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Qantas re-routes planes away from Iraq

The change will add up to 10 minutes to the seven hour flight from London to Dubai.

12:57pm Qantas has stopped its flights using Iraqi airspace in the wake of the MH17 disaster.


Deals of the week: Germany romantic back roads

Germany's romantic back road to Vienna.

edited by Julietta Jameson Take an early bird 10 per cent off a romantic tour of Germany and Austria's back roads during 2015.


Traveller letters: Skytrax's fifth best airline a turkey

Traveller letters dinkus

Customer service must not be one of Skytrax's judging criteria when it comes to judging the world's best airlines.


Jetstar tells girl she is 'too young to fly alone'


A 12-year-old girl's "first big flight" was cut short when boarding crew told her she was too young to fly alone.


Drunk woman attacks cabin crew with false leg


Pilots were forced to divert a flight after a one-leg drunk woman attacked cabin crew.


Croatia expels tourist for punching monk seal

Sun bathers relax on the pebbled beach outside the city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

A man who punch a Mediterranean monk seal has been fined and expelled from Croatia.


Peninsula Paris a game-changer on the luxury hotel scene

Peninsula Paris

JULIETTA JAMESON With more than $1 billion spent to open the doors of the brand new Peninsula Paris; it is perhaps the most anticipated opening in recent times.


Bali villa's touching response to guests lost on MH17 goes viral on Facebook

 Familie van Veldhuizen-Marckelbach In Memoriam Facebook page

ANNIE DANG A Bali villa where some of the victims of MH17 were due to stay has conducted a spiritual ceremony on their behalf.


Qantas shrinks toilets to fit more seats on 737s

Qantas plane

Jamie Freed Qantas Airways will add extra economy-class seats to its fleet of Boeing 737s in a move that will boost the capacity of the primary workhorse of its domestic fleet by 3 per cent.


Tourist boom fuels rush for bigger, better airports in Asia

Terminal 1 Exterior at Singapore Changi International Airport

Asian countries are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region.


Floating snowflake hotel offers different view of Northern Lights

Dutch Docklands is currently working on a project of a floating 5-star hotel in Norway. The design is based on an icecrystal which blends-in naturally with the

John O'Ceallaigh Travellers who dream of seeing the Northern Lights will have the opportunity to do so from a glass-roofed, snowflake-shaped floating hotel come 2017.

Air safety

Why some flights are safer than others

Delta Air Lines jet OK

Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe step aboard an plane. But not all flights are equally safe.


Helsinki airport introduces world's first passenger tracking system

Passengers are seen near a flight information board in the departures hall at Helsink-Vantaa airport in Helsinki, Finland.

Helsinki's airport will be the world's first to track passengers in real-time from parking lot to takeoff, but the plan has been criticised by civil liberty groups.


Two new hotels at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport will get two new hotels in the next two years.

CAMERON ATFIELD Pullman and Ibis hotels to be built by November at cost of $150m.

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Boozy with bad diets but foreigners love the British, study says

Pint of beer is pulled in a pub in London.

Despite a passion for binge-drinking and lousy food, Britain was named the second most attractive country along with Australia, according to a survey.


Paris tourist spot overrun by 'dirty' rats

A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France.

Hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden at Louvre, but there is just one drawback - 'dirty' rats.


Stranded Air New Zealand passengers finally head home

Air New Zealand airport

LAURA WALTERS AND SHABNAM DASTGHEIB Air New Zealand passengers stranded in Honolulu since Sunday due to plane fault finally take off.


Jetstar apologises after crew member advises passengers to flush their drugs

An airport worker stands in front of a Jetstar passenger plane at Avalon Airport in Melbourne.

Jetstar has apologised after a crew member advised Splendour in the Grass festival goers to dump their drugs before landing in Sydney.


Delta pilot on wrong taxiway unleashes fury on air-traffic control

Delta Airlines

Abby Phillip This story from one of the world’s busiest airport might be amusing if it weren’t just slightly horrifying.


Air New Zealand passengers stranded for third night in Honolulu

Air New Zealand airport

LAURA WALTERS Hundreds of Air New Zealand face third night in Hawaii after plane broke down.


Phuket's beach bars, restaurants evicted in clean-up

Phuket's beach restaurants are being evicted.

Donna Demaio Scores of beach restaurants and clubs disappearing under new rules from military junta.

Air travel

Passengers rage as child 'defecates in plane seat': report

Delta's economy class.

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN The etiquette of some Chinese travellers overseas has again come under fire after a family allegedly allowed their child to defecate on the seat of a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing to Detroit.


Magaluf bar crawl shut down in wake of viral sex video

A private security worker watch tourists having fun in Punta Ballena street in the Magaluf zone, in Calvia on Mallorca.

Natalie Paris A club night notorious for encouraging drunken sex acts among tourists in Magaluf has been ordered to close down for 12 months.


Hilton hotels to replace room keys with guests' smartphones

Guests of the Hilton will soon be able to unlock their room door with their smartphone.

Hilton Worldwide hotel guests will soon be able to use their smartphones to select specific rooms, make special requests, check in and out, and even unlock their room doors.

Northern Territory

Drunk tour driver terrifies passengers in the Top End

Darwin Mitchell St

Alarmed tourists in a Darwin minivan called police when they realised their female driver was showing signs of intoxication.


No nudes is bad news for Germany's nudists

Germans will still happily get naked while holidaying in France and Spain, but nudist clubs in their home country are in decline.

Germans still love to bask naked on holidays, but at home the nudist scene is facing a decline.


Australia's greatest ever meal? Top chefs face tourism challenge

Neil Perry.

CRAIG PLATT It might be the greatest meal in Australian history, but the general public won't be getting a taste.


Move over Amsterdam: Barcelona becoming Europe's new cannabis capital

A member of the Catalan Federation of Cannabis Association smokes a joint in Barcelona.

The opening of hundreds of cannabis clubs have seen Barcelona emerge as a rival to Amsterdam for marijuana users.


Chinese tourism company sues over Transformers: Age of Extinction

Bumblebee in latest <i>Transformers</i>' movie.

A Chinese tourism company is suing Paramount Pictures and a producer of the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction saying they had failed to show the company's logo in the movie.

Air travel

Ukraine strife to result in higher airfares for travellers

Virgin plane flying. Generic.

The extra cost from rerouting hundreds of airliners around Ukrainian airspace is set to translate into higher ticket prices for passengers.

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