July 16 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to normalise tourism, Nepal on Wednesday urged other nations to consider lifting their travel warnings issued after the devastating April earthquake.
Tourism minister of Nepal Kripasur Sherpa reportedly said that only 15 per cent of Nepal remained affected and the other parts were safe for tourists.
The US, UK, Switzerland, New Zealand and Italy have already called off their travel advisory against travelling to Nepal. Continue reading Withdraw travel warnings, appeals Nepal
July 15 (TravelAndy): Indian budget airline SpiceJet is offering 1 lakh one way tickets at INR1 for purchases made exclusively through their mobile app on iPhone and Android.
Booking is open till the midnight of July 17 for travel between July 15, 2015 and March 31, 2016.
This special discount is valid only for round trips. Continue reading INR1 tickets on SpiceJet mobile app
July 14 (TravelAndy): Godavari Pushkaram, touted as the Kumbh Mela of South India, begins on Tuesday. The festival takes place every 12 years.
The “mela”, meaning fair, will be celebrated in the two South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It will continue for 12 days.
The western bank of Godavari river at Rajahmundry and the eastern bank at Kovvuru will see thousands of pilgrims taking ritualistic dips. Continue reading Godavari Kumbh Mela begins
July 13 (TravelAndy) : Travellers can now carry a permissible amount of marijuana on flights within the west American state of Oregon.
The state’s recreational marijuana law went into effect from July 1.
The aviation security at Portland Airport, Oregon, will let passengers carry up to one ounce of marijuana on flights within the state, reports said. Continue reading Flying with marijuana legal in Oregon
July 12 (TravelAndy): Hyderabad-based low cost airline TruJet started operations today.
The carrier has begun with flights from Hyderabad to Tirupati and Rajahmundry.
On Friday, TruJet started selling tickets through online travel service provider Goibibo. Continue reading Hyderabad-based TruJet takes off
July 11 (TravelAndy): A volcanic eruption in Indonesia forced the authorities to close four airports, including Bali’s Denpasar airport, on Friday causing chaos among tourists visiting the popular beach destination.
As Mount Raung in the island of Java kept belching ash, flight services remained suspended in and out of Bali.
A number of vacationers were stalled in Bali airport and several Bali-bound tourists were stranded in Jakarta airport due to cancellation of flights. Continue reading Volcanic eruption hits Bali tourism
July 10 (TravelAndy): The Indian government is mulling to allow Google Earth to upload 3D images of Indian cities. If this works out, it will be good news for travellers for it will help them get to know a place better before visiting it.
If the government gives its nod, important buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister’s office could be seen and explored through Google Earth. Continue reading India mulls 3D debut on Google Earth
July 9 (TravelAndy): India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has rejected a proposal by domestic airlines SpiceJet, IndiGo and AirAsia India to let them charge for check-in luggage, said reports.
The DGCA said such a fee could only be imposed on luggage that is in excess of 15kg.
In April, the DGCA had categorised check-in luggage as an unbundled item, allowing airlines to charge extra for any check-in luggage. Continue reading Checked-in bags to stay free up to 15kg
July 8 (TravelAndy): Tigerair is offering 50 per cent discount fares on its flights to Singapore from Indian cities on the occasion of the city-state’s 50th Independence year.
Singapore Airlines holds the majority stake in Tigerair.
On bookings till July 15, the airline is offering one-way fares of INR3,799 from Chennai, INR3,999 from Kochi, INR4,299 from Hyderabad, INR4,999 from Trichy and INR5,499 from Bengaluru. Continue reading Discounts on Tigerair India-Singapore fares
Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said yesterday that the service would be functional in two months.
The current helpline operates in Hindi and English. Continue reading India: 12-language helpline for tourists
July 6 (TravelAndy): India-based budget airline SpiceJet has hiked booking cancellation charges for both domestic and international flights.
The cancellation charge for domestic flights has been raised to INR1,800 from INR1,500. For international flights, it is now INR 2,250, said the airline.
According to the latest revision, a passenger cancelling a ticket between two and 48 hours before take off has to pay INR 2,250, which is 50 per cent higher than earlier. A passenger cancelling between two and seven days will have to pay INR2,000, and someone cancelling seven to 30 days prior to travel will have to shell out INR 1,500. Continue reading SpiceJet increases ticket cancel fees
July 5 (TravelAndy): American airline JetBlue started flights between New York and Cuba’s capital Havana on Friday, said reports.
After the US government eased travel restrictions to Cuba, JetBlue is the first airline to charter direct flights from the John F. Kennedy airport in New York to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
The weekly flight takes off from New York at 12noon and reach Havana at 3.30pm local time. The return flight leaves Havana at 4.30pm and arrives at New York at 8pm. Continue reading JetBlue starts New York-Havana flight