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Canadian airline playing Santa for passengers goes viral

A video revealing how Canadian airline WestJet last month presented passenger with more than just their luggage has gone viral, gaining close to two million hits on YouTube.

Late last month, 250 people on two flights to Calgary told a virtual Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas before boarding their flights.

As the passengers waited at the baggage carousel, they were surprised instead to receive hand-picked Christmas presents from underwear to tablets to TVs.

Lufthansa axes flights to and from UK due to strikes

German airline Lufthansa has cancelled dozens of flights to and from the UK and Ireland due to strike action.

German airline has cancelled dozens of flights to and from the UK and Ireland. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Around 100 flights - including departures and arrivals - have been cancelled at airports in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dublin.

The German airports affected by the strike are Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. the one-day strike, which is due to pay dispute, will result in only about 20 of more than 1,650 scheduled short-haul flights operating. The airline said many long-haul flights will also be affected.

Passengers affected by the cancellations can re-book for free, Lufthansa said.

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