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LaGuardia Airport Construction Causing Massive Gridlock and Delays

LaGuardia Airport Construction Causing Massive Gridlock and Delays

Travelers flying in and out of LaGuardia Airport in New York City are facing mounting delays as the construction project that is intended to replace the aged terminals, which Vice President Joe Biden once likened to a “third-world country,” gets underway.
The delays are unsurprising given that the city is building a new airport while tearing down the old one at the same time. Traffic has become so bad at times …

Southwest Airlines Pilots Picket for Contract

Southwest Airlines Pilots Picket for Contract

Pilots at Southwest Airlines, the nation’s number three carrier, picketed Wednesday at Dallas Love Field, the carrier’s home airport, to call attention to the lack of a new contract.
The pilots have been negotiating a new contract with the airline for four years. The move was intended to show their displeasure in not yet having a new contract after several years of negotiations with the company.
The line of pilots “stretched outside …

High-Speed Train Linking Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, and Jerusalem to Launch in 2018

High-Speed Train Linking Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, and Jerusalem to Launch in 2018

Service on a new railway line that will connect the cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well as Ben Gurion International Airport is set to commence in March 2018.
The line, which has been under construction in various stages since 2001, will carry passengers from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station in 20 minutes and to Tel Aviv HaHagana Railway Station in 28 minutes. The airport’s railway station is …

American Retires 20 MD-80 Aircraft in One Day

American Retires 20 MD-80 Aircraft in One Day

American Airlines, once the largest operator of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft, retired 20 of the venerable jets on Tuesday.
“We told ourselves we weren’t going to cry! It’s a bittersweet day as we retire 20 of our MD-80s to make room for our new aircraft,” the airline said on its Facebook page.
The planes are being flown to the Roswell Air Center in New Mexico where they will either be used …

Chase Debuts Sapphire Reserve Credit Card

Chase Debuts Sapphire Reserve Credit Card

JP Morgan Chase announced the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card on Tuesday.
The new credit card, launched on the Visa Infinite platform, offers a generous sign-on bonus and a variety of important travel benefits.
The initial sign-on bonus is 100,000 Ultimate Reward Points and is given after meeting an initial spend requirement of $4,000 in the first three months. Cardholders will receive three points for every dollar spent on travel and dining …

Dept. of Homeland Security to Investigate JFK False Alarm

Dept. of Homeland Security to Investigate JFK False Alarm

The Department of Homeland Security plans to investigate the response to last week’s evacuation of three terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport after false reports of shots fired.
The incident revealed a lack of coordination between federal and local agencies including the New York Police Department, Transportation Security Administration, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
Raucous noise from people watching the Olympics was …

Delta Moves All London Flights to Terminal 3

Delta Moves All London Flights to Terminal 3

Delta Air Lines announced it was moving those flights currently operating from Terminal 4 at London Heathrow to Terminal 3, the home of its joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic.
The move is effective September 14, 2016.
The Atlanta-based airline currently operates its flights from Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Philadelphia to London out of Terminal 4, where most SkyTeam-member airlines are located.
Flights to and from New York, Boston, and Seattle …