August 10 (TravelAndy): Budget airline Air Asia announced on Monday that it had achieved the milestone of having flown 300 million passengers and said it was offering fares from INR990 to celebrate the occasion.
Air Asia India itself has flown one million passengers, said reports.
Air Asia India is offering this promotional scheme for travel between February 15, 2016 and August 15, 2016. Continue reading Air Asia fares from INR990
The service will initially continue during the month of August.
It is expected to be resumed later to facilitate the requirement of students, business travellers and tourists, said the airline. Continue reading Saudi starts LA-Riyadh direct flight
August 8 (TravelAndy): A series of cloudbursts and landslides have hit tourism in the beautiful Himalayan valley of Kashmir.
Scores of tourists have cancelled their trips following the flash floods and landslides, said reports.
Tourism in Kashmir went smoothly between 2011 and 2014. But following the devastating flood of April 2014, the number of tourists fell. This year’s flash flood is feared to have added to the already problematic scenario. Continue reading Flood hits Kashmir tourism
August 7 (TravelAndy): A flash flood in the pristine Leh district of India has hit tourism.
Twenty-three British trekkers, who were stranded in Leh because of the flash flood, have been rescued, said reports.
At the moment, the tourist season is at its peak in Leh, which attracts a large number of visitors from across the country and abroad.
August 6 (TravelAndy): Abu Dhabi intends to attract an increased number of Indian tourists during the second half of 2015.
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) is offering customised tour packages for Indians.
With Etihad Airways and Jet Airways are offering close to 200 flights every week from 14 Indian destinations to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi, tourist foot fall is expected to increase. Continue reading Abu Dhabi woos Indian tourists
August 5 (TravelAndy): United Airlines has decided to restore year-round flight services between Belfast in Ireland and New York, from 2016.
This will mark the only direct air link between Northern Ireland and the US.
This route between Belfast airport and Newark Liberty airport in New York existed previously. The services were temporarily stopped between January 6 and March 31, 2015. Continue reading United Airlines resumes Belfast-NY flight
August 4 (TravelAndy): India is planning to extend its tourist visa-on-arrival for the Calicut International Airport, reported The Hindu newspaper.
Around 50,000 foreign passengers arrive at the Calicut airport every year.
The tourist visa-on-arrival facility is now available at nine airports in the country.
A central team is visiting the visiting Calicut on August 6 to discuss the proposal, said the report quoting sources. Continue reading Calicut on India’s visa-on-arrival radar
August 2 (TravelAndy): The tourist department of the popular hill station Kullu in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday banned paragliding in the district till September 15.
“Paragliding has been banned under Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules till September 15, because in rainy season, dense fog on hilly areas may cause accidents,” said a Hindustan Times report, quoting a statement by district tourism officer Ratan Gautam.
A ban on river rafting is also on and it will continue till September 15. Continue reading Kullu bans paragliding till Sep 15
August 1 (TravelAndy): Hong Kong Airlines will start direct flights between Hong Kong and Australia’s Gold Coast from January 8, 2016. This will mark the airline’s first Australian destination.
Thrice-a-week flights will operate on the Hong Kong-Gold Coast route on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The return flight, which will have a stopover at Cairns, will fly on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
“The route is designed to cater to the growing demand for tourism in Gold Coast and Cairns,” Li Dianchun, commercial director of Hong Kong Airlines, said. Continue reading Hong Kong-Gold Coast direct flights from Jan
July 31 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to attract international tourists to its state capital Amaravati, Indian state Andhra Pradesh is planning to set up a monastery boulevard similar to Bihar’s Bodh Gaya, said reports.
Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu discussed the setting up of monastery boulevard in a meeting held on Tuesday.
Apart from this, 13 heritage spots were identified by state government that can be developed as tourist destinations. Continue reading Andhra plans monastery boulevard
July 30 (TravelAndy): India has decided to extend e-tourist visa (e-TV) to the citizens of China, Hong Kong and Macao from today.
With the latest move, the number of nations enjoying Indian e-TV facility becomes 77.
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the US are among the 74 countries that are already in the e-TV list. Continue reading India extends e-tourist visa to China
July 29 (TravelAndy): Passengers travelling on trains between New Delhi and Palwal in Haryana will be able to book unreserved tickets through their Android and Windows phones from next month, reports said.
Users will have to download the Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) application to benefit from this service.
Tickets can be purchased by using credit card, debit card and net banking. Continue reading Paperless train travel on Delhi-Palwal route