Archive for the ‘Flights’ Category

Air traffic controllers empty skies over Spain

Air traffic controllers empty skies over Spain

Travellers hoping to escape the cold by catching a flight to Spain may have to rethink their strategy after industrial action by air traffic controllers closed its airports on Friday and Saturday. (more…)

Ash cloud grounds flights in Australia

Ash cloud grounds flights in Australia

Air passengers face disruption to and from Australia as the volcanic ash cloud from Chile’s Puyehue volcano sweeps across the south of the country.

Australia’s two major airports, Sydney and Melbourne, have cancelled all flights for up to 48 hours, while Adelaide and Canberra have also been hit. (more…)

A further step towards space travel

A further step towards space travel

Virgin Galactic’s space vehicle WhiteKnightTwo took to the skies in southern New Mexico yesterday in a dedication ceremony of its new home, Spaceport America.

To mark the step towards a new era of space tourism, Sir Richard Branson abseiled down the Norman Foster-designed building to cheers from a crowd of future Virgin Galactic astronauts and press. (more…)

More bush for your buck

More bush for your buck

A new flight route is making independent bush-to-beach holidays more appealing.

Next month, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup launches low-cost flights across east Africa. (more…)

Heathrows first all-business flight

Heathrows first all-business flight

A housing market bubble, new car sales at record highs, and even the danger of George Osborne cracking into a smile. These are some of the indicators of an economic recovery, but another will reveal itself in mid-May when Qatar Airways launches a daily all-business flight from London’s Heathrow airport. (more…)

Hopes of talks to avoid airport strikes

Hopes of talks to avoid airport strikes

Talks to avert strikes at six UK airports could start as early as Monday. The threat of strike action still hangs over Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports, which would all be closed if Unite union members stage a walk out. (more…)

Fly to the sea and back

Fly to the sea and back

Previously off-limits, Sri Lanka’s north-east coast has rapidly transformed in recent years, with cool new hotels attracting intrepid travellers.

Intrepid because, until now, it was an arduous six-hour slog (on a good day) from the island’s only airport, near Colombo on the south-west coast, up to the quiet beaches of Trincomalee (pictured). (more…)

Nap before you fly

Nap before you fly

Twelve pay-by-the-hour bedrooms launch airside in Heathrow T3 today. The ensuite rooms are part of No1 Traveller’s hotel-style experience, which includes a bistro and small cinema, and will be the terminal’s first airside rooms that are open to everyone – no premium-class ticket required. (more…)

Google flight-check on its way

Google flight-check on its way

Google is set to challenge flight comparison sites such as Skyscanner with a new price check service which will “blow them out of the water”.

That’s the (as ever understated) view of Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary who says the low-cost airline is working with the internet giant to deliver a new and improved way to find the cheapest flight online. (more…)

New routes to Puerto Rico

New routes to Puerto Rico

British Airways has announced its new twice-weekly service from Gatwick to San Juan in Puerto Rico, making it easier for travellers to get some winter sun.

Planned to start from next March, the new route will be great for those who want to enjoy the island’s famous beaches and exotic landscape. (more…)

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