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November 2006 issue

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First low-cost
flights to Malta

The Maltese tourism industry received a boost in September when the government announced that it would allow low-cost carriers to fly to the country. Ryanair, Easyjet and Germanwings are all due to start year-round services, with Ryanair';s daily flights from Luton, UK, due to start on 31 October.

Ryanair has been granted three routes to Malta, from Luton, Dublin and Pisa, and is advertising flights costing just e1 (US$1.2) one-way, excluding taxes. The carrier estimates that it will carry 86,700 tourists to Malta on these three routes alone and boost visitor numbers to the island, which has seen a recent slump in tourist arrivals.

Ryanair';s Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Cawley, said, "The government has shown courage and initiative in inviting proposals from low-cost airlines and we are delighted to have succeeded with our plans for these three new routes."

Germanwings, Germany';s major low-cost airline, will begin twice-weekly services to Malta from Cologne and Stuttgart from March 2007. The airline is currently advertising flights to Malta from e19 (US$24) one way, excluding taxes.

Air Malta has also reduced fares on a number of flights to 33 destinations between November and March. Tourism Minister, Francis Zammit Dimech, said the offer was part of Air Malta';s overall strategy. "The arrival of low-cost airlines is an opportunity for Air Malta and not a threat."


Baggage restrictions eased in the UK

Hand baggage restrictions introduced at UK airports in August this year after a terror plot was foiled were due to be eased at the time of going to press.

Since August, passengers flying to or from a UK airport have only been able to take on board one piece of hand luggage less than 45cm by 35cm by 16cm in size and no liquids apart from prescription medicines and baby foods. The new regulations will allow musicians to take fragile instruments onto aircraft as well as passengers to take small amounts of liquid such as contact lens solution and toothpaste in a clear plastic bag. The new maximum hand-baggage size will also be raised slightly, although will not be as large as before.

BAA, the owner of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports in the UK, has estimated that the increased security measures introduced at airports since August have cost the company UK£13 million (US$24.8 million). Up to 2,000 flights were cancelled after police foiled an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners. The main financial cost for BAA came from lost landing and take-off fees charged to airlines.


Air Berlin - Lidl partnership

Marking the start of a new business partnership between low-cost airlines and supermarket chains, Air Berlin started selling cut-price flights at Lidl supermarket checkouts in the UK earlier this year.

For one week in September, customers were able to buy a cut-price flight voucher for UK£19 (US$36) from any of Lidl';s 390 UK supermarket stores that could be exchanged for a one-way flight on the carrier, which serves 25 European destinations. Normal flight costs range from UK£19 (US$36) to up to UK£69 (US$131.5).

The flight voucher also provides allocated seating, a complimentary snack and soft drink. Air Berlin Chief Executive, Joachim Hunold, said, "Our ethos is to provide quality products and services at low prices and we are excited to be able to continually surprise new customers with special offers and promotions."

Passengers can use the Air Berlin vouchers on flights from from London Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Bournemouth airports, as well as on certain domestic flights in the UK.


Travel Update

Low-cost carrier Easyjet has named Madrid';s Barajas Airport as its base for domestic Spanish flights and its hub for central Europe. The carrier announced that it was already the second biggest international carrier in Spain, behind national airline Iberia, and will operate domestic flights from Barajas from February 2007. The airline is to invest e100 million (US$128 million) in the airport.

The UK';s capital city has been voted top for public transport by travellers around the world, in a survey conducted by TripAdvisor. London';s public transport system was voted best overall by a quarter of survey respondents, while New York was second and Paris was third. Transport in Los Angeles was voted the worst by the 2,000 travellers who took part.

Irish state airline Aer Lingus has announced plans to float on the Irish and London stock exchanges. The carrier will be the first airline to float on the London stock exchange since Easyjet six years ago. The Irish government will retain a 25.1 per cent stake in the company while capital gained from shares will be used to enable the airline';s future growth.

