Weekly Travel Update – August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 |

Airline News

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Effective October 26, 2014 Aeroflot will resume Georgian flights to Tbilisi. http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/30642-russias-aeroflot-to-resume-georgian-flights-in-october

Air France
Air France pilots threaten to strike during month of September. http://www.thelocal.fr/20140826/air-france-pilots-threaten-september-strike

Alitalia announced it will resume twice weekly flights from Rome to Caracas beginning in September. http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/30498-alitalia-to-resume-venezuelan-flights-from-september

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines resumed its service on Friday to the cities of Kharkov and Dnipropetrovsk. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/22/us-ukraine-crisis-lufthansa-idUSKBN0GM1GB20140822

Beginning August 26, 2014 airline passengers in Australia will not be required to turn off their phones and tablets. http://www.techly.com.au/2014/08/25/virgin-australia-first-australian-airline-allow-gadgets-time-will-rest-follow/

Delta Air Lines
Starting September 2, Delta is upgrading one of the three regional jets to a 76 seat from Charleston, WV to Atlanta, GA. http://wvmetronews.com/2014/08/22/delta-announces-upgrade-for-yeager-airport-flights/

Delta will begin new daily service between Salt Lake City, UT and Mexico City, Mexico beginning December 20, 2014. http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=124577

Boeing 717’s will now be servicing direct flights between Madison and Detroit. http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/delta-adds-boeing-airliners-for-detroit-flights/article_4a655008-f38a-537e-a148-4d44db72d961.html

Delta has installed ten passport kiosks in LAX terminal 5. http://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2014/08/24/at-lax-delta-has-10-passport-kiosks-american-and-united-have-none/

Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific announced on Friday it is planning to fly Hong Kong-Boston flights. http://online.wsj.com/articles/cathay-pacific-to-launch-hong-kong-boston-flights-1408703201

Later this year Emirates may be launching a new flight from Indore, India to Dubai, India. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/emirates-keen-to-launch-indore-dubai-flight-from-december-kailash-vijaywargiya-m-p-minister/articleshow/40707748.cms

Ethiopian Airlines
Despite the Ebola outbreak Ethiopian Airlines will continue flights to Nigeria. http://english.cntv.cn/2014/08/23/VIDE1408779481803853.shtml

Frontier Airlines
Service to Sioux City from Denver will end service on October 24, 2014. http://www.ktiv.com/story/26348844/2014/08/22/frontier-airlines-will-suspend-service-to-sioux-city-on-october-24

Frontier has announced six new weekly routes from Memphis. http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/08/26/frontier-will-launch-six-new-weekly-flights-from.html

Beginning October 26, 2014 Frontier will offer non-stop service from Phoenix to Chicago and double weekly flights to Cleveland. http://www.azcentral.com/story/nowdeparting/2014/08/26/frontier-adding-phoenix-chicago-flights/14614975/

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines is testing print-at-home baggage tags for passengers flying from Oakland or Seattle. http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/2014/08/hawaiian-airlines-testing-print-at-home-baggage.html

Due to landing fee increases, Jetstar has planned to cut flights between Newcastle and Brisbane, Australia. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2507776/jetstar-plans-to-cut-newcastle-brisbane-flights/?cs=12

Pilots union could launch industrial strike. http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?c=setreg&region=3&m_id=_rY!T_dm~A&w_id=10228&news_id=2012916

Oman Air
Two new flights from Muscat to Manila and Jakarta will be starting in December 2014. http://www.zawya.com/story/Oman_Air_Launches_Flights_To_Manila_And_Jakarta-ZAWYA20140823091004/

Porter Airlines
Porter Airlinesis adding weekend flights to seven routes starting September 20, 2014. http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1400960/porter-airlines-enhances-weekend-service-on-7-routes

Domestic routes with economy class meals will soon be served in a box rather than on a tray. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/qantas-gives-its-domestic-flight-meals-a-fast-food-style-makeover/story-e6frfq80-1227032341583

Qantas to increase flights on U.S. and South American routes early next year. http://www.news.com.au/travel/qantas-to-boost-flights-on-us-and-south-american-routes/story-e6frfq7r-1227033501068

Qatar Airways
Beginning October 1, 2014, Qatar will introduce two new Doha-Bucharest flights. http://www.romania-insider.com/qatar-airways-introduces-two-new-doha-bucharest-flights-this-fall/129904/

Scandinavian Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines announced new service between Stavanger, Norway and Houston, TX. http://www.click2houston.com/news/scandinavian-airlines-now-connecting-houston-to-norway/27643438

South African Airways
Effective September 2, 2014, SAA will increase flights between Lagos and Johannesburg. http://allafrica.com/stories/201408220966.html

Swiss Airlines
Swiss Airlines will discontinue direct flights between Kyiv and Zurich on October 1, 2014. http://www.kyivpost.com/content/business/swiss-airlines-to-cancel-direct-kyiv-zurich-flights-from-oct-1-361513.html

United Airlines
On Friday, August 22, 2014, United rolled out self-service bag tagging at Chicago O’Hare airport. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-united-airlines-diy-bag-tag-ohare-20140822-story.html

Uber servicesare now available at Raleigh Durham International Airport with United Airlines. http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2014/08/united-airlines-uber-partnership-opens-up-for-rdu.html

