Carnival Cruise Line's largest terminal in North America will be in Miami as of 2022, thanks to the approval for a renovation and expansion of PortMiami. The changes will allow for new Excel-class mega-ships.
British tour operator Thomas Cook, which started business in 1841, failed to get financial assistance to keep operating and ceased business Sunday night, stranding tens of thousands of passengers and triggering instant job loss for about 21,000 employees in 16 countries. The UK will work to find alternatives for stranded citizens, and travelers are encouraged to contact their travel insurance agencies for refunds of trips not yet taken.
Thanks to her partner winning a spot in a yearly lottery for a travel pass into Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, Carey Restino was able to see a part of the state she never had. "Even for someone who has traveled to the far reaches of Alaska by boat and plane, driving through Denali was jaw dropping. It was as if all the beautiful vistas of Alaska were condensed into one place," she says.
The Transportation Security Administration is considering expanding facial recognition technology from some international flights at a few airports to many domestic flights at airports around the country. US Customs and Border Protection says photos taken during the process may be shared with other US agencies, and people with privacy concerns worry that Congress hasn't debated or approved it.
Travel advisor Tammy Levent stresses the importance of having 24/7 availability for clients. At the very least, ensure that their tour operator is available to help in case of emergencies when you're not.
United Airlines will continue to add Polaris business class suites through 2020 at a rate of one every 20 days. Starting in December, aircraft rotation will move additional Polaris suites onto their routes between Newark and Sao Paulo and San Francisco to Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo Haneda, while dropping them from four other routes.
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes says the airline plans to launch service between New York and London in 2020. Hayes called London service an "incredible opportunity" and noted that JetBlue is still determining which London airport it will use and how the carrier will build on its premium Mint experience in the transatlantic market. The airline is already looking forward toward additional European routes.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, FedEx has featured several of its team members online and asked them to share the importance of their heritage. Ramon Lopez, senior aircraft engineer in the air operations division for FedEx Express says his heritage defines who he is, and he seeks opportunities to volunteer with Hispanic organization and help other immigrants realize their American dream. Lopez believes that "diverse team will always provide better solutions because we bring different experiences from our various cultures and different problem-solving methods."
Four Alabama airports will receive $2.63 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants, supporting apron rehabilitation at Mobile Downtown Airport and Weedon Field Airport in Eufaula, weather reporting equipment at Bay Minette Municipal Airport, and runway resurfacing at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The Alabama Department of Transportation also received $442,337 for a state system plan study.
Five Illinois airports will receive more than $38 million in federal funding, including $13.5 million to construct a taxiway at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Other grants will support projects such as runway reconstruction and terminal building renovations at Quincy Regional Airport, General Downing--Peoria International Airport, Scott AFB/MidAmerica Airport and University of Illinois--Willard Airport.
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