• Couple abandoned their baby at check-in

    A couple abandoned their own baby at check-in after being ordered to buy an infant ticket. Arriving late and with no ticket for the infant, they ditched their child and ran straight for the departure gate. Their actions shocked Ryanair staff at Tel Aviv International...
  • Brits face trial over holiday sickness scam

    Eight British nationals have been charged for their role in an organised holiday sickness scam. Siblings Laura Joyce and Marc Grimstead are the accused ringleaders of an organised scheme to defraud Mallorca hotels. They are suspected of getting holidaymakers to lie about illness to claim compensation out...
  • Manchester Airport outlines £440m final phase transformation

    Manchester Airports Group revealed a £440m airport investment to create thousands of jobs. It is the final phase of the £1.3 billion transformation programme. It will transform the passenger experience at the UK’s third largest airport, with new facilities, shops, bars, restaurants and lounges. The first...
  • Growing traveller demand for sustainable tourism

    The report from World Travel & Tourism Council reveals a heightened appetite for sustainable tourism. It found 69% of travellers actively seek sustainable travel options. ‘A world in motion: shifting consumer travel trends in 2022 and beyond’ shows that sustainability is an aspiration. Three-quarters are considering travelling more...
  • Airlines welcome pause on EU’s smart border system roll out

    Europe’s airlines and airports have welcomed the delay to the new EU smart border system. The Entry Exit System (EES) for non-EU travellers has been postponed until after the 2023 summer travel period. This gives time to resolve various issues, ACI EUROPE, A4E, ERA and IATA...
  • Holiday prices surging, says Which?

    Holiday prices have jumped by hundreds of pounds compared to last year, according to new Which? research. It found those booking a summer 2023 package holiday between 1 November 2022 and 3 January this year would have paid 19% more on average. When Which? compared the...
  • Gen Z travellers favour mini breaks

    Gen Z travellers are ditching two-week holidays for multiple short breaks. A new study commissioned by easyJet holidays finds the average Gen Zer is now taking two mini breaks abroad and three staycations a year. Gen Z is more likely to book more mini breaks...
  • TSA finds ‘emotional support’ snake hidden in carry-on bag

    A traveler was stopped after Transportation Security Administration officers encountered an ‘emotional support’ snake hidden in luggage. A four-feet boa constrictor, was spotted on a security checkpoint X-ray at Tampa International Airport. Its owner maintained it was her emotional support snake called Bartholomew. “Our officers didn’t...
  • Families booking term-time holidays to cut costs

    A study suggests over a third of families will take term-time holidays. As the cost of living crisis continues, some parents are willing to pay the fine to save money overall. Research found that that one in ten have already booked trips before the school...
  • Five million Brits to travel abroad for Christmas holidays

    About five million travellers are taking Christmas holidays overseas, trade body ABTA said. It expects Friday 23 December will be the busiest day with Christmas Day the quietest. Around three million will pass through Heathrow on their Christmas holidays in the coming days. Another million...
  • Airport security shake-up coming in 2024

    Airport security is set to see its biggest changes for many years in 2024. CT scanning tech will improve security and the passenger experience at airports with streamlined screening. The government is introducing new legislation which will make it easier to screen passengers without removing items such...
  • Jet2holidays launches multi-day Turkey tours

    Jet2holidays has unveiled a brand-new guided Turkey tour programme. Called the ‘Treasures of Turkey’, the seven-night escorted tours are part of Jet2holidays’ new Discover More collection. Available from early April through October in both 2023 and 2024, the tours are now on sale. They depart every Friday from...
  • Ryanair finally agrees to pay 2018 strike compensation

    Ryanair has finally agreed to pay strike compensation for disrupted flights dating back to 2018. It was caused by a pilot strike. Ryanair has withdrawn a legal challenge to the Supreme Court. The Civil Aviation Authority has now encouraged impacted passengers to claim for cancellations...
  • Spain digital nomad visa announced

