Most people feel the most comfortable when the air humidity is around 40 to 70 per cent. But air humidity levels in aircraft cabins can often fall as low as 20 per cent and this can lead to various problems such as; dry skin; dry eyes; sore or dry nose; sore or dry throat; general discomfort. These can all lead to dehydration. In turn, this can create headaches and sleepiness and lead to an increase in the risks of urinary tract infection and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
You can do much to avoid these possible problems; drink at least a glass of water
every half hour; avoid tea, coffee, alcohol and fizzy drinks; eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; avoid anything rich or salty; wear breathable, natural fabrics; wear spectacles rather than contact lenses; apply moisturising eye drops, facial moisturisers and water sprays to keep skin hydrated or cover your nose and mouth with a damp cloth, such as a flannel. Don’t direct the overhead ventilators at your
Many people experience ear problems when taking off and landing. These tend to be
irritating rather than dangerous but are worth trying to resolve a.s.a.p. What happens is this. During take-off and landing, air pressure variations are created in the cabin. This can lead to an air pocket expanding in the inner ear and a blockage in what is known as the Eustachian tube. That’s what causes the earache.
You can keep that all-important Eustachian tube open by; yawning theatrically; sucking sweets (the old barley sugar trick does work for some people); trying the valsalva manoeuvre, which involves holding your nose to seal the airway,closing your mouth and then breathing out gently to relieve the resistance. Try all three, and see which one works best for you.
Arms & Legs
If you are on a long-haul flight of eight or nine hours for example to America, you’ll want to give some consideration to legroom before booking. The legroom on aircraft can actually vary from 74cm up to 91cm or more – that’s a big difference and you’ll find that even an extra 2.5cm can make a difference to your comfort and health. Check the legroom before booking - to be blunt, it can be worth paying extra to upgrade to roomier seats or to fly by a different airline just to get that all-important extra space for your legs.
There is much you can also do during the flight. Here are some useful exercises you
can do. During the flight; regularly move your feet in circles; flex and point your toes; stretch and massage your calves; stroll up and down the aisle every hour. It is also important to avoid; sitting in the same position for too longcrossing your legs or ankles; taking sleeping pills unless you can sleep horizontally.
The thin air inside the aircraft can cause breathlessness especially if you are; overweight; asthmatic; pregnant; suffer from a lung-related illness or disease.If you fall into any of these categories, you need to think about taking care of your breathing. Although your body should adjust itself during the flight, you may wish to ease the problem as soon as possible. You can do this by relaxing your shoulders and stomach muscles, leaning forward and taking slow, deep breaths.
If the breathlessness persists and makes you feel uncomfortable or alarmed, you can ask the cabin crew for oxygen. Thin air can also lead to fainting, and this happens most often when someone stands up quickly after having sat still for most of a long flight. Be aware that this can happen. It tends to look more dramatic than it is, although there is the risk of injury. To avoid this happening, flex your body all over before standing up. This can help to pump blood to your head. Stand up slowly, holding your seat. Wait for a few minutes before walking.
Tricks of the Trade
Feel good throughout the flight by wearing several layers of loose, lightweight clothes. Reduced air pressure in the cabin can cause air within your body to expand. Loose clothes are a must. Wear loose shoes as well. If you wear tight shoes, be wary of taking them off during the flight. You may find it hard to put them back on at the end.
Having several layers of clothes is helpful. The cabin temperature can vary during a
flight and you may feel cold, then warm, then cold again. You can add or remove layers to suit the temperature.
Avoid hypoxidosis – mild altitude sickness caused by oxygen deficiency - by sitting
still and closing your eyes, sipping cool water every few minutes and trying to relax. If you need to, ask cabin crew for an air bag to breathe into. Reduce your risk of catching germs from re-circulating air by taking vitamin C as a booster in the week up to flying. Smear Vaseline inside your nostrils when in the air cabin – and smear again as and when necessary.
St Vincent and Grenadines Argyle International Airport is target to open in late 2013.
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Argyle International Airport is on target to open in late 2013.
This has been confirmed by the developer responsible for constructing the new St Vincent and the Grenadines international air gateway.
According to the International Airport Development Company (IADC), work has been completed on close to three-quarters of the earthworks for required for the airport’s runway, apron and taxiways. Earthworks on the airport commenced in August 2008 and since then the work team, comprising Vincentians and Cubans, have been have been hard at work, clearing and grubbing the area, demolishing the abandoned structures on the site, and removing the top soil.
