Week in travel: Alligator on runway delays flight at Orlando

Americans search the location of Singapore, while a son greets his mom at the airport with an odd welcome home sign, and Macedonia agrees to rename itself

The recent historic meeting between the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Chairman of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, has sparked a spike in searches on the internet search engine on Google.  

Where is Singapore", "Singapore summit" and "time in Singapore" were three most searched phrases on Monday — Richie Chan / Shutterstock
“Where is Singapore”, “Singapore summit” and “Time in Singapore” were the three most searched phrases on Monday – Richie Chan / Shutterstock

Not being entirely sure where exactly the meeting was going to take place, American citizens started to google the location of Singapore. The three most googled phrases on Monday were “Where is Singapore”, “Singapore summit” and “Time in Singapore”.

Singapore, which allegedly spent almost $15 million on the summit, expects that the marketing potential of this event could be worth more than 10 times that.

“The Trump-Kim Summit has arguably been the single most important event that brought Singapore to the attention of the most people around the world,” said Jason Tan of media advertising agency Zenith Singapore.

“It places Singapore on the map for international audiences,” executive director, communications and marketing capability at Singapore Tourism Board, Oliver Chong, commented on the Google searches.

Alligator on runway causes delays of Spirit Airlines flight

Passengers flying from Orlando on a Spirit Airlines aircraft underwent a delay with a truly unusual cause.

Passenger Anthoni Velardi, who was present on board, said he noticed an alligator on the runway when the plane was just landing.

He told WESH that the pilot announced over the speaker: “Believe it or not there is a gator on the runway and we are waiting for it to cross.”

The animal walked to a pond near the runway and caused a delay of a few minutes.

Orlando Airport spokesman claimed that such incidents were rare despite that fact that 110 hectares of the airport’s land are covered in water.

Delta launches Seattle-Osaka nonstop service in partnership with Korean Air

The largest airline carrier operating in Seattle will now connect the city with Osaka. In a joint venture partnership with Korean Air, the carrier will now have connections with 12 Japanese cities.  

Delta will introduce a Seattle-Osaka nonstop service next year — Tupungato / Shutterstock.
Delta will introduce a Seattle-Osaka non-stop service next year – Tupungato / Shutterstock.

“As Seattle’s global airline, Delta offers service to the top destinations throughout Asia, and additional access to Japan is important for our Seattle customers as well as the business community throughout Washington state and beyond,” said Tony Gonchar, Delta’s vice president – Seattle.

“We’re pleased to offer another key business destination with our new nonstop Osaka service from Seattle.”

The new nonstop Seattle-Osaka service should be launched in 2019 and will be operated by one of the airline’s Boeing 767-300ER.

“Giving customers more choices between the US and Asia, the launch of Seattle-Osaka is another milestone in building the industry’s best trans-Pacific joint venture with Korean Air,” said Matteo Curcio, vice president – Asia Pacific.

Macedonia agrees to change its name to satisfy Greece

If you plan to visit the country of thousands of lakes, majestic mountains and colourful history, try not to get confused. It might soon have a different name on a map that it has now.

After 27 years of tough arguments and negotiations, Macedonia and Greece have finally reached a deal. Macedonia will be renamed to the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

The country of thousands of lakes, majestic mountains and colourful history will have a new name — Tupungato / Shutterstock.
The country of thousands of lakes, majestic mountains and colourful history will have a new name – Shutterstock.

So far, the United Nations have been acknowledging the country as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia because the similar names of the republic and a region in Greece have been a stumbling block for the nation to join the European Union and NATO because of Greece’s objections.

The surprising agreement has been announced by Greece’s prime minister and Zoran Zaev, the prime minister of Macedonia.

Tsipras tweeted: “It is finally ending a conflict that undermined stability in our region and opens a window in the future. A window of solidarity, friendship and cooperation, prosperity and co-development among our peoples.”

The agreement now has to be ratified by both Greek and Macedonian parliaments.

Son greets mother with a Welcome home from prison sign

A return from a business trip was a bit surprising for Barbara Nielsen from Oklahoma as she was welcomed back home by her son in a hilarious manner

When she got off the flight from Arkansas, she noticed him holding a sign saying: “Welcome home from prison, mum,” which was apparently made by her husband, Brandon.

Brandon gave the sign to their son, Damien, to spice up the greeting. Ms Nielsen took a picture of her son with the cheeky sign and posted it on Facebook.

“Brandon is a jerk, lol. This is the sign Daimen was holding when I got off the plane,” she wrote.

The post was shared by her friend, who noted: “So a friend was gone for a week on BUSINESS and her husband made this sign for their son to hold to welcome mom back! I died laughing.”

The image of little Daimen and his sign then went viral, with more than 143,000 shares at the time of publishing.