The administrators for Flybe have denied opening talks with the government about nationalising the failed airline.Accountancy firm EY told The Independent there are “no discussions” happening on this front after it was widely reported that they had asked the government to contemplate buying the carrier out of insolvency to serve regional routes.
Because of “unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” easyJet has stopped all commercial flights and grounded all its 344 Airbus aircraft across Europe. It may continue to operate some repatriation flights at government request.Here’s everything you need to know.
Airlines are encouraging staff who have been grounded during the coronavirus pandemic to become NHS volunteers.Virgin Atlantic and easyJet have both contacted workers asking them to consider signing up to help at the new Nightingale hospitals being built in anticipation of soaring numbers of patients struck down by Covid-19.
“Congratulations! Thank you for choosing Cunard,” reads the message from one of the UK’s leading cruise lines to passengers buying a dream trip to Australia.The bargain £2,464 package includes return flights from London to Sydney and a 27-night circumnavigation of Australia aboard Queen Elizabeth.
Britain’s biggest airline by passenger numbers, easyJet, has grounded its entire fleet of 344 aircraft.The Luton-based airline says its last flight operated on Sunday 29 March and there will be no further departures anywhere in Europe until further notice.
Why go? Mazatlán has the sweeping golden beaches of competitors Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. But it’s the city’s Centro Historico, with its handsome Art Nouveau plazas and time-warp cantinas, that make it worthy of dropping anchor. Happily, the Mazatlán government has improved security since a spate of attacks targeting tourists in the early 2010s. Cruise port location The cruise ship dock is located in the commercial port area. A two-minute open-sided bus ride ferries passengers from the dock to the cruise terminal (tips welcome, you can’t walk for safety reasons), which is a mile southeast of the Centro Historico. Taxis are abundant and take about five minutes to the centre of the city from around US$10 (£8) per cab. If you're planning to go to beaches at the Zona Dorada, it's a 20-minute ride. Can I walk to any places of interest? The cruise terminal has several overpriced bars (with an onus on the local tipple, tequila) and a market selling textiles, leatherware and ceramics. Old Town Mazatlán (the Centro Historico) is an easy 20 to 25-minute walk from the cruise port, although pavement kerbs are high. Getting around Sábalo Centro Tourist buses run from the ferry terminal a few minutes’ walk west of the cruise terminal along the length of the Zona Dorada (Golden, or beach zone to the north of the Centro Historico), so are a good option if you want to go to the beach. Tickets cost around MS8 (34p, every 15 min from 5.30am to 10.30pm). Four-wheeled options abound, including open-sided pulmonias (around £3 to hire, shared between passengers), regular taxis and aurigas (pick-up trucks, which cost around £9 to hire and seat eight to 10 people).
Even though the government is spending more than £1m returning British travellers from Peru, some UK citizens say they are being left behind.The Foreign Office has laid on a total of four flights from Lima to London, with additional connecting domestic flights from the tourist hubs of Arequipa and Cusco to the Peruvian capital.
A stricken cruise ship off the Pacific coast of Central America may soon be allowed to sail through the Panama Canal and reach Florida.More than 200 British people are among the 1,243 passengers and 586 crew aboard Zaandam, a Holland America Line vessel.
More than 200 British people are aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Panama, on which four passengers have died.The MS Zaandam, a Holland America Line vessel, has been sailing north from Chile with 1,243 passengers and 586 crew on board. She is currently about 10 miles south of Panama City, according to the tracking service Cruise Mapper.
The boss of the travel industry’s main trade association, Abta, has warned that holidaymakers cannot expect refunds for cancelled trips due to them in the statutory 14 days.Mark Tanzer, Abta’s chief executive, said: “If companies are obliged or forced to provide cash refunds which they don’t have, then that is going to push them towards failure.
Britain’s second-biggest airport is to close one of its two terminals for the whole of April – and restrict scheduled operations to just eight hours a day.Gatwick airport will consolidate operations into the South Terminal from 1 April due to the collapse in air travel during the coronavirus crisis.
As coronavirus continues to spread, the epicentre of the pandemic has shifted from China to Europe and now to the USA.Tens of thousands of new cases continue to be reported each day, with thousands of deaths.
Airbnb is launching a new global initiative to help healthcare professionals and first responders fighting coronavirus on the frontline to access free or subsidised accommodation.The home sharing platform says it aims to house 100,000 of these key workers around the world, giving them a safe and convenient place to stay while they tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, the epicentre of the outbreak has now shifted from Europe to the USA.The UK government has already advised against all non-essential international travel. Now it’s updated its guidance to advise against non-essential domestic travel, even if you’re just going somewhere remote to self-isolate in the UK.
After Canada became the first major country to allow airlines to offer travel vouchers rather than cash refunds for cancelled flights, airlines in the UK are urging the government to do the same.The Canadian Transport Agency said: “An appropriate approach in the current context could be for airlines to provide affected passengers with vouchers or credits for future travel, as long as these vouchers or credits do not expire in an unreasonably short period of time.”
