The most beautiful Indonesian island you’ve probably never heard of

The five-star resort opened in September 2018 outside of Labuan Bajo, a small town on the western end of the Indonesian island of Flores. Because of booming Labuan Bajo, the entire island of Flores is receiving a tourism lift. Like others around town, his business focuses upon nearby Komodo Island, home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard and undisputed superstar of Flores tourism. “Everyone comes for the Komodo dragons,” noted Anna Karas, director of public relations for Ayana Komo


The five-star resort opened in September 2018 outside of Labuan Bajo, a small town on the western end of the Indonesian island of Flores.
Because of booming Labuan Bajo, the entire island of Flores is receiving a tourism lift.
Like others around town, his business focuses upon nearby Komodo Island, home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard and undisputed superstar of Flores tourism.
“Everyone comes for the Komodo dragons,” noted Anna Karas, director of public relations for Ayana Komo
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The most beautiful Indonesian island you've probably never heard of

From the veranda of the Ayana Komodo Resort, a long wooden pier snakes into the rugged sea off Waecicu Beach. At sunset, the sky explodes with fiery showers of color. It’s a perfect picture for the Instagram Age, with dozens of delicious, chocolate-chip shaped islands sprinkled across the horizon. The five-star resort opened in September 2018 outside of Labuan Bajo, a small town on the western end of the Indonesian island of Flores.

Islands dot the landscape off of Labuan Bajo. Helminadia

It’s part of a massive infusion of infrastructure designed to distinguish Flores from Indonesia’s other 18,000 islands, including the country’s most famous Bali island. The ambitious plan is fittingly called: Ten New Balis. Announced by the Indonesian government in 2016, the plan was met with great fanfare — and for good reason. Bali has become a global icon, attracting 40% of Indonesia’s foreign visitors, many who venture no farther.

A secret no more

Expanding tourism to other sites and islands is a goal of President Joko Widodo, who was soundly reelected last year. Progress is visible everywhere around Labuan Bajo. What was once a small fishing village is now supercharged with boom-town zeal and non-stop construction of restaurants and hotels.

Flores is home to hot springs and caves, including Rangko Cave (shown here). Sirintra Pumsopa

A long-time favorite of the diving world, the tiny town has two dozen dive shops, according to Benedikt Schaefer at Blue Marlin Dive. “It’s world famous, and rightfully so. You can do different dives every day,” he said. Though the plan outlined 10 locations to transform into tourism capitals, four were chosen as “priority destinations” — Borobudur, Mandalika, Lake Toba and Labuan Bajo. Because of booming Labuan Bajo, the entire island of Flores is receiving a tourism lift.

Komodo dragons and Starbucks

A new airport opened in Labuan Bajo in 2013, and it is already slated for expansion into an international hub. The town’s harbor is in the midst of a $2 billion overhaul which ushered in another upscale hotel, Inaya Bay Komodo, that opened in late 2019. It’s in a huge complex with a swirling spaceship design that is reminiscent of a smaller version of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, and it features the first Starbucks in hundreds of miles. Even more important are the new boat terminals that are designed to welcome yachts, ferries and cruise ships.

Padar Island is a favorite spot to visit from Labuan Bajo. Helminadia

The island-dotted waters around Labuan Bajo are already packed with boats, a fleet estimated at several hundred, according to travel agent Ndiwar Kewali, owner of Komodo Dominik Tour. Like others around town, his business focuses upon nearby Komodo Island, home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard and undisputed superstar of Flores tourism. Labuan Bajo’s airport was formerly called Mutiara II to distinguish it from Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie Airport on the nearby island of Sulawesi. But nobody would confuse the two today.

The dragons have definitely put this place on the map. Anna Karas director of public relations for Ayana Komodo Resort

Arrivals at Labuan Bajo — mainly from Bali and Jakarta — land at a quaint airport looking like something from Hollywood blockbuster, Jurassic Park. The walls and shops are decorated with giant murals of Komodo dragons. “Everyone comes for the Komodo dragons,” noted Anna Karas, director of public relations for Ayana Komodo Resort. “The dragons have definitely put this place on the map.”

A dragon-sized controversy

A major tremor of dismay rocked the area last year when public officials announced plans to close Komodo National Park. Outrage inflamed the town. “Everyone is against it,” said Kewali. “I don’t believe it will happen. It’s just talk, politics,” he added.

Flores is one of less than five islands in the world where Komodo dragons live in the wild. Aprison Photography

“If they close the park, it would hurt so many people,” said local guide John Bhago. “It would be a disaster.” Soon after, the plan was withdrawn. But Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat, governor of East Nusa Tenggara, stirred the pot with a proposal to push visitation fees to $500 per person to limit lizard tours to high-end tourists. He later suggested they be increased even more, perhaps to $1,000.

