What we’re reading: German-style Christmas markets, new airline fees, Delta to retire last commercial DC-9

by Stephanus Surjaputra on December 25, 2013


9 sparkling North American Christmas markets

Items you see these days related to Christmas, such as the Christmas tree and the gingerbread house, were popularized in Germany. Many North American cities have decided to import the German market tradition.


Nestled in the snow-capped Rockies, Denver had a strong holiday atmosphere even before introducing its Christkindl Market 12 years ago. Now it channels the Old World at Skyline Park, where glowing stalls sell crafts, gifts and goodies like schnitzel and strudel; there’s also plenty of music (much of it German) and an on-site skating rink to add to the flavor. Open November 22-December 21: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission free.

Note: Picture above is from a market in Stuttgart, Germany.

Airlines say ‘Happy New Year’ with new fees

Airlines around the world will ring in the new year with new fees.

Virgin Atlantic will assess a £25 ($41) fee each way on long-haul flights for coach-class passengers who wish to select a seat more than 24 hours before departure. The dun begins on April 1 on flights from London to Las Vegas before expanding to the rest of the airline’s longer flights over the next 60 days.

Delta to retire last commercial service Douglas DC-9 aircraft

Delta will retire its last DC-9 following flight 2014 on January 6.

Since 2008, Delta has removed or retired more than 350 aircraft from its fleet including 50-seat CRJ-200s; Saab 340s and DC-9s; while adding economically efficient, proven-technology aircraft such as the Boeing 777-200LR; two-class, 65 and 76-seat regional jets and variants of the 737 and 717, largely on a capacity-neutral basis.

(Photo: BuzzWoof/Wikimedia Commons)

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