Hot in travel: airline news from around the globe

Current airline news curated by Lonely Planet from across the globe, that are funny, frightening, or plain old factual!

Domestic airlines in Nepal have hiked their prices by as much as 40% to cover the rising cost of aviation fuel due to India’s blockade of fuel shipments to Nepal. The cost of a ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara has increased from Rs 4590 to Rs 6490 as result of the fuel surcharge. Read the full story here. 

Yeti airlines, one of Nepal's domestic carriers.

Yeti airlines, one of Nepal's domestic carriers. Image by Steve Hicks / CC BY 2.0

The triumphant All Blacks team this week received a heroes welcome in Auckland where they were met by 400 fans and airport staff that did a haka on the tarmac. The team made history by winning the Rugby World Cup on foreign soil. View the video here.  Read the full story here.

Airport staff in Auckland perform a haka for the returning All Blacks rugby team.

Airport staff in Auckland perform a haka for the returning All Blacks rugby team. Image by RugbyHighlightsHD

After cancelling the travel plans of about 600 passengers who bought nearly-free tickets from the US to China due to a computer glitch, American Airlines will be required to honour the sale. American Airlines had tried to get out of honouring the purchases by arguing that customers were buying the tickets not in good faith, but because of social media posts that mentioned the potential error on the airline's part. Read the full story here.

An American Airlines  flight on approach in St Maarten appears to almost touch the beach

An American Airlines flight on approach in St Maarten appears to almost touch the beach Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

Lastly, the big news in air travel this week was Lufthansa's union workers' strike, which saw the cancellation of 929 flights affecting 113,000 passengers. The union has extending the strike after failed discussions today around retirement age. The union has called for the strikes to continue until Friday. Read the full story here.

Lufthansa airlines.

Lufthansa airlines. Image by Grzegorz Jereczek / CC BY-SA 2.0

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