Swedish Rail SJ Train
Swedish Rail SJ Train, taken by Wikimedia Commons user Skistar.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • AirAsia close to starting new airlines in India & Japan – Southeast Asia’s largest budget airline has announced they are close to official plans for new budget airlines in the two burgeoning markets. (Bloomberg)
  • Sweden’s rail to be upgraded – Swedish State Railways (SJ) has said it plans to spend SEK 3.5 billion (€400 million) updating its control systems and the interiors of its fleet of high-speed SJ 2000 trains. (Global Rail News)
  • UNWTO announces record international tourism numbers – International tourist arrivals reached a record 1.087 billion in 2013, the United National World Tourism Organization has stated, up 5%, or 52 million, from 2012. (Skift)
  • Parking at a Mexico airport, maybe soon from the U.S. – Tijuana’s airport has long been a financially appealing alternative to flying from San Diego, even if people flying from the U.S. have had to wait hours to cross the Mexican border; now, a new idea proposed would put some Tijuana airport parking at a site on the American side of the border, with a unique bridge that would cross the border just for passengers. (NYT)
  • Bahrain tries to get in on Gulf airport activity – The airports of Bahrain is trying to court some Asian airlines as it seeks to gain on the momentum its neighboring countries have had on the quest to become global airport hubs. (Bloomberg)
  • jetBlue and Etihad announce codeshare agreement -Abu Dhabi’s Etihad has become the latest partner of jetBlue, the premier budget airline in the United States. (USA Today)

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