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Great Moments in Travel History – August 2015

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The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany in support of its ally, France.  Hostilities had broken out on July 28 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.
Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the United States to be licensed as a qualified pilot on August 2, 1911.
The International Air …

$4 Billion Plan for LaGuardia Calls for New Single Terminal Building

$4 Billion Plan for LaGuardia Calls for New Single Terminal Building

New York’s LaGuardia Airport will get more than a makeover, based on a plan announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday.
The $4 billion plan calls for demolishing the existing terminals and building one massive new terminal the length of two football fields approximately 600 feet (183 meters) closer to the Grand Central Parkway.  The relocation will give the airport badly needed space for flight operations and taxiways.
“There is no way to …

LOT Polish Airlines to Increase U.S. Flights, Add New Destinations in Asia and Europe

LOT Polish Airlines to Increase U.S. Flights, Add New Destinations in Asia and Europe

LOT Polish Airlines announced plans to increase frequency on its routes between Poland and both New York and Chicago during the 2016-2017 winter season.  In addition, the carrier said that it will launch new flights to Tokyo, Bangkok, and Seoul next year, as well as three additional European routes.
For next year’s winter schedule, LOT will add two extra flights on both its Warsaw-New York and Warsaw-Chicago routes.
The Polish flag carrier …

DOT Investigating 5 Airlines for ‘Price Gouging’ After Deadly Amtrak Crash in May

DOT Investigating 5 Airlines for ‘Price Gouging’ After Deadly Amtrak Crash in May

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an investigation into possible price gouging by five airlines.  The agency is concerned that five American carriers may have raised airfares in the Northeast following a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May that disrupted rail service in the region.
In a letter sent to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines on Friday, the agency requested fare information to …

Delta and LaGuardia Slowly Recovering from Power Failure

Delta and LaGuardia Slowly Recovering from Power Failure

Workers at New York’s LaGuardia Airport accidentally cut an electrical cable, causing a power outage at the airport’s Terminal C early Friday morning.  The incident resulted in over a hundred flight cancellations and delays.
Delta Air Lines was most heavily impacted, as the airline was forced to cancel approximately 119 Delta mainline and Delta connection flights at the New York City airport as of 10:30 a.m. EDT.  The carrier said that …

American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport – Review

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Following changes in its relationship with both American Airlines and, to a lesser extent, Delta Air Lines, American Express began to build its own airport lounges with the goal of accommodating its best customers.
Now open at select locations, the Centurion Lounges, provide complimentary admission to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardmembers, and rival some of the best first-class lounges in existence. (American Express cardmembers with other American Express cards may …

Uber Avoids Cap on Number of Its Vehicles in New York City

Uber Avoids Cap on Number of Its Vehicles in New York City

The planned cap on new Uber car-service vehicles in New York City will not materialize, the e-hailing service announced Wednesday.
Uber Technologies said it had struck a deal with New York City to avoid the cap, which would limit the company’s growth it what is considered to be the nation’s largest taxi and car service market.  New York City agreed to drop its plans to limit the number of vehicles the …