August 22, 2015 |
American Airlines will discontinue flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, in January because the route was losing money with intense competition from the New York-area airports. American will close its station in Tel Aviv. The airline does not fly to Israel from another city. "At the six-year mark, we have yet to turn a profit on this route," said Rhett Workman, American's managing director of government and airport affairs. "We really tried to make a go of it. We were hoping that with the merger" of US Airways and American in December 2013, "and, more recently, with the significant reduction in fuel prices, the route would turn to the black.
August 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia has long wanted a direct flight to the Asia Pacific region. A survey of business travelers here in 2012 found the top desired international business destinations were Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Mumbai, India. Philadelphia already has a lot of international service to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. But attracting a nonstop flight to China, Japan, Hong Kong, or Korea has proven difficult. "We are the largest metropolitan area in the United States without direct nonstop service tothe Asia Pacific," Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale saidin a recent interview.
July 30, 2015 |
Frontier Airlines is continuing to add flights at Philadelphia International Airport. The carrier Tuesday announced nonstop service to two more destinations - Fort Myers, Fla., and Montego Bay, Jamaica - beginning Oct. 25. Introductory one-way fares were offered Tuesday only: $49 to Fort Myers and $99 to Montego Bay. Going forward, fares will depend on the day of the week, the season, how full the flight is, and how far in advance the ticket is booked....
July 12, 2015 |
American Airlines will transfer US Airways passenger bookings to the American reservations system the weekend of July 18, for travel beginning 90 days later, on Oct. 17. Airport check-in kiosks, gates, and ticket counters will get new American signage. The US Airways website will disappear at that time, American announced Friday, a key step in blending the two airlines under their 2013 merger agreement. Philadelphia International Airport is a hub for US Airways and American, which operate 460 daily flights and have 77 percent of the air travel market here.
July 10, 2015 |
United Airlines grounded takeoffs nationwide for nearly two hours Wednesday morning, snarling flights for thousands during the busy summer travel period because of a computer problem. It was the second computer woe for the Chicago-based carrier in five weeks. On June 2, about 150 flights were grounded because of an issue with the flight-dispatching system. Five of United's 18 daily nonstop flights out of Philadelphia International Airport were delayed about two hours, said Mary Flannery, airport spokeswoman.
June 3, 2015 |
PERHAPS Charlie Wilson should be playing the Powerball lottery these days. After all, the guy is on a hot streak. Recently, Wilson, lead singer of 1970s R&B headliner the Gap Band, and four of his collaborators - including his brother Lonnie (another brother/co-writer, Robert, died in 2010) - settled with DJ/producer Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and others who had claimed composing credits on Ronson's megahit, "Uptown Funk. " Wilson and his partners (and their legal eagles) successfully argued that the song was a little too similar to the Gap Band's "Oops Upside Your Head.
May 21, 2015 |
JetBlue Airways will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 19. The New York-based carrier will offer an introductory $49 one-way fare until midnight Tuesday, May 19. Currently, JetBlue has five daily nonstop flights between Philadelphia and Boston. The Fort Lauderdale flights will be twice daily, departing Philadelphia at 7:30 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. and leaving Florida at 9:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2831
May 20, 2015 |
U.S. airlines are expecting their busiest summer ever, with 222 million travelers - or 2.4 million a day - expected to fly between June 1 and August 31, Airlines for America, the industry group for U.S. carriers, said Monday. The 4.5 percent increase from last summer will include 31 million travelers on international flights. To accommodate the anticipated busy summer travel season, airlines are adding flights and seats, and deploying larger aircraft, said John Heimlich, chief economist for the Washington, D.C. trade group.
May 14, 2015 |
American Airlines will begin transferring US Airways passenger reservations to its own system this summer, with the goal of phasing out the US Airways brand by the end of the year. American, which merged with US Airways in December 2013, notified travel agents and online ticket sites Tuesday that it would begin the transition as early as July, with the final "operational cutover" 90 days later, in October, when flights with the US Airways brand will end. Getting to a single reservation system is one of the most complex steps in the merger that created the world's largest airline with 100,000 employees and 6,700 daily flights.
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN Brent Celek shows up at the Linc on Sunday morning, he won't be there to play, or even to practice. He will, however, be there to work. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Birds' hunky tight end will be slinging sammies in lot K of Lincoln Financial Field. He's taking part in the Linc's debut "Flight Market. " The event is a daytime version of the Food Trust's always-packed, four-Thursdays-a-year Night Markets, wherein local gourmet trucks alight on a Philly neighborhood and foodies stand in line in a pay-as-you-go pig-out.