The writing's on My Bathroom Wall - travel news 21st April 2017

33 Low cost long haul flights from London Gatwick to Singapore

Norwegian looks east for its latest new route announcement from Gatwick airport. Adding to its current flights from Gatwick to nine US destinations, including recently announced Seattle and Denver, the airline will add Singapore to the destinations served nonstop with new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from London. Flights start on Sepetember the 28th, anf fares are on sale now, from £179 one-way.

33 Novotel opens 39-story hotel tower at Canary Wharf, London

Joining Novotel's 11 other London properties, the group has opened a 39-story glass tower at Canary Wharf. The on mode industrially inspired interiors are topped off by the top floor BOKAN bar, restaurant and roof terrace. There's no reception desk in sight - instead 'welcomers' will help you use the check-in tablets. The hotel has 339 rooms, a coffee cafe, gym and pool.


Novotel Canary Wharf

Iberia introduces Premium Economy

Iberia is to rollout a Premium Economy offering across it's fleet, starting on flights from Madrid to Chicago, New York and Bogota on May 1st, and with Mexico, Miami and Boston to added over the summer. Compared with economy on Iberia, the seat pitch is 37" (as against 31"), 19" wide (18.1"), with noise cancelling headphones, connection ports, a welcome drink, table linen, amenity kit, priority check-in and new menu.


For more info see Iberia

33 New airline routes to Lisbon, Madrid and Bangkok
TAP Air Portugal has announced a new route fromLondon City Airport to Lisbon, starting on October 27th. It's good news for East Londoners wanting to city break in Lisbon, and for anyone connecting on to TAP's extensive African and Latin American destinations. Also re new routes, Iberia Express has started flights from Cardiff to Madrid, and low cost Indian carrier Spicejet has launched flights from Delhi to Bangkok.

London City Airport, TAP, Iberia Express, SpiceJet

34 Latest coral bleeching of the Great Barrier Reef threatens some of the world's best eco resorts

There are almost 30 hotels on the Great Barrier Reef, which covers an area about the size of Italy. The lodges are highly regulated and eco focussed; most have research institutions on their islands, are low key and have relatively few rooms, and push the educational side of a reef visit to their guests. Arguably well managed reef tourism is one of the factors needed to keep the plight of the reefs in the ublic eye. See My Bathroom Wall's look at the best of the Great Barrier Reef resorts.