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Somnath-Puri special train from May 13

rp_IMG_2383-300x30011.jpgApril 29 (TravelAndy): A pair of special trains will run between the pilgrimage destinations of Somnath in west Indian state of Gujarat and Puri, situated on the eastern coast of the country in Odisha.
Train No. 09207 Somnath – Puri (Weekly) Special train will leave Somnath at 07.20 every Saturday and reach Puri at 10.05  the next Monday from May 13 to July 1, 2017.
In the return direction, Train No.09208 Puri – Somnath (Weekly) Special train will leave Puri at 19.45 every Wednesday and reach Somnath at 21.00 hrs the next Friday from May 17 to July 5, 2017.
The train will have AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, sleeper class and general second class coaches.
The train will halt at Veraval, Keshod, Junagadh, Jetalsar, Virpur, Gondal, Bhakti Nagar, Rajkot, Wankaner, Surendra Nagar, Ahmedabad, Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Nandurbar, Amalner, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Malkapur, Shegaon, Akola, Badnera Jn, Wardha Jn, Nagpur, Gondia Jn, Raj Nandgaon, Durg, Raipur, Mahasamund, Kariar Road, Kantabanji, Titlagarh, Kesinga, Rayagada, Vizianagaram, Ichchapuram, Brahmapur, Balugaon and Khurda Road stations in both directions.
This will be the only train running between Somnath and Puri.

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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 →

Alliance Air to fly Delhi-Shimla from April 27

The Alliance Air aircraft at the Shimla airport on Wednesday. A special flight was organised for India's civil aviation minister and other officials a day ahead of the official inauguration of the flight. Picture: twitter.com/airindiain

The Alliance Air aircraft at the Shimla airport on Wednesday. A special flight was organised for India’s civil aviation minister and other officials a day ahead of the official inauguration of the flight. Picture: twitter.com/airindiain

April 26 (TravelAndy): Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air will operate a Delhi-Shimla-Delhi flight from April 27.

This initiative is taken to enhance tourist footfall in Shimla, the popular hill station in north India’s Himachal Pradesh state.

“On the Delhi-Shimla leg, we will carry 35 passengers while on the return only 15 passengers will be able to fly. The government will compensate for the loss with a Viability Gap Funding of about INR3,000 per seat,” Alliance Air CEO C.S. Subbiah told The Hindu. Continue Reading →

First international flight from Odisha today

Aircraft at Klia2, AirAsia's hub in Kuala Lumpur

Aircraft at Klia2, AirAsia’s hub in Kuala Lumpur

April 26 (TravelAndy): The first international flight will land at and take off today from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, capital of the east Indian state of Odisha.

“Odisha creates history today. The first direct international flight service commences with arrival of @AirAsia flight AK 31 from KUL to BBI,” Odisha Tourism tweeted through its official handle @odisha_tourism today.

The AirAsia flight will connect Bhubaneswar and Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. Continue Reading →

WestJet plans to launch ultra-low-cost carrier

WestJetApril 26 (TravelAndy): WestJet has announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals.

Service is expected to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s. The ULCC will provide Canadians with no-frills, lower-cost travel options.

“We have built WestJet from its low-cost, regional roots into a renowned, international airline with service to 21 countries and today it’s all about disrupting at the price-sensitive end of the market,” said Clive Beddoe, co-founder of WestJet and Chair of the Board of the Directors. “Launching a ULCC will broaden WestJet’s growth opportunities and open new market segments by offering more choice to those Canadians looking for lower fares.” Continue Reading →

WestJet: Want a credit card with that flight?

WestJetApril 26 (TravelAndy): Canadian airline WestJet recently announced the introduction of an exclusive WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard application offer on the payment page of the mobile version of westjet.com.

The application makes it easy for WestJet guests to apply, get approved and immediately use the card to pay for their flight booking.

“WestJet is the first Canadian airline to feature this instant credit card application during the booking process,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet senior vice-president, marketing and digital. “This innovative offer allows our guests to use their mobile devices to apply for the number-one ranked travel reward credit card in Canada, book a flight and take advantage of instant savings all in one session. WestJet works diligently to create programs that align directly with our award-winning guest experience. By continually raising the bar on technology we continue being easy to do business with while saving our guests time and money.” Continue Reading →

Normandy in France to promote tourism

NormandyApril 25 (Notintown.net): The Cotentin Peninsula – also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula – in the Normandy region of France, will soon see its many tourism boards undergo a major restructuring in the next few months.

By June this year, 11 local tourism boards will have merged into one big entity and renamed Cotentin Tourist office making it, arguably, one of the most powerful tourism boards in the country with an annual budget of EUR4 million.

Out of this budget, up to EUR1 million will be kept aside to promote Cotentin worldwide; of which India, Middle East and China will be important focus markets. 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 →