indochina has announced the launch of its latest Small Group Journeys brochure. Focusing on its area of specialism - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – and now expanding further into India, Thailand, China and Japan, the tours featured in the 2010/11 brochure are better value than ever.
Book now for 2010 holidays at 2009 prices
Book your 2010 holiday before 30 November and enjoy savings of £50 on 2009 prices, courtesy of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.
Prestige Holidays adds new special interest tours for 2010
Independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays, has revealed its programme of escorted tours for next year featuring 13 special interest holidays, four of which are new for 2010.
Last-minute European city breaks offer value for money
Those still looking for a great value break this October half-term should check out the special offers – including free night deals – available on selected European city breaks courtesy of city break specialist, Cities Direct.
Two’s company on Antigua
With the new term underway, now is the time to turn some attention to your partner and rejuvenate your relationship at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa on the Caribbean island of Antigua.
More holiday options for walking enthusiasts
HF Holidays – the UK’s largest specialist walking and leisure activity holidays company – has launched its expanded Walking & Outdoor Holidays 2010 brochure which features 20 new itineraries including nine new European and Worldwide guided walking tours and six new trail holidays in the UK and Europe.
Last minute half term holiday bargains
Savings of £150 on October half-term multi-activity holidays for children have been announced by PGL, the market leader in residential adventure breaks for children.
Ibiza is on the map as a spa break destination
Autumn and winter are perfect for those looking to discover Ibiza’s unique identity away from the crowds. The island offers a year-round mild climate, long sunny days and with two new state-of-the-art spas, Ibiza has now emerged as a firm contender as a top spa break destination.
Halloween at Disneyland Paris - without the scary price tag
Only the bravest of families would go looking for Minnie and Mickey during the Halloween season at Disneyland Paris – as they might find themselves coming face-to-face with Cruella de Vil or Captain Hook instead.
A Portuguese double treat - Madeira and Porto Santo
Britain’s leading guided walks operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a one week tour combining the wonderful Portuguese islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.
Jetsetting Beckham boys are flying high
As Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz Beckham continue to lead the kiddy jetset, ebookers.com, one of Europe’s leading online travel agents, today reveals that four out of five (81%) British children under the age of three have been on at least three holidays outside of the UK since birth.
In the footsteps of David Attenborough
As of last week many of Sir David Attenborough’s most memorable TV moments are available online for the first time ever – and if you feel inspired to follow in the footsteps of Britain's best-known wildlife filmmaker, World Expeditions offers a selection of trips all over the world where you can get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on earth.
Love football or hate football - Visiting South Africa in 2010
South Africa is ready to welcome the world in June 2010 as it prepares to host a World Cup like no other, and this will provide an ideal opportunity for many fans to combine sport with a trip to a truly world class travel destination.
Enjoy a sailing holiday this autumn with Dream Marine
Dream Marine is offering a range of great deals on sailing holidays this autumn, with choices available throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Seychelles and Thailand.
Forget the winter blues with Keycamp
Forget the winter blues – with selected apartment resorts offering extended opening and savings of up to 25%, families can escape the humdrum of home and experience stunning locations across Europe from only £305 per party with Keycamp.
Gap Adventures improves payment options
The Great Adventure People announced simpler payment options for their 1,000 globally-renowned tours this week. Starting 1 October, new Gap Adventures bookings will no longer require travellers to pay a portion of their tour price locally on the first day of a trip. This ‘local payment’ is now being included in the pricing displayed on the Gap Adventures website.
TripAdvisor's flight search takes off in the U.K
TripAdvisor, the world’s most popular and largest travel community, today announced the launch of its award-winning flight search engine in the U.K., offering British travellers a vast selection of flight itineraries and the best available deals on the Web.
Royal Caribbean opens a sea of dreams for budding reporters
Royal Caribbean International is teaming up with Daily Mail Online’s Travel Mail to launch the “Reporter at Sea” contest in search of the UK’s most aspiring reporter to cover one of the biggest stories of the year – the unveiling of Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship.
UK holiday makers seek out ‘mid-term’ breaks for 2010
Leading tour operators Thomson and First Choice are increasing the number of ten and eleven night holidays available for customers travelling next summer, to reflect a reported 64% increase in demand throughout this summer season.
Holiday Options introduces Malta and Gozo
Holiday Options has introduced Malta and Gozo to its line-up of Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands for 2010. To celebrate the launch of this year-round programme, the company is offering – for bookings made by 31 October – a discount of £50 per person on all flight-inclusive packages taken between 1 November 2009 and December 2010.
Five of the best winter holidays
As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, it is no wonder that many of us start to feel a little down, knowing that we won’t see the sun for another six months! Our lack of sunshine only makes us crave it even more and it should therefore be no surprise to hear that the UK has the highest occurrence of self-reported Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the world.
Book now for the best deals on Scottish boating breaks
Book a 2010 Caley Cruisers boating holiday on Loch Ness/Caledonian Canal before 24th October, 2009, and secure the reservation at 2009 rates.
UK weddings to Aruba double
The sun-kissed Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba is becoming a favourite for loved-up UK couples looking to tie the knot, with bookings for wedding packages for 2010 already at twice the number sold this year.
See the image of spring in Holland
After a long and dark winter what better way to welcome in spring than seeing spring itself, thousands of flowers bursting in to bloom in the Tulip fields of Holland.
Head east for a sizzling winter break
For a sizzling winter break, why not head east this winter? Goa and Sri Lanka both combine stunning beaches, a fascinating culture and delicious food, as well as delivering a suitably exotic winter sun experience.
Elvis returns to Las Vegas
The brand new Cirque du Soleil’s production of Elvis – taking place at the brand new five-star Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas – is the winning combination from US specialist, Bon Voyage.
Thomson Tailormade offers the Centara Baht Bonanza
Centara Hotels & Resorts will double your spending money during your stay when you book a holiday in any one of the nine resorts offered by tour operator, Thomson Tailormade. Lodge a chosen amount of spending money with the resort on your arrival and Centara Resorts will double it.
Diamond Award for Cape Town’s Azure
A long time favourite amongst local and international guests, Cape Town’s much loved Azure restaurant, at the five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, recently voted the No. 1 City Hotel and No. 1 Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East, has for the second year in succession been presented with a Diamond Award at the ‘2009 Diners Club Winelist Awards’. This is the highest accolade awarded and recognizes the restaurant’s superior and extensive wine list.
Half Term offers at Windjammer Landing make a splash
A leading family-friend resort in Saint Lucia is offering some great last minute half term deals. Windjammer Landing Beach Villa Beach Resort is providing seven nights for the price of five with prices starting from £550 per person for a two bed villa (excluding flights).
Driftwood scoops Cornish Hotel of the Year award
Driftwood Hotel, Cornwall has been recognised by the Good Hotel Guide as the “Cornish Hotel of the Year” and awarded a prestigious César – an award presented to just ten hotels in the UK that stand out for their excellence each year.
Cosy cottages for autumn breaks
Minimalist chic is all very well, but it is good to come home to a cosy cottage after a day on the fells. And if you can dry your socks– as well as the dog – in front of a roaring fire, it is even better!
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain opens Mexican fine dining restaurant
Bahrain’s oldest and most luxurious hotel, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, has just opened the island’s first ever fine dining Mexican restaurant. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain officially opened its Margarita Mexicana restaurant with Margarita Tequila Bar on Saturday 2nd October 2009 for lunch and dinner.
Cheap holiday destinations for autumn breaks
Autumn holidaymakers can now book cheap hotel accommodation in many popular holiday destinations.
Exciting packages to Durban for fun seekers
Emirates Holidays is offering a range of tailor-made packages to Durban, to mark the launch of Emirates airline’s new direct flights from Dubai to the fun seekers’ capital of South Africa, which started on 1st October.
Air France auctions seats for inaugural A380 flights
The auction by Air France of 380 seats on each of its two inaugural flights by Airbus A380 is now underway, ending on 21 October 2009.
airBaltic to start Tallinn to Turku route
On October 1, the Latvian airline airBaltic started operations on the Turku –Tallinn route. This is the first Estonia-Finland link for airBaltic.
airBaltic to launch two new routes from Finland
On November 12, the Latvian airline airBaltic will launch two new routes from Lappeenranta, Finland, to the Estonian capital of Tallinn and to the Latvian capital of Riga, offering convenient connections to destinations in Western Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Mediterranean region.
bmibaby launch BBC Children in Need 2009 appeal
bmibaby has launched its annual fundraising appeal for BBC Children in Need 2009, the low cost airline’s national charity partner.
bmibaby celebrate win at Group Leisure Awards 2009
Low cost airline, bmibaby, is celebrating after being awarded the 'Best Airline for Groups' at the Group Leisure Awards last month (23 September 2009).
Lift your spirits with a European break this November
With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder, bmibaby has found the best events taking place in Europe to lift people’s spirits in November.
BA launches historic flight from London City
On Tuesday, September 29, British Airways launched the first longhaul flight from London City Airport - an exclusive, all-business service to New York. Two uniquely configured Airbus A318s will fly twice daily on the new route, which links the hearts of the world's two biggest financial centres.
BA launches Metrotwin Mumbai
British Airways social media site Metrotwin.com celebrated its first birthday on September 30 with the launch of its next big twin - Metrotwin Mumbai. Launched in beta, the Mumbai Metrotwin will allow users to blog recommendations on what to do in London and Mumbai.
BA records best ever September for punctual flights
More than half of British Airways' flights around the world departed early during the past month as the airline recorded its best ever September punctuality performance.
Emirates launches three month interest free payment option
Customers who book their Emirates flight online will now have access to even more choices, with the launch of the innovative Emirates Advantage payment system.
‘Silvestre’ lining to first day at Arsenal Soccer School
There was no ‘first day’ blues for pupils at Dubai’s newest school, as the gates opened at the Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai at 7he Sevens, Emirates’ dedicated sporting venue, on Monday afternoon.
London Gatwick boost for Flybe
Flybe is reporting a healthy upsurge in bookings out of its London Gatwick base as passengers increasingly appreciate its more convenient South terminal location that now offers one of the fastest and most convenient ways to and from the City.
Gulf Air increases baggage allowance
Bahrain's National carrier Gulf Air is to increase its free checked baggage allowance in all three classes, giving it one of the most generous baggage allowance policies of all the major carriers worldwide.
Bahrain to host opening race of 2010 FIA Formula One
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain and title sponsor of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, and Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) have welcomed the news that the Kingdom of Bahrain will host the opening race of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Gulf Air begins services to second Iraqi destination
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has commenced a brand new four times weekly service to Najaf in Iraq. The arrival of the maiden flight into the Holy City of Najaf at the end of September takes the number of cities Gulf Air flies to in Iraq to two and the airline's total route network to 44 destinations in 29 countries.
Gulf Air continues support for 'Think Pink' campaign
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is supporting the "Think Pink Bahrain" campaign for the fifth year in succession, and joining the rest of the world to raise awareness of breast cancer during the month of October.
Have a magical Halloween with Jet2.com
Halloween is fast approaching and if you are fascinated by ghost and ghouls, vampires and goblins then why not head to Europe with Jet2.com and discover the horror stories of a different country?
Festive fun in Europe with Jet2.com
Now that the summer season is winding down, the days are getting shorter and the shops have started selling advent calendars our thoughts can’t help but turn to Christmas which is a mere three months away!
Jet2.com launches 2010 flights to Edinburgh and Leeds
Jet2.com has announced that flights from Venice to Edinburgh, Olbia to Edinburgh and Pisa to Leeds Bradford are on sale for 2010.
KLM resumes service to Denpasar, Bali
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Denpasar Ngura Rai Airport Bali, with effect from 6 December.
KLM introduces new uniform designed by Mart Visser
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented its new women’s uniform at a fashion show held at Schiphol. From April 2010, more than 11,000 cabin and ground crew members – and KLM and KLM Cityhopper’s female pilots – will begin wearing the uniforms created by Dutch fashion designer Mart Visser.
Lufthansa launches carbon offsetting with Miles & More
From now on, award miles earned in the Miles & More frequent flyer programme can also be used for voluntary carbon offset donations at Lufthansa and SWISS.
Lufthansa takes over bmi shares from SAS
With effect from 1 November 2009, Lufthansa-related UK holding company LHBD Holding Limited will take over a further 20 per cent stake in British Midland PLC (bmi). These shares are currently held by the SAS Group (SAS).
Lufthansa launches codeshare flights with JetBlue
As of this month, Lufthansa customers can book the new codeshare flights with Lufthansa's cooperation partner JetBlue.
Monarch launches new look website
Award winning travel group Monarch has launched a new version of its website, monarch.co.uk, with a whole new look and feel as well as added functionality, making it even easier to find the lowest fares and book Monarch Flights, Monarch Holidays and Monarch Hotels.
SWISS customers can now use miles for carbon offsets
SWISS customers booking their flight online at SWISS.com can immediately calculate the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions their planned travel will generate and compensate for these via the Swiss-based myclimate foundation.
Virgin Atlantic named coolest travel brand
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's leading airlines, has been revealed as a ‘CoolBrand’ for 2009/10, by the Superbrands organisation. Virgin Atlantic was the only travel company to feature in the Top 20, and was the clear winner of the Travel category.
Wizz Air increases frequencies from Cluj-Napoca
Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it will increase frequencies on two routes from Cluj Napoca starting this autumn.
Wizz Air adds third aircraft to its Sofia base
Wizz Air has announced plans to further expand its operations in Bulgaria by adding a third brand new Airbus A320 aircraft in Sofia in May 2010. This move will enable Wizz Air to launch new services to Madrid, Paris Beauvais, Frankfurt Hahn and Forli Bologna from 22 May 2010, three times a week initially.
Wizz Air opens its 12th base in Wroclaw
Wizz Air, the largest low fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it will establish its 12th operating base in Wroclaw in July 2010.
Wizz Air rescues JAT Airways passengers
Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it would provide re-routing alternatives to passengers affected by the grounded flights of Serbia’s JAT Airways at Belgrade airport.
A new era for luxury travel in Australia
The much-anticipated Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resort and Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first development outside Dubai, welcomed its first guests today.
Outdoor UK holidays are the new ‘staycations’
New research just published by the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has revealed that even in the ongoing economic downturn, the demand for outdoor recreation is growing and the outdoor industries, from equipment manufacturers to retailers to holiday providers, have a good future.
Credit-crunch busting hotel breaks in Kinsale with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the chance to enjoy a hotel break in the Carlton Hotel Kinsale from only £64.50* per person, per night including return travel from Holyhead to Dublin Port or Fishguard to Rosslare.
Jet2.com announces new routes from Manchester
Jet2.com has today (5th October) established itself as Manchester Airport’s biggest scheduled leisure airline following the launch of a further four new routes Dubrovnik, Split, Reus (Costa Dorada) and Prague for summer 2010.
Ryanair launches £1 seat sale
Ryanair announced that from midnight tonight (5th October) it will release one million seats at an all inclusive price of £1 for travel in late October and November.
Taking the restaurant out of The Rutland
The award-winning Restaurant at The Rutland’s head chef David Haetzman is taking his kitchen to Edinburgh’s Farmer’s Market on Saturday, 10 October 2009.
Britain’s holiday gems revealed
The Farmers Arms, Miretti patissier and Tilly’s Tea room - these are just some of the 1,200 recommended pubs, restaurants and attractions which make British staycations truly memorable, according to a new online guide launched this week.
Indulgent self-catering in a Cornish cottage
Barclay House, Looe, offers guests a restful base from which to explore the wild winter of the Cornish coast with cliff path or woodland walks followed by relaxing evenings in a luxury lodge.
Sweet travel ideas for chocoholics
Chocoholics rejoice! To celebrate Chocolate Week (12-18 October 2009) specialist tour operator Journey Latin America offers some sweet travel ideas linked to the real home of chocolate.
A safari with a difference
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get really close up and personal with the wildlife of the African bush? Did you avidly follow the adventures of Emma in Vet Safari on the BBC, and wish you could trade places with her for a day? Well, now you can!
Caribbean savings for singles
Whopping savings of up to £480 per person on Caribbean getaways – plus lots of complimentary goodies – is the offer to singles in Grenada this autumn from specialist operator, Friendship Travel.
Holiday Options introduces Malta and Gozo
Holiday Options has introduced Malta and Gozo to its line-up of Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands for 2010.
2010 holidays to France at 2009 prices
Book your independent walking or cycling break with Belle France before 30 November and enjoy 2010 holidays at 2009 prices.
Iceland Express takes a bite of the Big Apple
Starting June 2010, Iceland Express will fly out four times a week from Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport to New York City’s Newark International Airport.
Keep a sporting edge at La Manga Club this winter
Club golfers and tennis players wanting to maintain their competitive edge during the winter months can do just that when La Manga Club hosts open tournaments in December.
Von Essen acquires The Forbury Hotel, Reading
The Forbury Hotel is a luxury five star hotel in the heart of Reading, located within the peaceful setting of the Forbury Gardens. The hotel will be the first hotel in the Metropolitan set of von Essen hotels, to be followed early next year with the launch of Hotel Verta in London.
Feast your eyes on the May Fair Hotel this London Restaurant Week
The May Fair Hotel is to present Eat Film – a celebration of food on film from the London Restaurant Festival.
An unforgettable musical encounter in Florence
The Stradivariuses of the Nippon Music Foundation, one of the most important collections of stringed instruments in the world, will be made available on Saturday 7 November 2009 to Florence's Teatro del Maggio Musicale for an extraordinary fundraising concert held at Galleria dell'Accademia, in front of Michelangelo's David.
Highland hotelier trials carbon footprinting initiative
A Highland hotelier has been the inspiration for the application of a ground-breaking American web project to travel and hospitality businesses.
October offers on the Amalfi Coast
The Villa Book has some great offers for Amalfi Coast villas for the remainder of this season. Still warm, with clear blue skies in October, the Amalfi coast is the perfect destination to catch the last of the summer sun.
Discover the beauty of North Cyprus this Autumn
Autumn is the perfect time to discover the historic sites and cultural delights of the beautiful region of North Cyprus. Direct Traveller (directtraveller.com), the first and leading UK tour operator providing direct flight holidays in North Cyprus, offers a range of fantastic value packages throughout the winter season.
Embark on your own rock star tour
The rock-star on tour: astonishing locations, the best hotels, wild nights, broken strings and hearts, and great music. For many, the celebrity road-trip is a dream, but with Flight Centre’s Round The World Experts, it’s a reality.
The Gap Year challenge is on
The Gap Year is back! This year the ground breaking reality TV show will follow five lucky Bebo users on an unforgettable journey to the adventure capital of the world - New Zealand.
Great Rail Journeys boosts UK programme for 2010
Great Rail Journeys, the tour operator for escorted holidays by rail, has added five new British itineraries for 2010 to bring its choice of UK holidays to ten.
Last chance to see Asia’s endangered wildlife
In response to a rising demand for wildlife experiences in the Far East, Bamboo Travel is launching a special tour of China and Borneo to see some of the planet’s most endangered animal species.
The early holiday booker catches the deal
Purse-friendly prices from Eurocamp mean that you can set your sights on next year’s spring/summer holiday, without worrying about the pennies.
Sterling recovery and winter sun deals boost long haul prospects
The Far East looks unbeatable value for winter sun trips according to the latest annual Long Haul Holiday Report from Post Office Travel Services.
Jetsave’s ‘top 10 sights to see before you die!’
Once the realm of the intrepid traveller, many of the world’s must-see sights – like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Great Wall of China are now included in touring itineraries, making it easier to visit these global wonders.
Tread your own path in the Falkland Islands
With Autumn fast-approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning your adventure to the Falkland Islands, located 400 miles off the south-eastern tip of South America.
Travel the Dominican Republic in style
The Dominican Republic is shrugging off its ‘poor man’s Caribbean’ image. Previously associated with mass market tourism and low-budget package holidays, in recent years much has changed to counter this impression.
All shook up in Donegal
Travel to Ireland’s remote, north-west coast this November and get ‘all shook up’ at the Bundoran Elvis Festival where some of the world’s best tributes to ‘The King’ will be competing in the final of the All Ireland Elvis competition.
Year round ranching for a range of cowboys in Arizona
Temperatures in Arizona might exceed 100 degrees fahrenheit in the height of the summer, but from October to May the year round ranching state has a more amenable climate.
Explore brave the London Great Gorilla Run
Explore, a leading small group adventure holiday company, is painfully aware that the mountain gorilla - an extraordinary, almost human, species - is slipping into extinction.
Island hopping the world’s most romantic destinations
New for 2010, the privately-owned luxury yacht Cookielicious is hosting Romantic Getaway Cruises over five separate weeks in four different and exotic locations.
Ryanair adds Dublin to ‘Skis Fly Free’ promotion
Ryanair has announced that passengers who book a ski flight before midnight Thursday (24:00hrs 1st October) can bring their skis for free. Ryanair’s Winter Ski Programme 2009/10 offers 50 weekly flights from seven UK and one Irish airport to ski destinations in Cuneo, Grenoble, Lourdes, Salzburg and Turin at some of the lowest ski fares in Europe this year.
1001 rooms, 7 restaurants, 1 unique experience
Jaz Hotels, Resorts & Cruises has announced the much anticipated opening of its largest hotel development on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera, the luxury five-star Iberotel Aquamarine Resort, located just outside Hurghada.
New boutique hotel offering for Slovenian capital of Ljubljana
The Allegro Hotel has recently opened in the old town square in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. The location is just minutes away from cafés, restaurants, bars and tourist sites.
Winter wellness at the Med’s largest spa resort
Winter is approaching and with rising energy costs, bitter weather and recession depression taking over the nation, it’s no wonder more and more Brits are choosing to spend the cold and gloomy months overseas.
Families tucking in to more on holiday
UK holiday company Haven has seen a big increase in bookings this year as many families opt for “stay-cations” rather than going on holiday abroad. And once they check into the holiday park, many families are taking the easy option of hanging up their car keys and enjoying all the facilities on offer.
Newquay amongst top destinations for camping holidays
Newquay’s position as one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations for camping holidays has been further strengthened with the news that ten of the town’s holiday parks are in the running for a prestigious ‘Top 100 Sites Award’ by Practical Caravan for 2010.
Gastronomic festivities on Mauritius
To mark the 10th anniversary of Alain Ducasse’s ‘Spoon des Iles’ restaurant at the One & Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius, Bailey Robinson is offering visitors the chance to meet the chef and join the culinary celebrations, saving £645 per person on a seven-night trip.
Get rambling and discover Tuscan treasures
Gentle rambling and sightseeing is the ideal way to see the very best of Tuscany, with it’s relaxed villages, farmers working on vine terraces and easily accessible funicular railways.
Marvellous Menorca
With more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined, Menorca exudes peace and tranquillity.
Gymtastic sporting breaks for kids
With many children looking towards the 2012 Olympics and wanting to be part of the action, what better way to start getting involved than by watching the professionals in action.
Enthralling Ethiopia
Walking through the dramatic mountains of Ethiopia, visiting the Blue Nile Falls and taking a boat trip on Lake Tana provides some of the best scenery in Africa, and the cities are just as fascinating.
Libya revealed
As Libya celebrates 40 years since Colonel Gaddafi came to power, there is no better time to discover the history and culture of this ancient country.
A gourmet’s delight in the Lake District
A superb all-inclusive Food and Wine holiday is on offer this November at a national award-winning hotel in the Lake District.
MSC Cruises launches new regional flights
MSC Cruises has launched new regional flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports between April and September 2010.
Top Ohio golf course extends season with value packages
Longaberger Golf Club, Ohio – recognized by Golf Digest, GolfWorld, Golfweek and GOLF Magazine as one of the best courses in the country – has announced value-laden stay-and-play packages throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.
The summer of love for Prestige Holidays
British travellers continue to look abroad for a relaxing holiday despite the recession. Premier Holidays, the leading independent tour operator, has seen an increase in both passengers and revenue over the summer.
Footie madness for fans in South Africa
After England’s 5-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley, the team and fans are looking towards the start of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa kicking off on 11th June 2010.
Retreat to the country with a rural stay in the West Country
Farm & Cottage holidays offer the finest selection of hand-picked properties in superb rural and coastal locations throughout Cornwall and the West Country.
Up close and personal with Exmoor red deer
Porlock’s Rutting Weekend, Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October, which gives visitors an opportunity to get close to the magnificent Exmoor red deer in their natural surroundings, has now been reduced to £195 per person for double or single room occupancy.
Those in the know head for Ibiza this October
With temperatures still up in the mid 20 degrees centigrade and water temperature warmer than in May and June, Ibiza is a popular spot in October for those in the know.
Bewitched in Ireland this Halloween
Families can celebrate Halloween in style this year at Ireland’s leading golf and spa resort, The K Club, and enjoy a half-term holiday to remember at this luxurious hotel within easy reach of Dublin airport or Dun Laoghaire ferry port*.
Discover the South West of Ireland with Natural Retreats
For a truly unforgettable family break this October half-term why not visit the picturesque Ring of Kerry in the South West of Ireland, where the mild climate ensures palm trees grow year round.
Cosy cottages for October half term
For the first time since it launched its British collection in January 2009 CV Travel has half term houses and cottages available for the October half term weeks, including cosy Cornwall cottages for 4, a farm set amid 37 acres of pastureland for up to 8 guests and a gorgeous Enid Blyton style cliff-top family home near Land’s End.
A walk through history and culture in Chania, Crete
Britain’s leading guided walks operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week’s holiday based in Chania, Crete with a history dating back to the Venetians. Its old harbour ‘captures’ the Mediterranean lifestyle with its vibrant tavernas.
Classical music meets nature on a musical sea voyage
In January 2010, MV Trollfjord will transform into a musical stage as she travels south from Tromso to Oslo with onboard concerts and a performance in Oslo’s newly built opera house.
A golden opportunity for last minute sun
The nights may be drawing in but October’s starting to look a little brighter with outdoor holiday company Keycamp offering up to 20% off accommodation at selected parcs for arrivals throughout the month.
Qantas Holidays expands to offer 75 fly cruise options
Qantas Holidays is offering 75 cruise options as part of their new fly cruise programme with prices starting from £999 for a 14-night tour of the Far East.