Entrance fees currently start at around $11 per person.

A major tourist draw, Komodo dragons have a famously venomous bite and are known to occasionally attack humans. USO

As this dragon-sized controversy continues to grip Labuan Bajo, around the lush tropical island, adventurous visitors are intrigued by sights that have drawn travelers for centuries.

Exploring Flores

The Portuguese first arrived in the early 1500s, giving the island its name, which translates to “flowers” in Portuguese. Popular with backpackers for decades, idyllic Flores abounds with lush foliage and striking volcanoes, highlighted by the famous three-colored crater lakes by Mount Kelimutu. With so much emphasis these days on cultural and ethno-tourism, Flores is home to an array of authentic tribal villages with rich folklore and fantastic weaving traditions. On a road trip from Labuan to the old villages around Bajawan, guide John Bhago points out a cascade of stunning churches. Flores is the most Christian part of the world’s most populated Muslim-majority nation. Even more surprising than the soaring steeples and colorful depictions of Jesus and Mary, is seeing them alongside mosques. “In Flores, everyone lives in harmony,” he proudly noted.

The spider web rice fields in Flores, Indonesia. Tanutkij Wangsittidej

A must-stop is Ruteng — if only for a hike to the hills above Cancar Village — to savor the breathtaking views of the famed spider web rice fields. Framed by mountains, the fields tilled by indigenous Manggarai people resemble enormous cobwebs, or as another tourist quipped “alien landing fields.” Ruteng is also home to hot springs and the Liang Bua cave, where the remains of a unique species, called Homo Floresiensis, were discovered in excavations in 2003. The remains of Flores ancient ancestors are sometimes referred to as “hobbits” as excavations showed the people were just over one meter tall, much like the fictional characters in the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Traditional villages of Flores. Courtesy of Ron Gluckman

Dozens of traditional villages can be found around Ruteng and further east to Bajawa, with thatched-roof huts and communal areas seemingly unchanged for centuries. Bena is especially picturesque; it sits on a green plain with dazzling views of Mount Inierie, the largest volcano on the island. The houses are topped with hand-made spirit figures, like warriors, animals and tiny houses.

A spirit figure atop a tribal village house. Courtesy of Ron Gluckman

Bena and some of the major villages can feel a bit tourist-trodden, but it’s easy to arrange homestays and treks to more distant villages.

Room to grow

Driving around the island demonstrates Flores’ vast tourism appeal and equally immense needs. Roads are few, and hotels and restaurants are mostly basic. Connecting the dots from Komodo Airport to these distant rice fields, cultural villages, volcanoes and gorgeous beaches will require tremendous investment.

A woman weaving textiles in Bena. Bruno Guerreiro


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Philippines’ Taal volcano erupts, forcing thousands to flee

Philippines’ Taal volcano erupts, forcing thousands to flee3 Hours AgoThe sudden eruption of a Philippine volcano has forced tens of thousands from their homes and grounded 500 flights in the country’s main airport. Red-hot lava gushed out of Taal volcano, and its ash blew 62 miles north to capital Manila, closing its airport. There have been no reports of casualties or major damage so far after the eruption, but thousands of people had to be moved to safety from the danger zone in volcano’s vic


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The sudden eruption of a Philippine volcano has forced tens of thousands from their homes and grounded 500 flights in the country’s main airport. Red-hot lava gushed out of Taal volcano, and its ash blew 62 miles north to capital Manila, closing its airport. There have been no reports of casualties or major damage so far after the eruption, but thousands of people had to be moved to safety from the danger zone in volcano’s vicinity. Experts warn the eruption could get worse.


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Philippines suspends Manila airport flights as volcano spews ash

People take photos of a phreatic explosion from the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020. The Philippine airport authority on Sunday suspended flights at Manila’s international airport after a volcano in nearby Batangas province spewed a giant plume of ash. The Taal volcano generated a 1-km (0.6 mile) high ash plume accompanied by rumbling sounds and tremors earlier in the day, indicating increased unrest that could lead to a


People take photos of a phreatic explosion from the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020.
The Philippine airport authority on Sunday suspended flights at Manila’s international airport after a volcano in nearby Batangas province spewed a giant plume of ash.
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Philippines suspends Manila airport flights as volcano spews ash

People take photos of a phreatic explosion from the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020.

The Philippine airport authority on Sunday suspended flights at Manila’s international airport after a volcano in nearby Batangas province spewed a giant plume of ash.

The Taal volcano generated a 1-km (0.6 mile) high ash plume accompanied by rumbling sounds and tremors earlier in the day, indicating increased unrest that could lead to a hazardous eruption in weeks.

“Flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been temporarily suspended due to the volcanic ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano,” the Manila International Airport Authority tweeted.

Passengers have been advised to coordinate with their respective airlines for details on flight schedules.


