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Amtrak Mulls Shutting Down Some Tracks at Penn Station for Long-Term Repairs

Amtrak Mulls Shutting Down Some Tracks at Penn Station for Long-Term Repairs

Following multiple incidents in recent weeks involving its aging infrastructure, Amtrak said Tuesday it is considering closing some tracks at Penn Station for an extended period to make long-term repairs. The move would disrupt the commutes of tens of thousands of people who rely on regional railroads, two of the nation’s busiest, which use the station.
“We are putting together plans to renew the infrastructure at New York Penn Station that …

Alaska Airlines, Virgin America to Relocate to JFK’s Terminal 7

Alaska Airlines, Virgin America to Relocate to JFK’s Terminal 7

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced that the two carriers plan to move their operations at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Terminal 7. Alaska currently operates out of Terminal 8, while Virgin operates out of the airport’s Terminal 4.
Alaska, which acquired Virgin America last December, said that the relocation is expected to be complete by October of this year.
The two airlines will join British Airways, Qantas, and …

South African Airways, Hawaiian Airlines Announce Partnership

South African Airways, Hawaiian Airlines Announce Partnership

South African Airways announced a new interline partnership with Hawaiian Airlines.
Passengers will be able to purchase a single ticket for travel on Hawaiian’s flights from Honolulu to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and on South African Airways’ flights from JFK to Johannesburg, as well as provide interline baggage check-in with both carriers.
Hawaiian’s flights from Honolulu depart at 3:10 p.m. and arrive in New York at 6:55 a.m. the …

Delta to Offer Helicopter Transfers from Manhattan to JFK

Delta to Offer Helicopter Transfers from Manhattan to JFK

Delta Air Lines announced it will once again offer a helicopter transfer service between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Manhattan starting April 24.
The transfer service, which will take roughly five minutes, will be operated by Blade, an on-demand aviation company. Blade has three heliport lounges in Manhattan.
Delta will charge $250 on top of Blade’s standard fee, which is $195 from Manhattan to JFK on a scheduled flight.
The Atlanta-based airline …

Short Stay: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, N.Y. – Review

Pet-friendly hotels have become a thing, so we wanted to see if they live up to our expectations. Since I don’t own a dog, I borrowed one from FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who was happy to let Snickers get the pampered pooch treatment for a night.
After picking up Snickers the Wonderdog, I drove to downtown Flushing and pulled into the Sheraton’s private parking garage, where the garage attendant had a …

TSA to Open Pop-Up PreCheck Application Center in New York’s Penn Station

TSA to Open Pop-Up PreCheck Application Center in New York’s Penn Station

The Transportation Security Administration said it will operate one of its pop-up TSA application centers at Penn Station in New York City next month.
The temporary facility will operate from May 1 through May 19 on weekdays, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. It will be located at the United Airlines Ticket Office at the station.
Appointments may be made online and travelers can complete the application in advance of the appointment.
Passengers …

Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic to Expand Partnership

Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic to Expand Partnership

Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced that the two are expanding their existing codeshare agreement.
Beginning April 19, Jet Airways will place its code on Virgin Atlantic flights between London Heathrow and nine destinations in the United States, namely Atlanta, Boston, Newark, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington Dulles.
Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic first began their codeshare partnership on flights in 2009. Under the agreement, Virgin has …