Travel in the News – Tuesday, November 13


British Airways has raised its fuel surcharge because of higher fuel prices. From Thursday, the levy for flights under nine hours will increase by £20 for a return ticket. Other airlines are expected to follow.

Transport workers in France are expected to strike from 8pm tonight for 24 hours over plans to cut their pensions. The strike, also involving gas and electricity workers, could be renewed day by day.

The Times

Prominent Egyptian archaelogist Zahi Hawass has called for the remains of Tutankhamun’s tomb to be returned to Cairo. He said Lord and Lady Carnarvon, who are displaying the exhibit in Highclere Casle in Berkshire, were only interested in “making money and taking artefacts”.

London residents have been reassured that asbestos found after a fire in a disused warehouse yesterday is unlikely to be dangerous. Thick smoke could be seen across the captial as the warehouse, near where the main Olympic stadium will be built, caught fire.

The Independent

China will agree to cut its carbon emissions, but only on the basis of a deal with the UK and the rest of the developed world. Professor C S Kiang of the University of Beijing said the Chinese leadership was aware of the threat of global warming but this was not felt by the man in the street.


People should stop having babies to combat global warming, a Liberal Democrat MEP has said. Chris Davies said in a white paper the best way to cut down on global warming was population control.

Financial Times

Business leaders will call for the Government to help reduce “Heathrow hassle” experienced by travellers when they meet Alistair Darling for their Autumn summit at Downing Street tomorrow. They will also put their concerns to chairman of BAA Sir Nigel Rudd.

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