What is happening? In July, BA pilots belonging to the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) voted overwhelmingly to strike. BA then tried twice in court to get the ballot ruled unlawful, but failed.On Friday afternoon, 23 August, the pilots’ union announced strike dates: 9, 10 and 27 September. And on Friday evening thousands of passengers were told their flights had been cancelled.
No-one from British Airways turned up at Hounslow Heath this morning to celebrate the airline’s centenary.BA is marking 100 years since a single-engined aircraft, a De Havilland DH4A, flew from the Middlesex airport to Paris on 25 August 1919.
You can’t fault Google Maps for optimism. At 1pm on Saturday the dark blue dot placed me, accurately, in the middle of the light blue of Morecambe Bay, a mile from the nearest shore.“Try restaurants, coffee,” it advised. At that moment, though, my immediate concern was to ford the channel formed by the River Kent as it rushes from the highlands of Cumbria to the sea.
British Airways reportedly sent out an email incorrectly telling passengers their flights were cancelled.Some passengers rebooked alternative flights after receiving the email – only to later be told their cancelled flights would still go ahead as planned.
*/Our travel correspondent is making the most of the UK in August by taking on a challenge a day. Today: across Cumbria and Northumberland. Slowly.
The time has come for this year's wine harvest (in the northern hempisphere at least), and we've unearthed some of the best spots to go and sample grapes.
Experts are recommending drivers set off after 9pm tonight to get away for the bank holiday weekend.More than 16.5 million leisure journeys are planned over the three-day weekend, with Friday and Saturday expected to be the busiest days on the roads according to data from the RAC and data specialist Inrix.
Is your journey really necessary this weekend? Rail travellers on the two main north-south routes face severe disruption over the bank holiday.On the flagship East Coast main line linking London with Yorkshire, northeast England and Scotland, passengers have been urged not to travel over long weekend.
A couple who inadvertently bought fraudulent easyJet flights say they felt “like criminals” when they were denied boarding at the airport.Kenny Rainford and wife Marie Rylance booked tickets to Alicante, where they have a villa, via an Instagram page called Half Price 365522, which the pair claim they thought was above board.
Manchester is a city with a swagger that isn’t afraid to do things differently. It's known for its outstanding music and sport, arts venues that host innovative events such as the Manchester International Festival, its thriving restaurant scene that offers everything from fine dining to a hip hop chip shop, and its trendy neighbourhoods are bursting with creativity. This originality is shown in its imaginative independent hotels too, where the personal touch will make a stay feel special. From an indulgent retreat with an infinity spa-pool and a glitzy theatrical hotel, to a trendy former textile warehouse with treats galore, here’s our pick of Manchester’s finest boutique hotels.
The Foreign Office (FCO) has warned British travellers of increased checks at the border between mainland China and Hong Kong.The new guidance is in light of the protests that have paralysed the city over the past 11 weeks.
British Airways pilots will strike for three days in September, the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has announced.Union members will stage a walkout on 9, 10 and 27 September after 93 per cent of those balloted voted in favour of industrial action.
Every so often, Jack Sheldon from Jack’s Flight Club selects a flight deal from the UK for Independent readers that you can’t afford to miss. This week: return flights to south east Asia for £380 return.Singapore Airlines has just launched a sale, bringing elusive discounts on its direct route to Singapore from London and Manchester. You can also find convenient connections to a host of popular cities around Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Qantas is working on ‘Project Sunrise’ to develop what will be the world’s longest flight at over 10,500 miles. These are the key issues.What’s the biggest challenge for a London-Sydney nonstop? Not the aircraft technology – the first 747 made the journey between Heathrow and Australia’s largest city in 1989, it just didn’t have any paying passengers onboard. The key to success: are there enough people desperate to get between the two cities as fast as possible to bankroll what will be a very expensive service?
The world’s first ever railway line to be directly supplied with solar power has launched today.The scheme in Aldershot sees signalling and lights being powered by a unit made up of around 100 solar panels, which is also supplying a small amount of energy to the track itself.
If you happen to be travelling in northern Lancashire on Saturday, we might meet as I prepare for a (guided) hike across the sands of Morecambe Bay – the last of seven adventures I am attempting in seven days, and the only one that has been nailed down in advance.I had a basic plan to go over the hills and far away, to experience the best of the UK in the course of a week. And it started well on Sunday with a journey from Cornwall's highest peak, along the course of the River Fowey to the sea – complete with some bracing wild swimming and spectacular landscapes.
It’s been a century since the maiden flight of one of BA’s predecessor airlines.Here are seven key objects that helped make the carrier.
"The bottom-line moral of the story is you don’t give up,” Vicki Van Tassel, the Colorado-born cruise director of Viking Jupiter tells me while we sail under Norway’s midnight sun.
I have only ever cried on leaving one hotel. Granted, it was my honeymoon, and granted, I had planned the entire trip around whether or not I could book a couple of nights at what had become, in my mind, the pinnacle of all hotel stays. I spent many nights in the doldrums of wedding accounting, dreaming about the day it would all be over and I could finally dip my feet in the legendary swimming pool of La Colombe d’Or in Provence with a glass of rosé in hand. And I had to dream about it, because the hotel has never had any social media presence, and its website gives nothing away, save for a phone number and email address (the only method of booking). It more than lived up to expectations: I sunbathed next to a modern art sculpture, drank champagne on the roof, and ate soufflé under twinkling lamp-strewn trees wearing my backup wedding dress. I stayed at another beautiful hotel on my honeymoon, but it wasn’t the same. It too was a cool, classy and totally romantic place to stay, but everyone was documenting how cool, classy and totally romantic it was to post on Instagram – and it ruined the vibe.
Why would you go on holiday just to feel like you are at home? It's a reasonable question, yet an increasing number of stressed-out travellers are seeking out places to stay that are undoubtedly sleek but manage to evoke that warm, comforting feeling of being at home - the stillness, the privacy, an atmosphere that encourages you to spread out, find a quiet corner or wander into the kitchen and help yourself to treats from the fridge. Hotels are plugging into this trend by focusing on cosy common areas, connecting with their building’s history or even doing away with traditional payment methods. Here, we round up hotels that capture that elusive feeling of total relaxation, from a quietly elegant riad in Marrakech to a deluxe one-room concept hotel in Tokyo. It's time to make yourself at home.
A Hawaiian Airlines flight declared an inflight emergency after the plane filled with smoke, resulting in the hospitalisation of seven passengers.Flight HA47 from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, was carrying 184 passengers and seven crew when the incident occurred, 20 minutes before the aircraft landed safely.
Paralympian Sophie Christiansen “went home and cried” after she was stuck on a train with no guard to help her get off.Ms Christiansen, who has won three gold medals for dressage in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, was travelling on a South West Railway (SWR) service from London to Godalming in Surrey.