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
why travellers pay so much more at certain airports.
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
– The Daily Mail reported on the
discovery of the Gaddafis' extravagant, coastal vacation homes. See
the article for photos and more details.
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