• Airbus says A380 superjumbo will be killed off unless Emirates order more planes
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    Airbus says A380 superjumbo will be killed off unless Emirates order more planes

    Airbus, the maker of the largest passenger plane in the world, says the production line for the A380 will be shut down — unless a new order comes in soon. John Leahy, the Airbus chief operating officer — customers, was speaking during an in-house webinar reviewing aircraft orders and deliveries in 2017. The A380 “SuperJumbo” entered service in 2007, but has always struggled to attract orders.

  • Most outrageous ways passengers have tried to avoid paying airport excess baggage charges
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    Most outrageous ways passengers have tried to avoid paying airport excess baggage charges

    A man who claims he was denied boarding onto a British Airways flight for wearing too many extra layers of clothes is the latest in a long line of passengers who have tried to get around paying excess baggage fees at airports. Ryan Carney Williams, an artist and designer who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii, wore eight pairs of trousers and 10 shirts for his flight home from Keflavik – all the clothes that wouldn’t fit in his checked luggage. @British_Airways hi being held at Iceland Keflavik airport because I had no baggage put all the clothes on and they still won't let me on.

  • Ryanair hand luggage policy changes: What are the new rules and how will they affect passengers?
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    Ryanair hand luggage policy changes: What are the new rules and how will they affect passengers?

    There has already been substantial backlash over Ryanair’s change of hand baggage policy, which came into effect on Monday 15 January 2018. Some passengers have claimed they feel “held to ransom” by the airline over the changes. Here’s how Ryanair’s new cabin bag policy will affect travellers.

  • Tiritiri Matangi: How an uninhabited island is helping conserve New Zealand's birdlife
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    Tiritiri Matangi: How an uninhabited island is helping conserve New Zealand's birdlife

    The North Island saddleback is only a small bird with a distinctive brown patch on its back, and it shouldn’t get you as excited as, say, a panda or tiger sighting. Tiritiri Matangi – a 75-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland – is one of several offshore islands that New Zealand has turned into sanctuaries for its native birds. Some of these are essentially closed to all but the Department of Conservation and scientists, but Tiritiri Matangi is kept open to visitors in an ambassadorial role.

  • 'Trump slump' continues as Spain set to replace US as second most popular country for tourists
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    'Trump slump' continues as Spain set to replace US as second most popular country for tourists

    Spain “is expected” to replace the United States as the second most popular country in terms of tourist numbers, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The specialised agency of the United Nations will not release the official numbers from 2017 until spring, but early projections put France in first place and Spain in second – usurping the previous incumbent, the US. Visitor numbers soared in 2017 according to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who announced last week that total earnings in the tourism sector rose by 12 per cent to €87bn euros (£77bn) last year.

  • Virgin Hyperloop 'could connect Heathrow and Gatwick airport in five minutes' says CEO
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    Virgin Hyperloop 'could connect Heathrow and Gatwick airport in five minutes' says CEO

    Virgin Hyperloop One could be used to connect London’s airports “in five minutes” according to the company’s CEO, Rob Lloyd. “[We’re] thinking about how technology could make it a much different proposition than the third runway,” Lloyd told The Telegraph. The company’s technical advisory board estimated it would take five minutes to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick airports, while Heathrow to Stansted would take seven minutes – turning the three airports into one giant transport hub.

  • US ranks UK as dangerous as Democratic Republic of the Congo in new travel advisory for American tourists
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    US ranks UK as dangerous as Democratic Republic of the Congo in new travel advisory for American tourists

    The UK has been labelled as dangerous for tourists as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Algeria in a new travel advisory ranking system from the US State Department. The new US rating puts the UK on a par with the Democratic Republic of Congo, also a Level 2, which was ranked 13th in the 2017 Global Terrorism Index, a guide to the countries hit hardest by terrorism.

