Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

In the Archtriumph competition for ideas for new crossings on the river Seine, a design firm won third place for its conceptualisation of a trampoline bridge, which is obviously the most fun way to cross a body of water anywhere, ever. Unfortunately, the design will never come to fruition, because cities are too practical and don't build extremely dangerous structures. [CNNGo]

The Statue of Liberty has been closed for a year, but New York's most iconic lady will once again begin welcoming visitors on Sunday. [CNN]

Months after making it possible for you to sit at your computer and navigate underwater in locations like the Great Barrier Reef, Google announced it's taking Street View into the Grand Canyon. [Wired]

Lonely Planet unveiled its list of the top 10 destinations for 2013. Sri Lanka tops the list, which includes mostly European, Latin American and Asian destinations. [Lonely Planet]

Extra fees may be increasing throughout the airline industry, but new South African airline Fly-Go Air is reportedly offering free flights to customers on their birthdays.  [Getaway Blog]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Airbus gave us a glimpse into what the future of air travel might look like. Unfortunately, many of us won't live to see planes being catapulted into the sky by electric motors. Oh well, there’s always flying cars to hope for. [The Economist]

The European Court of Justice upheld a decision that could force airlines to pay thousands to passengers who are delayed more than three hours -- at least in theory. Reality could prove to be a different story, as fliers are currently having difficulty getting compensation. [Telegraph] 

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

Sir Richard Branson once again announced a delay for Virgin Galactic's plans to launch customers (of the non-astronaut variety) into space. Those who have already put down a deposit on the $200,000 journey are going to have to wait at least another 12 to 18 months before breaching the stratosphere. [Stuff]

North Korea's Air Koryo finally joined every other major airline on Earth and launched an online booking service. But — not surprisingly — early reviews of the booking system for what has been dubbed the "world's worst airline" are pretty, well, terrible. [Telegraph]

A year after the "Jack the Cat" incident when a lost cat at JFK had to be euthanized, the New York airport has lost another feline. This time, a California-bound cat named Xiaohwa is on the loose. [NBC]

It’s a no-go

Singapore Airlines announced that the end is near for its direct service from Singapore to Newark and Los Angeles, currently the world's longest flights, which remain airborne for up to 19 straight hours. New routes will add about five hours to the trip. [Bloomberg]

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