    The Spanish government recently announced it is introducing a Spain Digital Nomad Visa. It follows in the footsteps of neighbouring Portugal, As a part of the Start-Up law, passed, the visa program aims to attract international talent from outside the European Union. The requirement is...
  • EU green lights in-flight phone calls

    Passengers on flights will soon be able to freely use mobile phones, including in-flight phone calls. It means there will be no need to switch to flight mode The European Commission recently ruled airlines can offer 5G flights with fast streaming quality mobile data. The...
  • Airlines plan full schedules despite border force strikes

    Airlines are confident they can operate as normal despite airport border force strikes. Border force staff at six airports will walk out from 23 December until Boxing, jeopardising Christmas flights. They will also strike from 28 December to New Year’s Eve. About 1,000 members of the...
  • Jet2.com and Jet2holidays expand to Bulgaria for Summer 23

    Leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist increases Bulgaria (Bourgas) programme for Summer 23 from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle International Airports They Increased capacity represents thousands of additional seats on sale and comes in response to strong demand for great-value cheaper holidays to...
  • Easyjet says Peak air travel demand remains strong

    Air travel demand for next summer remains strong easyJet said. However, off-peak periods will require discounting to stimulate demand. It comes as the airline posted a pre-tax loss of £178 million. EasyJet bookings showed higher ticket yields for spring to summer 2023, but demand falls away...
  • London City installing high-tech airport security scanners

    London City Airport is investing in new state of the art CT scanners to bolster airport security. London City Airport announced a partnership with Leidos. The upgrade means travellers can leave all items in their hand luggage, without removing laptops and liquids. The new CT scanners will...
  • Airports could ditch 100ml liquid restriction by 2024

    The ban on liquids over 100ml in hand luggage could be scrapped by 2024. New technology would allow passengers to keep liquids of any amount in their bags. It would also see the end of the requirement to remove laptops. Special CT scanners would allow...
  • Jet2holidays launches Turkey golf packages

    Jet2holidays has launched a selection of brand-new golf packages to Antalya in Turkey. The new golf packages golfers to enjoy a holiday at one of a number of five-star hotels in Antalya. The packages include four rounds of golf per seven-night stay and transfers to...
  • Age discrimination: Which? says older travellers getting a raw deal

    Older travellers are being penalised by additional hidden costs and restricted choice, new Which? research has found. It relates to purchasing holiday essentials such as travel insurance and car hire. Older people have long been charged higher premiums for their travel insurance, with advancing age...
  • Jet2 releases summer 2024 city breaks programme

    Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks announced an expanded city breaks programme for summer 2024 Ten destinations are on sale from six UK bases. The programme is on sale earlier than ever before and includes a brand-new route from London Stansted to Nice. It comes just weeks after the announcement of the companies’...
  • British Airways trials tech to fly without showing passport

    British Airways is the first to trial biometric tech for travel through the airport ‘smartly’ without showing a passport. Customers on airline’s trial from Heathrow T5 can scan their face, passport and boarding pass on their smartphone ahead of travel. When arrivng at the airport,...
  • Marriott introduces serviced-apartment self catering brand

    Marriott International announced its expansion into apartment-style accommodations with the launch of Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy. The company is tapping the growing consumer interest for more space for stays, propelled by the blending of work and leisure travel. It is building upon its experience with...
  • UK transatlantic flights improve to near pre-pandemic levels

    One year on from the US reopening its international borders, transatlantic flights have almost recovered to pre-pandemic levels. According to data from aviation analytics firm, Cirium, flights from the UK to the US have recovered to 92% of 2019 levels. Flights from the UK to the...
  • Turkey on track for all-time record of three million Brits

    Turkey is set to welcome a record-breaking three million UK visitors in 2022, it will be a record high. Tourism statistics show that in the first nine months of 2022, Turkey received 2.8 million UK visitors. This surpasses the 2.56 million who visited throughout all...
  • Foreign Office warning of Spain unrest

