Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of May's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
As part of LaGuardia Airport's ongoing construction project to modernize the airport, beginning Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 6:00 a.m., travelers arriving at LGA will meet their for hire vehicles, including Uber and Lyft, on the second level of the Terminal B parking garage. The pick-up area is accessible via a pedestrian walkway from the departures level of Terminal B; the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey recommends travelers wait to request their ride until they enter the pedestrian walkway. During this time, the Green Bus Line, which has been used to transport travelers to pick-up areas during construction of the parking garage, will discontinue service. To find out which airlines operate out of Terminal B, click here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck program to six additional international carriers, bringing the total number of participating airlines to 52 domestic and international carriers. The six new airlines are Air Serbia, Condor Airlines, Porter Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) and Thomas Cook Airlines (Scan.). In order to join TSA PreCheck, carriers have to meet all TSA security requirements and upgrade reservation systems to sync with the U.S. government's Secure Flight prescreening system. To read the full press release, click here.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it is seeking public comment for drafting rules for dealing with animals flying with passengers on planes, reports USA Today. The comment comes after several major carriers revised their policies in recent months to prohibit animals such as reptiles and birds as comfort animals traveling in the main cabin. The goal of the rulemaking is to ensure that individuals with disabilities can travel with animals they rely on for assistance, while also preventing fraud by travelers bringing along pets under the guise of service animals. To read more, click here.
U.S airlines set a new record last year, reaching $7.5 billion between baggage and ticket fees collected in 2017, reports Transportation Today. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics report, airlines collected nearly $4.6 billion in baggage fees and another $2.9 billion in reservation and cancellation fees. In terms of baggage, this represents a $400 million increase from 2016. While airlines are benefiting, airports have been losing out on potential revenue. The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) pointed out that due to bag fees not being taxed at the same 7.5 percent tax rate as base airline tickets, airports lost out on $343 million in potential revenue in 2017, which could have been used for airport and air traffic control upgrades. To read more, click here.
As secondary European markets become more popular with travelers, American Airlines has begun adding new routes to Iceland, Budapest, Prague and Venice this summer, reports Skift. "Summer travel to Europe is very popular," said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning at American Airlines. "These flights will conveniently connect customers from three very important hubs -- Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) -- to exciting markets across the Atlantic." American's new service offerings to Iceland will depart from Dallas-Fort Worth, while seasonal routes to Budapest and Prague will depart from Philadelphia. Additionally, American has added additional service to Venice from Chicago. American and its joint business partners serve 21 destinations in Europe nonstop from the U.S. with more than 65 daily departures. To read more, click here.