Δευτέρα, 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017
Cunard made an announcement of adding fourth ship to its fleets and the vessel will be delivered in 2022. The fleet which is yet to be named will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
The new ship will mark for the first time the brand having four ships in simultaneous service since 1998. So far an investment of £120 has been made for the refurbishment of the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.
Simon Palethorpe the senior vice president of Cunard said that they recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of ocean liner and the legendary QE2. The details of the new ship will be revealed from 2018.
The vice president further mentioned that the best way to celebrate the role of Cunard’s past is by announcing the future commitments with the addition of a new ship. The new ship will underpin their plan of continuous growth across the international market.
A cut in air taxes is urgently required to safeguard growth post-Brexit, as declared by two major airlines today.
Emirates and American Airlines has joined Heathrow Airport in warning that British business travellers are being charged much more than continental neighbours. A Fair Tax on Flying, a campaign group said cutting Air Passenger Duty by half is likely to boost UK earnings by nearly £5 billion in the first year, increasing to £20 billion within the year 2022.
The managing director of American Airlines Rhett Workman at Heathrow said that post-Brexit, Britain needs to remain open for businessmen.
And, the president of Emirates named Tim Clark said that the UK aviation taxes are among the highest in the world. Cutting them would largely benefit consumers, stimulating corporate and leisure travel and sending strong signals that the UK is really serious about building stronger global air and trade links, especially in the post-Brexit world.
APD had been introduced by Gordon Brown in 1994 as a charge on vacationers and other tourists. It ranges from £13 for short-haul economy flights to £75 for long-haul business class travellers.
Heathrow has argued that a cut would permit opening more routes for post-Brexit trade.
It went on to add that the UK had paid £225 million more in terms of taxes on domestic flights alone as compared to counterparts in the other European nations.
The calls had arrived ahead of the budget on 22nd November
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The stringent and outdated operating restrictions which have exacerbated the chaos at Sydney Airport twice in the past week must be immediately reviewed in order to give airlines the flexibility to recover quickly when exceptional circumstances lead to mass delays and disruption to the national aviation network, the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) said.
TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said that under the current restrictions in place at Sydney Airport, airlines and passengers across Australia are unnecessarily at the mercy of unforeseen events such as severe weather or technical glitches.
“With thousands and thousands of passengers yet again stranded at airports all over Australia this morning as a result of a major technical problem outside the airport’s control, the Federal Government and Opposition must together take a stand and commit to badly needed reform of the current constraints,” Ms Osmond said.
“Not only have these recent massive delays impacted flights along the eastern seaboard, but the problems have been compounded because Sydney’s movement restrictions prevent airlines from effectively recovering their schedules, causing knock-on delays to flights around the country.
“It’s time common sense prevailed. Australia can’t keep grinding to a halt every time there is a problem at Sydney Airport.
“There is a clear problem and an obvious solution, but airline industry, air travellers and freight customers are being held hostage by a lack of political will.”
Ms Osmond said TTF is calling on the Federal Government to abolish the requirement to measure aircraft movements every 15 minutes, limiting total arrivals and departures to 20 every quarter hour, and to provide further operating flexibility by increasing movement caps from the current 80 to at least 85 per hour in exceptional circumstances to help airlines recover from major delays.
“It is absolutely critical there is some flexibility built into Sydney Airport’s stringent operating restrictions so the entire eastern seaboard isn’t severely and unnecessarily impacted when issues arise,” Ms Osmond said.
“We can’t keep having this debate every time there is an issue. It’s time for action on the crippling constraints that continue to shut down our national aviation network and impact the national economy.”
While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are used around the world as a way of helping people quit smoking, travellers coming to Thailand should be aware that these devices are in fact illegal in the kingdom.
Anyone found breaking this law by using an electronic cigarette – or vaping – in Thailand could be arrested and face jail time, or a fine several times the value of the illegal item(s). This applies both to foreigners and Thais.
There have been recent incidents of foreign travellers who were unaware of the ban facing an on-the-spot fine or being arrested.
Many may ask why a device designed to aid people in quitting the habit is being banned. A government spokesman said the ban was introduced for health reasons and that it was originally suggested because electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking.
That ban has been in place since 2014.
Thus, travellers coming to Thailand are advised not to bring any electronic cigarettes with them, nor any item or equipment associated with e-cigarettes; such as, the liquid used in the device.
Likewise, travel agents or tour operators selling Thailand as a destination should make sure their clients are aware of the ban in place on electronic cigarettes.