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From the Guardian:

EasyJet Adds 10 Routes as Passenger Numbers Rise

EasyJet has added 10 new routes to its summer schedule including its first flights to Split, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Rimini and the Corsican capital, Ajaccio.

Britain's biggest low-cost carrier said February passenger numbers were up 9.4% to 2.37 million but its load factor fell 2.2% to 83.7%.

Other airlines have also reported steady increases in travel. FlyBe recorded a 14% increase in passengers to 312,240 thanks to a big increase in bookings for domestic flights from Manchester and Exeter.

Ryanair last week said passenger numbers grew 22% in February to 2.59m with its planes typically 78% full.
 

From Bloomberg.com:

Paris Strikes, Riots May Scare Away Tourists in Peak Season

Rose Lau says she couldn't have picked a worse time for her first trip to Paris, where student protesters smashed windows and the police used water cannons to disperse violent demonstrations this week.

"I'd definitely recommend waiting until the strikes are over'' before visiting the French capital, the 23-year-old New Yorker said in a telephone interview.

Worldwide coverage of the protests against a new labor law may hurt tourism in Paris, the world's No. 1 destination with 26 million visitors a year. Tourism provides jobs for 142,647 people in the city, or 12 percent of total. More than 1.6 million Americans crossed the Atlantic last year to see attractions such as the Louvre, the Eiffel tower and the Notre Dame cathedral.

"If the events were to continue, we'll have to take some measures,'' said Junior Tourism Minister Leon Bertrand in a telephone interview. "Two more weeks, and we're going to have problems.'' Paris's 1,449 hotels and 10,063 restaurants generate 8.9 billion euros ($10.8 billion) in annual sales.

The embassies of the U.S., the U.K. and Japan are warning their citizens to steer clear of parts of the city, after millions of people took to the streets to protest the employment plan, pushed by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. The law, aimed at cutting youth unemployment, reduces job protection by making it easier to fire young workers.

 

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    Eurail Pass Youth

    If you're under 26 on the first day of travel, you can get a 2nd class rail pass on the cheap and visit up to 18 European countries(whether they border each other or not).

     

    The Eurail Youth Pass must be used over consecutive days (in other words, use the days or lose them). Choose from 5 different pass durations: 15 or 21 days, or 1, 2 and 3 months of travel.

     

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