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Get a FREE Headstart with Qatar Airways & Traveleads

Qatar Airways are giving passengers booking flights with Traveleads a head start, when it comes to airport security queues at Manchester Airport.

The first 100 people booking an economy flight with Qatar Airways departing from Manchester Airport to any of their +150 worldwide destinations will automatically receive a Fast-Track Security Pass and the opportunity to sail past the queues that often form during busy periods. (Passengers travelling with Qatar Airways in their premium cabin automatically gain access to the Fast-Track channel) 

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Aer Lingus - Philadelphia Here We Come !

As part of their summer 2018 schedule, Aer Lingus have announced a new direct Dublin to Philadelphia route - on sale now. It's the latest addition to their growing trans-Atlantic network. Aer Lingus' Dublin to Philadelphia service takes off on 25 March 2018.

There will be four direct flights a week to and from Philadelphia, with connections via Dublin to a range of UK and European destinations. Don't forget that when you fly with Aer Lingus, you pre-clear U.S. Immigration in Dublin Airport and save precious time when you land stateside.

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Save 30% on First Class Rail Tickets with Virgin Trains East Coast.

Enjoy 30% discount off Virgin Trains East Coast First Anytime Single and Return tickets when you book through Traveleads. Discounts apply when travelling to/from Edinburgh Waverley, Newcastle and York.

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TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS - Free Wi-fi and on-board entertainment for all !

Transpennine Express today launched their new free on-board entertainment service and have even thrown in complementary Wi-Fi for all passengers.

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Another successful charity fundraising campaign.

Last month, following a series of fundraising events, the incredibly generous staff at our Edinburgh office presented childrens charity 'Children1st' with a cheque for £2,500.00. Today was the turn of our Leeds team to show that when it comes to charity they will dig just as deep in support of worthy causes. This morning Traveleads welcomed Kerry Garner from 'Yorkshire Air Ambulance' to our Leeds office, to present her with a cheque for the same amount.

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French strike action set to cause disruption to travel (10 Oct 17)

The FCO has updated its travel advice for France with an update to the Summary - a national strike by public sector workers planned for 10 October 2017 may cause disruption to public services and transport; you should check with your operator before travelling and allow extra time for your journey.

Airspace and airports likely to be affected will be Reims, Brest, Bordeaux and Marseilles, although at this time it is expected disruption will be widespread.

Traveleads will be contacting all affected passengers should the proposed strike action go ahead.



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THANK YOU - we couldn't have done this without your help!

Last year Traveleads embarked on an adventure that saw our staff complete a virtual journey around the world.
Ours was a sponsored walk like no other! Our goal was to cover more than 24,000 miles, recording each step we took on digital pedometers.
For those of you who followed our journey you may remember how our route quite often took us off the beaten track. We visited destinations such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Vanuatu - to name just a few! Over the course of our travels we managed to raise £2,500.00 for Children 1st  - a fantastic children's charity based in Scotland.

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Escape the city and discover the Izaak Walton Hotel

The Izaak Walton Hotel is a converted country house dating back to the 17th Century.

Located in the Peak District between two picturesque villages (Ilam and Thorpe) the AA 3star hotel is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for hikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Don’t worry if you prefer nothing more strenuous than a leisurely ride out to the countryside - you can enjoy breath-taking views of the stunning scenery from the hotel restaurant, perfect for long, lazy Sunday lunches.     

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Barcelona - A tale of Two Cities

In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness’ - almost 160 years later some might argue we are still living in such times, that very little has changed. Barcelona recently made headlines around the world due to the tragic events that unfolded in the city, making the words of Dickens as relevant today as they were back when he penned his classic novel. ‘It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.’

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The North South Divide is Shrinking!

We reported back in April last year that the go ahead had been given on the new high speed Azuma train. With trains now fresh out of production trials have begun between London and Edinburgh, and already journey times have begun to shrink. Last week The new Azuma train shaved 22 minutes off the current journey time. The trial was carried out by train manufacturer Hitachi as part of its testing phase between now and 2018 - which is when they plan to roll out the new 65-strong fleet.

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