Mexico City New Airport
A proposal for the giant, new airport for Mexico City. Photo from Foster + Partners.

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

  • Russia to get shipping-container hotel for 2018 – FIFA World Cup organizers in Saransk, 630 km east of Moscow, have signed a preliminary deal with Britain’s Snoozebox company to build a temporary “portable hotel” in the city during the 2018 tournament, the regional government’s investment department told Interfax. (Moscow Times)
  • Pilot gives impromptu tour of live volcano – A thoughtful Icelandair captain took his flight on a detour around the live Bardarbunga volcano for a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience. (Telegraph UK)
  • Norwegian acquires Prestige – Norwegian Cruise Lines is getting into the high-end game, spending about $3 billion to acquire the luxury Prestige Cruises International. (Skift)
  • Mexico City plans new $9 billion airport – The new X-shaped airport, to be built east of the city’s center, will have six runways and one gigantic dome-like terminal with 95 gates; it should be fully sustainable, as this contender for world’s largest airport will harvest rainwater and generate its own electricity. (Bloomberg)
  • US rejects low-cost Norwegian routes – At least temporarily, the US Transportation Secretary has denied Norwegian Air’s request to begin ultra-low-cost routes between Europe and the United States. (USA Today)
  • Starwood launches SPG Pro – Corporate bookers will now be able to earn SPG Starpoints and awards for booking travel for others, in a new promotional campaign for the hospitality giant. (TD)
  • Ryanair to buy more cramped Boeings – The trendsetting budget airline has placed an order for $11 billion in new Boeing 737 MAX jetliners, asking Boeing to custom-fit them to hold 200 passengers, rather than the normal 189-passenger configuration. (Irish Ind)

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