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NO SURPRISE

Melania Trump sends a message
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22 JUN 2018: Before you start the emails advising me that this is not a travel story - I know it isn’t. What it is however is a human interest story – or more accurately – a lack of human thought or caring story. A story that can make you weep, or puke, or throw things at how freaking tone deaf people at the White House are. Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I really don't care, do u?” as she boarded a flight Thursday to go and visit a facility housing migrant children who have been separated from their parents. MORE

MOVING RIGHT ALONG

Flair Airlines moving headquarters from Kelowna to Edmonton
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22 JUN 2018: After making Edmonton International Airport its main transfer hub, ultra-low cost carrier Flair Airlines is also moving its headquarters to Alberta’s capital. “As such, that makes us Edmonton’s hometown airline,” Flair executive chairman David Tait said at the announcement Tuesday morning in downtown Edmonton. MORE

CARIBBEAN COOL

Heat wave inspires tropical thoughts
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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22 JUN 2018: Typically, it’s cold, snowy weather that has Canadians dreaming of the Caribbean. But on a far too steamy evening in Toronto this week, thoughts of the region’s cooling trade winds and turquoise waters were just as present as any frigid day in February. Indeed, the cocktail segment of Canlink Travel’s Caribbean evening had to be moved inside to counter a heat alert in the city and accommodate more than 50 travel agents who had come to George Restaurant on Queen Street to meet hoteliers from three of the region’s top luxury resorts. MORE

NORWEGIAN LAUNCHES IN CANADA

Routes to Europe and the French Caribbean
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22 JUN 2018: Low-Cost carrier Norwegian has announced its entry into the Canadian market with three new routes. The airline will launch seasonal service from Montréal to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in late October. Additionally, Norwegian will launch the only transatlantic flight out of Hamilton International Airport in March 2019, with daily service to Dublin, Ireland. The airline also announced a new four-weekly service from both Guadeloupe and Martinique to Cayenne in French Guiana. MORE

YOU LOOKING AT ME

Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens
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22 JUN 2018: Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including US citizens. The expected announcement Thursday at MCO alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding. MORE

LOWER AIR TAXES AND FEES WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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22 JUN 2018: A new study suggests federal and provincial governments can help ease some of the frustrations of travellers and grow the country's air transport sector by reducing taxes and fees imposed on the industry. Canada's massive geography and low population density help keep airline prices high, but even a small reduction in taxes and fees could make a big difference for travellers.   MORE

NAMASTE

Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day
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22 JUN 2018: Some 50,000 people gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga. Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist, travelled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people. MORE

CRUDE, SEXIST AND NOT FUNNY

Fans at World Cup criticized for videos disrespecting women
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22 JUN 2018: Some Latin American fans at the World Cup are receiving strong criticism for sexist behaviour and could even face workplace consequences for posting videos in which they encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand. MORE

DIG IT

Archaeologists scour Woodstock concert field
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20 JUN 2018:  This Friday we go back to 1969, but first let’s look at archaeologists who scoured the grassy hillside famously trampled during the Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi Hendrix's guitar pick? For our music video we’ve chosen Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane MORE
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NOT ON OUR PLANES

US carriers unite to oppose immigration policy
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21 JUN 2018:On Wednesday, American Airlines and United Airlines asked the Trump administration not to put migrant children who have been separated from their parents on their flights. As world leaders, religious groups, global citizens and members of both US political parties implored Donald Trump to cease the separation of migrant children from their families, the US president said that he had no authority to do so.  Finally, late Wednesday, Trump broke with his own misleading claims and signed an end the practice of separating families at the border. MORE

THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS

Transat introduces its winter programme
By JEN SAVEDRA
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21 JUN 2018: It’s not all about having the right connections, but it certainly helps.  At a recent event in Toronto, Transat unveiled its winter 2018-2019 Sun programme and says the key to its success is a focus on a feeder programme that will allow more passengers from western gateways - Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary - access to sun and European destinations via Toronto and Montreal this winter. MORE

TAKE A POWDER

US sets limits for powered substances
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21 JUN 2018:  US security officials will require more screening of powdered substances in carry-on bags on international flights headed to the United States starting June 30. A Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Wednesday that the change applies to more than 350 millilitres of powder, about the same as a pop can. MORE

TICO CONVICTION

Sakthivel Suppiah pleads guilty
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21 JUN 2018: After being charged by TICO, Sakthivel Suppiah, an officer and director of Skypride Travel and Tours, pleaded guilty and was convicted on one count of failing to hold customer funds in a designated trust account. MORE

BOMBARDIER SALE TO DELTA

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21 JUN 2018: Bombardier Inc. says Delta Air Lines Inc. will buy 20 CRJ900 regional jets that will fly under the Delta Connection brand, and confidence in the aircraft manufacturer provided a boost to the company stock. MORE

START AT THE TOP

AA cuts jobs
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21 JUN 2018: American Airlines plans to cut an undisclosed number of management jobs that top executives say are no longer needed more than four years after merging with US Airways. The company says there will be a combination of layoffs and buyouts over the next several weeks. MORE

BA ENGINE FIRE

Blamed on undetected fatigue crack
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21 JUN 2018: Federal investigators say a fatigue crack in the engine compressor on a British Airways jet was to blame for an aborted takeoff and fire at a Las Vegas airport. The incident at McCarran International Airport on Sept. 8, 2015 resulted in one flight attendant being seriously injured. MORE

A SPICY DESTINATION

By MARGARET SWAINE
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21 JUN 2018: The food is what I remember and miss the most about Sri Lanka. The country has an abundance of all the things I love to eat: spices, curries, seafoods and fresh produce. Some of the spices, such as the real cinnamon, are special to the island. As to the curries, you can have them at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And we did. MORE
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