British Airways has cancelled all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow as computer problems cause disruption worldwide. Passengers have been told not to travel to the London airports because of "extreme congestion" at the terminals, with all BA planes grounded before 6pm on Saturday. A spokeswoman for the airline said: "We have experienced a major IT system failure that is causing very severe disruption to our flight operations worldwide.
British Airways passengers around the world are facing delays due to computer problems. "I checked in online using the BA app at 8.15 for my flight at 9.25, then went and had breakfast," he told the Press Association.
This summer, bustling New Yorkers will take an uncharacteristic pause to witness one of the city's most striking natural events: a flaming orange sunset known as “Manhattanhenge”. Thanks to the Earth’s and sun’s rotations – and a happy accident of city planning – the sunset aligns perfectly with New York City streets twice a year. This month’s Manhattanhenge can be seen at 8.13pm EDT on 29 May, or 8.12pm the following day.
A gay foster father from North Carolina was detained after a flight from New York to Raleigh-Durham airport when a flight attendant reported him for touching his son inappropriately. Henry Amador-Batten, 52, was travelling with his five-year-old son Benjamin. According to a Facebook post by his husband, Joel Amador-Batten, a member of the flight crew had made a complaint about his proximity to the child’s genitals.
An iconic hotel that's played host to stars including Beyoncé and Jay Z, Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed, Elton John, Grace Kelly and Robbie Williams, Cala di Volpe on Sardinia’s exclusive Costa Smeralda is perhaps best known as one of the locations where Roger Moore was filmed as James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. Despite the all-star status, luxury is discreet here.
As the fare for its first non-stop flight between the UK and Australia rises towards £2,000 return, Qantas is contemplating pushing the boundaries even further – and seriously considering connections from London to Melbourne and Sydney. Since the Australian airline announced a non-stop link between Heathrow and Perth, demand for the 17-hour flight has proved strong. A few seats are available for the first outbound departure from London next year on 25 March, but round-trip economy fares are approaching £2,000.
A section of the world-famous Highway 1 will be closed for months following a huge landslide which deposited over a million tons of debris on the road. Following the wettest winter on record, the highway collapse on Saturday, which destroyed about a third of a mile of the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, was the third major incident in Big Sur this year. The remote portion of Highway 1 is a defined as a ‘National Scenic Byway’ in the US for its stunning vistas of undeveloped shoreline.
“Big Sur spits out the meek, so to speak. It’s a somewhat different sentiment from watercolourist Francis McComas’ better-known quote, from the early 1900s, proclaiming this extraordinary sweep of California coastline “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world”. For three months now, one of the most visited stretches of Big Sur – probably one of the most visited stretches of California, even – has been completely cut off from tourists.
Queues, delays and confusion have marred the start of the Bank Holiday getaway for airline passengers at Gatwick airport. Dozens of flights from the North Terminal have left late, many of them without all the bags on board, following a baggage system failure. The airport is telling passengers: "To ensure that everyone gets away on time, some flights are departing without all bags.
The long-promised direct trains from London to Amsterdam will start in December this year — but a regular service may not run until Easter. Direct trains from London to Amsterdam have long been promised. German Railways even went so far as to run a train to London St Pancras and announce a 2013 start date.
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a “travel alert” for anyone going to Texas after the passing of a state-wide law known as SB4. SB4 allows police officers to question a person’s immigration status during any kind of detention or arrest, such as a routine traffic stop or noise complaint.
The pathetic bully, usually male, decides when to attack a soft target: firing an automatic weapon at holidaymakers at a Tunisian resort, accelerating into a crowd of tourists on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or Westminster Bridge in London, or detonating a bomb as youngsters leave a pop concert in Manchester. As the people of Manchester have shown, any attempt to sabotage an open, tolerant and generous society will have the opposite effect: it brings people together. A Union Flag with the message “Manchester we love you” now decorates the UK’s busiest tourism thoroughfare, between the London Eye and Parliament Square.
To my left there is a plate of Mediterranean toast – a smashed avocado base topped with cherry and sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and pistachio dukkah. Across the table sits a “burger” – two avocado halves filled with herbed yogurt, smoked salmon and rocket salad. This is Avocaderia, Brooklyn’s newest fad eatery featuring, you guessed it, dishes made from avocado.
Seen from the deck of a catamaran that's slicing its way through azure waters, it's easy to understand why Barbados is the perfect luxury getaway. Ease yourself into the laid-back Bajan lifestyle with a walk around Bridgetown's charming colonial-era Downtown district, a Unesco world heritage site.
