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Senate Commerce Committee Advances FAA Administrator Nominee

Senate Commerce Committee Advances FAA Administrator Nominee

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Steve Dickson for the position of administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday.
Dickson retired as an executive at Delta Air Lines last fall after 27 years with the company. He started his career there as a pilot and rose to senior vice president of flight operations.
His nomination was approved in a party-line vote of 14-12. His appointment requires full Senate approval.
Democrats …

‘Not the Usual Flooding’ Hits Washington, D.C., Delaying Flights and Trains

‘Not the Usual Flooding’ Hits Washington, D.C., Delaying Flights and Trains

An unusually heavy morning rain storm caused significant flooding in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia on Monday.
“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots,” the National Weather Service said.
“This is not the ‘usual’ flooding,” the agency added.
The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency …

EPA Inspector General Recommends Agency Recover $124,000 in Pruitt’s ‘Excessive’ Travel Expenses

EPA Inspector General Recommends Agency Recover $124,000 in Pruitt’s ‘Excessive’ Travel Expenses

Scott Pruitt, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with his staff, spent approximately $124,000 in excessive travel costs during a ten-month period, the agency said.
The report, from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General, found that Pruitt and his personal security detail flew in first or business class “without sufficient justification and, initially without appropriate approval authority.”
Pruitt resigned from the EPA almost a year ago amidst a …

Amtrak to Offer ‘Share Fares’ Discount Pricing for Group Travel

Amtrak to Offer ‘Share Fares’ Discount Pricing for Group Travel

Amtrak announced a new “Share Fares” group discount program on Wednesday.
The tiered offering will give travelers a discount of 35% when traveling in groups of four and somewhat less in smaller groups.
The first passenger would pay full price, the second gets a 15% discount, the third a 60% discount, and the fourth a 70% discount.
The Share Fares program is available on virtually all Amtrak trains with the exception of the …

United Adding Munich, Geneva, Naples, Prague, Stockholm, Tel Aviv to Summer Schedule

United Adding Munich, Geneva, Naples,  Prague, Stockholm, Tel Aviv to Summer Schedule

United Airlines announced its summer international schedule, which includes 31 new and returning international routes.
In total, United will offer customers service to 54 international destinations this year.
The Chicago-based airline will add service linking the New York area with Prague and with Naples, Italy.
In addition to the new Naples service, it is adding service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Munich, Geneva, and Stockholm, as well as service between Washington’s Dulles …

United Airlines Adds 18 New Routes from Denver, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines Adds 18 New Routes from Denver, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced the addition of 18 new routes from a list of cities that includes Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
The Chicago-based airline inaugurated service from Denver to Brownsville, Texas; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Pensacola; Santa Rosa, California; Sarasota; and West Palm Beach earlier in March. It also added service from Cleveland to Tampa, and from Los Angeles to Redding, California.
United said that it …

JetBlue to Offer Hourly Service to Compete with American and Delta Shuttles from Boston to N.Y. and D.C.

JetBlue to Offer Hourly Service to Compete with American and Delta Shuttles from Boston to N.Y. and D.C.

JetBlue Airways announced it would offer hourly flights to and from both New York City and Washington, D.C. to Boston. The airline also said it plans to increase the frequency of multiple flights out of Boston.
The New York-based airline will adjust its schedule to offer what it called “near-hourly” service linking Boston Logan International Airport with one of New York City’s three airports, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, or Newark …