• British Airways quotes £3.2m for family's two-week holiday to Mexico
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    British Airways quotes £3.2m for family's two-week holiday to Mexico

    The average daily high on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is 28C, compared with 7C in Stratford-upon-Avon. Ms Andrioli selected British Airways economy flights from Heathrow airport via Dallas to Cancun, as well as two weeks’ all inclusive accommodation at the highly rated Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. For a family of five, the total price is £3,178,612 – helpfully quoted per person, at a shade under £636,000 each.

  • Dijon city guide: Where to eat, drink shop and stay in France’s mustard capital
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    Dijon city guide: Where to eat, drink shop and stay in France’s mustard capital

    Scene of countless stopovers by motorists hurtling down to the South of France, Dijon is much more than a convenient place to break your journey. Charolais beef, Bresse chicken, cheese from Epoisses and nearby Comté, crème de cassis – not to mention pukka mustard that bears no resemblance to the mass-produced stuff bearing the same name. Contrast the grandness of Place de la Libération – with its sweeping semi-circle of 17th century townhouses facing the impressive Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne – with the intimacy of half-timbered houses along narrow Rue de la Chouette.

  • World's happiest countries 2019: Finland comes top ahead of Nordic neighbours
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    World's happiest countries 2019: Finland comes top ahead of Nordic neighbours

    Finland has been ranked the happiest country in the world for the second time in a row. The Nordic nation topped the 2019 World Happiness Report, which ranked 156 countries around the world on factors including life expectancy, freedom, GDP and corruption. The Nordic countries have dominated the index since its inception in 2012.

  • More than 1,500 South Korean hotel guests secretly filmed and live streamed
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    More than 1,500 South Korean hotel guests secretly filmed and live streamed

    More than 1,500 hotel guests have been secretly filmed in South Korea, with the footage livestreamed to paying customers. Cameras hidden in digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders streamed video to a specialist site that had more than 4,000 members, CNN reports.

  • British tall ship sinks in Tenerife
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    British tall ship sinks in Tenerife

    A tall ship, the Jean de la Lune, has sunk while moored at a harbour in Tenerife. The oak vessel was at the Marina San Miguel, which is close to Reina Sofia airport at the far south of the island. The two-masted brigantine was built in Lorient in Brittany in 1957 as a fishing vessel, but that activity ended in the 1970s.

  • Why Courmayeur is the best ski resort in the world for foodies
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    Why Courmayeur is the best ski resort in the world for foodies

    This is what I tell myself as I apply a vice-like grip to the person in front while we zip up steep slopes in the dark on a skidoo. Convenience is also the name of the game at Le Loge, the hotel’s slopeside clubhouse opposite the Checrouit gondola, which has a boot room for guests complete with “ski butler” and expansive lockers that open with the swipe of a hotel room key card.

  • Young boy forced to sleep at Melbourne airport on his own after Virgin Australia flight diverted
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    Young boy forced to sleep at Melbourne airport on his own after Virgin Australia flight diverted

    A nine-year-old boy was forced to sleep in an airport lounge after his flight was diverted. John Meredith was flying solo from Brisbane to Sydney to visit his grandparents when his Virgin Australia flight had to land at Melbourne instead due to storms on the east coast. Despite being an unaccompanied minor, John and two other children were given pillows and blankets and put up in a meeting room in the Virgin Australia lounge.

  • Off-duty pilot saved Lion Air Boeing 737 Max the day before crash
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    Off-duty pilot saved Lion Air Boeing 737 Max the day before crash

    An off-duty pilot onboard a Lion Air flight saved a Boeing 737 Max jet from catastrophe the day before the October 2018 crash that killed 189, it has emerged. The ongoing investigation into the Lion Air incident, when a Boeing 737 Max plane crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after take-off from Jakarta on 29 October, showed that the malfunctioning jet was saved from disaster by a third pilot who was riding in the cockpit the day before. As the crew struggled to control the diving Max 8 aircraft, which was flying from Bali to Jakarta, the pilot diagnosed the problem and instructed them on how to disable the flight control system, sources told Bloomberg.

  • Eurostar strike: Passengers face four hour-long queues and told not to travel 'until absolutely necessary’
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    Eurostar strike: Passengers face four hour-long queues and told not to travel 'until absolutely necessary’

    A work-to-rule by French frontier officials is causing four-hour queues for Eurostar passengers at Paris Gare du Nord. The firm, which runs trains between London and the French capital, is telling passengers “not to travel unless absolutely necessary up until 24 March”. One London-bound passenger, Jennifer Williams, was booked originally on the last train of the evening at 9.03pm on Tuesday, which was cancelled.

