Football strikers: Heathrow walkouts will hit World Cup flights… but at least the trains are running!
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Good afternoon. This is what happened in the world of travel this week: Friday 4th November 2022

FOOTBALL fans hit by Heathrow strikes, tomorrow’s rail disruption is cancelled, Glasto coach packages sell out and it’s three sleeps to WTM! Your fact-packed, must-read weekly travel round-up

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Breaking news: Tomorrow’s rail strike has been called off! But because of the late notice, the disruption to services is still expected as trains cannot be reinstated in time. Monday’s and Wednesday’s walkouts have also been suspended. PA Media reported the last minute decision. Find out from ITV News which trains are affected. Once again, the advice is to avoid the trains this weekend with this month’s first walk out taking place tomorrow on Bonfire Night – affecting the whole network as members of the RMT union walk out in their dispute over pay. This will be followed by another on Monday (7th) and Wednesday (9th). It seems one of the biggest spikes in Google searches is when are the ‘train strikes’.

Football strikers: This Friday morning 700 ground handling staff at Heathrow Airport announced they would walk out for three days starting on Friday 18th November until Monday 21st. Unite union said the industrial action involves a dispute over pay with its members working for Dnata and Menzies. They warn it could cause disruption and cancellations at terminals 2, 3 and 4 – and especially affect football fans flying with Qatar Airways ahead of the World Cup staring in Qatar on Sunday 20th. Heathrow said it was discussing “contingency plans” to “ensure passengers are not disrupted”. Unite’s Sharon Graham said both companies can “afford to make a fair pay increase” of between 2 per cent to 6 per cent. Alex Doisneau, of Dnata UK, said: “The union’s proposition is unrealistic and doesn’t reflect the challenging economic environment we find ourselves in as a business.” Sky News has the story.

Last flight: It will be an emotional night tonight when the last plane lands at Doncaster Sheffield Airport – scheduled just after 9pm from Egypt – before it shuts its doors. The airport’s closure was announced in September when owners Peel Group said it lacked “financial viability”. A petition was set up to save the airport and ITV news reported there had been an 11th-hour offer to buy the airport but there was no further news today. Will it be enough to save it? Watch this space!

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The crystal kingdom: For your next road trip visit the southeast corner of Germany for a drive along the ancient Glass Road. This iconic 155-mile touring route winds through the towns and villages in the depths of the Bavarian Forest taking in an emporium of glassmaking factories. For hundreds of years this has been a kingdom of fine crystal glass blowing and today many still use the traditional method. Drop in and shop at the world’s finest manufactures including Theresienthal, Eisch and Schott. Taking three-to-four days, stop to see the “Glass Forest”, the biggest glass pyramid in the world and the Glassmaker’s Village in Frauenau. If you haven’t discovered it, you can explore it here.

Lovely Lisbon: Holding our pint-sized cocktails high, we carefully make our way on to the cobbles where the night is getting well and truly underway. There are hundreds of revellers who have crowded into a nook of Lisbon to let their hair down and get their groove on. Yet despite the never-ending number of bars in the heart of Portugal’s capital city, the real party is in the street…down the road and around the corner. The alfresco scene just goes on and on. Nobody really shouts about this westernmost corner of Europe compared to the Algarve known for its beaches and energetic party scene.  But Lisbon boasts a year-round Mediterranean climate, has its own stunning coastline and offers a nightlife that can be surprisingly sweaty, noisy and crowded. See here for the full experience.

Epic: A Swiss train snaking its way through the Alps smashed the Guinness World Record this week for the longest passenger train. The Rhaetian Railway pulled 100 carriages – 1.2-mile long – through the scenic Unesco World Heritage route from Preda to Berguen that takes in 22 tunnels, 48 bridges and a curved viaduct. Time Out has the pictures. 

Should also be a world record: Ticket and coach packages for Glastonbury 2023 sold out within minutes – 23 minutes – after going on sale yesterday evening. Organisers made the announcement on Twitter saying “thank you to everyone who bought one”. You’ve not totally missed out though as standard tickets for Glasto at Worthy Farm, which takes place from 21st to 25th June, go on sale on Sunday, costing £335 plus a £5 booking fee. The BBC has the details. Headlining on the Pyramid stage this year was Sir Paul McCartney but there’s no word yet who will play next year. 

Treasure hunters: Norwich has been named the top spot in the country to find buried treasure. According to figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 86 discoveries were unearthed in Norfolk this year, followed by Kent (74), Wiltshire (68) and Hampshire (67). According to the DCSM the south-east was the treasure trove of the nation with 265 rare relics dug up this year. Here’s more Norwich Evening News.

It’s that time of year again: Nooo, not Christmas but WTM (World Travel Market) in London. It’s just three sleeps until the doors open at Excel. This is the travel industry’s annual showcase where we get a behind-the-scenes-peek on what’s on offer next year. We are making our preparations of where we want to go and who to speak to. It’ll be three days of frenzied activity trying to get around every country in the world. On stage sharing their insights will be travel hero Simon Calder, Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett, and explorer Levison Wood. If you haven’t decided where you’re going in 2023, you’ll find inspo here. If you can’t make it expect to hear all about it from us next week. We’re going on a journey!

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