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  • Oktoberfest brings Lufthansa tradition

    Oktoberfest brings Lufthansa tradition

    Lufthansa cabin crew will once again take off wearing traditional German folk costume to celebrate the country’s annual Oktoberfest funfair. Twelve female and two male Munich-based flight attendants will be displaying local Bavarian dress to the...

  • Finnair adds Luqa route

    Malta will get twice-weekly direct flights to Helsinki with Finnair from next summer, the airline has announced. An Airbus A321 Sharklet aircraft will fly to the Finnish capital city on Mondays and Thursdays. Seats are available to book now. The...

  • Above us, only (grey) sky

    Above us, only (grey) sky

    Undefeated by Liverpool’s rainy weather, Stephen Bailey spends a day in the northern English city to learn if there is more to it than The Beatles. Liverpool likes to boast about its favourite sons. Black-and-white Beatles photos are plastered to...

  • Isolated jungle tribe risks human contact, disease

    Isolated jungle tribe risks human contact, disease

    Six Mashco-Piro tribeswomen crouched low as they escaped back into the jungle after raiding a remote lodge in Peru’s Manu National Park in the western Amazon, clutching newly prized tools: metallic cooking pots. The brazen, daytime foray into the...

  • Falling hard for foliage

    Falling hard for foliage

    As autumn turns deciduous trees from green to brown via red, yellow and orange, Kevin Pilley discovers the world of obsessive ‘leaf peepers’. “I’m a mixed hardwood guy,” Greg confessed. “I’m really into my sumacs especially. And the wife’s just...

  • Remembering 9/11

    Remembering 9/11

    A woman watches the Tribute in Light illuminated on the skyline of lower Manhattan during events marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, US, earlier this week. Until a few months ago,...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    UK tourists are flocking to destinations where the pound is strong against the local currency, according to a survey. Based on currency sales, Brazil, Vietnam and Hungary are the most-popular spots for holidays, the survey from Post Office Travel...

  • Love and laughter come for free

    Love and laughter come for free

    Volunteers Ryan Callus and Maria Stivala did not know what to expect during a three-week missionary trip in Kenya, but found themselves welcomed with smiles and open arms, which gave Ryan a romantic idea… It’s a quiet, sunny afternoon and we are...

  • Air Malta safety video is all right thanks to knight

    Air Malta safety video is all right thanks to knight

    A Knight of St John is the star of Air Malta’s new in-flight safety video, rolled out onboard its Airbus A320 and A319 fleets. The cartoon knight, clad in silver armour, takes passengers through all the procedures that ensure safety aboard,...

  • Summer boost for low-cost airlines

    Summer boost for low-cost airlines

    Rival low-fare airlines easyJet and Ryanair both carried an increased number of passengers last month. More than 6.61 million people travelled on easyJet flights in August 2014 – an 8.4 per cent rise on the total for August 2013 – while Ryanair’s...

  • Nature groups glad ‘Boris Island’ UK airport ditched

    Nature groups glad ‘Boris Island’ UK airport ditched

    British nature experts have hailed the decision last week to drop plans for an airport in a “wildlife hotspot” which is home to tens of thousands of birds each winter. The move by the UK government-appointed Airports Commission to reject the...

  • No more ‘bucket list’ for Malaysia Airlines

    No more ‘bucket list’ for Malaysia Airlines

    Malaysia Airlines has changed the wording of an online contest called ‘My Ultimate Bucket List’ after internet users derided the campaign as insensitive following two disasters suffered by the airline this year that claimed 537 lives. A bucket...

  • Virgin to axe four long-haul routes in profit bid

    Virgin to axe four long-haul routes in profit bid

    British airline Virgin Atlantic Airways is to scrap some routes as part of a long-term plan to achieve record profitability by 2018. The plan also sees a new daily service starting between London and the US city of Detroit, as well as increased...

  • Enjoy plain sailing from one season to the next

    Enjoy plain sailing from one season to the next

    Autumn in the US is renowned for its gorgeous colours, as trees shed their leaves and make streets look like film sets. While the sun continues to shine on Malta well into October, cruisers can see mother nature put on one of her best shows with...

  • More than a thriller in Manila

    More than a thriller in Manila

    Despite recent typhoons, volcanic eruptions and unrest in the south, Helen Raine encourages budget travellers to consider the Philippines with an exciting four-week itinerary. The Philippines is often overlooked as a backpacker destination, making...

  • Feather in his snap

    Feather in his snap

    An “extraordinary” shot of a greylag goose under a stormy London sky has won this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards. The picture, by Lee Acaster from Wortham, Suffolk, captures the goose in close-up by the Thames with part of the London...

  • Living history in Lebanon

    Living history in Lebanon

    Some travellers want to see history, others want to live it. In Lebanon, a slice of land between the Mediterranean and war-ravaged Syria, you can do a lot of both. At the Roman ruins of Baalbek, some of the best-preserved in the world, you can...

  • Eat, pray, dance, surf and then fall in love with Bali

    Eat, pray, dance, surf and then fall in love with Bali

    In a backpacker’s not-so-budget dream, where adventure meets Asian luxury, Melanie Vella explores the land of sacred sites and sandy beaches. After spending four months backpacking through India on a shoestring budget, the Indonesian province of...

  • Air show boosts orders for planes and engines

    The British aviation industry orders have reached record levels last month, boosted by the Farnborough Air Show. Firm orders for a total of 650 aircraft and 1,000 aircraft engines were made in July; an all-time monthly high, said aerospace,...

  • Cornish town is priciest UK seaside spot

    Cornish town is priciest UK seaside spot

    Cornwall is home to the most expensive seaside resort in the UK, according to a survey from Cheaprooms.co.uk. The poll specifically established the 20 most expensive destinations in the UK based on the cost of lodging during August, the main...

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