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Strikes strand tourists, travelers at Italy’s airports

ROME (AP) — Tourists and travelers at airports across Italy are facing delays and canceled flights thanks to strikes by air traffic controllers and air transport workers. Italy’s flagship carrier, Alitalia, said it was cancelling some 40 percent of its domestic and international flights Monday. Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa …

China starts 2017 engulfed by smog, issues pollution alerts

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and other cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick smog Monday, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close highways. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau extended an “orange alert” for heavy air pollution for three more days. Beijing’s smog had initially …

Gov’t announces new steps to protect airline consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying they want to boost competition in the airline industry, Obama administration officials issued new regulations Tuesday aimed at providing passengers with more information to compare the performance of air carriers and the cost of flights. The Department of Transportation also said it was proposing that airlines …

The quest to end lost airline luggage

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit. As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would …

LATAM airlines to suspend flights to Venezuela

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Latin America’s largest airline says it’s suspending its flights to Venezuela. Monday’s statement by the Chile-based LATAM blames the “difficult macroeconomic scenario” affecting the region. Germany’s Lufthansa took the same decision over the weekend citing the difficult economic situation in Venezuela. Many airlines have complained that …

TSA head: Expect more airport security delays despite funds

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers Friday to expect long airport security lines to continue during the peak summer travel season despite Congress’ shifting of $34 million to the agency. Peter Neffenger briefed officials in Chicago on Friday about efforts to address crushing delays …

Heavy snow in Turkey’s Istanbul grounds hundreds of flights

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy snowfall has swept northwestern Turkey, grounding hundreds of flights, disrupting ground transport and closing schools in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines announced the cancellation of 250 international and domestic flights to and from Istanbul’s Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airports on Monday. The airline also canceled at least 149 …

Sticker shock | The Economist

They have their uses, but the burden visas impose on travellers and recipient countries is too high VISAS are necessary evils. They offer governments a way to control their borders, whether to regulate the flow of immigrants or to pick out threats to security. But the paperwork and fees they …

Egypt’s grand plans to boost tourism marred after crash

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt had launched festivities, archaeological openings and a new tourism campaign to draw much-needed foreign visitors. But with many flights to Red Sea resorts grounded Thursday amid suspicion that a bomb brought down a Russian airliner, hopes for a recovery were fading. Egyptians, who depend on …