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NEWLEAF BACK SELLING AIRLINE TICKETS

But it is not an airline
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24 JUN 2016:  After a sputtered start, discount airfare ticket seller NewLeaf Travel is set to resume business next month. The Winnipeg-based startup began selling tickets again on Thursday, five months after it abruptly suspended operations and refunded fares as it awaited a federal regulatory ruling. MORE

NO APOLOGIES OR REFUNDS FORTHCOMING

Cruise line gets tough with careless smoker
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24 JUNE 2016: Perth resident Mark O’Keefe was on a P&O cruise with his wife, and stepped out on deck for a smoke in weather conditions that were described by his daughter as horrendous.  He took two drags and then flicked the cigarette overboard; a blatant breach of cruise ship fire safety regulations. The incident was observed by an officer on deck to whom O’Keefe apologized.  The officer asked him to return to his cabin, allegedly saying that there would be no repercussions. In the morning O’Keefe was summoned by the captain and told he was being removed from the ship. MORE

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Downloading data from EgyptAir voice boxes proving problematical
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24 JUN 2016:  Initial attempts to download information from the flight data and voice recorders of an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month have been unsuccessful, according to a US official. MORE

CHARGES, COMPENSATION AND A NEW APPOINTMENT

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24 JUN 2016: 1807201 Ontario Limited operating as Skypride Travel and Tours, a registered travel agent that operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario and Suppiah Sakthivel, director of Skypride, were each charged under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 with the following offences: MORE

BORDER TECHNOLOGY AT PORT EVERGLADES

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24 JUN 2016: Entry into the US may soon become less intense for cruise ship passengers arriving in Florida. Broward County’s Port Everglades will launch two pilot programmes this summer to make entry into the US as streamlined as it is for cruisers who enter Vancouver BC. MORE

NORWEGIAN PROVIDES SUPPORT

Homebased agents get a helping hand
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24 JUNE 2016: Norwegian Cruise Line is developing a new programme intended to support the independent travel agent.  Recognizing that, “It’s the fastest growing segment of the industry” Alex Pinelo, Norwegian’s vice president of key accounts said, “independent agents felt they aren’t getting the support they need. They feel invisible.” MORE

RETHINKING THE SHORE POWER DECISION

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24 JUN 2016: The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority did a study years ago to determine the viability of adding shore power to Ogden Point.  At the time it was determined to be too expensive, but things have changed, and the desire to sell itself as a homeport to cruise lines would appease residents if the vessels were not releasing carbon dioxide. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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24 JUN 2016: The port of San Diego is installing solar panels on the roof of the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal to reduce its carbon footprint.  It anticipates offsetting approximately 70 percent of the building’s energy consumption.  Installation of 630 panels began last month and should be completed by the end of June. MORE

WINDOWS IN ARLES

The City that Inspired Generations of Artists
By WALLACE IMMEN
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24 JUN 2016: Look through any window. The views are always fantastic in Arles. When Vincent Van Gogh set up his studio in a bedroom here, it inspired him to create 300 paintings and drawings in just two years in the 1880s. Even today, this city in Provence is filled with galleries and artists create murals and pop-up showings. MORE
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NEW ORLEANS HOSTS IPW2016

Record Number of Business Appointments Conducted
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23 JUN 2016: This week, more than 6,000 attendees from 73 countries, including over 1,300 international and domestic travel buyers and over 500 media from the US and abroad, attended the US Travel Association's 48th annual IPW. The event, which is the largest single generator of travel to the US, convened in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from June 18-22. MORE

STORMS CAUSE CANCELLATIONS IN CHICAGO

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23 JUN 2016: The Chicago Department of Aviation said Wednesday that 85 flights had been cancelled at O'Hare International Airport and schedules there were running about 30 late. At Midway International Airport, 40 flights were cancelled. Flights were about 20 minutes behind. MORE

COME EARLY

Come often
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23 JUN 2016: Increased flights from Charlottetown Airport means that this summer the airport will see the largest amount of morning traffic in its history. With increased seat capacity and new partnerships, passenger traffic has already increased by 23 percent since January. As a result, YYG is urging passengers to arrive 90 minutes before their flights. MORE

DIY LUGGAGE TAGS

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23 JUN 2016: Last week Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, announced an initiative to speed up the airport check-in process. Passengers now have the option to print their own luggage tag through the airline they are flying with before they get to the airport. MORE

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Something needs to be done about drone
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23 JUN 2016:  On Monday an airplane approaching Calgary International Airport came within 60 meters of an unmanned aerial drone.  The Jazz flight was operated by Air Canada and was close enough that the HAWCS (Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety) was dispatched, a unit that typically responds to life-threatening situations. This is yet another in a series of events that emphasize the need for new rules regulating drone activity. MORE

INCREASED CAPACITY TO DEER LAKE THIS SUMMER

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23 JUN 2016: Flights from Deer Lake to Toronto will have increased capacity this summer. Air Canada Rouge will be offering two direct flights daily for the summer tourist season. MORE

TRAVEL TIME IS FAMILY TIME

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23 JUN 2016: Canadians love to travel and Canadian families love travelling together. The proof is in the numbers from a new Choice Hotels Canada survey that questioned Canadians on their travel habits. It shows that the vast majority are planning trips soon and looking to connect with relatives at home or abroad or simply as a way to enjoy the fun times that come from sharing experiences together. MORE

ANOTHER IDIOT ON BOARD

Unruly plane passenger leads to emergency landing
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23 JUN 2016: Authorities say a Compass Airlines flight headed to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in Tucson after a passenger made a threat to the flight crew. MORE

INJURED CRUISE PASSENGERS AIRLIFTED HOME

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23 JUN 2016:  Police have charged a cruise tour bus driver in Vanuatu after a fatal crash in which three people and 10 Australian tourists were seriously injured. The bus was involved in a head-on collision with a local commuter bus. MORE
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