Travel News: September 18, 2019

Harpa Reykjavik Iceland

Wow Air, the bankrupt budget airline, will make a comeback in October
The Verge

The last we heard of the Icelandic budget airline Wow Air was in March 2019 when it ceased operations without warning, stranding up to 4,000 passengers at the time. According to Yahoo, the airline is now on schedule to come back in October of this year, thanks to a major investment by USAerospace Associates.

Michele Ballarin, chief executive of USAerospace Associates, said in a press conference last week that Wow Air will relaunch with just two planes in operation, with the potential to increase that number to more than 10 aircraft by summer 2020. The relaunched Wow Air operations will be based at Dulles International Airport, located outside of Washington, DC, though it will have facilities in Reykjavik and nearby Keflavik International Airport.


Hong Kong Hotel Workers Go on Unpaid Leave as Tourists Shun City

Protests in Hong Kong are driving away visitors, and the city’s hotel workers are paying the price.

About 77% of people working in hotels have been asked to take unpaid leave of up to three days while 46% expect their monthly income to be reduced by as much as HK$3,000 ($383), according to a survey by the Hotels, Food and Beverage Employees Association. About 43% believe hotels will cut jobs if the situation worsens.


Venice fines tourists caught skinny dipping in canal

There were two people in the water when the police heard the shouts.

But the carabinieri on boat patrol in Venice soon found that rather than people in trouble, the men in the water were tourists who’d stripped off and jumped in a canal for a swim.

Two Czech tourists were fined around €3,000 ($3,320) each for “obscene acts” when they were caught skinny-dipping in the canal near Piazza San Marco on Monday night.


Airline Bag Fees Reach Another Record High with $1.5 Billion Charged in Second Quarter

With airlines collecting more than $1.5 billion in baggage fees in the second quarter of 2019 – yet another record high – the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) called on Congress to update the arbitrary federal cap on local Passenger Facility Charges to spur investment in new terminals, gates, runways and other airport improvements that directly benefit airline passengers.

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