“Why must we travel to Manchester or Gatwick to get the best deals on flights and holidays?” wonders David Wilson, a reader from the West Midlands. In a correctly calibrated world, a flight or package holiday from Gatwick to, say, the Greek island of Corfu, would always be slightly cheaper than one from Birmingham (BHX), because of the added distance from the Midlands airport. Similarly, Manchester departures to Greece would be more expensive than from Birmingham.
Transport app Citymapper is set to launch a London travel pass that could offer cheaper fares than Oyster. The new Citymapper Pass is a subscription service that will offer unlimited travel via any mode of transport, and the first city for the roll-out of the new pass is London. In London, the pass will initially cost around £40 a week for unlimited travel on the Tube, buses and Overground in zones one and two, as well as unlimited use of Santander bikes and £12 towards trips with the company's Citymapper Ride cab-sharing service.
Awards season is in full swing and the sun-drenched City of Angels will soon be awash with stars donning their finery and hitting the scene. While the Academy Awards take place on Sunday 24 February at the Dolby Theatre, the Oscars are not the only party in town that week. Almost as glitzy as the Oscars themselves, the annual fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation (MPTF), the “Night Before the Oscars” party, is wall-to-wall star power and will be chock-full of all the current nominees.
This is no ordinary town. Shackled to the wind-beaten shores of Manitoba’s Hudson Bay, Churchill sits on a peninsula that cuts directly across the migration route for polar bears making their way on and off the sea ice to hunt. Then there’s the so-called "polar bear jail".
Trains services are at their least reliable in 17 years, according to official figures, with around one in 22 services severely disrupted or cancelled in the last three months of 2018. The latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road show that the national reliability measure, which records the proportion of trains that were significantly disrupted or cancelled, is at the highest level since 2001. The data also showed that the overall punctuality of British rail services had slumped in the three months to last December compared with the same period in 2017.
There are many worse places to be stranded than Prague. Professor Vincent, who teaches at Newcastle University Business School, had intended only to spend the weekend in Prague in the company of friends. Mr Poole then managed to travel back from Prague to Amsterdam to Newcastle and reach home while unwittingly using Professor Vincent’s passport.
No-frills airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air have been hit with fines by the Italian anti-trust watchdog over their strict cabin baggage policies. Ryanair and Wizz Air have been fined €3 million and €1 million respectively. The fines relate to both carriers’ cabin baggage policy, which changed in November to only allow one small personal bag to be taken onto the aircraft for free.
This Q&A aims to help you understand when you are entitled to care and/or compensation, and when you just have to put a dismal aviation episode down to experience. Europe’s rules on passenger rights, known as EC261, are designed to oblige airlines to do the right thing for their passengers.
There was a sharp spike in the number of plane crashes in 2018 compared to 2017, according to new data from the aviation trade body. Figures from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) showed there were 62 air accidents last year, up from 46 in 2017. In total, 523 people died in plane crashes in 2018, a sharp rise from 19 in 2017.
Video footage has emerged of a jumbo jet pilot taking a nap in the cockpit mid-flight. The pilot is believed to be a senior officer for China Airlines, the national carrier of Taiwan. According to local media, he has been disciplined by China Airlines for breaching flight safety.
Travellers can get cheap flights by booking two one-way tickets rather than a return fare, according to new research. The cheapest deals for these cheap fares are usually found around two months in advance, according to Kayak, while December flights are up to 16 per cent cheaper.
An elderly passenger has died onboard a transatlantic flight from Germany to New York. United Airlines flight UA961 was around two hours into its journey to Newark airport from Frankfurt when the 71-year-old woman suffered breathing problems. Other passengers began performing CPR on the woman, according to the Irish Sun, and an onboard defibrillator was also used.
The Dutch airline KLM insists that “the safety of passengers and crew has never been compromised” after it flew a British man with someone else’s passport from Prague via Amsterdam to Newcastle. Allan Poole inadvertently made the journey with a passport belonging to his friend, Steve Vincent. Mr Poole went through four airport checks with his friend’s passport: the first leaving Prague, then a frontier and boarding-gate check at Amsterdam airport, and finally UK Border Force staff at Newcastle airport.
If you love to taste various cuisines and you are a food connoisseur, this piece of news might excite you. A tiny restaurant in South Africa, named The Wolfgat, whose seven-course menu costs a mere $60 (Rs. 4,300), has bagged the title of the best restaurant in the world. The restaurant recently received the prize at the World Restaurant Awards in Paris.
Tiptoeing along the corridor in my pyjamas, I grab a quick shower in the unisex bathroom and wriggle into my salopettes. “Fox,” Nans whispers as a silhouette scurries across the snow. With beds from €18 a night, the option to self-cater and cheap beers at the bar (pale ale from €2.90), you can save on accommodation and spend most of your holiday budget on Instagrammable experiences, like sunrise ski touring, instead.
Only since 1873 have the twin cities of Buda and Pest been united as a single entity. Split by the mighty Duna (better known to us as the Danube), both halves of modern Budapest retain distinct personalities: hilltop Buda is a romantic fairytale, while low-lying Pest is all culture and nightlife. Jet2, Wizz Air, easyJet and British Airways fly from airports nationwide, while LOT started services from London City on 18 February.
The phenomenon known as firefall has arrived in Yosemite National Park for 2019, but the conditions this year are “treacherous and unsafe”, according to locals. The spectacle occurs for two weeks in February when conditions are right, with Horsetail Fall on the east side of El Capitan transformed into what looks like a stream of lava as the sunset hits it at the right angle. Thousands of firefall chasers descend upon the park each year for a chance of seeing – and photographing – the ethereal visual effect.
A Virgin Atlantic jet could have set a new record speed for a Dreamliner aircraft after it hurtled across the US East Coast at more than 800mph. The jet was boosted by a powerful jet stream across the eastern US states, which clocked in at 231mph, the fastest for half a century, according to the National Weather Service in New York. This added tailwind increased the speed of 3,500-mile-long Virgin Atlantic flight VS8 from Los Angeles to London Heathrow, which at one point hit 801mph while over Pennsylvania.
A pilot on a long test flight decided to take out his frustration in the air by spelling out “I’m bored” on his tracking device. The pilot, a recently qualified instructor at Flight Training Adelaide, was testing out a new engine when he spelled out the message. The “I’m bored” shape was only visible on his tracking device, and wouldn’t have been visible from the ground.
The beauty of Casa La Siesta is that the nearest town – the pretty white hilltop village of Vejer de la Frontera – is a four-mile drive away down rough country roads. Aside from a small collection of wind turbines to the north and a few farm buildings in the distance, the views from Casa La Siesta are of trees on the surrounding hillside and ochre fields stretching off into the distant horizon. Guests can unwind to nature’s soundtrack of clucking hens, which roam freely outside the house gates, and the wind in the trees.
The troubled regional airline Flybe has rejected an alternative rescue plan – saying its preferred bid from Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Air and a US hedge fund is the only viable option. On 15 January the consortium of Virgin, Stobart and Cyrus Capital Partners – named Connect Airways – made a bid of just £2.2m. The offer valued each share at only 1p, compared with a prevailing price of 16p and a peak valuation of £2.95 shortly after Flybe’s flotation in 2010.
It’s a fantastic example of how Japanese design and art go hand-in-hand, and I’m at Tokyo’s second annual DesignArt festival to learn more. Suzuki reveals it’s a speaker – place a phone inside and it amplifies the sound. “People associate Japan with cute stuff and manga, although it’s only one aspect.“ But like his contemporaries, he’s still keen to incorporate traditional elements.