  • Why Noord is Amsterdam’s hottest hood right now
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    Why Noord is Amsterdam’s hottest hood right now

    It’s the ferries that leave every three or four minutes from the back of Centraal station, to chug across the harbour – a free five-minute journey during which I’ll squeeze alongside foot passengers and tiny two-person Canta cars to stand starboard and soak up the views of Amsterdam’s ever-changing skyline. The ferries provide easy access to Amsterdam Noord, once a gritty, industrial neighbourhood where waterfront living was a necessity for its sailors and merchants.

  • Watching London’s highest theatre performance at the Shangri-La hotel
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    Watching London’s highest theatre performance at the Shangri-La hotel

    Forty floors and hundreds of metres above London Bridge isn’t perhaps the most likely location for a guerrilla theatre performance to take place. The performance is part of Theatre In The Clouds, a new partnership between the London Shangri-La hotel, which occupies floors 36 to 51 of western Europe’s most swaggering building, the Shard, and private theatre company Revels In Hand. Shangri-La wanted to put on London’s most vertiginous play in its vast, elegantly designed suites: and so for tonight, the signature 232-square-metre Shangri-La suite has been transformed into the backdrop for a Coward double bill.

  • Boeing 737 Max grounded: What is the impact on European airlines?
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    Boeing 737 Max grounded: What is the impact on European airlines?

    As investigations continue into the loss of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, the possible effects of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max are becoming clearer. There are concerns that the software governing a stall-protection system may have been responsible for the loss of the Ethiopian aircraft as well a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in October 2018. Many other regulations, include the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, had already grounded the latest version of the 737 in the wake of the second crash.

  • British Airways' newest route is just 54 miles long
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    British Airways' newest route is just 54 miles long

    From December, British Airways will operate a daily round-trip between two Gulf destinations that are only 54 miles apart and connected by road. BA is extending its current Heathrow-Bahrain service to Dammam in Saudi Arabia. It is the nearest Saudi city to the island nation of Bahrain, to which it is linked by a causeway.

  • Why Budapest has great Chinese food
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    Why Budapest has great Chinese food

    “Budapest is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a lot of people didn’t know that for a long time,” restaurateur Wang Qiang, better known as Master Wang, tells me. Thoughts about the city are changing and so are locals’ thoughts about Chinese food. There is more curiosity.” We are at his eponymous restaurant in Budapest’s 14th District, a largely residential area not far from the park Varosliget.

  • World's cleanest airlines 2019: Japan's All Nippon Airways wins top prize
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    World's cleanest airlines 2019: Japan's All Nippon Airways wins top prize

    ANA All Nippon Airways is the cleanest airline in the world, according to a new survey.

  • Eurostar delays: Customs strike causes more travel chaos between London and Paris
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    Eurostar delays: Customs strike causes more travel chaos between London and Paris

    Disruption to Eurostar services continues today as strikes by French customs officials cause chaos. Industrial action will continue until 22 March, with the train operator advising customers not to travel from Paris’s Gare du Nord in that time “unless absolutely necessary”. All Eurostar trains from Paris are experiencing delays and long queues with two trains cancelled on 19 March: the 7.04am from Paris to London St Pancras and the 9.03pm from Paris to Ebbsfleet International and London St Pancras.

  • Qantas passenger calls cabin crew ‘paedophiles’ after they’re forced to restrain him
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    Qantas passenger calls cabin crew ‘paedophiles’ after they’re forced to restrain him

    An airline passenger shouted that cabin crew were “paedophiles” after they were forced to restrain him. The man, named only as Henry, allegedly drank a bottle of vodka during the flight before becoming aggressive and verbally abusive. The incident occurred on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Singapore and was caught on video by another passenger.

  • Holidays in Courchevel: Luxury at the top of the mountain
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    Holidays in Courchevel: Luxury at the top of the mountain

    Holidays in Courchevel are synonymous with luxury and have become the ultimate winter getaway. Besides exceptional skiing facilities, both skiers and non-skiers can enjoy upmarket restaurants, opulent spas, and a sophisticated nightlife.

  • Singapore, Paris and Hong Kong are the most expensive cities in the world
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    Singapore, Paris and Hong Kong are the most expensive cities in the world

    Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris have been ranked the most expensive cities in the world. The priciest locations were split mainly between Asia and Europe, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living 2019 survey.

