As the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus spreads, concern is growing among travellers with bookings for China and other east Asian countries.Around 600,000 British travellers visit mainland China each year, and a similar number travel to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau combined.
Aviation history was made in the skies of Washington State on Saturday 25 January when the biggest twin-engine jet ever built touched down safely after its maiden flight.The brand-new Boeing 777X is designed to carry up to 426 passengers in a two-class configuration, and has been ordered by British Airways as a replacement for the 747 Jumbo.
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Norwegian Air will start charging passengers to bring cabin bags on flights.The budget airline said the changes are designed to give customers “freedom of choice” and will apply to all bookings made after 23 January 2020.
“Do not travel” is the message for many UK rail passengers this weekend because of widespread engineering work.The London terminus for the UK’s flagship rail line is closed this weekend as part of a long-term project to unlock extra capacity.
Anticipation can be really important aspect of a journey. For six months before the most expensive holiday I have ever booked, I relished the prospect of sailing aboard an Adventure Canada ship from Greenland to Quebec.It turned out to be the worst holiday I have ever had. As the planned itinerary fell apart and the trip increasingly seemed to be run for the benefit of the staff rather than the passengers, morale disintegrated.
Four people have been hospitalised after a plane plummeted during severe turbulence in Central America.Avianca flight AV693 was en route from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Bogota in Colombia when it hit turbulence mid-flight.
A pilot was temporarily blinded by a laser pointed directly at his eyes while he was trying to land an aircraft.The pilot was coming in to land at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida on the evening of 22 January when the incident occurred.
I only catch a glimpse of it for a few seconds. At first, I think it’s an upturned boat, but then I recognise the telltale ridges on its belly – I’m looking at a small humpback whale. It’s stranded on a tiny, inaccessible patch of beach, on the coast somewhere outside of Gaviota, in Santa Barbara County.It’s not the cheeriest start to a story, I admit. But it’s an incredible sight. And one made all the more impressive by the fact I’m zooming past while effectively lying in bed. I’m travelling from Oakland to Los Angeles on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, the train that starts its journey in Seattle.
Concern is growing over the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus, which has killed at least 26 people in China. At least 800 cases have been confirmed, with 15 or more medical workers infected through human-to-human contact.The outbreak began at a live animal market in Wuhan. Most cases are in the central China city itself, which has now effectively been placed in quarantine. Flights, trains and local public transport have been halted.
High Speed 2 is way over budget and behind schedule because the government “underestimated its complexity and risk”.A damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes: “Significant challenges to completing the programme and delivering value for taxpayers and passengers remain.”
Picasso’s lost paradise: how a corner of Catalonia brought inspiration. As a new Picasso exhibition opens at London’s Royal Academy, we visit Horta de Sant Joan, the hilltop village that the artist said taught him ‘everything’
The UK is being encouraged to introduce a “green” aviation tax to fund tree planting schemes in order to hit its net zero carbon emissions target by 2050.The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent body that advises the government on emissions targets, has released new in-depth advice on how the UK needs to change to meet its goal.
A woman says she woke up on a plane to find she was being sexually assaulted.The 22-year-old was flying with Spirit Airlines from Atlanta to Detroit when she woke up shortly before landing to find a man allegedly touching her.
A new immersive performance will allow audience members to experience a plane crash.Or at least, some audience members – there are “two realities and two possible outcomes to their journey”.
Airlines will soon be able to ban all animals from aircraft cabins except properly trained dogs – and even they must have bladder control before they are allowed to fly.The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing new rules to crack down on passengers who pretend to need an “emotional support animal” simply to avoid paying to fly their pet.
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Hotel group Accor will remove single-use plastic items from its properties in the next two years.The European hotel group, whose brands include Ibis, Sofitel and Fairmont, will remove plastic toiletries and amenities such as plastic bottles and packaging by the end of this year, and all single use plastic items across the hotel by the end of 2022.
A woman flew from the UK to Germany using her toddler’s passport after she packed the wrong travel document.Lenesha Riley, 33, was flying from Luton Airport to Berlin with easyJet when the mix-up happened.
New visa rules to restrict people travelling to the US to give birth are to be introduced by the US State Department.So-called “birth tourists” to the US will be treated like foreigners arriving for medical treatment, reports Associated Press, citing State Department guidance. Visa applicants will have to prove they are arriving in the US for medical treatment and have the means to pay for it.
Terrified passengers can be heard screaming and crying in video footage of the moment thick smoke poured into the cabin of a Ryanair plane mid-flight.Smoke began to flood the packed cabin just moments after the Boeing 737-800 took off from the Romanian capital of Bucharest, climbing thousands of feet into the air.
Eleven o’clock overlooking Zabriskie Point, and I have 1,700 million years of desert to myself. The heat bounces off the lava-eroded rocks and I’ve paused in front of a no-nonsense sign while clambering up to the panorama.“Stop: Extreme Heat Danger,” it reads in alarming white on emergency red. “Walking after 10am not recommended.” Suddenly the question that haunts me is: which morgue will I end up in if I ignore the advice?
One of the world’s oldest cities, with a recorded lifespan of nearly 3,500 years, Athens is as historically and culturally significant as they come. The home of Plato and Aristotle, it’s not only hailed as the birthplace of democracy but as the cradle of western civilisation and philosophy. But much like its former guardian – Athena, the Greek goddess of war and wisdom – whose name it still bears, this city is, in many ways, the embodiment of heroic endeavour.Its oft-mentioned grittiness is a mark of the turbulence that it’s endured over the years and, rather than admitting defeat, modern-day Athens has recalibrated and reinvented itself as a source of inspiration for its next generation of innovators.
New measures are being introduced to prevent the introduction of coronavirus into the UK, with “enhanced monitoring” in place for all direct flights from Wuhan.Public Health England has announced that all such flights will be met by a health team to provide advice and support to those that feel unwell. The team will check for symptoms of coronavirus and provide information to all passengers about symptoms, and what to do if they become ill.