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NewLeaf eyes Hamilton hub

rp_plane-for-insurance-300x200.jpgApril 17 (TravelAndy): Proposed Canada-based ultra low-cost airline NewLeaf Travel intends to make Hamilton a hub, said CBC.

“The idea is that we are trying to lower the airfares,” said former Frontier vice-president and chief marketing officer of NewLeaf Jim Young. “We don’t like high-cost airports like Vancouver, Calgary, (Toronto) Pearson.”

Young said they had partnered with the existing Flair Airlines Ltd, which is based in Kelownam BC, to supply aircraft and crew.

NewLeaf is looking to start operations this summer.

With NewLeaf, three new players are now attempting to enter the ultra low-cost flying segment in Canada.

3.56 million to visit Thailand for Songkran

ThailandApril 13 (TravelAndy): A record 3.56 million passengers are expected to go through major airports in Thailand during the Songkran holidays, Bangkok Post reported.

Over the 10-day Thai New Year period till April 19, the number of aircraft movements will increase proportionately. During this period, 22,224 flights will operate out of the six main airports operated by Airports of Thailand Plc, an increase of 13.3 per cent as compared to the same period last year.

The report attributed the relatively calm political atmosphere at this time and the country’s attraction as a major international holiday destination as the reasons for the surge in air passengers during this period.

Orlando-Havana flights from July

plane for insuranceApril 13 (TravelAndy): Non-stop flights between Orlando in Florida, US, and Havana, Cuba, will start operating on July 8, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has said.

“With the changing dynamics in the relationship between the US and Cuban governments, we are pleased to offer these flight options to residents in Central Florida,” said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

In the first phase, Island Travel & Tours will operate a weekly flight on Wednesdays. A Sunday flight will be added later in the summer.

US: Demand for travel agents rises

My flight from Naha to Kansai International Airport was cancelled. Thankfully, they were able to accommodate me in a flight later in the day

April 13 (TravelAndy): Good times are here for travel agencies in the US with an increase in the demand for professional travel agents, say American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

This is certainly interesting in the age of online booking websites where it is possible to find the best deals.

“Strong travel sales have necessitated increased hiring among agencies,” said ASTA president and CEO Zane Kerby.

ASTA claims they represent 80 per cent of all travel sold in the US through the travel agency distribution channel.

UK: Public sector rail service could be 10% cheaper

DSCN0686April 13 (TravelAndy): Season tickets prices in the UK could decrease by as much as 10 per cent by 2017 if the the railway service was run by the public sector and not private parties, a campaign group Action for Rail has found.

Train ticket prices in Britain are among Europe’s costliest.

The group further says that between 2015 and 2020, the contracts on 11 train lines will come up for renewal and the government could save GBP1.5 billion if the public sector took over the reins.

Budget travellers will be keeping their fingers crossed about this one.

French help for faster Delhi-Chandigarh train

A high-speed train that runs between Paris and a small station on the border of France and Spain.

April 13 (TravelAndy): If things go to plan, the travel time between Delhi and Chandigarh by train will come down to less than two hours.

Indian Railways and its French counterpart signed a pact to this effect during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country, PTI reported.

The two countries will co-finance an execution study “a semi-high speed project on upgrade of the Delhi-Chandigarh line to 200kmph”.

At present, the fastest train on this route is the Shatabdi Express that takes nearly three-and-a-half hours to complete the 266km journey.

Canada: New ultra low-cost airline proposed

plane for insuranceApril 13 (Travelandy): A former executive of the US-based Frontier Airlines has proposed to launch an ultra low-cost airline based in Canada, the Globe and Mail reported.

The new airline, operated by the NewLeaf Travel Co. Inc, will operate from two secondary airports at Hamilton and Abbotsford and will look to fly to beach destinations in the US.

Former Frontier vice-president and chief marketing officer Jim Young said they had partnered with the existing Flair Airlines Ltd, which is based in Kelownam BC, to supply aircraft and crew.

“Our goal is to stay out of the large primary airports and focus on secondary airports because they represent lower-cost opportunities for us,”  the report quoted Young as saying.

With NewLeaf, three new players are now attempting to enter the ultra low-cost flying segment in Canada.

Air tickets cheaper on Tuesdays: Expedia

plane for insuranceApril 13 (TravelAndy): Buying your flight ticket on Tuesdays is most likely to give you the best deal, says travel giant Expedia.

In a “comprehensive review of air travel data” brought out by the company, it says, “For years, based largely upon data from ticket purchases over time, industry insiders believed that the best day of the week to buy (i.e., the day of the week with the lowest average ticket prices) was Tuesday. A recent study by Expedia of air-ticket price data indicates that for travel booked more than three weeks in advance of departure date, Tuesday still appears, by the slimmest of margins, to be the best day of the week to buy.”

It must be remembered that this statement by Expedia is only based on statistics.

Airfares lowest for Tues & Wed flights

plane for insuranceApril 13 (TravelAndy): Airfares tend to be lowest for flights that depart on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, say experts of Airfarewatchdog, Cheapair and Expedia.

However, it is important to remember that this is not an exact science and these assumptions are only based on trends.

In a “comprehensive review of air travel data” brought out by travel giant Expedia, it says for short-haul trips, travelers can save up to 25 per cent by departing on Saturday and returning on Tuesday as compared to departing on Sunday and returning on Monday.

For long-haul flights, Expedia says, leaving on a Thursday and returning on Monday can prove 20 per cent cheaper than departing on Friday and returning on Saturday.