Travel News: January 14, 2018

Iceland

Winter Storm Gia Hampers Travel With Road Closures, Flight Delays
Travel Pulse

Winter Storm Gia is causing travel headaches from the Midwest to the Northeast U.S. this weekend, dumping snow and ice on roads and runways.

Gia walloped parts of the Midwest Friday and Saturday, causing nearly 500 car accidents in Missouri alone, according to Weather.com. The storm even caused an American Airlines flight to slide off of the runway at Missouri’s Columbia Regional Airport Friday. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

 

Virgin Atlantic-led group to acquire Flybe
Travel Weekly

A new consortium led by Virgin Atlantic has entered into an agreement to acquire U.K. regional carrier Flybe for the rock-bottom price of 2.2 million pounds ($2.83 million).

In addition, the consortium, called Connect Airways, has committed to loaning Flybe 20 million pounds ($25.7 million) to support its operations until the deal is finalized and to invest 80 million pounds ($103 million) into the regional carrier upon completion of the acquisition.

 

Police in Iceland attack ‘problematic behaviour’ of foreign tourists
Sky News

Police in Iceland have said tourists searching for the Northern Lights are putting themselves at risk because they lack the expertise to handle driving on the country’s wintry roads.

Seeing the natural phenomenon, also known as the aurora borealis, is on many people’s “bucket list”.

But police say they are worried some visitors are paying more attention to scanning the sky for the spectacle than the roads they are driving on, which can be icy, twisty and narrow.

 

Starbucks’ new Bali store is designed for tourists
CNN

Starbucks wants its new location to be a tourist destination.

The Starbucks Dewata Coffee Sanctuary, which opens January 13 in Bali, Indonesia, is more than just a coffee shop. It has an 1,000-square-foot coffee farm out front and a nursery where customers can plant seeds. People can take coffee tasting and preparation classes and virtually participate in the planting process through an interactive digital wall.

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