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FROM TOUCH DOWN TO TURNDOWN SERVICE

Transat to develop hotel chain
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15 DEC 2017: Transat plans to spend $750 million over the coming years to develop a hotel chain in Mexico and the Caribbean. It expects this decision will put the company in a strong position to face heightened competition from Canadian rivals. MORE

HOW CONSUMER PROTECTION WILL AFFECT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY

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15 DEC 2017: Bill 166 has passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017, TICO says, will benefit consumers purchasing travel services and reduce burden for travel agents in Ontario. The amendments to the Travel Industry Act, 2002, will affect approximately 2,400 Ontario registered travel agents and travel wholesalers. MORE

RYANAIR TURNAROUND

Irish carrier will recognize pilots unions
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15 DEC 2017: In an effort to avoid its pilots striking next week, Ryanair has had a policy turnaround and has invited its pilots in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal to talks with a view to recognizing unions. Previously the carrier maintained it was ignoring strike threats, and staying to its long held policy of not recognizing unions.   MORE

DRONE OPERATOR AT FAULT

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15 DEC 2017: A recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the US between a drone and a manned aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday MORE

WE DONT WANT ANOTHER TITANIC

Yet drifting icebergs a real danger in N Atlantic
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15 DEC 2017: About 1,000 icebergs drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes this year, marking the fourth consecutive “extreme” ice season, US Coast Guard officials said Thursday. MORE

MORE VISITORS TO ALASKA

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15 DEC 2017:  Two cruise ships larger than ones Alaska residents are used to seeing will begin visiting the state this summer. CoastAlaska News reported Wednesday that the ‘megaships’ are part of a trend that's sending more tourists to Alaska by sea. MORE

CASH WITHDRAWAL

Theft of three ATM machines in Houston hotels
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15 DEC 2017: Police say masked men have stolen ATMs from the lobbies of three Marriot hotels in Houston this week. A group of four or five men stormed the lobby of the Marriott near George Bush Intercontinental Airport early Thursday, grabbed an ATM and fled in a vehicle. MORE

HELP YOURSELF

Man happens upon room full of cash
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15 DEC 2017: French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($450,000). MORE

FLIGHTING THE TREE

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15 DEC 2017: A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380. Airbus spokesperson Heiko Stolzke told news agency dpa Thursday that the nearly 5 1/2-hour flight the previous day was “a standard internal Airbus test flight before the delivery of a new aircraft.” MORE

LYON PAINTS THE NIGHT WITH LIGHT

To celebrate its past and bright future
By WALLACE IMMEN
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15 DEC 2017: A towering Gothic cathedral that’s stood solidly on a square in Lyon for centuries has just come crashing down, only to be reassembled in brilliant abstract swirls of colour. Glowing birds swoop through the night sky. And a unicorn joins flying horses on a hillside that’s glittering with candles. MORE
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JUST THE TICKET

Ontario passes law to ban scalper bots, strengthen ticket laws
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14 DEC 2017: Scalper bots are now banned in Ontario, as a bill to protect ticket buyers passed Wednesday. The provisions in a new Ticket Sales Act are contained in omnibus consumer protection legislation that also includes strengthening rules around home warranties, real estate practices and travel services in Ontario.   MORE

CUSTOMS BREACH AT YYZ

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14 DEC 2017: Canada's busiest airports says there were delays for passengers departing to the United States after a customs breach. Toronto Pearson International Airport said Wednesday afternoon that US-bound passengers departing from Terminal 3 had to be reprocessed after a customs breach was identified. MORE

CLOSE CALL

Delta near miss under investigation
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14 DEC 2017: A Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.   MORE

BITING REPORTS

Passengers say man removed from JetBlue flight bit others
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14 DEC 2017: Police say an airline passenger who was removed from a Los Angeles-to-New York flight for causing a disturbance that prompted a diversion to Las Vegas last weekend was not charged with a crime. A JetBlue statement doesn't describe the disturbance, but passengers who shared cellphone video with KCBS-TV in Los Angeles said the man hit and bit other passengers late Sunday on Flight 1224 until he was restrained. MORE

GOING GOING

Kingston Airport to go private
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14 DEC 2017: The divestment of Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in the capital, Kingston, is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. The disclosure was made by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Airports Authority of Jamaica and NMIA Airports Ltd., Audley Deidrick.   MORE

DOING GOOD

Sunwing partners with GlobalMedic
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14 DEC 2017: Thanks in part to the generosity of Sunwing customers, the Sunwing Foundation has made a donation of $20,716 to GlobalMedic; a Canadian international disaster relief charity. Sunwing matched the funds raised through the airline's spare change programme over a 6-week period. The money will be used by GlobalMedic to provide ongoing aid to areas of the Caribbean most impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.   MORE

OILED BIRDS

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14 DEC 2017: Federal officials say they are watching for oiled birds off northern Newfoundland near Fogo Island after a report of a light oil sheen in the area. Environment Canada is asking the public to report any sign of oil or oiled birds off the island, about 450 kilometres northwest of St. John's. MORE

THREE IN A ROW

Avalon Waterways again scores Best Stateroom award
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14 DEC 2017: Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands in Canada, is delighted that for the third consecutive year its river cruise brand, Avalon Waterways, has been awarded the Best River Cruise Cabin award with Cruise Critic. In announcing the Editors' Picks award, Cruise Critic remarked "River cruise cabins come in many iterations. But we're hard-pressed to find one better than Avalon's signature Panoramic Suite."   MORE

RYANAIR PRE-APOLOGISES

As pilots announce pre-Christmas strike
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14 DEC 2017: Ryanair's Dublin-based pilots have announced a 24-hour strike on December 20 in a row over union recognition. The 79 pilots, who are members of IALPA, and are mainly captains, will walk out at midnight next Wednesday.     MORE

GREECE STRIKES

Workers walk off their jobs for 24 hour general strike
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14 DEC 2017: Greek workers have walked off their jobs for a 24-hour general strike that is shutting services across the country and suspending ferry services to and from the islands. Public transport was operating only for certain hours during the day, while airlines rescheduled and cancelled flights as some airport staff joined the labour action with a four-hour work stoppage. MORE

LUFTHANSA DROPS BID FOR NIKI

10000 passengers could be affected
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14 DEC 2017: Germany's Lufthansa says it has withdrawn its bid for the Niki division of bankrupt Air Berlin as it tries to secure European Union approval for its planned takeover of much of what was once the country's second-biggest airline. MORE

NEW APPOINTMENTS

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14 DEC 2017: Home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations/CruiseOne and business opportunity Cruises Inc., has announced an organizational restructuring which aligns agent engagement with recruitment sales. Existing general manager of Network Engagement and Performance Drew Daly now has expanded responsibilities to include franchise sales, and Janet Harris, CFE, has been promoted to director of recruitment. In addition, Rosemarie Reed is now vice president of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. MORE

PASSENGER RIGHTS

Government wrongs
By DAVID TAIT
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14 DEC 2017: Airlines have a lot in common with the weather. In any social setting where people get together, if there's a lull in the conversation the inevitable default subject is either something like, "It looks like we're in for rain tonight" or, "Did I tell you about what airline X did to me last week?" The latter will typically be followed by a retort like, "Huh, that's nothing! Wait 'til you hear what airline Y did to me when …" MORE
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