Istanbul’s new airport (IST), opened in April after months of delays, is facing criticism for its proximity to one of the world’s largest areas for migratory birds.
Conservationists are concerned, as are pilots, about bird strikes, which could be extremely dangerous. According to Germany’s aeroTELEGRAPH, experts warned airport authorities of the risks before the airport opened.
Experts told the airport that during autumn alone, 1 million storks pass through the Bosphorus as they migrate out of Europe. Istanbul’s older Ataturk (ISL) had similar issues, but the number of birds crossing was about 80 percent fewer.
There are other potential problems facing the new facility, including concerns with difficult wind conditions and poor visibility on occasion.
Transport Minister Cahit Turhan admitted these issues could lead to longer wait times at the airport, reports Stuttgarter-Zeitung. The outlet also said some passengers have already complained about breaking floor tiles, dirty toilets and general unkemptness at the new airport.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is working on a reopening strategy, known as the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan, alongside the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Committee, to welcome travelers back to the country. The collaboration will work to reopen the tourism sector and resume international commercial travel beginning July 1.
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The cruise industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
Norwegian Airlines became a hit over the years as it provides affordable airfare on modern aircraft between Europe and North America. The airline offers its own CashPoints system for frequent flyers, but U.S. travelers are also able to sign up for the airline’s credit card to accumulate points for more than just flying.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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Global Traveler surveyed its readers last week via an online survey to learn more about travelers’ plans pre- and post-COVID-19 shutdowns. According to respondents, 78 percent are planning a trip in 2020, with 55 percent saying they are more likely to travel domestically first. Nearly all, at 85 percent, canceled trips because of the pandemic.