Living history at Ingleby Manor
Ingleby Manor, a stunning Grade II*, 16th Century Manor House, was built from the generosity of Henry VIII to the powerful Eure family in the early 1500s, possibly with some of the riches from the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Explore Papua New Guinea - Lost land of the volcano
If you have been blown away by the breathtaking views of Papua New Guinea’s landscapes shown on BBC’s Lost Land of the Volcano, World Expeditions offers you the opportunity to experience one of the least explored countries in the world.
Flybe keeps Britain moving with bargain seat sale
Flybe has launched a bargain five day seat sale with up to 50% slashed off the price of selected flights for bookings made between Friday 25th September and Wednesday 30th September.
Ryanair announces 3 day ‘skis fly free’ promotion
Ryanair announced today (29 September) that passengers who book a ski flight before midnight Thursday (1 October) can bring their skis for free.
Wild swimming and stone skimming on Scotland's West Coast
Holidaymakers and short break tourists to the West of Scotland can enjoy a new range of sea-based activities when they stay at a leading country house hotel near Oban.
Wine, dine and then stay for free at award winning Cotswolds hotel
An historic inn which is situated in one of the most idyllic villages in the Cotswolds is offering guests an autumn treat in the shape of a trio of rooms which can be enjoyed for free when a three course dinner for two is booked in the award-winning restaurant.
South African winery plays host to a Hollywood legend
Beau Bridges, whose illustrious career in the film industry has spanned several decades, first dropped in to the specialist wine estate, Alluvia, near Stellenbosch in South Africa looking for accommodation in February 2009, during filming for Free Willy South Africa, the latest movie in the Free Willy series.
Chill out at the Swiss way at London’s winter hotspot
This autumn, Swissotel The Howard, London, will be embracing the arrival of the early nights with the addition of a traditional Swiss Chalet.
Lights, camera, action at Park Plaza in London
Park Plaza Hotels in London are paying homage to the stars of the silver screen by introducing a blockbuster cocktail menu for the BFI London Film Festival 2009.
Sing for your supper at Park Plaza County Hall
Fancy yourself the next singing superstar? Or just looking for a bargain at dinner time? Spectrum Restaurant at Park Plaza County Hall London is encouraging wanna-be popstars with a new ‘Sing for Your Supper’ promotion.
Special offers mark the opening of new luxury Bahamas resort
The grand estate of Sandals Emerald Bay is set along a one-mile stretch of white sand beach on Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. This all-suite resort will offer a selection of 183 "magnificently-appointed" luxury suites with styles that range from beachfront villas to charming bay house settings - all oceanfront, all extremely spacious and all serviced by your personal Butler.
Ponta Dos Ganchos voted “Resort of the Year 2010”
Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, located on the Emerald Coast of Brazil has been awarded the title of “Resort of The Year 2010” by Guia 4 Rodas, the most prestigious Brazilian Travel Guide.
Daredevil holidaymakers beware
British holidaymakers are giving in to their daredevil impulses and taking part in extreme sports while on holiday, according to moneysupermarket.com.
Days out in Dublin
Stena Line is offering customers the chance to travel to Dublin and enjoy a great day out in October with a fantastic day trip by foot travel fare from only £27* per adult and £18* per child.
Ryanair launches 1 million £5 seats
Ryanair has announced that, from midnight tonight (Monday 28 September), it will release 1 million seats at an all-inclusive price of £5 for travel in late October and November.
Stylish stays without the designer price tag
With Paris fashion week kicking off this week, ebookers.com, one of Europe's largest online travel agents has uncovered some super chic hotel specials for those budding fashionistas.
Discover Anitgua’s laid-back beach life without breaking the bank
Take one look at the exclusive range of Antigua hotels offered by Thomson Tailormade, and you'll see Antigua holidays are all about laid-back beach life.
History lovers can take a voyage of discovery to St Helena
History lovers and intrepid travellers can celebrate the life and death of one of the most influential men in history – Napoleon Bonaparte – on a new voyage introduced by St Helena Line to the far-flung South Atlantic Island of St Helena on one of the world’s last working Royal Mail Ships – the RMS St Helena.
Try Wiltshire for an alternative short break
VisitWiltshire is positioning the county as an alternative destination for shopping/city breaks.
Nautical but nice halt-term adventures
If you’re after a value-for-money family break this October half-term, look no further than Italian cruise line, Costa Cruises.
Keycamp early birds catch some great deals
The fastest way to shake off the onset of the winter blues is to choose a summer holiday, and with Keycamp offering up to 25% off the base price of 2010 holidays booked by 30 September with a deposit of just £50, now’s the time to book; especially as early birds will get the pick of the outdoor holiday company’s very best parcs.
Slovenia’s oldest town to host unusual folklore festival
Slovenia’s oldest town, Ptuj (pronounced Petooey), will host the annual Kurent Festival between 6th and 16th February. The ten-day traditional event is intended to banish winter and to welcome the arrival of spring.
Experience the spectacular autumn colours of Scotland
Instead of flying to New England to witness stunning autumn foliage, VisitScotland is inviting lovers of gardens and the outdoors to choose the environmentally-friendly option as well as making the most of their holiday budgets by exploring home-grown autumn highlights.
Find a home from home this halt-term holiday
For October half-term, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting 10 per cent savings on the rental of four beautiful barn conversions – all with exposed stonework and beamed ceilings – set around a courtyard just a few miles from the coastal village of Little Haven.
Iceland express lands in Akureyri
Iceland Express has added its third new flight path in a month to its growing schedule of services. Starting in June 2010, visitors to Iceland can opt for an alternative city break to Reykjavik by flying from London Gatwick to Akureyri.
Top Egyptian resort to host special anniversary celebrations
One of the world’s top Egyptian resorts is set to play host to the country’s most lavish oasis gig in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
Hotel breaks in Co Wexford with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the chance to enjoy a hotel break in the Carlton Millrace Hotel and Spa in Bunclody, Co Wexford from only £67* per person, per night including return travel from Holyhead to Dublin Port or Fishguard to Rosslare.
Wine, gastronomy and safari in South Africa
Native Escapes, specialist operator to Southern Africa, has announced a new 15 day Wine, Gastronomy & Safari itinerary perfect for anyone who enjoys the good things in life.
The world’s most popular beaches
Summer has nearly ended and the days are getting shorter and cooler. What remains are the best memories from the last beach vacation.
Late summer camping discounts in Devon
Bring your tent, touring caravan or motorhome to North Devon for a late summer break and enjoy savings of 25%. This special deal, on offer from Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks, applies to stays of a minimum of three nights in duration for breaks completed by 24 October at all four of the company’s Parks in the seaside village of Woolacombe.
Amazon adventures in Peru
Study the four icons of the Amazon; jaguars, pumas, parrots and peccaries (pig like creatures) this winter with Biosphere Expeditions – the award winning, non profit making conservation specialist which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Jet2.com launches new routes from Edinburgh
Leading low fare airline, Jet2.com, has today (23rd September) announced the launch of two brand new routes direct from Edinburgh Airport for summer 2010 to the stunning holiday hot spots of Dubrovnik and Faro.
Ryanair reminds passengers of new ID policy
Ryanair is reminding passengers to bring their passport when travelling on all Ryanair flights as from Thursday next (1st October 09) Ryanair will no longer accept a driver’s licence as a valid form of identification.
The perfect break for chocolate lovers
The luxurious Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is launching a new two night ‘Chocolate Lovers’ Break’ during National Chocolate Week in October.
Belly dancing in Jersey
Have fun and get into shape on a 'Baubles and Bellydance' short break, courtesy of Modern Hotels in Jersey.
Exciting new additions to Barcelona’s gourmet circuit
The opening of the exclusive Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona late this year will add an exciting range of restaurant and bar venues to the Catalan capital’s gourmet circuit.
Edinburgh voted top city to ‘see before you die’!
Walking out of Waverley Station and seeing the iconic silhouette of Edinburgh Castle against the skyline is enough to stop most visitors in their tracks.
Special packages for the Jersey Half-Marathon
There can be few long-distance runs that can boast the scenery of the Jersey Half-Marathon - the one-lap course on the east of the island offers superb views across the sea to the French coast.
Experience the magic of Christmas in Europe
Christmas is one time of the year when we all allow ourselves to indulge just a bit. So, if kisses under the mistletoe, or wearing a snowflake sweater fail to get you in the Christmas spirit, why not head to some of Europe’s finest festive markets, and spoil yourself with one of these irresistible deals, without breaking the bank.
Stay on your bike with Headwater
This autumn grab the opportunity to get up close and personal to your holiday bike. Headwater, offers independent cycling holidays to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Britain.
A winter voyage around the Cape Verde Islands
Early bookers can pay just £49 per person per night – and save up to £28 per night - when booking and paying for a winter voyage by 30 September with Tall Ships Adventures.
Virgin Atlantic’s new baggage police – as easy as 1, 2, 3
Virgin Atlantic, the award-winning long-haul airline, has unveiled its new baggage policy, making it as easy as 1, 2, 3, for travellers. From 25 November 2009, Virgin Atlantic will be introducing a “piece system” across its network for all tickets booked after that date.
Virgin Atlantic launches one-stop travel shop online
Virgin Atlantic passengers can now organise their travel documents at the same time as their flight tickets through a new partnership announced this month.
Stratford hotel shortlisted for tourism Oscars
The Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards.
Tourists will take a pounding in New York
New York is the most expensive city in the world for British tourists after topping a league table of standard costs based on a two-day break, according to the Virgin Money Weekend Break Survey.
Sicily named top travel destination
Readers of Conde Nast Traveller voted Sicily as their favourite island holiday destination, beating rivals such as the Maldives and Barbados.
Swashbuckling Champagne tours for wine lovers
Swashbuckling wine lovers can master the Napoleonic Art of Sabrage – uncorking a champagne bottle with a sword - on an exclusive five-day Champagne-tasting tour with specialist operator Grape Escapes.
Celebrate ‘Grandparents’ Day’ with Eurocamp
When holidaying abroad it is becoming more popular for families to bring grandparents along for the ride.
Guided walking holidays in Roman Provence
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a one week tour of Avignon in Roman Provence – with its reputation as one of France’s major artistic centres.
Celebrate Halloween with Mickey and friends
Nobody does Halloween quite like the Americans, so what better place to head on holidays for some terrific thrills this All Hallows’ Eve than Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando?
Set sail for adventure in Thailand
From November Gap Adventures travellers can sail by catamaran around the waters surrounding Thailand’s world renowned beaches. Each shipmate can learn the ropes by actually skippering the comfortable 8-person catamaran.
Holiday Options to feature Albania for 2010
Tour operator, Holiday Options, is featuring Albania for the first time in 2010 with highlights of the programme including small group tours and, for more independent clients, the lively beach resort of Durres.
EasyBus to the rescue at Gatwick North Terminal
Low-cost airport transfer coach operator, easyBus, will be the only direct public transport link from Gatwick's North Terminal to London for a period of over seven months, commencing September 2009, when the airport's terminal transfer transit is taken out of service for a major overhaul lasting well into the summer of 2010.
Jet2.com crew dance the Salford Shuffle
Jet2.com Cabin Crew at Manchester Airport helped to raise awareness of the Salford Shuffle, a new dance craze that is sweeping the nation! The Salford Shuffle was invented by a local Salford choreographer, dance troop and composer to promote the Express Yourself exhibition currently being hosted at the Lowry until 27th September.
Emirates announces new lounge at Birmingham Airport
An Emirates' Airbus A380 was the star attraction at Birmingham Airport's 70th anniversary celebrations earlier this month, demonstrating in dramatic fashion just how far air travel has moved on over the decades.
Football fans set to have a ball with Emirates
An unforgettable sporting experience of a lifetime awaits football fans in the UAE, following the launch of Emirates’ 2010 FIFA World Cup travel packages.
TAP launches low fares campaign
TAP has launched a new low fares campaign, offering tickets to 34 major European cities from just €59. Fares to Africa and the Americas will also be included for the first time, with New York and Cape Verde from €249 and flights to eight cities in Brazil from €359 including taxes.
Air France to reveal new Premium Voyageur cabin
Air France will be revealing to the press its new intermediary cabin class, Premium Voyageur, at the International French Travel Market in Paris on Wednesday 23 September 2009 at 11am.
Ryanair launches one million free seats
Ryanair has announced it will release 1 million free seats for travel in late October and November. These free fares are available on over 500 great European routes but must be booked on ryanair.com before midnight (24:00hrs) Wednesday 23rd Sept.
airBaltic launches nonstop flights from Riga to Warsaw
The Latvian national airline airBaltic has launched nonstop flights from Riga to Warsaw, Poland, this month. This will ensure convenient transit links to and from final destinations in Scandinavia, the CIS, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
airBaltic launches nonstop flights from Riga to Frankfurt
The Latvian national airline airBaltic has launched nonstop flights from Riga to Frankfurt, Germany. This is the sixth nonstop destination for airBaltic in Germany.
bmi wins Best Short Haul Airline award
bmi is to be the recipient of a Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Award in this year’s awards, presented at the Royal Institution, London.
bmi Regional is right on time
According to official statistics published by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), bmi Regional was the most punctual airline operating from UK airports from January to June 2009 – meaning 2009 could be the fifth successive year the airline has achieved pole position.
Top European events for October
With the children now safely back at school, it’s a great time to escape and make the most of empty beaches and less crowds. Below is bmibaby’s choice of top events and things to do in Europe this October.
bmibaby leads the way for on time performance
Low cost airline, bmibaby remains in the number one position for on time performance for 2009. The results, taken from flightontime.info, show that bmibaby was the most punctual low cost carrier for the period January to June 2009, with 84.5 per cent of flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time.
Emirates Aviation College sees increased student numbers
With the new semester due to start directly after Eid, Emirates Aviation College is on target to see an increase of 15 per cent on last year’s total student numbers.
Emirates Group supports South Africa's hospitality industry
Dnata, a division of the Dubai-based Emirates Group, is extending its hospitality in South Africa by supporting the hotel sector in one of the country's most popular provinces.
Emirates and V Australia announce code share agreement
Dubai-based airline, Emirates, and Virgin Blue Group’s new international airline, V Australia, have announced a code share partnership on the trans-Tasman route, effective 25th October 2009.
A choice for greater comfort in KLM’s Economy Class
With effect from December, passengers travelling in Economy Class on all intercontinental flights operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines can choose seats offering greater comfort.
KLM starts tour through Europe
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is organising an autumn tour through Europe in a customised truck. KLM will be using this ‘Tour of Inspiration’ surrounding its 90th anniversary to present its broad range of products and services to the public in 30 European cities.
KLM offers customers two new online services
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines now offers its customers not only air tickets, hotel accommodation and car rental, but also airport parking and transport between airport and city centre.
Lufthansa expands services to Africa
Lufthansa is further boosting its services to Africa and increasing the number of flights it operates to Nigeria from ten to 14 per week. Following the introduction of the winter timetable on 25 October 2009, with these four additional flights, passengers will be able to fly daily from Frankfurt to the Nigerian capital Abuja.
Lufthansa expands codesharing with Brussels Airlines
Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines are expanding their codesharing services on long-haul routes to Africa. From now on, Lufthansa passengers will have a choice of four additional destinations and seven new connections from Brussels.
No booking fees on Monarch flights paid via PayPal
Award winning low fares airline, Monarch, and global leader in online payments, PayPal, are celebrating a successful two year partnership by rewarding customers and removing booking fees for all flights booked via monarch.co.uk and paid for via PayPal.
Monarch goes coffee-tastic to support Macmillan
Award winning low fare and charter airline Monarch will be coffee-tastic this week as staff and passengers join forces to support Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ and help raise money to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
SAS named Europe's most punctual major airline
SAS Scandinavian Airlines has held its position as the most punctual airline amongst Europe's major carriers this summer. For June, July and August, 92.65% of all SAS flight arrived on time.
New SWISS cabin proves a hit with customers
SWISS travellers are delighted with the new cabin on the airline’s Airbus A330-300 long-haul twinjets, the company’s latest customer survey reveals. Guest satisfaction saw a tangible increase in all three seating classes.
Thomson Airways safety video takes YouTube by storm
Pioneering new video featuring children to demonstrate a pre-flight safety briefing has become an internet hit with over 150,000 viewings.
Sample a taste of Norfolk at The Globe Inn
Between September 6 and December 17 why not pack your bags and head for the The Globe Inn at Wells-Next-the Sea, to take advantage of the fantastic autumn room rates they have on offer.
Cornish hotel offers private island nuptials
'Islands in the Stream' is widely recognised as a first dance for many a couple across the UK. Cornish bolthole hotel, Barclay House, is quite literally putting the lyrics into action with the chance for couples to take their vows on their very own private island.
A new dimension to Sri Lanka’s luxury hospitality
A new collection of exclusive, highly personalised pavilions are to open in Sri Lanka. Serene Pavilions Ltd will launch 12 highly styled, luxurious pavilions positioned on the West coast offering a new dimension to luxury hospitality on the island.
Fairytales do come true at The Levin
The Levin Hotel is offering to pamper brides to be, at this exclusive 12-bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge, and take away the stress of searching for that perfect wedding dress.
Enjoy cool Copenhagen without spending a fortune
If you like good quality design, but don’t like to spent a fortune on hotel accommodation, then the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group’s new luxurious 2-star hotel “Wakeup Copenhagen” in the centre of the city is the place to stay this autumn.
Moctezuma and the Aztecs in Mexico
Specialist tour operator Journey Latin America has launched a new ‘Moctezuma and the Aztecs’ tailor-made tour to coincide with the opening of the British Museum’s latest exhibition, Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler.
Autumn escapes in Mallorca
For all those sun-starved Brits who have stayed at home this summer and are now desperately seeking some warm rays and relaxation before winter, the island of Mallorca is enjoying temperatures of around 28°C.
Jaguar sightings and luxury Galapagos cruising
Reef & Rainforest Tours (reefandrainforest.co.uk) is offering savings on two incredible wildlife encounters this autumn and winter.
Thomson Tailormade launches new Africa brochure
Tour Operator Thomson Tailormade has launched the Africa brochure, offering an extensive selection of quality hotels and unique experiences tailored to suit every need.
New holiday options to the Adriatic
Holiday Options has launched its 2010 Adriatic brochure dedicated to Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro and has introduced escorted small group tours of
Jordan and Syria or Venice – The choice is yours
Independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays, still has availability on two of its specialist interest tours this autumn/winter.
Authentic cultural adventures in Kenya
For a truly unique family travel experience, join Wrestling the World in Summer, 2010 at the International Village in Nakuru, Kenya and spend 13 unforgettable days touring the area and making a real difference in the lives of the local community.
Uplifting autumn getaways
The three and a half months between September and Christmas are bleak and Bank Holiday free. But look on the bright side: the kids have gone back to school, temperatures in southern Europe are still warm, holiday prices in Autumn are considerably lower.
MSC Cruises launch thermal spa package
MSC Cruises’ MSC Yacht Club guests can now enjoy a complimentary Thermal SPA package during their cruise which includes one sauna and one Turkish bath session on board in the MSC Aurea SPA.
Top tips for trekking the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is on the wishlist for many avid travellers, but how much do people actually know about what the trek involves?
Flybe announces more routes for summer 2010
Flybe has announced the final list of its new early 2010 summer schedule with millions of seats now on sale to popular destinations across the UK and regional Europe.
Ryanair to sell smokeless cigarettes onboard all flights
Ryanair has announced that smokers no longer have to worry about long flights without a cigarette as it launches a new range of Smokeless Cigarettes to ensure passengers get their required nicotine “hit” without breaking the law by “lighting up” onboard their aircraft.
Afternoon tea with a difference at The Howard
Big Ben, the Crown Jewels, the London Underground, black cabs, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye will give London visitors not only something to feast their eyes on, but also something on which to feast their appetite.
The Landmark London takes luxury to a new level
The magnificent five-star deluxe Landmark London in fashionable Marylebone is renowned as one of the UK’s truly stunning luxury hotels. With the introduction of its spectacular new “Lifestyles Suites” The Landmark London is now taking luxury and guest experience to a new level.
K West Hotel & Spa launches the ultimate A-list treatment
Guests can leave K West Hotel & Spa looking fabulous with a slimmer body ready to walk the red carpet, with the latest celebrity beauty trend, the Universal Contour Wrap.
Sandals Resorts launch Martha Stewart wedding packages
Sandals & Beaches Resorts, the leading innovators in destination weddings have announced details of the newly themed wedding packages designed exclusively by Martha Stewart which will go on sale 1st October 2009 for all new and existing 2010 Weddings.
Literary city breaks in Edinburgh
Edinburgh hotel group The Town House Collection are now celebrating the city’s rich literary history with a new package for book lovers.
A chic new hotel for fast living urban travellers
Showcasing cutting-edge contemporary design styled for “today’s fast-living urban travellers,” chic new lifestyle hotel The Mira Hong Kong celebrates its Grand Opening this month.
All Saints festival fun on the Costa Blanca
This October half term, treat the family to a sunshine break staying at the five-star Barceló Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, set in the foothills of the Costa Blanca's Sierra Cortina Mountains and take in some festival fun as the neighbouring town of Denia celebrates All Saints.
Glasgow welcomes first luxury spa
The Spa at the new five star Blythswood Square Hotel is set to become the first luxury spa in Glasgow following development of one of the city’s most famous and historical buildings, the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club.
Swissôtel to open first property in India
For the first time, the international hotel chain Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is to open a Swissôtel in India.
Exotic spa experiences on the Costa Blanca
For a taste of the exotic without leaving Europe the new Thai Spa at the chic 5 star Barceló Asia Gardens, which opened on the Costa Blanca in February 2009, brings together the traditional Thai philosophies of peace, calm and harmony to create one of the most authentic Thai spa experiences in the whole of Spain.
Halloween horror at Universal Studios
Short breaks in Florida – with a catalogue of horror on the menu - is the offer this Halloween from US operator, Bon Voyage.
Head for winter sun and enjoy free nights
‘Free night deals’ on selected winter sun breaks taken between November 2009 and March 2010 – with four nights starting from just £199 per person – are being highlighted by city break specialist, Cities Direct.
Young explorers go from strength to strength
The Ker & Downey Botswana Young Explorers programmes are specially designed safaris offering families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together.
Camping with a difference in Botswana
Ker & Downey Botswana has upgraded the tents at Kanana enabling it to achieve five star grading to keep it in line with its other two luxury camps, Shinde and Okuti.
Short break ideas for Autumn
Save up to £116 on a late-summer holiday in Croatia – staying at the three-star Hotel Villas Kolocep on the small, laid-back island of Kolocep – courtesy of specialist operator, Holiday Options.
Marrakech for singles
For an exotic, exciting and cultural city break – with pleasantly warm temperatures to boot – leading singles specialist, Friendship Travel reckons that Marrakech is hard to beat.
Autumn guided walking breaks in the UK
For a great value autumn break, HF Holidays – the UK’s largest specialist walking and leisure activity holidays company – suggests staying at one of its UK Country Houses and enjoying a guided walking break amid the autumnal hues of the UK countryside.
Local woman receives Jet2 plane naming tribute
Friendly low-fare airline, Jet2.com unveiled a very special Boeing 737 aircraft yesterday - the plane named ‘Helen Normington’, was revealed to friends and family at Leeds Bradford Airport.
Recession hit charities compete for Ryanair calendar funds
Ryanair has confirmed that it has received double the number of applications from charities hoping to partner with it for the €100,000 proceeds of its 2010 edition of its famous Cabin Crew Charity Calendar.
Breathtaking luxury at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square
One of Glasgow’s most famous and historical buildings is being transformed into the breathtakingly luxurious five star hotel, Blythswood Square.
Enjoy an Indian summer for less on Jersey
Prolong the summer and enjoy fantastic savings at the acclaimed Hotel De France in Jersey. From 25th September until the 31st October 2009 the Hotel De France is offering a fabulous 25% discount per night on all shared occupancy or family room bookings (this offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer or promotion).
Half term deals at Haven
Haven Holidays are offering breaks during October half term from as little as £179 for four nights for a family of up to six people. First class facilities and a wide range of activities and entertainment are included in the price.
Thomson launches excursions website
Booked your holiday but not sure what to do when you get there? Travelling on a budget and want to get your “extras” accounted for before you travel? Visit the new excursion website from leading travel company Thomson, thomsonexcursions.co.uk to research and book activities across the globe.
Cayman Islands welcome first ‘ladies only’ dive trip
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has welcomed the initiative by tour operator DiveQuest to put together a ‘ladies-only’ holiday for 2010.
With kids back at school, holidays for adults rule
It’s official – the summer holidays have ended, the kids are back to school and it’s the perfect time to take a relaxing, child-free holiday.
Perfect your technique with surf camp in Cornwall
Using the latest coaching techniques such as video analysis, nutritional advice, body conditioning and surf theory, the Surf Academy will ensure that individual performance and all round enjoyment of the sport is taken to the next level.
Head to Gumbet for 2010’s biggest summer party
If you’re still reeling from the sun’s no-show this summer then now’s the perfect time to make sure summer 2010 is hot in more ways than one. With a 2wentys holiday you’re guaranteed warm, sunny weather, and steamy clubs and parties every night.
Kamili unveils new African gems
Kamili (kamili.co.uk ), a portfolio of over 40 independent lodges, camps and operators across East and Southern Africa, has unveiled four new additions.
Olive picking breaks in Slovenia
New from specialist tour operator, Just Slovenia, is Villa Lavanda, a traditional Slovene property perched on the outskirts of Fijeroga, an unspoilt hilltop hamlet just a short drive from the historic coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Piran, close to Croatia.
Walking in rustic Sicily
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week walking tour in one of the most rustic and historical parts of Sicily.
Oceania launches first cruise to Africa
One of the most successful new cruise companies of the past decade, Oceania Cruises, this week launches its 2010 / 11 Winter Collection.
Brits rush to book last of the summer sun
Britain’s wet summer has led to fed-up Brits rushing to book a last minute holiday in the sun, new research has revealed.
South Africa calling - World Cup holiday ideas
With England officially qualifying for next year’s World Cup, now is the time to start organising your trip to South Africa as flights are selling fast.
