Travel Briefs

Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, suspended all future flights on April 17 after being unable to secure funding to pay debts. Though not out of business as of press time, the airline had not said when it would begin offering flights again.

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Ramon International Airport (ETM) began operating in southern Israel, near the city of Eilat, on March 4. It is Israel’s second international airport, after Ben Gurion (TLV) in Tel Aviv. At press time, it was serviced internationally only by Ryanair flights from Europe.

Ramon is the first civilian airport built in Israel, as Ben Gurion was originally a British RAF base, though it has since been greatly expanded.

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A new airport terminal known as Jewel (Terminal 4) began operation at Changi Airport, Singapore, on April 17. The terminal provides service for 26 airlines, has more than 280 shops and restaurants and is anchored by a 131-foot-tall atrium featuring thousands of tropical plants in a 5-story garden plus the world’s largest indoor waterfall, cascading from the center of the roof.

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Designed to resemble a sprawling desert rose, the National Museum of Qatar (Museum Park Street; www.nmoq.org.qa) opened on March 28.

Along 1.5 kilometers of corridors, visitors explore the natural and anthropological history of the Qatar peninsula. Also on the grounds is the restored palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani, the son of the founder of modern Qatar.

Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Wed., 10-9 Thurs. and 1:30-7 Fri. QAR50 (near $14).

A fire caused the roof and central spire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, to collapse on April 15. It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault associated with ongoing restoration work. Many of the cathedral’s treasures, including a relic of the crown of thorns, were saved. Sixteen historic bronze statues had been removed from the spire four days before the fire and are intact.

The stone structure of the cathedral (including much of the interior ceiling...

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For complete guides about “nonmotorized travel” in Switzerland — hiking, biking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoe trekking and more — including maps plus info about sights to see and accommodations en route, visit www.schweizmobil.ch/en. A free app, SwitzerlandMobility, has the same info and can be downloaded on Android and Apple.

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In Barcelona, Spain, the “Barcelona Genuine Shops” walking tour visits stores selling handmade goods and restaurants serving traditional foods. The 3-hour guided tour includes food samples, behind-the-scenes access to some shops and a shopping card offering discounts at 80 stores.

Buy a tour ticket for €25 (near $28) at any Barcelona Tourism office or visit bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com and type “genuine shops” in the search bar.

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In Norway’s Nærøyfjord, two new, environmentally friendly vessels, the hybrid Vision and the all-electric Future, are ferrying passengers year-round between the cities of Flåm and Gudvangen. With a top speed of 10 knots, the ships travel the route in about two hours, one way. Departures from Flåm occur every two hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A round trip costs NOK698 (near $80).

Book at www.visitflam.com/activities/fjord-cruise-naeroyfjord.

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