Not so long ago, finding a quality hotel in the Northern Irish capital required a single phone call. During the Troubles and for some time afterwards, The Europa was the only place in the city that offered anything even approaching international levels of service and comfort. No longer. This fabled old behemoth is still a
Airlines can’t get federal officials to sign off on new planes and routes amid the U.S. government shutdown, while keeping federal aviation workers furloughed or unpaid altogether threatens the country’s key aviation sector, industry members said Thursday.
Two months after Flybe put itself up for sale, the loss-making regional airline is to be rescued by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic. In November, Flybe’s chief executive, Christine Ourmières-Widener, said the airline was struggling with “a recent softening in growth in the short-haul market” as well as higher fuel and currency costs. Two buyers
Visitors departing Japan can now expect to pay a 1,000 yen (£7.20) tourist tax upon leaving the country. According to The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), the new levy has been introduced to “expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure”, describing it as “a small tax that will make a significant difference.” The tariff, which
Disney fans are set to pay a premium to visit the happiest place on earth after the Disneyland park in California raised prices by up to 25 per cent for 2019. The theme park’s price hike sees even the cheapest tickets cost more than $100 (£78). The move comes just before the opening of the
Transportation Security Administration screeners at U.S. airports are facing their first missed paychecks as an impasse between President Donald Trump and lawmakers over funding for a new barriers at the U.S. border extends what is already one of the longest-ever government shutdowns.
An £2 Edinburgh tourist tax has garnered strong support in a public consultation. The Edinburgh City Council today said that it had received more than 2,500 responses over the eight-week consultation as to whether the city should levy a tourist tax, or Transient Visitor Levy. Figures show that 85 per cent of respondents, which included businesses working in
Anger about the shocking state of Britain’s roads is growing. Freedom of Information requests to local authorities by The Insurance Emporium revealed that reports of potholes are running at a million a year – almost two per minute. But the crisis of cavities and craters could trigger innovations to transform the UK’s bruised infrastructure, leading to
An aircraft worthy of the title “Son of Concorde” has moved one stage closer. Boom Supersonic has obtained funding of $100m (£79m) for the next stage of its project to create a commercial aircraft, known as Overture, planned to fly at more than twice the speed of sound, with a range of 5,180 miles. A half-size prototype,
London’s Heathrow Airport briefly halted departures Tuesday after a report of a drone sighting, less than a month after a similar event crippled operations at another major U.K. airport.
Less than three weeks after Gatwick was shut down for 33 hours because of “unauthorised drone activity”, the same type of threat grounded departures at Heathrow. Shortly after 5pm on Tuesday, what is believed to be a drone was sighted at the northwest of Europe’s busiest airport – close to the M25 motorway. One witness, Martin
Heathrow airport temporarily suspended all departures after a drone was spotted near one of its two runways. The suspension of takeoffs from runway 27L of Britain’s busiest airport was announced shortly before 6pm on Tuesday. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said he was prepared to deploy the same anti-drone military technology used at Gatwick if needed. Join
Garuda Indonesia will begin direct flights from London to Bali from 22 January. Indonesia’s national carrier is switching its existing London Heathrow to Jakarta service to run a direct one-way flight from London to Denpasar in Bali. The new route brings the popular holiday island, known for its black sand beaches, swaggering sunsets and Hindu temples,
A message from Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has become the most retweeted tweet of all time.
Uzbekistan is becoming even more accessible for tourists on 1 February 2019, when it will allow visa-free travel for 45 more countries, including the UK. Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev wants to build on the country’s initiative to stimulate tourism. Last year saw the introduction of e-visas to smooth the process for visitors from approved countries, as well as
Tens of thousands of passengers planning to use Amsterdam Airport on Tuesday have had their flights cancelled because of expected strong winds. All other travellers booked on the hub airline, KLM, have been warned of possible disruption. Winds from the northwest of 30mph or more are predicted. UK flights are worst hit, with at least 62 arrivals
This morning there were also strikes elsewhere in Europe. Security workers at Berlin’s Tegel Airport walked out between 5am and 8.45am, the busiest time of the week for outbound departures. The strike triggered cancellations that will disrupt travel this morning. Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Eurowings were hardest hit, with multiple flights to Frankfurt, Cologne and
National Geographic Traveler magazine’s list of 28 “must see” destinations and travel experiences for 2019 is broken out into suggestions for city lovers, nature lovers and those in search of culture and adventure. The expansive list includes Greenland, Macedonia, the Canterbury region of New Zealand and design-themed jaunt along Germany’s Bauhaus Trail. For 2019, National