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Finland is the World’s Happiest Country (Again), U.S. is No. 19

If you think you could be happier living somewhere else, consider a colder climate. That’s the message from the results of the 2019 World Happiness Report, which was released Wednesday in observance of World Happiness Day.
Finland took the number one spot for the second year running.  Three Nordic cousins – Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, followed. Others in the top ten include the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, and Austria. The United …

Historic Winter Storm Strands Over 1,000 on Highways, Cancels Thousands of Flights in Plains, Midwest

Historic Winter Storm Strands Over 1,000 on Highways, Cancels Thousands of Flights in Plains, Midwest

A late winter storm slammed the Rockies and Plains on Wednesday.  The winter storm – known as a bomb cyclone – brought damaging winds, violent thunderstorms, severe blizzard conditions, and flooding to the region.
The storm transformed itself into a historic cyclone in under 24 hours, with its central pressure dropping 33 millibars in that time period.
“A Great Plains cyclone of historic proportions is now underway across the central U.S.,” the …

Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service from Paine Field

Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service from Paine Field

After a delay of several weeks, Alaska Airlines operated its first flights to and from Paine Field in Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington, on Monday.  Flights were originally to start on February 11, 2019.
Paine Field is the site of Boeing’s Everett assembly plant that was part of the 747 program. United Airlines also plans to offer scheduled service from the historic airport, which began commercial service in 1939.
The airline …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2019

March, the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, takes its name from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was one of the original 31-day months of the first 10-month Roman calendar, along with May, Quintilis (July), and October.
Today, many cultures continue to celebrate the new year in March.
March is the first month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the …

New Hilton Opens in Chengdu, China

New Hilton Opens in Chengdu, China

Hilton announced the opening of the Hilton Chengdu Chenghua in Chengdu, China. The property is the company’s eighth hotel located in the city.
The hotel offers 298 guestrooms, each with a 49” HD TV. Guests may access the property’s 24-hour fitness center, as well as its heated indoor pool and whirlpool.
Dining options include Kitchencraft, an all-day restaurant offering both local and international cuisine; Qing Ya, a Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichaun …

Aeromexico Sees Decline in Traffic, Capacity

Aeromexico Sees Decline in Traffic, Capacity

Aeromexico announced operational results for January 2019. The Mexico City-based carrier saw a decrease in traffic and capacity, while its load factor increased.
The airline’s total passenger traffic for the month was 3.60 billion revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs, a decline of 1.5% from 3.66 RPKs in the same month last year. On the domestic side of operations, the carrier reported a 5% decrease while the international side reported a 0.2% …

Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport Renamed

Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport Renamed

Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has been renamed to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, dropping the “General” from its moniker, and adding the name of the city.
Speaking to reporters, airport spokesperson Harold Mester called the move a “rebranding,” stating that most airports in major cities in the country have the name of the city in their title.
The lack of the word “Milwaukee” in the airport’s name has been reportedly …