Phatthalung used to be a far-flung, overlooked destination which visitors once travelled past almost without noticing.A bird's eye view of the natural attractions of Phatthalung, which is shedding its image as a 'second-tier' destination overlooked by many tourists in the past. photos by Weraphan Chaikere Now the southern coastal province has revealed its charm, with the lure being its delectable cuisine and natural marine beauty in abundance. Phatthalung's tourism sheen looks set to be "polished" through making more travel options available as transport infrastructure projects are mooted, including construction of the province's own airport. The province raked in 3.4 billion baht in tourism revenue last year, up from 3.15 billion baht in 2017 and 2.59 billion baht in 2016. Its tourism revenue was the highest among the so-called "second-tier" tourist provinces last year with the number of travellers reaching 1.6 million. More than 15,800 tourists from Malaysia and Singapore … [Read more...] about Phatthalung polishes its tourism sheen
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PARIS: Airbus is poised to break records by launching the longest-range narrow-body jetliner at the Paris Airshow this week, but jetmakers are having to rethink their mantra on comfort as they squeeze ever more miles out of jets designed for shorter trips.Airbus and Boeing have been promoting new carbon-fiber long-haul aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner and A350, which offer roomier cabins and help passengers avoid jet lag by providing a cabin pressure closer to that felt on the ground.But they have also been adding more range and capacity to older and narrower models such as the A320neo family and the 737 MAX as airlines demand more flexibility with the advantages of highly efficient single-aisle planes, supporting low fares.Airbus is about to push that further by adding a longer stride to the A321neo with its new A321XLR, whose range of 4,500 nautical miles leapfrogs the out-of-production Boeing 757 and nudges it into the long-jump category enjoyed by wide-body jets.It also eats … [Read more...] about Airbus faces cabin comfort dilemma as it launches A321XLR jet
FORT WORTH, Texas: The Federal Aviation Administration is meeting with international air regulators from around the world on Thursday to determine what is needed to return the grounded Boeing Co 737 MAX to return it to service.Senior FAA officials will give detailed descriptions of the findings to date from the two crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia which occurred within five months of each other and killed a combined 346 people. The agency will summarize the status of three major ongoing reviews of the 737 MAX and give an update of the recertification process and shed light on Boeing's proposed revisions to its software and pilot training.Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said on Thursday he thought travelers in the United States and around the world would respect any eventual decision by the FAA to return the plane to service. "They'll get back on the MAX and fly it again."Boeing's 737 MAX is its fastest-selling line of planes ever, and there are now roughly 5,000 of the aircraft on … [Read more...] about US FAA meets with air regulators on fate of Boeing 737 MAX
When the budget airline Wow Air abruptly ceased operations earlier this year, thousands of travelers were left stranded and scrambling, on both sides of the Atlantic, to make alternate travel plans. The news, after months of speculation that the Icelandic airline was struggling financially, came at a period that has already been particularly difficult for low-cost carriers. Cyprus’ Cobalt Air, Pakistan’s Shaheen Air, and Primera, based in Denmark and Latvia, collapsed in October. In February, Flybmi and Germania filed for bankruptcy. For most, rising fuel costs and overexpansion led to their demise. Budget airlines are appealing to travelers because they offer much lower prices than major airlines. A flight to London from New York can cost around $1,000 on American Airlines, British Airways or another major carrier, but the same trip on low-cost Norwegian, for the same dates, can be around $600. Similarly, a flight from Washington to Paris costs around $1,200 on Air France, … [Read more...] about News Are budget airlines really worth it?
By David Lepofsky Opinion Mon., April 29, 2019 When it comes to ensuring accessibility for 5 million Canadians with disabilities, Canada lags far behind the U.S., which passed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act 29 years ago. Canadians with disabilities still face far too many barriers in air travel, cable TV services, and when dealing with the federal government. For example, as a blind traveller, I’ve faced these barriers. I dread returning to Canadian airspace. It’s great that the Trudeau government promised in the last election to enact a national accessibility law. However Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act that the House of Commons passed last fall, is much weaker than what we people with disabilities need. The bill is strong on good intentions, but weak on implementation. We’re calling on the Senate to strengthen it. The bill is called “An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada” for people with disabilities. Yet, it … [Read more...] about Liberals failing to strengthen disability laws as promised