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Ukrainian plane was on fire immediately before crash, Iran’s initial probe says

Search and rescue works are conducted at site after a Boeing 737 plane belonging to a Ukrainian airline crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Iran just after takeoff with 180 passengers on board in Tehran, Iran on January 08, 2020. A Ukrainian International Airlines plane that crashed shortly after leaving Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, was reportedly on fire before impact, according to Iran’s civil aviation authority. Ali Abedzadeh, head of the National Aviation Authority


Search and rescue works are conducted at site after a Boeing 737 plane belonging to a Ukrainian airline crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Iran just after takeoff with 180 passengers on board in Tehran, Iran on January 08, 2020.
A Ukrainian International Airlines plane that crashed shortly after leaving Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, was reportedly on fire before impact, according to Iran’s civil aviation authority.
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Ukrainian plane was on fire immediately before crash, Iran's initial probe says

Search and rescue works are conducted at site after a Boeing 737 plane belonging to a Ukrainian airline crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Iran just after takeoff with 180 passengers on board in Tehran, Iran on January 08, 2020.

A Ukrainian International Airlines plane that crashed shortly after leaving Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, was reportedly on fire before impact, according to Iran’s civil aviation authority.

Ali Abedzadeh, head of the National Aviation Authority, said in a statement that eyewitnesses had reported that the Kyiv-bound Boeing 737-800 plane was on fire immediately before the crash.

The plane’s trajectory indicated it was initially heading westward, turning right after the problem and was on its way back to a nearby airport at the time of the crash, Abedzadeh said.

He said no radio messages were received by the pilot regarding unusual circumstances. The aircraft had risen to an altitude of 8,000 feet after taking off from the Imam Khomeini Airport before disappearing from radar, he added.

The loss of the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 occurred amid heightened tensions and open hostilities between the U.S. and Iran and the reasons for the plane’s crash are under greater scrutiny.

Reuters reported, citing five anonymous security sources, that Western intelligence agencies believe the plane had suffered a technical malfunction and not been brought down by a missile.

Under international law, the country where the crash occurred controls the investigation and there have been reports Iran has refused to hand over the black box flight recorders to Boeing or U.S. aviation authorities — agencies that would usually participate in an investigation into a crash of a U.S.-manufactured plane.


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From live jazz to jet lag rooms: Here are the coolest new things about flying in 2020

Flights: Craft beer and farm-to-table mealsWine has always been a priority in premium cabins, but craft beer is having an in-flight moment. SAS Scandinavian Airlines now serves more than a dozen types of craft beer from Copenhagen microbrewery Mikkeller. Cathay Pacific offers its own craft brew called Betsy Beer, which was created for high altitudes as well. When it comes to sleep, Cathay Pacific first-class passengers can choose from a pillow menu while enjoying new bedding with 600-thread coun


Flights: Craft beer and farm-to-table mealsWine has always been a priority in premium cabins, but craft beer is having an in-flight moment.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines now serves more than a dozen types of craft beer from Copenhagen microbrewery Mikkeller.
Cathay Pacific offers its own craft brew called Betsy Beer, which was created for high altitudes as well.
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From live jazz to jet lag rooms: Here are the coolest new things about flying in 2020

The next time you take to the skies, pay close attention. Airlines are constantly evolving to attract new customers and keep loyal travelers coming back. Here are some of the most interesting innovations coming to airports in the new year.

Lounges: Jet lag zones and barbecue decks

Airlines are upping the wow factor before travelers step foot on a plane. Finnair’s new Nordic-inspired Platinum Lounge in Helsinki counts a Finnish sauna among its amenities, while Cathay Pacific’s The Pier lounge in Hong Kong offers The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga, a 700 square-foot area divided into two zones for yoga and meditation. The same lounge also features a tea house serving artisanal Chinese teas. KLM’s new Amsterdam Schiphol lounge features a sunset light wall designed to simulate the Dutch sky and help travelers adjust to the local time zone. Of course, they can get fresh air by visiting the alfresco plane-spotting deck too. Two virtual reality cabins help those who want to feel like they are somewhere else entirely.

SAS’s jet lag recovery room. Courtesy of SAS

Scandinavian Airlines recently updated its Copenhagen flagship lounge to feature an innovative “Daylight Booster Zone” delivering light therapy meant to get passengers’ circadian rhythms back on track. The lights are adjustable for stimulation or relaxation, based on how far passengers are traveling or how long they want to stay awake. Qantas opened an outdoor barbecue deck in its Perth lounge, so passengers can catch some sun and fresh air before long-haul flights, like its 17-hour nonstop flight to London introduced last year. Japan Airlines’ renewed first class lounges at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports feature live sushi counters with rolls made to order. The airline has also launched halal-certified cuisine in its lounges and now serves yuzu and salt-flavored ramen from famed ramen shop Afuri.

