Here is a round up of 6 travel related news stories that mattered in April 2018, including standing seats on planes, inter-city rocket travel within a decade and a poor gender gap record for the travel industry.
City to city rocket travel WILL be here within a decade
Last year, Space X CEO Elon Musk shared his vision to travel anywhere in the world within an hour using the same rockets that will be used for interplanetary flights. This week, president and COO Gwynne Shotwell reiterated this ambition and told us that it will be here within a decade.
What's up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race to put people into orbit and the organization's next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant…
Venice bans visitors from parts of the city
It’s no secret that Venice suffers from over tourism. This weekend (28th April – 1st May) the city has announced unprecedented measures to ban tourists from certain parts of the city as Italians celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year.
Over tourism is increasingly becoming a huge problem in many countries and cities, just last month Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island in Thailand announced that the beach would be closed to visitors for four months of the year due to over tourism. Expect to hear more measures being taken across the world to combat this.
Along Dusty Roads wins UK travel blog of the year
The UK blog awards took place this month, I was pleased to hear that Along Dusty Roads won travel blog of the year – I’m a huge fan, particularly of their fantastic photography and slow travel philosophy. Check out their blog or follow them on Instagram:
Airbus to convert cargo holds in to sleeping pods and lounges
Teaming up with supplier Zodiac Aerospace, this week Airbus announced that it will allow airlines to convert cargo holds in to sleeping pods, meeting rooms, lounges and childrens play areas by 2020.
The interesting concept will allow the modules to be inserted into the cargo hold or removed when the extra capacity is needed.
Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace are planning on installing sleeping pods, lounges, and meeting rooms in the cargo holds of planes as soon as 2020
Standing plane seats are back on the agenda
Designed by Aviointeriors Group, the ‘Skyrider 2’ standing seats are aimed at saving 20% of the space between seat rows on the plane. This should make seats even cheaper, but is it worth it?
The Skyrider 2.0 is an innovative seat, it allows an ultra-high density in the aircraft cabin. Skyrider 2.0 opens the travelling experience to a wider passenger market, creating also a useful space for the introduction mixed classes boarded on the same aircraft. Its main feature is the original bottom that ensures an increased upright passenger…
Gender pay gap reveals stark problems in the travel industry
In April, new UK legislation required all firms employing over 250 people to announce their gender pay gap by releasing mean and median average pay. Airlines in particular performed really poorly, the explanation given for this was due to the high proportion of pilots that were male – let’s hope they take some action to resolve this.
Ryanair pays women in its UK operation on average 72 percent less than men, putting the carrier at the bottom of Skift’s travel gender pay table.
Do you have any thoughts on these stories? Or perhaps there was another story that mattered to you this month? Please let me know in the comments!