Summer family travel: More turbulence ahead
The weather has turned warm, a long weekend awaits and I can’t help but fantasize about exotic summer travel.
Those fantasies do not include airports.
The logistics and cost of air travel can be the worst part of a family trip. And, this summer, traveling with children is looking to be even more expensive and hassle-filled.
The Associated Press is reporting that base fares are expected to average $431 this summer or 3 percent higher than last year. That doesn’t count the likelihood of extra fees, including new ones that may be essential for families to pay.
Flights cut as tourists abandon Australian Outback
Sydney Morning Herald
QANTAS and its budget offshoot, Jetstar, will slash flights to destinations in the Northern Territory, blaming weak demand on the high Australian dollar deterring overseas tourists.
In the latest sign of the challenges facing tourism, Qantas will halve return flights between Uluru and Cairns to seven a week from September, and reduce services between the red centre and Perth from four a week to two. It will suspend the latter service from October 28.
Jetstar will also cut return flights between Sydney and Darwin from up to 11 a week to seven from August 16. The carrier will reduce services between Darwin and Denpasar in Bali from 11 to eight from the same date.
British tourist dies in Kenyan police custody after being arrested for cannabis
A British tourist has died in police custody in Kenya after he was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis, a spokesman said yesterday.
The man, who has been named by police as Alexander Monsow, 24, died at hospital on Saturday following his arrest in the coastal town of Diani.
Police spokesman Richard Mugwai said the holidaymaker, from London, had been in custody for just a few hours when he was rushed to hospital after he started feeling sick.
Southwest advances plan for international Houston flights
Southwest Airlines promises to pay for $100 million in airport improvements so that it can launch international flights from Houston’s Hobby Airport.
With the Southwest pledge, Houston Mayor Annise Parker endorsed the expansion of Hobby, which is smaller but closer to downtown than Bush Intercontinental Airport. The city council could decide whether to approve the deal as soon as next week.
Parker said at a news conference Wednesday that customs and other facilities could be built at Hobby with no city debt or special taxes on airport passengers.