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Neil Sowerby’s travel shorts 04/10/2010

Easyjet, Jet2, flybe, apps, Nantes, Tel Aviv, Guernsey, Giggs and apps

Published on October 4th 2010.

Neil Sowerby’s travel shorts 04/10/2010

easyJet, has just announced its summer 2011 schedule from Manchester Airport. The low-fares airline has confirmed it will be operating a total of 22 summer routes from Manchester, which are all available to book now for travel from March 27 until September 18, 2011. Flights to popular summer sun destinations start at Malaga from £29.99, Malta from £39.99 and Paphos from £43.99 (one-way including taxes). For more information or to book visit www.easyJet.com .

Rival Jet2.com are increasing their Manchester to Tel Aviv service to three times a week from July 2011. An additional Tuesday service will operate from July 12 to September 6 in addition to existing Monday and Thursday flights. This follows overwhelming customer demand for the destination, which also saw Jet2.com double the frequency of its flights during the winter. Prices start from £99.99 one way, including taxes. For more information visit Jet2.com. The picture shows one of Tel Aviv's popular beaches is courtesy of the Israel Museum of Tourism (www.goisrael.com).

Meanwhile, if you have the need to visit Aberdeen or Nantes, it’s worth checking out Flybe’s latest year-round routes. From early December Flybe will operate three return flights a day to and from Aberdeen Monday to Friday, as well as one return flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays: and on its new Nantes route, four return flights a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Nantes, surprisingly France’s sixth biggest city, is the commercial hub of Brittany, offering much to business travellers. Flights are available for booking at www.flybe.com with Manchester-Aberdeen fares from £29.99 one way, including taxes and airport charges; with Manchester to Nantes fares from £39.99 one way, including taxes and charges. Both new routes will be operated by state-of-the-art 78-seat, 2x2 seat configured Q400 aircraft, which have helped it win recent awards, including Europe’s No1 regional airline.

APPS are conquering the earth. Some are more useful than others, especially those that can ease your travel angst. Manchester Airport has launched a free iPhone app aimed at helping passengers using its facilities. Among the features include real time flight information for arrivals and departures, with the ability to view whether a flight is ready to board (pictured), and the option to save specific flights into a personal list. Users can also view Google maps of the terminal buildings, and get directions to the airport, and once inside interactive maps will help passengers find the location of shops, cafes, and other facilities. The application also enables iPhone users to “save time and money” by pre-booking car parking at the airport. Eventually the Airport hopes to expand the app with passengers able to book all holiday extras through the iPhone application, supporting the recently launched Travel Extras Store on the airport website. The airport has more information on the app at www. manchesterairport.co.uk, but it can also be downloaded directly from the iTunes store by searching under Manchester Airport.

Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs may be currently on the sidelines for Manchester United but they are out there larger than life at the Airport, championing Turkish Airlines, the Reds’ official airline partner. The giant posters around Terminal support the new year-long “Flying High Together” campaign. A conflict of interest when United draw Turkish opposition later in the Champions League?

IF you want to know about a destination – ask a local. That’s the principle behind a new VisitGuernsey campaign, which is recruiting locals as ‘ambassadors. Any islanders travelling elsewhere in the UK (and further afield) are being asked to share their own experiences with potential new visitors by handing out promotional cards. The credit card sized “Love Guernsey” cards unfold to show pictures of some of Guernsey’s key attractions and best features. They also have a map showing the island’s location, and – most importantly – contact details to gain more information. Guernsey is active year round in promoting its tourist assets. For the next six weeks it is running Tennerfest, offering visitors meals at fixed prices, starting from £10. Currently flybe and Aurigny run direct services to Guernsey from Manchester. For details visit www.flybe.com and www.aurigny.com .

NEW to cruising? For help, visit this highly informative website I’ve just discovered – Cruise Critic® (www.cruisecritic.co.uk). This year’s hot destinations include Asia, South America and the Middle East. Anyone for deck quoits or the captain’s

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