China Reopens Tibet Temple
BEIJING ~ The most famous temple in Tibet’s capital Lhasa has reopened to the public, two months after it was closed due to major protests against Beijing’s rule, Chinese state media said.
The seventh-century Jokhang Temple, a major hub of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, was closed after the violence in March.
The state-run Xinhua news agency said more than 400 Buddhist pilgrims and 40 tourists in three groups visited the temple in half a day, some taking photographs.
New ‘OpenSkies’ Carrier Cleared for Takeoff
WASHINGTON ~ OpenSkies, a new transatlantic airline created by British Airways, says it has won approval from US regulators to launch flights between New York and Paris starting in June.
The carrier, which calls itself a “premium” airline and offers codesharing with French-based L’Avion, said it received approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
It claims to be the first airline created on the basis of the US-European Union open-skies pact that allows carriers increased access to each other’s markets.
AirAsiaX to Start Second Australian Destination
KUALA LUMPUR ~ Malaysia’s long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X has announced an expansion of its Australian operations amid fears that a fare battle with the national carrier could lead to its demise.
The launch comes as national carrier Malaysian Airlines announced it would give-away airfares to 20 regional destinations a week after AirAsia airline similar offers for domestic flights.
AirAsia’s group chief executive Tony Fernandes criticised MAS for copying the budget carrier’s everyday low fares policy, saying it was unclear how badly Air Asia would be hit by it, the New Straits Times reported.