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Green activists furious over EasyJet new domestic routes – ‘more viable by train’

Some of the airlines’ new domestic routes include Birmingham to Newquay, which is less than 200 miles, for £22.99.

EasyJet decided to create more domestic routes to “give Brits more options to reconnect or take a break this summer”.

However, this move has been criticised by green campaigners as it is likely to increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace UK said: “Companies like easyJet claim to take sustainability seriously, but their announcement of 12 new domestic routes shows they will not prioritise our planet’s health over their profits until they are forced to do so by law.

“Domestic flights have long been a symbol of how our economic system incentivises our own destruction. These new UK routes show easyJet continues to but profits over the planet,” it continued.

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EasyJet has put more than 60,000 additional seats on sale across routes from Belfast to Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasglow.

Some of the airlines’ new domestic routes include Birmingham to Newquay, which is less than 200 miles, for £22.99.

Most of them are viable by train, but easyJet decided to offer cheaper prices than rail operators.

Some people took to social media to criticise the airline’s decision.

What do you think? Join the debate in the comments section here

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“Exactly what you need in a #ClimateEmergency! But it’s interesting that Easyjet spins it primarily as an opportunity to “connect with friends, family & loved ones,” said an angry user.

“EasyJet is opening 12 new domestic routes for flights, most are viable by train,” commented another one.

EasyJet UK country manager Ali Gayward said: “We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or to explore the UK so these additional new routes today should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice.”

Director of Leeds Bradford airport, John Cunliffe, supported the decision.

“The announcement of the new route to Belfast International airport further strengthens the connectivity between Northern Ireland and the Leeds city region, the largest economy in the UK outside of London.”

However, director of Greenpeace UK, John Sauven, said the move showed that the UK is not taking seriously the target to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The Government committed to cut emissions by 68 percent by 2030.

He said: “The UK Government claims to be a climate leader but is considering lowering taxes on domestic flights despite them being cheaper than train fares on many routes.

“What will it take to make ministers understand that you can’t hit carbon reduction targets without carbon reduction policies?”

An easyJet’s spokesperson replied to this: “The new routes which will operate this summer have been introduced in response to the demand we’re seeing for domestic air travel in the UK and as with all our flights, we offset all of the carbon emissions from the fuel used for them.”

She also said the company was using more efficient aircraft and “supporting the development of radical new technologies to achieve zero-emission flying in the future, which we are committed to transitioning to as soon as they are available”.

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TUI boosts Portugal holidays with five new weekly flight routes across the UK

Portugal holidays have seen a boost in recent weeks thanks to the nation’s place on the green list for travel. In a bid to provide more options for holidaymakers throughout the summer, TUI has bolstered its flight offering.
Now, travellers can select from five more new weekly routes which jet off from airports all around the country.

The five new flights all operate to Faro, in the popular holiday resort of the Algarve.

Newcastle Airport will welcome two new weekly flights departing every Thursday and every Sunday from May 27 until October 28, and from May 30 until October 31 respectively.

Birmingham Airport will see a new weekly flight jetting off every Sunday from May 30 through to October 31.

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The holiday provider is also offering customers the opportunity to save “an extra £50 on holidays to Portugal departing up to 31st August, with a minimum spend of £1000 per booking” with the code SUMMER.

Portugal requires all travellers to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure.

Furthermore, holidaymakers travelling from “green list” destinations back to the UK are required to take one test before departing for the UK, and a further PCR test on day two of their return.

In a bid to help customers save money on tests, TUI has partnered with Chronomics to offer subsidised testing packages for those purchasing package holidays to green list destinations.

“Due to ongoing uncertainty, we have unfortunately had to cancel all holidays to the following Red and Amber destinations up to and including 27th June: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Turkey, Egypt, Cape Verde, Morocco, Tunisia and Bulgaria,” the holiday provider said in a statement.

It added: “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned.”

“We are constantly reviewing our holiday programme and cancellations in line with the Government updates every three weeks, with the next update due in early June.”

Customers will be contacted with regards to their cancelled holidays to select either a refund or to rebook.

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Jet2 flights & holidays: Latest updates after cancellations & new Europe routes to launch

Jet2[1] flights and holidays have been continually pushed back as the Government postponed international travel amid Covid concerns. Foreign jet-setting is currently set to resume on May 17 at the earliest. So when will Jet2 flights and holidays recommence after countless cancellations over the past month?
“After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.”

He called for more clarity, stating: “Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

The CEO continued: “Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021.”

Jet2 passengers impacted by the cancellations will be contacted and provided with their options; refunds will be offered.

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This week Jet2 revealed more news about new routes. These are the latest updates you need to know.

