Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes

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Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes

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17 June 2019

By | 17 June 2019

Rome bans tourists from going topless, while Egypt has the world’s cheapest taxi service, and British Airways celebrates Fathers’ Day with a special flight

Travelling between China and Europe might soon become much easier. Three major Chinese airlines have reportedly applied for new routes to Europe at the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

China Eastern Airlines aims to launch a twice-weekly service between Milan and Wenzhou. The carrier plans to commence operation of the route from the eastern coastal city in Zhejiang Province in October 2019.

 

China Eastern Airlines applies for a twice-weekly service between Milan and Wenzhou — Toa55 / Shutterstock Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes Group Created with Sketch. China Eastern Airlines applies for a twice-weekly service between Milan and Wenzhou — Toa55 / Shutterstock

Currently, passengers can travel to four Chinese cities from the Milan Malpensa airport, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guiyang.

Shanghai-based carrier Juneyao Airlines has applied for two routes from Shanghai Pudong to Manchester and Athens. The Shanghai PudongManchester service could start in March 2020. Currently, only Hainan Airlines flies four times a week between Beijing and Manchester.

In addition, Hainan Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary — Beijing Capital Airlines — wants to kick off a weekly BeijingXi’anLisbon service set to begin in July 2019.

Apart from the European routes, Beijing Capital Airlines is eyeing a Japanese connection with a three-times-weekly QingdaoOkinawa service beginning in July this year.

Rome bans tourists from going topless

No more male upper body parts to be seen in the streets of the Eternal City. The authorities of Rome have decided to crack down on bad behaviour of tourists. They have established new measures with possible fines in case of offence.

Tourists are banned from swimming in the fountains as well — JIMMOYHT / Shutterstock Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes Group Created with Sketch. Tourists are banned from swimming in the fountains as well — JIMMOYHT / Shutterstock

The city council has updated and expanded its list of regulations to create a “more civilised environment.”

Apart from forbidding men from walking around topless, the city has also banned eating in certain areas, or padlocking — and activity where two lovers attach a padlock to a bridge. Even bouncing wheeled suitcases up and down the Spanish Steps is off-limits, as is swimming in the famous fountains.

Virginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome, told The Telegraph: “Rome is, and always will be, welcoming, but that does not mean tolerating bad behaviour and damage being done to our city.”

She said she would be writing to foreign embassies, asking them to make citizens aware of the new rules when visiting the city.

“Old regulations have been updated to adapt to the needs of modern society,” added Marco Cardilli, deputy chief of staff and security delegate at Rome’s council.

Bruges cracks down on daytrippers to avoid becoming complete Disneyland

The picturesque Belgian city of Bruges — featured in a 2008 movie In Bruges — has become yet another European city that struggles with an influx of tourists. For this reason, the city’s mayor has decided to implement several measures to avoid “complete disneyfication” of the popular spot.

 

Only two cruise ships can at the port at the same time — Shutterstock Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes Group Created with Sketch. Only two cruise ships can at the port at the same time — Shutterstock

The rules include capping the number of cruise ships as well as putting an end to all advertising campaigns encouraging daytrippers.

To make tourists spend more than one day in the area, only two cruise liners will be allowed to dock in the port at the same time.

“We have to control the influx more if we don’t want it to become a complete Disneyland here,” said Dirk De Fauw, who has been mayor of Bruges since 2018.

“We have to aim for quality tourism, people who stay here for a few days, eat well, visit museums,” he added.

British Airways packs flight with dads and kids for Fathers’ Day

United Kingdom’s flag carrier — British Airways — decided to celebrate Father’s Day with a nice surprise for some of its staff. On Sunday, 16 June, the carrier offered fathers and their sons and daughters a chance to work together on a special long-haul flight.  

BA celebrated Fathers’ Day with a special flight — British Airways Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes Group Created with Sketch. BA celebrated Fathers’ Day with a special flight — British Airways

The flight from Heathrow to San Diego in California departed with help from teams of family members working across the airline’s operation. It included staff from check-in and gate agents, operations managers and engineers.

The flight was then operated entirely by fathers and their sons and daughters — both cabin crew and pilots. None of the pairs had ever worked together before, making the flight an extra special experience.

Ian Romanis, British Airways’ head of mixed fleet cabin crew, said: “So many of our people have been inspired to work for British Airways because of the experiences of other family members and this was a fantastic opportunity to create a really special moment for everyone involved.”

“It’s great to be able to reward the fathers in our teams who have inspired the next generation of aviation enthusiasts.”

Egypt offers cheapest taxis in the world, Switzerland is the most expensive

Taxi service is something that varies greatly in both quality and price around the world. To give passengers a clear insight ahead, Taxi2Airport.com has conducted a research to reveal the average prices of a taxi ride in various parts of the world.

 

The average price of taxi service in Egypt is $0.94 per five kilometres — Konstantin Aksenov / Shutterstock Last week in travel: Chinese airlines eye up new European routes Group Created with Sketch. The average price of taxi service in Egypt is $0.94 per five kilometres — Konstantin Aksenov / Shutterstock

The figures are based on data collated by Taxi-Calculator.com and show great differences. With the average price of $0.94 per five kilometres, Egypt is the country with the cheapest taxi service overall. Switzerland, on the other hand, is the most expensive with the price reaching $25.43 per the same length.

Other countries with cheap taxi service are Malaysia at $1.91 and Mexico at $2.02 for a five-kilometre ride. Turkey, followed by China, South America’s Argentina, and Vietnam, offer some of the cheapest services as well.

On the other side of the spectrum lies Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France and Sweden with prices ranging from $11.21 to $17.55 per five kilometres.