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Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 06:17 UTC

Chinese woman falls overboard from cruise vessel and is rescued 38 hours later

Ms Fan reportedly fell from the fourth deck, the approximate height of a seven-floor building. The 31-year-old survived the ordeal with only minor injuries

Chinese woman who fell off a cruise ship and drifted at sea for 38 hours before being rescued by fishermen has lived to tell the tale. The woman from Shanghai, known only by her surname Fan, leaned too far forward from a ship deck and fell overboard, according to Chinese media.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 06:11 UTC

British Airways cuts its food service on flights less than eight and a half hours

Spaniard Alex Cruz, 50, took over as CEO and chairman of BA in April this year, having started his career with American Airlines 1995.

British Airways has cut its food service and will no longer provide two meals to economy travelers on flights lasting less than eight-and-a-half hours. Instead of two full meals, passengers will only receive one as part of the new measures, which also apply to journeys lasting less seven hours for premium economy passengers.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 06:01 UTC

Latam airlines has poor performance in 2Q; defers incorporation of new aircraft

LATAM has racked up repeated losses since it was formed in the 2012 merger of Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM, hamstrung by Brazil's economic problems

Latin America's largest airline, reported a wider-than-forecast net loss in the second quarter of US$92 million, as it struggles to overcome tough economic conditions in its key markets. The airline made a loss of US$50 million in the same period a year ago, a quarter that is traditionally weak for seasonal reasons.

Monday, August 15th 2016 - 12:36 UTC

Norwegian cruise line admits weak Caribbean summer season; South American itineraries “soft”

“Today is not a happy day at Norwegian headquarters for obvious reasons. We had to reset expectations based on the current booking environment”', said Del Rio

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio said the company’s “lofty” expectations for the Caribbean this summer have not been met, one factor in revising expectations downward for the rest of the year. In a conference call to discuss second-quarter results this week, Norwegian lowered its guidance for second-half earnings and said it will not make its previously forecast goal of earning US$5 a share in 2017.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 05:33 UTC

Punta Arenas airport plans to double passengers' terminal area and commercial aircraft capacity

Arrival of passengers at Punta Arenas airport has experienced a sustained increase averaging 9.5% between 1995 and 2015, when it reached 900.000 people.

Punta Arenas airport is planning to double the area of the passengers' terminal and increase the number of jet bridges from three to five, as part of a major expansion program given the increase in annual commercial traffic at the President Carlos Ibañez del Campo Airport, which has been double the Chilean average.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 03:54 UTC

Falklands 2014 and 2015 business climate surveys “very good”, but 2016 prospects aren't so rosy

The Business Climate Survey is undertaken by the Falklands Islands Development Corporation, FIDC, with support from the Falklands Chamber of Commerce

The Falklands Business Climate Survey strongly suggests that 2014 and 2015 were two very good years for the Islands economy and its business community, which translated in profits and higher levels of turnover, particularly 2015. However survey respondents predictions for this year and onwards aren't as rosy with many businesses anticipating lower turnover and investments, but not necessarily profits, while the overall average rating for the Islands' economy weighed between “average” and “good”.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 22:09 UTC

RMS St Helena schedule extended another year until airport is ready for commercial flights

The extension of the RMS St Helena service also allows the island more flexible planning as it prepares for the introduction of commercial flights to the island.

RMS St. Helena, one of the last Royal Mail Ships in the world is to continue serving her remote South Atlantic island namesake until 1 July 2017, the St Helena Government has announced. The RMS passenger and freight service will continue to operate between Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension Island with the extended schedule confirmed by the island's director of tourism.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 08:38 UTC

Olympics equestrian sports have to live with glanders scare in Rio

Highly contagious and incurable, glanders has prompted Brazilian agricultural officials to destroy hundreds of horses across the country over the past two years

Brazil's summer Olympics, scheduled to be opened in less than a week, have added another challenge to the long list of complaints and disease-scares, such as Zika, but this time the culprits are not mosquitoes but an alleged outbreak of glanders disease, a deadly equine respiratory condition. And this has surfaced when the world's top riders and their mounts prepare to compete in Rio de Janeiro events.

Thursday, July 28th 2016 - 11:36 UTC

Ushuaia plans to expand main port pier 251 meters and improve facilities

Tierra del Fuego governor Rosana Bertone made the presentation of the project at Government House in Ushuaia

Ushuaia, the world's most extreme south city and the gateway for Antarctica cruise tours is planning to upgrade its port facilities including the expansion of the main pier by 251 meters increasing the docking capacity for tourism vessels during the summer season.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 - 13:51 UTC

Temer vetoes foreign 100% ownership of Brazilian airlines

 While Temer has expressed support to open up the country's aviation sector to further foreign investment, he does not support their full ownership.

Brazil's interim President Michel Temer vetoed on Tuesday an article in a new law, which would allow foreign investors to take 100% ownership of Brazilian airlines, according to the official Gazette. The article is part of a law seeking to modify areas of the aviation sector, mainly in order to allow the state-owned airport infrastructure firm, Infraero, to restructure its debts.

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