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ANCILLARY FEE PROTECTION FOR PASSENGERS IN US

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29 JUL 2016: US airlines collected more than US $900 million ($1.2 billion) in baggage fees in the first quarter of 2016. This week a new regulation signed into law would require an airline to "promptly provide to a passenger an automated refund for any ancillary fees paid by the passenger for checked baggage" not delivered within 12 hours of arrival of a domestic flight, or within 15 hours of arrival of an international flight. MORE

BRING MY HOLIDAY TO ME

Laid back river cruising
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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29 JUL 2016:By its nature, river cruising is a far more intimate affair than the Goliath ocean cruisers. Thus, being a cruise virgin, I took my first tentative steps aboard the AmaSerena, river plying its way through the lower Danube waterways, sailing east from Budapest, through Eastern Europe, to the Black Sea, passing through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. No rushing or moving fast, just cruising at a steady pace, easy travel through multiple countries, without the stress involved in road trips or the difficulties of catching planes or trains. MORE

ONE MILLION FROM THUNDER BAY

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29 JUL 2016: Thunder Bay was Porter Airline’s first northern Ontario destination in 2009. This week Brittany Mascioli departing Thunder Bay on Flight 634 at 2:05 p.m. became the one millionth passenger on the route and was  presented with a pair of roundtrip tickets to any Porter destination. MORE

ENGINE FLAMES RETURN AA TO DALLAS

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29 JUL 2016: American Airlines flight 438 had just taken off from Dallas to Seattle on Wednesday when people in Arlington and Grand Prairie Texas called police and fire departments to report a flaming plane in the sky.   MORE

WINTER FLIGHTS FROM WATERLOO TO PUNTA CANA

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29 JUL 2016: Sunwing Vacations will provide direct weekly flights between Waterloo Region, Ontario and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic beginning Thursday, December 22,  and continuing through March 23, 2017. MORE

ARTIST COMMISSIONED FOR NORWEGIAN JOY

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29 JUL 2016: Norwegian Cruise Line has commissioned Chinese artist Tan Ping to design the artwork to be featured on the hull of its soon to-be-unveiled Breakaway-Plus class vessel Norwegian Joy. Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, with home porting in Shanghai and Beijing, Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian Cruise Line's first ship that is purpose-built for the Chinese market offering VIP accommodations. MORE

NOT HERE

Egg Island residents scramble Disney plans
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29 JUL 2016: Egg Island is a cay on an uninhabited Bahamas island and the intended site for a private resort for Disney Cruise Line.  Just 12 acres, the island is a beach party destination for local residents, who reacted swiftly when they learned that the cruise line wanted to build a cruise ship port on its undisturbed shores. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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29 JUL 2016: In response to the decline in oil prices, the world’s first “rig spotting” cruise took place off the coast of Norway this week. Passengers sailed for a four-day itinerary on board the high-tech offshore vessel Edda Fides touring oil installations in the Northern Sea. MORE

DUCKING OUT OF DUBROVNIK

A Unique Holland America Tour
By WALLACE IMMEN
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29 JUL 2016: The marble streets of Dubrovnik have been polished to a gleaming smoothness by the millions of feet that have walked over them. And on a typical morning in tourist season, it can seem like all those millions are still here, as a number of cruise ships and uncountable bus tours disgorge their eager visitors into the stunning high-walled city. MORE
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THE VIRTUAL AIRLINE

Not the answer
By DAVID TAIT
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28 JUL 2016:  If it’s not a contradiction in terms, the ‘conventional wisdom’ in Canadian aviation has always been that Canada cannot support a third carrier and historically, at a glance, that does seem to be the case. MORE

BOEING REPORTS FIRST QUARTERLY LOSS IN NEARLY 7 YEARS

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28 JUL 2016:  Boeing, absorbing billions in write-downs related to two of its newest commercial jets and a military fuel tanker, reported its first quarterly loss in nearly seven years. MORE

ATLANTIC FLIGHTS DISRUPTED BY ICELAND AIR TRAFFIC GLITCH

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28 JUL 2016: Iceland's airport authority says the country briefly closed its airspace to flights because of a technical problem at its air traffic control centre. MORE

WAS MH370 INDIAN OCEAN ROUTE PLANNED AHEAD

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28 JUL 2016:  Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed. MORE

THE WIFE DID IT

Geneva bomb threat a hoax
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28 JUL 2016:  Yesterday’s major security alert at Geneva Airport was caused by a woman making a bomb threat to try to stop her husband boarding a flight. MORE

SUNWING SINGS OUT

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27 JUL 2016: Among their 10th Anniversary celebrations earlier this year, Sunwing invited Quebec travel agents to the Montreal Casino to attend an event that included a concert given by its chairman, Colin Hunter. MORE

ON THE ROOF

US tourist spends night on roof of Duomo cathedral in Milan
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28 JUL 2016: Italian police say an American tourist spent a night locked on the spectacular rooftop of Milan's Gothic-inspired Duomo cathedral after being overlooked by security. MORE

WESTJET FINDS LOST GECKO

Owner wants airline to change policy on pet transport
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28 JUL 2016:  A pet gecko that disappeared after its owner put it on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Vancouver last Sunday has been found alive. Meryl Bishop, the owner of Nom Chompsky, the gecko, received a call from the airline Wednesday afternoon to say the animal had been found. MORE
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