  • Ryanair bag policy: First day of passengers required to pay for guaranteed carry-on luggage
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    Ryanair bag policy: First day of passengers required to pay for guaranteed carry-on luggage

    At 5am on any Monday morning at Stansted airport, charity is in short supply. Passengers on Europe’s biggest budget airline can continue to take two pieces of hand luggage through security and to the departure gate. The only exception: if the passenger has paid £5 extra for priority boarding.

  • Why Cairo is the hot new foodie destination
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    Why Cairo is the hot new foodie destination

    “Pace yourself,” warns Laila Hassaballa, co-owner of Bellies En-Route, Cairo’s first and currently only food tour company, as I dive into a heaped plate of macarona bechamel (Egyptian lasagne) at Macarona Reda (56 Mansour St), a typical family-run restaurant that isn’t even listed on Tripadvisor, let alone in any guidebook I’ve come across. The local variation of the Italian classic – spiced ground meat mixed with macaroni, smothered in béchamel sauce and baked – is delicious, if a little taxing to digest in the afternoon heat. It’s just one of many unexpectedly tasty local dishes I sample in downtown Cairo over the course of several gut-busting hours, most of which I’ve never heard of before.

  • Ryanair passengers say they are ‘held to ransom’ by new cabin-baggage rules
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    Ryanair passengers say they are ‘held to ransom’ by new cabin-baggage rules

    Ryanair’s latest change to its cabin-bag policy has triggered fury among passengers, with one saying he feels “held to ransom” by the airline. Travellers take these through security to the departure gate. It was initially planned to be introduced on 1 November, but was postponed until 15 January as the airline sorted out the problems with pilot rostering which led to mass flight cancellations.

  • 10 stunning fairy tale castles in Germany
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    10 stunning fairy tale castles in Germany

    They are truly magical... From Country Living UK

  • Why credit card charges hurt the travel industry
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    Why credit card charges hurt the travel industry

    January’s travel sales are still in full swing. This weekend, Cathay Pacific has a flash sale offering Perth in Australia from London or Manchester, via Hong Kong, for £569 return. For the equivalent of eight days’ work at the National Living Wage, you can fly almost 20,000 miles, accompanied by food, drink, in-flight entertainment and 30kg of checked baggage.

  • Nottingham station fire and strikes cause travel chaos as police treat blaze as arson
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    Nottingham station fire and strikes cause travel chaos as police treat blaze as arson

    “If you have not already started your journey please do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary”: that was the plea from East Midlands Trains to passengers at one of its busiest hubs, Nottingham. British Transport Police are treating the blaze at the recently restored railway station as arson. Superintendent Sandra England said: “Enquiries have been ongoing today and we now have reason to believe the fire may have been started deliberately.

  • Why is Birmingham Airport not realising its potential?
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    Why is Birmingham Airport not realising its potential?

    Edinburgh and Luton airports handled 8.6 per cent more travellers last year; Manchester increased passenger numbers by almost the same percentage; and Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow also performed strongly in 2017.

  • 'S***hole countries': 61 beautiful destinations Donald Trump has insulted
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    'S***hole countries': 61 beautiful destinations Donald Trump has insulted

    Since becoming President of the United States of America last year, Donald Trump has had a fraught relationship with numerous countries around the world, from his “Muslim ban” to his provocative tweets towards North Korea. El Salvador, Haiti and unspecified “African nations” were the targets of his outburst, according to the Washington Post. Here’s what he’s said about places that aren’t the United States of America.

  • 'Mad' Cow on runway causes havoc at Indian airport
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    'Mad' Cow on runway causes havoc at Indian airport

    Delays are a common enough occurrence affecting air travellers in Europe. Speaking to The Hindu, Airport Authority of India chairman Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra said: “It was a stray cow that entered from the cargo terminal side. The Hindu reports that the incident occurred at around 3am local time, with Central Industrial Security Force guards and airport staff spending an hour and a half trying to contain the animal.

