Rainbow Travel Blog 10May10

ASH CLOUD CLEARS IN EU; BLOCKS AIR ROUTES IN MID-ATLANTIC.

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Eurocontrol announces that volcanic ash has now dispersed in Europe; another band in the mid-Atlantic is still blocking air routes between Europe and North America
Associated Press
Flights across Europe were operating normally Monday after a plume of volcanic ash that disrupted air traffic and forced some airports to close over the weekend dispersed, aviation officials said. But, delays on trans-Atlantic flights were expected because another band in mid-ocean was still blocking the air routes between Europe and North America, the European air traffic agency Eurocontrol said. “While most of these flights are operating, many are having to make significant re-routings to avoid the area of ash cloud coverage, resulting in delays,” according to a statement from the agency.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, releases statement to relieve concerns for those planning to visit Thailand.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released an official statement last week to relieve concerns stemming from news that has recently been coming out of Thailand and to give travellers a better understanding of what’s going on there.

The release, in question and answer format, reads as follows:

Q: Is the TAT advising tourists to avoid visiting Thailand?

A: Absolutely not. Travel and tourism are operating as normal throughout Thailand and all airlines flying to and from Thailand are operating their normal schedules. Visitors in Bangkok should seek advice from tour guides and hotel concierges to determine if there are any areas to avoid.

Q: What is the reality on the ground in Thailand right now?

A: As of May 6, 2010, political protests in Thailand were abating. A five-point plan presented by the Thai Prime Minister was unanimously accepted by the protestors and the situation is near final resolution.  Meanwhile, life in Thailand continues as normal; tourist sites are open and tens of thousands of travellers are in the country.

Q: Is the TAT being irresponsible by not warning tourists to stay away from Thailand at this time?

A: Naturally, travellers need to make their own decision regarding whether they feel comfortable coming to Thailand, but the situation is normal in almost all of the areas where tourists go, and the political situation is improving. Most importantly, if we felt it unwise for tourists to be visiting Thailand right now, we would ask you not to come.

Q: Does the TAT believe the airport will be closed again?

A: The TAT is in close communications with the parties responsible for the operation and security of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The airport is currently operating as normal and there seems to be no reason to believe that airport service will be disrupted.

Q: Several governments have issued advisories suggesting their citizens not to travel at the moment to Thailand. How do you react to this?

A: Yes, the U.S. State Department last week issued a travel alert suggesting U.S. citizens should temporarily avoid nonessential travel to Thailand; we expect the alert to be rescinded shortly.  Moreover, the State Department has not urged U.S. citizens currently in Thailand to leave, and U.S. diplomats and their families are remaining in Thailand as normal.

BA cabin crew “overwhelmingly” reject offer

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BA cabin crew “overwhelmingly” reject offer

BRITISH Airways cabin crew have “overwhelmingly” rejected the company’s offer relating to the current industrial dispute, the Unite Union announced on May 7.

In a statement the Union said that around 81% of the crew voted against the offer, in line with the union’s recommendation. There was a turnout of 71%.

Representatives of the crew will meet with Unite’s Joint General Secretaries, Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, today (May 10) to discuss the next moves in the dispute.

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