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January 11, 2018

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Consumer advocate joins US airlines in opposing higher taxes for passengers (Source: TB&P)
Charlie Leocha, president and co-founder of Travelers United, is pushing back against a proposal in Congress that would nearly double the passenger facility charge on airline tickets, a tax that has already allowed US airports to collect $3.15 billion in 2016.

Travelers benefit from competition among US airlines (Source:Airlines.org)
John Heimlich, vice president and chief economist at Airlines for America, writes that statistics showing the four major airlines provide 80% of US passenger air service are misleading.

United Airlines adding 8 new nonstop routes (Source: USA Today)
In June, United Airlines will add eight new nonstop routes that will connect smaller airports with its major hubs.

United implements new baggage policy for China flights (Source: Travel Pulse)
United Airlines is no longer charging fees for a second checked bag on flights to Hong Kong or China from North America.


85.7% of on-time flights earn Minneapolis airport top ranking (Source: StarTribune)
OAG’s Punctuality League report ranked Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport first for on-time performance among airports with 20 million to 30 million seats available annually, with 85.7% of flights on time in 2017.

FedEx plans $35.4M project at Memphis, Tenn., airport (Source: Commercial Appeal)
FedEx is seeking a permit for a $35.4 million project at Tennessee’s Memphis International Airport.

Philadelphia airport features outstanding dining (Source: philly.com)
Terminal B at Philadelphia International Airport has undergone renovations that included the addition of new gate-side restaurants with an array of appealing food choices.


Hotelier updates “do not disturb” policy to improve security (Source: Travel Pulse)
Hilton is instructing team members to contact security if a guest has displayed a “do not disturb” tag for more than 24 hours.

Hotelier to enhance its loyalty program (Source: Travel Pulse)
Starting in April, Hilton Honors members will be able to give elite status as a gift to a travel companion, roll over qualifying nights and enjoy new elite tier bonus rates.


TSA screened a record 42M travelers over the holiday season (Source: USA Today)
Transportation Security Administration officers screened a record 42,043,588 passengers and 30,611,408 checked bags from Dec. 15 through Jan. 2.

TSA’s Real ID implementation deadline extended to Oct. 1, 2020 (Source: Travel Market Report)
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed that it will continue to accept driver’s licenses and official identification from states not in compliance with the federal Real ID Act until Oct. 1, 2020.


Experience southern charm in Savannah, Ga. (Source: Travel Pulse)
The charming Georgia city of Savannah offers gorgeous architecture and an easy-going Southern lifestyle.

Mexico’s Zihuatanejo is a low-key, adventurous getaway (Source: Travel Pulse)
Zihuatanejo is a lovely, unassuming town on the Mexican Riviera with picture-perfect scenery and a welcoming vibe.

New Orleans is more than a one-attraction city (Source: Travel Pulse)
New Orleans has much more to offer travelers than just its famous Mardi Gras celebration.

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