Scandinavian airline SAS has announced the launch of a direct Stockholm to Beijing flight that will start operating in April. "We are eager to be flexible and operate flights on routes demanded by customers," said Lars Lindgren, SAS President. "Since our direct routes to Shanghai and Beijing from Copenhagen are highly appreciated, we see great potential in the Stockholm-to-Beijing route."

Ryanair passengers may soon be able to use their mobile phones during flights after the airline announced a deal to install specialist technology on its entire fleet of Boeing 737s from mid-2007. Geneva-based company OnAir has developed the technology to allow the use of mobile phones on board planes, although the system has yet to be approved by the regulatory authorities.

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways is to launch two low-cost carriers next year that will serve the international and domestic markets. The move will allow the airline to compete with other low-cost carriers ahead of the planned expansion of Tokyo';s Haneda airport, which is scheduled to have a fourth runway by 2009.

South Africa has announced the construction of a new airport in Durban that will be completed before the city hosts football';s World Cup in 2010. South African Transport Minister, Jeff Radebe, said, "The present site of the Durban International Airport will never be able to handle the expansion of both freight and passengers."

China is to open more flight paths between Beijing and Shanghai, Shanghai and Hong Kong and Beijing, South Korea and Japan. Beijing Airport authorities are also spending more than US$3 billion on an expansion scheme to double capacity by next year.

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Acpet
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - Agaes
Capls - Canadian
      Association of
       Private Language
       Schools
CLC - Canada
       Language Council
Education New
       Zealand
English Australia
English UK
Fedele / Turlingua
Feltom
Ialc
MEI~Relsa
Perth Education City
Quality English

INSURANCE
Student Guard
       Insurance

STUDENT WEBSITES
language-
       programs.net

TOURIST BOARDS
Fedele / Turlingua
Malta Tourism
       Authority

WORK EXPERIENCE/
INTERNSHIPS
Access International
Agaes Spain
Alpha College of
       English
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect
Auckland English
       Academy
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cork English College
Diálogo Language
       Schools
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
Excel English
English Studio
English UK
Eurasia Institute
Eurocentres
       International
Frances King
Global Village
Global Village
inlingua Malta
International House
       Sevilla - Clic
International Student
       Placement Centre
Kaplan Educational
       Centers
King George
       International
       College
Lake School of
       English
Languages
       International
LSC Language
       Studies Canada
Linguatime
Linguaviva
       International
Modus Language
       Institute
Pacific-Global
       Language Centre
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College Inc.
Phoenix English
       Language Academy
Prolog- International
       House Berlin
Rennert Bilingual
Rotorua English
       Language Academy
Shane Global
       Language Centres
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (France)
St Giles Colleges
Swan Training
       Institute
Tellus Group / Work
       Experience UK
University of
       Western Australia
Vancouver English
       Centre
Vanwest College

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
Alphe Agent
       Workshops
English Australia
English UK
Ialc
Icef
MEI~Relsa

AUSTRALIA
Acpet
Edith Cowan
       University
English Australia
International Student
       Placement Centre
Kingston
       International
       College
Language Links
Monash University
       English Language
       Centre
Perth Education City
Perth International
       College of English
Phoenix English
       Language Academy
University of
       Western Australia

BRAZIL
Diálogo Language
       Schools
FAAP

CANADA
Access International
Bodwell College
Carleton University
College of New
       Caledonia
Conestoga College
Ecole de Langues -
       Université Laval
English Bay College
English Language
       Training College
       ELTC
Eurocentres
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Global Village
       (Australia, Canada,
       USA)
Immersion Baie-des-
       Chaleurs
inlingua Vancouver
Interlangues Ecole
       de Languages
International
       Language Institute
       of Canada - ILI
International
       Language Schools
       of Canada
Intrax English
       Institute
King George
       International
       College
LSC Language
       Studies Canada
Lethbridge
       Community College
Malaspina University
       College
Mandarin House
Modus Language
       Institute
Montreal
       International
       Language
       Centre
Mount Royal College Omnicom School of
       Languages
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific Language
       Institute
Pacific-Global
       Language Centre
Pan Pacific
       International English
       College Inc.
Point 3
Saint Mary's
       University
Stewart College of
       Languages
University of Calgary
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver English
       Centre
       (Canada, Mexico)
Vanwest College
YMCA Greater
       Montreal
       International
       Language School

