Riga has been ranked the cheapest city for a festive break, according to new research released today. The Latvian capital costs just £499 for a two-night break for two people this Christmas, almost half the price of the same holiday to Copenhagen – the most expensive out of the 10 surveyed at £884. The Eastern
Airlines cancelled over 1,900 flights around the country after winter storm Avery hit the Northeast stronger than expected with up to a foot of snow on Thursday.
A passenger on a long-haul flight is suing British Airways for what he claims is physical harm suffered after being seated next to a large fellow traveller. But how can overweight passengers be sensitively accommodated on increasingly crowded aircraft? Are flights are getting more crowded with less personal space? Yes. Long-suffering airline passengers are accustomed to
One of Africa’s least visited countries, São Tomé and Príncipe comprises two tropical islands floating in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Gabon. This remote island nation – nicknamed Africa’s Eden – has been chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top destinations to visit in 2019. São Tomé is the larger (330
Seven thousand pounds an hour: that, I calculate, is the money Flybe is expecting to lose between now and April. Europe’s biggest regional airline has put itself up for sale, and is talking to possible buyers as it struggles to limit its losses. Flybe also says it’s also reviewing other “strategic options” to turn around
Mediterranean cruises and luxury spa treatments were not the major topics of conversation at the Phocuswright Travel conference in Los Angeles.
Hundreds of Air France passengers who had boarded a flight to Shanghai ended up spending three days in Siberia – under “hotel arrest” because they had no visas. Their ordeal began seven hours after flight AF116 took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle late on Saturday night, 10 November. The Boeing 777 aircraft with 282 passengers and
“No, Simon, that’s a load of nonsense.” A familiar phrase to my ears, but this time the context was unusual. I had been invited to contribute to talkRADIO on Tuesday morning, ahead of the European Commissioners’ decision about whether British travellers would be given visa-free status after Brexit. You can listen to the exchange here.
Yes, there is a big palace, and yes, there is a very popular city a brief RER ride away, but Versailles has much more to offer than its palace and Parisian proximity. Brimming with history and charm, great markets and walled secrets, the city offers plenty of places to hide from the tour groups and
A mix-up over Gatwick’s two runways meant that dozens of passengers on a Singapore flight arrived in Southeast Asia without their baggage. The Sussex airport has a main runway and a shorter standby runway. Gatwick Airport had planned to close the runway every night this week, from 10.30pm to 6am, for maintenance. The Norwegian Air
An 80-year-old great-grandmother was turned away from a UK cruise because she did not have acceptable ID – and was then given no assistance as she sought to catch up with the ship. In January, Shelagh Doyle paid £950 for a one-week “Lochs of Scotland” cruise aboard the Fred. Olsen ship Black Watch. She was
Train firms are failing to handle passenger complaints effectively and courteously: that is the conclusion of the consumer group Which?, after analysing data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). The study suggests fewer than half the 500,000 people who complained about rail services in the year from April 2017 were satisfied with how
When it comes to retirement dreams, most people envision a house by the beach or golf course, quality time with family and friends and a chance to see the world.
The College of Commissioners – the political leadership of the European Commission, effectively the EU’s cabinet – has announced how British visitors to the EU will be treated in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit. These are the key aspects. What were the options? The default position for a third country is that it joins the “visa
A new flight between Bujumbura, Burundi and Nairobi, Kenya has been cancelled by the Burundi government because there is no business class on board the airline’s aircraft. Jambojet, a low-cost subsidiary of flag carrier Kenya Airways, was due to start flying the route between the two African capitals on Wednesday 7 November, having already obtained
You can lose days in Vienna sampling decadent cakes, listening to Mozart or getting dazzled by Klimt’s golden paintings. Beyond the cliches of the city though, delve deeper and you’ll find it oozes with stories, from its cosy coffee houses and hidden courtyards to quirky museums. Best for iconic cakes: Hotel Sacher Neighbourhood: 1st District Indulge in an authentic
About 10 miles from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a world away from the hustle and bustle of its more tourism-developed neighbor. Instead of cars, many use golf carts for transportation. Most of the year, the island has a warm tropical climate in the low to mid 80s F. The nearby reef offers scuba, fishing, swimming,
British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), is reportedly seeking support from the Spanish government ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit in an attempt to keep operations running smoothly after 29 March 2019. El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, reported that IAG’s status as a European carrier may be at risk if it fails to comply with airline ownership