Hundreds of double-decker Airbus A380 superjumbos parked in forlorn zigzags at remote airfields across the world. From the moment it first took to the sky 15 years ago with Singapore Airlines, the world’s largest passenger aircraft became the people’s choice. The Airbus A380 is taller than a five-storey building STEVE STRIKE/GETTY IMAGESBut the A380’s days were numbered, even before Covid. New smaller, two-engine jets from Airbus itself (the A350) and Boeing (the 787 Dreamliner) offered better fuel consumption per seat and could fly further. Orders for A380s from all carriers, bar Emirates, dwindled so quickly that Airbus ended production of the jet last year.
Passport and visa problems, along with little-known entry requirements, can scupper trips even before you reach the departure gate. Post-Brexit passport validity requirements for travel to Europe continue to cause the most confusion. Entry requirements explained4. Travelling with Cuba passport stampsTravellers who have recently visited Cuba and now want to go to America are in a similar bind. Visa Genie provides comprehensive details of visa and entry requirements on dozens of destinations, including those, such as Australia and South America, which insist on proof of onward travel (visagenie.co.uk).2 months ago The Times
“Having got to know Seoul and the irrepressible spirit of its young people, the tragic news felt especially painful,” Armstrong says. In the 1950s South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world; now it’s the tenth-biggest economy and a leader in tech. It’s a success story to rival those of Dubai and Shenzhen, yet we still think of South Korea as just half a country — defined by what it is not as much as by what it is. ● 21 amazing things to do in Seoul● Best hotels in South Korea“The thing about Korean culture is that it’s basically scorched earth,” Armstrong says. Details Thirteen nights’ B&B from £3,690pp, including flights, transfers, activities, excursions and seven other meals (bambootravel.co.uk)Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone on Jeju Island, South Korea GETTY IMAGESJoin a bike tourVolcanoes, river valleys and flower-lined coastal stretches, not to mention a thousand miles of dedicated bike routes, render South Korea ideal for cyclists.2 months ago The Times
Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook have looked after these Pungsan dogs since he was given their mother as president in 2018Present and former presidents of South Korea are engaged in an extraordinary squabble over a pair of dogs presented as a gift by the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. Gomi and Songgang are both white Pungsan dogs, a hunting breed from the Kaema highlands of North Korea. In 2018 Kim gave them to MoonJae-in,an animal lover who retired in May at the end of his five-year term in office. Moon, who suggested last year that the country should ban the traditional but increasingly unpopular practice of eating dogs, has personally looked after the animals ever since, and Gomi has had seven puppies sired by Maru, another Pungsan owned by Moon. However, because he received them in his capacity as head of state they technically belong to the Presidential Archives, an institution better equipped to looking after works of art than living creatures.2 months ago The Times
The UK adventure travel sector — the largest in the world, incidentally — has cottoned on, which is why we have divided these trips into three categories. AdvertisementBecause that’s the thing about adventure travel. Details Six nights’ B&B, plus three dinners and three lunches, from £876pp (explore.co.uk). Fly to Amman● The best long-haul destinations to visit in 2023● Top adventure holidays for 20237. On this self-guided walking trip you’ll spend a couple of days there as a foil to the eight beforehand in the Madonie Natural Park.19 days ago The Times
This is the first time in two months since July that the economy has faced the triple declines. Experts also point out that the latest tragedy in Itaewon will pose a negative impact on the economy. Economists said the economy would remain stuck in the doldrums amid escalating recession fears ― triggered by additional key rate hikes. The economist also pointed out that the economy will face a growing risk of entering a period of stagflation, a combination of high inflation and slow economic growth. Other planned Halloween events have mostly been canceled after the incident, triggering concern that this would negatively impact consumption.3 months ago The Korea Times
Asia’s factories slumped in October as global demand for merchandise goods made in the region continues to weaken.Taiwan’s slump was a standout, with the S&P Global manufacturing purchasing managers’ index dropping to 41.5 in October from 42.2 in September to mark its weakest reading since January 2009.Falling customer orders and demand are accelerating the decline for Taiwan’s factories, which are trimming production in response. South Korea’s PMI rose to 48.2 from 47.3, still its fourth consecutive month of contraction. The nation also reported its first exports decline in two years on Tuesday, in yet another sign that the global economy is cooling.The picture was also soft across Southeast Asia. Thailand saw the region’s steepest drop even as its factory activity remained in expansion territory. Its PMI fell to 51.6 from 55.7 as selling prices rose at their fastest rate on record and global demand for goods deteriorated.3 months ago The Economic Times
SEOUL: South Korea's police chief said on Tuesday that officers had received multiple urgent reports of danger ahead of a deadly crowd crush at a Halloween event, but their handling of them was "insufficient." He promised to investigate what had caused the crowd crush and ensure that a disaster on this scale would never happen again. South Korea is typically strong on crowd control, with protest rallies often so heavily policed that officers can outnumber participants. Seoul's City Hall has a real-time monitoring system that uses mobile phone data to predict crowd size, but it was not employed on Saturday night, local media reported. "Good, safe crowd management is not about the ratio, but about the crowd strategy — for safe crowd capacity, flow, density," said G. Keith Still, a crowd science professor at the University of Suffolk.3 months ago The Manila Times