  • Boeing 737 Max: planemaker's safety analysis had profound flaws
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    Boeing 737 Max: planemaker's safety analysis had profound flaws

    The more evidence that emerges from the tragic loss of the Ethiopian Airlines flight on 10 March, the more it appears that there were profound flaws in the development and certification of the Boeing 737 Max. The loss of the scheduled flight to Nairobi followed a crash of the same model aircraft in Indonesia in October 2019. A radical new anti-stall protection that was installed in Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

  • EasyJet passenger left ‘completely violated’ after cabin crew burst in on him on the toilet
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    EasyJet passenger left ‘completely violated’ after cabin crew burst in on him on the toilet

    A passenger said he felt “completely violated” after an easyJet flight attendant burst in on him while he was using the aircraft toilet. Adil Kayani, 35, accused cabin crew of racial profiling after they manually unlocked the lavatory door, claiming he’d taken too long.

  • Should alcohol be banned on flights?
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    Should alcohol be banned on flights?

    Drinking at 36,000ft. Photograph: NLN/Getty Images/iStockphoto Since commercial airlines took to the air, drinking and flying have tended to go hand in hand, with drink seeming to add to the pleasing sense of disembodiment at 36,000ft. But for how much longer? In the face of a rising tide of drink-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour, highlighted by a boozy confrontation on a flight from Glasgow to Tenerife over the weekend that ended with one man badly injured, there are increasing calls for booze on flights and at airports to be restricted. The government is reviewing licensing laws at airports as part of a broad rethink of aviation policy. It has yet to report, but World Duty Free has pre-empted any official announcement with its own initiative – selling duty-free booze only in sealed bags that, in theory, cannot easily be opened on the plane. Rob Griggs, a spokesman for Airlines UK, welcomes the move, but thinks more will be needed. “Our priority is airside licensing,” he says. “The establishments that sell alcohol should be subject to the same licensing conditions as elsewhere.” It would then be up to the local authority, rather than the airport, to decide whether the 5am pint was acceptable. Suzannah Robin, an alcohol and drug specialist at AlcoDigital, accepts Griggs’ argument that most drinking is done in the terminal rather than on the plane, and advocates breathalysing passengers who display signs of intoxication before they board. She says the Civil Aviation Authority has to take the lead. “They dictate that it’s illegal to be drunk on board an aircraft. They now need to establish what being drunk means and to have a fixed number. In the same way as you have a drink-drive limit, you would have a passenger limit, and as an authority they need to enforce the airport having a method of checking passengers before they board an aircraft.” She doubts whether the relationship between booze and flying will ever be broken completely. “I’d be surprised if drinking was ever banned on flights,” she says. “The events that happen obviously become very well known very quickly because of social media, but it is a tiny percentage of the population that cause these issues. The airlines benefit because they sell alcohol on board; the airports benefit because they have establishments selling alcohol within their terminals; I can’t see them wanting to back down. You’re asking an entire nation to change what they do when they go on holiday because of the behaviour of a tiny minority. Being able to manage it would be better.”

  • Abu Dhabi Edition: The trendiest place to stay in the UAE
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    Abu Dhabi Edition: The trendiest place to stay in the UAE

    Abu Dhabi’s lively Al Bateen marina got a shot in the arm with the opening of the Abu Dhabi Edition in November 2018. The Edition, the brainchild of boutique hotel pioneer Ian Schrager, broke that mould. Situated in the waterfront district of Al Bateen, overlooking the chic marina, the hotel has easy access to a number of casual restaurants and coffee shops overlooking the yachts.

  • Man tries to smuggle tortoises disguised as cakes into Berlin
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    Man tries to smuggle tortoises disguised as cakes into Berlin

    An attempt to smuggle three live tortoises in a pastry box into Berlin was thwarted by airport staff. A passenger who’d flown into Schönefeld airport from Cairo tried to sneak through the “nothing to declare” section, but was stopped by security staff. The tortoises were stowed inside a pastry box, with the shells clearly visible through the plastic packaging.

  • KLM refuses to book hotel for stranded passengers
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    KLM refuses to book hotel for stranded passengers

    The Dutch airline, KLM, is ignoring its legal obligations to stranded passengers and telling them that it is unable to book hotel rooms. The false assertion is contained in a letter handed to travellers at the airline’s main base, Amsterdam Schiphol, which claims that hotels do not allow KLM to make reservations. In fact KLM, like any airline, is perfectly capable of booking rooms for stranded travellers.