Japan Airlines sushi counter. Courtesy of Japan Airlines

Turkish Airlines’ new lounge in Istanbul showcases 38 pieces of modern art from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; it will be updated three times a year. And to celebrate Belgian pralines, Brussels Airlines’ flagship lounge, The Loft, has a Neuhaus master chocolatier making customized pralines for travelers in Brussels to enjoy or take along as gifts.

Flights: Craft beer and farm-to-table meals

Wine has always been a priority in premium cabins, but craft beer is having an in-flight moment. SAS Scandinavian Airlines now serves more than a dozen types of craft beer from Copenhagen microbrewery Mikkeller. The beer is designed exclusively for flights, with high elevation and cabin conditions — such as pressure, oxygen and humidity — in mind. Cathay Pacific offers its own craft brew called Betsy Beer, which was created for high altitudes as well.

Singapore Airlines’ AeroFarm facility. Courtesy of AeroFarm

Singapore Airlines is working with the vertical farming company AeroFarms to bring farm-to-table ingredients onboard. A facility near Newark airport creates the equivalent of 390 acres of fresh produce to support the airline’s Newark to Singapore flight. Grown aeroponically, the produce is grown in a matter of days with 95% less water and a fraction of the fertilizers of conventional farming, according to AeroFarms. When it comes to sleep, Cathay Pacific first-class passengers can choose from a pillow menu while enjoying new bedding with 600-thread count linens. Business class passengers can sleep more soundly with a new mattress pad and two-piece duvet.

Cathay Pacific luxury bedding. Courtesy of Cathay Pacific

Air New Zealand passengers flying to and from Chicago can enjoy a special cooling pillow with Outlast technology — the same material NASA uses in astronaut gloves to keep hands cool. In a first for a U.S. carrier, Hawaiian Airlines is using technology to give scientists real-time access to pollution levels over vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean. And on the plane, Hawaiian is airing an in-flight video to educate visitors on the impact of sunscreen on Hawaii’s coral reefs.

Airports: Jazz bands and first-class seats up for bids

United fliers have a new way to exchange currencies and score bonus miles. In connection with Travelex, passengers can earn miles for currency exchanges — both in the airport or online — so they can arrive in a foreign country with local currency in hand.

Live jazz at New Orleans’ new airport. Courtesy of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

At the new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, travelers are welcomed via a “jazz garden” with live bands performing in the baggage claim area. Travelers can also avoid long lines in the city by stopping for Café du Monde’s famous beignets in the terminal. Etihad Airways is trialing autonomous wheelchairs in Abu Dhabi which will eliminate the need for porters; the wheelchairs feature sensors to detect obstructions.

Etihad’s autonomous wheelchairs. Courtesy of Etihad Airways


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Here’s how to avoid leaving things behind at airport security

Travelers use the automated screening lanes funded by American Airlines and installed by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty ImagesGoing through airport security this year? Each month, Transportation Security Administration collects and catalogs 90,000 to 100,000 items that are inadvertently left behind at airport checkpoints by harried and distracted travelers. Source: TSAThe number of bins people use may also contribut


Travelers use the automated screening lanes funded by American Airlines and installed by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida.
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Each month, Transportation Security Administration collects and catalogs 90,000 to 100,000 items that are inadvertently left behind at airport checkpoints by harried and distracted travelers.
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Here's how to avoid leaving things behind at airport security

Travelers use the automated screening lanes funded by American Airlines and installed by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images

Going through airport security this year? Double check that grey bin to make sure you’re hanging onto your things. Each month, Transportation Security Administration collects and catalogs 90,000 to 100,000 items that are inadvertently left behind at airport checkpoints by harried and distracted travelers. Those items range from scarves and sunglasses to laptops, smartphones and some odd “How did they forget THAT?” items, such as bowling balls, violins, gold teeth and urns and boxes filled with human remains. On a post-holiday tour of TSA’s Lost & Found room at Reagan National Airport, we spotted plenty of those items, as well as multiple bags filled with left behind IDs. We also saw shelves lined with ballcaps, CPAP machines used to treat sleep apnea, winter coats, car seats, canes and fully packed carry-on bags. It’s easy to see how hats and scarves get left behind in the bins, but what about laptops, entire carry-on bags and other essential items? Besides the “people are in a rush,” factor, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein has some theories: “When it comes to laptops, many brands are grey and the same color as the checkpoint bins, so it can be easy to overlook your laptop,” says Feinstein. “Also, if a bin has an advertisement in the bottom, travelers’ eyes may be drawn to the ad and cause them to miss the driver’s license and keys still in the bin.”

