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Healthy holidays and a sunscreen rethink: top five travel trends for 2019

Healthy holidays and a sunscreen rethink: top five travel trends for 2019 Rising eco-awareness, wellness breaks and a farewell to passports … we look at changes in the world of travel for the year ahead Last October, Club 18-30 holidays staggered off into the sunset, aged 50. To the relief of Mediterranean resorts that had spent decades dealing with the carnage caused by epic drinking challenges, it appears that buckets of warm sangria – or worse – have lost their appeal. We have entered the era of the healthy holiday, driven by young people who want to be sober enough to take a flattering selfie. The rise of ‘ego travel’ was cited by Thomas Cook when it retired the…

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Gatwick airport: drone operator not yet found but flights resume – live

Gatwick airport: drone operator not yet found but flights resume – live Drones spotted over last two days not tracked down, but limited number of flights now arriving and departing Small number of flights resume after drone disruption What the papers said about the Gatwick chaos What are my rights if my flight is cancelled? How have you been affected? 11.14am GMT In comparison to the assurances given by Gatwick Airport authorities and the government, quite a different tone is coming from the pilots’ union who have said on Twitter that it remains “extremely concerned” at the risk of a drone collision. BALPA remains extremely concerned at the risk of a drone collision. It is possible that the rogue…

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Gatwick airport disruption: police still trying to catch drones after flights cancelled – live

Gatwick airport disruption: police still trying to catch drones after flights cancelled – live Thousands of passengers face disruption at Gatwick airport after drones were spotted over the runway Full story: Gatwick flights suspended How have you been affected? 11.44am GMT Gatwick remains closed, the airport said in its latest statement: “Gatwick Airport’s runway remains closed and all flights are currently suspended following reports of drones flying over Gatwick’s airfield last night and this morning. “There is significant disruption at Gatwick today as a result of what appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt flights. 11.39am GMT Video from the University of Dayton in Ohio shows what damage a drone can do to an aircraft wing. Continue reading……

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My 17-hour Qantas odyssey in kangaroo pyjamas

My 17-hour Qantas odyssey in kangaroo pyjamas The airline made history with its first non-stop flight from Australia to the UK. Here’s what it was like to be on board This is the story of a flight. But it starts with a few caveats. Firstly, it is not a normal flight – the passengers are not your average travellers as they include ministers, CEOs and more journalists than politicians would normally be comfortable sharing a small space with. Secondly, it is not your average payload – the luggage include cameras, tripods and special pyjamas – and it is a history-making flight. The first to connect Australia and the UK, non-stop. And thirdly, your Guardian correspondent doesn’t normally fly business…

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Ryanair to cancel flights affecting 400,000 more passengers

Ryanair to cancel flights affecting 400,000 more passengers Airline to suspend 34 routes including London Stansted to Edinburgh between November and March Ryanair is cancelling another 18,000 flights between November and March, affecting 400,000 passengers. The airline said it had emailed all of the customers affected, offering them the choice between a refund or an alternative flight. They will also receive a travel voucher for £40 one-way or £80 return that can be used to book a Ryanair flight for travel between October and March 2018. Continue reading… Airline to suspend 34 routes including London Stansted to Edinburgh between November and March Ryanair is cancelling another 18,000 flights between November and March, affecting 400,000 passengers. The airline said it…

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Ryanair tries to appease passengers with list of flights cancelled until Thursday

Ryanair tries to appease passengers with list of flights cancelled until Thursday Travellers still want to know which flights will take off over next six weeks after airline warned of up to 2,000 cancellations Ryanair has tried to appease angry customers by publishing lists of all flights to be cancelled until Wednesday, after 82 failed to take off on Sunday, with the airline admitting it had mismanaged the planning of pilot holidays. However, this will do little to calm nerves as travellers are demanding to know which flights will be cancelled over the next six weeks when Ryanair has said there would be up to 2,000 cancellations. Up to 400,000 passengers could be affected. Continue reading… Travellers still want…

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‘I’ve been sworn at, vomited on and touched inappropriately by drunken air passengers’

‘I’ve been sworn at, vomited on and touched inappropriately by drunken air passengers’ According to tonight’s Panorama programme there have been 387 arrests for drunken air behaviour in the last year, a rise of 50%. The numbers may well be much higher says a former flight attendant When you’re trapped in a pressurised metal tube, hurtling through the sky at 500mph, it’s an unusual situation. Certain stresses – not being in control, lower oxygen levels, having your personal space encroached, or just pure excitement for your destination – mean people like to use alcohol to either manage nerves or to celebrate. But what if those drinks affect you more than usual? What if they make you behave in a…

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BA passengers at Gatwick and Heathrow hit by check-in delays

BA passengers at Gatwick and Heathrow hit by check-in delays Disruption comes two months after more than 670 flights cancelled due to power failure over spring bank holiday weekend British Airways travellers faced delays at Heathrow and Gatwick on Wednesday after a temporary check-in problem. The disruption came about two months after more than 670 flights were cancelled due to a power failure over the spring bank holiday weekend. Continue reading… Disruption comes two months after more than 670 flights cancelled due to power failure over spring bank holiday weekend British Airways travellers faced delays at Heathrow and Gatwick on Wednesday after a temporary check-in problem. The disruption came about two months after more than 670 flights were cancelled…

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