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  • Low-cost Lufthansa?

    Lufthansa may launch low-cost, long-haul flights under a new brand as part of plans by the company’s new boss to battle competition from Middle East carriers and no-frills airlines. The long-haul plan would mark a big shift for the company that...

  • Flight offer for Cyprus

    Emirates is offering special fares to Cyprus for tickets purchased by July 22. Economy Class fares to Larnaka start from €220 for outbound travel bet­ween August 15 and September 30, and €239 for outbound travel until August 14. A €20 surcharge...

  • Six of the best from Emirates

    Six of the best from Emirates

    Emirates is offering exclusive economy fares to business and leisure travellers from Malta to six destinations in the Middle East, Africa and India until July 21. Travellers can save money when they fly from Malta to Nairobi from €551, to Khartoum...

  • Malta is ‘best overseas group destination’

    Malta is ‘best overseas group destination’

    The Maltese islands have been awarded ‘Best Overseas Destin-ation for Groups’ after a vote by the 10,000 readers of Group Travel Organiser magazine. Malta triumphed over the other finalists Germany, Amsterdam, Austria, Belgium, Jersey and Lake...

  • Ryanair is recruiting

    Last week budget airline Ryanair launched a digital and IT innovation hub based at its Dublin Office Campus in Swords as part of its aim to recruit 200 staff to develop an online travel platform. It is seeking to fill a range of roles at Ryanair...

  • Discounts for families

    Discounts for families

    Air passengers travelling with children can now get discounts on additional services with Ryanair. While the base prices of flights remain the same, those who book travel insurance, allocated seats, checked luggage or priority boarding will get 50...

  • UK airlines will pay to post uncharged devices

    UK airlines will pay to post uncharged devices

    The UK’s two major trans-Atlantic carriers, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, will foot the bill for sending on any uncharged electronic device to passengers prevented from flying with them under new regulations. Initially Virgin said...

  • Kick off a journey to beat the post-World Cup blues

    Kick off a journey to beat the post-World Cup blues

    For those readers who haven’t spent all their money on a month-long stay in Brazil or who have oodles left to spare, Veronica Stivala looks up some other sporting destinations that are worth paying a visit. Great rideWhat: Tour de FranceWhere:...

  • You can’t board with that!

    You can’t board with that!

    Stringent airport security controls have forced travellers to part with many bottles or pairs of tweezers, but some passengers have tried to smuggle far less innocent items on to their planes. Search engine Jetcost lists its top 10. 1. A turtle in...

  • Feeling ‘lush’ in Tenby

    Feeling ‘lush’ in Tenby

    Invited to West Wales for a wedding, Mark Strijbosch goes exploring and comes across some unexpected residents: an island of seals and monks! The seaside town of Tenby just has to be one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Getting to the coastal areas of...

  • Travel briefs

    Honeymoons are becoming ‘buddymoons’, with an increasing number of newlyweds taking friends away with them, according to a British survey. As many as 20 per cent have shared their post-nuptial travels with pals, the foreign exchange company...

  • Tiki Village at Excelsior hotel

    Tiki Village at Excelsior hotel

    The Grand Hotel Excelsior has set up the Tiki Village by the water’s edge close to the marina, offering its guests a unique eating experience, with light snacks available at lunchtime and platters in the evening. Each of the 10 ‘villas’ seats six.

  • ‘Where we are going, we don’t need roads’

    ‘Where we are going, we don’t need roads’

    Breathing in crisp Himalayan air, Melanie Vella dons her hiking boots for the six-hour roadless trail to Khreeganga hot springs in the Parvati Valley. In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh nestles the spiritual pilgrimage site...

  • Phone use charges slashed across EU

    Phone use charges slashed across EU

    Surfing the internet on mobile phones when travelling within the European Union was made 50 per cent cheaper last week under EU-mandated cuts, in time for the summer holidays. Fees for calls and text messages will also be reduced although not by...

  • N. Korea flights hint at possible tourism boost

    N. Korea flights hint at possible tourism boost

    North Korea will reopen some of its domestic scheduled air routes for the first time in years, a China-based tour operator said earlier this week, another sign of moves to bolster tourism in the isolated country. North Korea suffers from chronic...

  • Selfie welcome to Orly airport

    Selfie welcome to Orly airport

    Since last week Aéroports de Paris has started a giant task: decorating the whole façade of Orly Airport’s south terminal. Over a huge surface area of more than 3,200sqm – the equivalent of more than 16 tennis courts – the decoration will be made...

  • Air Malta pilots ditch paperwork

    Air Malta pilots ditch paperwork

    Air Malta pilots will no longer be seen boarding the aircraft with a 25-kilo document-filled suitcase as the paperwork has been replaced with an iPad. Cockpit crew used to carry charts and manuals that included details on airways and airports.

  • River cruise trends take guests inland

    River cruise trends take guests inland

    With more than 30 ship launches, 2014 is proving to be a big year for river cruising. Cruise lines continue to expand their fleets and interest is strong, according to surveys from CruiseCritic.co.uk. More than 60 per cent of those polled said...

  • Bizarre requests made by travellers

    Bizarre requests made by travellers

    An airline upgrade from cargo to first class for a cat and the best way of warding off vampires are among the more bizarre requests made by travellers. One customer complained that the beach was not smooth enough, while another asked if he could...

  • Brazilians overtake Brits as Florida’s top tourists

    Brazilians overtake Brits as Florida’s top tourists

    Forget those stay-at-home, World Cup-obsessed Brazilians. Feeling flush in a growing economy, Brazilian tourists have dethroned the British as Florida’s largest group of overseas visitors by country of origin. Orlando was by far the most popular...

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