Is your luggage in London, or your backpack in Brazil? Changi Airport's services and ground handling firm Sats has launched a baggage location service on its travel app, which it claims can help passengers keep track of and find their lost bags in any country in the world. For a fee of up to $12, the service provides a 96-hour guarantee from the time the flight lands to retrieve up to two lost bags for each traveller, and sends regular e-mail updates on the status of the bags. The Ready To Travel app, launched in 2017, is free to download but users pay for the in-app service before they travel. If the bags cannot be found after 96 hours, travellers will receive payouts of between $1,100 and $2,200 a bag. Launching the service yesterday, Sats said it is the first of its kind in Asia. Users of the revamped app will now also be able to book more than 400 airport lounges in nearly 100 countries, having previously been able to book only Sats' four lounges at Changi Airport. The app also … [Read more...] about Sats’ new baggage location service helps find lost bags
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Manila’s aviation master plan This is the first in what I hope will be hundreds of articles for the Philippine STAR. I have always looked at this paper as the holy grail of local newsprints. It has the widest and most diverse readership, after all. I am grateful for the opportunity and commit to write with truth and integrity. This corner will tackle economic, political and social issues that affect us all. What I hope will set this column apart is that my sources will be the people and/or agencies at the center of the issue. Thus, the name “The Corner Oracle.” In time, I hope this column will become a preferred source of reliable information. * * * Last month, the Department of Transportation announced that it was fast-tracking the construction of the Sangley airport to absorb a part of NAIA’s traffic. When completed, general aviation which includes non-commercial … [Read more...] about Manila’s aviation master plan
Last April, I wrote a column about MAGA and how it has made negotiations for unsolicited proposals to build and manage vital infrastructure projects more difficult than it should be. MAGA is Material Adverse Government Action. It is that section of any agreement under PPP wherein government guarantees it will compensate the private proponent if it makes a decision or takes an action that adversely affects the business model behind the contract. On the surface, it seems simple. Government and private proponent agree on a deal, sign a contract. If government has a change of mind, it compensates the private party. Seems fair enough. But ever since Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez took office, negotiating MAGA became more contentious. More specifically, Sec Sonny wants to make sure that proponents will only be compensated for adverse government action from the Executive branch. For instance, the Supreme Court makes a decision or a local government unit issues a new rule that goes against … [Read more...] about Is a decent NAIA a lost cause?