No "staycation" in cruising with record year predicted
Cruising is on the upswing: bigger ships, new destinations, more deals, a wider variety of choices and more passengers.
Artemis Travel slashes autumn holiday prices
Artemis Travel has released its lowest ever autumn accommodation prices, meaning a week-long stay in Turkey may now be even cheaper than the train fare to the airport.
Tailor-made holiday options in the US and Canada
Tour operator Thomson Tailormade has launched a new America & Canada brochure, offering a widespread selection of quality hotels and holidays to the USA and Canada. From cosmopolitan cities to stunning scenery, the extensive programme guarantees the perfect holiday for every taste and budget.
Top long-haul trends for 2010
As 2009 becomes the year of the credit-crunched traveller, specialist long-haul tour operator, Tropical Sky, has seen some interesting changes to the habits and trends of customers.
A walk in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a 19 day adventure, combining vibrant Ecuador, with a cruise around and stay on the amazing Galápagos Islands much in focus in this celebratory year of Darwin’s monumental discoveries.
Sardinia for late summer sunshine
September is a great time to visit the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia - the water is warm from the long hot summer, the beaches are less crowded, the countryside is becoming green again and the price of accommodation has dropped significantly to make it an ideal late summer holiday destination.
Tourists return to Mexico enticed by winter deals
Holidaymakers are returning to favourite destination Mexico in their droves, and there is no better time to go than this winter with some of the best deals around to entice customers to visit.
A guided tour of Andalucia's Grazalema
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week’s tour of Grazalema, Andalucia – a jewel in its own natural park surrounded by beautiful mountains and rolling sierras – one of the most ecologically important in Spain.
The Crème de la Crème of culinary travel
Culinary travel is a growing trend, and with good reason. You can have your gâteau and eat it - and when you return home, you can make it for your friends too.
Flybe Training Academy is poised for take-off
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has this month welcomed Skills Minister Kevin Brennan MP to its Exeter headquarters for the announcement that it has become the first UK company to successfully bid for support to the tune of £4.3-million through the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) new Capital Specialisation Fund (CSF) process.
Thomson Airways takes the hassle out of air travel
Thomson Airways has listened to its customers who say “we hate the pre-flight boarding scrum and complexities associated with booking flight extras”. With this in mind, it has created a dedicated new service which will help take the stress and worry out of air travel and make it easier for customers to book all those extras which help make their flight even more enjoyable.
ebookers.com launches new hotel review tools
ebookers.com, one of Europe's largest online travel companies, today announced the launch of new advances in its hotel offering. The innovations provide consumers with quick and easy-to-review tools enabling a fast and informed hotel booking decision.
Grand Hotel Anthelia - A golf lovers paradise on Tenerife
The Grand Hotel Anthelia, located on the southern coast of the island of Tenerife, is the perfect destination for all those golf lovers who wish to enjoy first-class facilities and quality services within a unique environment close to the golf course.
Martinis, margaritas and massages in Saint Lucia
A new ‘diva package’ is being launched at Windjammer Landing Villa beach Resort in Saint Lucia for girls who want to have fun.
Family friendly mini breaks in Cornwall
Enjoy a fun-filled family mini break to Cornwall for less this Autumn with a choice of two great value offers in Newquay or Mid Cornwall with St Austell Brewery.
Gold River Hotel opens at PortAventura
Yee-ha! Don your Stetson, spurs and waistcoat and head to Spain’s glorious Costa Dorada to experience a hotel like no other: PortAventura’s Gold River Hotel.
Frighteningly fabulous fun at PortAventura
From 26th September to 22nd November 2009, fear descends upon the popular family resort, PortAventura. An hours drive from Barcelona, and situated on Spain’s glorious Costa Dorada, PortAventura will be overrun with legions of the living dead this Halloween.
Luxury breaks on the doorstep of Castle Combe
New luxury accommodation is now available in Castle Combe, courtesy of The Old House @ Home, a traditional freehouse which has branched out into accommodation by developing six beautifully appointed bedrooms.
An Aruba resort where it pays to get pregnant!
Hoping to hear the patter of tiny feet in the near future? The Westin Resort on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba has just announced a very special offer for would-be Mums and Dads.
A lighter walk on the Cornish side
Barclay House, Looe, is offering guests a luggage service to encourage them to explore the coastal walks of South East Cornwall.
Rotana's Centro Hotels to open in October
Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced the opening of the first two ‘Centro Hotels by Rotana’ in October 2009 - Centro Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and Centro Barsha in Dubai.
Travel back in time with Libra Holidays
Have you been following Kate Humble’s Frankincense trail and wanted to step back in time and discover ancient lands and traditions?
Holiday Options launches 2010 Adriatic Brochure
Holiday Options has launched its 2010 Adriatic brochure dedicated to Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro and has introduced escorted small group tours of Albania.
An A-list holiday destination on a shoe-string
The Côte d’Azur has more than earned its reputation as ‘playground to the rich and famous’ this summer, with the likes of Kate Moss, Lily Allen, J-Lo and Tom Cruise flocking to St Tropez.
A new cruise for music lovers
If you have a passion for orchestral music and would like to experience one of the world’s premier orchestras in some of the most stunning settings in Europe, then look no further.
Enjoy picturesque Turkey this half term
‘Escape to the sun this October half-term’ is the message from specialist operator Vintage Travel which is highlighting its hand-picked collection of houses with private pools on two of Turkey’s most picturesque coastlines – the southern Aegean and the Mediterranean.
More choice for Corsican travel
A leading UK tour operator and specialist to Corsica has added 14 new properties to its 2010 collection of villas, apartments and hotels on the island, catering for increased capacity following the announcement that no frills' airline Bmibaby is commencing a new service to Bastia, from East Midlands Airport.
Boost your career – take a year out
For those graduating from university this year the job market certainly looks daunting, with the UK’s leading graduate employers having reduced their recruitment targets for 2009 by nearly 20 per cent and unemployment amongst the 16-24 age group at a record high*.
Enjoying falling prices this autumn at Four Pillars Hotels
This autumn, Four Pillars Hotels is offering up to 45% off Weekend and Half Term Breaks throughout the months of September, October and November, with rooms from just £40 per person, per night. Plus, children stay and eat for free*.
A holiday in the Lakes families can’t afford to miss
Stay at the 4 star Low Wood Hotel on the shores of Lakes Windermere, with its Beauty Salon and Water Sports Centre, from October 23rd to 1st November 2009 and children will get free accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, drinks, a leisure club pass and a welcome pack.
Diwali lights up gastronomy at Le Méridien Al Aqah
Swaad Restaurant will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, during October with mouth-watering sweets, reflecting each region of India, from October 16 to 31, while Taste Thai Restaurant will offer Asian healthy hot pots from October 1 to 15.
Enjoy a half-term hotel break in Dublin with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the chance to enjoy a 3 night half-term hotel break in Dublin from only £135* per person.
Families that play together, save together
Families that play together, save together, with PGL’s October half-term Family Active offers. Savings of up to 25 per cent are available on Family Active October half-term holidays and short breaks at six PGL adventure centres around the UK.
Jet2holidays launches new brochure
Yorkshire based tour operator, Jet2holidays, has launched its brand new Winter 09/10 into Summer 2010 brochure, and is available to all agents now.
Budget friendly half term breaks in Ireland
Irish Ferries Holidays has special prices on self-catering breaks throughout October, including the half-term holiday weeks, with prices from as little as £85 per person based on a family of two adults and two children.
Prestige Holidays reveals 2010 Bermuda programme
Prestige Holidays has revealed its 2010 Bermuda programme featuring a lead in price of just £886 per person for seven nights at Grotto Bay Resort, the newly opened Reefs Club Suites, a range of fantastic money saving offers and regional connecting flights to London from just £17.
Ryanair launches 1 million seats for £1
Ryanair has released one million seats at an all-inclusive price of £1 for travel in October and November. These £1 fares will be available on over 500 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be booked on ryanair.com before midnight on Thursday (17 September).
Ryanair announces 2 new bases at Bari and Brindisi
Ryanair has today announced two new Italian bases at Bari and Brindisi, bringing its total European bases to 36.
Winter golf awaits at The Duke’s St Andrews
The Duke’s St Andrews is already looking forward to a full season of golf as winter approaches and unlike many other courses in Scotland, the championship heathland course will allow golfers to play the full length of the course from a choice of four sets of tees to full greens and directly from the fairways (as opposed to from mats).
Head East for holiday bargains
A great British holiday may have seemed like the best option for many families this year. However, those who have held back on their holiday plans would be wise to look further afield to make their money go further according to research from Tesco Travel Money. That is before the weather is even taken into consideration.
Sea dogs head for Irish shores
With the ‘No Dogs on the Beach’ restrictions now lifted across Ireland, autumn is a great time for dogs – and their families – to head across the Irish Sea and enjoy some bracing ‘walkies’ along miles of golden sands.
Ryanair launches CityJet rescue fare
Ryanair has launched €30 (one way including taxes and charges) rescue fares* for CityJet passengers who have had their travel plans disrupted by CityJet’s decision to close their Shannon – Paris route.
A complete spa experience in Malvern
Natural resources and modern art join in harmony at MalvernSpa where guests can enjoy the benefits of bathing in natural spring water in one of the country’s original spa towns.
Thomson Sport - In for the long haul
After Team England’s 5-1 drubbing of Croatia at Wembley this week, Fabio Capello’s squad members now face nine months of maintaining sufficient form and fitness to make sure they are the ones lining up for England’s opening match in South Africa next June.
Stress-free self catering breaks for half term
Whatever the weather at Half Term, the Lake District is a great family getaway with a host of outdoor activities for fine weather and top-notch indoor attractions for rainy days.
Adventure Company launches new family trips
Tour operator The Adventure Company has launched its new Family Adventures brochure for 2010/11.
Jet2.com launches new route to Madeira summer 2010
Leading low fare airline, Jet2.com, has launched the North West region’s first low cost service to the beautiful island of Madeira from Manchester Airport.
New luxury hotel prepares to open in Hong Kong
The Upper House, Hong Kong, has joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a collection of more than 700 of the world’s most desirable destinations.
Over-50s travel rush set for September
As the kids go back to school, it will be the over-50s' turn to pack their sun hats and cream as they head off for their summer break. According to research from Saga Travel Insurance, September is the most popular month to go away among the over 50s. Almost two thirds (61 per cent) of over-50s holidays were taken in September 2008. This Saturday, 12th September is going to be the busiest day for the over 50s to travel, so they may in fact find themselves caught up in a ‘silver rush' at the airport
Love is in the air onboard Jet2.com flight
Romance levels went sky high on a recent Jet2.com flight to Alicante when Lee Parkhouse of West Yorkshire proposed to his girlfriend of 10 years, Rebecca Newby in front of over a hundred passengers and cabin crew.
Gulf Air expands network into Iraq
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain has announced that it will be expanding its network into Iraq.
Air France launches new Premium Voyageur destinations
In April 2009, Air France started selling the first tickets in the Premium Voyageur cabin on daily flights to New York (first flight on 25 October) and Tokyo (first flight on 16 November). Air France customers can now book seats in the Premium Voyageur cabin on flights to Beirut and Singapore for travel as from 28 December 2009 and to Beijing and Hong Kong as from 18 January 2010.
bmibaby announce new route from Manchester to Lourdes
Low cost airline, bmibaby, has announced a new route for summer 2010, from Manchester Airport to Lourdes. The summer service to Lourdes commences on 30 April 2010 and will operate until 01 October 2010.
Unique plane joins BA fleet
The first of two uniquely configured Airbus A318s which will operate the new longhaul service from London City to New York has been welcomed into the BA fleet.
Wizz Air launches new Kiev to Venice flight
Wizz Air the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced the launch of a new service between the Ukraine and Italy.
Air Astana honours its 10 millionth passenger
On September 4 2009, Air Astana announced the name of the 10 millionth passenger, Saule Isabekova from Shymkent. The lucky woman was declared when checking-in for the flight KC 972 on itinerary Shymkent - Almaty, where she flew to meet her family. She was awarded with a certificate, but these surprises were not over.
Air France to offer employees voluntary redundancy plan
The activity of Air France during recent months has been presented to the Comité Central d’Entreprise (Workers’ Council) at an extraordinary meeting.
Air France and Armavia sign cooperation agreement
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of Air France, and Mikhail Bagdasarov, Chairman of Armavia Air Company, have signed a commercial cooperation agreement between the two airlines at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
airBaltic launches online travel agency for low cost holidays
This week, the internet travel agency airBalticTravel.com, of the Latvian national airline airBaltic, has started to offer flight and hotel packages, so that its customers can enjoy cheaper and more convenient planning of their leisure and business trips.
Double status miles for Austrian frequent flyers
Flying with Austrian is now worth double for Miles & More members: In the next two months, they will be earning double status miles on each flight within Austria and Europe.
bmibaby remains committed to East Midlands Airport
Low cost airline bmibaby, which is part of the bmi group, has this month confirmed it remains fully committed to East Midlands Airport and the wider midlands region.
bmibaby announces massive expansion plans
bmibaby has announced a massive expansion plan from East Midlands Airport.
British Airways on air after two year absence
British Airways launched its first new TV commercial for two years this month. The new campaign's concept 'Opportunity doesn't always live on your doorstep' seeks to encourage people to get out into the world and seize every opportunity, for business or pleasure.
BA takes delivery of new fleet’s first aircraft
British Airways took delivery of the first aircraft in its new regional fleet on September 3 at the Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
British Airways transports the beautiful people
British Airways will be bringing the beautiful people to the capital for London Fashion Week.
Flybe Aviation Services wins top European award
Flybe Aviation Services, the aircraft maintenance division of Exeter-based Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has been named European Airline MRO of the Year by Aviation Week’s Overhaul & Maintenance (O&M) magazine, a renowned US-based global industry publication based in New York in recognition of its ‘outstanding contribution to the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry’.
Loganair launches low fare seat sale
Flybe franchise carrier Loganair has released 20,000 seats at its lowest fares across the Highlands & Islands route network as part of its commitment to keeping Britain moving during the recession.
Flybe launches limited time seat sale
Flybe is continuing to keep Britain on the move by giving customers and their families the opportunity to affordably jet off to some of its most popular destinations between October 1st and March 27th, 2010 with a ‘Just Pay Taxes & Charges’ seat sale for booking from tomorrow through to midnight on September 9th.
Flybe announces winter extension to popular Avignon route
Flybe is extending its popular route between Southampton and Avignon for Winter 2009/10 due to unprecedented demand, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter months.
Flybe launches thousands of seats for summer 2010
Flybe has announced the second phase of its new 2010 summer schedule with over 300,000 seats on sale to popular destinations across the UK and Europe.
Tourism students get on-the-job training with Gulf Air
National carrier, Gulf Air, provided an opportunity for eighteen Bahraini students to undergo on-the-job training with Gulf Air this summer.
Inaugural Gulf Air flight arrives in Baghdad
National carrier Gulf Air flew its inaugural flight to Baghdad on the 1st of this month. The flight marked the start of a new five-time weekly service the carrier is operating to the Iraqi capital.
Bahraini students complete summer training at Gulf Air
This summer, national carrier Gulf Air offered an opportunity for 30 young Bahraini students to gain on-the-job experience at its headquarters.
Gulf Air hosts six-a-side Ramadan football tournament
As part of its series of Ramadan events, the Gulf Air Club hosted a six-a-side football tournament in which 2 teams, drawn from various departments such as operations, airport services, marketing and contact centre took part.
Jet2.com announces more routes on sale for next summer
Low fares airline Jet2.com, has announced the launch of five Belfast routes on sale for summer 2010.
Responsible snacking on board KLM
Fair Trade chocolate is now available for KLM passengers on board. KLM strives to be at the forefront of corporate social responsibility and the idea of having ‘honest’ chocolate on board came from one of KLM’s cabin crew.
New Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Munich Airport
More amenities are in the offing for Lufthansa's passengers with Senator status at Munich Airport. A further Senator Lounge with around 700 square metres of floor space has opened in Terminal 2, and will ideally enhance the Senator Cafe and Senator Lounge in the EU Departures area.
Lufthansa signs codeshare accord with JetBlue
Lufthansa is offering customers extended travel options in the USA and Puerto Rico under a codeshare agreement with the US-airline JetBlue.
Construction begins on pier A-Plus at Frankfurt Airport
Construction is about to begin on one of the biggest future-oriented projects at Frankfurt Airport – the foundation stone for the new pier A-Plus was laid on the first of this month at a ceremony signalling the start of construction and attended by about 250 invited guests.
Lufthansa concludes successful merger with Austrian
Lufthansa has executed the successful take over of Austrian Airlines, with Austrian becoming part of the Lufthansa Group as of this month.
Monarch celebrates record breaking loadfactors
Award winning low fare airline, Monarch is celebrating record breaking loadfactors on its scheduled flights in August, with flight occupancy across the network reaching 90.3% - a 1.6% increase compared to August 2008.
70% of UK holidaymakers desperately seeking sun
Despite the reported growth of the ‘staycation’, the poor British weather this summer has once again fallen foul of people’s expectations and in a desperate attempt to catch some sun, a recent online survey by monarch.co.uk has revealed that 70% of UK holidaymakers are now planning to book a late holiday deal and travel abroad.
Northern Asia becomes more accessible with Star Alliance
Star Alliance, of which SAS Scandinavian Airlines is a founding member, has this month launched the new Circle North Asia Fare. For customers travelling with Scandinavian Airlines to Beijing or Tokyo, the new offering provides an easier travel solution when travelling across Northern Asia.
SAS and Star Alliance launch new meetings product
Star Alliance, of which SAS Scandinavian Airlines is a member, has launched a global product for the meetings market: Meetings Plus. Companies, meeting planners and incentive agencies needing to organise gatherings with participants from different countries, now have access to the entire Star Alliance network, by contracting their travel needs through just one Star Alliance member airline.
SWISS names Airbus A330-300 ‘Bellinzona’
Bellinzona, the capital of Switzerland’s Canton Ticino, now has its name on a SWISS aircraft. The new Airbus A330-300 HB-JHC was named last month at Zurich Airport.
TAP commences twice-daily flights to Valencia
From 25 October, TAP will start operating twice-daily flights to Valencia, which will become the eighth Spanish destination to be served by the company. This brings the total number of daily flights connecting Portugal and Spain to 27.
TAP announces new route to Algiers
TAP will launch a new route to Algiers on 26 November, strengthening its presence in Africa. It will also increase its Casablanca operations to 12 flights per week, along with three flights to Bissau and five to Praia.
TAP offers new Premium Boarding service
In line with its efforts to continuously improve its customer services, TAP now offers its TAP Executive customers and holders of Victoria Gold, TAP Corporate and Star Gold cards more personalised attendance and a new, exclusive service at Lisbon Airport: Premium Boarding.
TAP reports growth in online check-in
The number of boarding cards issued online through the TAP website until the month of August rose 17% against the same period in 2008. This form of online check-in has been used by an average of 35,000 customers per month, resulting in 280,000 boarding cards issued in the first eight months of this year.
TAP offers ‘Simpatia’
From now until December, TAP is re-launching its Simpatia Programme, reinforcing the company’s promise to offer customers better quality service.
TAP to launch Web Portal for mobile phones
The growing use of mobile phones has led Star Alliance to develop a Common IT Mobile Platform. The web portal can be accessed anywhere and allows airline companies to offer their customers services through their mobile phones. TAP, together with Egyptair and South African Airways, was among the first members of Star Alliance to launch their portal as part of this project.
Thomson Airways raises £200k in onboard donations
Thomson Airways has raised a whopping £200,000 for charity in the last six months! This money, which has been generously donated by customers on Thomson and First Choice holidays, has been shared between the Family Holiday Association, the Born Free Foundation and charities local to airport bases.
United Airlines moves to cash-free for onboard purchases
United Airlines has announced that effective September 2, the airline will accept only credit and debit cards for most onboard purchases on trans-Atlantic flights and on flights to and from Brazil and Argentina.
United makes it easier to use frequent flyer miles
United 's Mileage Plus frequent flyer members may now take the easy way out of town and enjoy a last-minute trip to New York , Paris or Shanghai without paying the standard last-minute booking fee.
Virgin Atlantic implements joint e-ticketing with Eurostar
Passengers travelling on Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, can now book Eurostar tickets for onward high-speed journeys between London, Paris and Brussels.
Wizz Air increases Prague capacity by 50%
Low fares carrier Wizz Air, has announced that its to further expand its Prague operations. A third new Airbus A320 aircraft will be added to the airline's Prague base on 27 March 2010.
Wizz Air adds third aircraft to Prague
Following its rescue offer made to SkyEurope passengers last month, Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it would further expand in Prague.
Rise of the Grey Gapper
New research by Halifax Unsecured Personal Loans reveals it's not just students who'll be taking time out to go traveling. For many working Brits it seems there aren't enough hours in the day and to escape, they are choosing to take a gap year at a later stage in life.
See a wilder side of Scotland
Aurora Expeditions is offering adventurers the opportunity to explore the magic and mystery of the Scottish Isles, with a new voyage onboard the Polar Pioneer departing in June 2010.
Ryanair launches £5 seat sale
Ryanair has today released 1 million seats at an all inclusive price of £5 for travel in late September, October and November.
Ryanair fleet grows to 200 aircraft
Ryanair, the World's favourite airline, yesterday (6 September) took delivery of another new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft from Boeing's Renton facility in Seattle, USA.
Blanket Bay named as among world’s best hotels
Readers of one of the world’s most influential travel magazines have named Glenorchy’s Blanket Bay lodge as the best leisure hotel in Australasia and the South Pacific.
Front row seats to fun at the Mayor’s Thames Festival
The Mayor’s Thames Festival kicks off 12 – 13 September, transforming the waterfront into a spectacular celebration of live music, fabulous food and lively entertainment.
Katy Perry to perform at The Mira Hong Kong
The Mira Hong Kong, a chic new lifestyle hotel in the heart of Tsimshatsui, is celebrating its official “Grand Opening” on September 17 with a live performance by award-winning American pop icon Katy Perry.
European hotel prices are on the up
After a steady decrease over the summer, average European hotel prices have increased by 18 percent in September in comparison to the previous month. Nearly all of the most popular European cities have seen an increase in hotel rates.
Luxury Mediterranean resort to open this Autumn
Borgo Egnazia, the Mediterranean’s newest luxury resort will open this Autumn, with a soft opening in October followed by an official launch in Spring 2010.
Capturing the true essence of a city break
Eight Hotels has launched Eight Residences – A boutique collection of apartment style living with hotel services, located in gateway cities all over the world.
Tour operator launches ‘Last Chance To See’ itineraries
To coincide with the new series of ‘Last Chance to See’ which hits our screens on Sunday (6 September), tour operator Bales Worldwide has created the ‘Last Chance to See Collection’.
Embark on your own ‘American Road Trip’
Jamie Oliver begins his American Road Trip on Channel 4 this week - a journey to discover the real heart of America through its people, landscapes, culture, music and food.
Gap year gatecrashers
With many young adults expected to take a gap year to avoid the credit crunch, research from Post Office Travel Insurance reveals they could be receiving some unexpected guests. A fifth of parents (21 per cent) aged 50+ with children that have lived or holidayed abroad, said they had visited their child to broaden their own horizons.
Harvest a true taste of Tuscany
Savour the true taste of Tuscany on a harvest-time holiday celebrating the autumn’s wine and olive oil crop.
Tropical Sky expands Down Under
Long-haul tour operator, Tropical Sky has added a new brand to its portfolio. Launched this week, Australian Sky will offer competitively priced holidays from self-drive and escorted tours across the Australian states to beach breaks, city stays and special interest or activity-based holidays.
Holidays to inexpensive Europe
Value for money has always been a priority for Regent Holidays, which takes away the tedium of watching the pennies on holiday thanks to its selection of unusual, accordingly-inexpensive destinations, including the vast majority of Europe’s top 10 least expensive countries, as revealed by Eurostat in July.
Enjoy a Sicilian September
With its wonderful climate, Sicily is a top holiday destination all year round and each season has its own distinctive charm. September is a great time to visit the beautiful island, as the weather is pleasant, the beaches are peaceful and the sea is still warm from the scorching August sun.
Walking in rustic Sicily
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week walking tour in one of the most rustic and historical parts of Sicily.
Salsa in Sardinia
'Sardinia in Salsa' is an International Salsa Event which offers 3 days of dancing and fun with 23 Latin dance workshops on the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia.
A holiday on West Virginia’s country roads
Hammocks and rocking chairs on wrap-around porches, cosy quilts, antiques and memorabilia, lace tablecloths and warm, hearty, old fashioned American hospitality add to the ingredients of a driving holiday along the country roads of West Virginia.
Skis fly free with bmibaby
For a limited time only, book a flight to Geneva, Grenoble, Toulouse or Malaga and take your skis and snowboard for free. Ski flights are from just £35.99 one way including taxes and charges.
London’s calling for Iceland Express
An increasing call for flights between London and Reykjavik has prompted Iceland’s low-fare airline to add yet another UK airport to its schedule.
Ryanair increases baggage fees
Ryanair has announced a series of changes to its baggage policies and charges which will come into effect for all new bookings from 1st October 2009 onwards.
SWISS teams up with The Peninsula Hong Kong
SWISS First and SWISS Business guests flying from Hong Kong to Zurich will soon be enjoying new menus consisting of culinary delights; from tomorrow onwards, premium travellers on these flights will be offered meals created by Florian Trento, the Swiss executive chef at The Peninsula Hong Kong, the world-famous five-star hotel.
Magical Morocco gets under the skin
‘Magical Morocco’ explores every aspect of this diverse country from the labyrinthine souks of the imperial cities to the windswept heights of the Atlas Mountains. This 14 night small-group tour with local guides gets right under the skin of Morocco, says adventure travel specialist Kumuka Worldwide.
An extra week in the sun for single travellers
Singles specialist Friendship Travel says strong demand for sunshine breaks means they are extending the season at their hotel in Turkey.
September holiday savings in Italy
Specialist camping and mobile home tour operator Venue Holidays has announced savings of 50% on holidays to Venice for arrivals on site after 19 September.
