Travel News: December 19, 2016

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Airport satisfaction improves in new J.D. Power study
USA Today

Airports are packed with travelers, more than they can actually accommodate, yet satisfaction with them has increased, according to J,D. Power’s 2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.

Overall traveler satisfaction reached 731 out of 1,000 points. That’s up from 725 in 2015.

The study measures travelers’ satisfaction with airports across North America on the following factors: accessibility; check-in, baggage check process, security screening, shopping, terminal facilities, and baggage claim.


Why you may visit Albania, not Turkey, on some 2017 cruises
Los Angeles Times

Some cruise lines won’t be stopping in Istanbul and other Turkish ports next year because of safety concerns. Passengers instead will substitute the Greek islands or even Sarande, Albania, on some itineraries.

Cunard, British line P&O Cruises and Holland America — all owned by Carnival Corp. — announced plans to skip Turkish ports in 2017.

“After careful consideration, Cunard has taken the decision to remove Turkey from all itineraries in 2017, based upon various sources, including advice given by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” a Cunard statement says.


Thousands of airline pilots flying every day with suicidal thoughts says landmark study

More than 4,000 commercial flights on any given day are being flown by pilots who have experienced suicidal thoughts, a landmark study on the airline industry suggests.

An international survey of pilots by Harvard University found 4.1 per cent had contemplated killing themselves at least once in the previous fortnight, and 12.6 per cent met the criteria for depression.


The Old Course Hotel at St. Andrews Will Install Rubber Roof

The most famous hotel in golf is golf-proofing its roof.

According to the Daily Express, the Old Course Hotel was spending £1,500 per week repairing its roof from damage done by errant shots from St. Andrews’ nearby ‘Road Hole’ so it hired Calgary-based roofer Euroshield to install an impact-resistant roof.

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