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Canada starts here with Air Transat

Canada starts here with direct flights from Glasgow, Manchester, and London Gatwick.
Air Transat provides a comfortable and enjoyable flight with great economy fares including 23kg of checked baggage, in-flight meals, snacks, soft drinks and entertainment.

When you book your Air transat flight through Traveleads we can include two stopovers in each direction in Canada. The first stopover in each direction is completely FREE and you can add a further stopover for £125.
These stopovers make it even easier to explore the maple leaf country.

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Strike Action to Disrupt Travel Tomorrow - Germany

A German public sector strike has been declared for Tuesday 10 April. ABTA released the following advice earlier today:
 
We understand that this strike action will extend to airports across Germany. Labour union Verdi, which is asking for a pay-rise for various public sector roles, has said flight disruption is likely with ground staff and some fire services staff predicted to be on strike at Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports.
 
Disruption is anticipated throughout tomorrow, with airports warning of expected longer waiting during the entire day.

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Continued success for Team Scotland and Emirates

Official airline partner of Team Scotland and award winning airline Emirates will be pleased to see the Scottish athletes they carried to the Gold Coast doing well as they continue to collect medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The games take place every four years and this year saw athletes from all over the Commonwealth arriving into Queensland, Australia. It is the fifth time Australia has hosted the games, which feature a total of 71 nations competing in various sporting events.

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Virgin Trains Welcomes Wills and Wally Their Newest Azuma Sets

After nearly two months at sea, two brand new Azuma train sets arrived from Japan on Wednesday.  Having circumnavigated the globe on the container ship Wallenius Wilhelmsen the two Azuma sets have been affectionately nicknamed Wills and Wally (after the boat they arrived on).  The two five-car sets will be used for platform validation tests on the East Coast Mainline throughout May and June.

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Tried and Tested - Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.  Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon's status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially – by statute or in written form.  Its position as the capital has formed through constitutional convention, making its position as de facto capital a part of the Constitution of Portugal.  During World War II, Lisbon was one of the very few neutral, open European Atlantic ports, a major gateway for refugees to the U.S.

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IMPORTANT TRAVEL UPDATE - if you are travelling to (or through) France

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has released updated travel advice for those planning to visit, or transit through, France. Planned strike action has been announced by Air France and its subsidiaries to take place today (3rd April) and 7th April, SNCF trains between 3rd April and 28th June, and the Port of Calais on 5th April. Eurostar have been forced to cancel various services today and tomorrow to and from Paris, Lille and Brussels as french workers begin 3 months of on-going strikes.

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Urgent Easter Travel Update: Find out if your plans could be affected.

It looks like it might bad news for anyone planning an Easter getaway as strike action by Air France staff along with widespread closures of the UK rail network, are set to cause major disruption over the bank holiday weekend. Tomorrow (Good Friday) will see the start of the Air France strike, after negotiations broke down between the company and unions representing pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. This will be the third strike in five weeks. The unions are demanding a 6 per cent increase in pay to compensate for what they say are several years of wage stagnation.

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Raising funds and raising children's spirits

Last year our Edinburgh office announced their support for local charity TheYard. The charity offers disabled children and young people, and their siblings, the chance to experience creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well supported environment. It is a unique, safe space where children and young people can experience truly inclusive play.

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Shopping around might be costing you more ...and other business travel tips

When it comes to saving money, as consumers we are constantly advised to shop around, use multiple suppliers, don’t put all our eggs in one basket - and in many cases this is sound advice. However, when it comes to corporate travel it is far more advantageous to work with just one Travel Management Company (TMC) - in fact using multiple channels might actually be costing you more money!
Here are just some of the benefits of using a single TMC.

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New China Visa Application Requirements

As of April 3rd, 2018, all Chinese visa application forms must be typed. Handwritten forms will no longer be accepted. If you are planning an important trip to China and need to ensure your application goes smoothly, please contact your Traveleads consultant who will help you to navigate the challenges of the application. We will carefully review all of your travel information for completeness ensuring the required documents are prepared correctly.

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