A week before the unprecedented 16-day strike by some British Airways cabin crew based at Heathrow, the Unite union is bidding to block a plan to fly passengers in aircraft grounded by the Middle East airspace row. BA plans to draft in nine Airbus A320 and A321 jets from Qatar Airways to cover for the Mixed Fleet strike, which is planned for 1-16 July. The Gulf carrier has plenty of spare aircraft, because its short-haul routes to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other destinations have been grounded as part of a geo-political row.
The western entrails of the Piccadilly line constitute one of the planet’s deep mysteries. Most travellers hoping to venture to somewhere more exotic than Uxbridge are concerned with the Heathrow bit. On this stretch, life gets more complicated still beyond Hatton Cross.
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Israel’s national airline, El Al, has been told by a court in Jerusalem that it must not ask women to move in order to spare a man from having to sit next to her. In a case brought by the progressive Israeli Religious Action Centre, Judge Dana Cohen-Lekah said: “Under absolutely no circumstances can a crew member ask a passenger to move from their designated seat because the adjacent passenger doesn’t want to sit next to them due to their gender”. Some strictly Orthodox Jewish men, known as Haredi, say that the modesty laws of their religion forbids them from sitting beside any woman who is not their wife.
Summer travel season is here and we recommend you buckle your seat belt. Possibly the only scarier thought than the summer travel season is the Christmas travel season – but no, on second thoughts, that comes a distant second. Add to that jam-packed planes on an already stretched air travel infrastructure, and you’re ripe for a meltdown at any moment.
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A new subscription-based private airline might be the answer. Surf Air - which launches in Europe today with its maiden flight from London Luton to Ibiza - allows members to travel on an “all you can fly” basis from £1,750 a month. The airline says it has plans to expand regionally in the UK, as well as adding a second London departure airport.
The supremacy of Middle East and Asian airlines has been underlined by the world’s top airlines awards for 2017. Qatar Airways, part-owner of British Airways, takes the top spot in the Skytrax awards, with its Gulf rivals Emirates and Etihad in sixth and eighth place respectively. Six Asian airlines make the top 10: Singapore Airlines, All Nippon of Japan, Cathay Pacific, Eva Air of Taiwan, Hainan Airlines of China and Garuda Indonesia.
A week after “send nudes” was carved into a mossy hillside, Icelanders are again up in arms about the country’s ever-growing tourist population. Two French tourists went from door to door asking for a place to stay, according to residents of Bogarnes, a town in the west of the island. Guðrún Helga Árnadóttir says she was disturbed by the travellers one evening when they came to her door looking for accommodation.
This was an English competition, something quite common among ESL programmes in South Korea. Because if any of these photos got back to the North Korean government, her entire family – which was still there – would be brutally punished on her behalf. Warmbier had gone on holiday to North Korea and was detained for a “hostile act” – that supposedly involved him stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel.