Revealed: the safest airlines in the world for 2023, Thailand reintroduces entry rules for foreign travellers as China reopens borders, Chennai beaches rated ‘very clean’ and more in top stories of the day.
Revealed: the safest airlines in the world for 2023
This year’s ‘safest airlines’ study by AirlineRatings.com looked at nearly 400 different carriers and top of the pile was… Qantas! Recognised for having a new fleet and for its innovative, thorough safety measures, Qantas took the top spot from last year’s winner Air New Zealand, which came second. Third was Etihad Airways.
Here is the full list of the ten safest airlines in the world, according to AirlineRatings.com.
- Air New Zealand
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Alaska Airlines
- EVA Air
- Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic
You can find the longer list on AirlineRatings.com’s official site here.
Thailand reintroduces entry rules for foreign travellers as China reopens borders
As per the latest development, Thailand is all set to reintroduce new entry regulations for international travellers, as China reopens borders to tourists. As per the country’s aviation regulator, international travellers will now be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated for COVID before flying to Thailand.
Further, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued a statement on Saturday stating that starting early Monday, all foreign arrivals must prove they are vaccinated or provide a letter certifying that they have recovered from COVID within six months.
Those not vaccinated will be required to show a medical certificate that explains why they have not yet received the vaccine.
Chennai beaches rated ‘very clean’
As per the latest reports, researchers from National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), a national laboratory monitoring coastal pollution, conducted the study that rates city beaches as ‘very clean’ under the clean coast index measured by the number of litter items collected. Elliot’s, Thiruvanmiyur, and Kovalam beaches in Tamil Nadu are among the country’s cleanest beaches. If reports are to go by, the study was conducted across 33 beaches between 2019 and 2021, and 75 in 2022 across the country, including the said three beaches in the city.
As per the study, plastics, particularly single use plastics, continue to be the predominant litter found on beaches, although its cumulative quantity on beach sands has dropped from 60 per cent in 2019 and 2021 to 40 per cent in 2022. Further, fishing and tourism were the leading source of pollution on the beaches. NCCR researchers added that the city beaches are relatively cleaner because of regular clean-up drives and garbage collection.
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