Delayed and cancelled flights

  • 19 Dec, 2014
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Last week a computer glitch at the air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire, caused a partial closure of UK airspace.

Flights were grounded across the country, and the knock-on effect left thousands of passengers awaiting their flights with no idea about when they might be able to leave.

Even after the problem was rectified, delays extended throughout the evening and into Saturday morning, where there were nearly 40 cancelled flights and there was a backlog of flights to clear.

For many passengers this may have been the first time they have been affected by something like this, but we all know that it doesn’t take much to disrupt the flow of traffic through the UK airports, especially the major ones such as London Heathrow and Gatwick. When situations like these do occur it is important to know where you stand when your flight is delayed or cancelled; whether it be due to weather, technical difficulties, or problems on a more severe scale.

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To Wear or Not To Wear? Airport Fashion Guide

  • 09 Jun, 2014
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Businesswoman portrait at duty free airport, sporting some Airport Fashion.

There was a time when flying was the ultimate in glamour, but these days are long gone. In fact, nowadays there are far too many hoodies and tracksuit bottoms in the departures lounges, not to mention the dreaded onesie, which, turns out, is about to be introduced for Virgin Atlantic business class passengers to wear on long-haul flights (limited edition).

Eclectic outfits on display in the check-in queue don’t seem to shock anyone anymore; fellow passengers might take a sneaky pic of your flip flops and socks but that’s about it. However, whether you are flying long haul or short haul, on a business trip or with a tribe of kids, we have a few tips to ensure that you stay comfortable in the air and land looking stylish.

First of all, wherever you are travelling and whatever the purpose of your trip, the temperature in the cabin can be unpredictable so think in terms of layers. If you need to take a coat or jacket with you, consider wearing it. Not only does it save you having to pack it in your luggage but it can also double up as a blanket. If you are headed to a destination where coats and jackets are definitely not required, then a stylish cardigan and pashmina will keep you warm and can also be tucked away easily if you are hot. Read More

Holiday Hacks: How to Pack Light

  • 21 May, 2014
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Ready for Summer Holidays
If you hate packing, get confused about what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage and never seem to have enough room in your case for the essentials, read on. We guide you through some of the thorny problems and even tell you what to do if your worst nightmare comes true and you end up standing at the luggage carousel long after everyone else has collected their baggage.

Capsule Wardrobe

Packing is much easier if you have a “capsule wardrobe”, a term coined in the 70s to denote a collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to maximise the number of outfits that can be created.

Devotees say that with just eight or nine basic items you can create up to thirty outfits.

Colour is key with capsule wardrobes. Base your look around one dark colour such as navy, black or grey and then choose a neutral colour such as white, cream or stone. Add in a splash of colour that goes with both the dark and neutral colours such as red, blue or green and take it from there.

Accessories such as scarves, wraps and jewellery can transform your look and turn a daytime outfit into something far more glamorous.

Packing Cubes and Compression Bags

If you dislike clutter, you can maximise space and simplify packing by using packing cubes, lightweight fabric bags used to create different compartments in your suitcase. Large ones are good for trousers and dresses, medium ones for tops and small ones for undies.

If you share a suitcase with your partner, you can use one colour for their clothes and another for yours, making it easier to find your own stuff when you unpack. They are also particularly useful if you are changing hotel frequently. Just put the cubes in your hotel drawers and don’t worry about unpacking them.

Compression bags squeeze the air out and maximise what you can fit in your case. Read More

What Your Luggage Says About You

  • 17 Feb, 2014
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suitcase

When it comes to our luggage (inside and out) a lot can be revealed about our personality, age and gender.

For instance, are you a roller, a folder or a stuffer?

A report commissioned by a car rental company last summer discovered that 47% of us consider ourselves to be folders, paying great attention to folding our clothes neatly when packing our suitcases. 33% of us prefer to roll our clothes in the belief that this is the best way of fitting more into a suitcase. Of course, with many airlines charging passengers to put luggage in the hold it is unsurprising that we are desperate to maximise our carry-on allowance. 14% of us own up to stuffing our clothes into the suitcase in any old fashion, not caring that we are going to be faced with a crumpled mess at our destination.

The breakdown of packing habits between age groups and gender threw up some surprises. For instance, there is no real gender imbalance with men being just as likely as women to be folders. Whilst one might expect the 18 to 25 year old age group to be most likely to be stuffers, this is not the case, with 68% of them being neat folders.

In actual fact, the guiltiest of the age groups for stuffing clothes in the case willy-nilly is the 26 to 35 year olds who are five times more likely than their younger counterparts to be stuffers. As might be expected, none of the over 66 age group are guilty of messy packing. Read More

A List of UK Airports Arrivals / Departures Boards

  • 19 Dec, 2013
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International Airport Board Close-Up with Delayed Flights at UK Airports

With the busiest travel period approaching and severe weather forecasts suggesting there might be trouble, we thought it might be useful to provide our users with a full list of UK’s leading airports arrivals / departures boards. Come rain or shine, always check the arrivals / departures information before heading off to the airport, whether collecting an arriving guest or taking a flight yourself.

A-Z list of UK’s airport live flight information links

Aberdeen Airport Arrivals | Departures

Belfast International Live Flight Information

Birmingham Airport Arrivals | Departures

Blackpool Airport Live Flight Information 

Bournemouth Airport Live Flight Information

Bristol Airport Arrivals | Departures

Cardiff Airport Live Flight Information

East Midlands Airport Live Flight Information

Edinburgh Airport Arrivals | Departures

Exeter Airport Arrivals | Departures Read More