CHINA
Mandarin House

COSTA RICA
Academia
       Latinoamericana
       de Español
Ilisa - Instituto de
       Idiomas Costa Rica
Wayra - Spanish
       School

ECUADOR
Academia de
       Español Mitad del
       Mundo
Academia de
       Español Quito
Quito S.I. Spanish
       Institute

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
       of English
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, England,
       France, Germany,
       Ireland, Malta,
       New Zealand,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Avalon School of
       English
Beet Language
       Centre
Bell International
        (Malta, UK)
Cambridge Academy
       of English
Churchill House
Cicero Languages
       International
Eastbourne School
       of English
Eckersley School of
       English
English Language
       Centre Brighton &
       Hove
English Studio
English UK
Excel English
       Language School
Frances King School
       of English
Ialc
Lake School of
       English
LAL Language and
       Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Languages Out
       There (England,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Spain)
Liverpool School of
       English
London School of
       English
Malvern House
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Shane Global
       Language Centres
       (England, New
       Zealand, South
       Africa)
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
SUL Language
       Schools
Tellus Group
University of Essex -
       ELT Centre
West London
       Business College
Wimbledon School
       of English

FRANCE
Accord
Centre
       Méditerranéen
       d'Etudes
       Françaises
Le Génie des
       Langues
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
Eurasia Institute
language-
       programs.net
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Alpha College of
       English
Atlantic Language
       Galway
Cork Language
       Centre International
Dublin City University
       Language
       Services
Dublin School of
       English
Emerald Cultural
       Institute
Galway Cultural
       Institute
High Schools
       International (HSI)
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)
Horner School of
       English
Liffey Linguistics
Linguaviva Centre
MEI~Relsa
Swan Training
       Institute

ITALY
Dilit - International
       House
Linguaviva
       International

MALTA
Britannia College
EC - English
       Language Centres
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa)
Feltom
inlingua Malta
International School
       of English
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority

MONACO
Home Language
       International
       (Argentina,
       Australia, Austria,
       Brazil, Canada,
       Chile, China, Czech
       Republic, Denmark,
       Egypt, Finland,
       France, Germany,
       Holland, Hungary,
       Ireland, Italy, Japan,
       Malta, NZ, Norway,
       Poland, Portugal,
       Russia, Spain,
       Sweden,
       Switzerland, UK,
       USA, Venezuela)

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
       Academy
Education New
       Zealand
Languages
       International
Rotorua English
       Language Academy

POLAND
York School

PORTUGAL
Cial - Centro de
       Línguas
Self Escola de
       Línguas

RUSSIA
Liden & Denz
       Language Centre

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
       Centres and Activity
       Camps (England,
       Ireland, Scotland,
       Wales)

SOUTH AFRICA
Good Hope Studies
Interlink School of
       Languages

SPAIN
Asociación Gallega
       de Escuelas de
       Español - Agaes
Enforex Spanish in
       the Spanish World
Esade-Executive
       Language
Fedele / Turlingua
Hispalengua
International House
       Sevilla - Clic

SWITZERLAND
Academia Sprach-
       und Lernzentrum
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, Spain,
       USA)
Eurocentres
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Italy,
       Japan, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Spain, Switzerland,
       USA)

USA
American Language
       Communication
       Center
Inlingua School of
       Languages
Kaplan Educational
       Centers (Canada,
       England, USA)
Rennert Bilingual
University of
       California San Diego
University of
       California Santa
       Barbara
Zoni Language
       Centers


EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

AUSTRALIA
Gosford Christian
       School
Queensland Non-
       Government
       Schools Education
       Co-op
St Paul's
       International School
The Armidale School

ENGLAND
Athena College of
       Professional
       Studies
Queen Ethelburga's
       College

USA
St Timothy's School