Travel Weekly's Europe E-letter: Nov. 22, 2006

BRUSSELS AIRLINES, the product of the merger of Virgin Express and SN Brussels Airlines, is poised to launch March 25. The airline will be based at Brussels National Airport and will serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa with connections to Asia and the Americas through code-share agreements. European flights will offer two classes of travel: Flex, designed to offer the most flexibility to passengers; and Light, which guarantees the lowest market price on tickets or the company will refund the difference. Longer flights will offer the traditional economy and business class format.

EUROSTAR WILL LAUNCH passenger services from St Pancras International Terminal in central London on Nov. 14, 2007, with the last services between Waterloo International and Paris/Brussels continuing to Nov. 13. The new station will be served by the U.K.'s first 100% high-speed line and will cut travel time between London, Paris and Brussels by an average of 23 to 25 minutes.  Meanwhile, Rail Europe, Eurostar's North American representative, reported a 25% spike in third-quarter sales over the same period in 2005, with October sales up 41% over the same month last year. In addition, Rail Europe is offering a France Rail Day Pass for $129, good for one day of travel in France when booked by Dec. 31. Agent commission is 7%. To book, visit http://agent.raileurope.com.

THE FOUR-STAR JURYS CORK HOTEL opened Oct. 24 after a 16-month, nearly $50 million redevelopment. The six-story, 182-bedroom property operated in Cork for 40 years before it was closed for renovation. Guest rooms are equipped with such amenities as subfloor heating in the bathrooms, 25-inch LCD TVs with movies on demand and complimentary broadband access.  The hotel features a floor dedicated to meetings room space; a business center; an executive penthouse floor with private lounge; and underground parking. A swimming pool, sauna and gym are set to open in December.

TRAFALGAR UNVEILED its 2007 Europe and Britain CostSaver book featuring six new European vacations. Europe Discoveries tours offer traditional multidestination vacations, Free & Easy itineraries were designed for independent travelers, and regional Experiences offer detailed exploration of a country or region, such as Tuscany, the Italian Lakes, the Swiss Alps and Provence. The new CostSaver packages highlight Italy, Spain, Egypt, Greece and the Alps and are priced from $1,035 per person, land. Additional savings of up to $200 per person are available on select dates when paid in full by Dec. 27. Details can be found at www.trafalgar.com.

SEASONAL FARES are available on SAS Scandinavian Airlines to Stockholm on outbound travel from Dec. 14 to 25 with a Saturday-night stay. Nonstop departures are available from New York/Newark for $275; Washington, $300; Chicago, $375; and Seattle, $385. Prices are one-way, based on roundtrip purchase and include fuel surcharges but not tax and security fees. Fares and schedules are online at www.flysas.com.

Europe Editor:

Felicity Long

Phone: (781) 659-1301

[email protected]

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