Criminal holiday offerings in Philadelphia
For those with a slightly suspect taste in entertainment, US specialist, Bon Voyage, has created short breaks to Philadelphia which include ‘Terror behind the Walls’.
A horrifying Half Term and Halloween
As school summer holidays draw to a close, it’s time to start planning fun for Halloween and October Half Term.
Fine food and fine walks in Provence
Pan-fried foie gras, turbot slow cooked with ceps, pear poached in Chardonnay… food too good to resist – but what about the waistline?
Autumn sun and big savings for empty nesters
Summer lingers longer in the Greek islands, making October holidays not only relaxing but also great value for couples whose kids have flown the nest, according to Olympic Holidays.
Jet2.com launches direct flights to Tunisia
Low fares airline, Jet2.com, has announced the launch of a brand new service to Monastir in Tunisia, becoming the only low cost operator to offer direct scheduled flights to the popular African hotspot.
Jet2.com launches new Blackpool to Jersey link
Jet2.com today (4th September 2009) furthered its commitment to Blackpool with the launch of the airport’s first ever direct scheduled service to Jersey for summer 2010. The new weekly service to the popular Channel Island will commence from 28th May 2010 with flights now on sale from just £29.99 one way including taxes.
Ryanair extends ‘Yes to Europe’ seat sale
Ryanair has extended its one million ‘Yes to Europe’ free seat sale until midnight Friday (from midnight Thursday) after its website crashed when millions of passengers tried to secure free seats which were launched on Wednesday.
Fortina Spa Resort to sponsor Sheffield United
Sheffield United Football Club has today unveiled Malta’s luxurious five-star, Fortina Spa Resort, as a platinum sponsor of the club, which will see the hotel’s brand logo displayed across the Bramall Lane Evolution Family Corner Stand.
Cruise holidays - beating the credit crunch
Socruise.com, the online travel agency, community and news source for cruise lovers is gearing up for National Cruise Week, September 20-27 2009. Having recently gained more than 1000 new members, socruise.com is reaping the benefits of the increased interest in cruise holidays.
La Manga Club to host ICC tournament
The prestigious La Manga Club resort in Spain will once again cement its reputation for providing first-rate facilities and attracting world-class sports events, when it hosts an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament later this month.
Credit crunching breaks in the Lake District
Celebrated as one of the Lake District’s finest country house hotels, with a coveted Michelin Star for its cuisine, Holbeck Ghyll delivers exquisite luxury in an idyllic setting. This autumn, guests can indulge for less as the hotel has introduced an all-inclusive ‘Credit Cruncher’ break from £145 per person, per night.
Tee-off in style at an idyllic Caribbean resort
An idyllic Caribbean resort is providing golfers with the opportunity to tee-off in tropical surroundings thanks to an attractive all-inclusive package.
Surf’s up on the Turks & Caicos Islands
This month, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa has unveiled a brand new “Body Glove Waves” surf simulator as part of its 45,000-square foot Pirate’s Island Waterpark.
Chicago to perform at Island Resort & Casino
The Island Resort & Casino, Michigan, has announced a series of national acts – Chicago, Brad Garrett, Rodney Atkins and Dierks Bentley – scheduled to headline the Island Showroom, the Upper Peninsula’s hottest entertainment destination.
Sandals Resorts roll out the red carpet to top Caribbean athletes
Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Founder and Chairman of the Caribbean’s leading resort chain, Sandals Resorts International, has announced that he will extend a special invitation to top Caribbean athletes such as Usain Bolt.
Hotel Del Faro opens new luxury suites
Hotel del Faro, within the exclusive Pugnochiuso Resort, Puglia, is celebrating the successful launch of its new Luxury Suites and Superior Rooms which have been available for the 2009 season.
Rotana opens new hotel in Saudi Arabia
Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and North Africa, has officially opened the Al Marwa Rayhaan by Rotana, Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia. The launch took place on Saturday 22 August 2009.
Bookings open for new Sydney Harbour YHA
Reservations have now opened for the new Sydney Harbour YHA which will open in November and offer quality budget accommodation with sublime Sydney Harbour views from just $42.00 - the price of a cocktail at the nearby 5* hotels in a similar location.
Culinary stars shine at top hotels around the globe
Travellers in search of five-star cuisine are in for a treat this autumn as ultra-luxury travel company, The Leading Hotels of the World announces a series of outstanding gourmet events at its Member Hotels in the coming months.
A retreat for the senses in Phuket
Banyan Tree Phuket is introducing a new ‘Retreat For The Senses’ package, a holistic experience of rejuvenation, wellness and discovery.
Maldives resort invites you to ‘catch it and cook it’
For those seeking an authentic holiday experience rather than just sun, sand and sea, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort (olhuveli.com) in the Maldives will not disappoint as they have launched the Catch It And Cook It programme.
Celebrates summer with Champagne in the afternoon
The luxurious Cavendish Hotel is celebrating summer by offering a complimentary glass of Champagne with every Afternoon Tea.
Fiesta of fun at La Manga Club
Visitors to La Manga Club are never stuck for things to do but anyone staying at the award-winning resort this October will be even more spoilt for choice.
Rotana on track for eight new openings in the UAE
Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and North Africa, has eight new openings in the UAE scheduled for 2009, including two properties on Yas Island, home to the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
Norfolk Food Festival breaks at Titchwell Manor
Foodies going along to the Norfolk Food Festival between 19 September and 4 October can treat themselves to an overnight stay at Titchwell Manor Hotel, near Brancaster from just £110 B&B per night for two sharing a double/twin room.
Hilton tops website experience survey
Hilton.com has come top of a survey of hotel websites for the second consecutive year. Independent research by customer-experience benchmarking company Global Reviews, reveals that the international hotelier remains No.1 in its ‘Comparing the Hotel Websites’ league table.
San Diego receives boost with new direct air links from UK
UK event and exhibition planners will soon have direct access to San Diego when Zoom Airlines’ new direct flights from London Gatwick to San Diego take-off in June. The San Diego Convention Centre (SDCC) is one of the largest convention centres in North America with award winning facilities and services attracting some of the largest events and exhibitors from all over world.
Zoom puts San Diego on the map
Zoom Airlines, the leading low-fare transatlantic airline, has announced that it will be operating a new route from London Gatwick to San Diego in Southern California for summer 2008.
Zoom puts Fort Lauderdale on the map
Zoom Airlines, the leading low-fare transatlantic airline, has announced that it will be operating a new route from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Florida for 2008.
Zoom Airlines expands European service
Zoom Airlines has expanded its European service with the announcement that it has introduced scheduled transatlantic services to Rome, Italy. The new Rome service will be offered from Toronto and Montreal commencing in May 2008. With the addition of Rome, Zoom Airlines now services seven European gateways non-stop from Toronto and three from Montreal.
Hotelopia flies high with Zoom Airlines
Hotelopia, the online hotel booking specialist branches out into the North American marketplace as it announces its partnership with Zoom Airlines to provide accommodation services on Flyzoom.com giving customers the opportunity to book hotels in all Zoom destinations which include New York, London, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Bermuda all at lower prices.
Have a Bermudafulday at Canary Wharf and Soho Square
London will experience a slice of Bermuda this week when the island atmosphere arrives at Canary Wharf and Soho Square. Come and celebrate the launch of the inaugural Zoom Airlines flight from London Gatwick to Bermuda.
Zoom Airlines launches London – New York flights from £129
Zoom Airlines will announce a revolution in low-cost transatlantic air travel this week with the introduction of London – New York flights from £129. The low-fares, full-service airline is to operate daily flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK from Thursday 21 June.
Zoom launches new low-cost Bermuda-London flights
Zoom Airlines announced today that it is to introduce low-cost direct flights between Bermuda and London Gatwick. The low-fares, full-service airline is to operate twice-weekly direct flights from Bermuda to London Gatwick from June 8. One-way flights will start at $249 including all taxes, fees and charges.
A pool with a view
A pool is not always just a pool - trivago has researched the top hotel pools that offer much more than just water. Whether located with a panoramic view of the Alps, in close proximity to dolphins or with a view of the Hong Kong skyline, the top 10 pool hotels offer their guests an unforgettable holiday experience.
New hotel offers autumn incentives in Puglia
To celebrate the recent opening of Borgobianco in Puglia the hotel is launching ‘Field to Fork’ - a new package for the corporate and incentive markets.
Internet surfers head for Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo
WorldHotels, one of the world’s leading groups of independent hotels, has announced the top ten most popular hotels in terms of visitor numbers to its website, worldhotels.com.
Change your seasonal habits and reap the health benefits
Autumn and winter were traditionally seasons of hibernation and restoration, yet modern lifestyles leave little time to slow down and recharge.
Anyone for a spot of fungi foraging?
Lovers of the countryside and fine food will have a field day on the 10th October during a Fungi Foray at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.
A sweet addition to Antigua’s collection of luxury resorts
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has announced the launch of a new luxury property, Sugar Ridge Antigua. Due to open in the first week of November, Sugar Ridge is a uniquely designed, contemporary four star resort, situated on the west coast of the island.
YHA Australia leads the way in eco-tourism
Awareness of ecological issues has always been part of the YHA ethos and for a number of years now YHA Australia has been taking action to combat the effects of tourism on climate change.
Extended breaks in Miami compliments of The Setai
Presiding over Collins Avenue, with Miami’s South Beach on its doorstep, The Setai hotel is offering guests the chance to enjoy an extended getaway with its 3 for 2 promotion across all room nights.
A great British tradition at Hyatt Regency London
Something special is happening in the heart of London’s Portman Village in Marylebone. With true British spirit, the luxurious five-star hotel, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is supporting Breast Cancer Care with a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Doggy dreams at The Bonham
Do you find it a struggle to leave your trusty four-legged friend at home or at kennels when going on holiday? If so then Edinburgh hotel, The Bonham now has the perfect solution with its Doggy Dreams package.
A musical tour of Manhattan
Experience Manhattan’s culture and music history with this great package from participating Hilton Family of Hotels in New York City.
Frieze frame at Hyatt Regency London
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is celebrating its position as the Official Hotel Partner of Frieze Art Fair (15-18 October 2009), a world- renowned contemporary art event.
VLM promotes green credentials of flying
VLM Airlines has published a factsheet to dispel the myth that flying within the UK and on short-haul services to Europe is more damaging to the environment than rail.
VLM cements status as leading business airline
VLM Airlines’ success as a leading business airline was once again demonstrated recently when it was named ‘Best Business Airline- Western Europe’ by Business Destinations Magazine in their first Annual Travel Awards.
Check-in faster with VLM
Long check-in queues become a thing of the past; VLM Airlines has added yet another convenient way of checking in at London City airport. Customers now need to check-in at one of the 12 new CUSS (Common Use Self Service) machines. This service allows you to check-in faster and to pass easier through the airport. The kiosks are permanently hosted, so assistance is available when needed. The self-service check-in machines are located in the centre of the terminal concourse. CUSS is also available in Amsterdam and Manchester.
VLM Airlines celebrates diamond studded 15th birthday
To celebrate the impressive levels of passenger traffic on its routes between London City Airport and the Netherlands, VLM Airlines has repainted one of its aircraft orange, the colour of the Netherlands. The Fokker 50, which was unveiled at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, will operate mainly on the London City-Amsterdam route.
VLM reports record numbers from Amsterdam Schiphol
On Friday 23rd May, VLM Airlines carried 1250 passengers on the Amsterdam – London City route. The reason for this record number is the large-scale maintenance works to the runway at Rotterdam Airport. These works finished on Monday morning, 26th May.
VLM – Most punctual between Amsterdam and London
VLM Airlines has beat off a host of leading carriers to be named the most punctual airline on the popular Amsterdam to London City Airport route for 2007.
VLM Airlines wins prestigious award
VLM Airlines has won the prestigious ‘Passenger Airline Award 2007’ from Amsterdam Airport Schipol in recognition of the developments and initiatives it has taken with its Amsterdam – London City service.
VLM Airlines passenger numbers up in 2007
VLM Airlines carried a total of 745,781 passengers in 2007 – a 9 per cent increase over 2006. The total number of scheduled passengers increased by 6 per cent to 697,781, whilst the number of passengers using the airline’s charter and wet lease flights increased sharply by 62 per cent to 48,000.
VLM wins prestigious Anglo-Dutch Award
VLM Airlines has been awarded with the ‘Anglo-Dutch Award for Enterprise 2007’ at the Clothworkers’ Hall in London.
VLM Airlines beats the train to London
VLM claims there is no faster way of getting to London than with their airline. Over the past few days, various media have done the time test, and all have come up with the same results: VLM Airlines is the fastest way of getting to London, whether you depart from Antwerp or from Brussels.
VLM celebrates anniversary of Antwerp – Manchester route
The route Antwerp – Manchester of VLM Airlines has achieved excellent results after one year of operations, resulting into 16% more passengers than initially budgeted for. To mark the first anniversary of the route Antwerp – Manchester, Flemish Minister President, Kris Peeters attended the ceremonies together with Jaap Rosen Jacobson, chairman of VLM Airlines.
VLM Airline sees loyalty programme take off
One year after the launch of VLM Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Programme ‘VLM Encore’, over 35.000 members have subscribed to the programme. To mark its first anniversary, a new higher tier is being introduced for the most frequent members of the programme.
Wizz Air offers alternatives for SkyEurope passengers
Wizz Air, the largest low fare, low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced today that it would provide re-routing alternatives to passengers affected by the suspension of SkyEurope’s operations at Vienna airport due to unpaid debts.
Wizz Air launches flights from Romania to Grenoble
Wizz Air the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe – has announced today that it will launch new routes from Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca to Grenoble in France.
Wizz Air opens new route from Gdansk to Bergen
Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it will expand its operations from Poland by launching a new route from Gdansk to Bergen in Norway.
Wizz Air opens new routes from Katowice
Wizz Air has announced that it will launch new routes from Katowice to Memmingen/Munich West and Venice Treviso two times a week starting from 22 September and 29 September, respectively and 3 times weekly from the winter schedule.
Wizz Air opens new routes to Italy
Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced today that it would launch two new routes from Bucharest in reaction to the changing competitive landscape.
Wizz Air opens new route from Bratislava to Rome
Wizz Air has announced that it will be entering Slovakia by operating flights between Bratislava and Rome 4 times a week initially, starting from 20 September 2009.
Wizz Air opens new routes from Gdansk
Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it is to expand its base in Gdansk by adding a third aircraft, launching new routes and increasing frequencies on some of the existing services.
Wizz Air opens new routes from Budapest and Sofia
Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe has announced today that it will launch new routes from Budapest to Dusseldorf (Weeze) three times a week and from Sofia to Eindhoven twice weekly starting from 21 September and 25 October 2009, respectively.
Wizz Air launches new Kiev – Memmingen flight
Wizz Air has announced that it will expand its operations from Ukraine by launching a new flight from Kiev (Borispol) to Memmingen (Munich West) located in the very heart of Bavaria, only 120 km from Munich.
Wizz Air orders 50 Airbus A320s
Low fares airline Wizz Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to buy 50 more A320s taking their total orders up to 132 aircraft. All Wizz Air aircraft will be configured in a comfortable single-class layout, seating 180 passengers. No choice of engine has been made yet.
Wizz Air opens new route to Venice from Prague
Wizz Air, the low cost low fare airline for Central and Eastern Europe has announced that it will launch a new service between Italy and the Czech Republic. Flights from Prague to Venice/Treviso will be launched on 20 September and operated 3 times a week. The new services will complement the already announced routes operated from the Ruzyne Airport to 15 in total.
Wizz Air celebrates fifth anniversary
Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe celebrated its 5th anniversary on 19 May 2009. The airline took off from Katowice, Poland on 19 May 2004 following the accession of 10 CEE countries and consequently a new market of 70 million people.
Wizz Air opens its 10th base in Timisoara
Wizz Air has launched its newest base in Timisoara which has become the airline’s 10th operating base in the network and third in Romania. Currently the Company deploys one brand new Airbus A320 aircraft, employs 33 local crew and flies to Rome, London Luton, Dortmund, Milan Bergamo, Barcelona, Paris Beauvais, Valencia and Venice Treviso offering the largest route network from the Banat region.
Wizz Air named Poland’s Best Low Cost Airline
Wizz Air has won the ‘Best Low Cost Airline 2008’ award in Poland. The airline was voted the best by the pasazer.com portal readers for the fifth consecutive year.
Wizz Air announces new routes from Prague
Wizz Air is to launch two new routes from the Czech capital. Flights from Prague to Liverpool John Lennon airport will be launched on 11 July and operated 3 times a week, while as flights to Oslo Torp will start on 12 July and operated 4 times a week. The new services will complement the already announced routes operated from the Ruzyne Airport to 11 in total.
Zoom Airlines suspends operations
Zoom Airlines has suspended operations with effect from 19:00 hrs on Thursday 28 August 2008. Both Zoom Airlines Inc and Zoom Airlines Ltd, the Canadian and UK airlines, have started administration proceedings in their home countries. All Zoom flights have been cancelled and aircraft grounded.
Zoom gets top marks in consumer survey
Which? Magazine, a U.K. based consumer report has released their 2008 survey on customer satisfaction. Results are based on the response of 30 000 Which? members who rated 71 different airlines.
Zoom launches Summer 2009 flights
Zoom Airlines, the leading transatlantic low-fare carrier, has launched its Summer 2009 schedule. Flights are now available for booking via its website at flyZoom.com.
More Zoom to Europe
Zoom Airlines has announced its Summer 2009 program is now for sale with a flight schedule featuring enhanced frequency to Rome, London and Paris from Canada.
Local animal charity is all wrapped up
The outstanding work done by volunteers at the Last Chance Animal Rescue is being supported by generous donations from Zoom Airlines, the Atlantic’s only dedicated low-fare carrier. Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre based in Kent, rescues dogs, cats & small furry animals of all ages, desperately seeking loving homes throughout the UK.
United Airlines makes it an EasyPurchase
United Airlines is making the search for exact change a thing of the past. With United's new EasyPurchase, customers will be able to use credit and debit cards for onboard purchases beginning March 23.
Lie-flat to the land down under
Pacific flying has reached new heights with United's new, international lie-flat first and business class seats that provide customers with the optimal space to work, sleep or relax while travelling between the U.S. and Australia.
Aer Lingus & United Airlines announce partnership
Aer Lingus and United Airlines (UAUA) have announced an innovative extension of their relationship on select long haul services between Europe and North America.
United Airlines launches credit card with MBNA
MBNA today announced the launch of a new credit card with United Airlines. The card offers a competitive rate of interest plus travel rewards through the award-winning United Mileage Plus programme.
United Airlines to offer Gogo Inflight Internet service
United Airlines will begin offering inflight internet service to customers onboard its p.s. transcontinental service between New York and California starting in the second half of this year.
United Airlines voted ‘Best American Airline Serving China’
For the fourth consecutive year, frequent travellers polled by Business Traveller China voted United Airlines the ‘Best American Airline Serving China’ in Business Traveller China’s 2008 annual travel awards.
Customise your trip with United Airlines
United Airlines is working with one of the major travel distribution companies to make it even more convenient for customers to purchase an upgrade to its popular Economy Plus seats that provide more room to work or rest on a flight. United's Economy Plus seats have up to five more inches of legroom and are located at the front of the economy cabin.
United Airlines expands Furlough mitigation efforts
United Airlines announced that as of October 16, 322 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) have taken advantage of the Early Out and Voluntary Furlough programs agreed to by the company and the union.
United Air Lines to boost liquidity by $275 million
UAL Corporation, the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, today announced financing transactions that will add approximately $275 million of cash prior to year end. The company has completed a $125 million aircraft financing agreement, receiving approximately $60 million yesterday, and will receive the remaining approximately $65 million by mid October.
Virgin Atlantic boss says aviation taxes are out of control
Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, has warned that the UK Government’s plans to increase taxes on air passengers are out of control and will hurt passengers, the aviation industry and developing regions such as the Caribbean and Africa.
Virgin Atlantic and V Australia announce partnership
Virgin Atlantic and V Australia have joined forces in a new loyalty programme agreement which allows travellers to earn miles when flying on the networks of both airlines.
Virgin Atlantic offers bags of fun with online check-in promotion
Virgin Atlantic is offering its passengers a great incentive to get their holidays off to the best start this summer. Between 1 July and 31 August 2009, all passengers travelling from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow Airports who check in online will receive £6 off their duty free shopping onboard the flight.
Post holiday blues hit before the plane lands
Research released today from Virgin Holidays has found that almost a fifth (18%) of UK holidaymakers start suffering the symptoms of post holiday blues before they even board their return flight, with the exact time it takes for symptoms to start a mere 6.21 hours after landing – just enough time to collect your bags, get home and stick the kettle on!
A new community for travel lovers
During Virgin Atlantic’s 25th anniversary, the airline hopes to give something back to its loyal customers and travellers, by launching vTravelled.com. This website has been designed as a Travel Community, a place for travel lovers to easily share their stories and experiences across the world.
Virgin Atlantic announces ANA code-share
Virgin Atlantic and Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) are delighted to announce a new code-sharing agreement under which both carriers will offer more convenience and choice to travellers.
Virgin Atlantic celebrates 20 years of Tokyo flights
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's leading long-haul airlines, this month celebrates 20 years of flying to Tokyo. Virgin Atlantic first launched flights between London and Tokyo in May 1989 and has since carried nearly 3m passengers on the popular route. Originally departing from Gatwick, the service moved to Heathrow in 1991.
Virgin Atlantic celebrates 25th birthday
Virgin Atlantic has been celebrating 25 years in the sky by re-creating the inaugural flight from the 22nd June 1984. Furthermore, Sir Richard Branson topped off the celebrations by announcing a $2.1 Billion order 10 Airbus A330’s.
Virgin Atlantic launches celebratory fares to Chicago
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long haul airlines, is offering its customers a special birthday present every week until its 25th birthday on 22 June 2009. This week it is an amazing offer to Chicago, with a special fare of £279 for a return flight in Economy and £599 for a return flight in Premium Economy (both prices include taxes and charges).
Curtain up for Virgin Atlantic passengers
Virgin Atlantic has announced that it is introducing a new programme ‘Curtain Up!’ to its inflight entertainment system onboard flights in June. ‘Curtain Up!’ showcases the best shows in London’s West End, helping passengers decide on what shows to see when staying in the city.
Virgin Atlantic announces record profits
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, today said that pretax profits increased to £68.4 million during the last financial year, up from £34.8 million the year before.
Viva Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long haul airlines, is offering its customers a special birthday present every week until its 25th birthday on 22 June 2009. This week it a special fare to Las Vegas at £559 for a return flight in Economy and £1099 for a return flight in Premium Economy (both prices include taxes and charges).
Branson says BA/AA merger would be ‘disastrous’
Sir Richard Branson has warned of the dangers to consumers and businesses if regulators allow BA and American Airlines to merge.
Virgin and Jet Airways announce codeshare
Virgin Atlantic has announce a codeshare agreement with Jet Airways with effect from 6 May 2009. This new agreement means that passengers can book with Virgin Atlantic to travel with Jet Airways on their double daily service between London Heathrow and Mumbai.
Virgin Atlantic announces new services to Puerto Rico
Virgin Atlantic has announced it will start flying between London Gatwick and Puerto Rico’s San Juan for the winter season 2009/2010. The weekly services, which will operate via Antigua, begin on 7 November 2009.
Acclaimed artist names VLM aircraft
The acclaimed artist Panamarenko has lent his name to a VLM Airlines aircraft at a ceremony at the airline’s headquarters at Antwerp International Airport. This follows a competition that VLM Airlines ran with leading aviation magazine, Airliner World, to invite readers to choose a name for one of its fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft.
VLM Airlines offers new route from Antwerp to Frankfurt
Starting 4 May 2009, VLM Airlines will operate three flights per day between Antwerp and Frankfurt using a Fokker 50 aircraft. The airline will offer flights in code-share with Air France.
VLM Airlines launches Eindhoven - London City route
VLM Airlines will from this week operate flights between London City Airport and Eindhoven, with two services every weekday and a daily flight on Sundays. The route was previously flown by CityJet, VLM Airlines’s partner airline.
TAP launches carbon offset programme
TAP Portugal this week launched its Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emission Offset Program in partnership with the IATA (International Air Transport Association) marking World Environment Day and offering passengers the opportunity to offset the CO2 emissions resulting from their flights giving their contributions to projects to reduce emissions in developing countries via enrolment in the program.
TAP begins flights to Moscow
The start of the summer at Domodedevo Airport in Moscow will be marked by the arrival of TAP Portugal, with the leading Portuguese airline company beginning regular flights on a direct leg between Lisbon and Moscow five times a week.
TAP & LOT extend code-share
The launch of direct TAP flights between Lisbon and Warsaw from June 9 enabled TAP Portugal and LOT Polish Airlines, both Star Alliance partners, to intensify their bilateral ties of cooperation, extending their code-share operations to this new service.
TAP to run extra flights to Dakar this summer
TAP will run two extra flights a week to Dakar over the period between July 23 and September 3.
TAP & SATA join forces to promote the Azores
TAP Portugal and SATA have broadened their commercial cooperation and joined forces in increasing a joint offer of flights to new markets, namely the Azores region. Intensification of this cooperation is reflected in the widening of the scope of the code-share agreement that the two companies have maintained since the year 2000.
TAP offers better connections to Canada
TAP Portugal and Air Canada, the Canadian airline and partner in Star Alliance have recently set up a code-share agreement that enables both to offer customers more flight options and the best possible connections between Portugal and Canada.
TAP to operate out of Heathrow T1 from the summer
TAP is one of the Star Alliance companies that together with Austrian, Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS will already be transferring to the renovated Terminal 1 at Heathrow Airport in London from this summer.
Surfs up for TAP passengers
TAP has launched new procedures for transporting surf equipment with the offer of price reductions to the tune of 50 percent for passengers wanting to transport their surfboards.
TAP invests in energy and environmental efficiency
TAP has taken delivery of the first of six new Airbus A320-214’s. Four of the new aircraft will progressively replace the Airbus A320-211 currently in service and manufactured as far back as 1991, and two others designed to enable new flights to Moscow, Warsaw and Helsinki to be offered this coming June.