The IADC affirmed that “work on the terminal building continues apace”, ensuring that it is on schedule to be completed by the contracted date of December 2013, in time for the tourism high season in the Caribbean.
The Argyle International Airport is being built on about 290 acres of land, with a paved runway 2,743 metres (9,000 feet) long, and 45 metres (150 feet) wide. Its runway length will allow for direct flights to St Vincent and the Grenadines from USA, Canada, Europe and Central and South America. The airport is designed to accommodate jets as large as the Boeing 747-400s.
The US$216 million airport is expected to boast a single 1.5 million capacity per annum terminal built over three-storeys on 145,000sq ft with dedicated areas for ‘domestic’ and ‘international’ passengers. The terminal building will have about 8,700 square metres of floor space, to handle about 1.4 million passengers per year.
As of May 2012, the contractor, Overseas Engineering Construction Company (OECC), had completed 23 percent of the work on the building.
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The first plane in the Harlequin Air fleet has now been fully decorated and modified, with the second plane delivered for the same treatment.
Interior and exterior modifications to the first plane were inspected on Monday in Arkansas, US, and given the thumbs up. It’s expected to start the journey to its new home in the Caribbean in the coming days; meanwhile, the second plane was delivered to the US on Monday for the same beautification: Harlequin colours and logos; “Harlequin blue” carpets; and cream leather seats with the Harlequin logo.
Harlequin Air will exclusively serve guests at the Caribbean hotels and resorts, providing island-hopping transport for transfers to and from transatlantic flights,
excursions, and visits to the other hotels and resorts. Although that last
feature can only become available when one of Buccament Bay Resort’s sister luxury destinations is completed, it’s still arguably the most exciting. One day soon, it could allow a guest at Bucc Bay to also be a visitor or guest at any of the Caribbean hotels and resorts currently under development, and any that are yet to conceive!
The best part is this is just the beginning: the Harlequin Air fleet will continue to grow over the coming months as Harlequin endeavour to meet the increasing demand for bookings in 2012 and beyond. Initially, the service will carry as many of the guests as possible; however, Harlequin intend to eventually make it available to all.
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In spite of the recent recession, Harlequin has had a truly amazing year: the first luxury destination, Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent and The Grenadines, has, according to holiday operators, enjoyed record levels of bookings for the region, along with great feedback, reviews and press coverage; several hotels and resorts are currently being developed in the Caribbean by Harlequin Developments; in fact, the company continues to grow in every way, always chasing its Chairman’s indefatigable ambition.
Growth, however, is meaningless if it doesn’t contribute to improvement (and there is always room for improvement). As successful as Buccament Bay Resort has been in its first year, we at Harlequin have listened and identified a key area for investment: transport. Connecting flights to St Vincent are short but the waiting times can be disproportionately long if left to commercial airlines. Consequently, Harlequin has taken the initiative and will soon be literally flying high via its own airline, Harlequin Air, which is expected to be operating by early 2012.
Based in St Lucia, Harlequin Air will provide an exclusive service for guests at Harlequin’s Caribbean hotels and resorts; but the service won’t stop at delivering swift and seamless transfers between islands for transatlantic flights. Guests will also be able to utilise the fleet for excursions and visits to other hotels and resorts. Additionally, there are plans to establish a scheduled service between St Lucia and Puerto Rico for Harlequin’s growing number of US-based guests.
Here are the flight times guests can expect:
St Vincent to Barbados: 45 minutes
St Vincent to St Lucia: 20 minutes
St Vincent to Puerto Rico: 160 minutes
Barbados to St Lucia: 45 minutes
Puerto Rico to Barbados: 170 minutes
Puerto Rico to St Lucia: 145 minutes
The first plane is currently having the “Harlequin treatment”, which involves being: liveried with full Harlequin colours; decorated with ”Harlequin blue” carpet; and fitted with cream leather seats with the Harlequin logo emblazoned in the headrests.
Official photos are on the way, but in the meantime, here are some candid ones taken
For Harlequin, the sky isn’t the limit, it’s just another step forward.
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By the year end Harlequin Air will hit the skies for the exclusive benefit of all
guests intending staying at any of the Harlequin resorts but the first to benefit will be the guests staying at the new 5* Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent and next year Harlequin destinations in Barbados and St Lucia.
There are plans for a scheduled service between St Lucia and San Juan for US-based guests.
The fleet of 9-seater planes, to be based in St Lucia, will provide: swift and seamless transfer between islands for transatlantic flights; visits to other hotels and resorts; and excursions.
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