The British government has added Sri Lanka to its “no-go” list, alongside countries such as North Korea, Iraq and Venezuela. The FCO has warned since the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka.
Unesco World Heritage status is given to the most culturally and historically significant places across the globe. Started in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is considered one of the world’s foremost examples of Muslim art and architecture. Stretching for 1,430mi, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system.
It’s becoming a familiar scene – you board the plane and hear the crew announce: “We have a passenger with a severe nut allergy today. While some passengers grumble about being deprived of their nutty snacks, this announcement can make an already tricky situation marginally easier for people with severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. The problem is that there’s no blanket policy on what airlines do to help travellers with these allergies.
An estimated 8,000 British holidaymakers are in Sri Lanka. In addition there are up to 10,000 UK citizens who are long-term residents. The last major tourist nation to be placed on the no-go list was Tunisia, following two terrorist attacks in March and June 2015.
A luxury hotel brand has unveiled new plans for the most exclusive of private jets – and tickets are likely to cost more than £100,000 per person. Four Seasons will launch its new service in early 2021, with space to socialise and demonstrations run by the brand’s experts. Operated on a fully customised Airbus A321LR aircraft, the Four Seasons private jet will have room for just 48 passengers, who can relax in custom, handcrafted seats designed by Optimares, upholstered in leather from Italian producer Poltrona Frau.
Whether you are an amateur jogger or fancy yourself as the next Mo Farah, there are plenty of ways to explore the world on your own two feet. Home to the national Nike and Adidas headquarters, a cadre of Olympic-calibre runners (including Mo Farah) and more than 100 miles of trails and paths, Portland in Oregon enjoys a well-earned reputation as a runner’s paradise. This distinctive mountain trail starts by the only outdoor stone statue in Japan dedicated to Skanda, the god of running.
An Air India plane caught fire while on the tarmac at Delhi airport. The Boeing 777 jet, which was due to fly from the Indian capital to San Francisco, caught fire during repair work. The fire was in the auxiliary power unit (APU), which provides electricity to power aircraft when on the ground, at the rear of the plane.
Virgin Trains has called for an end to standing passengers on long-distance rail services, with compulsory reservations for all. The rail guru Mark Smith, known as the Man in Seat Sixty-One, explains how it works abroad. Long-distance trains in France, Italy and Spain already operate on an “all-reserved” basis, where every ticket comes with a reserved seat on a specific train.
The uranium mine was shut down in 1968 and new industries were created, notably a felt tip pen factory. It is dusk as we pass a large concrete sign welcoming us to Min Kush. My driver has heard of a bed and breakfast called Kurkuldai, the only one in the town, and telephoned several hours earlier.
Tourists visiting Turkey from the UK have been warned by travel agents to print off a hard copy of their e-visa, or risk being denied entry to the country. The issue was brought to the fore when travel agent Lyndsey West wrote on her business Facebook page: “Urgent advice to anyone visiting Turkey!!!! To anyone travelling to Turkey you will now need to show a paper copy of your visa at UK airports. Some tour operators followed suit, with two local branches of Thomas Cook sharing posts to the same effect on their social media accounts.
The 60-year-old concrete runway at the city's W A Mozart airport is to be rebuilt. Salzburg airport is popular with winter-sports travellers from the UK. Up to Easter, there were regular flights from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Luton and Manchester.
EasyJet has banned nuts from being sold onboard its flights in a bid to protect passengers with allergies. The no-frills airline will also stop passengers from bringing nuts onboard if there is a passenger with an allergy. “The safety and welfare of all of our customers and crew is our highest priority so we have a number of procedures in place to assist customers travelling with a nut allergy,” said an easyJet spokesperson.
The budget airline Norwegian lost £16.40 for every passenger it flew in the first three months of 2019, partly as a result of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max following two fatal accidents. Kjos said: “I’m pleased with the positive developments this quarter, despite the 737 Max issues. Norwegian is the European airline likely to be worst affected by a protracted prohibition on the plane, whose anti-stall system has been implicated in crashes involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines that claimed a total of 346 lives.
