Extraordinary amounts of sargassum seaweed have put a whale-sized dent in travel to not just to Mexico but Florida and the Caribbean too, as the seaweed rots and reeks. Some destinations have installed barriers in the water to try to keep sargassum out, while others have resorted to spending millions of dollars to haul it away.
United Airlines on March 28 will launch new non-stop service to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C. "With service beginning next spring, we look forward to providing convenient service for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and beyond," said United vice president Patrick Quayle.
A series of upgrades planned for Boston's Logan International Airport will take five years and $2 billion to complete. Planned improvements include an expansion of Terminal E, a new canopy for Terminal C, more parking, bus service and a designated area for rideshare companies.
Travel advisors are divided on whether they have a responsibility to help ensure cultural tours aren't exploiting the communities being visited. G Adventures uses a tool that helps determine the amount of their travel dollars funneling into the community, while other agencies "don't get caught up in the politics" and focus more on connecting travelers with deeply informed historians and guides.
In this letter to the editor, Andre Cushing of Maine writes that airports don't need an increased passenger facility charge because they are already taking in huge sums of money -- airport revenue per passenger rose 47% between 2000 and 2018. "Airports have plenty of money for infrastructure spending right now," writes Cushing.
Southwest Airlines on Thursday announced plans to offer flights to Honolulu from Hilo on Hawaii island and Lihue on Kauai to Honolulu. "We believe that we've got a phenomenal offering for the people of Hilo, whether they're flying just to Honolulu or whether they want to connect on to the 90-plus destinations that we have on the mainland as well," said Steven Swan, Southwest strategic planning director.
The 200 passengers who embark on polar journeys on the new Scenic Eclipse -- including those who left on its maiden voyage Thursday from Reykjavik to Quebec -- will be treated to a new level of luxury for such expedition ships, including in-room bathtubs with ocean views, a full spa and gym, and six restaurants. Two on-board helicopters and a submarine aid in excursions and can make multiple trips per day from the sleek ship.
The US' 12,000-plus travel agencies sold 4% more airline tickets year over year in July in terms of consolidated dollar value, for a total of $8 billion for the month, Airlines Reporting Corp. says. Airplane passenger numbers aided by advisers jumped 3.5%.
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has recalled 8,000 residents' Real ID licenses because they don't meet strict Real ID requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security. In additional to those affected by the recall, another 780,000 drivers with Maryland-issued Real ID licenses don't have the required paperwork on file, according to the MVA.
Southwest Airlines has notified officials at Colorado's Denver International Airport that the airline is interested in obtaining 16 new gates as part of the facility's $1.5 billion expansion. The additional gates would allow Southwest to operate almost 300 flights per day at the airport -- an increase of 100 flights.
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