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Russia bans Georgia airline flights as tensions rise over protests

Moscow - Russia's government on Saturday banned Georgian airlines from flying into its territory, extending restrictions imposed by President Vladimir Putin as part of growing tensions between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour.

Russians hit out at Kremlin ban on flights to Georgia

Moscow - Russia's travel industryhit out Saturday at a decision by the Kremlin to suspend flights to Georgia as a politically motivated move that has little to do with safety concerns.

Antigua takes control of troubled Caribbean airline LIAT

Saint John's - A Caribbean airline that helps bind together the region's many island nations has been saved from going under -- at least for now -- by a rescue plan led by the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Man dies accidentally, having ingested 246 packets of cocaine

A passenger on-board a flight from Mexico City has died after inadvertently ingesting 246 packets of cocaine. The high level of drug consumption triggered a cerebral edema.

Digital tool for assessing climate change impact when you travel

People are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of travel. However, assessing the impact is not straightforward - is flying really so much worse than driving a car? To assist consumers, Chalmers University has developed a new platform.

Q&A: Travel startup paves way for industry consolidation Special

Travel startup VacationRenter uses an AI platform to consolidate vacation rental listings from the top sites into one place so travelers can save time booking and rest assured they’ve found the best rental. We look into this disruptive technology.

Review: Swimmer Michael Andrew films travel vlog in Guangzhou, China Special

Guangzhou - World champion swimmer and vlogger Michael Andrew took his fans on a virtual trip to Guangzhou, China, where he competed as part of the FINA Champions Series.

Global software 'glitch' leaves Air India passengers stranded

New Delhi - Thousands of Air India passengers were stranded at airports across the world Saturday, after a software "glitch" left those travelling with the state-run airline unable to check in, officials said.

US warns terrorists continue to plot Sri Lanka attacks

Washington - The US State Department has warned of possible terrorist attacks in a revised travel advisory for Sri Lanka, after a series of deadly blasts killed nearly 300 people -- including Americans -- in the island nation on Easter Sunday.

Chef Marcela Valladolid talks Mexican cookbook and travel goals Special

Celebrity chef Marcela Valladolid chatted with Digital Journal about her travel goals for 2019, as well as her new Mexican-inspired cookbook.

Americans will soon have to register to travel to EU countries

By 2021, Americans traveling to certain countries in Europe will have to pre-register online as part of a security system intended to screen visa-free travelers.

Pakistan to partially re-open airspace Friday: aviation authority

Islamabad - Pakistan was set to re-open its airspace with restrictions Friday, the civil aviation authority said, after thousands of passengers were left stranded worldwide when Islamabad shut down air travel as tensions with neighbouring India soared.

Planes and armoured trains: the Kims' foreign trips

Seoul - The first sign that Kim Jong Un was potentially on his way to meet US President Donald Trump for a second summit was the reported appearance of an armoured train in China.

1,500 flights cut as winter wreaks havoc on US's busiest airports

A frigid polar vortex is wreaking havoc on air travel at some of the nation's busiest airports, including Chicago and Atlanta. More than 1,000 flights were canceled by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, adding to the hundreds more disrupted on Monday.

US urges citizens not to travel to Venezuela due to safety

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged its citizens to avoid all travel to crisis-torn Venezuela, citing risks of crime and arrest and the US embassy's limited ability to assist.

Passengers furious after shutdown sparks hundreds of delays

The federal government shutdown has resulted in delays at major US airports due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

US warns citizens of arbitrary exit bans in China

Washington - The United States warned its citizens Thursday they could face arbitrary action by authorities when they visit China, following the detention of two Canadians.

Q&A: Remaining cyber safe when travelling over the Holiday season Special

Douglas Crawford, privacy expert at, discusses what the Marriott cyber-hack means for the 367 million affected, and how consumers can take better steps in protecting themselves online.

Foreigners put on alert over French fuel protests

Paris - Foreigners were put on alert for possible violence during Saturday's French fuel protests, particularly in Paris, with some embassies warning their nationals to stay well away.

Airbnb says quarterly revenue topped $1 bn

San Francisco - Airbnb said Friday it took in more than a billion dollars in revenue in the past three months, calling it the best quarter ever for the home-sharing giant as it readies a stock market offering.

Passengers stranded as Cypriot airline goes bust

Larnaca - Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

Pro-EU Brit hits the road to spell out 'stop Brexit'

London - A passionately pro-European Briton has quit his job to drive around the continent for months spelling out "stop Brexit" on maps depicting his circuitous route.

Russian trains to end dependence on Moscow time

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday announced that it will stop running all long-distance trains across its 11 time zones on Moscow time (GMT+3), ending a frequent cause of confusion for travellers.

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Minsk - Belarus on Tuesday announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.

European tourist magnets hit back as Airbnb turns 10

France - Facing competition from Airbnb, which will celebrate a decade this summer, top European attractions such as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona are out to revamp their own offerings.

North Korean airline plans new route to China's Xian

Bejing - North Korea's national airline Air Koryo plans to open a new route linking Pyongyang and Xian in China, a staff member said Thursday, in the latest sign of the nuclear-armed state's possible emergence from isolation.

Driving from Netherlands to Australia in an electric car

To drive from Netherlands to Australia by car is challenging enough; to do so in an electric car is something remarkable. This is what Wiebe Wakker has just achieved, in 827 days.

Lebanese man stranded for 42 days in Ecuador airport

Quito - A Lebanese man has been stuck in immigration purgatory at an airport in Ecuador for 42 days after losing his passport and being returned there from Spain.

Can digital transformation make air travel easier?

Air travel can often probe frustrating for air passengers, whether business or leisure. Flight delays and confusing directions around terminals are just two common complaints. Digital technology could address these issues.

Smart luggage firms lose battery fight

Two smart luggage companies have closed down this month, citing the changes to airline policies which affect how lithium batteries can be taken on-board aeroplanes.
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