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February 15, 2013 8:14 pm
Ecuador Quito’s Mariscal Sucre international airport, considered one of the world’s most dangerous, is due to close next week after 53 years. The relatively short runway, at an altitude of 2,800m, is surrounded by mountains and apartment blocks, making it challenging for pilots – the airport has been the site of nine fatal accidents and planes have struck nearby buildings on four occasions. A new airport, set amid agricultural land at Tababela, 18km east of Quito, is due to take over flights on Wednesday. As well as being 400m lower, the new runway is 1,000m longer, so will be able to take larger aircraft for intercontinental flights. The new airfield is more than 10 times the size of the old one. www.aeropuertoquito.aero
UK A converted hardware store in Lancashire has been named Britain’s best pub. The Baum, in Rochdale, won the annual award organised by the Campaign for Real Ale, the organisation that supports traditional beer and pubs in the UK. Judges praised its “old-world charm” and excellent food. www.camra.org.uk
Malaysia AirAsia X, the Kuala Lumpur-based low-cost long-haul carrier, has introduced “quiet zones” on its aircraft in which children and babies are banned. The first seven rows of economy class are now reserved for passengers aged 12 or over – they can pay the standard seat-reservation fee of £7 to choose them. Analysts suggest the idea is likely to spread. www.airasia.com
Vietnam Inside Japan Tours, the specialist tour operator known for offering unusual itineraries designed to “get under the skin” of the country, is to launch a Vietnamese offshoot. Experiences on offer will include homestays, tours of markets, and exploring waterways by kayak or converted rice barge. The first brochure is due to be launched next month. www.insidevietnamtours.com
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