Air Arabia
Air Arabia. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Alf van Beem.

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

  • Marriott backs off wi-fi jamming – After dozens of complaints to the FCC, along with a NY Times op-ed against it, Marriott Hotels tried to clarify that they do not, in fact, want to limit guests’ access to bring-your-own-wireless devices. (Skift)
  • Air Arabia deal brings hopes of budget Europe flights – Air Arabia bought a large minority stake in Jordan’s Petra Airlines, opening up the possibility of low-cost flights from Amman to European destinations. (Bloomberg)
  • Nat Geo gets into the hotel biz – The National Geographic Society announced its latest dip into the travel industry – dubbed “Unique Lodges of the World.” So far, there are 2 dozen hotels on 6 continents, including such unique experiences as a genuine Mongolian nomadic hut in the Gobi and luxury villas in Chile’s Atacama Desert. (Daily Mail)
  • Cali breaks ground on bullet train – This week, California officially broke ground on what could be the US’ first bullet train system. (QZ)
  • Search continues for pieces of AirAsia – The AirAsia flight that crashed last month en route to Singapore from Indonesia still has the key black box missing, but crews have recovered other important pieces, such as the tail. (NYT)
  • Cyprus nat’l airline shuts down – After the EU determined that Cyprus Airways illegally received millions of euros and had an unfair advantage, the airline was forced to shut down. (BBC)

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