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10/17/2019

An increasing number of high-speed trains and a desire for more eco-friendly travel may help double the market for foreigners' European train travel to more than $2 billion by 2028. Rail Europe's new Easy Rail Access booking platform for travel advisors provides continuously updated information and support, along with a quicker, easier process, CEO Dau-Khoi Nguyen says.

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10/17/2019

Sisters of the Skies is advocating to bolster the number of black women pilots, which currently make up a mere 1% of pilots in the US, per Federal Aviation Administration calculations. The organization has been credited with expanding education, scholarships and mentorship programs to the next generation of black aviation female pilots.

10/17/2019

On the heels of Alaska Airlines grounding its service from North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham International Airport to San Francisco, Frontier Air Lines is stopping its nonstop service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and putting a seasonal halt to flights to Cancun, Mexico; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Frontier also is discontinuing nonstop flights to San Diego, New Orleans, West Palm Beach, Phoenix and Fort Myers, Fla., for the season.

10/17/2019

Southwest Airlines sets itself apart with a unique and quirky corporate culture that encourages employees to "use their gifts" to make flying more enjoyable. That means flight attendants who sing, rap and tell jokes, and a gate attendant who organizes scavenger hunts or bad driver's license photo contests to create memorable experiences for travelers.

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10/17/2019

JetBlue and Norwegian Air are forming a partnership that will allow passengers to book flights on each other's aircraft starting in mid-2020. The deal will let passengers combine low fares in a single booking for flights between the US and Europe.

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10/17/2019

Dona Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa, N.M., will begin a $9 million runway reconstruction project with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the state. Replacement of the 9,550-foot runway will expand the jetport's capabilities to land cargo planes.

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10/17/2019

Texas' McAllen International Airport has received two grants totaling $16.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for storm water management system improvements. The project will convert the existing exposed drainage detention facilities and irrigation system to an underground system.

10/17/2019

A study by Zimperium analyzing the privacy and security risks of 30 commonly-used travel apps has found that 45% of Android apps and 100% of iOS apps get a failing grade in protecting users' privacy, and 97% of Android apps and 100% of iOS apps inadequately provide proper security. The company has declined to identify the apps that were tested, stating that it would like to give the app providers a chance to remedy the issues, and that by revealing specific app names, it would "enable hackers to quickly attack or leverage the app to compromise devices or steal data."

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10/16/2019

Later this month domestic -- and a few international -- airfares are expected to drop to the lowest levels since pre-2013 due to expanded competition, according to Hopper's Consumer Airfare Index, which names 20 destinations with the lowest anticipated numbers. While prices will rise again for the Thanksgiving window, they're likely to drop once again throughout December and January, not increasing again until spring break in February and March.

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10/16/2019

Alaska Airlines employees volunteering during the airline's "Week of LIFT" teamed up with a local nonprofit to prepare laulau, a native Hawaiian dish of pork wrapped in taro leaf, for delivery to a homeless shelter in Honolulu. Alaska employees across the nation are participating in LIFT, the airline's social and environmental impact program.