A collection of laptops and other electronics left at TSA checkpoints. Source: TSA

The number of bins people use may also contribute to the pile-up in the airport “lost and found.” If you’ve scattered your stuff across multiple bins (coats here, electronics there, a laptop and an ID in another bin), you may overlook items in the last bin as you rush to take your stuff out and stack up the used ones.

Keeping your stuff out of “lost and found”

TSA keeps items left behind at security checkpoints for a minimum of 30 days and posts phone numbers on its website where travelers can contact the lost and found departments at each airport. Keep in mind that airports and airlines will have their own lost and found procedures for things left in the terminals and on airplanes. And for items like liquids or gels that you may have to leave behind at security checkpoints without a choice, TSA officials say there are a couple of options. If the item is approved for checked baggage, a passenger can put the item in a carry-on bag and go check it in or ask the airline to retrieve an already checked back and put the item in there. Another option: Airport Mailers and some other companies have kiosks set up near security checkpoints at many airports where travelers may package up items and pay to mail them home. To improve your chances of getting your stuff back – or not losing it in the first place – Farbstein offers these tips: Tape a business card or some other form of ID to your laptop or smartphone. “So many models are alike, so this can make all the difference in getting yours back,” said Farbstein. Before you get to the checkpoint, or while you’re standing online, take time to consolidate all your miscellaneous items (i.e. scarves, hats, gloves) and take everything out of your pockets (keys, phones, wallets, etc.). Instead of putting small items in a bin, put them in your carry-on in an extra plastic bag you’ve packed just for that purpose. If you don’t put loose items in the bin to begin with, you eliminate the chance of leaving anything in the bin on the other side.

A collection of sunglasses left at TSA checkpoints. Source: TSA


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Airports and airlines want travelers to ditch their plastic water bottles

Noting that in 2018 nearly 4 million slow-to-biodegrade plastic water bottles were sold at the airport, in August 2019 it became the first airport in the nation to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. Airports and airlines are trying to save the planet, too, with a wide range of sustainable initiatives that include cutting down on single-use plastics and making reusable water bottles essential travel amenities. In October 2019, the Airports Authority of India announced that at least


Noting that in 2018 nearly 4 million slow-to-biodegrade plastic water bottles were sold at the airport, in August 2019 it became the first airport in the nation to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.
Airports and airlines are trying to save the planet, too, with a wide range of sustainable initiatives that include cutting down on single-use plastics and making reusable water bottles essential travel amenities.
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Airports and airlines want travelers to ditch their plastic water bottles

The San Francisco airport now actively encourages each passenger to bring their own reusable water bottle with them to the airport and get free water from one of the hydration stations in the terminals.

Noting that in 2018 nearly 4 million slow-to-biodegrade plastic water bottles were sold at the airport, in August 2019 it became the first airport in the nation to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.

In 2019, San Francisco International Airport launched an ambitious Zero Waste Concessions Program designed to significantly reduce the amount of single-use disposable plastic used at the airport.

Airports and airlines are trying to save the planet, too, with a wide range of sustainable initiatives that include cutting down on single-use plastics and making reusable water bottles essential travel amenities.

Business and leisure travelers concerned about climate change and “flight shame” may do their part by purchasing carbon offsets and adjusting the number of trips they take on airplanes.

Bottled sodas, teas and juices are currently exempt from the policy. And bottled water is still being sold, but only in approved packaging made from recyclable aluminum or glass, or in compostable packaging.

Airports in a growing number of cities in the United States and around the world are getting serious about sustainability projects that are good for the environment and, in some cases, the bottom line.

“Whether through their participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, implementation of more sustainable business practices, or even by the elimination of drinking straws and other single use plastics, airports are taking a variety of approaches to be good neighbors in their communities,” said Scott Elmore, spokesman for Airports Council International – North America.

In February 2019, Glasgow Airport offered all 5,300 people working in and around the airport free, reusable bottles.

In September 2019, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport announced a campaign to phase out all single-use plastic straws at the airport.

In October 2019, the Airports Authority of India announced that at least 55 airports in the country had banned single-use plastic items such as straws, plastic cutlery and plastic plates.

And Jan. 1 is the deadline for Dubai’s two airports, Dubai International Airport — the world’s busiest airport for international travelers — and Dubai World Central Airport, to be entirely free of single-use plastics such as plastic cutlery, drinking straws, meal packaging and bags.

“Along with our partners, including global brands such as McDonald’s, Costa Coffee and Starbucks, we are committed to not only removing single-use plastics but in their place providing appropriate and importantly sustainable alternatives,” Dubai Airports’ Executive Vice President Eugene Barry said in a statement.

Barry said finding replacements for plastic bottles remains a challenge for the airports, so for now bottle recycling efforts are being beefed up.

