Singapore Airlines Cuts Flights

SINGAPORE ~ Singapore Airlines is cutting 214 flights to Australia, China, Europe and India in response to falling passenger numbers.

Faced with the global economic slowdown, the carrier informed travel agents last week that 214 flights in all would be cut between now and March. It said December passenger numbers were down 7.5 percent year-on-year.

“We don’t want to be flying half-empty planes around the world any longer than we have to, because it increases our cost burden at a time when we can least afford that,” spokesman Stephen Forshaw said.

Google, NYC Launch Town-Touring

SAN FRANCISCO ~ Google has helped New York City build a service that lets visitors and locals virtually explore the Big Apple before taking to its busy streets.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched and a technology-packed information center on Seventh Avenue near 52nd Street in Manhattan last Wednesday. can be used to learn about attractions, promotions and events, then map itineraries using Google software and send the information to mobile telephones for reference while on the move.

Thailand Mulls Waiving Visa Fees

BANGKOK ~ Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said his government may waive visa fees for all tourists for three months in a bid to boost visitor numbers following last year’s siege of Bangkok’s airports.

Abhisit – who has come under fire for including in his government members of the protest group that seized the airports in November – said there could also be discounts on aircraft landing fees.

Nationals of 41 countries, including the United States, most European nations, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, do not require a visa to enter Thailand if their stay does not exceed 30 days.

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