Travel News: August 9, 2017

Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong closing for renovations in 2019
Travel Weekly

The InterContinental Hong Kong will close during the first quarter of 2019 for an extensive renovation.

All of the luxury hotel’s 503 rooms as well as its public areas, restaurants and facade will be renovated, though the Yan Toh Heen restaurant will stay open during the upgrades. The renovation is slated to last about 16 months.


Air France adds Caribbean route from Atlanta
USA Today

Air France will add a new route from the United States to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

Air France will launch the service on Nov. 21, operating two flights a week on 170-seat Airbus A320 jets. Guadeloupe-bound flights will depart Atlanta each Wednesday and Sunday. The return flights leave Guadeloupe on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Air France will be the only airline flying non-stop on the route.


Tropical Storm Franklin Narrowly Misses Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya
Travel Pulse

Tropical storm warnings had been issued for several major tourist hot spots along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula late yesterday, approximately 290 km south-southwest of Cozumel.

Tropical storm warnings have now been discontinued for the portion of the Yucatan Peninsula from east of Rio Lagartos and southward to Chetumal, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) as the storm moved west-northwest at 22 km/h Tuesday morning after making landfall overnight.


Cathay Pacific Introducing A350 To Newark Liberty International Airport
PR Newswire

Cathay Pacific Airways announced that its daily flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Hong Kong will switch from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A350-900 operation beginning on October 29, 2017.

One of 16 A350-900s delivered to the airline since its launch in 2016, the aircraft features a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. The A350 will also be deployed on one of three daily San Francisco – Hong Kong flights beginning on the very same day. The airline’s four flights per day from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) will continue to be operated by Boeing 777-300ER, which make up the majority of Cathay Pacific’s ultra long-haul fleet.


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