YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

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£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

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Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

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Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

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Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from Jetcost.co.uk has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

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Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

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Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

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Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Access to the internet can be all too easily taken for granted, even on public transport. The proliferation of netbooks, smartphones and tablets plus widespread development of Wi-Fi networks spanning entire suburbs and city centres have made it easier than ever to get connected, but on some transport forms, even checking your email is just about impossible to do.


Anyone who has ever been on a flight to the other side of the world, or even on a short-haul trip to a neighbouring country will know that internet access is almost non-existent thanks to a myriad of technological issues that may interfere with the flight itself. Fortunately for many regular business commuters who need web access 24/7, that could be about to change.

Sky-high connections
Communications watchdog Ofcom announced that licences will be issued for broadband provision on cruise ships and planes, giving travellers the access they need while en route to important client meetings, trade shows or something similar. The licences for satellite broadband, seen as the most sensible solution for planes in particular, are expected to be released within a few years.

Ofcom recently published details of its consultation on earth stations of mobile platforms (ESMOPs), which recommended that the growing demand for satellite broadband on moving vehicles was too great to ignore. However, they also said that the need to provide broadband on buses and trains wasn’t there because they didn’t need ESMOPs due to being almost entirely on land.

A quick start?
The first licences for satellite broadband on ships and planes are expected to be issues at the beginning of 2014, which means that in all probability, many commuters who regularly use planes and ships to get around won’t have to wait too long until they can receive a better web connection. Despite that, there is some confusion over how satellite broadband will actually work.

In relation to air travel, the issue of having a fast enough connection is a concern. However, a number of the world’s biggest airlines are now providing in-flight Wi-Fi for customers. Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Emirates are among those who were first to use it, while some European airlines are set to follow suit, but slow speeds still persist.

Towers of strength
At present, internet for planes equipped with GoGo are connected via a large network of cellular towers, which could be the base from which speeds improve. However, for the time being, slow speeds may still be the norm, but advances in satellite broadband technology may see them increase significantly to the delight of many a frustrated traveller.

In response to the news from Ofcom, Andrew Walwyn, the CEO of EuropaSat , said that their technology could prove beneficial when it comes to delivering once the licences are up for grabs. He said: “It’s easy to understand that business travellers do feel disconnected these days if they’re offline for more than an hour whilst in the air, but the high cost of delivering aeronautical services has hampered growth in this market, and increasing the licensing requirements will just add a further layer of costs just when no one needs them.

“We’ve been able to deliver broadband in the air via satellite for some time using Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services, so this isn’t something new. We’ve never had a report of an airborne system causing interference on the ground.

“The transmit power of the antennas is very low, and by definition, the transmissions are directed upwards towards the satellite, not down to earth”, he added.

Satellite broadband could be the answer to the prayers of airlines, cruise operators and commuters desperate to get a better connection without worrying about how it might affect travel. Should more travel firms take it on, then there’s a chance that speeds akin to those on land will soon become commonplace.

For more information see www.europasat.com

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