In brief: Hurricane Irene to affect 65 million people
More updates on US East Coast-bound Irene affecting travel plans, casino in Mexico sees deadly attack, London airports need to build more runways and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Hurricane Irene alters East Coast vacation plans
Hurricane Irene has claimed one of the last US East Coast summer weekends and the preparations and evacuations continue. The East Coast is bracing for the hurricane to hit, (with 65 million people standing to be affected) Mayor Bloomberg is poised to shut down all public transit in New York City, the Associated Press reports, and the Huffington Post says officials have ordered Ocean City, Maryland beachgoers to leave. Track Irene on the New York Times, and see the details of how airlines are waiving fees in light of the storm in this MSNBC Travel article.
London airports will reach capacity
Well, this could be problematic: London’s major airports will reach capacity by 2030, the government says. Heathrow, the city’s busiest airport, sees 65 million passengers a year, a number that is expected to balloon to 85 million by 2030. London mayor Boris Johnson is pushing for officials to build more runways, the Guardian reports.
Deadly casino attack in Mexico
At least 50 people are dead in an attack on a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. Gunmen entered the casino, “doused it with gasoline” and set it on fire, the Associated Press reports. The crime is suspected to be drug-related.
Comparing the most expensive airports in the US
The Wall Street Journal released an article about the most expensive US airports for domestic flying. Houston’s Bush International Airport has the highest fares, and many other major flight hubs also topped the list. The article investigates why travellers pay so much more at certain airports.
“The extravagance of white baby grand pianos, infinity pools and jet-skis was set against the poverty seen everywhere in Tripoli, where families queue for basic foodstuffs and hospitals go without vital medical supplies. Each of the houses was equipped with a hot-tub, and the complex also boasted several swimming pools, a scuba diving school and a horse-riding stable complete with a show-jumping circuit. In one beach house, the private playground of Mutassim Gaddafi – the Libyan leader’s fifth (of seven) son and feared security adviser – smashed bottles of Dom Perignon and Moet were strewn amid the minimalist decor.”
– The Daily Mail reported on the discovery of the Gaddafis' extravagant, coastal vacation homes. See the article for photos and more details.