February 11, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Getting stranded at an airport once meant hours of boredom in a kind of travel purgatory with nothing to eat but fast food. These days, it can seem more like passing through the gates of Shangri-la to find spas, yoga studios, luxury shopping, and restaurant menus crafted by celebrity chefs in terminals with calming, sleek design. Stung by airline bankruptcies and mergers, more U.S. airports are hunting for alternative revenue streams by hiring top design firms to transform once chaotic and dreary way stations into places of Zen-like tranquillity and luxury where people actually want to get stuck - and spend money.
February 10, 2013
Less than two days after a major blizzard pounded the Northeast with up to three feet of snow, travel operations are beginning to go back to normal, at least in Philadelphia. Aside from a few canceled flight to Boston Sunday, Philadelphia International Airport is running smoothly. "We have no delays," said airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica. Most of Amtrak's operations are also running on-time, except for a limited train schedule for those traveling north of New York. Amtrak's limited schedule and other service alerts may be found at http://www.amtrak.com/service-alerts-and-notices . Airport travelers may also call 1-800-PHL-GATE (1-800-745-4283)
February 7, 2013 |
A woman lost control of her crossover-style car and crashed through a fence at the Philadelphia International Airport, nearly striking a parked plane, police said. However, no one was hurt and the accident occurred in an area of the airport reserved for planes awaiting maintenance. Philadelphia police said the crash occurred at Tinicum Island Road and Scott Way about 2:30 a.m., and that no airport passengers were in harms way. No flights were interrupted. The car came to a halt a few feet from a plane.
February 4, 2013 |
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Folks, why are we slaving in industries that adjusted for the economy and downsized, slashed jobs, and reduced salaries and benefits? We could be working in city government, which appears to be doing none of those things. Consider political operative and habitual ethics violator John McDaniel. Until last week, when his busy hands got slapped again, McDaniel made $87,125 as an assistant managing director in the Nutter administration. And what a life he had. In January of last year, after working on Nutter's reelection campaign, McDaniel landed a dream job at the airport training unpaid workers to assist travelers.
February 3, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian rebels captured a strategic neighborhood near Aleppo's international airport on Saturday, putting opposition fighters in control of a road that the regime has used to ferry supplies and reinforcements to soldiers fighting in the embattled northern city, activists said. Elsewhere in the nation, fighting continued unabated, killing more than 60 people nationwide, according to activists. Troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels have been locked in a deadly stalemate in Aleppo, Syria's largest urban center and main commercial hub, since an opposition assault last summer.
January 27, 2013 |
KONNA, Mali - French and Malian troops regained control of the airport and bridge of the crucial, northern city of Gao on Saturday, marking their biggest advance yet in their bid to oust al-Qaeda-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months, military officials said. The move comes just two weeks after France launched its military offensive in support of the shaky central government of this former French colony. It is unclear what kind of resistance French and Malian troops will face in the coming days.
January 24, 2013 |
US Airways Group and the Nutter administration, which have disagreed publicly about the need for a new runway along the Delaware River, announced Tuesday terms of a two-year lease extension for Philadelphia's dominant airline that allows for $734 million in capital investment at the airport. The agreement does not include building a controversial fifth runway on the river and displacing United Parcel Service from 212 acres it owns. The city and US Airways, in a joint statement, said they had agreed to: Lengthen a main east-west runway by 1,500 feet, from 10,500 to 12,000 feet, to accommodate large, long-haul aircraft capable of flying anywhere in the world.
January 23, 2013 |
MASNAA, Lebanon - Key Syrian ally Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport. The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow's waning confidence in the ability of its ally President Bashar al-Assad to hold onto power. The U.N. chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the Russian evacuations indicate "the continued deterioration of the security situation and the violence that Assad is leading against his own people.
January 21, 2013 |
"This is a no-brainer," lawyer Gerry Norton said, standing in the quick-moving security lane at Trenton-Mercer Airport, headed to Orlando, Fla., with his family. When he first heard that Frontier Airlines would be flying out of Trenton, Norton, who lives in central New Jersey and works in Fox Rothschild L.L.P.'s Princeton office, said, "This is great!" "It's convenient. Parking is free. The planes are a good size, 138 seats. It took me 20 minutes to drive here. " "It gets rid of the whole hassle of traveling by air," said Norton, whose wife, Jennifer; son, Connor, 10, and daughter, Riley, 5, also were among the seemingly happy travelers who boarded Frontier's Airbus A-319 Friday morning.
January 16, 2013 |
Low-fare Frontier Airlines will make Trenton-Mercer Airport its commercial base on the East Coast and last week ended its one route - with about one daily flight - out of Philadelphia International Airport to Denver. "Why Trenton? It's a densely populated area - 21/2 million people live closer in drive time to Trenton than any other airport with commercial airline service," said Daniel Shurz, a senior vice president of Frontier. Since November, the Denver-based carrier has announced 10 nonstop destinations from the small Mercer County airport, beginning with two Orlando, Fla., departures and arrivals a week.