GROWTH OF TRANSATLANTIC AIR TRAFFIC picked up in March, with the leading carriers reporting an average increase of 6.3%, according to Donald N. Martin Co.'s Trans-Atlantic Report on the U.S. Market for Travel to Europe. The growth in U.S. travel to Europe continues to lag behind the overall trend, however, with U.S.-citizen visits to Europe rising only 1.8% in January. On the plus side, increased transatlantic airline capacity for 2008 appears to be offsetting fare increases caused by higher fuel costs, and requests for U.S. passports are on the rise.
ACP RAIL AND BRITRAIL are offering travelers age 16 to 25 who purchase any Eurail Pass a 50% discount on the regular adult price of a standard-class BritRail Consecutive Pass, BritRail FlexiPass, BritRail England Consecutive Pass or BritRail England FlexiPass. The discount offer is valid throughout 2008. With the discount, the all-access, standard-class, four-day BritRail Consecutive Pass costs $130; the FlexiPass, $165. The discounted cost for a four-day BritRail England Consecutive Pass is $105; the FlexiPass, $133. Visit www.britrail.com.
TOURCRAFTERS unveiled a seven-night, land-only Sicily in Farmhouses package priced from $725. Valid to Oct. 31, the package includes farmhouse accommodations, a seven-day car rental, daily homemade breakfast, service charges and taxes. Optional air fare into Palermo Airport also can be arranged. Sightseeing options include the Norman cathedral at Monreale, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Mount Etna and Taormina. Prices, which are subject to availability and fluctuations in exchange rates, are per person, double. For more information, go to www.tourcrafters.com.
SWISS AND US AIRWAYS reached a codeshare agreement enabling Swiss passengers to fly from Philadelphia to Zurich on US Airways-operated flights starting this month. US Airways passengers will have onward connections from Zurich operated by Swiss to 10 European destinations. The codeshare routes went on sale April 19 for travel April 26 and beyond. US Airways operates a Boeing 767 with two-class seating on this route.
THE FIRST PHASE of a $94 million, state-of-the-art zoo has opened in Valencia, Spain's third-largest city. The 25-acre Bioparc Valencia is home to 4,000 animals from 250 species, including antelope, zebras, gorillas and leopards. A second phase will include nearly five more acres to showcase the ecosystems of Southeast Asia and Central and South America. The zoo reproduces the vegetation, terrain and sounds of the animals' ecosystem while concealing barriers and man-made structures. For additional information, go to www.bioparcvalencia.es.
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