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Norwegian to fly London-Singapore from Sep 28

rp_norwegian-300x289.jpgApril 27 (TravelAndy): Budget airline Norwegian will start flights between London and Singapore from September 28, 2017, the airline said.

With this, the airline’s growing low-cost long-haul network expands to Asia.

Norwegian will operate four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter, from London’s Gatwick to Singapore’s Changi Airport. Continue Reading →

e-Visas for 18 countries to Russia far east

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x300111.jpgApril 24 (TravelAndy): Russia has simplified visa procedures for the citizens of 18 countries, including India, to its far east when the visitors are entering the country through checkpoints at the Free Port of Vladivostok.

A list of 18 countries has been approved whose citizens can obtain electronic single entry business, tourist or humanitarian visas when entering the Russian Federation through checkpoints at the Free Port of Vladivostok. This initiative is aimed at enhancing the investment appeal of the region and expanding business ties by facilitating projects involving foreign companies, and attracting more foreign tourists, an official statement said.

The signed directive submitted by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East contains an approved list of 18 countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Brunei, India, Qatar, People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan. Continue Reading →

Air India to fly Delhi-Washington DC direct

rp_Air-India-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpgApril 21 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship carrier Air India will start direct flights between New Delhi and Washington DC from July 7, 2017.

The nonstop thrice-a-week service will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, said the airline.
The flight will leave New Delhi at 01.15 and reach DC at 07.15. The return flight will depart from Washington at 11.00 and reach Delhi at 10.30 the next day.

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Indigo adds Mangalore to its flight network

rp_IndiGo-300x30011111.jpgApril 19 (TravelAndy): IndiGo, Indian low-cost carrier has announced Mangalore as its new destination, said the airline in a release.
Effective May 01 2017, IndiGo will operate daily non-stop flights from Mangalore to Bengaluru and Mumbai at fares starting Rs 1499.

Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo said, “Mangalore, an important seaport and a major commercial centre in Karnataka with the state’s second busiest airport, is fast gaining prominence as a business hub and a tourist gateway. We have been getting requests to connect the city of Mangalore for years.” Continue Reading →

Glass roof train on Vizag-Araku route

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x30011.jpgApril 18 (TravelAndy): To delight passengers travelling from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, Indian Railways launched a special glass top coach, which will provide panoramic view of the route.

Known as Vistadome, this air-conditioned coach attached  to the Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train, claims to be a first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways.

It has glass top and glass window, providing 360 degree see-through view of the 128 km journey to the scenic Araku valley. Continue Reading →

Qantas switches on free in-flight Wi-Fi

rp_Logo-R1-square-bg-300x30011.jpgApril 14 (TravelAndy): Australian flagship carrier Qantas has switched on inflight Wi-Fi for customers travelling on board its internet-capable Boeing 737-800, offering fast, free connectivity on Australian domestic flights.

Following months of performance testing, Wi-Fi will now operate in beta mode on a single Boeing 737 aircraft, so customers can test it out for themselves on selected flights while Qantas continues to fine-tune the system.

Testing is expected to be complete by mid-year, and from there installation of the technology is expected to begin on Qantas’ domestic fleet of Airbus 330s and Boeing 737s. The roll-out across 80 aircraft will be completed at the end of 2018. Continue Reading →

IndiGo offers tickets from INR1599

rp_IndiGo-300x30011111.jpgApril 11 (TravelAndy): Indian low cost carrier IndiGo has announced a limited period summer discount, with fares starting from INR1599.

The offer is available till April 12, 2017, midnight, for a travel period of  May 1 to June 30, 2017, said the airline.

The lowest fare is applicable on flights operating on the Kolkata-Bhubaneswar and Kolkata- Ranchi routes. Continue Reading →

Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus starts

Esplanade in central Kolkata

Esplanade in central Kolkata

April 9 (TravelAndy): To facilitate travel between India and Bangladesh, a Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was flagged off from Kolkata yesterday.

This is a part of several initiatives being taken to strengthen bilateral relations and provide better tourism, road and rail connectivity for citizens of both India and Bangladesh. (Also read: Kolkata budget travel guide)

The bus services are being operated on the Kolkata-Dhaka and Kolkata- Dhaka-Agaratala routes in addition to the newly introduced Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service. Continue Reading →

Emirates to fly Dubai-Bali twice a day

The-Emirates-Boeing-777-300ER-2-300x2001April 7 (TravelAndy): Emirates will start it second daily flight between Dubai and the Indonesia tourist hotspot Bali from July 2, 2017.

Operated by Emirates’ popular Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 386 seats in Economy Class. The outbound flight EK360 will depart from Dubai at 0125hrs and arrive in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 1430hrs, the airline said.

This service will connect seamlessly with a number of destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris and London. It will also enable passengers to connect domestically to the nearby cities of Surabaya, Makassar and Lombok.

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VietJet launches Hanoi-Siem Reap daily flight

Bayon Temple in Siem Reap

Bayon Temple in Siem Reap

April 5 (TravelAndy): Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet has launched an international flight between Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia, said the airline. (Also read: The awesome Cambodia travel guide on TravelAndy)

The daily flight leaves Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi at 16:55 and arrives in Siem Reap at 18:40.

The return flight departs from Siem Reap at 19:30 and arrives in Hanoi at 21:15. Continue Reading →

AirAsia to fly Pontianak-Kuching direct from June 5  

rp_Air-Asia-300x217-300x217.jpgApril 4 (TravelAndy): Budget airline AirAsia has announced to start a direct flight between Pontianak in Indonesia and Kuching in Malaysia from June 5, 2017.

This will mark the airline’s first direct flight route between Indonesia and Kuching.

At present, AirAsia flies only one flight from Pontianak to Malaysia — to the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur.  Continue Reading →