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Neil Sowerby’s travel shorts 01/02/2011

: Menorca by bus, easyJet everywhere, Lufthansa official Eurovision Song Contest Airline – how odd

Published on March 1st 2011.

Neil Sowerby’s travel shorts 01/02/2011

IT’S time to go Balearic. The Menorca Tourist Board’s specially-designed bus is parking up at the Trafford Centre this Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, to give visitors a taste of the beautiful holiday island – and the chance to dress up.

The bespoke bus will feature entertainers, jugglers and Menorca mascots, goodie bags and give-aways as well as a chance to sample mouth-watering authentic cuisine, including the island’s traditional drink ‘Pomada’.

On board the bus, visitors will be invited to create their own Menorca postcard by dressing up in fancy dress to pose in front of a screen depicting them on the island, they will also be invited to enter a prize draw to win a holiday for two to experience the real thing.

Hoteliers from Menorca and travel agents will be on hand to provide advice on the island’s hidden gems and highlight the best value holiday deals to Menorca.

It’s all part of a 15-day roadshow visiting eight cities across the UK. They are in Leeds and Liverpool city centres respectively on Thursday, March 3 and Monday, March 7.

For further information on Menorca visit www.ukroadshow.menorca.es

Spring starts here with easyJet with the launch of several routes out of Manchester and Liverpool...

A twice-weekly service from Manchester to Palma, Majorca launches on Saturday, March 12. Fares start from £31.99 (one-way, including taxes).

A three-times-weekly service from Liverpool to Gibraltar launches on Tuesday, March 29. Fares start from £27.99 (one-way, including taxes).

A three-times-weekly service from Liverpool to Tallinn launches on Tuesday, April 26. Fares start from £27.99 (one-way, including taxes).

These follow the six-times-weekly service from Liverpool to Brussels which began on Monday, February 7. Fares start from £23.99 (one-way, including taxes). This is easyJet's first route from the UK to Brussels.

Lufthansa’s on song at the moment. Not only has it been named official airline of the Eurovision Song Contest (Congratulations and Jubilations, it’s in Dusseldorf this year), but it has announced a record breaking year in 2010 at Manchester, setting a new airline record for passenger numbers.

The 2010 figure shows the airline carried 644,855 passengers to and from Manchester – up 19.3 per cent on the figures for 2009. The figures show that Lufthansa’s growth at Manchester is more than four times above the passenger airline’s average increase for the year.

Marianne Sammann, Lufthansa’s General Manager UK & Ireland, said: “Our passenger growth out of Manchester is exceptional. It proves that huge numbers of travellers still want the added value they receive from a full service airline. They like to know the ticket cost includes good quality food and drink on board the aircraft as well as allowing them to check-in at the airport and take a reasonable amount of luggage at no extra cost.

“Our Manchester passengers continue to take advantage of the excellent onward connections we offer through our hubs at Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf. In 2010 the number of Manchester passengers travelling on to the Middle East increased by almost 54 per cent with onward connections within Europe also up more than a third.”

Budget airline Jet2.com have responded to customers’ continuing worries about North Africa as a holiday destination by putting 70,000 additional seats – 4,000 extra a week – on sale to a host of Spanish and Portuguese destinations. From Manchester this summer you can expect:

- Additional flights to Alicante and Majorca ,making the flights double daily on Fridays and Sundays.
- An additional flight to Tenerife on Saturdays, meaning there are now three flights per week to this hotspot.
- Even more seats are available to Ibiza and Malaga.

The Greater Manchester skyline is to change again with the construction of a new Air Traffic Control tower at Manchester Airport – the second tallest in the UK.

Set to stand 60m high it will be as tall as Manchester’s big wheel. The new tower will be located adjacent to the north fire station and is expected to be completed in 2013.

With a 360-degree panorama, it will provide views of the entire airfield operation. At present, cameras are used by controllers to assist with the view to the furthest runway end.

The tower will house a new visual control room, an approach radar section and navigation, surveillance and communication equipment to ensure Air Traffic Control can effectively cope with the future growth of the airport.

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