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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.

'Party city' Amsterdam to crack down on tourists

Den Haag - Amsterdam is seeking to contain the flood of tourists swamping the city, with the incoming council proposing a series of tough measures and plans to hike tourism taxes.

European airlines seek bigger piece of Latin American pie

Fortaleza - Air France-KLM's inauguration Thursday of a flight to a little developed corner of Brazil highlights European airlines' attempt to bring the continents together, catching up with far more dominant routes between South and North America.

Australia boy, 12, runs away to Bali using family credit card

Sydney - Australian police were Tuesday investigating how a 12-year-old boy managed to fly alone to the Indonesian island of Bali and spend four days at a resort using his parents' credit card.

Giant new Istanbul airport '85 pct done, to open on time'

Istanbul - Istanbul's giant new airport, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make the city a global air traffic hub, is 85 percent finished and will open on time this year, the transport minister said Friday.

North Korean flag lights up Pyongyang's 'Hotel of Doom'

Pyongyang - The towering hulk of the Ryugyong Hotel, a vast and unfinished edifice that has loomed over Pyongyang for decades, was lit up on Monday night.

Loneliness of the long distance runners in North Korea

Pyongyang - A few hundred foreigners lined up in Kim Il Sung stadium Sunday for the Pyongyang marathon, less than half of last year's contingent with Western tourism to North Korea battered by nuclear tensions and a US travel ban.

Main Moscow airport misses World Cup runway deadline: report

Moscow - Moscow's busiest airport will not receive a crucial new runway in time for the World Cup, a report said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Vladimir Putin's prestige event.

Half of European flights face delays after computer failure

Apo - European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with up to half of all flights delayed after the system that manages air traffic for the continent broke down.

Half of European flights face delays after computer failure

Apo - European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with around half of all flights at risk of delays following a technical problem at Eurocontrol, the agency in charge of the continent's skies.

US visa seekers will have to disclose social media

Washington - Travelers to the United States will soon have to submit their social media identities, previous telephone numbers and email addresses, a measure that could touch 10 million people per year.

Travel sector is turning to AI: Interview Special

The travel sector is increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to improve the traveler journey from start to finish. To gain an insight into what the use of technology means for the sector, Noreen Henry of WayBlazer assesses the trends.

Uzbekistan takes a broader view on tourist photographs

Tashkent - Uzbek authorities are to ease strict rules that bar visitors from taking photos or videos in parts of the country's picturesque capital, in a new bid to encourage tourism.

New wave of Iranian globetrotters hits the road

Tehran - A travel frenzy is gripping young Iranians, who are inspiring each other through social media to overcome traditional constraints and expand their horizons.

Brazil authorities prevent former leader Lula from leaving country

S - Former Brazilian president Lula Inacio Lula da Silva, who was planning to travel to Ethiopia, was not allowed to leave the country, the justice ministry said Thursday, one day after an appeals court upheld his conviction on corruption charges.

Nine dead as huge storms batter Europe

Berlin - Nine people including two firefighters were killed Thursday as violent gales battered northern Europe, snapping air and train links.

Violent storms bring travel chaos to the Netherlands

Den Haag - Severe winter gales battered the Netherlands Thursday forcing Amsterdam airport to cancel all flights, bringing Dutch trains to a halt and toppling trucks as winds reached 140 kilometres (86 miles) an hour.

US revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

Washington - The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.

Snow strands thousands, kills skier in French Alps

Grenoble - Heavy snow stranded 4,000 travellers heading for resorts in the French Alps and killed one skier in an avalanche, authorities said on Sunday.

Tunisia says UAE attack fears behind female flyer row

Tunis - Controversial security measures taken by the United Arab Emirates against Tunisian women trying to travel to the Gulf state were prompted by fears of a terrorist attack, Tunisia said Monday.

End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight

New York - The Boeing 747, the original jumbo jet that was the favorite American presidents and key to affordable mass market air travel in the United States, will pass into aviation history this week.

Smart luggage innovations for business travelers

Smart luggage is the next big thing for business travelers: from robot cases that follow the owner around to bags fitted with GPS devices, the age of smart technology is set to aid those who clock up a high number of air-miles.

Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

London - The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem Sunday, while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany's busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais.

Simplifying travel planning through technology and AI: Interview Special

The way businesses and consumers book travel is set for further shake-ups as artificial intelligence becomes the norm. The process of planning travel is becoming simplified and easier.

Absolutdata offers AI service for travelers: Interview Special

San Fransisco - Absolutdata provides data science and big analytics solutions to companies. One sector of recent focus has been the travel industry. Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata provides some insights.

Interview: Travel sector being disrupted by AI Special

San Fransisco - Artificial intelligence is disrupting the travle sector, changing the way businesses and individuals organize their transportation and connections. Absolutdata provides some insights.
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