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Erdogan Trumpets Turkey’s Clout at Gigantic New Airport Opening

The new airport, located some 20 miles outside Istanbul on the coast of the Black Sea, will cover 76.5 million square meters (29.5 miles) upon completion — a footprint larger than Manhattan. Its first three runways should be able to serve 100 million passengers annually in 2020, with a target of accommodating as many as 200 million on six runways by 2029.Benjamin Harvey (Bloomberg)

Ryanair profits hit by summer of strikes

The airline says that average fares have fallen by 3 per cent due to excess capacity in Europe. It also blames strikes and staff shortages at air traffic control (ATC) centres, “which caused a spike in cancellations of higher fare, weekend flights”.Simon Calder (The Independent)

Hilarious Images of Bored Tourists From Around the World

Since the advent of the smartphone and social media, our expectations of a holiday are being challenged more than ever. Along with our need to record what we are doing while we’re traveling is the fact that with our smartphones we have a constant stream of entertainment to draw us away from our ‘real life’ experiences.Laurence Stephens

Sri Lanka ranked top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet

Tourist visits to Sri Lanka have increased dramatically since the end of the 26-year conflict, from 447,890 in 2009 to an all time high of 2.1 million last year, a figure the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority hopes to double by 2020.Antonia Wilson (The Guardian)

Instagram Offers Visual Allure, and the Travel Industry Wants In

Instagram is figuratively and literally reshaping travel. Now you see airports, airlines, cruise ships, hotels and points of interest designing or redesigning their interiors to be Instagram-friendly.Henry Harteveldt (Atmosphere Research Group)

An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind

Wind catchers are tall, chimney-like structures that protrude from the rooftops of older houses in many of Iran’s desert cities. In their simplest form, wind catchers harness the cool breezes and redirect them downwards either into the home or into underground storage rooms to refrigerate perishable foods. Studies have shown that wind catchers can reduce indoor temperatures by around 10 degrees.Shervin Abdolhamidi (BBC)

Emirates Slows Its International Route Expansion

You have to match so many things. Fleet availability, operational requirements. Even cockpit crew, cabin crew availability and aircraft type can mean that you have to reshuffle.Hubert Frach (Emirates)

Consumer trust in review sites like TripAdvisor falls by 25%

The limitations of relying on review websites has been highlighted by high profile stories of a shed being ranked one of the best restaurants in London and a plastic tunnel at a supermarket being listed as the most popular attraction in the Cornish town of Bude.ABTA

Norwegian overtakes BA for passenger numbers to NYC

Norwegian carried 1.67 million passengers to or from airports in the New York area in the 12 months to the end of July, compared with the 1.63 million carried by British Airways, data from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey showed.Ted Thornhill (Daily Mail)

New York’s JFK Airport to get 2 new terminals in $13B transformation

A $7 billion terminal on the south side of the airport will be financed and built by a partnership of four international carriers — Lufthansa, Air France, Korean Air Lines and Japan Airlines. A $3 billion terminal on the north side will be built and paid for by JetBlue. […] Another priority is improving road and transit access. More than $1 billion in public funds will be invested in new roads to ease bottlenecks and congestion. The expansion will also double capacity on the AirTrain, a rail line that carries passengers from Queens’ Jamaica neighborhood.Associated Press

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