Weigh and pay
A small Pacific island-hopping airline has begun charging passengers by weight, according to media reports. The carrier is tiny Samoa Air, which flies turboprop flights within the Samoan islands.
Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported that Samoa Air’s “rates vary depending on the distance flown: from $1 per kilogram on the airline’s shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel between Samoa and American Samoa. Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to check that they weren’t fibbing online.”
One kilogram equals about 2.2 pounds.
New routes for Star Clippers
Tall ship cruise line Star Clippers plans its first sailings to Grand Cayman and Jamaica.
The line says the 170-passenger Star Flyer will operate a 21-night voyage from Costa Rica to Barbados in November that includes a visit to Grand Cayman as well as Venezuela, Colombia and Panama. The trip includes a transit of the Panama Canal. A second, shorter Star Flyer sailing through the Panama Canal also will include a stop in Grand Cayman.
As for Jamaica, Star Clippers says the Star Flyer will operate a nine-night cruise from Montego Bay next year that includes a stop in Port Antonio. The trip also includes calls in the Dominican Republic and British Virgin Islands and ends in St. Maarten.
The Star Flyer will spend most of the winter of 2013-2014 sailing seven-night round-trip sailings from St. Maarten with calls at Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, Tortola, Jost van Dyke, St. Kitts and St. Barts. A second seven-night Leeward Islands itinerary includes visits to Nevis, Dominica, Iles de Saintes, Guadeloupe, Antigua and St. Barts.
A second Star Clippers ship, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper, also will be in the Caribbean for the winter of 2013-2014 sailing round-trip itineraries out of Barbados. The ship’s seven-night Windward Islands itinerary features calls at St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts, Iles des Saintes and Martinique. A Grenadine Islands itinerary includes calls at the Grenadines, Grenada, Tobago Cays, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique and St. Lucia.
Busy in Dubai
Dubai International Airport has been confirmed as the world’s second busiest airport for international passenger traffic, moving ahead of Paris Charles de Gaulle for the first time. Since the start of the year Dubai International has moved up two positions in the global rankings and now has London Heathrow’s title as the world’s busiest international airport within its sights. The move up the rankings was confirmed by the latest figures published by Airports Council International.