Thomson Airways is 'Top Rated' for long haul
Thomson Airways has been voted the best economy long-haul carrier in an online ‘Top Rated’ survey by seatplans.com, the website that offers advice on all classes of air travel.
Thomson announces redundancy protection scheme
Thomson has announced details of its redundancy protection scheme, by where if you are made redundant after booking your trip and you let Thomson know at least 28 days before your date of departure, then, subject to the terms and conditions, they will allow you to cancel free of charge.
Thomson takes delivery of new Boeing 737-800s
Thomson is upgrading its fleet with two new Boeing 737-800s. The first aircraft entered commercial service on 1 April and the second aircraft was delivered on 14 April 2009.
Thomson named amongst value for money airlines
Thomson Airways certainly keeps good company. Alongside prestigious flag-carriers like Emirates and BA, it clinched a spot on the Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Value For Money Awards list, picking up a runner-up gong in the Best Airline category.
Thomson Airways ceases flights to Tel Aviv
Thomson Airways has confirmed that it will not operate its routes to Tel Aviv from London Luton and Manchester this summer.
Value flights with all the frills
It seems no frills means no guarantees when it comes to low cost flights, as many budget airlines do not ATOL-protect their flights. And it may surprise you to learn that neither do the scheduled airlines, which means that if they go bust, you stand to lose your flight and your money.
Thomson Airways announces low fares for summer
Thomson Airways is currently offering great low fares flights for summer 2009 (1 May – 31 October), as well as a special deal offering up to 50% off long haul Premium upgrades, meaning holidaymakers can upgrade to Premium luxury from just £99 per person, return.
Thomsonfly to stop flying from Coventry Airport
Thomsonfly has this month confirmed that operations from Coventry Airport will terminate this winter. An increased focus on charter flight operations since the merger of Thomson and First Choice last year has meant less of a focus on scheduled services, such as those operated by Thomsonfly from Coventry Airport.
Strike action proposed at Gatwick and London
Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways have confirmed that they have been alerted to proposed strike action by Swissport planned to take place at London Gatwick and London Stansted airports on Monday 25th August and Friday 29th August 2008.
Thomsonfly launches Tel Aviv flights from £89.99
On sale now, Thomsonfly is offering flights to Tel Aviv for next winter from just £89.99 one-way including taxes and charges, and passengers should book early to secure the lowest fares. Departing from London Luton and Manchester airports, winter 08/09 flights will continue the current schedule, flying on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from both airports.*
Thomsonfly winter flights go on sale
On sale today (22 April) are the majority of Thomsonfly’s low fare flights for winter 2008/09, which commence flying from 1st November. Prices start from as low as £24.99 one-way for routes to Salzburg and Geneva, to Malaga and Alicante from £29.99 and to the Canary Islands from £54.99.
Public transport advice for Christmas fliers
Thomsonfly are advising all customers intending to use public transport to travel to/from the airport over the Christmas Period are advised to check with the service provider (or local airport) before travel, as a number of coach / train companies do not operate during this period.
Thomsonfly launches low-fare flights to Tel Aviv
Low-fares airline Thomsonfly is launching new services to Tel Aviv this winter, with departures starting on 1 November 2007. Thomsonfly is the first low-fares airline to launch flights to Israel. Flights will operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays out of both London Luton and Manchester airports.
Thomsonfly is voted Favourite Leisure Airline
Thomsonfly was awarded the title of consumers’ Favourite Leisure Airline 2007 at a glittering British Travel Awards ceremony last week. Tens of thousands of votes were cast by the UK’s consumers, and Thomsonfly is very proud to have been voted by its customers to receive such a prestigious award.
Free return flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat with Thomsonfly
Low cost carrier Thomsonfly are giving away free return flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat if you book your hotel with Thomson and fly to Tel Aviv with Thomsonfly.
United Airlines offers transpacific sale fares
United Airlines is offering fantastic return economy class flights on transpacific routes from Australia to the US. Fly United Airlines to Los Angeles from $937* including taxes or to New York from $1124* including taxes.
United Airlines completes fleet upgrade
United customers may now relax more easily, as the final Boeing 767 (B767) in its international fleet has been upgraded with fully lie-flat beds in United First and United Business.
United Airlines announces Business Class sale
United Airlines has announced that some business class fares from London to a range of destinations across the United States will be offered at half-price from 29 May to 2 June 2009. This special offer is valid for travel between 11 July and 31 August 2009 and must include a Saturday night stay.
New routes to the West Coast with United Airlines
Residents in the city of Three Rivers now have two new ways to reach the West Coast on United Airlines. Beginning September 2, United will offer daily service between Pittsburgh and United's hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
United Airlines launches carbon offset program
United Airlines today launched a carbon offset program designed to give customers the opportunity to help protect the environment by supporting renewable energy and reforestation projects.
United Airlines launches new Geneva flight
United Airlines this week celebrated the inauguration of its nonstop service between Geneva and Washington D.C. The newly reconfigured Boeing 767-300 features United's new premium cabins, including lie-flat beds in business class, 15.4-inch personal television screens, and more than 150 hours of video entertainment options.
Spanair migrates successfully to Amadeus Altéa IT platform
Spanair, the second largest airline in Spain, is now managing all its reservations, sales and inventory activity using the Amadeus Altéa Customer Management Solution (CMS). Adoption of the new generation technology platform allows Spanair to flexibly manage all its inventory, pricing, flight schedules and seat planning activity, as well as gain greater control over its sales channels.
Spanair to offer over 3,500 flights from and to Ibiza in 2009
Spanair will offer more than 3.500 scheduled flights from and to Ibiza during 2009 confirming the company’s bet to provide an adequate supply for both the island’s residents and business and leisure travellers.
Spanair announces 2008-09 winter schedule
Spanair’s 2008-09 Winter Schedule will operate 18 routes every week to the Canary Islands from mainland Spain, with 223 flights, together with 6 routes to the Balearics, involving a total of 254 flights.
Spanair flight crashes at Madrid airport
Spanair has confirmed that 164 passengers and 9 crew were on board its flight JK5022, which was involved in an accident in Madrid today. The accident occurred at 14:45 local time during take off.
Spanair presents Redundancy Plan
Spanair's management have presented a Redundancy Plan this month to employee representatives, due to economic, technical and organizational reasons, which affects up to 954 full-time positions, equivalent to a maximum of 1.062 Spanair employees and a maximum of 131 Fuerza de Ventas staff.
Spanair decides to sell Club Vacaciones
Spanair has made the decision to sell Club Vacaciones, which has been linked to the airline company for more than 20 years. This sale is part of the business strategy implemented by Spanair and SAS Group, to focus on the airline industry. Spanair owns at present 100% Club Vacaciones share capital.
Spanair announces a feasibility plan
Spanair's Management has announced a Feasibility Plan to face the current crisis that the airline industry is going through as a consequence of the high fuel prices and the decrease of demand. In order to ensure the future profitability of the Company, the plan implies reduction of capacity and staff.
A taste of culinary excellence for Swiss passengers
Swiss First and Swiss Business class travellers on Swiss International Airlines flights will soon enjoy culinary excellence from the cuisine of Restaurant Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives.
SWISS launches twice daily service to Oslo
On Friday, 19 June 2009, SWISS operated its first fight from Zurich to Oslo. SWISS CEO-designate Harry Hohmeister officially opened the new route. The Norwegian capital is now served twice daily with an Airbus A319.
SWISS names Airbus A320 ‘Arosa’
The name of Arosa, the popular Swiss alpine resort, will now be carried on an Airbus A320 of the Swiss International Air Lines fleet.
SWISS makes fuel surcharge adjustments
SWISS is to raise its fuel surcharge for long-haul flights by CHF 8 to CHF 122 per sector. The fuel surcharge for SWISS’s European flights (including Cairo and Tel Aviv) rises CHF 2 to CHF 31 per sector. The new surcharges will apply to all tickets for travel from Switzerland issued on or after 10 June.
SWISS premieres new short film
SWISS this week premiered “LX Forty”, its new short film by Marc Forster. The Swiss star director (whose credits include the latest James Bond film Quantum of Solace) not only takes the viewer on a personal “journey of the mind”; he also makes his first-ever appearance in front of the camera.
SWISS welcomes Canton Schwyz specialities aboard
The ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland’ inflight catering concept writes a new chapter today with the arrival of specialities from Canton Schwyz in Central Switzerland. For the next three months, Daniel Jann, host and owner of the Landgasthof Adler in Ried-Muotathal, will be providing local culinary delights for SWISS’s First and Business Class guests.
Hiltl vegetarian cuisine gets on board with SWISS
SWISS and the renowned Hiltl vegetarian restaurant are forming a long-term partnership: as of 27 May SWISS passengers in all three classes will be able to enjoy meatless dishes created by Rolf Hiltl and his team.
Take a journey of the mind with SWISS
SWISS and top Swiss movie director Marc Forster (whose credits include the latest James Bond film Quantum of Solace) are making a short film. ‘LX Forty’ also features Forster’s first-ever appearance in front of the camera, inviting the viewer to join him on a personal “journey of the mind”.
SWISS puts first Airbus A330-300 into service
SWISS’s first new Airbus A330-300 embarked on its first revenue flight this week (April 20), taking off from Zurich punctually at 13:00 on LX 14 to New York. The flight’s 227 passengers enjoyed a totally new inflight product in all three seating classes.
SWISS expands its services from Geneva
Swiss International Air Lines is enlarging its range of non-stop services to and from Geneva.
SWISS voted best airline in Europe
Swiss International Air Lines has won the prestigious Skytrax 2009 World Airline Award as ‘Best Airline: Europe’ for its short- and long-haul flights. The distinction stems from the latest survey of millions of air travellers conducted by Skytrax, the reputed UK-based consultants. The award was presented to SWISS in Hamburg yesterday.
SWISS to commence new Zurich-Oslo service
SWISS is to offer a twice-daily service between Zurich and Oslo from mid-June onwards. The flights will be operated using Airbus A319 equipment. With the two new frequencies and a further codeshare flight operated by Star Alliance partner SAS, SWISS customers will enjoy a wide range of services to and from Norway’s capital.
SWISS invests in further fleet renewal
SWISS is investing in its European aircraft fleet: from 2014 on, the carrier’s Avro RJ100s will be gradually replaced by a new generation of “CSeries” aircraft from manufacturer Bombardier. The fleet renewal programme should be completed within just over two years.
SWISS integrates Kuoni’s range of hotels
SWISS has integrated Kuoni’s range of hotels all over the world into its SWISS.com website. The additions, which have been made under the broader strategic partnership between SWISS and Kuoni that was concluded last year, enable visitors to book not only their flights online but also over 15,000 hotels at 1,800 destinations.
Swiss tempts its guests with Ticino food delights
Swiss’s First and Business Class travellers will be enjoying culinary creations by Urs Gschwend, executive chef at the Aphrodite Restaurant of the Hotel Giardino in Ascona, Southern Switzerland this month. The specialities from Canton Ticino mark the latest chapter in Swiss’s award-winning “Swiss Taste of Switzerland” inflight catering programme.
TAP breaks passenger record
On Friday 31 July TAP transported a total of 34,931 passengers, a figure that represents an absolute record for passengers transported by the company on a single day. However, this number was surpassed this Sunday, August 2 with a total of 35,215 reaching an occupancy rate on this day of 84.7%.
TAP launches priority access at Porto
TAP is now offering Premium Customers at Porto Airport ‘Green Way’ - a priority access service at x-ray and security control checkpoints.
TAP starts operations at Terminal 1 in Barcelona
Along with its Star Alliance partners TAP will be one of the pioneering companies to begin operating from the new Terminal 1 of El Prat in Barcelona this June.
TAP now operating from Heathrow T1
TAP is now operating from the revamped Terminal 1 at Heathrow Airport in London, as part of the Star Alliance “Move under one Roof” project designed to offer Alliance passengers greater ease and more options via use of common spaces at major world airports.
TAP increases flights to Africa
TAP is increasing flights between Portugal and Africa over the summer with the start up of new flights to Luanda, Dakar, Praia and Sao Tome & Principe as well as offering special fares to Angola.
TAP promotes fundraising for refugees
TAP has associated itself with Helpin, a virtual network of private sector Portuguese partners coordinated by the High Commissariat of the United Nations for Refugees – UNHCR. The nationwide initiative aims to raise funds for refugees on the African continent.
SAS finalizes trade union agreements
The SAS Group has reached an agreement with its trade unions that is expected to lead to approximately SEK 1.5 billion in cost savings. As discussed in the SAS Group Interim Report from the third quarter of 2008, SAS believes it has a total cost gap of approximately SEK 4 billion compared to relevant benchmarks. The cost gap is now being reduced to SEK 2.5 billion.
SAS awarded prize of Best Sustainability Report
SAS has been awarded the prize of Best Sustainability Report by the accounting and consultancy firm Deloitte. SAS shares first place with Stora Enso, with Trelleborg and Holmen coming in second and third, respectively.
A journey less ordinary with Scandinavian Airlines
Ever wondered where you find the best Martini in Scandinavia; what's the latest fashionable restaurant in Delhi; what the best morning, midday or evening experience is in Chicago; or where to get the best bargains in Tokyo? Or how about the best public transport route in New York; where to power lunch in Beijing or where to dine alone in Seattle?
SAS reaches initial agreement for sale of Spanair shares
The SAS Group has reached an initial agreement with a group of investors from Catalonia, lead by the Consorci de Turisme de Barcelona and Catalana d'Iniciatives, for their incorporation as new majority shareholders into SAS' subsidiary, Spanair S.A.
SAS Group sells airBaltic share holding
The SAS Group has signed an agreement to sell its 47.2% holding in airBaltic to the management of airBaltic. The sales price amount will be paid in cash no later than 31st January 2009. The transaction results in a capital gain of approximately 175 million Swedish Krona for the SAS Group. SEB Enskilda has been acting as financial adviser for SAS Group in this transaction.
SAS to reduce fuel surcharges
SAS has decided to reduce fuel surcharges with 3 EUR on domestic, intra-Scandinavian and European flights. On intercontinental flights the surcharges will be reduced by 5 EUR between Europe and USA/Asia.
SAS Group to reduce surcharges
SAS Group has decided to reduce surcharges with 3 EUR on Domestic, intra-Scandinavian and European flights. On Intercontinental flights the surcharges will be reduced by 5 EUR.
Silverjet suspends operations
Silverjet announced on 23 May 2008 that it had yet to receive the proceeds of the US$5.0 million drawdown request made under its loan facility with Viceroy Holdings LLC. It also announced that its working capital reserves were limited and that advances under the loan facility were required as a matter of urgency.
Silverjet launches seat offer to EOS passengers
Silverjet, the award winning British airline, has today announced it is to offer a special rate to EOS customers following news that EOS has filed for bankruptcy.
Silverjet launches Silverjet Mobile
Discerning travellers can from today book flights, find flight status and schedules, select seats, and choose meals all from their mobile phone, thanks to the launch of Silverjet Mobile, the UK’s first full-service mobile airline website from Silverjet.
Silverjet's very 'sivilised' valet parking
Arriving back from a long-haul flight to find your car gleaming clean inside and out might seem a distant dream, but customers travelling with British business-class airline Silverjet, can now turn that into reality as the airline introduces a range of cleaning options to complement its hugely successful valet parking service.
TFB will not convert Silverjet loan into shares
As part of its £22 million fundraising in November 2007, Silverjet, the British, exclusively business class, long haul airline, secured a convertible loan of £10 million from TFB. Silverjet has announced that TFB will not be converting its £10 million convertible loan into new Silverjet ordinary shares at 60 pence per share.
Silverjet's business model endorsed by BA announcement
In the light of British Airways' announcement today that it will be launching a business class only service from City Airport in 2009, Silverjet's CEO, Lawrence Hunt, comments: "BA's announcement today is a ringing endorsement for Silverjet's business model and for our airline. It's also an admission that the old multi class model of airline travel, with its rip off prices and erratic customer experience, just isn't working."
Jonathan Saunders jets into New York in style
British designer Jonathan Saunders travels to New York this week to make his debut at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, courtesy of British exclusively business class airline Silverjet. Silverjet is Jonathan’s airline of choice and he approached the airline having experienced their service to New York during 2007.
Silverjet announces cabin baggage allowance
Silverjet, the business class only airline, has today announced that customers flying with the airline can now take two items of hand luggage on board. The doubling of the baggage allowance applies to all Silverjet’s passengers flying to New York or Dubai from the airline’s private terminal at London Luton.
The very ‘sivilised’ sale
British airline Silverjet launched its first ever sale on 4th January, with selected flights to New York and Dubai available for just £879 return including taxes – saving 20 per cent (£220) on a saver ticket. Bookable until 31st January 2008, in an industry first the sale fares are available on travel dates until 31 October 2008.
Silverjet launches online training academy
Silverjet, the British airline offering a private jet experience at a fraction of the price, has launched the Silverjet Academy - a new online training programme for travel agents.
Silverjet to acquire new aircraft
Silverjet, the British airline offering a private jet experience at a fraction of the price, today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire two further Boeing 767 Extended Range aircraft and announces another record set of traffic statistics for November 2007.
Retail Therapist takes stress out of shopping abroad
From Thursday 22 November British travellers will be able to seek the advice of the world's first Retail Therapist, offering insider secrets on tackling the shopping havens of New York and Dubai, courtesy of private jet style airline Silverjet.
Commercial aviation meets private aviation in Dubai
International dignitaries and aviation trade representatives will be treated to a taste of the best of British luxury, as all-business class carrier, Silverjet, plays host to the aviation world’s elite at Dubai Airshow 2007.
Silverjet scores a double
Silverjet, the British airline offering a private jet style experience at a fraction of the price, is soaring high after recently scooping two prestigious awards - Best Airline 2007, in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Experts Awards 2007 and the Best Executive Transport category, in Esquire’s 2007 Man At The Top Awards.
Silverjet reviews carbon offset scheme
Following the Government’s decision earlier this month to double air passenger duty (APD) for business-class only airlines Silverjet announced today that it is to offer customers the choice to opt-out of its own industry-leading carbon offsetting programme when booking a seat on the airline.
Spanair and Air Europa cooperate on 18 new routes
Spanair and Air Europa expand their commercial cooperation based on codeshare agreement signed last March for some domestic routes. 18 additional domestic routes will be added to the previous program offering already 13 routes in connection for passengers’ benefits of both airlines.
Spanair offers free VIP parking
As of now, Spanair is offering VIP parking free of charge at Madrid and Barcelona airports to passengers travelling in Business and Avant class. This service is especially designed for those passengers who need greater flexibility when they travel to the airport in their own car and with the highest comfort.
Spanair prepares to move at Barcelona
Spanair and the Star Alliance members carriers serving Barcelona airport have begun preparations for their move to the new Terminal 1 at Barcelona Airport. This follows the announcement of AENA (the Spanish national airport company) that the new terminal will open 16 June 2009 and that the Star Alliance Members will be the first to operate from this new facility.
Spanair and Air Europa sign cooperation agreement
Air Europa and Spanair and have signed a cooperation agreement that includes codesharing on their combined domestic network, enabling both carriers to offer customers improved connections and an expanded network.
Spanair announces new flight schedule
Spanair has published its new Flight Schedule for the summer season, starting March 29 and running to October 24.
Spanair removes fuel surcharges on domestic routes
Spanair, the second airline in the Spanish market and the first out of Barcelona, has decided to remove the fuel surcharges on its domestic flights (as of January 28), due to lower oil prices.
Spanair celebrates first anniversary of mobile check-in
Mobile check-in has landed in airports across Spain following the introduction of a paperless ticketing service by Spanish carrier Spanair Airlines. Paper boarding passes can now be replaced by an electronic 2D barcode received via MMS and stored by the passenger's mobile phone.
Spanair to reduce fuel surcharges on domestic routes
Spanair has reduced fuel surcharges on its flights within the Spanish mainland due to the lower oil price. Spanair will reduce surcharges by 16 EUR, representing a 45% reduction.
Monarch rolls out online check-in overseas
Award-winning low fares airline Monarch is expanding its successful online check-in facility, with the service now available to passengers travelling on scheduled flights from overseas airports*.
Monarch launches new flights to Canary Islands
Award winning low fares airline Monarch is strengthening its network to the Canary Islands with the launch of new year-round scheduled services to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports.
‘Book with confidence’ says Monarch
Monarch is the oldest airline in the UK still flying under its original brand name and has this year celebrated its 41st anniversary, however extensive discussions between Monarch cabin crew representatives, the cabin crew trade union (UNITE) and Monarch have been taking place over recent months, and relate to a cabin crew pay deal for the year starting October 2008.
Monarch gets set for summer in Ibiza
Award winning low fares airline Monarch is gearing up for another busy summer season in Ibiza with flights to the White Isle launching this Thursday, 21 May 09.
Monarch reviews programmes to Cancun
Following on from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office lifting the advice against all but essential travel to Mexico, Monarch is currently reviewing its flight and holiday programmes to Cancun for travel after Tuesday 26 May 2009.
Monarch continues cancellation of Cancun flights
Following on from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice against non essential travel to Mexico, Monarch has cancelled all flights and Monarch Holidays departing the UK for Cancun up to and including Tuesday 12 May.
Monarch cancels flights to Cancun
Following on from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice against non essential travel to Mexico, Monarch has cancelled all flights and Monarch Holidays departing the UK for Cancun up to and including Friday 08 May.
Escape with Monarch to the beach in Birmingham
Birmingham in the UK may be land-locked, but this summer the city’s residents and visitors will be able to escape to the beach – right in the heart of the city.
Ryanair says ‘Yes to Europe’
Ryanair today (Wednesday 2 September 2009) released one million ‘Yes to Europe’ free seats for travel in October and November as it urged Irish passengers to vote ‘Yes to Europe’ on 2 October.
Ryanair slashes Europe’s lowest ski fares
Ryanair today launched its Winter Ski Programme 2009/10 which offers 50 weekly flights from 7 UK airports to ski destination in Cuneo, Grenoble, Lourdes, Salzburg and Turin at some of the lowest ski fares in Europe this year.
Ryanair launches one million seats for £5
Ryanair has today released one million seats at an all inclusive price of £5 for travel in late September, October and November. These £5 fares will be available on over 500 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be booked on ryanair.com before midnight (24:00hrs) Thursday (27th August).
Ryanair announces new routes from Edinburgh
Ryanair has announced that it will operate eight new Edinburgh routes to Barcelona (Girona), Brussels (Charleroi), Gdansk, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Memmingen (Munich West), Oslo (Torp) and Tenerife this winter (from 30 Oct) and the airline is also extending its summer routes to/from Malta and Rome (Ciampino).
Ryanair searches for charity partner
Ryanair, the World’s favourite airline, has put at least €100,000 up for grabs as it launched its search for its official charity partner for the 2010 edition of its famous Cabin Crew Charity Calendar.
Ryanair announces new routes from East Midlands Airport
Ryanair has announced that it will operate four new routes from East Midlands Airport to Marrakesh (Morocco), Rzeszów, Bydgoszcz and Łódź. It will also increase its frequency on routes to Belfast City and Nantes.
Ryanair launches £8 seat sale
Ryanair has released 1 million seats at an all inclusive price of £8 for travel in late September, October and November. These £8 fares will be available on over 500 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be booked on ryanair.com before midnight, Thursday 20th August.
Ryanair announces two new routes from Liverpool
Ryanair has announced that it will operate two new routes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Agadir (Morocco) and Bremen.
Ryanair announces changes to Manchester service
Ryanair has announced that it will switch/close 9 of its 10 Manchester routes to lower cost competitor airports in East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool (from 1st Oct) after Manchester Airport refused to lower its charges to reflect the lower fares being paid by passengers in the current recession.
Ryanair announces new winter sun destination from Bristol
Ryanair announced today an additional route to/from Bristol International Airport to Malaga starting in October. This news follows hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of 3 new winter sun routes from Bristol to Arrecife (Lanzarote), Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) and Tenerife South which will also begin in October.
Ryanair announces 34th base at Leeds Bradford
Ryanair today announced it would open its 34th base at Leeds Bradford in March 2010 with two based aircraft and 14 new routes (17 in total) being launched.
Ryanair announces new travel insurance partner
Ryanair has announced the commencement of its partnership with its new Travel Insurance provider, AXA Assistance. AXA Assistance will offer cover across Europe at low prices through ryanair.com.
Ryanair announces record growth in Spain
Ryanair confirmed today that it will continue to cut flights/ traffic at high cost, tourist tax airports in the UK and Ireland and switch aircraft/ traffic to EU countries and airports that offer no tourist taxes and lower airport costs.
Ryanair reports traffic growth in July
Ryanair has announced that its passenger traffic grew by 19% in July 2009 to 6.7 million passengers, which is a new monthly traffic record for the low fares airline.
Ryanair expands Canary Islands offering
Ryanair has announced that it will open 39 new routes to/from the Canary Islands this winter starting in October. This will comprise of 16 new routes to Gran Canaria, 15 to Lanzarote and 8 to Tenerife (now 16 in total).
Swedish government chooses SAS for domestic travel
SAS has secured a contract to provide domestic travel for Swedish government employees.
Swedish government chooses SAS
SAS and its partners Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines secured the procurement contract with the Swedish government for international travel.
SAS to add 28 destinations in Greece
The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance, of which SAS Scandinavian Airlines is a founding member, has accepted the membership application of Aegean Airlines, the largest airline in Greece. This means SAS soon can offer its customers 28 new destinations in Greece.
EU praises Scandinavian Airlines' websites
SAS Scandinavian Airlines' websites have been highly praised by the European Commission. Following an extensive investigation, the Commission concluded that customers booking flights on SAS's websites feel assured that their rights as consumers are well safeguarded.
SAS to launch mobile boarding passes
As of this month, SAS Scandinavian Airlines customers are be able to travel using only their mobile phone. This is in line with SAS' focus to offer its passengers the most hassle-free travel as possible.
SAS chooses Europ Assistance Group
SAS has chosen the international technological Plug&Sell platform developed by the Europ Assistance Group to implement its tailor-made, multi-country, multi-channel travel insurance programme throughout the world.
