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When Lonely Planet launched its list of Top 10 European Travel Destinations of 2017, Leeds appeared at number 5 – the only UK city to make the grade. A 200-year-old beer brewing heritage, thriving cultural scene and a carnival to rival Notting Hill all served to get this city noticed. With 16 free museums and galleries to explore, including the renowned and recently refurbished Art Gallery, and more listed buildings than any other English city outside of London, Leeds has plenty to offer culture vultures and history buffs alike.
Ryanair pilots in Ireland have announced strike action just days before Christmas. Trade union the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association announced that a majority of its 84 Ryanair-employed members backed industrial action in a secret ballot which took place this weekend. Ryanair was told of the strike - which will take place on 20 December - at lunchtime on Tuesday.
Rough Guides just announced its list of must-visit destinations for 2018 – and number one raised a few eyebrows. While the paradise-like vistas of Sri Lanka or the bustling streets of Lisbon might seem a fitting champion, the top spot was nabbed by none other than our native Newcastle. Praised for its friendliness, nightlife, restaurant scene and architecture, the northern powerhouse was also deemed “friendly on the wallet”.
Dublin Airport’s new passport-reading machines, installed on 30 November, are experiencing glitches and outages which have raised concerns about potential congestion at the airport over the Christmas holidays. Three days after the e-gates’ installation there were major delays at Terminal 1, reports the Irish Times. While the airport has said the Department of Justice is responsible for the machines, the DoJ says it’s up to Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to decide how to manage the queueing.
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is no longer just a made-up thing on 15 December – it can now legitimately get you special treatment. Alaska Airlines is running a one-day promotion in celebration, whereby passengers wearing ugly Christmas jumpers will get to board the plane 15 minutes early, skipping smugly past their staidly dressed counterparts. The perk is extended to customers on all Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air flights across its network of 115 cities, reports CN Traveler.
While Hanukkah is probably the Jewish festival with the most mainstream recognition, it’s far from the most important period on the Jewish calendar. London goes big for Hanukkah, with a giant menorah in Trafalgar Square – lit by mayor Sadiq Khan no less, and placed beside the equally giant Christmas tree. It’s no secret that it's the world capital of baked goods, but besides the usual brioches and baguettes, Paris is also a great place to discover Hanukkah’s traditional sweet, sufganiyot.
Travellers across Britain and the rest of Europe faced widespread delays and disruption due to a range of issues including adverse weather. Europe’s busiest railway station, London Waterloo, was partly closed for much of the evening rush hour because of a lineside fire outside the station. Virgin Trains passengers experienced delays on the line from Glasgow, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham to London for a range of reasons from adverse weather to points failures.
Hundreds of British Airways flights to and from Heathrow have now been cancelled as the airline battles to restore its operations at its main base. This has left thousands more passengers added to the numbers stranded by BA’s difficulties, with an estimated 100,000 now out of position. Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford and Newcastle are the UK routes selected for further cancellations.
A female member of cabin crew on an Urumqi Air flight has been suspended after she filmed herself eating from a row of leftover in-flight meal trays. The clip was filmed 45 minutes after the flight landed at China’s Yinchuan Airport on 30 November, reports guancha.cn. The statement said: “We confirmed that the air hostess shown in the video to be one of our employees at Urumqi Air.
A cancer researcher and pianist from Houston has claimed she and her family were wrongfully kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight. Mei Rui was flying to New York on Friday 8 December with her two-year-old son and elderly parents to participate in a cancer research study when the incident took place.