Jet2 new routes

Jet2 announced on Wednesday it will operate new summer services to Innsbruck in Austria for Summer 20222.

The airline will operate flights to Innsbruck from Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol Airport from May through to September 2022.

Services will operate weekly (Saturday) from Birmingham and Bristol Airports from May 28 through to September 24 and twice-weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) from Manchester Airport from May 25 through to September 24.

Getaways will operate to Sicily from five UK bases (Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted) with flights operating into Catania Airport.

Jet2 is also launching package holidays to Sicily with a fantastic choice of beach resorts on sale including Taormina, Taormina Mare, Giardini Naxos​, Syracuse, Cefalu and Campofelice Di Roccella.

Jet2 is also putting flights and holidays on sale to Sardinia from four UK bases for Summer 22 (Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted).

Resorts on sale in Sardinia include Porto Cervo​, Baia Sardinia​, Budoni​, San Teodoro​, Cannigione​, San Pantaleo, Orosei and Pittulongu, as well as city breaks to Olbia.

Other new routes include Toulouse, Iceland, Tivat (Montenegro) and Athens.

References

  1. ^ Jet2 (www.express.co.uk)

Jet2 flights and holidays: Latest Jet2 updates as new Italy routes to launch

Jet2[1] flights and holidays have been repeatedly cancelled due to Government travel restrictions during the Covid crisis. Luckily, after the Government’s roadmap was announced, the end of travel misery was signposted. Jet2 went on to announce that its flights and holidays would resume from May 17 – the earliest date at which international travel can resume. These are the latest Jet2 updates.

Jet2 flights and holidays updates

Jet’s latest statement, issued a month ago said: “Following the release of the government’s roadmap, we’ve taken the decision to extend the suspension of all flights up to and including May 16, 2021.

“If you’ve been affected by these programme changes, we’ll be automatically cancelling your booking with a full refund.

“If you’re due to travel from May 17, 2021, onwards, we’ll provide an update closer to the time.

“We want our customers to be on holiday enjoying themselves and we’re looking forward to resuming our award-winning flights. In the meantime, we’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding.”

No fresh update has been provided as yet.

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Today Jet2 revealed more news about two new routes. These are the latest updates you need to know.

Jet2 new routes

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have today announced the launch of flights and holidays to Sicily and Sardinia for summer 2022.

This expands Jet2’s Italian programme to seven destinations.

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Getaways will operate to Sicily from five UK bases (Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted) with flights operating into Catania Airport.

This opens up a range of popular resorts on the east coast of the island, which are just a short transfer away.

Jet2 is also launching package holidays to Sicily with a fantastic choice of beach resorts on sale including Taormina, Taormina Mare, Giardini Naxos​, Syracuse, Cefalu and Campofelice Di Roccella.

Customers can take their pick from a selection of quality accommodation, with a range of star ratings and types of board basis available.

In addition, packages are also on sale through Jet2CityBreaks to the historic city of Catania.

Jet2 is also putting flights and holidays on sale to Sardinia from four UK bases for Summer 22 (Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted).

With flights operating into Olbia Airport, this opens up the east coast of Sardinia and a range of resorts that host some of the best beaches in Europe.

Resorts on sale in Sardinia include Porto Cervo​, Baia Sardinia​, Budoni​, San Teodoro​, Cannigione​, San Pantaleo, Orosei and Pittulongu, as well as city breaks to Olbia.

Jet2 summer 2022 Sicily and Sardinia flight programme

Sicily (via Catania Airport):

Birmingham – weekly Wednesday services operating from May 2 to October 26.

Bristol – weekly Tuesday services operating from May 3 to October 25.

Leeds Bradford – weekly Wednesday services operating from May 4 to October 26.

Manchester – up to two weekly services (Tuesday and Saturday), with flights operating from April 30 to October 29.

London Stansted – up to two weekly services (Wednesday and Sunday), with flights operating from May 1 to October 30.

Sardinia (via Olbia Airport):

Birmingham – weekly Sunday services operating from May 29 to October 30.

Leeds Bradford – weekly Wednesday services operating from May 25 to October 26.

Manchester – up to two weekly services (Wednesday and Sunday) operating from May 1 to October 30.

London Stansted – up to two weekly services (Wednesday and Sunday) operating from May 1 to October 30.

References

  1. ^ Jet2 (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ France holidays: Simon Calder ‘absolutely confident’ travel to resume (www.express.co.uk)

easyJet flights: Five new routes to European beaches as holidays for 2021 open up

Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, commented: “We are more than pleased that easyJet will be adding additional leisure sun destinations direct from Birmingham Airport this summer.

