Travel

Buttigieg Proposes Stronger Rules On Airline Refunds

The Hill reports: The Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a new rule on Wednesday that clarifies when airlines owe passengers refunds. The regulation is the department’s latest move to strengthen refund enforcement amid re-surging flight demand that has left the industry scrambling and sent passenger complaints soaring. “When Americans buy an airline ticket, they should get to their destination safely, …

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JetBlue To Buy Spirit Airlines In $3.8 Billion Deal

CNBC reports: JetBlue Airways reached a deal to buy Spirit Airlines, hours after the discount carrier scrapped plans to merge with Frontier Airlines. JetBlue said it will pay $33.50 a share in cash for Spirit in a $3.8 billion deal. A JetBlue acquisition of Spirit would create the country’s fifth-largest carrier, and if approved by regulators, would leave Frontier as …

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NYC To Add Cell Service Between Subway Stations

Gothamist reports: “Getting on the subway” may no longer be a valid excuse to stop responding to those work messages. The MTA announced on Tuesday a plan to provide cell service between stations and expand Wi-Fi to its above-ground stations and Staten Island Railway stations. To complete the decade-long project, the agency is again partnering with 5G wireless infrastructure company …

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CDC Ends COVID Mitigation Program For Cruise Lines

USA Today reports:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ended its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships on Monday. “CDC has worked closely with the cruise industry, state, territorial, and local health authorities, and federal and seaport partners to provide a safer and healthier environment for cruise passengers and crew,” the agency’s website reads. “Cruise ships have access to guidance …

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NY And NJ Sign Deal To Start New Hudson Tunnel

The New York Times reports: For the last 20 years, the plan to dig new train tunnels under the Hudson River — among the most ambitious and important transportation projects in the country — has been repeatedly tripped up by political wrangling. So when the governors of New York and New Jersey agreed on Tuesday to split evenly their share …

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Thousands Of Flights Delayed Or Cancelled [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: As of Saturday night, nearly 650 flights in the United States had been canceled and more than 5,200 flights within, into or out of the country had been delayed, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. FlightAware data showed that the three airports in the United States most affected by cancellations and delays on Saturday …

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Cruise Ship Damaged In Alaska Iceberg Collision

Cruise Hive reports: Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed to Cruise Hive that the Norwegian Sun cruise ship made contact with a small iceberg (growler) due to dense fog during its voyage in Alaska. As a result, the ship has been forced to skip a port of call and head to Juneau to assess the damage. The remainder of the Norwegian …

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Multiple Injuries In Missouri Amtrak Crash/Derailment

Kansas City’s ABC News affiliate reports: Missouri Highway Patrol has confirmed that an Amtrak passenger train has derailed in rural Missouri early Monday afternoon. Several train cars can be seen on their side in photos posted to social media shortly after the incident. The crash appears to have taken place near Mendon, Missouri. Amtrak has confirmed that several cars derailed …

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Airlines Blame FAA Staffing For Flight Disruptions

ABC News reports: Airlines under scrutiny for widespread flight disruptions are renewing their criticism of the government agency that manages the nation’s airspace, saying that understaffing at the Federal Aviation Administration is “crippling” traffic along the East Coast. Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. carriers, said Friday it wants to know FAA’s staffing plans for the July Fourth …

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US Air Travel Disruptions Continue For Fourth Day

NBC News reports: Thousands of flights wound up cancelled and delayed during the Juneteenth and Father’s Day holiday weekend, which included the busiest air travel day of the year on Friday, according to the TSA. More than 6,300 flights were delayed within, into or leaving the U.S. on Saturday, and 859 flights were cancelled, according to the flight tracking platform …

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US Air Travel Woes Continue For Third Day [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: For a third day in a row, travelers across the country are facing high numbers of flight delays and cancellations. As of noon ET on Saturday, more than 2,030 U.S. flights were delayed and almost 690 U.S. flights were cancelled, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time. Friday reported a whopping total of over 8,900 …

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Delays And Cancellations Again Snarl US Air Travel

USA Today reports: More than 1,000 U.S. flights are canceled as of noon on the East Coast Friday with over 2,000 more posting delays. New York area airports account for nearly a third of cancellations so far, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time. The headaches come on the heels of one of the worst days yet for …

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NY Gov Unveils Plan For $7B Penn Station Makeover

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: Governors Kathy Hochul and Phil Murphy joined Mayor Eric Adams and MTA officials Thursday to announce the latest plans to renovate Penn Station. They want to change it from a cramped two-story structure to a sweeping single-level train hall, and they said they’ll begin accepting proposals for the massive undertaking. Penn Station has …

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JetBlue Boosts Bid In Spirit Hostile Takeover Attempt

Bloomberg News reports: JetBlue Airways Corp. improved its offer for Spirit Airlines Inc., boosting a breakup provision to $350 million and adding an upfront cash payment days before shareholders will vote on a pending buyout agreement with Frontier Group Holdings Inc. The revised offer increases JetBlue’s reverse breakup fee by $150 million and provides for about $164 million payable as …

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NY Gov Cuts Ribbon On New $4B LaGuardia Terminal

AM New York reports: Governor Kathy Hochul and officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey along with Delta Air Lines cut the ribbon on LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal C Wednesday, June 1. The $4 billion project, which will open to the public Saturday, June 4, consolidated the former terminals C and D into one space, marking …

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US Lifts Trump-Era Restrictions On Flights To Cuba

Reuters reports: The administration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a series of restrictions on flights to Cuba imposed by his predecessor, including ending a prohibition on U.S. airline flights to Cuban airports other than Havana. The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) issued the order at the request of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said the action was “in …

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Flight Cancellations Continue To Thwart Holiday Travel

USA Today reports: Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. They’re also dealing with a pileup of flight cancellations. More than 1200 flights were canceled as of 3:00 PM EST on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than 1,500 cancellations Saturday and 2,300 Friday. …

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3500+ Holiday Weekend Flights Canceled So Far

CBS News reports: Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. They’re also dealing with a pileup of flight cancellations. More than 1,200 flights were canceled as of 2 p.m EST Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than 2,300 cancellations on Friday. Delta noted in …

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Man Jailed For Masturbating Four Times During Flight

From the Justice Department: Antonio Sherrodd McGarity, 34, of Arlington, Texas, pleaded guilty last week to Lewd, Indecent, or Obscene Acts While on an Aircraft and was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Fine to 48 days in prison, followed by one year of probation. McGarity is also prohibited from flying commercially in the United States while on probation. …

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Spirit Urges Shareholders To Reject JetBlue Takeover

CNBC reports: Spirit Airlines’ board on Thursday urged its shareholders to reject JetBlue Airways’ hostile takeover attempt, citing regulatory hurdles and accusing the airline of trying to derail its planned merger with fellow discount carrier Frontier Airlines. JetBlue launched its hostile takeover bid on Monday after Spirit earlier this month rebuffed its surprise $33-a-share, all-cash acquisition offer. The tender offer …

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