  • Bulgaria: Thousands of environmentalists protest against ski resort expansion in Pirin National Park
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    Bulgaria: Thousands of environmentalists protest against ski resort expansion in Pirin National Park

    Thousands of Bulgarians gathered in downtown Sofia to protest further construction of pistes and ski lifts in Pirin National Park. Environmentalists came together on 11 January to demonstrate against the government’s decision to allow the expansion of the ski area at the Unesco World Heritage Site. Protesters said the move would breach nature protection laws, destroy hundred-year-old pine trees and subsequently endanger local wildlife.

  • 20 of the best travel apps to have on your phone this year
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    20 of the best travel apps to have on your phone this year

    Whether you’re looking to plan a dream trip or just get out on the next flight, check airfares for next year or check into a hotel 10 minutes from now, this list proves that there’s definitely an app for that. Flightradar24

  • easyJet launches pet house-sitting service for holidaymakers
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    easyJet launches pet house-sitting service for holidaymakers

    Organising a holiday presents a lengthy pre-holiday to-do list, but for pet owners the problems are compounded by what to do with their furry (or scaly) friends. With many people struggling to find suitable accommodation for pets when they make holiday plans, easyJet has teamed up with a house-sitting provider to ease the burden on holidaymakers. The airline’s new service will give customers the opportunity to find a free house-sitter or find free accommodation as a house and pet-sitter when booking flights.

  • Nottingham station fire treated as arson after major blaze causes travel chaos
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    Nottingham station fire treated as arson after major blaze causes travel chaos

    A major fire at Nottingham train station that caused rail chaos is being treated as arson, police said. British Transport Police, which is conducting a joint investigation with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, said they believed the fire had been started deliberately. Rail passengers across Britain faced a day of chaos on Friday with the Nottingham fire adding to disruption from industrial action.

  • China demands ‘immediate and public’ apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Tibet and Taiwan as countries
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    China demands ‘immediate and public’ apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Tibet and Taiwan as countries

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has demanded an “immediate and public” apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Tibet and Taiwan as countries on its website. As of 8am GMT the Tibet option had been removed.

  • Ryanair loses its spot as Europe's biggest airline due to rostering error
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    Ryanair loses its spot as Europe's biggest airline due to rostering error

    Ryanair is no longer Europe's largest airline after a rostering issue in 2017 saw thousands of flights cancelled and a number of routes suspended throughout the continent. In September 2017, the airline cancelled numerous flights in what was called an error “in the planning of pilot holidays”, though its slip to second place in the list of Europe's largest airlines was also influenced by Lufthansa's acquisition of Air Berlin. The German airline had 9.3 million passengers in December 2017 alone.

  • Newquay is UK's fastest growing airport
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    Newquay is UK's fastest growing airport

    Newquay is officially the UK’s fastest growing airport for the second year running, with passenger numbers increasing by 22 per cent in 2017. The Cornish airport handled 454,000 travellers last year. In 2016 it abolished an unpopular £5 charge for departing passengers.

  • Ryanair hand luggage policy set to change in bid to reduce delays
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    Ryanair hand luggage policy set to change in bid to reduce delays

    Ryanair is changing its hand luggage policy from Monday 15 January, reducing the number of bags passengers can take with them into the cabin for free. The budget airline currently allows passengers to take two bags, one small (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) and one large (55cm x 40cm x 20cm), on flights as carry-on. From Monday, while travellers can still take two bags for free, the larger of these will be put in the hold as standard when they reach the boarding gate.

  • Ryanair flight diverted to remove ‘drunk’ Irish couple
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    Ryanair flight diverted to remove ‘drunk’ Irish couple

    A Ryanair flight from Alicante to Dublin had to be diverted to remove two “disruptive” passengers. The flight on 10 January made an unscheduled stop in Santander just before 4pm in order for the unnamed couple in their 50s to be removed by police. “This flight from Alicante to Dublin diverted to Santander after two passengers became disruptive inflight,” a Ryanair spokesperson told The Independent.