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Ireland’s ‘brilliantly bohemian’ Galway has been named one of the world’s top cities for travellers in 2020 by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 describes Galway as ‘arguably Ireland’s most engaging city’, where ‘brightly painted pubs heave with live music’ and ‘cafes offer front row seats to watch buskers perform’.

The Wild Atlantic Way destination features fourth in the list of top cities for 2020, behind Cairo, Washington DC and Salzburg, and ahead of the likes of Bonn, Vancouver and Dubai.

Galway’s exuberance will be supercharged next year by a string of events marking the region’s role as the 2020 European Capital of Culture. The events will start on 1 February with a week of celebrations in County Galway’s towns and villages, culminating in an opening ceremony in Galway city on Saturday 8 February 2020.

For more information on Galway and Ireland please contact your local Mondo Travel Specialist on 0800 110 108.

Source: Travelinc

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Air New Zealand has just announced that it will axe its daily Los Angeles to London service from Oct 2020, the same month that the carrier plans to launch a non-stop 787-9 service between Auckland and New York.

NZ launched its London servicein 1982, and acting ceo Jeff McDowall says ending the carrier's service to the city was a hard decision to make.

From Oct 2020 NZ says it passengers 'will be able to travel year-round between Auckland and London with partner airlines via 12 gateways in Asia and the Americas, including New York'.

Source: Travel Today

submitted by -- Tony Terrill

Jetstar has today confirmed it will cease its regional Q300 turboprop services in New Zealand from 01 December 2019, with final flights on 30 November 2019.

As we explained when we made our proposal announcement in September, this decision is based on our regional operations continuing to be loss making, combined with higher costs and a softening of the regional travel market.

Today’s confirmation comes after a consultation period with affected employees over the past few weeks. The airline has offered alternative re-employment options to all of the affected employees and nearly all have indicated they would like to take up the opportunity to remain with the Qantas Group.

We understand today’s announcement will be met with disappointment in regional New Zealand and we would like to thank all our regional customers and stakeholders, including local businesses, councils and airports, for their support.

Customers booked on Jetstar regional flights beyond 30 November 2019 are being offered a range of options including a full refund for their cancelled flight or the option to transfer their booking to any of Jetstar’s other available domestic NZ services. Air New Zealand is assisting affected customers who have refunded their Jetstar flight with a special fare. If you have an inquiry on behalf of your customers you can contact Air New Zealand using this specific email address: jqsupport@airnz.co.nz

For customers who have a regional Jetstar booking via one of our codeshare or interline partners from 01 December 2019, the booking carrier will be getting in touch directly to advise options.

Jetstar’s A320 domestic and international services in New Zealand are not affected by today’s announcement. It’s very much business as usual for the rest of our New Zealand operation and we remain fully committed to the New Zealand market, offering up to 270 flights a week between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown and around 100 flights a week on the Tasman and to Rarotonga.

Source: Jetstar

submitted by -- Tony Terrill