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Air travel

Struggling to find a seat at the airport? It’s a feature, not a bug.

11 departure lounge secrets that will change your airport experience forever

From free facials to ‘revenue seating’ and ‘wayfinding’, there’s more to a departure lounge than meets the eye.

  • by Sophie Dickinson
Emirates premium economy is well worth the extra money, writes one Traveller reader this week.

Traveller Letters: This premium economy seat is well worth the extra cost

“The exorbitant cost of business class to Europe was out of the question. Here’s what I got in premium economy with Emirates.”

 Route 66 between Weatherford and Hydro

Travel quiz: What road was immortalised in song by The Rolling Stones?

Are you an expert traveller? Test your knowledge with the weekly travel quiz.

Jetstar 787 Dreamliner economy class.

Airline review: Faulty screen and suspect chicken, but could be worse

You expect a few discomforts on a budget airline, which are usually made up for by the price. However, some things are causing extra frustration today.

  • by Ben Groundwater
It won’t take many flights before you hear a pilot announce they are doing some “last-minute paperwork”.

‘Last-minute paperwork’: 10 common airline phrases explained

Aviation breeds a language all its own. “Arm doors and cross check”, “codeshare” and “flightmare” need little explanation, but there are plenty that are more opaque.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Travel generic.

Why do we board planes from the left? 30 great mysteries of travel, solved

Why do planes still have ashtrays? Why is hotel linen always white? Why are passports so expensive? The answers to these questions finally answered.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Whitehaven Beach is located on what Australian island?

Travel quiz: What Australian island is home to Whitehaven Beach?

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Qatar Airways has been denied its request to increase flights on its Australian routes.

Spineless government is preventing cheaper flights for Australians

With the Australian government, allowing airline lobbyists to dictate terms that override the interests of consumers shows a spineless dereliction of duty.

  • by Michael Gebicki
Changi’s rainforested Jewel terminal in Singapore.

Airport transits are the dullest of experiences. This is the key to surviving them

We don’t really take in airports, but if you get into sightseeing mode and pretend your holiday has already begun, time will pass more quickly.

  • by Brian Johnston
Economy cabin on China Airlines A350-900.
Airline reviews

Airline review: Competitive prices for a seat in this stylish, friendly economy cabin

There’s an impressive combination of services on board this international flight, including plenty of legroom.

  • by Lee Mylne