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Best Airports worldwide: ACI Airport Service Quality Awards 2009, Asia Pacific airports sweep top places in worldwide awards – 16/02/2010

Angela Gittens, Airport Council International

GENEVA, 16 February 2010 ? ACI World is pleased to announce the top performing airports in the annual ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger survey. As a leading industry benchmarking tool, ASQ is designed to help participating airports to measure their improvement year on year, as well as to benchmark against their peers worldwide, within their region and in the same size category. A reliable monitor of airport service, ASQ is used by many airports as one of the key performance indicators of the airport’s service.

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Toy Train – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

Darjeeling Himalayan Railwai, India

Darjeeling Himalayan Railwai, India

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the “Toy Train”, is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal, run by the Indian Railways.It was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86 km long. The elevation level is from about 100 m at Siliguri to about 2,200 m at Darjeeling. It is still powered by a steam engine. A modern diesel engine is used for Darjeeling’s mail.Since 1999 the train has been a World Heritage Site as listed by UNESCO. In 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the original inscription.

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