Britain’s second-biggest tour operator is set to run package holidays to Tunisia “towards the spring”, according to the company’s boss. On Wednesday the Foreign Office took Tunisia of the “no-go” list, giving a green light to UK holiday companies to run trips to the North African once more. The ban had been in force for two years following the murder of 38 people, including 30 British holidaymakers, at a hotel in the resort of Sousse.
A flight from New York to Portland was delayed by two hours after an argument between a pilot and a flight attendant on board. The row took place on Monday morning before the Delta flight left LaGuardia Airport. Six Port Authority officers, some armed, then interviewed flight attendants in the jetty according to the witness.
Several social enterprises have recently sprung up, offering travellers who care about giving back lots of ways to do so. It’s never been so easy to eat a delicious meal while supporting disadvantaged young people, or to participate in the #refillnotlandfill movement by grabbing a reusable water bottle from your hotel’s lobby. At long last this city is stepping out from the shadow of the temples of Angkor and into its own light, as a destination for sustainable tourism.
Every year in August, a small rural village outside of Mandalay transforms into Burma’s unofficial gay village. “It’s a chance to meet guys from all across the country,” says Moe Kyaw, “when it’s normally hard to find one!” He travelled here to Taung Pyone from Bagan five days ago, and is clearly smitten with new boyfriend, Nay Lin. “That’s for the nat who loves gays, and the gays love her.” He adds, “She doesn’t drink,” by way of explaining a lone can of Fanta next to the dish, amidst a tapestry of decorated offerings and booze.
“Banning a destination gives a sign to the terrorists they are winning,” said Tarek Aouadi, UK director of the Tunisian National Tourist Office. More than two years after Seifeddine Rezgui gunned down sunbathers at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, the British Government has finally eased its travel advice for Tunisia. While German, French and Italian holidaymakers have been returning in increasing numbers to Tunisia, the British market is crucial to the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.
Paola Mar, the councillor responsible for tourism, announced that a campaign called #EnjoyRespectVenezia will launch in time for the summer crush. The campaign will be spearheaded across social media, shown on the city council’s website, and provide reminders in the shape of posters around town and flyers at locations like the train station. Visitors will be reminded not to swim in canals, make picnic stops out of public areas, pause too long on bridges, drop litter, ride bikes through the city or sightsee in bathing suits – all apparently common phenomena.
Tunisia has been taken off the no-go list for British holidaymakers, the Foreign Office has declared, two years after a beach massacre claimed the lives of 38 people. “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer advise against travel to Tunisia, except for parts of the south and interior and certain areas near the borders with Algeria and Libya,” it said in a statement. It followed an attack three months earlier on the country’s leading cultural collection, the Bardo Museum in Tunis, in which 20 tourists died.
British Airways plans to launch services where its business class section is even plusher while economy seats rival those of budget carriers. Alex Cruz, chairman of British Airways, discussed the idea back in April when revealing the airline's new aircraft. Speaking of the recent issues that have beset BA, including the numerous strikes, Cruz told The Sunday Times Magazine the airline had to change its strategy.
Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, Dubrovnik’s ancient stone walls and rounded towers will feel like home for any fan of HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones. With the new series of Game of Thrones having kicked off on HBO and Sky Atlantic on 16 July, now’s the perfect time to take your place on the Iron Throne. At Dubrovnik’s core is the Old Town (1), which is accessible through the gates that break up its medieval ramparts, of which Pile (2) and Ploče (3) are the most dramatic.
Cramming eight more people on the same-sized planes, but with room for only “one or two more” extra cabin bags: that’s the prospect from Ryanair, as budget airlines put the squeeze on hand luggage. In spring 2019 the Irish budget airline will start taking delivery of its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which will reduced fuel consumption by one-sixth. Ryanair claims the savings will be passed on via lower fares.
An Indian woman has become the youngest female commander of a Boeing 777 aircraft in the world. Anny Divya gained the title of commander at just 30 years old, overcoming her humble beginnings to achieve what had always been considered an outlandish ambition by her local community. “Luckily my parents have been very supportive, even though a lot of people were telling them not to send me for flying lessons,” Divya told Mirror Now.
British holidaymakers are wasting hundreds of millions of pounds paying needless charges while using credit and debit cards abroad. Many overseas shops, cash machines, and restaurants give tourists the option of paying in sterling instead of the local currency. About a fifth of all foreign transactions are subject to the charges, at an average cost of six per cent.