    UK holidaymakers have been warned of political unrest across the country, with the UK Foreign Office advising people to be vigilant in major cities. It updated advice after protests in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities. Residents marched in the streets in Madrid protesting against the...
  • Spain lifts all Covid entry requirements for UK travellers

    Spain will drop all its remaining entry restrictions today for all non-EU arrivals including the United Kingdom. Travellers who are not nationals of the EU can enter Spain even without a valid vaccination, recovery or a negative test certificate. Travellers no longer have to complete...
  • Three arrested over Stansted bomb threat

    Essex Police have arrested three people after a bomb hoax disrupted operations at Stansted Airport. An easyJet plane departing for Amsterdam was left on the tarmac and then moved to a secure area. The runway was closed for nearly one hour. Specialist officers boarded the...
  • Heathrow could face Christmas flight disruption

    Festive flights out of Heathrow could be at risk for some Christmas holidaymakers. The airport is in discussions with airlines to restart a passenger cap over Christmas. Airport bosses want to avoid this summer’s travel chaos and could cap numbers on the busiest days during...
  • EasyJet holidays unveils ‘huge’ summer programme

    EasyJet’s summer 2023 flying schedule has seen thousands more package holidays released. It has increased by over three quarters for next summer, meaning destinations, such as Mallorca and Faro have over 60% more availability. Some brand new destinations for the season have gone on sale,...
  • MSC Opera to become World Cup floating hotel

    MSC Cruises will deploy MSC Opera as a floating hotel in Doha during the 2022 World Cup. It is working with Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and the ship will be berthed ready to welcome fans in the port from 19 November through 19...
  • Heathrow to Lift Passenger Cap in Late October

    London’s Heathrow Airport is set to lift on Oct. 29 the 100,000-per-day passenger cap it instituted in July, according to a New York Times report. Initially, the cap was to last only until Sept. 11, but the airport in August extended it to late October. Heathrow cited...
  • Sustainable Tourism in the Balearic Islands

    Mallorca – Menorca – Ibiza – Formentera The sustainable tourism tax, introduced in 2016 by the Government of the Balearic Islands, has funded the completion of 16 cultural and conservation projects so far this year. Cultural heritage projects such as the construction of the new...
  • Demand still strong for 2023 holidays

    About 76% of Travel Counsellors’ customers said they are still intending to travel as planned in 2023, according to a survey of over 2,500 customers. The survey, carried out in September 2022, also found that nearly 60% of customers are planning to book their 2023 holiday...
  • Companies Pushing for All-Inclusive 2023

    The latest signs and messages coming through the inbox from holiday companies is, ‘Please push all-Inclusive for 2023’. Apparently with all the price hikes around Europe especially in Spain for food and drinks the demand has now shot up with more people requesting and booking...
  • Half-term holiday airfares surge by nearly half since pandemic

    Flights for the upcoming autumn half-term holiday are up 42% compared to before the pandemic, Which? research has found. It analysed of data and found huge price rises for flights from around the country. The average cost of one-way half-term tickets for six popular destinations...
  • Jet2 adds new Greece routes for summer 2023

    Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are expanding their 2023 programme again with new routes and extending the season.  Following a successful summer 2022 Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have put an even bigger summer 2023 programme on sale. It includes: 15 destinations available including three brand new routes -Bristol-Chania, East Midlands-Santorini and London Stansted-Athens. Summer 2023 capacity...
  • Why just Ibiza – Check-Out other best sunsets destinations with Jet2holidays

    Why just Ibiza – Check-Out other best sunsets destinations with Jet2holidays Enjoy breath-taking views and swoon-worthy sunsets with exclusive deals on getaways to Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Italy with Jet2holidays Whether you’re an off-the-beaten-track trekker, a family of thrill seekers, or simply one who sips cocktails...