A secondary airport of an Asian capital, and an island that is not exactly up there with Bali or Barbados as a dream travel destination: that does not sound a particularly promising air link. Yet It turns out that this is the world’s busiest air route by a country mile. The two ends of the perennially
Losing your valuables on public transport is a traumatic enough experience as it is – but train companies’ charges for retrieving lost belongings adds a rather expensive insult to injury. The issue of lost property fees came to the fore recently after Arriva Trains Wales passenger Adam Howells complained on Twitter that the company had
Strike-hit French Railways is rapidly developing “drone trains”, with the aim of running fully-automatic services within five years – and “semi-autonomous” trains by 2020. According to Railway Gazette, the president of the national rail operator, SNCF, wants train drivers to become more like pilots, monitoring the journey while technology optimises performance. SNCF group president Guillaume
All are surmountable, the Statons say. It’s easier than ever to stay in touch with technology and apps such as FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp. Don’t sweat learning another language. “In many countries with established expat communities, English is so widely spoken that learning another language is optional,” Staton said. When you choose another
TripAdvisor has temporarily suspended reviews for the “Bude Tunnel”, a 70m plastic structure that links a supermarket to a car park, after it received more nearly 150 “excellent” reviews. Thanks to some enthusiastic public support, this plastic tunnel became the highest-rated tourist attraction on TripAdvisor in Bude, a popular seaside escape in Cornwall. The tunnel is currently
British travellers to Europe face a monumental tangle of red tape in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The government has published details of contingency planning for travel if the UK crashes out of the European Union without an agreement. Yet many of the complications may prevail even if a deal is reached; it is unclear what
“Handing out free chocolates? That’s not very Yorkshire of you!” quips Mary Ann Craven, as we eagerly dig into a tin of Quality Street. Of course, the one-time owner of Craven’s and foremother of York’s confectionery industry is only with us in multimedia spirit, sparking our laughter right on scripted time from a TV screen
Airlines have canceled more than 1,000 flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday in the Carolinas and Virginia as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast with 110 mph wind.
Anybody flying to or from East Asia this week will have seen a powerful storm on the horizon. Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest storm to hit the region this year, is due to make landfall on the Philippine island of Luzon on Saturday 15 September, before continuing onto southern China and Hong Kong if it continues
Millions of travellers are to be hit by an unannounced policy change on passport renewals. Until now, the Passport Office has granted up to nine months of extra validity for British passports renewed ahead of the expiry date. A traveller whose passport is due to expire on 1 June 2019 could renew on 1 September
The next in a series of six days of strikes by Northern Rail staff on consecutive Saturdays is taking place on 8 September. This latest round of industrial action started on Saturday 25 August. The strikes, which have been confirmed by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, are part of an ongoing dispute over the role of train
Airlines have canceled more than 300 flights and added more service to get travelers out of areas that could be affected by Hurricane Florence.
Finland celebrated 100 years of independence from Russia in 2017, but it’s only recently that its capital has begun to carve out an identity as a weekend destination to rival other top European cities. Come for the eclectic architecture – from the sparkling white Lutheran cathedral to the icy marble of Finlandia Hall – and stay for
Instead of a shiny new BA “Dreamliner”, passengers between Heathrow and Abu Dhabi are about to find themselves aboard a 10-year-old Airbus belonging to Air Belgium. As The Independent reported, British Airways has just finished chartering in the A340 for its Heathrow-Cairo link, normally operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. For 20 days from 15
Birmingham is a city that never stands still. Ever changing and constantly reinventing itself, the City of a Thousand Trades always has somewhere fresh and exciting to explore. Whether it’s Michelin-starred restaurants and convivial pubs, shops and markets, or eclectic music venues and art galleries – a stroll along Birmingham’s busy streets and miles of