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LaGuardia Airport Celebrates Completion of New Central Terminal Construction

LaGuardia Airport Celebrates Completion of New Central Terminal Construction

The massive rehabilitation of the Central Terminal at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is officially complete, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.
State and local officials in New York celebrated the completion of the new Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, the final milestone in the $4 billion project.
The completion comes three years and one month after the Eastern Concourse first opened to passengers in December 2018.
The old LaGuardia Airport was so inhospitable …

Concert Halls and Opera Houses Move to Require Patrons to Have Had Booster Shots

Concert Halls and Opera Houses Move to Require Patrons to Have Had Booster Shots

Going to the opera, a concert hall, or museum?  If you haven’t gotten a third dose of coronavirus vaccine, you won’t get in at some leading venues across the country.
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Opera made a third, or booster, shot mandatory for all adult employees and audience members.  Carnegie Hall followed suit with a booster requirement that goes into effect on February 14.
City Center, a 2,257-seat Moorish Revival theater …

InterContinental Unveils Changes to IHG Rewards, Will ‘Fully Relaunch’ Program Later This Year

InterContinental Unveils Changes to IHG Rewards, Will ‘Fully Relaunch’ Program Later This Year

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts announced multiple changes to its IHG Rewards guest loyalty program. The changes include a new elite tier and the company said it planned to completely relaunch the program later in 2022.
The hotelier is introducing a new Gold Elite tier that members would qualify for at the 20-night stay mark.
In addition, the Spire Elite tier was renamed Diamond Elite, apparently for consistency with other industry programs.
“Travel is …

AT&T, Verizon Wireless to Delay Rolling Out New 5G C-Band Service Near Airports

AT&T, Verizon Wireless to Delay Rolling Out New 5G C-Band Service Near Airports

Mobile operators AT&T and Verizon Wireless said they will turn on 5G C-Band service nationwide on Wednesday, except near airports and runways.
The move came on the heels of a letter signed by CEOs of major U.S. airlines that said that the start of the service could cause “catastrophic disruption” to U.S. air traffic.  The letter also expressed concern that the “nation’s commerce will grind to a halt.”
President Joseph Biden later …

Winter Storm Slams, South, Northeast, Leaving 220,000 Homes Without Power and Thousands of Flight Delays Behind

Winter Storm Slams, South, Northeast, Leaving 220,000 Homes Without Power and Thousands of Flight Delays Behind

A powerful winter storm passed through the South Sunday, dropping ice, snow, and sleet, and leaving over 220,000 homes and businesses without electrical power.
Many people trying to travel during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend were left stranded by road closures, highway accidents, and thousands of flight cancellations.
Drivers across the Southeast are being warned Monday to stay off the roads as temperatures at freezing or near freezing will …

Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge in New York to Offer Food and Drink

Amtrak’s Metropolitan Lounge in New York to Offer Food and Drink

Amtrak, the nation’s passenger rail carrier, announced the start of food and beverage service in the Metropolitan Lounge that opened last year at New York’s Moynihan Train Hall.
Moynihan Train Hall is an expansion of Pennsylvania Station, the main intercity and commuter rail station in the Big Apple.  It is located in the historic James A. Farley Building that was designed by McKim, Mead, and White, the same architects who designed …

American, Aer Lingus Announce Partnership

American, Aer Lingus Announce Partnership

American Airlines and Aer Lingus announced codeshare agreement for flights between the United States and Europe.
The move comes on the heels of an expansion of the codeshare agreement between American’s Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways, and Aer Lingus in December of last year.
The new codeshare agreement is part of the overarching Atlantic Joint Business agreement that also includes British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair.   All of the aforementioned carriers except JetBlue …