More passengers than ever are ducking baggage fees by taking hand luggage only on flights, according to Ryanair. The low-cost airline says that travellers are bringing more and more into the cabin, and this could lead to a change in its baggage policy. “I’ve seen two-year-olds wheeling a bag up to the plane as people try to take advantage,” Ryanair’s chief financial officer, Neil Sorahan, told The Guardian.
St Helena airport was built at UK taxpayers’ expense to provide a lifeline for the remote south Atlantic community. After a series of construction delays, plans were announced for a regular scheduled service in British Airways colours from Johannesburg in South Africa, carrying around 170 passengers. The scheduled flights were abandoned, and the planned retirement of the RMS St Helena was postponed so the island’s sea link would continue.
July – when tourists peak, canals reek and only those who know nothing about La Serenissima venture into its sweltering depths. No one goes to Venice for the Lido, of course – unless it’s in September, when people pile on the vaporetto to go and star-spot at the Venice Film Festival. Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Lido – a 12km sliver of sandbank, acting as a natural barrier to the lagoon for the city, a 10-minute boatride away – was the place to be.
Virgin Atlantic has come under fire for removing an unaccompanied child from a flight from Shanghai to London after he had already boarded the plane. “My son was clearly scared,” the boy’s mother, who identified herself as Mrs Lui, told The Telegraph. The boy was due to fly out on 9 July with his friend, who was bound for the same summer camp in the UK.
Primera Air, which is based in Latvia and currently operates in Scandinavia, will fly direct from Stansted and Birmingham to Newark from next April. Seat reservations start at £22 for a regular seat, £55 for an exit row, or £40 for an XL seat, which promises “extra legroom” to “guarantee a super-enjoyable journey”. Unfortunately, the legroom is relative, because the XL seats have a mere 32-inch seat pitch – the same as a regular economy seat on some long haul British Airways and Virgin Atlantic planes.
Neil Sorahan, the Chief Financial Officer of Europe’s biggest budget airline, told The Independent: “We absolutely want to keep Britain flying, we want to continue to have operations between the UK and Europe. Last week the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling told Parliament he was “absolutely confident” that there will be an open skies agreement with the US after Brexit.
The Madeira collection was discovered in Liberty Hall Museum during an extensive renovation to allow visitors to explore different eras of American history. Part of the renovation work included updating the building’s wine cellars – and it turns out the wine collection is slightly more interesting than curators had previously realised. "We knew there was a lot of liquor down here, but we had no idea as to the age of it," Liberty Hall President John Kean told NJ.com.
You are not alone, says blogger Kelly Eroglu. The 41-year-old mother-of-two has worked as cabin crew for a major airline for more than 20 years and has experienced every type of child-related sky drama.
It could almost be a scene from The Lion King. Four lionesses lie on the plain enjoying the last of the sun’s rays. Some cheeky jackals approach hoping for scraps, yelping like demented little dogs as they goad the lazy lions to hunt. Three curious hyenas slouch onto stage, all hunched shoulders and sly smiles flashing teeth that look too big for them. “Can anyone tell me an interesting fact about the female spotted hyena?” Clint asks. “They have a false penis,” comes the reply. The Lion King moment is over.
Europe’s biggest budget airline has warned it could move its planes out of the UK if no post-Brexit aviation deal is reached by next year. Ryanair has almost 90 aircraft based at British airports, and flies them to dozens of European destinations under the EU “Open Skies” agreement. Announcing its first quarter results, the Irish airline warned: “There may not be sufficient time, or goodwill on both sides, to negotiate a timely replacement bilateral.
More than a year later, Mr Grayling is Transport Secretary and his agenda is accordingly different: “A thriving aviation sector will be central to our future prosperity as we leave the European Union,” he writes in the introduction to what the Department for Transport describes as “a call for evidence on a new aviation strategy”. Beyond the Horizon: the Future of UK Aviation celebrates a world beyond the EU: “In 2016 British airports added new routes to Chile, Costa Rica, Iceland, Iran, Peru, Sri Lanka and the United States,” it says, conveniently failing to mention that there were direct flights to all those nations from the UK decades ago.
Q How many British holidaymakers are on Kos and in the Bodrum area at present? Most of them are continuing their holidays as normal, or, at least, as best as they can given that many spent most of the night of the event outdoors to avoid being at risk from structural damage caused by another earthquake or aftershocks. The damage in Kos seems much more significant than on the Turkish side of the water.
“Scariest thing I've ever experienced,” tweeted Lauren Caswell on Friday morning. The Greek island, and the nearby Turkish resort of Bodrum, were starting their busiest six weeks of the year when the restless earth roared in the eastern Mediterranean. Business is defiantly as usual, with flights and holidays to Kos and Bodrum on sale for this weekend.