In brief: North Korea may open 'world's worst hotel'
The Canadian government plans to prevent Air Canada flight attendants from walking off the job tomorrow, night flights at Frankfurt Airport are suddenly at risk by a court-ordered ban, the US issues another worldwide travel alert for its citizens, North Korea may open the "world's worst hotel" next spring, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
Air Canada strike is up in the air
This morning, Canadian government officials plan to prevent Air Canada flight attendants from going on strike at 12:01 am on 13 October, by referring the dispute to a federal tribunal, reports Bloomberg. Nervous travellers flying over the next six days may change their flight dates for no fee.
Frankfurt night flights might be banned
After too many complaints from residents, a German court okayed a ban on night flights at Frankfurt Airport, starting 30 October, reports Reuters. The ban would massively disrupt traffic at the airport, which is opening an additional runway on 21 October to steal traffic away from its two larger (by passenger volume) rival airports, Paris and London. Lufthansa, a major operator at the airport, plans to appeal the ruling to a higher, federal court. "Nighttime" is being defined as between 11 pm and 5 am
US issues global travel alert
The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for its citizens on Wednesday after accusing Iran of plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. If the plot was real, it may have been provoked by the Saudis' military intervention in Bahrain, which may have been against Iranian interests, reports BBC News. The alert is in effect until early January and follows a previous alert about potential reprisal attacks from al Qaeda and its partners, after the killing of a few of the group’s leaders this year. The US State Department encourages its citizens travelling overseas to sign up for its Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates on travel and security issues.
North Korea may open "world's worst hotel"
It is more than 18 years in the making and has been described by Esquire magazine as "the world's worst hotel", namely, the Ryu-Gyong Hotel in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The UK's Daily Telegraph reports that the 105-storey building is designed in the shape of a three-sided pyramid drastically underfunded by an ancient pharaoh. Apparently Egyptian telecom company Orascom is helping to fund the conclusion of the project, which is due to open next spring. We're guessing there's no wi-fi.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
-- @GlobeTrotScott, Scott Mayerowitz, the New York City-based Associated Press aviation industry reporter on his trip to St Louis, Missouri’s City Museum, which he describes as "an ever-evolving art project that is unlike any museum you have ever seen. In fact, calling it a museum is a bit of a stretch. The converted shoe warehouse is closer to a mad scientist's workshop than a cultural institution."