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New York Airports Crack Down on Overpriced Food and Drinks Including $28 Beers

New York Airports Crack Down on Overpriced Food and Drinks Including  $28 Beers

The $28 beer at LaGuardia Airport is about to become a thing of the past: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the airports, announced that it was tightening enforcement of its “street pricing” policy that keeps the prices travelers pay at restaurants and other concessions at its airports comparable to prices elsewhere in the city.
The revised policy caps any surcharges at 10% of the comparable …

Delta Reverses Course, Will Allow Arriving Passengers to use Sky Club Lounges

Delta Reverses Course, Will Allow Arriving Passengers to use Sky Club Lounges

Delta Air Lines, which in early May announced that it would no longer grant most arriving passengers access to its Sky Club lounges, walked back that decision.
In announcing this move, the Atlanta-based airline said that it had received substantial feedback about the changes.
“Last week we announced updates to our Delta Sky Club access policy with the intention of improving your experience during the busy summer months,” Delta said in an …

Trump Name Removed from Historic Old Post Office Hotel in D.C. Following Sale

Trump Name Removed from Historic Old Post Office Hotel in D.C. Following Sale

The Trump name was removed from Donald Trump’s former hotel in Washington, D.C., located in the historic Old Post Office Building, after it was sold to CGI Merchant Group, an investment firm.
Once considered the crown jewel of its hotel operation, the luxury property served as a magnet for Trump aides, supporters, and foreign businesses seeking to curry favor during the Trump administration.
The hotel, which sold for $375 million, lost more …

Death Toll in Havana Luxury Hotel Explosion Climbs to 43

Death Toll in Havana Luxury Hotel Explosion Climbs to 43

The death toll in the aftermath of the Hotel Saratoga explosion in Havana now stands at 43, five days after the elegant hotel, which had been slated to reopen this past Tuesday after being closed for two years due to the pandemic.
Initial reports of fatalities at the time of the explosion ranged from 26 to 32, depending on the source.
Emergency workers continue to comb through the ruins of the building …

At Least 30 Dead After Luxury Hotel Explosion in Havana

At Least 30 Dead After Luxury Hotel Explosion in Havana

An explosion at the Hotel Saratoga in Havana left at least 30 people dead.  On Sunday, an additional 24 remain hospitalized, according to a statement from the Cuban health ministry.
The hotel was being prepared to reopen after a renovation project, and no guests were staying there at the time of the incident.
Both the death toll and the number of individuals hospitalized varies based on where the report originates.  Cuban state …

United Celebrates 75 Years of Service to Hawaii

United Celebrates 75 Years of Service to Hawaii

United Airlines celebrated 75 years of non-stop service to Hawaii from the mainland.
The airline’s first such flight operated with a Douglas DC-6 Mainliner on May 1, 1947, and was the longest over-water commercial airline route at the time.  At the gate, the aircraft was greeted with a giant lei that was placed on it as a greeting.
The carrier inaugurated Stratocruiser service from Hawaii to the mainland in 1950 and United …

JetBlue Appoints New Vice President of JetBlue University

JetBlue Appoints New Vice President of JetBlue University

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Jeff Winter as the vice president of JetBlue University.
In his new position, Mr. Winter will be responsible for the airline’s training facilities and programs.
Mr. Winter joined the airline as a training curriculum manager in 2015.  He is currently director of flight operations planning and analytics.
“With Jeff’s experience in flight operations, aviation, and training, he brings an invaluable wealth of knowledge with him that will …