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MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have lambasted the former top executives at Crossrail for their “staggering” over-optimism about when the troubled project would be completed. The Elizabeth line, as it will be known once services begin, will link Reading and Heathrow airport, west of the capital, with Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood
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Gatwick Airport has been accused of planning “a second runway by stealth” after it announced it was pressing ahead with proposals to use its emergency runway for routine flights.  Calling it ”the neighbour from hell”, local campaign group Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions said the plan “flies in the face of the government’s pledge for ‘net zero’ CO2 emissions
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As the World Health Organization (WHO) declares Africa’s latest Ebola outbreak to be a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC), this is the essential information about the virus and its consequences for travellers. What is the context? In the last Ebola outbreak, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between December 2013 and June 2016, 11,325
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Virgin Holidays has announced it will stop offering and promoting excursions to attractions and experiences featuring captive whales and dolphins. The tour operator said it will prioritise more natural wildlife encounters instead, while cutting longstanding ties with SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and similar attractions. “This decision follows steps that Virgin Holidays embarked upon in 2014, when
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An airline boss has gone after low-cost flights, calling them “economically, ecologically and politically irresponsible”. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr criticised super-cheap air fares during an interview with Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, in which he said: “Flights for less than €10 shouldn’t exist.” Spohr added that Europe’s two biggest low-cost carriers, Ryanair and easyJet, are
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German researchers have developed an automatic landing system for small aircraft that allows them to land without a pilot and any of the ground technology typically used for commercial flights. The system, led by researchers at Germany’s Technical University of Munich (TUM), allows aircraft to land autonomously using “vision-assisted navigation”. Commercial aircraft typically use the Instrument
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Dozens were injured when intense turbulence hit an Air Canada flight, causing passengers who weren’t buckled into their seats to hit the ceiling. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney had to divert to Honolulu, Hawaii, when sudden turbulence hit the aircraft and it dropped mid-flight. Thirty seven passengers and crew were injured. Of that number, 30 were taken
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