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A SLOW RECOVERY

Fallout from Chicago incident continues
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30 SEP 2014:  Flights in and out of Chicago continue to face cancellations and delays this week as the fallout from Friday’s fire at a Chicago-area air-traffic control center persists. More than 400 flights to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport - the nation’s second-busiest by passengers after Atlanta -  were cancelled Monday. MORE

GETTING READY

Cuba makes major tourism moves
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30 SEP 2014: At a recent breakfast meeting in Toronto, executives of the Gaviota Group updated media on the dramatic increases in the number of hotel rooms being built and renovated in Cuba and on its impressive plans for the ongoing expansion and revitalization of the general tourism infrastructure across the country. MORE

SIZE MATTERS

Qantas puts the A380 on the longest airline route
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30 SEP 2014:  Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the 8,578-mile journey. MORE

NO HASSLES

Air inclusive is the way to go with Globus family
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30 SEP 2014: Agents looking to save time and money – for both themselves and their clients – should check out air-inclusive pricing with the Globus family of brands. “We offer excellent sked airfare at competitive prices for all of our Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways’ tour itineraries,” says Stéphanie Bishop, managing director. MORE

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES PASSENGER DIES IN FALL FROM MAST

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30 SEP 2014: Sometimes you can’t protect people from themselves. A 20-year-old man has died after falling from a mast on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship docked at Miami's port. MORE

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

Go Roundundee
By PAM STELLINI
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30 SEPT 2014: The childhood song “Do your ears hang low?” is somewhat unremarkable; but if it’s piped from the top of an ice cream truck it triggers excitement.  Similarly, a coiffed middle aged woman lip synching with her five children is not so compelling.  But add a psychedelic painted bus to the image and Mrs Partridge makes you want to “Come on, get happy.”  My point is; lots of things are better on wheels.  I question if a travel agency is though. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

IT SEEMS FAR TOO EASY

Employee sets fire that impacts air traffic across country
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29 SEP 2014:  Air traffic across much of the US was severely disrupted on Friday and two of the nation’s busiest airports were brought to a halt when a contract employee intentionally set a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control centre where he worked. He then apparently attempted to slash his own throat before being found by paramedics.   MORE

SUDDEN ERUPTION KILLS HIKERS

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29 SEP 2014: Mount Ontake, also referred to as Mount Kiso Ontake, the second highest volcano in Japan, erupted without warning on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks and turning the beautiful and popular tourist area into a forbidding moonscape. Over 30 people are presumed dead. MORE

STRATEGIC CHANGES AT TRANSAT

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29 SEP 2014: The recent changes at Transat are both part of the ongoing integration of Vacances TMR, and of a strategic process the company has been undergoing in order to improve efficiencies. MORE

INTERPOL EXPANDS DATABASE

Tests limited access for travel organizations
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29 SEP 2014:  The head of Interpol said last week that the organization has vastly expanded its database of foreign fighters travelling to join extremists in Iraq and Syria and is testing ways to let banks, hotels and cruise lines access a separate database of lost and stolen passports. MORE

PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE

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29 SEP 2014:  The first time an airline named People Express took to the skies it lasted six years - from 1981 until 1987. Its namesake, PeoplExpress, which launched on June 30, says it is suspending flights because of problems including a shortage of crews and only one plane, but it hopes to resume flying next month. MORE

BACK TO WORK

Time will tell if anyone came out ahead
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29SEP 2014:  Air France announced on Sunday evening that its 14-day-long strike - the longest in the history of the airline in the last 20 years – is over – and traffic is due to normalize step by step. The carrier indicated that 60 percent of its flights would be operating by Monday though it would take a couple of days for all flights to return to normal due to operational and regulatory constraints. MORE

TALK ABOUT TERROR CHATTER

Europe okays inflight cell phone use
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29 SEP 2014:  Never mind the screaming babies – flyers are about to face a far worse assault on their ears. If you think the incidents of “air rage” are on the rise – well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency, European airlines can allow passengers to use electronics during the entire flight, without putting them into “airplane mode.” And yes, folks, that includes cell phones. MORE

SIMPLY THE BEST

Hometown honours Tina Turner
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29 SEP 2014:  A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday as a museum honouring the singer's career and recalling her childhood in the small West Tennessee town of Brownsville. MORE

RULE BRITANNIA

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29 SEP 2014: The world’s largest contemporary version of the Union Jack required 280 litres of red paint, 40 litres red for the shadow, 80 litres of blue, 20 litres of blue for the shadow and 160 litres for the big logo on the front of the bow. MORE

EAST ICELAND

Land of Elves and Trolls
By MARGARET SWAINE
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29 SEP 2014: I’ve just returned from almost three weeks in Iceland, a country that’s rightly on many people’s bucket list. It’s the land of the famous Blue Lagoon, incredible waterfalls and bubbling, steaming volcanic activity. There are also weird but wonderful foods, Icelandic horses with a gait unique in the world and strange tales of the supernatural that citizens claim are true. MORE
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