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Scottish Daily Mail - - Escape - NIGEL TISDALL

PHILIP­PINES SALE

PHILIP­PINE Air­lines is of­fer­ing flights from Heathrow to Manila from £614 re­turn. Book­ings must be made by Novem­ber 20 for travel from now un­til March 31, 2020, ex­clud­ing De­cem­ber 11-23. Other bar­gains in­clude Bangkok from £422 re­turn and Syd­ney from £644 re­turn (philip­pineair­lines.com).

CARIBBEAN WARMTH

VIR­GIN At­lantic starts weekly flights from Heathrow to Bar­ba­dos on De­cem­ber 14 that will run un­til Fe­bru­ary 22, 2020, sup­ple­ment­ing the car­rier’s ser­vices to this pop­u­lar is­land from Gatwick and Manchester. For an af­ford­able break, Gibbs Glade has spot­less dou­ble stu­dios near Mullins Beach from £150 (gibb­s­glade.com; vir­ginat­lantic.co.uk).

JUST RE­WARDS

BRI­TISH Air­ways has halved the num­ber of Avios points needed to book re­ward flights in its long-haul econ­omy and pre­mium econ­omy cab­ins. A re­turn from Lon­don to New York is now 13,000 Avios rather than the stan­dard 26,000. Book by Novem­ber 21 for travel be­fore April 30, 2020 (ba.com).

END OF AN ERA

AIR NEW Zealand is ax­e­ing its flag­ship route from Heathrow to Los An­ge­les that has op­er­ated since 1982. Daily flights con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber 2020, when the air­line launches a new ser­vice be­tween New York and Auck­land, pic­tured. Most UK trav­ellers now fly to New Zealand via the Mid­dle East or Asia, with a jour­ney via Sin­ga­pore tak­ing around 24 hours (airnewzeal­and.co.uk).

SAFER SKIES

THE Home Of­fice has set up a mo­bile spe­cial unit to tackle rogue drones that threaten UK air­ports, which, it is hoped, will pre­vent the sort of chaos they caused at Gatwick last Christ­mas. Mil­i­tary-grade cam­eras, jam­ming equip­ment and bazookas fir­ing nets will be part of an arse­nal of counter-mea­sures backed by a new law re­quir­ing larger de­vices to be reg­is­tered with the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (drone­safe.uk).

MAP-HAPPY

DO YOU love to look at air­line route maps and dream of where you might fly to? Air­line Maps is a new wide-for­mat pa­per­back chart­ing the evo­lu­tion of these art­ful and in­creas­ingly com­plex di­a­grams over the past cen­tury. From the pi­o­neer­ing hops of Im­pe­rial Air­ways to the world-shrink­ing net­works of mod­ern car­ri­ers such as Emi­rates, there is plenty to drool over (Pen­guin, £16.99)

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