Wizz Air named worst airline for flight delays for the second year running
Chalkmarks: Budapest, Hungary, 2022

Good morning. This is what happened in the world of travel this week: Friday 14th April 2023

JUST when we thought it was safe to go back on holiday it’s not. We’re still facing a climate crisis. Last weekend, on a wet Easter Bank Holiday in the UK, two million Britons jetted off to warmer climes on more than 10,000 flights – heading mostly to Spain and its islands. The travel industry is celebrating its comeback three years after Covid but Spain has already fought its first wildfire of 2023 in Valencia. The UK’s favourite holiday destination is on fire. Last year Spain recorded 493 fires which destroyed 307,000 hectares of land (twice the size of London) and many more are feared. Their winters are warmer, rainfall is low and summer comes earlier and lasts longer. It’s a similar story in Greece, Portugal and Italy. What can we do? If you’re as interested in travel as we are, you’ll want to know more about how to travel sustainably. We all know there’s more to saving the planet than hotels ditching plastic straws and asking us to reuse our towels. But what does a low carbon holiday look like? For one thing, it doesn’t look like flying for four hours to sit by a pool with a cocktail in our hand. One way forward is plane free holidays. This is where we take ferries, trains and buses. We could take it to the max and just take a bike! For 2023 Chalkmarks has taken up the challenge with a no-fly free trip to España. Can we make it to the Costa Blanca’s popular resort of Benidorm and back on a two-week holiday. Watch this space! While we plan that, here’s this week’s travel headlines.

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It’s not complicated: This week Wizz Air took the crown for the longest delays from UK airports. On average their flights took off 46 minutes and 6 seconds late which beats last year when their planes ran just 14 minutes and 24 seconds behind schedule. It’s no surprise this is the second year in a row the budget airline took the title with Tui coming second followed by Qatar, Turkish, Pegasus, Flybe, Air Portugal, Air Canada, British Airways and Vueling. Some passengers said they didn’t care if flights took off late but if you need to meet a connecting flight you might be in trouble. The BBC had the story, although they were still waiting to hear from Wizz Air.

Seven wonders: The Government has put forward seven sites to be placed on Unesco’s World Heritage Status list. These include the ancient walled city of York including its medieval Minister Cathedral, Birkenhead Park which opened in 1847 and used as inspiration for Central Park in New York, the Zenith iron age settlement in Shetland, wetlands used by migrating birds on a route known as the East Atlantic Flyway, a bog called the Flow Country in Scotland, the Gracehill Moravian Church Settlement in Northern Ireland and the pristine waters of Little Cayman Marine Parks in the Cayman Islands. Sky News has the details.

The Coronation is trending: Make way for the marching bands coming over the hill on Saturday 6th May for the crowning of the king. The 1.3 mile procession route was announced on Sunday night. Charles and Camilla will travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach from Buckingham Palace and make their away along the Mall through Admiralty Arch, where they will turn right down Whitehall and arrive at Westminster Abbey at 11am. They will return along the same route but this time as King and Queen in the 260-year-old Gold State Coach. As well as the pomp and tradition, the new monarch will be spreading his joy on the socials with a cute purple crown emoji, designed especially for the big day! No side eye here. PA Media has more.

Have you seen our pictures: Our fantastic travel photos, which capture some of our favourite destinations around the world, are now available for sale on Alamy. Woohoo!

Sweet dream: For chocaholics, the Swiss city of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, is the perfect place to get your fix. We found some of the best chocolate shops in the world there including La Chocolatiere which hand makes sweet treats to traditional recipes. You don’t have to imagine, here is our piece in the Daily Star

Blink city: High up in the 360 Bar, the view of Baku is unmissable and unstoppable. The three skyscraper Flame Towers with their curvy flicks at their highest point dwarf everything else around. They are one of the latest in Azerbaijan.  At night they are ablaze – lit up like a burning fire in a light display that changes to giant men waving the Azeri flag and then to the national colours blue, red and green. It’s this radical transformation that’s making this city the new must-see capital

It’s spring: The Tulip Festival has started at Hampton Court. If you want to see 110,000 flowers dazzling in the gardens where Henry VIII once lived, Reuters has captured them in bloom. An adult tickets costs £26.30.

This time last year: It’s choc-a everywhere! Travel chaos ruins the great Easter getaway. We were in bright and sunny Cambridge… It had all the warmth of Barcelona without the airport queues… Flights had been cancelled, ferries didn’t sail, train and tube lines were closed, and motorists were stuck in traffic jams… The UK’s most popular Easter destinations were Cornwall for the seaside, Derbyshire for the countryside and London for a city break… In a postcard from Switzerland, two tiny people explored very big landscapes as part of a grand tour promo of country with its breathtaking scenery as the main attraction… The two people turned out to be tennis ace Roger Federer and American actress Anne Hathaway… … Pop superstar Ed Sheeran was pictured serving pints in a pub in Small Heath, just outside Birmingham city centre… And, new carpets made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles gave Travelodge hotels a sustainable makeover!

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