Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:
- Russia now allows visa-free transit through Siberia for citizens of 20 countries – In a huge travel promotion, Russia will allow visitors from 20 countries, including the U.S., Germany, and China, to stay up to 72 hours without needing a visa, so long as travel is booked onward out of the country; the new visa-free stays will apply to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia, and Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. (Siberian Times)
- Gogo now enables in-flight texting and calling – Gogo, the large wireless internet company beloved by many air travelers, will soon enable fliers to call and text from their own smartphones while in the air. (USA Today)
- 500 lb man denied flight home – British Airways could not accommodate a heavy man on his way back home to France, forcing him and his family to take a ship back to Europe. (CNN)
- Venice to limit large cruise ships in their ports – In a win for the local residents, Venice has decided to ban cruise ship weighing more than 96,000 tons from docking. (BBC)
- Iceland’s other airline to potentially add U.S. routes – Iceland’s new WOW Air may purchase some new planes as it considers adding some U.S. cities to Reykjavik. (Bloomberg)
* Photo taken from WOW Air’s Pinterest Page.