While Paris’s Haut Marais continues to evolve into one of the city’s most fashionable districts, the hip factor is not limited to the third arrondissement. Continue north, past Place de la République into the 10th to discover a quarter that has in recent years created an identity all of its own. When I moved to Paris in 2009, Rue du Château-d’Eau held very few secrets outside of a covered market overflowing with fresh seasonal produce.
Janet Marchant, 67, was speaking exclusively to The Independent on the perimeter of Southend airport – which adjoins her garden in Wells Avenue. This month Ryanair launched more than 50 weekly flights to a dozen destinations, and next month Loganair will start flying from Southend airport to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Stornoway in Scotland. Flybe and easyJet also serve Southend.
A centre of Islamic culture and tradition, Sharjah is the third-largest city in the UAE and only 30 minutes from Dubai Airport. Perhaps because alcohol is banned, it’s been overshadowed by its neighbour, but a wealth of attractions – from a restored heritage area to a rotating calendar of events – means things are changing fast. A fitting starting point is the Sharjah Islamic Museum.
Etihad, which offers customers a three-room “suite in the sky”, has pledged to remove 80 per cent of single-use plastics across the business by the end of 2022. It comes as the national carrier for the United Arab Emirates flew an ultra-long-haul flight from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane, Australia, without any single-use plastics onboard - thought to be a world first. Etihad, which claims it is the first airline in the Middle East to operate a flight without single-use plastics, swapped 95 pieces of plastic onboard for eco-friendly alternatives such as edible coffee cups and blankets made from plastic bottles.
New aerial shots of Disney’s much-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction have been released. Fans can get a first-look at the newest land, opening at Anaheim’s Disneyland Park on 31 May and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando on 29 August. Guests staying at one of Disneyland’s hotels will be provided with one slot as part of their booking, while other visitors can book their spot online from 2 May.
Farmers allegedly noticed how visitors were flocking to the roads outside Marrakesh to photograph the goats, which naturally climb on to the low branches of the Argania tree, and decided to capitalise on it. British environmental photographer Aaron Gekoski said he had heard stories of farmers bringing in goats from the surrounding area and forcing them up into the trees so they can charge tourists to take a picture. “After seeing tourists’ interest in the tree-dwelling goats, some farmers decided to manipulate the situation for financial gain,” he said.
Many rail passengers have rejected a call by Virgin Trains to insist that every long-distance traveller has a reserved seat. The West Coast train operator wants the “turn up and go” principle to be scrapped in favour of an airline-style system with compulsory reservations and a strict limit on passenger numbers. Virgin Trains is to lose its franchise within the next year, after the Department for Transport (DfT) ruled its bid non-compliant over pension provisions.
A British Airways passenger said cabin crew seemed “embarrassed” to serve her a lacklustre chicken caesar roll on a flight to New York. Henderson-Tchertoff was served the roll, described as “chicken breast in a creamy mayonnaise with slow roast tomato topped with crispy iceberg lettuce served in a seeded roll”, on a flight from Heathrow to JFK.
Who needs a glam destination wedding in the Maldives or Santorini when you’ve got an airport in which to tie the knot? An American couple got married at an airport baggage claim, in front of friends, family...and other travellers. Last weekend, Michelle Belleau and Ron Peterson exchanged vows at belt number six in the baggage claim at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio.
An innovative bus service promises a trip from “A to B like a VIP” for £5, so long as you are prepared to travel at the times most popular with other people. This “coach-firm-that-isn’t-a-coach firm” provides marginal journeys at marginal cost, chartering in spare capacity from local operators. “The customer generally gets a better quality of service,” said the chief executive Thomas Ableman.
Cabin crew from a major Asian airline have been caught stealing things from aircraft, including cutlery, champagne and even bread, sparking a crackdown. Cathay Pacific has launched “random inspections” of cabin crew following a number of petty thefts. “In view of an increasing number of reported losses of company property, we have informed our cabin crew that random inspections will be carried out,” said an airline spokesperson.
Air travel has become as ubiquitous and uncomfortable as a ride in a lift, reducing distant destinations and divergent cultures to different floors in a planet-sized department store. Overland travel is different. Just after Christmas, I drove from the northeast of England to Bamako in Mali, covering over 5,000 miles in an elderly 4x4 which had formerly been owned by the British Transport Police.