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Virgin America, China Airlines Begin New Codeshare Flights

Virgin America, China Airlines Begin New Codeshare Flights

Virgin America announced the launch of new codeshare flights in partnership with China Airlines.
Under the new agreement, China Airlines will now be able to place its code on Virgin America flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Seattle, and Washington Dulles, from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The new codeshare flights expand upon the airlines’ existing codeshare agreement, …

LaGuardia Airport Completes First Wave of Central Terminal Renovations

LaGuardia Airport Completes First Wave of Central Terminal Renovations

The first wave of renovations at LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal has been completed.
The Central Terminal, also known as Terminal B and slated for replacement by 2021, is getting upgraded air conditioning, escalators, restrooms, as well as new seating with charging stations in the food courts.
The airport’s developer, MarketPlace Development, announced Tuesday that multiple new shops and restaurants opened as part of the project.  The new stores include Eddie Bauer, Lacoste, …

New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

New York City and New York State officials announced a joint enforcement initiative to shut down what they called “illegal hotels” on Thursday.
The crackdown is aimed squarely at short-term Airbnb rentals.  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman simultaneously released a report that found that up to 72% of Airbnb listings violate state and city laws.  New York City prohibits people from renting homes and apartments for fewer than 30 …

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York City transit officials said Tuesday that they would be adding mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to additional locations in the coming months.
The city will add service to 40 underground subway stops, with 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens. There are already 36 stations in Manhattan that have service. The story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wi-Fi service will be free. Royal Caribbean Cruises would …

Hailo Pulls Out of U.S. Market

Hailo Pulls Out of U.S. Market

Hailo Network, a ridesharing services company that linked passengers with drivers for hire, said it would cease operations in the United States.
The London-based company, which competed with Uber and Lyft for a share of the app-driven car service market, will continue to operate in other markets including London, Manchester, Tokyo, Osaka, and Barcelona.  According to its website, it plans to begin operations in Singapore later this year.
Hailo, which calls itself …

First Ebola Screenings Start at New York’s JFK Airport

First Ebola Screenings Start at New York’s JFK Airport

Officials began screening select passengers for the Eula virus at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday.
Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the three African countries hardest hit by the epidemic, are being segregated and subject to the screening.  The procedure includes taking the passenger’s body temperature and asking him to complete a questionnaire
Four other airports in the United States – Hartsfield-Jackson International, Newark Liberty International, O’Hare …

Hotel 35 Herald Square to Open in Midtown Manhattan

Hotel 35 Herald Square to Open in Midtown Manhattan

Hotel 35 Herald Square, a new, independent boutique hotel, opened its doors in New York City today. Occupying the site of the former Comfort Inn in on West 35 Street, the hotel will undergo significant renovations starting in January 2015. Renovations are scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.
The hotel said that the guest room décor will be modern, but did not give specifics. Some of the …