SAS and American Express enter partnership
SAS and American Express have agreed to enter into a multi-year partnership with extensive cooperation within the corporate and consumer market. SAS and American Express announce a multi-year partnership arrangement. The agreement will include co-operation across several products and customer programmes.
SAS Group signs Norway's largest air-travel agreement
The SAS Group has signed an agreement with StatoilHydro regarding air travel valued at almost NOK 3 billion. The agreement is for three years with the option of a two-year extension.
KLM to serve meals by US chef Daniel Green
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today started a culinary collaboration with television chef Daniel Green, who has designed meals for passengers travelling in KLM’s Economy Class from the United States. Chef Green is widely known for his focus on healthy eating.
Sergio Herman announced as new master chef for KLM
From December 1, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will serve its World Business Class passengers meals created by Dutch master chef Sergio Herman of Restaurant Oud Sluis in Zeeland.
KLM launches Amsterdam - Liverpool service
On commencement of its 2009 summer schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plans to launch a new service between Amsterdam and Liverpool. KLM’s extensive network will seamlessly connect Liverpool with over a hundred destinations worldwide.
First new Embraer for KLM Cityhopper
KLM Cityhopper, the regional subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, had taken delivery of its first Embraer 190 E-jet at the head office of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer in São José dos Campos.
KLM warns customers about fraudulent emails
North American customers of various airlines are being sent ‘phishing’ or ‘scam’ e-mails that often look like a booking confirmation from a reputable airline. These e-mails contain links to pages that ask for personal details or are infected with viruses providing access to your computer. KLM is advising customers that they will never ask for personal details in an e-mail.
Discover a flavour of Berlin with Lufthansa
Over the next few weeks, Lufthansa will be treating its passengers to a wide range of gourmet treats during a series of culinary campaigns it is running on board its aircraft and at airport lounges.
Lufthansa expands online services
Lufthansa is expanding its online services at lufthansa.com - not only can customers make flight bookings online, they can now also obtain any necessary ticket refunds. The booking service has also been enhanced with the additional option of paying for flight tickets through the PayPal e-commerce payment system.
Creole cuisine in the aircraft cabin
Lufthansa First and Business-Class passengers can look forward to the savoury aroma of exotic in-flight fare on long-haul flights in September and October.
Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines launch joint flights to Africa
Lufthansa and Brussels are now offering codeshare flights on selected long-haul routes as part of their agreement to expand their cooperation and open up their networks to each other's passengers.
Apprentices get career start with Lufthansa
More than 330 young people are to begin their apprentice training at Lufthansa in 2009. Most of them are commencing their new courses in the next few weeks.
Lufthansa wins renowned red dot design award
Lufthansa’s new inflight tableware for Economy Class has been named the “best of the best” in the “product design - tableware” category at the 2010 red dot design awards. The “Leaves” design beat more than 3,200 other entries submitted by about 1,400 companies from 49 countries.
Lufthansa offers ultimate comfort in Munich
As of now, First Class passengers and HON Circle members will find an even more calming and relaxing environment at the First Class Lounge in Terminal 2.
Lufthansa expands in Africa
Lufthansa is expanding its services in West and Central Africa and adding another new destination to its network. From 15 July 2009, the airline will fly five times per week from Frankfurt via Accra, Ghana, to Libreville, the capital of Gabon. The route will be operated by Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft with a First, Business und Economy Class cabin.
EC approves Lufthansa tie up with Brussels Airlines
Green light for Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines: the European Commission has granted regulatory approval for the tie-up of the two airlines. The decision paves the way for Lufthansa to acquire an initial 45 per cent stake in SN Airholding SA/NV, the parent company of Brussels Airlines.
Lufthansa makes adjustment to fuel surcharge
Prices of crude oil have risen by more than 50 per cent since December 2008, resulting in higher fuel procurement costs for Lufthansa. In response to this development in recent months, the airline is therefore slightly increasing its fuel surcharge on domestic German and European flights by three euros to 24 euros per flight leg.
Worldwide ‘paperless’ travel from Lufthansa
The mobile boarding pass service introduced recently by Lufthansa on its Frankfurt-Vancouver route has been extended and is now available on many other routes, including almost all long-haul flights departing from Germany.
Lufthansa's profits feel the pinch
Lufthansa has made an operating loss of 44 million euros in the traditionally tough first three months of 2009. In the current business year the biggest German airline was not able to live up to its record success of the previous year, due to a world-wide depression as well as the on-going poor economic climate.
Lufthansa offers traditional German cuisine
Throughout May and June the new Lufthansa Star Chef Alexander Herrmann will balance tradition and modernity with his special creations for Lufthansa passengers in First and Business Class.
Lufthansa board approves Bombardier CSeries order
The Supervisory Board of the Lufthansa Group approved the order for 30 short-haul aircraft in its meeting this week. The Bombardier CSeries aircraft will be used by Lufthansa’s subsidiary, Swiss International Air Lines, and will be ready for the fleet as of 2014. The new aircraft will replace the existing Avro RJ100 short-haul aircraft.
Lufthansa guests enjoy unique vista at Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa First and Business-Class passengers as well as customers with Hon Circle, Senator or frequent traveller status will enjoy a unique perspective at the end of March at Frankfurt airport: It comes on stream with the opening of the new Tower Lounge in Departures area A above gate 65.
Monarch is top airline from Manchester to Spain
Its official, award winning low fares airline Monarch is the number one airline to Spain from Manchester with more flights and passengers carried each week than any other scheduled airline from the North West airport.
Monarch launches travel insurance discount offer
Award winning low fares airline Monarch and Insurefor.com, the home of competitive travel insurance, have joined forces this summer to educate and encourage the Great British travelling public to take out adequate insurance when travelling this summer.
Awful British weather sees Brits flocking to sunnier climes
Award winning low fares airline Monarch has seen strong demand for scheduled flights in July 2009, with average load factors across the network reaching 87.54% - a 1.39% increase on the same period last year.
Airline shines amongst travel gloom
Award winning low fares airline Monarch has reason to celebrate amongst the current gloom within the travel industry as figures recently released by the CAA shows that its market share has soared on its scheduled destinations served from Manchester in May 2009.
Monarch gets set for busiest summer get-away
Award-winning low fares airline Monarch has geared up for its busiest summer get-away ever as the schools break up for the holidays, with 260,000 passengers booked to travel at the beginning of the school break.
Monarch launches Ibiza flight deals
If you’re looking to escape the drizzle in the UK, it’s not too late to book a summer holiday to the ‘White Isle’ Ibiza, with a wide range of flights, holidays and accommodation options available at monarch.co.uk.
Monarch launches travel insurance offer
Award winning low fares airline Monarch and Insurefor.com, the home of competitive travel insurance, have joined forces this summer to educate and encourage the Great British travelling public to take out adequate insurance when travelling this summer.
Iceland Airwaves 2009 to rock Reykjavik
The world’s coolest music festival and party is set to rock Reykjavik for five days from 14 – 18 October.
Visit the Blue Lagoon with Icelandair
To celebrate the arrival of the midnight sun, Icelandair is offering its popular Iceland City Break package including a free visit to the Blue Lagoon.
Icelandair announces special Glasgow service
Icelandair has announced a new service from Glasgow to Iceland and Icelandair’s connecting North American destinations from 27th August to 8th November 2009. There will be two flights per week, on Thursdays and Sundays, making it easy for passengers to enjoy a four day weekend in Iceland.
Iceland - Land of the midnight run
For those suffering from marathon withdrawal after Sunday’s London Marathon, Iceland has the perfect cure. Offering three races catering to different types of runners, Iceland and its clean air is a runner’s paradise.
Icelandic Glacial takes to the skies
Icelandic Glacial, the world’s leading CarbonNeutral certified bottled water, announced this month that it has signed an exclusive 2 year deal with Iceland’s national airline, Icelandair.
Icelandair announces flights to Seattle
Icelandair has announced a scheduled service between London Heathrow to Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) starting July 22, 2009. Flights will connect via Reykjavik, allowing passengers the option to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Icelandair recognised for online achievements
Icelandair won the Best Sales and Service Website Award at the Icelandic Web Awards.
Here comes the sun – and the whales!
Spring is on its way to Iceland, heralding the return of long daylight hours and whale watching. To celebrate, Icelandair has dropped the price of its Iceland City Break by £20 and is now offering the package from £219*. In addition, the popular Whale Watching special returns in April with a price from £239*.
Icelandair temporarily suspends Glasgow service
Due to the current economic conditions and a projected decrease in passenger traffic, Icelandair will temporarily suspend service from Glasgow from 26th March 2009 until 27th August 2009, with the exception of the Easter period flights on 9th and 12th April. Following the suspension, service will resume with two flights a week to Iceland, connecting onwards to six North American destinations.
Loving Iceland in 2009
With its erupting geysers, magical lava landscapes and majestic glaciers there is a lot to love about Iceland and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Icelandair wants to share the love with its Loving Iceland City Break for only £225.
Jet2.com arrives at East Midlands Airport
Today (28th August 2009) low fares airline Jet2.com, announced a substantial investment for the Midlands, with the launch of a brand new base at East Midlands Airport, creating over 130,000 seats, seven new direct seat-only destinations and 250 new jobs for the region.
Jet2.com invests in Newcastle
Jet2.com announced yesterday five new summer 2010 routes from its Newcastle base creating a staggering 100,000 extra seats and 450 new jobs. The five brand new Jet2.com routes for the region are Dalaman, Crete, Gran Canaria, Paphos and Sharm el Sheikh.
Jet2.com announces new flights to Bergerac
With the UKs predicted BBQ Summer well and truly over, Jet2.com has announced that 8 routes have gone on sale for next summer to ensure passengers can book flights and guarantee their spot in the sun next year.
Jet2.com announces 2010 summer schedule
Jet2.com today announced its summer schedules for 2010 from Leeds Bradford Airport as the airline revealed its busiest month since it started flying over six years ago.
Jet2.com doubles flights to Sharm El Sheikh
Jet2.com, the only low cost airline to operate flights to Sharm El Sheikh from Manchester Airport, has today announced it will increase flights to the Egyptian hotspot throughout 2010 and bookings can be made as of today.
Jet2.com increases Manchester links with Israel
Jet2.com, the first low cost airline to operate flights to Tel Aviv, has today announced its Manchester-based service will continue flights to Israel through to 2010 and additionally, due to customer demand, flight frequency will increase to twice weekly from 22nd March – 28th October 2010.
Guaranteed sunshine for summer 2010
With the British weather putting a dampener on the summer, make sure you’re away in the sun next year. Jet2.com, the airline with ‘friendly low fares’, has announced yet more flights on sale now for summer 2010.
Jet2.com jets Harry Potter star to Jersey
Local film star Matthew Lewis made a special appearance at Leeds Bradford Airport this week as he boarded a Jet2.com flight to Jersey to do a talk at Drama Lab, Jersey’s new drama school and a photo signing for Help A Jersey Child.
Book early for next summer’s hottest deals
Holidaymakers can now book their summer 2010 flights and holidays with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.com with six fantastic destinations on sale for next year.
Jet2.com ladies make it to the finish line
Last weekend saw 32 ladies from the Jet2.com Leeds Office take part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life event at Temple Newsam and it was a great success. Everyone managed to complete the 5k course in fantastic times and in doing so raised over £1,600 for Cancer Research UK.
Jet2.com sponsor Leeds Carnegie
Leeds Carnegie have announced that Yorkshire-based airline Jet2.com will be the clubs official main sponsor for their return to the Guinness Premiership next season as the club unveiled their new look kit.
Book early for bargain holidays says Jet2.com
Friendly low fares airline, Jet2.com and tour operator, Jet2holidays.com, have announced thirteen fabulous summer 2010 routes to go on sale this week.
Jet2.com supports the Shark Trust
The UK’s nature enthusiasts, amateur photographers and holidaymakers are being urged to head to Cornwall this summer following a prediction by the Shark Trust that 2009 is set be a bumper season for basking shark sightings.
Tree house fun at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Waiting for connecting flights at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is more fun than ever. Young travellers can get rid of their energy in the new Kids Forest in the middle of the airport. There are real tree houses, slides, climbing frames, and all sorts of play items.
KLM Group and Delta launch joint venture
The Air France KLM Group and Delta Air Lines have announced a new long-term joint venture whereby the partners will jointly operate their trans-Atlantic business by coordinating operations and sharing revenues and costs of their trans-Atlantic route network.
Air France and KLM - Committed to consumers
Last week the European Commission commented on the results of an inquiry conducted by a consultant on the quality of online booking sites of some airlines operating within the European Union.
KLM launches channel on YouTube
The official KLM YouTube channel is now online. With a growing collection of videos, KLM now offers travellers and non-travellers both practical and special visual material, such as its ‘Journeys of inspiration’ commercial.
Virtual travel with iFly magazine
An inspirational trip - go travelling from your computer screen in the comfort of your own home. KLM’s new digital magazine iFly whisks you off to wonderful destinations, and lands you in the middle of fascinating stories. Stories about Dutch people abroad, innovations and, of course, travel.
KLM discontinues Amsterdam - Aruba route
KLM has announced the discontinuation of its Amsterdam to Aruba route. Passengers with KLM tickets for flights between Amsterdam and Aruba that depart on or after 30 March 2009 will be rebooked onto Martinair flights.
Mart Visser to design new KLM uniform
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will introduce a new ladies’ uniform for its 11,000-plus cabin and ground personnel, as well as for female pilots serving KLM and KLM Cityhopper. As of April 2010, they will wear uniforms created by Dutch fashion designer Mart Visser.
Marcel Wanders designs new tableware for KLM
Towards the end of next year, KLM passengers in World Business Class will be served meals on tableware designed by Marcel Wanders, one of the Netherlands’ leading designers.
KLM becomes full owner of Martinair
KLM and A.P. Moller - Maersk Group have agreed on the sale of A.P. Moller – Maersk Group’s 50% stake in Martinair to KLM, with the transaction being cleared by the European Commission yesterday. KLM already held a 50% stake in Martinair for a number of years previously. With this acquisition, KLM aims to strengthen its strategic position and to extend its network and services to the customer.
KLM launches scheduled service to Calgary
On commencement of its forthcoming summer schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch scheduled service to Calgary in Canada. Calgary represents the biggest market in Canada not yet served by KLM. The scheduled service will be operated using Airbus 330-200 equipment.
Gulf Air launches new services to popular destinations
National carrier Gulf Air has launched summer season services to three new destinations - Aleppo, Alexandria and Salalah. In a ceremony, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Björn Näf formally launched the services in the distinguished presence of the ambassadors and their representatives of Syria, Egypt and Oman, members of the media and leading travel agents.
Gulf Air's new MRO service provider takes charge
National carrier Gulf Air's newly appointed maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) has taken over responsibility from SRTechnics, who have been looking after Gulf Air's fleet until now.
Iceland Express launches new UK route
Following the successful launch of the London Gatwick to Reykjavik route, Iceland Express is making another addition to their UK schedule.
Fun in Reykjavik’s midnight sun
Head to Reykjavik with Iceland Express to see the country’s quirky customs come alive. Reykjavik’s shops, banks and offices are set to become playing grounds for colourful activities and entertainment during the city’s famous Culture Night.
Reykjavik gears up for Gay Pride
Iceland is set to see a flurry of carnival, colour and celebration this August as Gay Pride hits the streets of Reykjavik. The capital city’s population is set to rise by almost 40 per cent as it plays host to the biggest gay and lesbian event of the year from 6 – 9 August 2009.
Iceland Express packages are a work of art
Festival fever has hit Iceland Express, Iceland’s low-fare airline, as the country prepares for its famous art extravaganza. The Reykjavík Arts Festival, held between 15 and 31 May 2009, boasts world-class artists and includes shows and events taking place in a variety of locations, including lighthouses, private homes, the city streets and selected spots in the countryside.
Enjoy an ice-cool Easter
Give chocolate eggs the cold shoulder this Easter and treat the family to an unforgettable adventure in Iceland. This colourful country is the perfect family destination and with low-fare airline Iceland Express offering a 50 per cent discount on all children under the age of 12 there has never been a better time to go.
‘There’s more to Iceland’ says airline company
Low-cost airline Iceland Express is out to show there is more to its beautiful country than a collapsed economy. With the launch of Iceland Express’ new Gatwick route fast approaching – the budget airline is taking time out to educate South-East travel agents about Iceland.
Pickled ram testicles anyone?
It’s cold, it’s winter and the world is an uncertain place, but it’s party time in Iceland. Low-cost airline Iceland Express invites Brits to celebrate the Icelandic winter festival of Thorrablot – the midwinter feast which is held until 21 February 2009.
Iceland Express puts Stansted on sale
As Iceland Express bids farewell to Stansted and waves hello to Gatwick - the low-cost airline is putting the last seats on the route on sale. For three days only Iceland Express is offering a special reduced rate from London Stansted to Reykjavik.
Shopping tips from Iceland’s capital of cool
Spending sprees to Iceland now come with your own personal shopper thanks to budget airline, Iceland Express. A host of retail therapy experts can now be ordered online at icelandexpress.com. The airline has launched a new personal shopper service for visitors who want to make the most of their spending time in Reykjavik and take advantage of the weakened Icelandic Krona.
A taste of Christmas in Iceland
With Christmas less than a month away, airline company Iceland Express is inviting holidaymakers to start their festivities early by tucking into a traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner.
Iceland Express announces Gatwick launch date
Iceland Express is launching a new Gatwick service on 1 May 2009. The national low-cost carrier will operate an eight-times-per-week service between London Gatwick and Reykjavik, with flights starting from £69.00 one-way including taxes.
Iceland Express gets into the party spirit
Festival fever is back in Iceland as partygoers prepare for the highlight of the music calendar – The Iceland Airwaves music festival. The event, which is regarded by the industry as the premier showcase for new music, takes place from 16 – 19 October 2008 and attracts throngs of music fans from all across the globe.
Take festival fever by storm in Reykjavik
The festival season might be drawing to a close in the UK but it’s only just begun in the hip, Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. As the city prepares for one of its festival highlights of the year, the national low-cost carrier, Iceland Express presents unbeatable fares from £69 per person, making September the month for a Reykjavik city break.
Discounted flights to celebrate the taxpayers rebate
For one day only Iceland Express is offering a special reduced rate from London Stansted to Reykjavik to help Brits spend the one-off £60.00 tax rebate due to them on 1 September 2008. The low-cost airline will offer passengers who log-on to book their flights on 1 September 2008 a one-way flight for £60 including taxes.
Airplay from Iceland Express
Finished your book, ran out of sweets and bored of your mate’s chit-chat? Well, fear not because Iceland Express has broken new ground by becoming the first budget airline to launch an in-flight entertainment system that will keep both adults and children amused for the entire journey.
Icelandair takes off from Glasgow
Icelandair re-launches its service from Glasgow today, 27 August with two flights per week to/from Iceland. Flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Then on 25 September, flights will increase to four flights per week operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Icelandair increases flights from Glasgow and Manchester
Icelandair has announced increased services from Glasgow and Manchester to Iceland and Icelandair’s connecting North American destinations from 25 September 2009.
Icelandair announces services to Brussels
Icelandair will start services to and from Brussels in June 2010. Two flights a week, on Mondays and Fridays are planned.
A golden opportunity for autumn travel to Iceland
Icelandair has announced a golden opportunity for autumn travel to Iceland. Those who book a Golden Circle Special for 16 September to 10 December 2009 travel will receive a free Golden Circle Day Tour if booked online at icelandair.co.uk by 15 July.
Icelandair reports improved punctuality and baggage delivery
The Association of European Airlines has released data on the baggage-delivery and punctuality performance of its members for Winter 2008/9 (November-March). 28 AEA member airlines contributed punctuality data, and 26 baggage data, to the data collection which is unique in the aviation sector as a voluntary consumer-information exercise.
Flybe fills the National Express void
Flybe has reported record sales on its new air service from Yorkshire to London. In direct contrast to the chaos on the rail network, which has seen the government take the East Coast rail service into public ownership, Flybe sold more tickets on June 30th than on any other day since the route was announced in April.
Flybe – The UK’s top domestic airline
Flybe has announced it is now the UK’s number one domestic airline following CAA April/May statistics which confirm it has achieved three major corporate milestones.
CBE for Flybe CEO
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has announced that its popular and highly regarded Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim French has been recognised in the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours’ List with a CBE for his services to the UK airline industry.
Flybe tie-up with Olympic Air on regional flights
Flybe has announced its support for the summer start-up of Greek airline, Olympic Air. By providing Olympic Air with four Bombardier Q400 aircraft, with pilots, cabin crew and engineering support, the deal is yet more evidence of Flybe’s growing reputation as a quality provider of professional ‘turn-key’ solutions in the global aviation market.
Cancer Research to benefit from Flybe mobile recycling
Another ‘Flybe first’ has been announced, as Europe’s largest regional airline signs up to a two year deal with Redeem Plc to encourage passengers to recycle their mobile phones by picking up a freepost envelope from its in-flight magazine, ‘Flybe Uncovered’, when on board.
Flybe launches discount shopping website
Flybe today becomes the first UK low cost airline to open an online shopping channel selling the complete range* of in-flight products featured in its magazine, Flybe Uncovered.
Flybe gets go-ahead for new Training Academy
Flybe has this week been advised by the South West Regional Development Agency that it has been successful in its funding application for a new Flybe Training Academy, now officially becoming one of the Agency’s Capital Projects for 2009-2011.
Swiss investment fund takes over the control of flyLAL
Negotiations with Swiss investment fund SCH Swiss Capital Holdings resulted in the agreement on the sale of shares of flyLAL – Lithuanian Airlines, AB. On 9 January, SCH Swiss Capital Holdings acquired 100% of the shares of flyLAL – Lithuanian Airlines, AB.
Gulf Air achieves record first week sales for Iraq
National Carrier Gulf Air's recently announced service to Iraq has achieved record breaking first week sales.
Gulf Air acquires state-of-the-art flight safety system
National carrier Gulf Air, in its ongoing efforts to provide enhanced passenger services, has recently upgraded its flight safety standards by acquiring an integrated state-of-the-art Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system, also known as Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA) system.
Gulf Air website proves a hit
National carrier Gulf Air's website gulfair.com has proved to be a super hit in 2009 with more and more customers taking advantage of the airline's "Our Best Fare Guaranteed" promise.
Gulf Air confirms Iraq service
Bahrain's National carrier Gulf Air today confirmed it will commence services to Baghdad on 1 September 2009. The Airline also announced it will add two additional destinations in Iraq to its network, the holy city of Najaf and Erbil, in Northern Iraq, by the end of September 2009.
Gulf Air wins 'Superbrands' award
Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air has been declared a 2009 'Superbrand' at the annual gala Superbrands awards held in Dubai recently.
Gulf Air announces plans to fly to Iraq
Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air, has announced that following the completion of successful Government discussions earlier this month, it intends to resume services to Iraq as soon as possible.
Gulf Air programme wins at 2009 Travel Awards
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has won the title of 'Middle East's Leading Airline Reward Programme' at the World Travel Awards 2009.
Gulf Air marks inaugural Alexandria flight
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, held an event at the Four Seasons Hotel to mark its inaugural flight to Alexandria.
Gulf Air reinforces commitment to employee development
Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air, in its continuous stride towards strengthening its in-house people skills, has embarked on several new initiatives recently. As part of these initiatives, the airline has launched several training programmes in association with leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company.
Gulf Air appoints new Chief Executive Officer
Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the airline as it enters the next phase of its realignment strategy.
Gulf Air orders Rolls-Royce engines for new A330s
Gulf Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company. The final contract is expected to be signed at a ceremony during the Bahrain International Airshow.
Gulf Air and SNCF commence codeshare
Passengers flying to and from France with Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air can now enjoy seamless travel to nearly 20 destinations across France, thanks to a codeshare agreement between the airline and France's national railway SNFC.
Gulf Air chooses Honeywell for new Airbus fleet
National carrier Gulf Air has announced that it has chosen Honeywell Aerospace to provide fifteen 131-9A Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and a maintenance programme to its new Airbus A320 aircraft, whose deliveries are scheduled from 2009 through 2012. The contract, valued at more than $8 million, also covers maintenance through 2022.
Monty puts kids on the fairway to heaven
Colin Montgomerie got a glimpse of the future as a group of young apprentices were treated to master class from the Ryder Cup captain. The Scot took a break from the BMW International Open in Germany to host the Emirates Airline Golf Clinic for some starlets dreaming of one day lining up in the European team to face the U.S in the sport’s greatest team event.
Emirates Aviation College holds graduation ceremony
Helping to develop future business leaders, the Emirates Aviation College – Aerospace and Academic Studies has held their 17th graduation ceremony under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group.
Emirates to offer complete World Cup travel solution
Brazil posted a warning shot to the superpowers of soccer last month as they began the countdown to FIFA World Cup 2010 by showing remarkable resolve to triumph in the Confederations Cup final.
Emirates advances in West Asia
Effective from the start of this month, Emirates airline will step up its presence in West Asia with additional services to Colombo, and Malé from its home base in Dubai. The expansion also signals the resumption of Emirates’ flights on the Malé -Colombo route.
Emirates goes the extra mile for businesses
Emirates airline is going the extra mile to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the economic challenges currently gripping businesses across the globe.
Paris gets an Eiffel of Emirates' A380
An Emirates' A380 super-jumbo is to serve Paris from February 1st, 2010. The French capital is the latest destination to be added to the growing list of gateways served by Emirates' popular double-decker.
EC commends Emirates' websites
The European Commission’s Director General for ‘Health and Consumers’ (DG SANCO), has confirmed that Emirates airline’s websites are fully compliant with all the requirements laid down in EU consumer legislation, and it further commended the airline for its commitment to consumer transparency.
A visit to Mauritius made easier with Emirates
Connections to the paradise island of Mauritius are being stepped up with Emirates airline’s announcement of two additional flights per week starting 27th June 2009. Emirates’ current daily service will escalate to nine flights per week, making it easier for leisure travellers to visit the popular island getaway.
