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Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 06:09 UTC

Malaysia Airlines 'technically bankrupt' contracts 'Terminator' to restructure the company

The airline said it had “offered jobs” to 14,000 of its 20,000 workforce. The move follows the appointment of new chief executive Christoph Mueller in May.

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, its chief executive has said, as he announced a restructuring program and plans to cut about 6,000 jobs. The announcement follows the twin air disasters which forced its nationalization last year.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

Spain's Iberia resumed flights to Cuba after a two-year absence

As recently reported by the airline, that route will now have five direct weekly flights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).

After two years of absence, the Spanish airline Iberia on Monday resumed flights to Havana. The Cuban tourism ministry confirmed last Friday that on June first, the flight marking the resumption of operations between Madrid and Havana would arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 05:57 UTC

Three 'Queens' sail along Liverpool's Mersey to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary

The display was part of a three-day celebration, which ends on Tuesday, marking the company's first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool. (PicGetty)

Three famous ocean liners have sailed together in Liverpool for the first time to mark Cunard's 175th anniversary. The Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth saluted the city where Samuel Cunard began his transatlantic line in 1840.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 22:45 UTC

Cruise ship freed off the coast of Bermuda with the arrival of high tide

 Norwegian Dawn was carrying 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew members were on board at the time of the incident. No one was injured

A cruise ship with thousands of passengers headed to Boston in the US east coast was freed late Tuesday night after running aground off the coast of Bermuda. With the arrival of high tide, the ship was able to be freed and was moved to a nearby anchorage position, officials reported.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 20:34 UTC

Research icebreaker Polarstern en route to investigate climate change in Arctic

“This is an especially exciting cruise this year, since it marks the first time in the past 30 years that the sea-ice has melted so early,” explains biologist Peeken.

Research icebreaker Polarstern left its home port in Bremerhaven on Tuesday setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will investigate the effects of climate change in the Arctic, from the surface ice floes down to the seafloor

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Falklands celebrates 30th Anniversary of Mount Pleasant Airport opening

 HRH Prince Andrew at the official opening of the airport in 1985.

”The Falkland Islands airport emerges from rock and peat-bog” said The Times in its 11 May edition, the day before the official opening of Mount Pleasant Airport in 1985, thirty years ago last week.

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Tourism boom in Cuba: Europeans want to enjoy the island “before the Americans arrive”

The number of US visitors, 600,000 annually, a figure that includes many Cuban-Americans visiting relatives, is expected to escalate.

The Cuban government says it has prepared for a surge in tourist arrivals with an airport expansion plan and new luxury hotels under construction in Havana and popular beach resorts like Varadero. But according to tour operators, it is already getting difficult to find available hotel rooms or reserve tables at popular restaurants, especially during the high season.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

IAATO agrees to ban recreational use of UAVs in Antarctica’s coastal areas

The UAV's ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) members have agreed that, for the 2015-16 season, they will not allow the recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:06 UTC

Punta Arenas cruise visitors this season totaled 56.383 with 100 calls

Of the 100 vessel calls, forty were international and the rest domestic (Pic LPA)

The results of the 2014/2015 cruise season were considered 'positive' for Punta Arenas, in the extreme south of Chile, which received 100 vessel calls, of which 40 international and 60 domestic, totaling 56.383 visitors, a similar number to the previous season.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 05:49 UTC

US approves licenses for passenger ferry service with Cuba

“The ships are ready to go,” said Robert Muse, a Washington-based lawyer who represented Baja Ferries and specializes in Cuba embargo matters.

The US Treasury Department has approved licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official announced. One of the licenses was issued to Baja Ferries, part of a major shipping group with passengers and cargo operations, including on Mexico's west coast, according to a lawyer who handled the license application.

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