Travel News: July 24, 2019

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British Airways Loses Legal Bid to Stop Pilots From Striking
Travel Pulse

British Airways was handed a significant blow Tuesday when the carrier lost its legal case against its pilots’ union regarding the planned strike during the busy summer holiday season.

According to Reuters.com, British Airways pilots voted Monday to strike and the airline lost a High Court injunction to block the action. While the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has yet to set any dates for the strike, the carrier has announced plans to appeal the decision.

 

DOT gives final approval to AA-Qantas joint venture
Travel Weekly

The Department of Transportation has given final approval to a joint venture between American Airlines and Qantas.

With the decision, the pair will form the third antitrust-immune alliance in the U.S.-Australasia market, thereby authorizing the carriers to jointly schedule, market and operate flights. Delta-Virgin Australia and United-Air New Zealand already operate joint ventures between the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

 

Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises cancel port stops in Puerto Rico ahead of planned protests
USA Today

Several cruise lines have canceled port stops in San Juan ahead of planned protests Monday in Puerto Rico, aimed at forcing the governor to resign.

“Due to the planned protests scheduled for today in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have cancelled Celebrity Equinox’s call (a charter cruise) to San Juan,” Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres told USA TODAY in a statement. “Equinox will now sail to St. Thomas, her next scheduled port of call. Concern for the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew members is our top priority.” This follows a previous Royal Caribbean port stop cancellation as a result of protests last week, and reportedly canceled a second stop as well, according to NBC News and Travel Weekly.

 

Chernobyl Will Soon Be More Accessible to Tourists, Ukraine Says
Mental Floss

The Chernobyl exclusion zone, once considered one of the most dangerous places to step foot in on Earth, has taken on a much different role in recent years. The site of the 1986 accident that blew open the core of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and flooded the surrounding area with radiation is a tourist attraction today. The HBO miniseries Chernobyl has made the spot more popular than ever, and rather than discourage the public’s fascination with the disaster, Ukraine is deciding to embrace it.

As CNN Travel reports, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky issued a statement declaring the 1000-square-mile exclusion zone around Chernobyl to be an official tourist destination.

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