Weekly Travel Update – September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014 |

Airline News

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AeroMexico
Starting in September 2014, passengers can keep their electronic devices on during AeroMexico flights.

AirAsia
Daily flights from Bangalore to Jaipur and Chandigarh, India began September 5, 2014.

Alaska Airlines
Alaska is adding a daily nonstop flight from Seattle, WA to Detroit, MI.

Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air will now charge $5 for an agent to print a boarding pass at US airports.

Allegiant Air will be offering year round flights between Youngstown, OH and Orlando, FL.

Allegiant Air will be ending service between Honolulu, HI and Bellingham, WA.

American Airlines
Beginning mid-2015, American Airlines will transfer planes from Envoy Air to PSA Airlines.

Starting September 16, US Airways customers will be checking in at the American Airlines lobby in Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Beginning in December 2014, American Airlines will increase its flight frequency daily to Grenada.

British Airways
In the next year, British Airways will begin to refresh 18 of its Boeing 747s.

On selected flights, British Airways Club World passengers can upgrade to first class for free until December 31, 2014.

British Airways and airBaltic launch new codeshare agreement.

Beginning April 2015, British Airways will offer flights from San Francisco, CA to London Heathrow on the new Airbus A380.

Cathay Pacific
Beginning September 15, 2014, Cathay Pacific will extend the use of portable electronic devices onboard its flights.

China Airlines
Beginning October 2, 2014, China Airlines will re-launch nonstop flights to New York, NY.

Delta Airlines
Delta will add additional service between Sarasota, FL and New York JFK beginning in February.

Etihad Airways
Beginning November 18, 2014, Etihad Airways will add new daily flight between Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Karachi, Pakistan.

Ethiopian Airlines
Service from Paris, France to Seychelles will begin on September 27, 2014.

Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines will be ending service from Bakersfield, CA to Denver, CO at the end of November.

On September 9, 2014, Frontier unveiled a new paint scheme with the animals still on the tails of the aircraft.

Garuda Indonesia
New service has begun from Jakarta, Indonesia to London, England.

Hainan Airlines
A new route has been announced from Hangzhou, China to Paris, France.

Icelandair
Beginning May 20, 2015 through October 21, 2015 Icelandair will offer nonstop service to Portland, OR.

JetStar
In December, JetStar will be offering a new direct route from Wellington, New Zealand to Queenstown, New Zealand.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways will be expanding service to Phuket, Thailand starting October 26, 2014.

SeaPort Airlines
Service from Athens, GA to Nashville, TN will discontinue flights effective September 30, 2014.

Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines introduced a modern new look to its iconic brand at an event dedicated to its employees.

United Airlines
From December 19, 2014, to January 4, 2015, United Airlines will increase holiday flights from San Jose, Costa Rica.

United Airlines has taken delivery of the first 787-9 aircraft in North America.

Effective October 26, 2014, United will launch nonstop service between Los Angeles, CA and Melbourne, Australia.

US Airways
US Airways is now flying new nonstop flights from Grand Rapids, MI to Charlotte, NC Philadelphia, PA.

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Hotel News

Miscellaneous

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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.

Afghanistan – The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Afghanistan issued on February 20, 2014.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/afghanistan-travel-warning.html

Israel, The West Bank and Gaza – The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to the complex security environment there and the potential for violence and renewed hostilities. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning issued on July 21, 2014.

The U.S. Department of State continues its longstanding strong warning to U.S. citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip; the U.S. government does not permit employees to conduct official or personal travel there. Additionally, U.S government officials may only travel to designated parts of the West Bank for personal travel.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/israel-travel-warning.html