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  • 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...

  • Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Emirates is offering half-price return economy fares from Malta to Cyprus and Dubai for the next fortnight. Business and leisure passengers can save 50 per cent on flights to Larnaca and Dubai between tomorrow and September 15, on the condition...

  • Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Following friendly advice, Michel Rizzo is mesmerised by Lisbon’s ‘old Europe’ appeal and immediately gets the impression something great once happened there Lisbon, or Lisboa in Portuguese, had been on my ‘want to visit’ list for a long time,...

  • Scents in the city

    Scents in the city

    Cities, some more than others, have their own distinct odour. Veronica Stivala explores the pongs and shares some tips on how to enjoy ‘smell travel’. Anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh will recall the distinct smell of hops as you enter from...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    Ryanair has targeted corporate travellers by launching its version of ‘business class’ earlier this week. Benefits of the budget airline’s new Business Plus fares include the flexibility to change tickets on the day of travel, 20kg check-in bag...

  • Italy to bar big ships from inside the Venice lagoon

    Italy to bar big ships from inside the Venice lagoon

    Big cruise ships will be barred from Venice’s Saint Mark’s lagoon to protect Italy’s floating city from potential damage caused by growing traffic, the government has said. Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced concern about tourist...

  • Grand reopening

    Grand reopening

    Fireworks explode during the grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino) just after midnight in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday. The property, owned by SBE Entertainment and Stockbridge Real Estate, reopened after a...

  • Early taste of Oktoberfest this summer

    Early taste of Oktoberfest this summer

    The Dachau Volksfest is a miniature and possibly better version of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest, and beer, as Veronica Stivala finds out, is not the event’s sole attraction. Most people know that despite its name, Oktoberfest is held in Munich...

  • ‘Book’ a tour of London

    ‘Book’ a tour of London

    London is a great city to explore on foot, but as it is so large, choosing which area to see can be a challenge. Literature lovers could follow a Book Bench trail, a series of temporary installations in the British capital. Different artists...

  • An enlightening walk

    An enlightening walk

    Alison Bezzina shares the story of a young pilgrim who inspired a group of trekkers during their 120km journey along The Way of St James. Earlier this year, Jean Pierre Fenech, a 24-year-old man with Down Syndrome, walked 120km from Saria to the...

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