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Passengers Behaviour Biggest Problem for Cabin Crew

A new poll by a flight comparison website in the UK has revealed what it's like to work in the skies, with a new tell-all survey disclosing the experiences of air stewards.

The research found that a quarter of respondents had been reduced to tears over the antics of passengers on board, with irregular working schedules, tending to the passengers and the strict expectations on their appearance voted the worst aspects of the sought-after job role.

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Jamaica Coming Closer From Next Summer

Jamaica, the Caribbean destination with laidback people and reggae music, will become more accessible from Ireland next summer.

Falcon/Thompson begin a direct flight from Dublin to Montego Bay next June, eliminating the need for a flight connection from mainland UK to the tropical holiday isle.

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Good News for Travellers as Air Fares Fall

Good news for travellers. New figures have shown that global airfares were down five per cent in the first eight months of this year, due largely to a fall in oil prices, according to IATA's latest financial monitor.

The cost of crude oil has since dropped even further, dipping below $40 a barrel due to expectations of an increase in supply and falling demand.

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New Route to Hong Kong from Gatwick

Cathay Pacific is launching a new four-time-weekly service from London Gatwick to Hong Kong in September. The flights will start on September 2 subject to Government approval.

The new service will complement the airline's current five-times-daily service from Heathrow and will give it 39 flights a week between London and Hong Kong.

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Euro Zone Best Value Festive Break for Years

As the Christmas holidays loom ever larger, New York is still the most sought after destination for the Christmas and New Year period in the UK, according to leading booking search engines, even if many searches are conducted more in hope than in expectation of being able to go the Big Apple in a few weeks time.

And while sterling is still reasonably good value against the dollar, it is travellers who are looking for a short break in the euro zone that are really 'quids in' when it comes to value for money this festive period. Today for example the pound sterling is valued at 1.4160 euros on the Foreign Exchange.

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In-Hotel Flight Check-In and Winter Sun Programme

One of the Province's leading tour operators Jet2holidays is planning to roll out and expand an in-hotel flight check-in service after a trial indicated it would influence which hotels customers select in the future.

The service gives holidaymakers the opportunity to take their passport to their hotel reception and check in for their flight home before leaving for the airport. Members of the hotel's reception staff then print off tags for their customers' suitcases which are delivered to the airport separately.

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Soccer Travel Partner Named as Draw Nears

The eyes of all Northern Ireland (and Republic) soccer fans will be on the draw for the European Soccer Championships next week. And the news locally is that the Irish Football Association has agreed a three-year partnership with the UK's leading sports tour operator, Thomson Sport, which will include travel for NI fans planning to go to next summer's finals.

With unprecedented numbers expected to make the trip to the Championships, Thomson Sport, who will become the IFA's Official Travel Partner, will offer a range of options for Northern Ireland supporters, including day-return as well as flight and extended accommodation packages. Once the cities where Northern Ireland will be playing are known next week, information on travel options will be communicated to supporters.

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New Drive to Boost ABTA Brand

ABTA has announced the launch of a nationwide awareness campaign beginning on Sunday, December 27 and running throughout January 2016.

It will promote ABTA's 'Travel with confidence' message, as well as highlighting why holidaymakers should 'Look for the logo' and book with an ABTA Member as they navigate the busiest holiday sales period of the year.

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Big Forecourt Retail Option for Belfast International

Travellers and their friends and relatives using Belfast International Airport have a new shopping option. The Airport has submitted a planning application for a £2.5 million forecourt and retail development on Airport Road, creating 35 jobs and scheduled to open in a year’s time.

The proposal by Dunadry-based Moorefield Contracts Ltd, involves the building of a 10,500 sq ft retail outlet which will encompass a Centra shop, sandwich bar, coffee kiosk, two hot food bars, an extensive food hall, children's play area and an ATM. Outside, there will be Texaco-operated forecourt with four dual pumps allowing eight cars to refuel at any one time.

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Taking the Michael Out of Big Budget TV Ad

The new big budget Christmas TV advert by Jonn Lewis has been a controversial talking point in recent days.

But never one to miss an opportunity Ryanair's enigmatic Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has put out his own version of the John Lewis ad.

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Stroll Along an Aussie Beach from Your Settee

Australians are heading to the beach to celebrate the start of summer - but that doesn't mean that the rest of the world has to miss out.

Google has launched a Street View function which enables envious internet users to virtually stroll along some of the country's most spectacular golden beaches and pretend they are there.

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