Going forward, a bill passed by the Atlanta City Council and waiting for the mayor’s approval is set to ban single-use plastics in the city and at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport by the end of 2020. Following the new law shouldn’t be too much of a reach: The airport’s guidelines for increased sustainability already seek to divert 90% of its total waste from landfills.

Not all airports are nixing the plastic water bottles, though.

In its food court, Portland International Airport eliminates a great deal of plastic with its Green Plate Program that gives travelers the option of having meals served on reusable plates with reusable utensils.

But the airport’s environmental team hasn’t pressed to impose a ban on plastic bottles because “not every traveler chooses to tote around what can sometimes be a very expensive refillable bottle,” said airport spokesperson Kama Simonds. “Further, what if travelers to our airport were unaware of the ban? This could have unintended consequences of either leaving folks with less hydration and/or potentially having a sugary drink as the option, which isn’t healthy.”


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US travelers brace for snowy Thanksgiving and the dreaded ‘bomb cyclone’

Two women walk to the transit center amid snow and wind at Denver International Airport on November 26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Western and northern Wisconsin could be buried beneath 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30.5 centimeters) of snow, with 12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38 centimeters) of lake-effect snow near Lake Superior. The system eventually moved east, allowing the Denver airport to begin returning to normal. In Nebraska, several school districts canceled classes Wednesday, and the southwestern c


Two women walk to the transit center amid snow and wind at Denver International Airport on November 26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.
Western and northern Wisconsin could be buried beneath 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30.5 centimeters) of snow, with 12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38 centimeters) of lake-effect snow near Lake Superior.
The system eventually moved east, allowing the Denver airport to begin returning to normal.
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US travelers brace for snowy Thanksgiving and the dreaded 'bomb cyclone'

Minnesotans prepared Wednesday for a winter-like blast that’s expected to deliver heavy snow and powerful winds. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus canceled classes starting late Tuesday and was not expected to resume operations until Thursday. National Weather Service meteorologist Brent Hewett in Chanhassen, Minnesota, said the storm could dump 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow in central and southern Minnesota, while some areas could see 9 to12 inches (22.9 to 30.5 centimeters).

The one-two punch made for a double whammy of early wintry weather that threatened to scramble plans for millions of people nationwide during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

The wintry storm that left at least one person dead was expected to push eastward into South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, while a “bomb cyclone” weather phenomenon was expected to simultaneously topple trees, knock out power and dump snow as it rolled into California and Oregon.

A storm packing heavy snow and high winds that wreaked havoc as it whipped through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska marched into the upper Midwest on Wednesday as anxious Thanksgiving travelers buckled up and barreled headlong into a busy, if not perilous, holiday week.

Two women walk to the transit center amid snow and wind at Denver International Airport on November 26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. A strong winter storm dropped nearly a foot of snow on the city causing flight delays.

Western and northern Wisconsin could be buried beneath 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30.5 centimeters) of snow, with 12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38 centimeters) of lake-effect snow near Lake Superior. A raw, blustery day is forecast Wednesday, with winds up to 35 mph (56 kph). Forecasters said another storm could arrive this weekend, just as people are returning from Thanksgiving.

“It’s one of those things, you couldn’t make it up if you tried,” Hewett said of back-to-back storms falling around the holiday.

On Tuesday, weather-related damage was widespread nationwide. Authorities on both sides of the California-Oregon border reported numerous crashes and closed roads. The National Weather Service urged people to wait to travel for the holiday until the weather improved.

At Denver International Airport, about 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow mixed with winds that limited visibility prompted the cancellation of about 30% of the airport’s average daily 1,600 flights.

The storm dumped nearly 3 feet (1 meter) of snow in parts of northern Colorado and closed long stretches of highways there and in Wyoming. One person was killed, and two others were injured when a tractor-trailer jackknifed and was hit by two other trucks on Interstate 70 near the Colorado ski town of Vail.

The system eventually moved east, allowing the Denver airport to begin returning to normal.

Southwest Airlines canceled about 200 flights. Spokesman Brad Hawkins said it would take “a couple of days” to get stranded passengers on other flights because there are few during the pre-Thanksgiving travel crush. That makes it hard for airlines to rebook passengers.

About 1,100 people spent the night at the airport, including many cadets from the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs who either missed flights or wanted to get to the airport before road conditions deteriorated, airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria said.

Among them was cadet Sadie Luhman, whose trip to the airport took three hours — twice the normal driving time. She got to the airport at 1 a.m., 10 hours before her scheduled flight to Chicago for Thanksgiving.

“I just wanted to beat the storm. We kind of left in the middle of it so it kind of didn’t work, but we got here,” she told Denver news station KCNC-TV.

Airport workers handed out blankets, diapers, baby formula, toothbrushes and toothpaste to passengers who camped out on floors and in chairs.

