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ICAO, which is a United Nations specialized agency headquartered from Montreal, has audited the Thai authorities that oversee the aviation sector in the country and have found significant flaws. The previous audit that the country passed was done in 2005.

ICAO Thailand Downgrade

The report that was released to the governments (not made public yet) on March 20, 2015, found that there are “significant safety concerns”. [click to continue…]

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Unlike Egypt that is going away even from visa-on-arrival for individual travelers in May (read more here), Indonesia is extending the visa free travel from 15 to 45 countries in April.

Indonesia Visa Free Extends To 45 Nations

Currently passport holders from 15 countries don’t need visa or visa-on-arrival to visit Indonesia and the citizens from the following countries can obtain visa-on-arrival for 30 days costing $35: [click to continue…]

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When I was reading the International New York Times inside the club lounge of the Waldorf-Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah earlier this week, I came across this interesting article about the spat between the US airlines, airports and hotels when it comes to the expansion of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways in the United States.

NY Times Expansion by Mideast Airlines Sets Off a Skirmish in the U.S.

The US airlines of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines started a campaign trying to limit the expansion of these three Middle Eastern rivals in the United States stating that they basically receive never ending handouts from their local governments. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me a link to an article on Thai/Asia based Coconuts website that was reporting that Bangkok’s entertainment venues are again under midnight curfew for few weeks.

Coconuts Bangkok nightlife said to be on midnight curfew until further notice

When the military junta displaced the elected government last year, Bangkok was under curfew and dry in the evenings for few weeks (I was in the city at the time). [click to continue…]

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As the InterContinental hotel in Lhasa (wasn’t open when I was there) is going to be on the PointBreaks list this coming Wednesday, I thought that it would be a good time to remind what the requirements for foreigners traveling to Tibet are.

Tibetan Travel Permit

I was in Tibet and Lhasa back in November 2011 and had a blast. I was not traveling with any tour group, but rather arranged the hotel (St. Regis) and dealt with the Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit by myself. [click to continue…]

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TransAsia flight operated by ATR 72-600 airplane destined to Kinmen from Taipei’s domestic regional airport crashed to river with 58 passengers and crew on board.

TransAsia’s ATR 72-500 plane crash landed last July killing 48 of the 58 passengers and crew. It is unclear at this points, what the total number of casualties is going to be. [click to continue…]

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Philippines has taken the right direction and banned fuel surcharges on a resolution issued by the House of Representatives on January 8, 2015.

Philippines Fuel Surcharges

Airlines have long played with the fuel surcharges and, as a matter of fact, they are often now called “carrier surcharges”, as they have very little, if anything, to do with the price of the oil. [click to continue…]