Travel News: August 22, 2019

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US Extends Ban on Americans Traveling to North Korea
Travel Pulse

United States President Donald Trump and his administration have extended the ban on passports for travel to North Korea for another year.

According to The Associated Press, the U.S. Department of State said Monday the ban would remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decides before then to revoke the extension.

 

American Airlines Will Make First Class Classier on Some Jets
Yahoo! Finance

American Airlines will tweak first class to add more leg space, extra in-seat power, and other amenities after passengers complained about the product on some retrofitted short-haul aircraft, but the carrier will keep economy as it is, the airline’s Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr said Tuesday in an interview.

“We are modifying certain things in the first class of that aircraft that, when we originally rolled it out, were not done properly,” Kerr said.

American introduced what it called its”Project Oasis” configuration in late 2017 when it received its first Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and then began rolling it out to other aircraft, including Airbus A321s and older 737s. In first class and economy class, American reduced legroom and removed personal televisions, arguing they cost too much and quickly would become obsolete. It also shrunk the size of some bathrooms, allowing to add more seats, mainly in economy class.

 

Gorilla Tour Fare No Obstacle as U.S. Tourism to Rwanda Doubles
Bloomberg

Rwanda saw a 114% jump in tourists from the U.S. last year despite doubling gorilla-tracking permit prices to $1,500 each, the country’s top tourism official said.

The East African nation famed for its endangered mountain gorillas sold tickets for $19.2 million last year, compared with $15 million in 2016, when it doubled the cost of a permit, according to the Rwanda Development Board. The number of permits issued fell by almost a third last year, compared to 2016.

 

A ‘hard Brexit’ could have massive consequences for global air travel
Business Insider

As the threat of a no-deal “hard Brexit” looms over the United Kingdom and the European Union, a major shake-up in European and global commercial aviation seems increasingly inevitable.

Fortunately for travelers, the worst immediate possibilities have been largely avoided. Still, consequences seem unavoidable for both passengers and the overall industry.

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