Many government offices closed in the Denver area and Cheyenne, Wyoming, along with colleges and schools not already on holiday break. In Nebraska, several school districts canceled classes Wednesday, and the southwestern city of Sidney had received about 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow.

But Tuesday wasn’t a snow day for everyone. Carli Webber cleared snow off her car and braced herself for her commute to a call center near Denver’s Union Station.

“I am not like a lot of people and cannot work from home, so I have no choice but to go,” she said.

Blizzard and wintry weather warnings extended into the Great Lakes states with the storm bringing high winds and snow to Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and a chance of snow over the weekend for parts of New England, said Alex Lamers, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“That could be a coast-to-coast storm,” he said.

The storm was expected to dump snow on the airport in Minneapolis, where Delta Air Lines is the major carrier, but most was expected to fall overnight when few flights were scheduled.

Delta prepared by filling de-icing tanks, calling in extra flight dispatchers and operations employees, and having some of its 20 in-house meteorologists focus on the Minneapolis forecast.

“The timing is very helpful,” said Erik Snell, a Delta senior vice president who oversees operations. “It gives the airport time to clear the runways, although we’ll have to watch the residual snowfall in the morning.”

The storm system could mean disappointment for fans of the larger-than-life balloons flown at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Organizers were preparing for the possibility of grounding the iconic balloon characters because of 40-50 mph (64-81 kph) gusts in the forecast. Rules put in place after several people were injured by a balloon years ago require lower altitudes or full removal if sustained winds exceed 23 mph (37 kph) and gusts exceed 34 mph (54 kph). The decision will be made on parade day.

The second storm began hitting the West Coast of the U.S., bringing snow to the mountains and wind and rain along the coasts of California and Oregon.

Multiple roads were closed in southern Oregon due to downed trees and power lines and blizzard-like driving conditions and others were reduced to a single lane, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

The bomb cyclone — a rapid drop in air pressure — could bring waves of up to 35 feet (11 meters), wind gusts of up to 75 mph (120 kph) and heavy snow in the mountains.

Snow temporarily shut down part of Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe, near the Nevada-California line.

Angela Smith said the Oceanfront Lodge, a hotel she manages in Crescent City, in far Northern California, lost power briefly during rain and strong winds. She said the hotel is ready to withstand heavy downpours.

“It’s blowing pretty good outside but because we’re right on the coast, everything was built to ensure the safety of people,” Smith said.

Forecasters warned of “difficult to impossible travel conditions” across much of northern Arizona later this week as that storm dumps about 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow. The approaching storm accelerated the annual winter closure of the highway leading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon by five days.


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Expect travel delays as more than 55 million people hit the roads, rails and skies for Thanksgiving

(Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)There will be little chance of escaping the crowds on the road, at the airport and even on the rails this Thanksgiving. More than 55 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or morefor the holiday this week, according to AAA. That would be the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005 and a nearly 3% uptick from last year. Wednesday and Sunday will be the worst days for the road with traffic delays 3.5 times longer than normal in major metrop


(Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)There will be little chance of escaping the crowds on the road, at the airport and even on the rails this Thanksgiving.
More than 55 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or morefor the holiday this week, according to AAA.
That would be the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005 and a nearly 3% uptick from last year.
Wednesday and Sunday will be the worst days for the road with traffic delays 3.5 times longer than normal in major metrop
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Expect travel delays as more than 55 million people hit the roads, rails and skies for Thanksgiving

Masses of vehicles move slowly on the Montrose Ave overpass at the 1-90 Kennedy Expressway and the I-94 Edens Split the day before Thanksgiving in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There will be little chance of escaping the crowds on the road, at the airport and even on the rails this Thanksgiving.

More than 55 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or morefor the holiday this week, according to AAA. That would be the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005 and a nearly 3% uptick from last year.

Wednesday and Sunday will be the worst days for the road with traffic delays 3.5 times longer than normal in major metropolitan areas the day before Thanksgiving.

While taking a train may seem easier than traveling by road or air, this is the busiest week of the year for Amtrak too. Amtrak is expecting a volume this week similar to last year’s record of more than 846,000 passengers — and is deploying every working train car in its fleet to meet the surge in demand.

New York’s Penn Station, an Amtrak hub, saw an almost 58% increase last year from normal passenger traffic on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and an almost 54% increase on the following Sunday. In Chicago and Boston, the number of passengers rose by more than 80% on those days when compared with normal volume. The best way to keep track of possible delays is to use Amtrak’s train tracker and show up early in case of long wait times, said Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams.

If you’re one of the 4.45 million expected to fly this week, the top three airports with the most expected disruptions include Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, according to AirHelp, a company that helps travelers request compensation from airlines for botched travel plans. Those flying internationally for the holiday, meanwhile, can expect the shortest wait times in Phoenix, San Jose and Baltimore, according to Airside Mobile.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, expects roughly 1.3 million passengers between Wednesday and Sunday. The airport expects more than 300,000 fliers on Sunday alone.

