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Get me out of here: Passengers flee Heathrow

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Heathrow Airport witnessed a substantial surge in passenger numbers, approaching pre-pandemic levels, as an additional 1.3 million travelers utilized the airport during July.

The damp weather experienced across the UK this summer played a pivotal role in propelling flight sales, with sun-soaked destinations garnering significant demand, according to a spokesperson.

More than 7.6 million passengers navigated through the London hub in the past month, marking a remarkable 20% increase from the 6.3 million recorded in July 2022.

Notably, the peak was exemplified by the bustling activity of 73,000 departures to Turkey, constituting the busiest month on record for this destination.

The figures for passengers jetting off to Gibraltar, Portugal, and Italy also neared record highs. While slightly below the 7.8 million flyers in July 2019, before global lockdowns ensued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current numbers are indicative of a progressive rebound.

Asia flights

A significant driver of this year-on-year growth emerged from flights to and from Asia, which surged by a staggering 129%. The uptick followed countries like China lifting their pandemic-induced travel restrictions.

Heathrow’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, commended the elevated passenger engagement, noting the array of popular destinations and the airport’s commitment to excellent service.

Security efficiency also featured as a highlight, with security queues consistently maintained under five minutes.

The data revealed a 77% surge in passenger numbers to North American destinations, with New York retaining its position as the most favored locale.

Airlines, too, have reported heightened ticket sales in the current year, signifying a gradual revival of the travel industry after the challenges posed by the pandemic.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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