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New Hotel Indigo to Open in Downtown Los Angeles

New Hotel Indigo to Open in Downtown Los Angeles

InterContinental Hotels Group announced that it will open a new Hotel Indigo in downtown Los Angeles, California, in winter 2016.
The 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles will offer 350 rooms, and have artwork, food, and photographs inspired by the local community and history.
The property will be part of Metropolis, a $1 billion mixed-use development that will also include three residential towers and retail venues.
InterContinental Hotels Group plans to open new …

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Opens at LAX

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Opens at LAX

Virgin Atlantic announced the opening of a new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse sports a design inspired by West Coast landscapes, with accents of gold.  Artwork by California artist Diana Reichenbach, as well as various British artists, is displayed in the lounge.
Passengers can enjoy drinks from the lounge’s bar, which offers cocktails and juices infused with seeds and spices.
Additionally, a food and drink menu from Hinoki …

Norwegian to Launch New Flights to Croatia, Las Vegas, Caribbean

Norwegian to Launch New Flights to Croatia, Las Vegas, Caribbean

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that it plans to launch a new route to Croatia in May, as well as new service to Las Vegas and various destinations in the Caribbean beginning in November.  In addition, the carrier said that it will increase its service between London Gatwick and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport later this year.
Beginning May 24, Norwegian will offer once-weekly …

Volaris to Link Los Angeles with León, Mexico

Volaris to Link Los Angeles with León, Mexico

Low-cost Mexican carrier Volaris announced that it plans to launch new service between Los Angeles and León, Mexico on June 8.  The airline will operate the service four times a week.
Flights will depart Los Angeles International Airport at 11:20 a.m. and arrive at Del Bajío International Airport in León at 4:20 p.m.  From León, flights will depart at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:00 a.m.
León is a …

Alaska Airlines Plane Takes Off with Ramp Agent in Cargo Hold

Alaska Airlines Plane Takes Off with Ramp Agent in Cargo Hold

An Alaska Airlines flight departing Seattle took off while a ramp agent was still in the cargo hold on Monday.
Alaska Airlines Flight 448 pushed back from the gate at 2:24 p.m. local time, one minute early, and departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport bound for Los Angeles at 2:39 p.m.  The plane returned to the airport after the pilot heard banging coming from beneath the deck of the aircraft.
The captain immediately declared …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2015

A Boeing 737 in American Airlines old livery and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was ready to open, when on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be reconditioned before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist on a …

DOT: 2014 Was Record Year for Travel to and Within the United States

DOT: 2014 Was Record Year for Travel to and Within the United States

The number of passengers flown by U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the United States soared in 2014 to an all-time high according to Department of Transportation figures just released.
The agency’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said that the number of passengers rose by 2.5% to 848.1 million in 2014, eclipsing the previous record high of 838.4 million.  Domestic passenger traffic was up 2.6% and passengers on international flights climbed by …