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Heathrow Airport Is ‘a Greed Monopoly Hub’: Global Airlines Group Chief

Since leaving British Airways parent company IAG last year to run the International Air Transport Association, Walsh has continued to bang the drum against passenger charges at Britain’s busiest airport.Sarah Young (Reuters)

These are the world’s best airlines

1. Qatar Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. ANA All Nippon Airways
4. Emirates
5. Japan Airlines
6. Cathay Pacific Airways
7. EVA Air
8. Qantas Airways
9. Hainan Airlines
10. Air FranceSkytrax

Pictured: The ‘Domino Tower’ that will be built off Zanzibar’s coast

The tower will be built on a 370,000 m sq (3,982,646 sq ft) man-made island linked by a bridge to the west coast of Zanzibar, 15 minutes from the Unesco World Heritage site of Stone Town – and within the destination complex will be a dazzling array of features and amenities.Ted Thornhill (Daily Mail)

Putrajaya: The capital city you’ve never heard of

No politician has left as large an imprint on Malaysia as Mahathir. Malaysia has been an independent nation for 64 years, and Mahathir was prime minister for 24 of those, with his second leadership stint ending in 2020. While his tenures were tinged with controversy, Mahathir’s aggressive development strategies helped Malaysia build one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies in the 1990s. Several of Kuala Lumpur’s largest monuments testify to his ambition – chief among them the massive Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the iconic 452m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. But his boldest project of all was Putrajaya, Malaysia’s “other” capital city.Ronan O’Connell (BBC)

As Travel Rebounds, Airlines Are Figuring It Out on the Fly

All of the history, all of the old practices that airlines used to follow to decide what was scheduled to fly and what prices to charge, had to be thrown out the window.Jim Barlow (Amadeus)

It’s Summer in the Ski Towns, 2.0

Resort towns are prepared, with on-mountain activities back to operating at full capacity, programs in place to educate visitors on outdoors etiquette, plans to address overcrowding and new attractions that highlight the alpine environment.Cindy Hirschfeld (New York Times)

Drinks on planes will have to wait: American Airlines won’t resume alcohol sales in economy this year

We are doing all we can to help create a safe environment for our crew and customers onboard our aircraft.Stacey Frantz (American Airlines)

Singapore Changi Airport falls from top spot as world’s best airports for 2021 revealed

Doha’s Hamad International Airport, which has been climbing the ranks for years, has been rewarded with the number one spot in 2021 in the “World’s Best Airport” category. Doha’s ascendance coincides with hard work from its flagship airline, Qatar Airways. The Qatari government has invested heavily in both its national carrier and its airport, with pretty spectacular results.Lilit Marcus (CNN)

Doubles: Trinidad’s addictively spicy street snack

Doubles is a humble sandwich made from curried chickpeas tucked between two pieces of fried flat bread and dressed in tamarind and coriander sauces, mango chutney, kuchela (spicy, green mango chutney) and cucumber. It’s sold from makeshift stalls that have changed little from the original ones nearly a century ago, as well as in popular restaurants and tiny cafes. The best doubles feature soft bread and tender chickpeas that have undergone a long simmer in a curry sauce. When the condiments are added, the punchy taste experience perfectly balances sweet, tart and spicy in one addictive little package.Ramin Ganeshram (BBC)

Southwest Airlines Warns Covid Variants Could Wipe Out Profits This Fall

Southwest Airlines Co became the first big U.S. carrier to warn of a hit from the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus on Wednesday, saying it may not be profitable in the current quarter.Abhijith Ganapavaram and Sanjana Shivdas (Reuters)

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