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  • Building blocks of a great family day out

    Building blocks of a great family day out

    Continuing her trips to California’s many theme parks, Helen Raine takes the kids to Legoland for some brick-based entertainment... and a good soaking. Combine one of your children’s favourite toys with all the fun of the fair and what could...

  • BA expands Med routes

    British Airways is to launch four new routes to the Mediterranean. From May 1, 2015, it will fly from Heathrow to Olbia in Sardinia, Kos and Corfu in Greece and Split in Croatia. The routes follow last week’s announcement that BA will start flying...

  • Destinations with X Factor

    UK television talent show The X Factor teamed up with British Airways to fly its famous judges and contestants to Bermuda, Cancun, Los Angeles and Nice for final auditions. Aspiring pop stars travelled to some of the airline’s most glamorous...

  • Maiden flight for new Airbus A320neo craft

    Maiden flight for new Airbus A320neo craft

    Following intensive tests, the new Airbus aircraft A320neo successfully completed its maiden flight from the Airbus base in Toulouse-Blagnac, France. Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 115 of the aircraft, which stand out for their low-noise...

  • Travel firm’s winter brochure has the white stuff for snow sports enthusiasts

    The 16th edition of YTC’s Ski & Snowboard brochure is out for the 2014/2015 season, with 44 pages of eye-catching images and information for holiday planning. YTC, which has organised trips for more than 40 years, is a leading skiing holiday...

  • Israel allows Gazans into Jerusalem for Islam feast

    Israel allows Gazans into Jerusalem for Islam feast

    In a rare step earlier last week, Israel said it would let 500 Palestinians living in Gaza pray at a Jerusalem holy site during the Eid al-Adha feast and allow Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Israel more freely for the holiday. The...

  • Ryanair cabin crew calendars ‘ditched’

    Ryanair cabin crew calendars ‘ditched’

    Ryanair has called time on its calendar of cabin crew in bikinis, according to reports. The low-fare airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary told Irish radio station Today FM that the calendar, which has raised money for charity, will not be...

  • Minister pushes wristbands idea after Brits killed

    Thailand’s tourism minister said that identification wristbands would be distributed to tourists following the murder of two British backpackers earlier last month that has raised fresh concerns over tourist safety. Tourism and Sports Minister...

  • Flag day for Britannia

    Flag day for Britannia

    Passengers on P&O Cruises’ soon-to-be-launched 141,000-ton liner will be left in little doubt of the vessel’s nationality. For the new ship, named Britannia, sports a massive 308-foot (94m) version of the Union flag on its bow – so painters must...

  • British MPs query role of border guards after missing girl feared to be in Syria

    Questions have been raised over the role of border officials in preventing aspiring jihadis travelling to Syria. Intelligence agencies and the police are responsible for detaining suspected extremists at the border, while limits on the ages of...

  • Days of searching for volcano victims

    Days of searching for volcano victims

    The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 earlier last week, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on...

  • Valletta’s first look at Costa Diadema

    Valletta’s first look at Costa Diadema

    The latest Costa Cruises vessel will be calling at Malta next month ahead of its inaugural cruise. The Costa Diadema, which will be christened in Genoa on November 7, will spend the morning of November 5 berthed in Grand Harbour as part of its...

  • New class of 2014

    New class of 2014

    A new seating class took off last week as Lufthansa flight LH 9880 left Frankfurt Airport on Thursday. It was the first Boeing 747-8 fitted with 32 premium economy class seats and it flew over Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein area for two hours to...

  • Grin and beer it during the Oktoberfest crowds

    Grin and beer it during the Oktoberfest crowds

    Visiting Munich during September and early October may be tough on the liver, but Annika Breidthardt reveals there is plenty to enjoy besides the beer festival. If you dislike crowds, noise or beer, this is not the time to visit Munich. Despite...

  • Athletes run in footsteps of a hero for Spartathlon

    Athletes run in footsteps of a hero for Spartathlon

    From a daring attempt by a group of friends to one of the most iconic endurance races in the world, the 246-km Spartathlon has defied the downturn in Greek sports, drawing record numbers as ultra marathons become more popular. In a country that...

  • No time; like the present?

    No time; like the present?

    When it’s spring again, I’ll bring again… plastic tulips from Amsterdam, a watch in a snow globe from Switzerland and a miniature Eiffel Tower from Paris. Ah, the bane of travelling that is souvenir purchasing and carting them back home. Veronica...

  • Pilgrims’ place

    Pilgrims’ place

    Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Women-only carriages are possible solutions to a rise in sexual assaults on passengers, a British Transport Minister said. Earlier this week Claire Perry said she was determined to do “whatever we have to” to reverse the increase and boost...

  • A long Pyrenean weekend

    A long Pyrenean weekend

    Alannah Eames squeezes seeing the Airbus city of Toulouse, outdoor activity in the Spanish Pyrenees and exploring Andorra into just four days. When people think of impressive European mountains, it’s almost always the Alps which spring to mind as...

  • Monarch staff agree pay cut of up to 30%

    Monarch staff agree pay cut of up to 30%

    Workers at travel group Monarch have agreed to accept pay cuts and changes to working conditions to help secure its future. The British company is in talks with investment firm Greybull Capital, with moves to transform it into a European low-cost...

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