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Summer 2017 brings a raft of air travel news


British Airways offers free travel for kids
The deal applies between the following airports: Heathrow and Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Inverness, Belfast, and Billund in Denmark. Flights must be 30 June-31 October and must be booked 10 May- 1 October.Obviously, if I child travels, they must be accompanied by an adult paying full fare. Families have to be flying with the Euro Traveler ticket.
The locations are singled out with child-friendly places in mind: Billund has LEGOLAND, Belfast has Titanic and Game of Thrones, Leeds the Royal Armories, Inverness the Loch Ness Monster, and London an unlimited choice.This is particularly good news for international travelers, and with the US dollar buying a lot it could not be happening at a better time. Cheap flights are to be had.
Wales Launches new PR campaign
Meanwhile, over in Wales, the Tourist Board has launched its 2017 'Year of Legends' campaign aiming to highlight Wales rich historical past, dynamic present and hopeful future.The campaign highlights the natural beauty of the Welsh countryside particularly its rugged mountains and lakes and the rich cultural heritage of folklore including the Camelot and Merlin legends.
Cardiff Airport does not have many international flights, but cheap flights are available from Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports.
Americans head South
Back in the States, a new survey is highlighting where Americans are going for summer vacation. Here is the top ten:
Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico Aruba Island, London,  U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas, and Paris.It should be mentioned, that this is just for international travel, and that in most cases Americans are heading South to the Caribbean.An interesting trend is that both couples and family groups are holidaying together.
Ever dreamed of moving to Italy ?.
Well now could be your chance. The Mayor of the mountainous Italian town of Bormida has decided to do something about de-population (the youngsters work in Savona and other cities further afield). So he has put forward an incentive for new people to up sticks and move there.
Adventurous would-be townsfolk would get $2175 to move there and accommodation from $54 a month.Obviously finding work is going to be a problem. But for those who love the quiet rural lifestyle, and are perhaps retired, this could be very attractive.The Mayor also points out that the sea is nearby, and that the village has four restaurants, goats, and a church and is stress-free.
Where exactly is this paradise you may ask ?.
Well, it is in Eastern Liguria, which is in Northern Italy and the regional capital is Genoa.The town is about two hours from the Cote d'Azur and Nice, France. Both Genoa and Nice have connecting flights to the U.S.A.It is a place for life's simplicities. If you enjoy good views, good wine, and good food, maybe this could be the place for you !.
Emirates Boosts Brisbane Service
In other news Emirates is introducing another service between Dubai and Brisbane, making this its third daily service.Already the two existing connections open up flights to Auckland and Singapore. The new destination, with just the one stop in Dubai, will give business passengers improved flights to Europe and the US.
Air Canada 'goes it alone' with new Loyalty Card
Air Canada has announced that it will be launching its own loyalty card, as in 2020 its agreement ends with Aeroplan. It is hoped that Air Canada's forty-five million customers will have a strengthened relationship with the airline which has ambitious expansion plans with new flights all over the world.
In the past ten years over $10 billion has been invested in the airline's fleet, and the new loyalty card will apparently feature improved rewards. Already Maple Leaf lounges have been upgraded. All in all, it appears that Air Canada has high hopes for the future.
Portugals TAP Expands
Portuguese Airline TAP is obviously hoping for a successful 2017 with the launch of a number of new flights from its Lisbon hub.Of particular interest is new flights to Toronto, building on last years new Boston and New York (JFK) services. Also, Stuttgart, Bucharest, Budapest, Las Palmas and Alicante (Spain) have been added.The regularity of London Gatwick and Manchester will also be improved.
Lisbon is one of the cheapest European destinations from the U.S.A.; it offers an extensive range of flights to other European destinations with a number of airlines including Vueling and Ryanair. United has flights from Lisbon to New York (Newark) and Washington-Dulles, American from Philadelphia