Here is a roundup of what has been happening on the world-wide travel scenario for the week of 2 to 8 June 2014.
Ixigo turns 7
Ixigo.com – a travel serch engine and an infomediary, celebrated its 7th birthday on 3rd June 2014. It continues to be one of the best and fastest growing online travel site in India.
Mumbai Metro launched on 8 June
Mumbai’s first metro line was declared open this Sunday (8 June 2014) with the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan, taking the first ride. The 11.4 km long ride along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor will take 21 minutes from one end to another, cutting the commuting time by 1 hour.
IGI Airport named world’s second best airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi scored a hat-trick after it was named as the second best airport in the world for its quality of service for the third consecutive year among airports handling 25-40 million passengers per annum. In the overall global ranking done by the Airport Council International (ACI), IGI Airport was placed 6th, two ranks below its 4th position last year.
Curfew lifted at three Thai tourist hot spots
After two weeks of military rule post the ongoing socio-political unrest in Thailand, the current military government has lifted the nationwide curfew at three tourist hot spots, viz., Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui, in response to the complaints from the country’s tourism industry. All other Thai destinations remain under a daily curfew from midnight till 4 AM, but passengers booked on flights scheduled during these hours are permitted to travel to and from the airports, provided they are carrying their flight details.
Star Experience Packages launched by the Melbourne Star
The giant observation wheel in Melbourne has recently launched exclusive Star Experience packages that offer guests a private cabin along with a selection of gourmet food and beverages to be enjoyed with the spectacular panoramic views of the Docklands precinct, the bay area and the Dandenong Mountain Ranges.
London’s Heathrow launches the Queen’s Terminal
The Heathrow Airport gets a gleaming new Terminal 2 (also called the Queen’s Terminal), designed to ease the air traffic congestion and other glitches that has been plaguing the airport all these years. Featuring vaulted ceilings fitted with natural light, the airport has been dubbed as the “Cathedral of the 21st Century”.