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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 …

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Launch Additional Flights this Summer

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Launch Additional Flights this Summer

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that the two airlines are expanding their transatlantic partnership this summer with new and additional flights.
Virgin Atlantic will launch a second daily flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow, as well as a second daily seasonal flight between Atlanta and London Heathrow this weekend.  The airline will also introduce a second service between San Francisco and London Heathrow that will operate five …

Sheraton New York Times Square Unveils Renovations to Meeting Space

Sheraton New York Times Square Unveils Renovations to Meeting Space

Starwood announced the completion of a $2.2 million renovation at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel in Manhattan. The hotel revamped some 11,000 square feet (1,021 square meters) of its lower level meeting space, including public spaces, the entry lounge, and 13 meeting rooms.
All areas received new carpet, lighting, and wall coverings. The meeting rooms now have high-tech boardroom tables that are pre-wired to meet computer and audio-visual requirements.
In …

New York City Fares and Tolls to Increase Sunday, Subway or Bus Ride to Cost $2.75

New York City Fares and Tolls to Increase Sunday, Subway or Bus Ride to Cost $2.75

Travelers as well as commuters who use buses, subways, tunnels, and commuter railroads in the New York metropolitan area will see the cost of a toll or fare increase on Sunday.
The base fare for a subway or bus ride will increase 25 cents, from $2.50 to $2.75.  An unlimited use monthly MetroCard will go up in price by 4% to $116.50.  The popular 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard will increase 3.3% …

Baccarat Hotel Opens in Midtown Manhattan

Baccarat Hotel Opens in Midtown Manhattan

Starwood Capital Group announced the opening of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York.  The new property is the Baccarat crystal brand’s first hotel and features a 125-foot (38.1-meter) corrugated crystal-like curtain that veils its lower levels.
The Baccarat Hotel has 114 guest rooms, designed by Gilles & Bossier.  All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a sitting area, and Mascioni jacquard linens.  The white marble bath areas have glass-enclosed showers with amenities …

Philippine Airlines Begins Flights from New York to Manila

Philippine Airlines Begins Flights from New York to Manila

Philippine Airlines announced the start of service linking New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Manila.
The move comes after a 17-year hiatus in operations since the airline ended flights from Newark Liberty Airport in 1997.
The Philippine flag carrier is operating the New York-Manila flights four times a week, with a two-hour stop in Vancouver, Canada, with a total time aloft of 16.5 hours, the airline’s longest flight.
It will use …

JetBlue Expands Mint to New York-Caribbean Routes

JetBlue Expands Mint to New York-Caribbean Routes

JetBlue Airways announced it will begin to offer its new Mint premium service on flights to Aruba and Barbados later this year.
Aircraft with Mint service offer passengers a premium cabin with 12 fully lie-flat seats that alternate between and 2-2 and 1-1 layout. The four seats in the 1-1 configuration are more private and have doors that can be closed. Those seats are 22” wide, while the other eight seats …