With Britons ordered to stay indoors during the coronavirus outbreak, how can you relive the experience of being at sea from within your four walls? One couple went viral on social media as they recreated their cancelled cruise at home, sitting in front of a TV screen showing moving footage of the ocean blue while in their dresssing gowns and sharing a bottle of wine. You could even hear a ship's horn honking away. There's no need to go that far, but here we look at the TV shows, films, books and social media that might help you feel like you’re back on board… Television Cruising has had a lot of air time recently, thanks mainly to Cruising With Jane McDonald and a series about Seven Seas Explorer called Secrets Of The World’s Most Expensive Cruise Ships (both available on the Channel 5 catch-up service My5). Documentary channel Discovery Science regularly reruns Mighty Ships on vessels including Crystal Serenity, Norwegian Epic and Le Boreal (all three are showing on March 29), while Yesterday series Monster Ships includes Royal Clipper (available on UKTV Play) and there is an Impossible Engineering episode about Oasis-class ships. MSC Meraviglia is featured in the Channel 4 programme Building Giants, now available on demand, while Britbox has a two-part documentary on the QE2. Sadly, a Channel 4 series about the world’s biggest ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, due to air this month, has been postponed until later in the year. There are lighthearted shows too. QE2 also pops up in an episode of Keeping Up Appearances, Sea Fever, available on Gold or Britbox. Columbo, reguarly showing on 5 USA, is faced with a murder on a cruise ship in Troubled Waters and the same channel airs Murder She Wrote, in which Jessica Fletcher solves a mystery death at sea in My Johnny Lies Over The Ocean. For a laugh on the ocean wave, you can’t beat the Frasier episode Voyage Of The Damned where the fictional Seattle radio host is invited to give a lecture on a cruise ship. It is next due to be screened on 4seven at 4pm on April 1. Another US comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond, showing regularly on Channel 4, has an episode called Cruising With Marie where the titular character has to share an inside cabin with his mother and is mistaken for her lover. Catch it next on 4seven on April 1. And who can forget the vintage US comedy series The Love Boat? Moving on, from nostalgia to the future... if you want a glimpse of what cruising could be like in space, see the new HBO series Avenue 5, now showing on Sky One. Finally, real die-hard addicts even have their own Cruise Channel on Sky 199.
Some economy-class flights to China are being sold for business class prices amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.Prices have skyrocketed as Chinese nationals desperately try to return from other parts of the globe as new travel restrictions and lockdowns come into force.
The coronavirus pandemic has triggered large-scale lockdowns around the world as infection rates have soared.With borders closing at short notice, tens of thousands of Britons have been left stranded abroad with few options when it comes to getting home as flights dwindle.
A Japanese airline is finally letting female flight attendants wear trousers and flat shoes instead of skirts and high heels following a nationwide campaign.Japan Airlines announced the changes on Thursday, confirming they will come into force from 1 April.
Summer traditionally begins with a thud. As the clocks spring forward over the last weekend of March, lighter evenings are traditionally accompanied by ever-wider horizons for travellers – symbolised by the arrival in the post of the April edition of the OAG Pocket Flight Guide.Even in a digital age, this monthly compendium of hypermobility has the edge over online sources, whether you wish to count the Polish cities served nonstop from Doncaster (six) or identify the one day of the week when it is possible to fly from the UK to the dreamily beautiful island of Terceira (Wednesday, 2.10pm from Stansted, Ryanair).
The world’s biggest carrier of intercontinental passengers has told passengers whose flights are cancelled that they should accept vouchers that are redeemable after a year.Emirates stopped flying on Wednesday after the UAE closed the country’s airports in response to the growing coronavirus crisis – leaving hundreds of thousands of British travellers with grounded flights.
While regular travel may be off the cards for the foreseeable future, virtual escapism is open to everyone with an internet connection.Some of the world’s leading galleries, museums and landscapes are all just a few clicks away. Here is a selection of the best VR travel experiences to keep you sane during lockdown.
As the UK approaches the end of the first week under lockdown, some people may find they haven’t left their house for several days.However, for keyworkers and those who can’t do their jobs remotely, travelling by public transport might still be a part of daily life.
They were the words I didn’t want to hear but I knew would come eventually: “Foreign Secretary advises all British travellers to return to the UK now.” Thus ended a three-month sabbatical in Palo Alto, California, which had been months in the making for me and my husband, Seb. I had arrived 15 days earlier, ready to stuff every spare moment possible with exploring the Golden State. Seb had been there a month before I joined, in order to start a medical research fellowship into childhood brain tumours at Stanford University.
Without government intervention, there’s an “immediate risk” that 75 million people working in the travel industry around the world could lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).Each day, one million jobs in the travel and tourism sector are lost, say the findings.