Southwest Airlines plans to fly internationally from three main airports, including Baltimore-Washington International Airport. "With Southwest weighing as many as 50 new international markets in the coming years, the airline might prefer to route much of those additions through its stronghold in Baltimore," writes columnist Alex McIntyre.
Hurricane Joaquin is forcing changes to cruise itineraries, as providers rush to keep passengers safe. "Due to the impact this strong hurricane is expected to have on our chartered course, it is not possible for us to safely navigate to Bermuda," Carnival Cruise Line confirmed in a statement. Carnival and other major cruise lines have rerouted scheduled stops in Bermuda to stops in safer areas, including the Eastern Caribbean and Canada.
Travelers looking to experience sophisticated wines, fine cuisine and upscale spa treatments in a gorgeous rural setting should consider Carmel Valley, Calif. Weekend breaks are popular with visitors seeking peace and quiet, and there are many establishments capable of catering to their needs, writes Michele Bigley.
Travel agents shouldn't get too comfortable in the way they conduct business or they might miss obvious signals that something is holding them back, advises Richard Earls. A common trap is to settle in one way of doing things. It is a good idea for agents to improve their business by visiting other businesses and studying how they operate, spending an hour looking at some competitor's websites and taking a client to lunch to get feedback.
The Shepherd One team at American Airlines helped fly Pope Francis during his US tour last month. The team of 31 AA employees also flew Pope Francis back to Rome on Sept. 27. In an employee newsletter, flight attendant Jeff Gross said Pope Francis "took time to speak to us each individually. There are no words to describe that feeling."
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, which served as Houston Hobby's first terminal, celebrates its 75th anniversary this week. Architect Joseph Finger designed the art deco terminal, with funding in part from the Works Progress Administration.
JetBlue Airways' "Mint" premium service has proved successful for the carrier, which has helped lead to a 63% surge in stock price for the year. "Unit revenue has outperformed the industry," said Helane Becker, an analyst with Cowen & Co. "Their balance sheet has improved dramatically."
As US Airways prepares for its last flight on Oct. 17, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker recently reaffirmed the carrier's commitment to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. "I feel even better today than I did two years ago about the strength of our partnership," said Brent Cagle, interim aviation director of Charlotte Douglas airport.
Delta Air Lines plans to offer more flights to Europe from two US airports next year. The carrier will launch Detroit-Munich service, as well as Minneapolis-Rome service, on May 26.
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