Author Posts
Travel

Air Canada extends refund window | News

Air Canada has announced a 30-day extension of its Covid-19 refund policy. The policy allows eligible customers who purchased a non-refundable ticket before April 13th this year for travel on or after February 1st last year, but who did not fly for any reason, to submit their request for a refund online or with their travel agent. “The number of customers who have requested a refund is lower than anticipated and most have kept their travel credit, Air Canada Travel Voucher or Aeroplan points, which we are pleased to see as it is an indication, they plan on travelling in the future. “We also take this as a vote of confidence from our customers that they intend to fly with us on their next trip, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back onboard,” said Lucie Guillemette, execut...

Read More
Travel

Emirates to return to Malta and Cyprus from next month | News

Emirates has announced it will resume three weekly services to Malta via Larnaca, Cyprus, from July 14th. The decision further expands its European network to 34 destinations, and offers customers worldwide more travel choices and enhanced connectivity via Dubai. With a successful vaccination programme and an overall decrease in daily Covid-19 cases in the country, Malta has officially welcomed UAE tourists back to the Maltese Islands on June 1st. Known for its beautiful beaches and diverse archaeological sites, customers travelling from the UAE can now enjoy quarantine-free travel to one of the most exciting Mediterranean destinations. Emirates flight EK 109 will depart Dubai (DXB) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 08:00, arriving in Larnaca (LCA) at 11:10.The flight will leave ...

Read More
Travel

Wizz Air launches first ever UK domestic service | News

Wizz Air is launching its first ever domestic service, with flights from its Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff bases to Jersey. Beginning in July, these flights will operate twice weekly. With a short flight time and sunny climate, Jersey is an ideal getaway on England and Wales’ doorstep. Those who are looking forward to a well-deserved holiday this summer can now discover the beauty of Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands. Jersey is the largest of the archipelago but is uncrowded and unspoilt.Teeming with natural beauty, Jersey boasts sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Nature lovers and adventurers will enjoy exploring the island with its cliffside walking trails, and history buffs will find the underground hospital complex built during WW2 fascinating. Owain Jones, managin...

Read More
Travel

American Airlines takes Vertical Aerospace stake | News

American Airlines will invest in Vertical Aerospace, a leading UK-headquartered engineering and aeronautical business developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. With the investment, the carrier is hoping to demonstrate its focus on emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions and investing in innovative ways that could improve the customer journey. As part of its investment in Vertical, American has agreed to pre-order, subject to certain future agreed upon milestones and other terms, up to 250 aircraft, representing a potential pre-order commitment of $1 billion, and an option to order an additional 100 aircraft. The airline also expects to make a $25 million investment in Vertical through a private investment in public equity (PIPE) transaction. Vertic...

Read More
Travel

MSC Group unveils new Explora Journeys brand | News

The MSC Group has announced its entry into the luxury cruise market with the launch of a new brand, Explora Journeys. Built by Fincantieri, the first of four luxury ships will set sail in 2023, with the remaining ships ready in 2024, 2025 and 2026. Each will utilise the latest in cutting-edge maritime technology to provide journeys of discovery through destinations on and off the beaten path. Guests will be hosted on a ship like no other, with the highest level of service and amenities.“Building a luxury brand that will redefine the cruise experience and create a category of its own has been a long-held vision of mine and my family,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Group’s cruise business and broader passenger division. “Inspired by our personal travel wishes, E...

Read More
Travel

New luxury collection from Delphina hotels & resorts | News

Delphina hotels & resorts has launched a new high-end selection of accommodations as the company prepares for the resumption of tourism. Included in over €15 million of investments planned for 2021, the company is launching a new catalogue - Our best Suites & Villas. Prestigious suites and villas of large sizes, often with private swimming pools and breath-taking sea views, or just a few steps from the beach, are on offer to experience the unique nature of northern Sardinia in total freedom. There is also a chance to discover the beauty of the surroundings, panoramic flights and helicopter transfers to reach the five-star resorts. The old sailing ship Pulcinella sails among the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago, as well as exclusive charter boats with a skipper to enjo...

Read More
Travel

Calls for financial support if unlocking is delayed | News

If there are any changes to the June 21st ‘unlocking’ date this must be paired with details of economic measures to support affected businesses and industries, Labour has argued. Prime minister, Boris Johnson, is due to reveal whether the final step in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions can be taken on Monday. However, with cases rising, doubts are beginning to creep in. While Labour believes the roadmap should be guided by the science, the party argues throughout the crisis government incompetence has meant they have been too slow to act. Too often details of economic support have regularly trailed behind public health announcements, severely damaging business confidence, causing anxiety, and even leading to workers being let go unnecessarily, the party said. Ed Miliband, Labour sha...

Read More
Travel

Titan Travel appoints Constable as chief executive | News

Titan Travel has confirmed the appointment of John Constable to the role of chief executive. He will take up the role on June 21st. Constable is an established leader in the travel industry with a wealth of sector knowledge and leadership experience at chief executive level. Most recently, he was executive group general manager of Helloworld, one of the largest travel distributors in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that spent five years as the global chief executive of STA Travel. Constable has also held senior roles within TUI UK and Austravel. He will join Titan later this month with both Andy Squirrell, managing director, and Steve Jenkins, chief financial officer, reporting to him. Titan Travel non-executive chairman, Richard Bowden-Doyle commented: “John’s appointment as chi...

Read More
Travel

Government unveils £10m tourism voucher scheme | News

A new rail pass and vouchers for popular tourist attractions are at the heart of a plan to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023. A £10 million voucher scheme will be launched by the National Lottery this autumn to encourage trips beyond the peak summer season. Players will have the chance to claim vouchers to redeem at tourist attractions across the UK between September and March next year. A rail pass for “staycationers” will be launched later this year, helping to make it easier and more sustainable for domestic tourists to get around the country. The new pass will build on the success of the BritRail pass, which is sold through VisitBritain and currently gives international visitors flexible travel across the country, as well as...

Read More
Travel

British Airways returns staff to furlough scheme | News

British Airways has put thousands of staff back on the government furlough scheme following delays to the reopening of international travel. The flag-carrier had begun to bring people back ahead of the easing of restrictions on foreign holidays on May 17th. However, a decision to remove Portugal from the safe travel list, essentially closed outbound travel for the foreseeable future. Only a small number of countries remain on the green list, including St Helena and Gibraltar, meaning travellers do not have to quarantine on their return. Moreover, official advice remains not to visit amber countries for leisure.It is understood a large number of BA staff were already on furlough, but this change means many more will go back onto the government wage support scheme. Many will go onto the...

Read More