First Choice offers low prices for Lapland this winter
If you felt let down by the British weather this summer and want something to look forward to then now’s the perfect time to book a trip to Lapland for fairy-tale landscapes, Christmas attractions and magic in the air. It’s little surprise Santa Claus chose the snowy wilderness of Lapland to be his home.
First Choice opens ‘Kid’s Corner’ at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Keeping the kids entertained at the airport can be quite a feat which is why First Choice undertook a recent experience trial at airports across the UK to understand what could be done to make things easier and more enjoyable for families.
First Choice recruits for ‘coolest job in the world’
First Choice is launching a search to find seven fun-loving kids from across the UK to join its Cool Pool Board of Directors and advise on what makes a pool cool. The lucky seven, will be invited to join First Choice’s own Cool Pool expert, Tommy Lynch, for an all expenses paid trip to its UK head office and a top pool.
First Choice reports surge in bookings
First Choice has seen over a 26% increase in bookings* to its nine Holiday Villages as families defy the credit crunch. With all families feeling the pinch this year, customers are looking for value for money.
First Choice revolutionising long-haul flights
First Choice Airways, the UK launch customer for the Boeing 787, has strengthened its position as a provider of world class long-haul holidays by increasing its order for the world’s most advanced commercial aircraft from eight to twelve.
Red nose job taken to new heights!
The UK’s biggest (Red) Nose job has been revealed on the body of a new-look 757. First Choice Airways uncovered its updated livery at Luton Airport as part of its partnership with Comic Relief.
Airline passengers feel the squeeze
A surprising new survey has found that two thirds of men are too broad-shouldered for their neighbours’ comfort in an aeroplane seat of 16 inches wide. In more standard airline seats which measure 17 inches across, about one third of adult male passengers would feel cramped.
Last-minute bookings rush mark end of the UK’s BBQ summer
Flybe says that record numbers of last-minute holiday bookings clearly show that British holidaymakers are finally acting on their disenchantment with having been sold the ‘BBQ Summer’ that never materialised.
Flybe announces early release of 2010 routes
Flybe has announced the early release of a selection of the most popular routes to be featured in its 2010 Summer Schedule which includes some 466 flights a week to London Gatwick where the airline carries more domestic passengers than any other airline.
Flybe gives a boost to popular London Gatwick service
Flybe, the UK’s number one domestic carrier, has introduced a seventh weekday flight on its popular London Gatwick to Jersey route meaning that, at the start of the Winter Schedule effective October 25th, travellers will have a record choice of additional conveniently timed flights, Monday through Friday.
Flybe celebrates new Newquay lounge with a VIP offer
Flybe, the only carrier serving the South West with a direct daily service to London Gatwick, is celebrating the opening of Newquay Cornwall's new Executive Lounge - its presence now not only firmly positions it as one of the South West's two top leading airports but also as a serious national aviation player.
Isle of Man link to Birmingham boosted with new flight services
Flybe has announced some great news for the Isle of Man with the addition of three new double daily services between the Island and Birmingham on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, meaning that, effective September 2nd, Islanders will have the choice of double daily flights on every day of the week, Monday through Friday.
Flybe becomes Cardiff's busiest airline
Flybe has announced it is now the largest carrier at Cardiff Airport in terms of weekly aircraft movements, with more Flybe flights departing and arriving at the airport than any other airline or tour operator.
Flybe chicks take to the skies
Flybe helped to transport a number of osprey chicks from Inverness to Malaga earlier this month as part of the Inverness-based Highland Wildlife Foundation’s initiative to repopulate the Iberian Peninsula with the rare birds.
UK bookings soar as summer holidays begin
Flybe has reported an 11% increase in regional UK holiday bookings compared to summer 2008, with sales especially boosted this weekend by a new last minute ‘Today’s Specials’ online alert.
BA’s May punctuality sets new record
British Airways has recorded its best ever May global punctuality performance with 87 per cent of flights departing on time. The strong performance built on a good April and busy Easter period when the airline saw more than 85 per cent of flights departing on time.
Young guns win BA Great Britons programme
A teenage wakeboarder and Britain's number one pistol shooter have won British Airways flights to train abroad courtesy of the BA Great Britons Programme. The BA Great Britons £500,000 travel fund offers up to 180 free flights a year until 2012 to aspiring talent in fashion, sport, performing arts, innovation, community and art and design.
George leaves his mark on BA learning centre
George Taplin (9) from Heathrow Primary School left his mark on the British Airways Community Learning Centre, as the 50,000th child to walk through its doors on June 1, 2009. His handprints and those of British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh will be displayed in the centre.
BA taps into gay travel market
British Airways is hoping to tap into the gay travel market by agreeing a new partnership deal with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).
Melt in the Maldives and shake in Sharm
British Airways is to launch new thrice-weekly direct services from Gatwick to both Male in the Maldives and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from October 25, 2009. This will be the first time British Airways has flown to the Maldives, but will be a return for the airline’s colours to the Red Sea resort.
BA slashes cost of business travel
British Airways has launched a sale with up to 40 per cent off its business class fares.
BA affirms support for transatlantic plans
Nearly 3,400 letters from business and consumer groups, airport officials and politicians from across the United States have been sent to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) supporting British Airways' plans for a transatlantic joint business with American Airlines and Iberia.
Life's a beach with BA
British Airways is to launch new twice-weekly services from Gatwick to Montego Bay and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, reinforcing its position as the airline with more flights to the Caribbean than any other UK carrier.
Brits refuse to give up their summer sun
In the height of a recession Brits have revealed that they would rather go without life’s little luxuries than give up their annual summer holiday.
easyJet launches third Manchester aircraft
easyJet has launched its third aircraft at Manchester Airport. The new £20m Airbus A320 will service four new routes from Manchester, flying to Corfu, Athens, Dalaman in Turkey and Bastia in Corsica.
David Van Day flies in for charity event
I’m a Celebrity: Get Me out of Here! star David Van Day swapped jungle bugs and snakes for mugs and cakes last week to raise vital funds and awareness for people with dementia and their carers. The event marked the official launch of the easyJet and Alzheimer’s Society charity partnership.
easyJet releases Gatwick winter schedule
easyJet has released its winter schedule 2009/10 from Gatwick Airport. Routes include the ever popular destinations of, Geneva, Palma and Alicante with fares from just £22.99 including tax.
Board change for easyJet plc
easyJet plc has announced that Jeff Carr, Group Finance Director, has informed the Board of his intention to leave the Company.
easyJet increases London Gatwick flights
easyJet has today announced that it is increasing the number of flights this summer to the popular destinations of Split, Dalaman, Bodrum, Mykonos, Montpellier and Toulouse from Gatwick Airport.
Summer holidays arrive early with easyJet
easyJet has announced plans to bring forward its expansion at Manchester Airport, which will see the start date to its four new routes to Corfu, Athens, Bastia and Dalaman brought forward from August to 21 May 2009.
easyJet increases Glasgow to Palma flights
easyJet has announced that it is increasing its flight frequency to the sunshine hotspot destination of Palma De Mallorca from Glasgow Airport. The additional flights will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 May to 23 June.
easyJet welcomes abolition of Dutch APD
easyJet has welcomed the Dutch Government’s plan to abolish flight tax.
easyJet to partner with HostelWorld.com
easyJet has announced a new partnership with HostelWorld.com, the leading provider of online reservations to the budget accommodation sector. The new partnership will provide hostels, B&B and guesthouse accommodation for easyJet’s 45 million passengers.
easyJet waltzes off to Vienna
With TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing bringing the ballroom back into fashion, easyJet is to launch a new route to the home of the waltz to meet the demand from people gripped by dance fever.
easyJet launches three new routes from Luton
easyJet has announced that it is opening three new routes from Luton Airport, giving travellers an even greater choice of popular destinations from their local airport and brings the total number of routes from Luton to 34. Fares for the new routes will start from a recession busting £26.99 including tax.
easyJet to launch Starbucks onboard
easyJet has announced that from 1 May 2009, passengers will be able to purchase Starbucks VIA Ready Brew on flights from Newcastle, London Stansted, London Gatwick and Madrid.
easyJet announces new charity partner
easyJet has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as its charity partner for 2009, following a vote amongst its 7,000 members of staff from across Europe. The partnership will raise money to support people with dementia and their carers.
Ski weekends snowball in popularity
Europe’s best snowfall for years has seen ski-weekends peak in popularity this winter, despite predictions that people would curb their holiday travel during the recession. Cash-strapped Brits are choosing to cut winter holidays short and slope off on ski weekends, rather than miss out on the best snow and skiing conditions in years.
Emirates wins Caterer of the Year award
Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Caterer of the Year’ award by Delta Air Lines; with Delta Air Lines Managing Director IFS, Peter Wilander and his team travelling to Dubai to personally present EKFC with the coveted trophy.
Emirates announces special Ramadan fares
Emirates is offering UAE residents in Dubai the opportunity to fly for less when visiting relatives and friends during the holy month of Ramadan; with fares starting from as little as AED 955 for a return economy class ticket inclusive of taxes.
An exciting deal for Ramadan in Dubai
With Ramadan fast approaching Emirates has developed some exciting accommodation packages for passengers travelling to or via Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan, from 20th August to 20th September.
Emirates and Virgin Blue join hands
Emirates and Virgin Blue airlines have teamed up to launch the Emirates Visit Australia Pass allowing unprecedented access Down Under.
Emirates Holidays celebrates family time
Looking to escape the summer heat? Let Emirates Holidays cool you down with its attractive offers for the perfect family getaway.
Emirates becomes world’s largest Boeing 777 operator
Emirates has become the world’s largest airline operator of Boeing 777 aircraft with the arrival of its 78th Boeing 777.
Emirates super-jumbo to serve UK for one day only
An Emirates' super-jumbo is to serve a second UK gateway - but passengers wanting to enjoy the ride between Dubai and Birmingham better be quick.
bmi announces schedule for Heathrow-Kiev route
bmi has announced that it will operate a five-times-a-week service to the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Beginning on 29 March 2009 as part of bmi’s summer timetable, the new route is available to book now at flybmi.com.
bmi doubles services to Saudi capital, Riyadh
bmi has started operating a six times a week service to Riyadh – doubling the number of flights to the Saudi Arabian capital. Connecting to even more destinations across the Middle East, bmi flights to Riyadh will now go onwards to Dammam on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and onwards to Jeddah on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Head to the sun this August with bmibaby
There has never been a better time to pack the suitcase and head to Europe for some summer sunshine in light of the Met Office’s revised forecast for August. Gone is the promise of a heat wave, instead the official line for the UK is now ‘unsettled.’
bmibaby offers low fares for F1 fever
With the king of the racing world heading back to the tracks to replace Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, bmibaby is reminding Grand Prix fans that they can fly to Alicante and then head to Valencia, to see Michael Schumacher get behind the wheel at the Valencia Grand Prix on 21-23 August 2009.
bmibaby top for on time performance
Low cost airline bmibaby is celebrating after performance analysis website, flightontime.info, has released statistics for quarter one of 2009, hailing bmibaby as the most punctual low cost carrier in the UK.
bmibaby announces new route to Prague
Low cost airline, bmibaby, has announced a new route from East Midlands Airport to Prague for winter 2009/2010. Flights to Prague commence on 4 December 2009 and will operate until the 26 March 2010.
bmibaby launches summer 2010 programme
bmibaby has this week launched phase one of its summer 2010 flying programme from East Midlands, Manchester, Birmingham International and Cardiff Airport.
bmibaby launches Easter 2010 flight schedule
bmibaby has launched their new flight schedule for Easter 2010. The low cost carrier is now selling flights until 18 April 2010, allowing customers to plan ahead and book early to secure the best deals.
Surf’s up with bmibaby
bmibaby launched a new route from Birmingham to Newquay last Friday, and the service will operate until 20 September 2009. Flights will depart from Birmingham on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. bmibaby expects to carry over 20,000 passengers on this route over the summer.
Events to remember in Europe
With June just around the corner, here is a taster of the best events taking place - whatever the weather!
bmibaby reports more short break bookings
bmibaby is currently seeing an interesting trend in travel patterns for 2009. Bookings for breaks of less than four days are up by more than 20 per cent year on year, between January to April 2009, in comparison to the same period in 2008.
bmibaby bookings move into the fast lane
bmibaby is currently seeing a surge in bookings from Formula One fans keen to get a slice of the action at the Monaco Grand Prix between the 21 – 24 May 2009.
bmibaby celebrates six years at Manchester
Low cost airline bmibaby is this week celebrating six years of flying from Manchester Airport. The low cost airline started flying from Manchester Airport in May 2003 and since then has continued to bring new and exciting routes to the region.
Escape now to enjoy empty beaches
Now is the time to make the most of Europe’s empty beaches and escape before the school holiday rush. Book now for travel in May and June and enjoy great fares.
bmibaby celebrates 7 years at East Midlands Airport
Low cost airline, bmibaby has celebrated seven years of flying from East Midlands Airport. Since launch the airline has carried over 8.7 million passengers to and from the airport.
bmibaby launches winter 2009 flight programme
Low cost airline bmibaby has launched its winter 2009/2010 flying programme with brand new routes from East Midlands, Manchester, Birmingham International and Cardiff Airport, the schedule will commence on 25 October 2009.
May bank holiday events in Europe
With the bank holiday season underway, and with two more holidays fast approaching, bmibaby showcases some of the best events taking place in Europe over the two bank holidays in May.
Dah Sing Bank and BA launch credit card
British Airways and Dah Sing Bank have announced the launch of the Dah Sing British Airways Platinum Card for customers in Hong Kong.
BA introduces first London City long haul flight
British Airways will launch the first ever long haul Club World service from London City airport this September.
BA staff opt for pay cuts
Nearly 7,000 British Airways staff have taken an early opportunity to apply for voluntary pay cuts in support of the airline's cost reduction programme. Of the 40,000-strong workforce, 6,940 employees had volunteered for unpaid leave, part-time working or unpaid work by June 24. Their actions will save the company up to £10 million.
Ashes cricket means hot fares from BA
The batting of Kevin Pietersen or the bowling or Andrew Flintoff could bring massive fare reductions, for fliers between England and Australia as the latest Ashes contest gets under way this month.
BA forges ahead with London City long haul
British Airways will launch the first ever longhaul route from London City airport in September, despite the general aviation downturn. The airline has taken the decision to press ahead with the launch and set a September 29 date for the first flights. Tickets for the twice-daily service to New York JFK are on sale now.
British Airways announces changes to winter schedule
British Airways' new winter schedule will include additional services from Gatwick to Bermuda (from five to six a week), Barbados (from nine to ten a week) and St Lucia and Port of Spain (from three to five a week).
Does 'no frills' mean extra bills?
British Airways is taking the fight for customers to the no-frills carriers by launching a 'value calculator' on ba.com. It will allow customers to check the true cost of Ryanair and EasyJet's added charges versus the value of BA's full service.
Austrian Airlines concludes staff negotiations
The ongoing negotiations over a package of measures for cabin staff of the Austrian Airlines Group (i.e. the Flight Operations Divisions of Austrian and Tyrolean) have successfully resulted in an agreement.
Austrian ground staff agree to short-time working
In the current negotiations between the Austrian Airlines management board, the unions GPA-djp and vida and also the Austrian Airlines Works Council for Commercial and Technical Personnel, have announced an important agreement concerning short-time working for the employees in this field has been achieved.
Austrian reports negative trend in passenger volumes
The negative trend currently impacting the entire aviation industry continued at the Austrian Airlines Group in February. Despite significantly reduced capacities (-14.2% measured in ASK) and the implementation of extensive marketing measures, it proved impossible to compensate for the fall in demand. The load factor stood at 69.1%, 3.0 percentage points lower than 2008.
Austrian ranked amongst most reliable airlines
The Austrian Airlines Group once again achieved exceptional figures in its punctuality and flight reliability in 2008: compared to all AEA (Association of European Airlines) member airlines, the ‘red-white-red’ carrier took leading placings in all segments, and was judged to have performed far better than many other renowned airlines.
Top marks for Austrian Airlines
It’s another top placing for Austrian Airlines: readers of business travel magazine Business Traveller have once again voted the airline into first place in the “Food & Drink” category. The Austrian airline also achieved an outstanding second place in the overall evaluation of the region’s best airlines in the “Best Airline in Europe” category, as well as second places for the level of service offered on board and on the ground, and for its cabin comfort. Finally, Austrian was awarded a third place for its safety provisions.
Austrian increases capacity on Dubai routes
Routes to the Middle East are central to Austrian Airlines Focus East strategy and have recently benefited from the introduction of the Premium Service Business Class. Among the most successful are flights to Dubai therefore Austrian Airlines will expand its seating capacity on the route from 1 March 2009.
Austrian Airlines reduces fuel surcharge
Due to a continued relaxation in conditions on fuel markets, the fuel surcharge for Austrian Airlines’ short and medium haul scheduled flights has been reduced by 3 Euros from 24 Euros to 21 Euros as of 23 December 2008. The surcharge for long-haul flights is reduced by 16 Euros from 98 Euros to 82 Euros.
Austrian reports fall in passenger volume for November
The aviation industry is currently reporting falls in passenger volume and collapsing demand worldwide, a negative trend which continued in November. The Austrian Airlines Group carried 7.1% fewer passengers last month in the scheduled and charter segments than in November 2007, although this was also due to capacity reductions.
Austrian increases capacity on Tel Aviv routes
From May 2009 Austrian is planning to expand capacity on services to Tel Aviv by utilising a Boeing 767 that offers an additional 42 seats per flight as well as the Business Class comfort previously only available on long-haul routes.
bmi improves Scotland – Leeds schedule
bmi Regional has introduced a more convenient schedule on flights from Scotland to Leeds Bradford for its Summer 2009 timetable. As of 29 June 2009, the airline will operate twice daily flights out of Glasgow and Edinburgh to Leeds Bradford at improved times to allow for a full working day to be spent in Leeds.
bmi launches new dining options
bmi has launched a pre-flight Lounge Dining service for Business Class customers flying on bmi’s evening flights to Moscow and Tel Aviv as of 1 July 2009.
bmi rolls out Chauffeur Drive on key business routes
bmi has extended its complimentary Chauffeur Drive service to include UK regional airports. The service is now available to and from Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Manchester airports in addition to London Heathrow.
bmi opens doors to new international lounge
bmi has announced the opening this month of its new international lounge, bmi Number One Heathrow. The flagship lounge has been conceived with customer comforts in mind and provides a stylish environment in which to work, relax, dine and refresh.
bmi extends codeshare with Virgin Atlantic
bmi, London Heathrow’s second largest airline, has added nine new destinations to its growing codeshare route network from London Heathrow after expanding its codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic.
bmi looks to re-establish Baghdad air links
bmi, Heathrow’s second biggest airline, has said that it wants to re-establish air links with the Iraqi capital Baghdad from London. bmi has met with senior Iraqi Government officials and told them that bmi is ready and willing and ideally placed to provide flights between the two countries.
bmi launches A330 on London-Tel Aviv route
bmi will introduce wide-bodied A330 aircraft on its Heathrow-Tel Aviv route this week, bringing customers a host of benefits for a more luxurious flight from 3 May 2009.
Springtime in Kiev with bmi
Bmi has launched a new five-times weekly service between London Heathrow and the Ukrainian capital, Kiev; in addition to a second daily flight to Tel Aviv. Kiev is a new route for bmi and offers travellers the opportunity to experience a destination with a difference.
bmi begins double daily service to Tel Aviv
bmi has launched a second daily service between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv. Following high demand for the first daily service which launched last March the additional flight will offer greater flexibility and more convenient connections at both London Heathrow and Tel Aviv.
bmi continues to restructure
Following a restructure of its UK sales team, bmi has announced that Julie Jones has been appointed Head of Business Sales. The restructure combines Business Trade and Corporate Sales into a single Business Sales team, headed up by Julie Jones, formerly Head of Corporate Sales.
bmi rolls out Chauffeur Drive on key business routes
Complimentary Chauffeur Drive for selected Business Class fares is now available on three additional bmi routes from London Heathrow. Six routes now offer the service, with a seventh, Kiev to follow later this month when the new route commences.
bmi offers even more for business travellers
bmi has strengthened its position as Britain’s business airline with the announcement of a series of initiatives and route launches to further enhance business travel to and from the UK.
bmi to go double daily between Heathrow and Tel Aviv
bmi has announced a second daily service between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv which will commence on 30 March 2009 on its A321 aircraft and will be upgraded onto its A330 aircraft from 3 May 2009.
Air France KLM rewarded for environmental strategy
On 12 July in London, Air France-KLM was honoured by Airline Business in the Environment category of the Airline Strategy Awards. The Group’s strategy, which places the environment at the heart of its concerns and development, received the award.
Air France extends mobile phone boarding pass service
Air France has introduced its mobile phone boarding pass service on all flights to the French Overseas Departments (Pointe à Pitre, Fort de France, Cayenne and Saint Denis de la Réunion). This service enables customers to board their flight with no other paper document apart from their passport, on departure from Paris-Orly.
A taste to remember with Air France
Since the beginning of June, passengers travelling in the La Première and Affaires cabins have been enjoying their wine in a new wine glass. These unique wine glasses, designed for Air France in collaboration with Olivier Poussier, Best Sommelier and Air France wine consultant, were developed from wine-tasting glasses used by professionals.
Air France and Air Seychelles renew agreement
Dominique Patry, Vice President International Affairs and Alliances at Air France and David Savy, Executive Chairman of Air Seychelles, have renewed the cooperation agreement between the two airlines in Mahé.
Air France takes travellers to the movies
Air France is spotlighting the Cannes Film Festival in its in-flight entertainment programme. During May, a selection of past winners from the Festival will be available to watch on board in the “Movies” section.
Air France takes delivery of 54th Boeing 777
On Friday April 10th, Air France took delivery of its 54th Boeing 777, registration F-GZND. This aircraft is the 777th Boeing 777 produced by the manufacturer Boeing at its workshops in Everett, near Seattle.
Air France tests out ‘smartboarding’ system
Starting on Tuesday, 17 March and up to the end of 2009, Air France will be asking those Flying Blue customers who travel most frequently from Paris to Amsterdam to test the new automated boarding system, smartboarding.
Air France KLM expand paperless boarding service
Starting today, Air France and KLM are extending their electronic boarding pass service. The airlines have now introduced the service on most of the European and French domestic destinations.
Air France welcomes first Boeing 777 freighter
Air France has welcomed the arrival of its first Boeing 777 freighter, registered under F-GUOC. Air France has ordered five of these aircraft to replace its 747 freighters.
airBaltic to start Turku to Tallinn route
On October 1, the Latvian airline airBaltic will start operations on the Turku to Tallinn route. This will be the first Estonia-Finland link for airBaltic.
Tallinn to Riga becomes largest route for Estonians
In July, Riga has become the largest destination in terms of passengers served by Tallinn Airport. With 15,834 passengers travelling on the Tallinn-Riga route in July, Riga has overtaken Copenhagen (13,167 passengers).
airBaltic launches online travel agency
Latvia’s national airline airBaltic has opened an online travel agency – airbaltictravel.com – with the aim of enabling clients to plan leisure and business trips more easily and less expensively.
Easier travel for airBaltic passengers with KLM
The Latvian national airline airBaltic and the airline KLM have concluded a cooperation agreement that will allow airBaltic passengers to travel via Amsterdam for a lower price to reach final KLM destinations in America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
airBaltic passengers grows by 31% at Riga base
Latvian airline airBaltic carried overall 258,051 passenger in June 2009 (from Riga and Vilnius), representing 3% more than in the same month in 2008, when airBaltic transported 249,995 passengers.
airBaltic to launch nonstop flights from Riga to Frankfurt
On 17 September 2009, the Latvian airline airBaltic will launch nonstop flights from Riga to Frankfurt, in Germany. It will be already the sixth destination of airBaltic in Germany and the eleventh route launched by the airline in the summer season of 2009.
airBaltic increases summer flight frequency
The Latvian airline airBaltic has increased the frequency of flights in the summer season of 2009 on the routes from Riga to Dublin, Kaliningrad, Palanga, Tallinn and Vienna.
airBaltic launches nonstop flights from Riga to Geneva
The Latvian national airline airBaltic has this month launched nonstop flights from Riga to the second largest city of Switzerland, Geneva. airBaltic will fly to Geneva three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Renowned chef creates new menu for airBaltic
Mārtiņš Rītiņš, a renowned chef in Latvia, has created a new menu for the business class passengers of the Latvian airline airBaltic, based on organic products provided by local farmers.
airBaltic to fly nonstop from Riga to Warsaw and Pskov
The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch nonstop flights to the Polish capital city of Warsaw and the Russian city of Pskov in September of this year, thus offering convenient transit connections to and from destinations in Western Europe, the CIS, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean region.
airBaltic reports passenger growth at Riga base
Latvian airline airBaltic carried overall 229,475 passengers in May 2009 (from Riga and Vilnius), representing 4% more than in the same month in 2008, when airBaltic transported 220,802 passengers. In May this year, the number of passengers at the base of airBaltic in Riga has increased by 33% compared to the same period last year.
Latvian airlines set ticket prices in Euros
From June 1 of this year, automatic reservation systems such as Amadeus, Galileo and WorldSpan will present the price of airline tickets in Latvia in euros.
airBaltic to fly nonstop from Riga to Tartu
On July 3, the Latvian airline airBaltic will launch nonstop flights between Riga and the second largest city in Estonia, Tartu, offering convenient connections to destinations in Western Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Mediterranean region.
airBaltic reports positive growth
In April this year, Latvian airline airBaltic increased the number of passengers at its home base in Riga by 56% compared to the same period last year.
airBaltic launches new routes for summer
The Latvian airline airBaltic has announced three new destinations for the summer season in 2009 – Geneva (Switzerland), Turku (Finland), and Kaunas (Lithuania).
Austrian launches prices from seventh heaven
In its latest price campaign, Austrian is offering unbeatably low-priced flights to North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Austrian begins long-term restructuring measures
Having already fulfilled its ambitious package of short-term measures designed to generate savings of EUR 225 million this year, the management of Austrian Airlines is now confronting the challenge of improving the company’s result in the medium term.
