HURRICANE SLAMS BAHAMAS
02 OCT 2015: Hurricane Joaquin is hammering the central Bahamas. The powerful tropical system became a major hurricane overnight. Islands such as San Salvador, Cat Island and Rum Cay were expected to be hit hardest before the storm begins an expected shift toward the north, forecasters said.
02 OCT 2015: Some foreign ticket buyers for next year's Olympics are paying higher prices than they should, failing to benefit from the steep decline in the value of the Brazilian currency against the dollar.
02 OCT 2015: American Airlines and a union have reached a tentative agreement offering higher wages for about 14,500 customer service and gate agents. Terms have not been released pending ratification by union members. MORE
WEATHER WOES IN HALIFAX
02 OCT 2015: There are reports of significant damage to private homes in New Brunswick after a storm that dumped more than 160 millimetres of rain on some areas. One of five cruise ships expected to dock in Halifax yesterday decided to skip the port city because of the nasty weather.
VANCOUVER TO ORLANDO
02 OCT 2015: The Vancouver Airport Authority announced the upcoming arrival of National Airlines to Vancouver International Airport. Starting January 20, 2016, the twice weekly scheduled service will operate between Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) and YVR. MORE
THE APOLOGY WAS NOT ENOUGH
02 OCT 2015: A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay. MORE
TRAVEL FOOD TRENDS
By WALLACE IMMEN
02 OCT 2015: You’re not likely to remember the flight that got you there, but memories of great meals you have on vacation can last a lifetime. A recent poll for Travelocity.ca found that 75 percent of Canadians believe food is an important factor in choosing a travel destination. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:
A SIMPLE SOLUTION
01 OCT 2015: Canada's transport minister quietly wrote to the heads of every major airline in the country earlier this year to try and stamp out a practice where parents were being seated separately from their children on flights. MORE
IF THE AIRLINES CAN DO IT
01 OCT 2015: Amtrak is boarding a baggage fee bandwagon that has generated billions in revenue for the airline industry. As of today, the passenger train operator will begin charging US $20 to passengers who exceed limits for carry-on and personal items. MORE
CARNIVAL TO CUBA
01 OCT 2015: Carnival's proposed cruises to Cuba will include two colonial cities outside Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to the Cuban capital, the cruise company said Wednesday.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
01 OCT 2015: Alberta restaurants, still adjusting to lagging sales due to a declining economy, must now brace for significant labour cost increases that come into effect with minimum wage increases starting today. The $1.00 rise in the general minimum wage is 10 times inflation and the $1.50 rise in the liquor server wage is 16 times inflation. MORE
01 OCT 2015: Transat has announced the launch of its 2015-2016 Cruise Collection. From stem to stern, the 112-page brochure features 135 popular itineraries that connect directly with Air Transat’s flights and are offered by 14 cruise lines. MORE
COFFEE, TEA, OR A TRIP TO THE LOO
01 OCT 2015: Okay, let’s kick the month off with an astonishing tabloid story. A flight attendant was fired after her company learned that she was supplementing her income by earning mile high fees of around $3,000 a flight in the airplane’s toilet. MORE
By DAVID TAIT
01 OCT 2015: Even the venerable Doctor Foster might think twice about going to Gloucester on Oct 11th. In the pantheon of world sports, anyone who thinks that rugby is not that big of a deal hasn’t been in the UK over the last couple of weeks.