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  • Portugal leases empty monasteries, forts to boost tourism

    March 8, 2018 4:09 AM 39

    Picture shows the castle tower and surrounding walls of the medieval town of Obidos, central Portugal February 9, 2018. — AFP picELVAS (Portugal), March 8 — The star-shaped walls of the hilltop town of Elvas dominate the plains of Portugal’s southern Alentejo region near the border with Spain. But despite being declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2012, Elvas

  • Toronto Pearson airport named best large airport in North America for customer service

    March 8, 2018 2:37 AM 40

    NEW YORK, March 8 — In a new list ranking the airports that offer the best travel experiences around the world, Toronto Pearson International Airport tops the list for North America, Rome Fiumicino leads for Europe, and Mumbai Airport leads hubs in Asia-Pacific. Airports Council International World announced the winners of its annual Airport Service

  • Geneva airport reopens after icy ‘beast from the east’

    March 1, 2018 8:07 AM 42

    ZURICH, March 1 ― The airport in the Swiss city of Geneva closed for several hours today due to bitterly cold weather that has hit many parts of Europe this week with snow and icy winds, causing travel chaos. The airport reopened at 1000 GMT for departures and will accept arrivals from 1200 GMT, the airport said in a statement on its mobile app, which

  • Batman-inspired thrill rides coming to Abu Dhabi’s Warner Bros World

    March 1, 2018 1:10 AM 55

    One of Warner Bros World’s attractions is the Batman: Knight Flight. ― AFP picABU DHABI, March 1 ― From a dark ride that simulates the flight of Batman himself, to a Riddler-themed spinning rollercoaster, new details have been released on the attractions that will open at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi theme park this summer. When the hotly anticipated

  • Wow Air launches US$149 flights from new JFK hub to Europe

    February 28, 2018 12:21 PM 46

    The discount airline is offering one-way fares between either New York airport to Iceland for US$99, and reduced one-way fares to Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and London for US$149 (RM585). — AFP picNEW YORK, Feb 28 — Iceland's ultra low-cost carrier Wow Air is doubling down on its presence in New York, announcing plans to fly out of John F. Kennedy International

  • Disneyland Paris to add ‘Star Wars’ zone in €2b upgrade

    February 27, 2018 11:15 PM 49

    Disneyland Paris's attraction Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. — AFP pic PARIS, Feb 28 — The Walt Disney Company on Tuesday announced a €2 billion (RM9.6 billion) expansion of its Paris amusement park which will add a new Star Wars-themed zone to the huge site. Disneyland Paris will also build new areas devoted to its hit animated film Frozen and the Marvel

  • Air Italy makes push to become Italy’s leading airline

    February 26, 2018 11:07 PM 75

    Interior for Air Italy. — AFP picROME, Feb 27 — Arrivederci Alitalia, and ciao Air Italy. As part of an aggressive push to become Italy’s leading airline, Meridiana has been rebaptized as Air Italy in a major rebranding campaign that aims to expand the carrier’s fleet to 50 aircrafts by 2022. The announcement was made recently by Qatar Airways, which

  • Inflatable hotel pods in space could orbit the earth by 2021

    February 25, 2018 1:26 AM 62

    The B330 space pods — Screegrab from YouTube/Bigelow AerospaceLAS VEGAS, Feb 25 — The prospect of commercial space tourism is one step closer to reality, with the news that a Las Vegas-based aerospace company aims to launch a pair of inflatable, inhabitable space pods by 2021. Earlier this week, Bigelow Aerospace unveiled ambitious plans to launch two commercial

  • London hubs could add 30m passengers without new runways

    February 23, 2018 6:19 AM 47

    Some 78 million passengers travelled through London's Heathrow Airport in 2017. ― AFP picLONDON, Feb 23 — Two of London’s three biggest airports said they could add almost 30 million more passengers between them yearly without requiring extra runways. Stansted, the biggest hub for Ryanair Holdings Plc, plans to apply to raise a cap on annual passenger

  • New aviation stats should ease any fears of flying

    February 23, 2018 12:19 AM 46

    New stats confirm that 2017 was a good year to fly. — Michal Krakowiak/ pic via AFPLONDON, Feb 23 — New figures confirm that 2017 was a good year for commercial aviation, continuing a downward trend in fatal accidents and improvements in airline safety. If you've ever been nervous about flying, or know someone with a deep-seated fear, these