United announces inflight menu updates. https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/products-services/pages/new-fresh-offerings-in-premium-cabin.aspx

United will be ending its direct flight between Edmonton and New York City as of October 25, 2014. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/united-airlines-ending-direct-flight-to-new-york-city-1.2744641

Beginning February 12, 2015, United will offer new non-stop daily service from Newark to Sarasota. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140825/ARTICLE/140829804/2055/NEWS?Title=United-to-add-non-stop-New-Jersey-Sarasota-flight

Effective in October, United will be discontinuing direct flights between Chicago Saskatoon and Regina. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/united-airlines-ending-direct-flights-between-chicago-and-saskatchewan-1.2747789

US Airways
US Airways retired its last Boeing 737 from its fleet on Tuesday. http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/08/21/us-airways-retires-its-last-boeing-737-400/14380103/

Vietnam Airlines
More direct flights will be offered to Cambodia and Singapore starting in November. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140822/vietnam-open-more-direct-flights-cambodia-singapore

Airport/Destination News

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Denver International Airport
A new digital claim system at DIA to reunite fliers with lost items. http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/08/26/denver-airport-lost-and-found/14621043/

Hotel News

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Hyatt Hotels
Hyatt Hotels announces the opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou. http://www.eturbonews.com/49486/hyatt-regency-suzhou-opens-eastern-china

Hyatt announces the opening of the new Park Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan. http://www.eturbonews.com/49466/park-hyatt-new-york-opens

Rail News

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Amtrak has announced it will modify departure times from Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and BWI due to tracking construction. http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Alert_C&pagename=am%2FAM_Alert_C%2FAlerts_Popup&cid=1251626612232

Rental Car News

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Budget Car Rental
By the end of 2014 Budget will have opened more than 175 locations across Europe. http://buyingbusinesstravel.com/news/2623003-budget-car-rental-plans-european-expansion


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State Department Travel Warnings and public announcements – for full announcements or further details on travel warnings and public announcements, please see http://travel.state.gov.

Côte d’Ivoire – Cote d’Ivoire has closed its borders with Liberia and Guineafromconcerns over the Ebola outbreak. The government had previously imposed a ban on flights to and from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The virus has killed at least 1,400 people across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since February. Travelers should continue to practice good preventative measures in the region, seeking medical attention if falling ill. http://travelriskintelligence.anvilgroup.com/Country-profile.asp?c=iv&id=296550

Ghana – On August 25, the U.S. Embassy in Accra issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Accra is issuing this message to inform U.S. citizens about a recent cholera outbreak in Ghana. Since June 2014, more than 6,500 confirmed cases of cholera have been recorded, of which over 50 have resulted in deaths. The vast majority of these reported cases have occurred in the Greater Accra region. The Government of Ghana is implementing public health preparedness measures, and the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take appropriate precautions. The cholera bacterium is usually found in water or food sources that have been contaminated by feces from a person infected with cholera. Cholera is most likely to be found and spread in places with inadequate water treatment, poor sanitation, and inadequate hygiene. Infection is characterized by acute, watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps, and carries a risk of severe dehydration. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, they should seek medical care immediately. The risk for contracting cholera is very low and casual contact with an infected person is not a risk for becoming ill. When simple precautions are observed, contracting the disease is unlikely. Frequent hand washing, using only bottled waterfor hygiene, using boiled or chemically treated water for drinking and food preparation, and avoiding raw and uncooked foods decreases the chance of infection.”

Kenya OnAugust 25, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi would like to inform U.S. citizens that, due to continued security concerns, the Inspector General of Police for Kenya has extended the curfew for Lamu County. Under the curfew order that was initially in effect from July 20, 2014, to August 20, 2104, every person within Lamu County is directed to remain indoors from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., unless they have a written permit from the police. The curfew order will now be in effect until September 21, 2014.”

South Sudan – On August 26, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Juba issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Juba reminds U.S. citizens to be vigilant in protecting themselves from violent crime(s) in South Sudan. The number of reported car -jackings in Juba Central has increased in frequency over the past month and the overall risk of violent crime remains high. These incidents have targeted foreigners as well as members of the diplomatic and international non-governmental organization community. Due to these events, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take the following precautionary steps:

  • Be cautious when traveling alone, after dark and early morning.
  • Stay on main routes with more vehicle and pedestrian traffic; do not take short cuts through deserted areas.
  • Be vigilant at all times and maintain your situational awareness.
  • Park in your garage if possible or directly in front of your building.
  • Avoid isolated areas of parking lots.
  • Change your daily routine to include routes, departure and arrival times.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked while you are driving and do not leave your car keys unattended.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to a safe location.
  • If you find yourself the victim of a carjacking – do not resist or argue. Whatever the value of the vehicle, it is not worth placing your safety at additional risk.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, and maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

Liberia – On August 22, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows:On August 19, the Government of Liberia established quarantine for the West Point community in Monrovia, and for Dolo Town in Margibi County due to confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease. The quarantine restricts movement in or out of these areas. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the quarantined areas. The Government of Liberia has also implemented a 9pm-6am curfew for all areas. U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and adhere to the curfew.”