Austrian Cargo to cooperate with Jade Cargo
Austrian Cargo and Jade Cargo International are setting a new standard in the expansion of Vienna as a cargo hub for Central and Eastern Europe: in a first step, the Chinese all-cargo carrier based in Shenzhen will begin flying the Seoul-Shanghai-Vienna-Frankfurt-Seoul route twice a week with immediate effect.
Austrian enters next restructuring phase
In the last week, the Austrian Airlines Group presented the first measures of its sustainability package designed to increase its long-term competitiveness. Management has now decided on the next measures: to replace 50-seater aircraft with larger aircraft from the existing fleet.
Austrian expands route network
The Austrian Airlines Group is continuing to expand its route network into the Middle East. On 05 May 2009, Austrian launched a scheduled service to Amman which will operate three times a week from Vienna.
Austrian is first European airline to convert B767
On 27 March 2009, the first Austrian Boeing B767 (OE-LAE) to undergo a successful conversion to ‘winglets’ in the USA returned to Austria. Winglets are upturned ends on the tips of the wings of passenger aircraft which improve its aerodynamics. This leads to significantly lower fuel consumption and accordingly a reduction in costs, as well as an improved environment protection.
Aer Lingus celebrates double award win
Aer Lingus was voted "Best Short Haul airline" and "Best Long Haul airline" last week by the Irish Consumer Travel Awards at a star-studded gala event at the RDS in Dublin.
Aer Lingus reports record online sales for March
Aer Lingus celebrates a milestone this month having recorded over one million bookings on aerlingus.com for the month of March.
Queen of the skies
Aer Lingus celebrated the launch of a further three of its new European routes from Gatwick yesterday, as more than 500 passengers took off to Munich, Vienna and Nice.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its 999 nudes
999 naked members of the public gathered at London’s Jubilee Gardens last week to launch Aer Lingus’ £9.99 - No Hidden Extra’s - fare from Gatwick. The 999 Nudes swapped their day wear for skimpy Shamrock bikini’s – symbolic with St Patrick’s Day just around the corner.
Aer Lingus commits to Cork-Birmingham service
Following BMI Baby's recent announcement of the withdrawal of their Cork to Birmingham route, and Ryanair's termination of their Cork to East Midlands route, Aer Lingus is pleased to reaffirm their commitment to scheduled services between Cork and Birmingham International Airport.
Aer Lingus and United Airlines announce partnership
Aer Lingus and United Airlines have announced an innovative extension of their relationship on select long haul services between Europe and North America. This partnership will capitalise on the growth opportunities presented by the Open Skies agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) by opening new transatlantic non-stop services.
Aer Lingus scoops Airline of the Year at the iSPY Awards
The iSPY (International Sales Person of Year) awards were announced in London last Friday. Aer Lingus scooped the prestigious accolade of "Airline of the Year", against strong competition from twenty-four airlines from around the world. The awards recognise all aspects of cabin crew's contribution towards in-flight sales.
Aer Lingus reports record online sales levels
Aer Lingus' "January Seat Sale" reached record levels this week (Tuesday 6th January), with almost 51,000 seats booked on the airlines website, aerlingus.com, in just one day. This is the highest level of online sales achieved in one day over the last twelve months. aerlingus.com also recorded an increase of 27% new visitors on the same period last year.
Aer Lingus announces removal of long haul fuel surcharges
Aer Lingus has announced, with immediate effect, the removal of all fuel surcharges on its long haul services booked from December 12th. Since the introduction of fuel surcharges, the airline has kept the price of oil under review and has adjusted the surcharge level in line with movements in fuel prices. Las week’s decision has been taken in the context of reductions in fuel prices over a sustained period.
Air Astana unaffected by EU air safety ban
Air Astana has confirmed that it is unaffected by the recent European Union Air Safety Committee ban.
Air Astana cares for a healthy heart
From 16th to 18th June 2009, Air Astana held a charity programme at the Science Center of Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery, Almaty. This was inline with the inauguration ceremony of the new flight to Novosibirsk.
Air Astana announces new flight to Novosibirsk
Air Astana airline is opening a new direct flight from Astana to Novosibirsk, an industrial, scientific, cultural and transhipment point in Siberia, on 15 June. The Fokker-50 will be used to perform the flights on the Astana-Novosibirsk-Astana route three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Air Astana looks to soar higher in Eurasian skies
Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is celebrating its seventh anniversary with plans to significantly expand its Central Asia network to include more cities in southern Russia and other neighbouring countries.
Air Astana opens new flight to capital of Azerbaijan
Air Astana has commenced with regular flights between Almaty and the capital of Azerbaijan - Baku. The flights on the route Almaty-Baku-Almaty will be carried out on comfortable Airbus A-320 aircrafts with 16 business and 132 economy class seats flying twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Air Astana to fly non-stop from Almaty to Baku
Air Astana is to introduce a new non-stop service between Almaty and Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. From 29th March the new service will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays. The flight time is 3 hours 45 minutes.
A positive audit for Air Astana
After a series of independent service delivery audits by the globally-recognised Airline Star Rating Programme, Skytrax Research, Air Astana has announced that it has achieved an overall rating of 3-Stars, with its short haul Business Class being rated as 4-Star.
Air Astana reports growth
Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, continued to achieve growth in 2008, with available seat kilometers up by 16% to 7.5 billion compared to 2007. Passengers carried increased by 8% to 2.3 million. Almost 28,000 scheduled passenger flights were undertaken, with an average load factor of 64%.
Air Astana wins Best e-Commerce Website award
Air Astana was proud to win the award for Best e-Commerce Website in Kazakhstan at the annual Awards.kz 2008, which was held on 19 Nov 2008. Last year Air Astana won three awards in the same event: The Best Corporate Website; Discovery of the Year and 3rd place for the Kazakh language website.
Air Astana opens its first sales office in Almaty
On the 10th of November Air Astana opened its own sales and customer information office situated on Fumanova Street, Almaty. The opening event was marked by a ribbon cut ceremony, a lottery for all guests and an art exhibition by under privilege children of Almaty Oblast.
Air Astana opens new route to the capital of Kyrgyzstan
Air Astana has this month begun flying in the route Almaty – Bishkek, which will be operated 4 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday by turbo-propeller aircraft Fokker-50 (50 seats).
Aktau Airport closes for maintenance
From 10 October 2008 at 17:16, Air Astana received the information from Aktau Airport that the runway will be closed during daytime starting from 15 October until 30 November 2008. The airport explains that the airport will be closed for maintenance because of “critical current condition of the runway”.
Air Astana announces new measures passengers to Thailand
Air Astana has set up measures to help passengers travelling to Thailand with free rebooking, or cancellations for anyone booked to travel until end of September. To cancel a booking or to change the date of departure on the route Almaty-Bangkok-Almaty, passengers now can apply to the place of purchase of the ticket, where they will be provided with all possible assistance.
Air Astana climbs higher during 2008
Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, continued to experience strong growth during the first half of 2008, with available seat kilometers up by 20% to 4.2 billion compared to the same period in 2007.
Air Astana boosts customer service with automated ticket change
Air Astana, Central Asia’s largest carrier, will further revolutionize its service to customers with an automated ticket change solution provided by Amadeus, the leading technology and distribution partner to the travel and tourism industry.
New airport lounge at Fort-de-France
Air France is now welcoming its Business Class customers as well as Flying Blue Gold, Platinum and SkyTeam Elite Plus cardholders to its refurbished 138 sqm lounge, reflecting the Caribbean atmosphere, in Aimé Césaire Airport, Fort de France (Martinique).
Air France auctions inaugural flights Airbus A380 flights
Air France has decided to auction 380 seats on each of its two inaugural flights on the Airbus A380, operating from Paris to New York on 20 November and from New York to Paris on 21 November 2009.
Air France, KLM and Westjet launch interline relationship
Following the interline agreement signed on February 4th, Air France, KLM and WestJet announced that, as of today, the 2 European companies will offer interline itineraries that connect their passengers into WestJet’s Canadian network.
Air France and Bangkok Airways sign code-share agreement
Air France has just signed a code-share agreement with Bangkok Airways, to offer its customers 6 new destinations in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, on flights with AF flight numbers.
Air France and Baboo sign code share agreement
Air France has signed a code-share agreement with the Swiss airline Baboo, to enable its customers to travel as from 1 July 2009 to 5 new destinations in France with an AF flight number on departure from Geneva.
Air France unveils new Airbus A380
Air France’s first Airbus A380 has just been painted with the airline’s new livery in Hamburg. This aircraft will start operating a daily Paris Charles de Gaulle to New York JFK route in November 2009.
Ultra-exclusive blow out escapes for winter
This winter families and groups are spoilt for choice with an exceptional collection of secluded suites and private villas that combine stylish safari and barefoot beach extravagance in Kenya and Mozambique.
A far eastern odyssey with Bamboo Travel
Inspired by Rick Stein’s recent series, Bamboo Travel have put together a special 3-week private tour “A Far Eastern Odyssey”, which follows his epic culinary journey through Indochina and Thailand.
Autumn offers from European Waterways
European Waterways have some great offers on a number of their luxury 'floating boutique hotel' barge cruises in the autumn, meaning prices start from just £1,550 per person for a 6 night cruise.
St Ives September Festival getaways
If you are looking for an entertaining getaway this September, the annual St Ives September Festival gives you an added reason to visit the picturesque Cornish town.
Cruising into the Thames’ rich past
Winston Churchill – inspiring politician, leader, soldier, orator, writer and artist. ACE Study Tours’ new cruise along the River Thames on board the magnificent Spirit of Chartwell, offers a truly unique insight into this great man.
Durham hosts UK Peace And Tranquillity Week
Durham is hosting UK Peace and Tranquillity week for the third time from September 7-13 and has unveiled a calendar of 18 free and affordable events including open air picnics, classical music recitals, Tai Chi, yoga and Chi Kung, photography and painting workshops, candlelit gardens and baby owl walks.
Cycling adventures in South Australia
Active, bike loving travellers will be impressed by the range of cycling tours available in South Australia through Adelaide-based operator The Adventure Collective, with options including an epic 30-day Gulf to Gulf trip, five-day food and wine lovers tour as well as something for Tour Down Under race fans.
Explore the wonderland of the Galapagos
Experience the unique natural wonderland that inspired Charles Darwin - and save more than £340 per person in this special last-minute deal with World Expeditions.
Go wild on the Isles of Scilly
Looking for the perfect end of summer or autumn short break getaway? If you are and don’t want to travel too far afield, then you could go wild on the Isles of Scilly - the UK’s own Island Archipelago, warmed by the Gulf Stream and lying 28 miles off Lands End.
Back to school for a Lake District holiday
As children glumly get ready for school, families with toddlers or couples without encumbrances can look forward to the new term – by renting a former school!
Chocoholics paradise in the Italian city of Perugia
Chocoholics should head to the Italian region of Umbria between 16 and 25 October for the popular ‘Eurochocolate festival of Perugia’ and enjoy the exhibitions, cooking classes, tastings and celebrations of all things chocolatey!
Authentic road trips in California
Travellers are being offered the opportunity to drive an iconic, convertible Ford Mustang from Los Angeles to San Francisco, staying in some of California’s best beach resorts along the way.
Skybus - Still ‘flying high’ after 25 years
Cornwall’s longest serving airline, Skybus celebrated its 25th anniversary this month (Thursday 20 August 2009) with staff and invited guests gathering at Land’s End Airport to mark the important milestone.
Get Sweet and Sticky in Tel Aviv with Jet2.com
Missed Madonna in the UK and Europe? Why not fly to Tel Aviv with Jet2.com for your last chance to witness the Queen of Pops infamous Sweet and Sticky Tour.
Jet2.com launches new 2010 routes from Manchester
Jet2.com has launched three new routes for summer 2010 direct from Manchester Airport to Kos, Venice and Gran Canaria with Kos and Venice being brand new scheduled services not currently served by the North West base.
Qantas Group to lease additional A330 capacity
The Qantas Group has announced it will take four additional wide-body A330 aircraft, on six-year leases, to allow for Jetstar's long haul international growth.
Thomson Airways scraps oxygen charges
Thomson Airways has announced that it is removing all charges for supplementary therapeutic oxygen and relaxing its policy on customers bringing their own supplementary oxygen onboard its flights.
flydubai strengthens presence in Africa
flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, is set to expand its network in Africa with the announcement of flights to Djibouti from 01 September 2009.
Coventry Airport teams up with First Class Cars
Coventry Airport has teamed up with luxury chauffeur drive company, First Class Cars to provide top of the range ground transportation for clients using its new Executive Jet Centre.
Aer Lingus offers staycationers a 24 hour lifeline
As Aer Lingus celebrates its 500,000th passenger since launching at Gatwick three months ago, its Corporate Affairs Director, Enda Corneille, has hit out at the ‘staycation’ phenomenon, warning Londoners of the ill-effects of ‘Holiday Deficit Disorder’ (HDD).
Aer Lingus confirms new Shannon to Heathrow flight
Aer Lingus has confirmed a third scheduled daily flight between Shannon and London Heathrow commencing 25th October 2009.
Aer Lingus introduces new route to Vilnius
This month Aer Lingus announced new routes from Gatwick, its first hub outside Ireland. One of these is to Vilnius.
Aer Lingus announces new winter routes from Gatwick
Since launching its first international base outside of Ireland at Gatwick in April this year, Aer Lingus is set to fulfil its promise of more routes with six new destinations being added to its current schedule.
Aer Lingus voted most popular graduate recruiter
Aer Lingus was voted "The most popular graduate recruiter 2009" in the Transport & Logistics sector at the third annual gradireland Graduate Recruitment awards, which took place at the Burlington hotel, Dublin last week.
Aer Lingus celebrates 60 years of flying to Birmingham
Aer Lingus is celebrating 60 years of flying between Dublin and Birmingham. On May 2nd 1949, a Douglas DC-3 aircraft with 26 seats and bearing the name "St Declan" left Dublin airport bound for Elmdon Airport, Birmingham.
Autumn holiday savings in North Devon
Save a massive 50% on an autumn holiday in North Devon, courtesy of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks. This extra special offer applies to holidays taken in September and October (excluding half-term period) in their two and three-bedroom centrally-heated luxury Lodges.
Free B&B nights with Irish Ferries in October
One of the best ways to get ‘under the skin’ of Ireland is by staying in some of the country’s renowned B&Bs where the welcome is warm, the local knowledge second-to-none and the breakfasts memorable.
Half term fun at Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Kelling Heath Holiday Park in north Norfolk is the perfect Half Term escape for families set in natural, surroundings.
Turkey - The cool choice for savvy autumn travellers
Savvy travellers can experience Turkey’s Aegean coast at its very best with Artemis Travel this autumn. With guaranteed sunshine at temperatures that are warm but not scorching, September and October are the perfect months to visit the region.
Credit-crunch Brits opt for late summer breaks
Late summer holiday bookings are on the up as Brits cut back on other areas to ensure that they can still take a family trip abroad, says research released today by HolidayExtras.com.
Take a hike for September holiday savings
Stay in the UK this September and enjoy a special 20% discount – saving up to £130 – on selected fully-inclusive UK walking breaks courtesy of HF Holidays, the UK’s largest specialist walking and leisure activity holidays company.
Half-term is for camping, camel trekking and volcanoes
There’s no need for children to be ‘kicking their heels’ during the half term holidays, with this selection of great holiday ideas from the UK’s leading guided walks specialist, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.
Luxury for less along Australia’s humpback highway
The 2009 whale watching season is gearing up to be a big one in Western Australia. Combine a trip to see these majestic giants and their newborn calves with a special luxury package that won’t cost the earth.
Staycation breaks for Autumn
The vivid colours of autumn trees reflected in the still waters of a mountain-ringed lake…no, not New England but Lake Vyrnwy in Powys near Snowdonia.
Save money on Autumn sun in Crete
Villa specialist Freelance Holidays is highlighting September and October stays on the island of Crete, when the sun still shines for up to nine hours a day, the average temperature is a comfortable 20°C, and the sea is equally warm.
Louis Majesty - the single cruiser’s friend
Louis Cruises’ new ship, the 1,790-passenger Louis Majesty, is the single traveller’s friend this winter, with no single supplements to pay on any of its sailings between January and March 2010.
MSC Cruises launches new microsite dedicated to groups
MSC Cruises, the most modern fleet in the world, has launched a new microsite dedicated to group travel called MSC Groups. To celebrate this new online service, MSC Cruises is offering a special launch deal.
Brits back great British holiday
Ninety-five per cent of Brits are choosing to spend the August Bank Holiday in the UK, despite previous predictions of a mass holiday exodus to warmer climes in attempt to escape the no show ‘barbeque summer’. Over half of these (56%) will be jumping in their cars to get to their chosen UK destination, meaning there will be more vehicles than ever on the roads.
Laidback holiday companions highly sought after
As millions of Britons prepare to get away today for the bank holiday weekend, new research by Abbey Reward Bank Account reveals that while two thirds of people (65 per cent) would choose their partner as their ideal holiday companion, one million Britons would choose their favourite celebrity and nearly half a million (477,880) would choose a work colleague.
Cruise your way to serious fun
If you are looking for a fun filled break away with family, friends or a loved one, DFDS Seaways’ collection of themed mini cruises offers you the perfect break.
Wine ace to lead exclusive ‘Grape Escapes’ tour
Award-winning wine expert Chris Scott will add extra piquancy to an exclusive tour to the Champagne region in October, being offered by specialist operator Grape Escapes.
Ultimate autumn adventures
September and October is the perfect time to book an overseas adventure, for a whole host of reasons, not just because you will miss the crowds of the Summer months.
New savings on holidays to Disneyland Paris
Leger Holidays is offering savings of over 300 per family with the launch of its new Disneyland Resort Paris brochure for 2008. The specialist brochure, which includes all of Legers great new savings and deals, aims to make it even easier for families to experience the magic of Disneyland Resort Paris.
Take-off this summer with hot offers to top destinations with key2holidays
Online luxury tour operator key2holidays has put together a selection of tantalising offers to hot and sunny destinations.
Short breaks in stunning Norway with DFDS Seaways
Norway really is remarkably beautiful and a short break with DFDS Seaways to the picturesque Fjord region and its cities of Bergen and Stavanger is the perfect way to whet your appetite for this Scandinavian country.
Eurocamp goes Haute Couture
Europes leading camping operator, Eurocamp has teamed up with eco designer Bill Brown to develop an exclusive eco beach bag for holiday makers. The Bill Brown beach bag is exclusive to Eurocamp and fashioned from only natural products; hand loom cotton and coconut shell, making it the perfect travel companion for a trip to the beach or supermarket.
Bordeaux Wine Festival raise your glass to 10 years
The 2008 Bordeaux Wine Festival will take place from the 26th to the 29th of June on the quays of the left bank of the Garonne River, from the Pont de Pierre to the Bourse Maritime.
Fresh snow and late availability for families
Family specialist Ski Familles properties sit at the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski domain; an area currently enjoying fantastic late season snow conditions. The past week has seen over 50cm of fresh snow falling on an already excellent base and the companys Chris Thompson reports unprecedented last minute demand.
Its crystal clear with Alamo
Alamo car hire pioneered all-inclusive rates so that all the renters basic needs are covered and recently launched GPS inclusive rates for North America. To give customers greater flexibility and choice over their rental, these inclusive rates are complemented by a range of additional options in each destination such as child seats, additional drivers and GPS which are often paid for locally.
easyJet launches two new routes from Luton
easyJet, has launched two new services from London Luton to Jersey and Pisa. The new daily service to Jersey will provide the region's travellers with access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, whilst Pisa, which dates back hundreds of years, boasts its world famous leaning tower and is the gateway to the breathtaking region of Tuscany, in Italy.
Ski holidays in Spain
If youve so far missed your chance to go skiing this year and are longing for a chance to pull out all the stops on the piste theres still time to grab your thermals and make a dash to Spains Sierra Nevada.
Easter suprises from easyJetHolidays
With Easter just over a week away, why not pack a bag, head for your local easyJet airport and escape to a choice of cultural or relaxing destinations. Whatever your reason for needing a break, easyJetHolidays can help you jet off with fantastic Deals of the Week.
Canada for Singles on Holiday
Frontier Canadas tours are proving popular with single travellers. The opportunity to visit Canadas wonders with likeminded individuals is a great attraction and with tour groups formed of singles, couples and friends there is no emphasis on dating at all, so solo travellers can relax and enjoy the sights in good company.
Interhome rental properties throughout Europe
Rental specialist, Interhome has an impressive portfolio of privately owned quality residences across Europe, ranging from castles and chateaux to villas and apartments. Interhome is renowned for offering properties that are bursting with character and individual charm and now the company is proud to present the most unusual residences in its collection those that will ensure a truly memorable holiday.
Make the most of family time this Easter
This year with Easter coming early and in many areas the school holidays occurring at different times, there are now two opportunities to get away for a family break a short break over the Easter Weekend and a holiday or a short break in the school holidays.
Discover wine in Bordeaux with Gourmet Touring
Bordeaux specialists, Gourmet Touring, have unveiled their Vignobles wine touring itinerary. Targeted predominantly at people who know what wines they like, but arent sure why, Vignobles unravels many of the mysteries of Bordeaux wine.
Ryanair reports record St Patrick's Day bookings
Ryanair has announced that a record 1 million passengers are set to enjoy the lowest fares guaranteed with Irelands national airline over Paddys weekend, a 20% increase on last year.
easyJet launches easyJet Plus
easyJet has launched easyJet Plus, a membership card which will give passengers the opportunity to enjoy unlimited Speedy Boarding on every flight without prior reservation.
bmi takes off for Tel Aviv
bmi, London Heathrows second largest airline, has launched daily non-stop flights between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv. The introduction of the service marks the latest phase in bmis successful mid haul route strategy and takes the total number of destinations served by the airline from Heathrow to 38 this summer.
Fly to the 2008 Champions League Final in Moscow with Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus has announced that it will operate a special one off flight to Moscow (Sheremetyevo airport) for Irish football fans wishing to travel to the 2008 Champions League Final. The service will operate on Wednesday 21st May from Dublin and Thursday 22nd May from Moscow to bring passengers to and from the match.
Easter breaks with Haven Holidays from 5 per night
For many people the Easter Holidays is the first weekend of a summers travelling - the time when you take the covers off your caravan, hitch up and hit the open road. Dont be put off that Easter is early and that the weather still hasnt made up its mind book a pitch on a Haven Holiday park and get all the benefits of your own home from home combined with everything that Haven has to offer.
Attractive new airfares to India
Alternative Airlines, the UK's innovative on-line booking site and Jet Airways, Asia's fastest growing premium airline, have launched a range of affordable fares to India.
South Africa short breaks with a difference
Native Escapes, specialist tour operator to Southern Africa, has come up with a solution to meet the demand for shorter breaks combined with destinations that are culturally interesting, out-of-the-way and which offer unique activities and experiences.
Ten hot hotels from Hyatt
It is a well known fact that Hyatt is expanding across the globe with a number of remarkable luxury hotels opening year upon year. In celebration of this fact we have picked some current short-haul Hyatt hotels that really showcase what the Hyatt brands already have to offer, setting a high standard for what is to come.
Bordeaux - Attractions and Events in 2008
Arguably the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, in northern France, has even more to offer than its famous Chteaux and wines. A true tourist destination, the region is full of 18th-Century architecture and many outstanding museums.
Harbour Bridge named Sydneys major attraction
BridgeClimb Sydney was awarded the top gong for best Major Tourist Attraction at the 2007 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards last night, Friday 29th February 2008.
Tirol launches new website for wheelchair users
Despite its mountainous terrain the Austrian Tirol is one of Europes most wheel chair friendly destinations and has set up a new website detailing activities and accommodation that cater specifically for the less able - Easyaccess.tirol.at.
Learn to write about your travel in Spain
On May 18 - Travel writer Daniel Scott, a regular contributor to the travel sections of several top Australian newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and Melbourne Age, is offering the rare opportunity to learn the tricks of his trade in the captivating Alpujarra Mountains in southern Spain.
Travel to Asia this Easter
Any families still not sure what to do with the kids for Easter? Leading Asia specialist, Travel Indochina have some amazing deals on a selection of Easter breaks for the entire family spaces are limited so places should be reserved as soon as possible.
Surfs up in the Maldives
Sun Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives offers a wide variety of watersports activities in its two luxury resorts, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in South Male Atoll and Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort in South Nilandhe Atoll.
Valentine's Day Offers
Valentine's Day is almost upon us and if you feel like doing something extra special for your loved one then we have a large selection of accommodation with special Valentine's Day offers.
Virgin Atlantic offers loveable fares this Valentines
Virgin Atlantic, one of the worlds leading long-haul airlines, today announced that love is in the air this Valentines Day with a four day seat sale this weekend for Economy and Premium Economy tickets to selected destinations in the US for February and March.
Round the world sailing holidays
The ultimate in activity sailing holidays on Round the World ocean-going yachts are being offered for the first time this summer with the launch of a 4-yacht Challenger Fleet by Tall Ships Adventures.
A brand new Crowne Plaza hotel for Las Vegas
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world's largest hotel groups has announced its plans for a new-build 386-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Las Vegas. The hotel is expected to open in 2010.
By-car.co.uk launches guide to Switzerland
The online car hire website, by-car.co.uk and its German counterpart im-mietauto.de, has now launched its new Guide to Switzerland. The website provides advice about car hiring, as well as information about a number of different holiday destinations.
Cape Verde goes green
Strange as it may seem for an archipelago of sandy islands submerged in constant sunshine off the coast of Africa, Cape Verde as its name suggests is going green.
South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival
The first South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival will be taking place between 10 and 26 May giving visitors and local people alike the chance to explore the Suffolk countryside with the aid of local guides, historians and naturalists.
lastminute.com smashes ski bookings
Adventurous skiers are heading to emerging ski destinations this season with Bulgaria and Austria leading the way, says online leading travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com.
Jet2.com offers package holidays for less
In a move designed to attack the heart of traditional tour operating. Low cost airline Jet2.com has teamed up with leading dynamic packager the On Holiday Group to create Jet2holidays.com a tour operator with a difference.
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