Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

American Airlines

Irma effect on tourism mixed

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Florida could recover from Hurricane Irma’s wrath in time for its busy tourism season this winter, but that’s likely not the case for harder-hit Caribbean islands including St. Martin/St. Maarten, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Barbuda, according to travel experts’ early reads.

Keep Reading

Airports open but cancellations linger

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Most commercial airports in Florida reopened Tuesday, but activity was limited and hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed as the state recovered from Hurricane Irma. American Airlines said the storm forced it to cancel more than 5,000 flights over several days, cutting into revenue and profit.

Keep Reading

Is demand for travel to Cuba flattening?

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and uncertainty over whether new travel restrictions could be imposed when Donald Trump takes office. Gregory Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a tour company that’s taken 3,000 Americans to Cuba, confirms there has been a softening in demand. In part, he blamed hotel prices on the island, which have nearly doubled since 2015 and which are set by the government. “There’s…

Keep Reading

Easter & Passover, as brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Easter – like the 2016 Legislative Session – came early this year. Feels weird to have it be all over in March, right? The moveable feast dates back to the mid-2nd century A.D. on the Christian calendar and celebrates a redemption and rebirth that Capitol-going advocates of some issues – say, Transportation Network Companies legislation or campus carry – will also hope for in 2017. The Jewish holiday Passover – of which Easter is generally considered the Gentile equivalent –  memorializes the emancipation of Israelites held…

Keep Reading

Jet fuel tax changes set to become law July 1, barring unlikely veto

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

The future of Florida’s aviation fuel taxation regime is set for a major overhaul on July 1, if Gov. Rick Scott signs an omnibus tax bill into law as expected. For the state’s largest air carriers, that’s a good thing indeed. The bill removes exemptions to the state’s jet fuel tax, which currently apply to once-upstart carriers like Southwest Airlines and JetBlue beginning in 2018. It would also lower the overall rate for all carriers from 6.9 percent to 4.23 percent, in order to keep the change “revenue neutral,”…

Keep Reading

Airlines prep for holiday crush: More flights, bigger planes

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend. Success or failure could all depend on the weather and Mother Nature isn’t making it easy on airlines. Rain and fog in the Northeast caused delays Wednesday morning in Boston, New York and Washington — the busiest part of the country’s airspace. Rain in Chicago and Atlanta caused some…

Keep Reading

Stuck waiting: Ground delays at U.S. airports on rise

in Apolitical by

On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip. Then they waited. And waited. Still within sight of the gate, their jet sat motionless because of airport congestion. It wasn’t until 30 minutes after passengers buckled in that they were finally in the sky. It’s a scene playing out across the country. According to…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top