“easyJet already offers direct routes to Amsterdam, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Geneva, so these additional sunshine routes demonstrate the strong demand in the region for both business and leisure travel and the carrier’s commitment to serving the Midlands.

“We are continuing to work with easyJet, looking at future route opportunities and an expansion of its services to ensure customers have a choice of destination, flexibility and price from Birmingham Airport.

“Customers can confidently book with easyJet with the reassurance that their flights and holidays are ATOL and ABTA protected.”

Shutoffs at world’s major trade routes evolving as Europe’s busiest freight line remains closed & cargo still stuck in Egypt

Europe’s busiest freight train route connecting Genoa and Rotterdam won’t be able to resume operations until April after a massive rock slide that choked tracks in the Rhine Gorge, a World Heritage Site in Germany.

“We are assuming that operations will be resumed in April,” Volker Hentschel, board member for asset and maintenance management at DB Netz AG of Deutsche Bahn, said as quoted by FAZ, Frankfurt-based media.

One of the major European trade routes was closed on March 15 after a rock slide that left about 15,000 cubic meters of loose rock in the area.

“Of course, we want the trains on the right [bank of the] Rhine to start rolling again as quickly as possible, but safety comes first,” the official said, stressing that the extensive securing of the slope with nets can only begin after further blasting of loose rock.
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Freight trains are reportedly being diverted to the left bank of the Rhine, while passengers are carried by temporary bus shuttles on the right bank of the river.

The statement comes shortly after Salvager, the Dutch company working on releasing a giant container ship grounded in the Suez Canal, said the troubled cargo would be freed by the start of next week if heavier tugboats succeed in dislodging the vessel. The Panama-flagged container ship Evergreen got stuck in the canal – one of the world’s busiest water routes – on Tuesday, after it veered off course in high winds.

More news regarding roadblocks came from China, where a truck carrying an Evergreen shipping container crashed, causing a massive traffic jam on the Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway in Nanjing.

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Flights: Ryanair and Jet2 issue holiday updates as routes added and flight change fee axed

The airline announced it is extending its zero flight change fee for all customers who book before June 30, 2021.

“Ryanair customers can now book their well-deserved summer break safe in the knowledge that if their plans change, they can move their travel dates twice with zero change fee until the end of October 2021,” said the carrier in a statement.

Ryanair has announced a new Liverpool to Kaunas (Lithuania) route from June 4, 2021, flying twice a week as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule.

To celebrate, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just €24.99 for travel until the end of October 2021, which must be booked by midnight Sunday, March 21, on the Ryanair.com website.

China pledges to build ‘Polar Silk Road’ by developing Arctic shipping routes

Beijing has announced this week its intention to construct a “Polar Silk Road” and actively participate in the development of Arctic and Antarctic regions as part of its new 2021-2025 “five-year plan.”

According to the plan published on Friday, China would “participate in pragmatic cooperation in the North Pole” and “raise its ability to participate in the protection and utilization of the South Pole.”

The plans to extend the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping routes were announced back in 2018. China said at the time that it wanted to create new freight routes linking Asia and Europe via the Northeast, Northwest and Central Passages of the Arctic, which raised concerns about the fragile environment of the region. It also said it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages, paving the way for Arctic shipping routes that would form a “Polar Silk Road.”
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Land territories in the Arctic cover an area of around 8 million square km, with sovereignty belonging to Russia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Canada and the United States. The Arctic Ocean is more than 12 million square km, and the countries that border it, along with other nations, share maritime rights and interests according to international law.

Despite being a non-Arctic state, China is increasingly active in the polar region. It became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013. The country has a major stake in the Russian Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, which is expected to supply China with four million tons of LNG per year.
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At the end of last year, China also announced plans to launch a new satellite to track shipping routes and monitor changes in sea ice in the Arctic. It plans to launch the satellite in 2022.

Focused on trade-boosting infrastructure projects along the path of the ancient Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect China to Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

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Sunday drives: Designer and TV host Patrick Grant shares his favourite driving routes

Working with BMW, Patrick Grant has shared six of his favourite drives across the British Isles, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Patrick said: “Over the past year we’ve learnt to slow down and appreciate the smaller things. We’re lucky in this country that most people live thirty minutes from somewhere spectacularly beautiful that makes our soul feel better.

“The Sunday Drive is the perfect opportunity, to get dressed up, plan a route, make a beautiful picnic and spend time out in nature.”

Gleneagles Hotel and Perthshire

90 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes

Head north from the hotel towards Comrie then enjoy a big loop around two lochs – Loch Earn and Loch Tay – on beautiful open roads then south across the glens towards Crieff and then the hotel.

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