Travel News: January 25, 2017

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Paris tests electric driverless minibus to fight pollution
Travel Weekly

In a city hit by chronic pollution and traffic problems, Paris officials are experimenting with a self-driving shuttle linking two train stations in the French capital.

Two electric-power EZ10 minibuses, which can carry up to six seated passengers, were put into service Monday and will be tested until early April between the Lyon and Austerlitz stations in Paris. The GPS-guided vehicle is free and will be running seven days a week.


‘Basic Economy’ Airline Service Squeezing Business Travelers
New York Times

As more airlines embrace “basic economy,” many business travelers are feeling the pinch.

Bevan Lindsey doesn’t mind trying to save his company money when he flies for work. But lately he has been getting squeezed — literally.

Mr. Lindsey, an industrial salesman who is more than six feet tall, says he already pays out of his own pocket to get a seat with a little more legroom, at an average of $50 per flight. He worries that he soon might have to start self-subsidizing even more of his business travel, as airlines continue to add fees to even the most basic features of economy class while his employer wants him to find the lowest fares available.


Airlines Adding Dozens of Flights to Houston Ahead of Super Bowl LI
Travel Pulse

With next month’s Super Bowl LI matchup officially set, airlines are gearing up for the Big Game by adding more flights to Houston from New England and Atlanta.

The New England Patriots will square off with the Atlanta Falcons inside NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5.

Before then, fans from both regions will need a way to get to the game.


Small-ship line Windstar to add Alaska cruises

Add Windstar to the list of cruise lines offering voyages to Alaska.

The small-ship specialist today will announce plans to operate sailings to the 49th state in 2018 aboard its 212-passenger Star Legend.

Scheduled between May and August, the trips will be lengthier than many of those offered in Alaska by other cruise lines and focus to a significant degree on lesser visited, off-the-beaten-path destinations that only small ships can reach.

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