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  • Warner Bros theme park in Abu Dhabi gets opening date

    April 20, 2018 2:37 PM 16

    The hotly anticipated Warner Bros theme park in Abu Dhabi will open its doors July 25. — Handout via AFPABU DHABI, April 20 — It’s official: The hotly anticipated Warner Bros theme park in Abu Dhabi will open its doors July 25. Some of the world’s most beloved superheroes, cartoon characters and comic book villains will be brought to life at Warner Bros World

  • Pakistan’s long-delayed new airport set to open May 3

    April 18, 2018 10:56 PM 14

    A worker cleans the floor of the newly built Islamabad International Airport, during a media tour ahead of its official opening, Pakistan April 18, 2018. — Reuters pic ISLAMABAD, April 19 ― A long-delayed new international airport for Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, is set to open on May 3, a civil aviation official said yesterday during an advance tour of the facility

  • A different kind of cruise

    April 17, 2018 2:32 AM 17

    PEACE BOAT is not merely a cruise liner that traverses the world’s oceans, but is also a non-governmental organisation founded in Japan with a mission to raise awareness of global issues, and foster positive social change. The Peace Boat organisation believes that travel in itself can be a tool for positive social and political change. Since its maiden

  • Brussels’ Atomium turning 60

    April 7, 2018 11:33 PM 21

    A view of Brussels' Atomium building, a metal structure built in the form of a crystal of iron, at the opening of the exhibition on Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte September 21, 2017. — Reuters pic BRUSSELS, April 8 — The symbol of the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, the Atomium will be 60 years old in 2018. Locals and visitors to the Belgian capital

  • AirAsia to launch Penang-Hanoi, Phuket flights in July

    April 4, 2018 6:35 AM 37

    Flights from Penang to Hanoi will operate four times weekly, while flights to Phuket will operate with daily direct flights. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Low-cost airline, AirAsia, will fly to Hanoi (Vietnam) and Phuket (Thailand) with direct flights from Penang, starting July 1, 2018. In a statement today, AirAsia said, the routes, which marked

  • Computer outage causes massive flight delays in Europe

    April 3, 2018 11:11 PM 35

    BRNearly 15,000 flights in Europe faced delays yesterday. ― Reuters picUSSELS, April 4 — European air travellers faced mass disruption yesterday with up to half of all flights delayed after the system that manages air traffic for the continent broke down. Nearly 15,000 flights could be held up by the problem, acording to Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based

  • Malaysia Airlines opens ticket purchase on Facebook messenger

    April 3, 2018 7:57 AM 30

    SEPANG, April 3 — National carrier Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) unveiled today three digital initiatives, including one that allows its customers to buy flight tickets through Facebook Messenger. Its chief commercial officer Arved von zur Muehlen said the airlines was moving towards mobile aviation as its studies showed more than half of Malaysians

  • Philippines poised to close its crowning jewel, Boracay Island this summer

    March 30, 2018 12:30 AM 18

    The Philippines is looking at closing one of its crown jewels, Boracay Island, for up to six months starting at the end of April. ― AFP picMANILA, March 30 ― Before you book your beach holiday in Southeast Asia, be warned that some of the region's most popular beaches will close for the summer. After Thailand, the Philippines is looking at closing one of its crown

  • Amsterdam airport unveils new ‘clean-air’ bus fleet

    March 29, 2018 12:05 AM 19

    By 2021 more than 260 electric buses will be running on roads around Schiphol, covering some 30 million kilometres per year. ― AFP picAMSTERDAM, March 29 ― Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport yesterday saw the launch of 100 new electric passenger buses, said to be the largest fleet of its kind in Europe, as it pursues clean-air targets. More than 100,000 passengers

  • SE Asia closes island beaches to recover from climate change and tourism

    March 27, 2018 11:28 PM 16

    Hordes of tourists flock daily to Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley for selfies in front of the famed limestone cliffs and blue waters. — AFP picBANGKOK, March 28 ― More popular Southeast Asian islands will be off limits to visitors this year as officials seek to protect eco-systems crumbling from warming seas and unchecked sprawl, despite the risk to tourism