Travelers should arrive at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights, said airport spokeswoman Jennifer Ogunsola.

Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft also expect a spike in demand.

To avoid any unexpected surge in prices, Lyft recommends using their scheduled rides feature to lock in a predicted rate based on average fares at that time. For the 43% of riders who use Lyft to get to the airport, Lyft also partners with Delta and Hilton to give passengers extra Delta SkyMiles or points in the Hilton Honors rewards program.

Uber also has a scheduled rides feature. It will offer $25 off “Comfort Rides,” or UberXs with more legroom and headroom, to all riders taking an Uber on Wednesday to certain airports: San Francisco International, Los Angeles International, Chicago’s O’ Hare International or Dulles International near Washington, D.C.

Inclement weather threatens to throw another wrench into Thanksgiving travel plans, with heavy rain and snow expected across the central U.S., plus northwest California and southwest Oregon. Heavy snow has already started to impact Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont.


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3 simple ways to cut travel costs this holiday season

If you plan to fly this holiday season, airfare isn’t the only significant expense to factor into your travel budget. “The biggest takeaway for travelers is to not take the flight or hotel rate at face value,” says Melanie Lieberman, travel editor at The Points Guy. The airport’s parking rates are pricey, too: They range from $18-$39 per day. Use a fare estimator to calculate how much a ride-share to the airport would cost. This will help you save on the cost of checking your bag, and you’ll be


If you plan to fly this holiday season, airfare isn’t the only significant expense to factor into your travel budget.
“The biggest takeaway for travelers is to not take the flight or hotel rate at face value,” says Melanie Lieberman, travel editor at The Points Guy.
The airport’s parking rates are pricey, too: They range from $18-$39 per day.
Use a fare estimator to calculate how much a ride-share to the airport would cost.
This will help you save on the cost of checking your bag, and you’ll be
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3 simple ways to cut travel costs this holiday season

If you plan to fly this holiday season, airfare isn’t the only significant expense to factor into your travel budget. While you may have paid close attention to the price of your ticket and even scored a good deal, added costs like baggage carts, parking, and meals at the airport can add to your final tab — and in some cases offset your overall savings, especially if the airport you’re departing from is among the nation’s most expensive. “The biggest takeaway for travelers is to not take the flight or hotel rate at face value,” says Melanie Lieberman, travel editor at The Points Guy. “This is especially important for travelers who might be looking to save money by flying with a low-cost carrier, or save money by flying out of the first airport that popped up, or even the closest airport.” Even if you have no control over the airport you fly out of for the holidays, you can consider what kinds of costs might pop up before you take off. Here’s how to plan ahead and save money in the long run.

Think about how you’ll get to and from the airport

If you’re planning on taking a car to the airport, make sure to look up your airport’s hourly or daily parking rates, or the cost of a ride, so that you can calculate how much you’ll pay over the course of your trip. “For travelers who don’t live close to the airport they’re flying out of, taking a trip might require them to take an Uber to the airport and back home on the way back, and this could negate the savings of a cheaper flight deal,” says Lieberman. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), in Newark, New Jersey, is the most expensive airport in the nation, based on the cost of domestic airfare, parking, baggage carts, transportation to the nearest city center, refreshments, and lounge access, according to a 2019 guide on the most affordable and the most expensive airports put together by The Points Guy. Newark, which serves the greater New York City area, is at the top of the list in part because it can cost upwards of $100 for an Uber or Lyft ride from there to Manhattan. The airport’s parking rates are pricey, too: They range from $18-$39 per day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the daily maximum for long-term parking is only $16. Use a fare estimator to calculate how much a ride-share to the airport would cost. In some cases, it may be cheaper than driving and paying for parking. Do some research beforehand to see what kinds of other transportation options are available, too. Airports like Orlando International Airport (MCO) provide round-trip shuttle services for under $50, or travelers can take public transportation from several transportation hubs located around the Orlando area, which costs less than $4 per person.

Pack light

Between having to pay to check bags and for any carts you might need to lug your bags around the airport, baggage fees can bump up your overall travel costs. At LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City, Smarte Carte rentals cost $6.39, and you’ll likely pay around $20-$25 for each checked bag, though this will depend on your airline and the weight of your luggage. Your best money-saving strategy in this department is to pack light, when possible, and adhere to the rules for carry-on luggage. This will help you save on the cost of checking your bag, and you’ll be able to carry your luggage yourself. “If you have a family, you might need a Smarte Carte,” says Lieberman. “It doesn’t hurt to stop before you book anything and just say, ‘OK, what are all the things that I’m going to need to budget for on this trip, and is this total cost something I’m comfortable with?'”

Pack snacks or scope out deals on airport dining


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