Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson started two years ago on a plan to take advantage of airlines' reduced schedules between small cities and rural areas, and the company has been hitting its goals. "As these urban corridors densify, and all the millennials move to cities and don't own cars, we gradually take over more and more of the market share from airlines, and 95 percent of our customers go about 250 miles," he says. Amtrak has an online resource center for travel advisors.
United Airlines is playing "a major role" in the Hurricane Dorian relief effort, carrying supplies and personnel "on an almost daily basis" to the Bahamas from its hubs at Houston and Newark, N.J. United is working through its partnership with Airlink, an organization that connects its aviation partners with NGOs responding to humanitarian crises.
UPS and Norton Healthcare have partnered to launch a career program that provides enrolled students who work at UPS Worldport with 100% paid in-state tuition, book reimbursement and career coaching, among other tools. "What this means for a student is they can concentrate on their education. They can pursue a career on a part-time or full-time basis in a post-secondary school, and they can graduate debt-free," UPS Airlines' Tracy Roberts said.
As a part of American Airlines partnership with Stand Up to Cancer, the carrier's Airbus A321 is wrapped with 22,627 names of people impacted by cancer. The design stems from a campaign in July that allowed anyone who donated $25 or more to include a name on the plane. The names were added to the plane in Tulsa, Okla., before heading to Los Angeles for a special ceremony. All of the funds will be donated to SU2C's cancer research programs.
People who say they hate cruises might change their tune on the Seabourn Odyssey. Reviewer Jennifer Kester hits on all the big complaints -- from food to crowds to excursions -- and tells how Seabourn does them differently and in a much more appealing way.
Last week's "Engage, Exchange, Excel" 2019 CoNexion conference included Royal Caribbean International's research point that two-thirds of a cruise line's return guests book with a different travel advisor, along with Travel Leader Group's Roger Block suggestions for instilling customer loyalty. Another tidbit was that Travel Leaders Group/American Express Apex training has been shortened from eight hours to four and a half.
About 7% more passengers overall boarded flights at Missouri's St. Louis Lambert International Airport in 2018 compared with 2017. Southwest Airlines, Air Canada and United Airlines were among the airlines who posted double-digit increases in passenger traffic.
Louisiana Regional Airport will receive $1.176 million in federal funding as announced by Rep. Garret Graves, R-La. The grant will be used for runway improvements. It comes in addition to $22 million for the Baton Rouge Regional Airport announced earlier in the year.
Maine's Brunswick Executive Airport and Presque Isle International Airport have been awarded $3.12 million in grants through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program. The funding will be used in part for apron improvements at Brunswick Executive Airport and the purchase of two snow sweepers at Presque Isle International Airport.
Texas' Laredo International Airport is receiving $8.25 million through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program to support the increase of cargo shipments through the airport. Funding will be used for apron rehabilitation. The airport handled over 600 million pounds of cargo shipments in 2018.
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