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Starwood Acquires Skt. Petri Hotel in Copenhagen

Starwood Acquires Skt. Petri Hotel in Copenhagen

Starwood Capital Group announced the acquisition of the Skt. Petri Hotel in Copenhagen from Strawberry Forever.
The purchase price was not disclosed.  The property is Starwood’s first in Denmark.
The 288-key property is centrally located in the city. The structure that houses the hotel was home to the Daells Varehus department store, which opened in the 1930s, until its conversion to a hotel in the early 2000s.  As part of the transaction, Starwood …

Northeast U.S. Hit with Internet Outage

Northeast U.S. Hit with Internet Outage

If you are in the Northeast United States and failed to connect to Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, or Twitter Tuesday, you are not alone: There was a partial Internet outage that began shortly before 11:30 a.m. EST.
The problem is believed to have started with a Verizon cable outage, although at press time it was not clear if this was the cause of the entire incident.  Reports of issues with Verizon …

American Airlines to Return Airbus A321T Fleet to Premium Transcon Routes

American Airlines to Return Airbus A321T Fleet to Premium Transcon Routes

American Airlines said it would begin to return its Airbus A321T subfleet of aircraft to its premium transcon routes in March.
“The A321T will start to return in March, supplementing some of the wide-body flying that has been operating over the past few months,” the airline said in a statement.  “As customers safely return to the sky, we look forward to bringing back the product they know and love on an …

Southwest Airlines Latest to Ban Emotional Support Animals

Southwest Airlines Latest to Ban Emotional Support Animals

Southwest Airlinessaid Monday that it would no longer accept any emotional support animals on its flights.
The action follows new Department of Transportation rules that require the airline only to transport service animals.
The new policy will go into effect on March 1, 2021.
Service dogs are specially trained animals that perform specific tasks for a disabled individual.
In a statement, Southwest said that the change will “address numerous concerns raised by the public …

Former N.Y.C. Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg Named Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Former N.Y.C. Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg Named Deputy Secretary of Transportation

President Joseph Biden named former New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to be the next deputy secretary of transportation.
Ms. Trottenberg’s appointment requires approval by the Senate.
She most recently held the position of New York City’s transportation commissioner for seven years before resigning in November. During the Obama administration, she served as assistant secretary for transportation policy and under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The U.S. deputy …

KLM Cancels Long-Haul Flights As Netherlands Tightens Travel Restrictions

KLM Cancels Long-Haul Flights As Netherlands Tightens Travel Restrictions

Officials in the Netherlands announced new travel restrictions that are the strictest in the European Union.
The move prompted KLM to cancel all long-haul flights while the restrictions are in place.
The new regulations come one week after KLM, in conjunction with joint-venture partner Delta Air Lines, began to offer a testing program that would allow travelers to the Netherlands to bypass quarantine requirements entirely.
Among the new restrictions are a requirement to …

WestJet’s 737 Max Fleet Returns to the Skies

WestJet’s 737 Max Fleet Returns to the Skies

WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 737 Max jets began to return to the skies Thursday with the departure of Flight 115 from Calgary to Vancouver, followed by Flight 122, which operated from Vancouver to Calgary.
Passengers on the first flight included the airline’s CEO, Ed Sims, and Chris Rauenbusch, president of the flight attendants’ union.  The flight was helmed by Captains David Colquhoun and Scott Wilson.
“The return of WestJet’s Max aircraft to …