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BA's decline – in numbers

More delays, fewer flights and falling ratings – can our flag carrier ever recover its reputation? → Read More

The no-frills airline that cancelled just one flight during Europe's summer of chaos

Amid our summer of delays and cancellations, a beacon of reliability has emerged in northern England → Read More

Travel to France: latest advice as all Covid rules are scrapped

The move means only two major European travel destinations are still persisting with Covid restrictions → Read More

Travel to France: latest advice as all Covid rules are scrapped

The move means only two major European travel destinations are still persisting with Covid restrictions → Read More

Revealed: The best and worst UK airports and airlines for flight cancellations

We’ve analysed the data from the last month to see which UK airports, airlines and routes have suffered the most → Read More

End of the line: Weird and wonderful places where the Tube terminates

The Elizabeth line, which opens today, will shed a little light on a few more of London's quirkier corners → Read More

The 20 countries that have scrapped all mask rules

Mask rules have been eased in the US, France, Spain and Portugal in recent days – but Italy and Greece are among the hold-outs → Read More

44 countries you can visit even if you're unvaccinated

Mexico, Croatia and Egypt remain options for Britons who have declined the Covid vaccine → Read More

Ask the experts: Tell us about your family and we'll suggest the perfect summer holiday destination

Explain your family holiday dilemma and our experts will suggest a destination to suit every member of your clan → Read More

Hassle-free holiday options where the pound is soaring

The pound has rallied in recent months, meaning your money will go further in most destinations → Read More

Why is Britain so obsessed with Covid testing travellers?

No other group – with the exception of schoolchildren – has been the target of testing fever quite as much as travellers → Read More

Full 'red list' of countries from which UK arrivals face mandatory hotel quarantine

The number of countries from which travellers are required to pay for a hotel quarantine scheme at their own cost will soon increase to 39 → Read More

16 reasons why the travel ban makes no sense

If the vaccine isn’t enough to set us free, what is? → Read More

'Going on holiday is the difference between living and existing'

Alice Gully of Aardvark Safaris has joined calls for the Government to get overseas travel moving again → Read More

Full 'red list' of countries from which UK arrivals face mandatory hotel quarantine

The Government has unveiled 33 countries from which arrivals must spend 10 days under guard in a quarantine hotel, starting February 15 → Read More

The 23 countries you can (feasibly) visit for a winter holiday

Lockdown is over, but the FDCO travel corridor list still stands, dictating where we can go without needing to quarantine when we get home. There are currently 76 territories on the travel corridor list, but many are not welcoming UK tourists. Of those that are, most now require travellers to present evidence of a Covid-19 test. In all, there are now just two destinations on the travel corridor… → Read More

Turkey bans smoking outdoors and over 65s from leaving their home

New restrictions include a smoking ban and a lockdown on seniors in some provinces, with over 65s only allowed outside between 4pm and 8pm → Read More

A dose of the old normal in mask-free Sweden

Fed up with social distancing? Head to Sweden. On Sunday evening in Malmo I spent the best part of an hour crammed inside a very small and very steamy wooden cabin with 20 strapping men. Were we wearing masks? Don’t be silly. We weren’t even wearing underwear. Even before the pandemic, a traditional Swedish sauna was probably not the best place for agoraphobes – my experience would suggest very… → Read More

Air tax to increase despite pleas from beleaguered travel industry

The Government is pressing ahead with plans to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) despite pleas from the beleaguered travel industry to temporarily scrap the tax. APD already adds as much as £176 to the cost of an airfare and airlines and tour operators had called for it to be suspended for a year to help them survive the Covid crisis. Instead, the Government has confirmed that the tax will rise… → Read More

Our blundering government needs to ditch quarantine and lift us out of the Covid doldrums

October may well be the loveliest month to visit Europe. The summer crowds have gone, prices are low, and it’s still warm enough in the Med to dine outdoors – but not so hot that sightseeing is a chore. Unfortunately, right now we have only eight holiday options that don’t involve some form of restriction – be it a quarantine on arrival or one on your return to Britain: Turkey, Italy, Germany,… → Read More