Taormina has been dealing in drama for thousands of years. Founded in the 4th century BC, this posh Sicilian resort town is home to the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily, after the one in Syracusa. Then there is Taormina’s geographic position at the foot of Mount Etna, the still active volcano that erupted twice in March 2017, nearly killing a BBC filming crew.
In 2017, the year that male entitlement memes became mainstream, let’s all stop to witness the moment South Korean politician Kim Moo-sung made the genre his own. Yesterday, the 65-year-old arrived at Seoul’s Gimpo airport and smoothly pushed his suitcase to a waiting assistant. A clip of the incident has gone viral in South Korea, reigniting a discussion in the country about the abuse of power by middle-aged men.
Eighteen years after the Bellagio opened and redefined luxury in Sin City, rumours are afoot that the resort plans to ditch its most famous feature – the dancing fountains. The fountains – which cost $40 million to build and contain 22 million gallons of water – are one of the top attractions in Vegas. Set in “Lake Bellagio”, facing onto the infamous Strip, they “dance” with choreographed movements every half hour to tracks such as Viva Las Vegas, Luck Be a Lady, and My Heart Will Go On, as well as more modern tracks from the likes of Tiesto.
What makes me even more apprehensive about getting through security smoothly though, is the baggage I’m unable to check at the gate: my dark skin, Afro hair and obvious Muslim name. Americans are well aware of the “Driving while black” phenomenon, which refers to being pulled over and forced to interact with the police based on the colour of your skin. Around the globe, people have heard about the horrifying United Airlines incident, when Asian-American doctor David Dao had his teeth knocked out while being brutally dragged off a plane because he refused to give up his seat to an airline employee.
Amid the buzz surrounding British artist Bruce Munro’s epic light installation at Uluru, which was recently extended until next March, Australia’s original outback town has fallen off the tourist radar. Befitting its status as the artistic capital of central Australia, ‘The Alice’ boasts more art galleries (per capita) than anywhere else in the country, and is perennially in festival mode. The big one for July is the annual Camel Cup (camelcup.com.au) on the 15th, followed by the Desert Festival (desfest.com), Central Australia’s premier arts bash, from 18 August until 7 September.
When Alice Morrison realised she was about to lose her job as a chief executive because the firm she worked for was closing, she quit the rat race and joined another one: the Tour d’Afrique. At just six weeks old, Morrison's life took a different turn to those of the other children in her home city of Edinburgh when her parents packed their bags and set sail to Uganda. “I had a magical childhood,” Morrison, who presents BBC Two’s Morocco To Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure, tells The Independent.
Eurostar, the cross-Channel train operator, is claiming it is charging less than the Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express on trains to and from the Continent. On Wednesday only, Eurostar is selling tickets from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels for £19 each way. The deal is available only through its “Snap” sales channel, which allows buyers to choose only their destination and either a morning or afternoon train.
Higher air fares, less choice and possibly even a return to 1970s air charter days to get around flight restrictions: a leading UK airline boss has told The Independent what could await British travellers if the present “open skies” arrangements end after Brexit. Andrew Swaffield, chief executive of Monarch, said: “Fares will gradually go up and there will be less competition.” He said the remarkable choice and low fares currently available to British travellers are due to European liberalisation.
Whether you are on the Big One at Blackpool, the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi or the Rock and Roller Coaster at various Disney parks, if you open your eyes long enough all you are likely to see is the occasional glimpse of flat terrain. Fforest Coaster, located just north of Betws-y-Coed in North Wales, and just outside the Snowdonia National Park, is different. The main appeal of the UK’s first “Alpine Coaster” or “Mountain Coaster” is the terrain: a steep, wooded hillside on the east side of the River Conwy, with a track that twists through the trees.
Ryanair has been accused of deliberately assigning passengers who choose not to pay for reserved seating to middle seats – and separating couples and groups. Travellers say the budget airline has abruptly changed its policy. Previously when passengers were travelling together but preferred not to pay for specific seats, they were generally allocated seats together.
An entire planeload of passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London Heathrow has been evacuated from the aircraft following a bomb threat. After boarding the flight, passengers were told to exit the plane and head back to the gate following the captain’s admission that a bomb threat had been received by the airline. “Our customers travelling on the VS401 from Dubai to London Heathrow have temporarily disembarked the aircraft for additional security checks,” a Virgin spokesperson told The Independent.