In brief: Ash cloud disturbs Australian flights
Russian plane crash takes 44 lives, Foursquare hits 10 million users, aeroplane pilots soon to be in high demand, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Ash cloud disturbs Australian flights
The ash cloud from the Chilean volcano eruption that began spewing on 4 June is circling the earth for the second time and once again affecting flights at Australia’s two largest airports. More than 120,000 air travellers will deal with cancelled flights over the next 48 hours, the BBC reports. Are you or is someone you know dealing with flight disruptions? Find out how to minimise the effect of travel disasters and know your passenger rights outside of the US and UK.
Russian jet crash claims most on board
At least 44 people died in a Russian plane crash late Monday night, the BBC reports. The plane crashed in a highway about 1 kilometre from the Petrozavodsk airport, where it was to land. The cause of the crash is still unknown, though the airport’s director said there were “unfavourable weather conditions”. Forty three passengers and nine crew members were on board.
Foursquare tops 10 million users
Foursquare claims that 10 million users are now checking in and sharing tips around the world. It is the first geographic-based social network to hit that number, according to Mashable, and the two-year-old start-up published an info graphic yesterday with the announcement. Fascinating tidbits in the info graphic include 4.7 million check-ins on “Main Street” across the US and 6,230 listed sake bars in Japan.
Hiring of aeroplane pilots to surge
The airline industry is poised for a pilot-hiring boom, predicted to be the largest ever, reports USA Today. Boeing predicts the demand will be for 466,650 new pilots by 2029, 40% of that number in the Asia-Pacific region. Factoring into the heightened demand are increased travel in Asia, upcoming pilot retirements in the US and expected changes to pilots’ schedules.
“Furious tennis lovers deprived of the chance to cheer [Andy Murray] on from Murray Mount said they would have been happy to take their chances with the slippery conditions and accused tournament organisers of bowing to the modern culture of inflating potential risks beyond likely reality. Others showed how it was possible to slide down the hill, even head-first, without injury.”
On day one of Wimbledon, Murray Mount, which is the second-best watch spot and accommodates 4,000, was closed because of inclement weather, the Daily Mail reports. The article includes photos of poncho-clad spectators diving down the mount’s banks.