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London’s Heathrow Airport has extended the passenger cap until end October, Indian Railways to run special tourist trains to Vaishno Devi on Navratri from September 30 and more in top stories of the day.
Heathrow airport extends passenger cap until October
With thousands of visitors descending on London to pay respects to the Queen, in an effort to meet the increasing demand for air travel while facing a personnel deficit, London’s Heathrow Airport announced on August 15 that it will extend its daily passenger cap until the end of October. The airport, one of the busiest in Europe, stated that up to 100,000 passengers may depart each day until October 29. Initially, it was anticipated that the daily maximum would be raised on September 11.
After two years of COVID-19 travel limitations, the demand for travel has exploded, overwhelming European airlines and airports. Issues haven’t been limited to just London. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has also extended a cap on passengers into the fall, limiting departures to 67,500 in September and 69,500 in October. The chaos has also hit airlines in the U.S. with more than 100,000 flights canceled so far this year and nearly a million flights delayed. In an effort to keep up, several airlines proactively trimmed their summer schedules, while some have extended those cuts into the fall, including United Airlines and American Airlines.
Indian Railways to run special tourist trains to Vaishno Devi on Navratri from September 30
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has recently announced the launch of Navratri Special Tourist Train for Mata Vaishno Devi Katra with the newly-launched Bharat Gaurav Rake from September 30.
As per the reports, the special tourist train will start its maiden run for Katra on September 30, 2022, and the duration of this trip will be four nights and five days. Reports have it that the journey will start from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station, which will feature 11 dedicated 3 Tier AC Coaches that will be able to accommodate a total of 600 tourists in one fixed departure. There are arrangements for a two night stay for tourists in Katra too, whereas the price of this package has been fixed at INR 11990 per person.
Block the dates for the 7th edition of Ladakh Zanskar Festival at Padum
The 7th edition of the two-day Ladakh Zanskar Festival is scheduled to be held at Padum in Zanskar on September 29 and 30. The festival will take place under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The aim of this festival is to promote Ladakh’s colourful cultural heritage. The festival, in a way, will mirror Ladakhi culture, traditions, cuisines, local handicrafts and arts. So if you haven’t already, make plans for Ladakh at the end of this month. The authorities are yet to announce the festival details but looking at the past years’ celebrations, one can also expect to witness traditional sports like horse race, archery, and yak rides. It’s a festival you should not miss if you are a fan of culture and heritage.
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