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With New DOT Rules, Some Dogs May No Longer Fly for Free

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday it is clamping down on travelers’ emotional-support pigs and turkeys with new regulations that clearly define a service animal.
The change may bring an end to a trend that started around five years ago where travelers feigned mental-health disorders in order to bring their pets into the cabin with them for free.
Some even obtained certificates designating their pets as emotional-support animals and purchased “support …

Airlines Cancel Flights to Tehran as Officials Implicate Iran in Ukraine Air Crash

Airlines Cancel Flights to Tehran as Officials Implicate Iran in Ukraine Air Crash

As officials from Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States began to piece together evidence that pointed to implicating Iran in a possibly unintended missile attack on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, airlines serving TehranImam Khomeini International Airport began to cancel flights and suspend service to the capital city.
Ukraine International Airlines suspended all flights to Tehran following the crash of Flight 752.
On Thursday, both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa …

American Airlines and British Airways Start Construction on Expanded Terminal at JFK

American Airlines and British Airways Start Construction on Expanded Terminal at JFK

Eleven months after American Airlines, British Airways, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced a $344 million plan to expand Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which is operated by American, and relocate BA to Terminal 8 from Terminal 7, its current home, the two airlines announced the start of construction on the project.
The airlines, which have a joint-venture agreement for transatlantic flights, offer …

7 People Missing After Tour Helicopter in Hawaii Vanishes

7 People Missing After Tour Helicopter in Hawaii Vanishes

A tour helicopter carrying six passengers and a pilot was reported missing late Thursday in Kauai, an island in Hawaii.
The helicopter had been conducting a tour of the island’s Napali Coast and was due back at 5:21 p.m. local time.
The Coast Guard said it began a search after the owner of the helicopter company reported the missing aircraft at 6:06 p.m., adding that weather may have been a factor.
“The weather …

American and Royal Air Maroc to Begin New Partnership in Late December

American and Royal Air Maroc to Begin New Partnership in Late December

American Airlines and Royal Air Maroc announced that the start date for their codeshare partnership will be December 26, 2019.
The codeshare agreement encompasses Royal Air Maroc flights between the United States and Casablanca, onward service to Marrakech, and select flights on American in the United States. The agreement will expand to include several additional routes next year, including Royal Air Maroc flights to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Lagos, Nigeria; and Luanda, …

Hyatt to Open First Hotel in Finland

Hyatt to Open First Hotel in Finland

Hyatt Hotels announced plans to enter the Finnish market with the debut of the Grand Hansa Hotel in Helsinki.
The 224-key Grand Hansa is part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection and will open in 2022.
Hyatt introduced the Unbound Collection in 2016. It is a group of higher-end properties with a “distinct character” and individual identity that are retained while participating in Hyatt’s guest loyalty program and reservations network.
The new hotel will be …

KLM Non-Schengen Crown Lounge Reopens Following Major Renovation

KLM Non-Schengen Crown Lounge Reopens Following Major Renovation

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced the reopening of its non-Schengen Crown Lounge at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam following a top-to-bottom renovation.
The non-Schengen Crown Lounge is located between the E and F piers and features an illuminated glass wall filled with five thousand Delft blue miniature houses.
The 73,195-square-foot (6,800-square-meter) lounge seats 1,000, twice the lounge’s original capacity. The Blue Bar and Restaurant seats an additional 200, and travelers can use their …