US carrier Delta Airlines will link Glasgow and New York non-stop from 26th May next year. It’ll be a summertime service.
Blue Air has launched flights between Liverpool airport and Cluj, the second city of Romania. The Bucharest-based carrier will fly that route on Mondays and Fridays.
Ryanair has started flights from both Glasgow Prestwick and Bristol to Reus/Tarragona airport on Spain’s east coast area of Costa Dorada. Tarragona is a UNESCO-listed Roman town and the resort of Salou is just 12 kilometres away.
Ryanair has reduced its checked-in bag charges. If you’re on a domestic flight lasting under two hours, 15kg bag fees have been halved to £15. On all other flights under three hours 15kg bags will be £5 cheaper at £25. It’s cheaper to book online – if you add extra bags at the airport there’s a £10 handling fee. Ryanair still charges more than rival Easyjet, where passengers pay between £13 and £24 for hold luggage up to 20kg.
Easyjet passengers are being told they’ll have to be at the gate 30 minutes before departure for Gatwick flights. It’s to make sure that flights leave on time. If you turn up late you’ll have to return to the check-in desk to rearrange your ticket and pay £80 if you want to reschedule to a later flight.
A Chinese airline is launching its first UK to China route on 25th June. Tianjin Airlines will fly form London Gatwick to Chongqing and Tianjin. The flight to Chongqing will take 12 hours. This is a major city in Southwest China and the starting point for the Yangtze River cruise. A one-way ticket is £204. The new service will operate every Wednesday and Saturday on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 18 business class and 242 economy class seats.
The Heathrow Express fast train service from Paddington to Heathrow is getting more expensive. Rush hour tickets are going up by 9% to £24 one way for the 15-minute service. But you can take the slower Heathrow Connect, which runs on the same overground route. It costs £10.20 and takes around 30 minutes. Catching the tube on the Piccadilly line costs £6 and will take just under an hour.
If you’re a foodie, Spain offers the best tasting trip. 20% of the 2,000 people who took part in website TourBar.com’s survey picked the home of paella and sangria as their top destination. Thailand’s spicy and fragrant dishes gave the country a close second place.18% of respondents chose that nation. Despite the longstanding perception that British food is bland, 15% of those quizzed would recommend a foodie staycation here. Next in line were the USA and Italy.
The fastest growing short trip destination is to the Costa Brava in Spain’s North East. Price comparison website, TravelSupermarket, says families and single travellers are increasingly interested in the area and its online search ranking has leapt 31 places. Recently the local tourist board has been working to promote the region’s golf and they’ve reported a 67% growth in golfers, mainly from France, Britain and Holland, travelling there over the last three years.
If you’re staying in London and want a cheaper room, head out east. Trivago has analysed room rates – the City of London, the business and banking heart of the capital, is most expensive with an average nightly rate of £220. Next comes Westminster at £204. The cheapest prices are in the East End at Newham where a room costs an average of £99 nightly. German visitors prefer the East End. If you’d rather go west, next cheapest is in Hammersmith and Fulham at £114 per night. That’s the choice of Italians and the French, but it also offers some of the worst rated hotels. The expensive City of London area has the highest user rating, so it’s good to know that guests are getting their money’s worth.
34% of Brits going abroad will spend four weeks wages on their break this year and 11% will splash out two month’s salary. The data comes from research by holiday website OntheBeach.co.uk.
It’s cheaper to live on a cruise ship than in the capital. CruiseDeals.co.uk says London life costs just under £96 a day whereas a solo cabin on a 120-day, full board, round-the-world trip would cost around £88. It’s £7 a day cheaper to live on a ship.
70% of us get the blues when we return from a break, according to Jet2 Holidays’ survey. Women and 18 to 24-year-olds are more likely to feel down. 85% of that age group are sad when they return. If you’re older you’re more likely to be glad to be home. Just 60% of over 55’s reported feeling unhappy after their holiday. The most common mood-lifter is to book another break or splurge on takeaways.
Do you book your holiday online without speaking to an agent or hotel? You might be surprised to hear that nearly half of us (47%) prefer to talk to someone on the phone before we book a break. Men and over 55-year-olds seem to prefer verbal contact, despite the impression that people do everything online nowadays. Mediahawk has revealed the findings that prove the art of conversation isn’t dead.